Contra Costa Care Supporters wait to go and speak in front of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. (Photo by Manjula Varghese)

Primary care for undocumented to begin next month

Rosa Arriaga suffers from arthritis and asthma, as well as pain in her neck, hands and knee. She used to have frequent medical checkups to control these conditions, but then her health plan changed and...
Tiana McGuire, left, a body-piercer by day plays in the Richmond Wrecking Belles roller derby team as "Demanda Riot." Photo by Robin Simmonds.

Roller derby body piercer finds work-life balance on the track

Tiana McGuire’s work-life balancing act teeters between extremes. By day, McGuire is a professional body-piercer at a tattoo parlor in Concord. By night, she becomes “Demanda Riot,” a menacing member of the Richmond Wrecking Belles...
A young boy enjoys his healthy food choice. (photo by Isara Krieger)

First Annual Food Day event in Richmond promotes healthy diets

Food Day is a new national initiative created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It’s dedicated to teaching Americans to eat healthier foods and educating them about health issues that are preventable...
A probation officer transporting a minor in custody waits in a designated parking spot outside the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse in downtown Martinez. (photo by Matt Beagle)

Contra Costa seeking alternative to shackling during transport of juveniles

Critics claim that the indiscriminate use of restraints, particularly when youth are out in public wearing shackles, is damaging and unnecessary. Until recently, probation department drivers carrying minors would park their vehicles in a lot...
Last week’s Meeting of the Minds Conference at the Craneway Pavilion brought together civic leaders and social innovators to help create efficient urban environments (photo by Matt Beagle)

Meeting of the Minds aims to design more livable cities

Last week’s Meeting of the Minds Conference at the Craneway Pavilion brought together social entrepreneurs, politicians and innovation strategists to help Richmond and other cities design more efficient, livable urban environments. Here are four audio...
450 city managers and business and nonprofit executives discussed initiatives that can be replicated globally at Craneway Pavilion. (photo by Maya Craig)

Conference highlights innovative approaches for sustainable city

Over a two-day period, conference participants presented projects ranging from the rehabilitation of public parks and arts education to sustainable energy and transportation initiatives. A number of local projects demonstrated how Richmond is being transformed...
Charter school students, parents and teachers attended this week's City Council meeting in support of the Richmond Promise being extended to benefit charter school students. (Photo by Angelica Casas)

Richmond Promise eligibility still on hold

Following a five hour long meeting Tuesday night, the Richmond City Council delayed voting on who to make eligible for the Richmond Promise scholarship program and how much money students would receive. Councilmembers had trouble...
Four DACA recipients gathered at Richmond High School to explain to local undocumented students how they can attend college. (photo by Levi Bridges)

Film screening inspires undocumented youth to aim for college

“I told the people in customs that we were just going to Disneyland,” Quezada said. “I guess you could say that I’ve been at Disneyland for over 15 years now.”
Young volunteers help loosen up the crowd before starting work on John F. Kennedy Park. (Photo by Brittany Murphy)

Community works together to rebuild John F. Kennedy Park

Almost 400 volunteers spent last Saturday rebuilding Richmond's John F. Kennedy Park. The park, wedged between John F. Kennedy High School and King Elementary, was this year's project for Make A Difference Day, a nationwide...
A pamphlet with the main ideas that support district elections is being circulated through the community to help voters understand the ideas behind the proposal. (Photo by Robin Simmonds)

District elections proposal heads to city, aims to give neighborhoods a voice

A push to change the way City Council members are elected appears to have resurfaced in Richmond. If successful, the initiative would draw six new districts in the city, each with an elected representative.