A local committee hopes to gain support for public art in private developments as well as public spaces. Pictured is an example of public art at the Sheridan Point Park. Photo courtesy of Michele Seville.

PAAC continues effort to require public art in new business developments

Last Tuesday, Richmond’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) met to discuss Percent for Art in Private Development, an ordinance that would earmark one percent of large-scale private development project funds for the creation and inclusion...
Men of Merit Award recipients from Contra Costa County stand together and pledge to combat domestic violence in the community. Photo by Angeline Bernabe.

Annual “Men of Merit” ceremony honors men taking a stand against violence

Contra Costa County held its 11th annual “Men of Merit” awards ceremony at the Richmond Police Activities League last week, featuring author and activist Tony Porter as keynote speaker.
As the 2016 election draws near, Richmond voters are afforded the opportunity to see where the city council hopefuls are getting their money. Photo by Catherine Schuknecht.

Campaign finance reports provide litmus test for voters as election approaches

The last Friday of September was the first pre-election filing deadline for city council candidates to submit campaign finance reports. It was the first chance for the public to see the inner financial workings of...
Champagne Brown, Local 1021 member and Employment and Human Social Service Program Assistant, at the Richmond strike. Photo by Alexandria Fuller.

More than 1000 social service workers go on strike in Contra Costa

Employees of the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Resources Department (EHSD), which administers various social service programs from Richmond to Martinez, went on strike last week, after six months of failed bargaining with Contra...