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Richmond man urging calm assaulted in Oakland protests

A Richmond man taking part in protests against police force in Oakland recently was assaulted by masked men who took issue with his attempts to put out a dumpster fire in the street.
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Street scenes: on the front lines during Oakland’s second night of protest

A second round of violent protests shook Oakland Tuesday night in response to a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown.
Arista, a 5th grader, won first place in the visual arts category for her piece "The Praying Family." (Photo by Hannah Lawson)

Young artists envision a better world

On Monday evening, the Bayside Council PTA hosted a celebration of student art. The theme for this year’s Reflections Showcase was, “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”
Just some of the ocean of mailers sent out by campaigns to residents over the election. (Photo by Robert Rogers)

Losing candidates say corporate money may have hurt their campaigns

Chevron-funded spending committees backed several losing candidates – to the tune of $3.1 million – on Election Day. Those who were defeated are now left to wonder what happened and whether Chevron's money may have...
The winners: Liz Block, Madeline Kronenberg and Valerie Cuevas take WCCUSD Board seats. (Photos by Candese Charles and Hannah Lawson)

Heavy spending pays off in school board race

Money ran the race on Tuesday's school board elections, with the best funded candidates Block, Kronenberg and Cuevas winning the seats of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Jim Rogers and Jael Myrick speak at a Hilltop District candidate forum. (Photo by Fan Fei)

Candidates benefit indirectly from Chevron campaign funds, deny link

A week ago, a website came to Richmond residents’ attention. It urges voters to support Chevron’s slate of favored candidates: Nat Bates for mayor, and Donna Powers and Charles Ramsey for City Council. And it...
Kinder Morgan's Richmond depot takes in dozens of DOT-111 train cars laden with Bakken crude oil from North Dakota every week. (Phil James/Richmond Confidential)

Richmond residents, leaders warn of danger from Bakken crude by rail shipments

If you go to the website explosive-crude-by-rail.org and zoom in on Richmond, what you’ll find is disconcerting. According to the 1-3 mile buffer zone on the map, the entire city and its 107,000 residents are...