The High Street bridge in East Oakland, as seen from a balcony in the Fruitvale neighborhood on Tuesday. Heavy smoke from the Sonoma and Santa Clara fires filled the Bay Area, diminishing air quality and restricting views (Photo by Brian Krans)

Wine country wildfires create hazardous air conditions for Bay Area residents

Wildfires in wine country have created hazardous air conditions for the entire Bay Area, affecting most heavily children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions.
Laura Echavarria, a medical assistant at LifeLong Medical Care’s Brookside Richmond clinic, cleans an exam room on Oct. 10. LifeLong’s three medical clinics are among the safety-net providers that are preparing for a major loss of federal funding if Congress does not act.

Richmond health centers facing big cuts from Congress

Congress missed its September 30 deadline to extend funding for community health centers. Now Richmond health centers are bracing for the worst, while advocates scramble for another solution.
Activists show support for DACA recipients in a recent protest in San Francisco (Photo credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen/Wikicommons)

Contra Costa school district, teachers’ union offer to pay DACA renewal fee – but some say offer was poorly publicized

Today is the last day to file DACA renewals and some say the West Contra Costa Unified School District's offer to cover the costs was not communicated effectively to community members in need.

Environmental, youth groups team up to clean Richmond Greenway

Youth leaders and environmental organizations kicked off their fall programs with a joint clean-up of Richmond’s greenway earlier this month. And the accumulated junk was impressive: One group unearthed two satellite TV dishes, a Rick...
If Congres fails to pass crucial funding by tomorrow, health centers in Richmond will lose 70 percent of their federal grant funding.

Richmond clinics to lose major funding source unless Congress votes tomorrow

Republicans recently failed again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But if Congress doesn’t act by tomorrow, Contra Costa County health clinics that serve thousands of low-income patients could still lose millions of dollars from...