Advocates fight for teacher salary increase in West Contra Costa schools, decry proposal of contentious charter school

United Teachers of Richmond is currently in negotiations with the West Contra Costa Unified School District school board for said salary raise and smaller class sizes. The proposal comes after the union called for an...

The Reluctant Politician: Ada Recinos’ journey to becoming the youngest city councilmember in Richmond’s history

Ada Recinos, 26, recently became the youngest city councilmember in Richmond's history. She has faced doubt due to her age and perceived lack of policy knowledge, but is ready to leave her mark on the...
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Evacuation of local animal rescue group following October wildfires reveals challenges for animal shelters

After drawing a tube of blood from the front left leg of Diana, an 8-year-old American bulldog, outreach coordinator John Fonseca commended her as she laid on the bench at the adoption center of Milo...
Colyer Dupont debriefs a simulation activity with two Richmond police officers as part of the Community Safety Academy. Photo by Francesca Fenzi

Can ‘community ambassadors’ untangle Richmond’s relationship with the police?

Richmond Police Sgt. Florencio Rivera lifts a thick leather belt from the trunk of his police cruiser. He points to several objects dangling from it — pepper spray, handcuffs, riot baton, pistol, Taser — and...

Tales of Two Cities Podcast: Resistance

In this episode of “Tale of Two Cities”, we explore how everyday people are transforming their lives and communities in creative ways. From reporter Caron Creighton, we hear about how Phat Beets Produce is improving...

Celebrating Life Outdoors: the annual Shoreline Festival at Point Pinole Regional Park

Bay Area residents celebrate the Shoreline Festival organized every first Saturday of October by dozens of volunteers at Point Pinole Regional Park. This year, attendees enjoyed nature walks, birdwatching and local art.
West Contra Costa district schools failed to improve in California’s annual test according to results released last month. District leaders and education expert said the standardized test is not the only way to measure student performance.

West Contra Costa schools fail to improve on annual test, but leaders say student success is measured in a variety of ways

West Contra Costa district schools failed to improve in California’s annual test. District leaders and education expert said the standardized test is not the only way to measure student performance.
Richmond mayor Tom Butt revealed residents' home addresses and alleged rent-control violations in an October newsletter. Now, the ACLU of Northern California is looking into the incident. Cartoon courtesy of Abner Hauge.

Opponents and supporters criticize Richmond mayor for ‘doxxing’ his political adversaries, call Tom Butt’s weekly email newsletter a ‘smear campaign’

Opponents – and even supporters – of Tom Butt say Richmond’s mayor is guilty of what one critic described as a “flagrant abuse of power” and a council member called “highly inappropriate” actions. Emails between...

Immigrant advocates in Contra Costa join national rally in support of a Clean Dream Act

Organizing for Action (OFA), a Bay Area advocacy group and others gathered on November 8 at Richmond City Hall for a rally in support of a Clean Dream Act. The action was part of a...