Richmond High students begin their afternoon at SEAYL with snacks and icebreakers. (Photo by: Zainab Khan)

Little Leaders: Group provides after-school safe space for youth of color

Tucked away in the back corner of Richmond’s Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA) center sits a hand-painted poster that reads “SEAYL IS IN.”
Students hold their graduate certificate, signed by Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, from the Safe Return Project's Leadership Program. (Photo by: Alice Kantor)

Celebrating second chances: Safe Return lends a hand to the formerly incarcerated

The graduation concludes a 10-week leadership program led by the Safe Return Project, a community organization geared at the reintegration of formerly incarcerated Richmond residents.
Several scientists, EPA representatives, and scuba divers worked to pull up mussels that had been in the bottom of the Lauritzen Channel for a month. The mussels measure the level of pollutants in the water. (2012)

Environmental group, Richmond storage company reach agreement to prevent toxins from entering bay

San Francisco Bay Keeper, an environmental group, reached an agreement on Friday with a storage company it sued two years ago for allegedly polluting San Francisco Bay, violating the Clean Water Act, and endangering the...
Veronica Granillo is an immigration lawyer in Richmond. Photo by Knowles Adkinson.

To walk in their shoes: immigration attorney Veronica Granillo knows the trials of the undocumented

The law degree that hangs in a frame on the bright yellow wall in Veronica Granillo’s office tells a story. To her clients, many of whom come to this office on the second floor of...
Kennedy High School players celebrate after their 35-6 victory over Richmond High School on Friday, Oct. 10. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

In annual cross-town rivalry, Kennedy Eagles best Richmond High Oilers

The Kennedy Eagles use a late interception to break open a heated contest against cross-town rivals Richmond High for a 35-6 victory.
Student shows off the solar oven she is building for the day's science activity

A North Richmond after school program provides a safe haven for elementary students to learn and grow

The Little Ladies and Little Gents Program in North Richmond provides boys and girls in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade a safe haven to learn and develop in the comforts of their own community.
Some observers are skeptical that charter schools like  Aspire's California College Preparatory (above) perform as well as public schools whose funds they could potentially take from. (Photo by Candese Charles.)

As school board considers two new charter schools, inconsistent results sound note of caution

The WCCUSD Board of Education will make a recommendation on Nov. 12 whether to support a proposal to start two new charters that would enroll 312 students in grades K-5 and 420 students in grades...
A flyer includes information on a new half-cent sales tax to be voted on by Richmond voters in November. (Photo by Brett Murphy)

Proposed tax hike draws support, criticism, but little community response

Revenues from the little-discussed Measure U tax would be split between street improvements, public safety and health, and wellness and youth services, proponents say. But it is not possible to be certain of how the...
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Social impact bonds come to Richmond as an innovative weapon against housing blight

Starting with the rehabilitation of blighted houses in Richmond, the city will issue long-term low-interest-rate bonds that private investors can buy to fund social programs.
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Bernie Sanders to visit Richmond, rally progressives

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) will headline a Richmond campaign event Oct. 16 to rally the city’s progressive base ahead of the Nov. 4 election. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial...