Teachers spoke at the WCCUSD School Board meeting on Sept. 16 to demand better pay increases. (Photo by Marylee Williams)

West Contra Costa school district, teachers to continue salary negotiations

West Contra Costa school officials and the local teachers union said Thursday they intend to resume bargaining in a few weeks after teachers rejected a proposed settlement while demanding bigger pay increases.
The Teokalli Mexica Aztec Dance Group performs during Richmond's Mexican Independence Day Celebration. (Photo by Brittany Murphy)

Richmond celebrates Mexican Independence, growing Latino community

Richmond celebrates its rapidly growing Latino population with event to commemorate Mexican Independence Day, connect Latinos with the rest of the Richmond community and boost trust between Latinos and local police.
Water from fire sprinklers caused damage to police headquarters in Richmond and forced 30 officers to relocate. Photo courtesy of Richmond Police Department.

Police steamed after small fire sets off sprinklers at headquarters

It wasn’t the heat, it was the humidity that got to members of the Richmond Police Department when a small fire broke out in the department headquarters Sunday morning. The fire-activated sprinkler systems extinguished the...
Chevron Corp., formerly headquartered in Richmond, operates a refinery that remains a dominent feature of the city's landscape. Chevron's corporate legal battles also show staying power.  Photo by Manjula Varghese.

Chevron legal skirmish shows no sign of ending

In the 22-year-old battle between members of the Ecuadorian Secoya tribe and Chevron Corp., both sides are claiming important victories within the past few weeks. But independent analysts say there is still no real end...
Dozens of Richmond residents come together to discuss the current issue of rent control. Photo by Brittany Murphy.

Community members voice concerns over raising rents in Richmond

More than a dozen Richmond residents complained of big rent increases during a community forum last week. Richmond’s City Council enacted rent control legislation in July, and the controls were due to take effect in...
This was the first year students in California were tested on the new Common Core standards. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

Tougher standardized testing in schools highlights poor results in district

Student scores from a new statewide test illustrate the immense challenge West Contra Costa County schools face when trying to meet minimum standards under Common Core. Across the state, fewer students met the standards of...
Back to School Night

Richmond’s elementary schools host parents at back-to-school night

Elementary schools across the West Contra Costa Unified School District opened their doors Thursday evening for Back to School Night, inviting parents to meet educators and learn what the school year holds.
Kennedy High football

Recent shooting prompts extra security at next Kennedy High football game

Richmond police are adding extra security for Kennedy High School’s football game Friday night after a nearby shooting prompted authorities to stop the team’s last home game on Aug. 28 with four minutes left on...
Emmy Lou Packard exhibit

Shipyard exhibit brings wartime art to life

A new exhibition of rarely seen prints by California artist Emmy Lou Packard opened Saturday in Richmond, offering visitors a glimpse of one of the Bay Area's most noteworthy 20th century artists at work during...
Map of Key Multi-Modal Connections & Focal Points, South Richmond Transportation Connectivity Plan (Courtesy of the Richmond Planning Division)

City asks residents to weigh in on new South Richmond transportation plan

The City of Richmond is seeking public comment on the South Richmond Transportation Connectivity Plan (SRTCP) draft, which was released in early May. The plan is the city’s effort to improve transportation connectivity between South...
Tom Butt (center), with his wife and campaign manager, reacts as unofficial election results show him winning Richmond's mayoral seat. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Mayor highlights business, environment and council meeting improvements in his first 100 days

On April 23, new Richmond Mayor Tom Butt concluded his first 100 days in office. Butt, a longtime councilmember and Point Richmond architect, won the November election to replace termed-out former mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and...
The East Bay Municipal Utility District officers visits Briones Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

EBMUD declares stage 4 drought and takes steps to curb water use

This year is the driest in recorded history in California. This has forced the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to declare a stage 4 drought, the highest stage ever announced in the area, although even...
Apartment building in Richmond, 23rd Street/Nevin Avenue (Photo by Fabian Graber)

Richmond Progressive Alliance revives campaign for stronger tenant protections

Advocates for stronger tenant protections in Richmond received support last week when the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) decided to join their efforts. The RPA is an influential political player in the city, with members—Jovanka Beckles,...
Richmond Village

Some Richmond property owners agree to limits on rent increases, but face skepticism

In Richmond, politicians and community organizations are tackling the issue of rising rents. Last week, in a step that he hopes will bring immediate relief to tenants vulnerable to rent increases, Vice Mayor Jael Myrick...