These are the candidates for the Richmond City Council for the November election

Richmond’s municipal election may be almost nine months away, but candidates for city council are already forming committees, developing platforms and lining up to challenge the incumbents–councilmembers Jovanka Beckles, Eduardo Martinez and Ada Recinos–on November...

Contra Costa County works on process to dismiss cannabis convictions

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...

The places that made black history, in Richmond and Oakland

To commemorate Black History Month, the news teams from Oakland North and our sibling site, Richmond Confidential, spent a morning observing some of the spaces in our two cities that have been important to the...

Student-Led initiative prompts Richmond City Council to ban some tobacco products in 2019

Tobacco products like Swisher Sweets and Backwoods are mainstays in corner stores across the country. Some say that the bright wrapping and flavors like peach and fruit punch make these products attractive to the kids...
“We don’t want fear to spread in the community. All it takes is one person to say, ‘ICE is here,’ and everybody is fearful. So our volunteers will go out and verify,” said Christopher Martinez, the chief program officer of Catholic Charities, one of the organizers of the Stand Together CoCo legal observer training.

Legal observer trainings teach what to do if ICE knocks at your door

With President Trump recently ramping up restrictions on immigration, Stand Together Contra Costa, an effort by local organizations and agencies to assist people who may be deported, is training legal observers in how to deal...
A screen capture of Richmond Police Department's new data portal, Richmond Open Data.

New Richmond police data portal reveals numbers on traffic stops, use of force and more

The Richmond Police Department recently went live with a new online portal dedicated to providing statistics and data on law enforcement activities in the city, completing its commitment to the Police Data Initiative started by...

Richmond officials see perfect timing, little downside in suing fossil fuel companies

Richmond's lawsuit against 29 oil and coal companies, including Chevron, aims to hold the fossil fuel industry responsible for future costs related to climate change. Richmond is the ninth city to sue fossil fuel companies,...

The Citizen’s Police Review Commission discusses ongoing investigation of a 2014 fatal officer shooting

The February Citizen’s Police Review Commission (CPRC) meeting began with the announcement of a $20,000 allocation to streamline CPRC's administrative tasks and ended with a discussion on the death of Pedie Perez, who was killed...
Walgreens advertisement for flu shots

Experts are unsure of the severity of this year’s flu season

The rate of hospitalizations for the flu in the United States has hit the highest levels since health officials started recording this data in 2010. But experts are cautious comparing this year's flu season to...

Annual outreach effort accounts for Contra Costa’s unsheltered homeless population

Recent data on homelessness in Richmond shows a dramatic decrease in the number of unsheltered people over the last few years. However, county and city officials are worried about the increase in homeless seniors and...

Vacant, Neglected, Destructive: How Richmond’s abandoned homes became fire hazards

After sitting vacant and neglected for almost a decade, 662 Fourth St., a home in the Iron Triangle, burst into flames. The blaze, which neighbors say was started by trespassers, lead to the destruction of...

‘What would it be like if you owned the business down the street?’: Richmond residents fight for more ownership over their careers

Najari Smith, Josue Hernandez, and Roshni “Tay” McGee have opened a worker-owned cooperative in Richmond called Rich City Rides. The bike repair shop opened in 2015, but the organization responsible for community rides and outdoor...