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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...
Richmond police officers work the scene of the city's second officer-involved shooting in two months. (Photo by Harriet Rowan.)

Detective shoots man in Pacific East Mall parking lot

A Richmond Police Department detective shot and wounded a man suspected of attempted burglary Thursday afternoon in the Pacific East Mall parking lot. The man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries but is...
A packed house at Miracle Temple Church. Residents bowed their heads in prayer at the end of a meeting about the impacts and possibilities of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's proposed Richmond Bay Campus. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Residents urge Berkeley lab to consider impacts of Richmond campus

Richmond residents, unions, and community groups are keeping a close eye on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and its plans for a Richmond Bay Campus: a development that is projected to take shape over the...