The Masjid Noor mosque, at South 13th Street and Cutting Boulevard, has been closed since last month. Photo by Nancy DeVille

Richmond mosque remains closed, leaders hope to reopen soon

It’s been over a month since Richmond fire officials plastered a red-tag at the entrance of the Masjid Noor mosque, giving the religious leaders a long list of safety violations that must be repaired before...
Richmond police have two school resource officers assigned to each of the city's high schools. (Photo by: Christina Lopez)

Expulsions and out-of-school suspensions down for West Contra Costa Unified School district

New numbers published last week by the California Department of Education show that, like the rest of the state, the West Contra Costa Unified School District is moving away from once-popular “zero tolerance” policies to...
California is in a drought. Water districts around the state are faced with difficult choices. (Flickr photo by: Angelo Gonzalez)

What the drought means for the East Bay

California is in a drought. Though the Bay Area experienced a few showers this week, far more rain is needed to make a dent in the state’s water shortage. Last year was the driest on...
The Magick Lantern preview box shows some of the upcoming classic, art and foreign films that will be shown at the Point Richmond theater. Owner Ross Woodbury said audiences are hit-and-miss at the one-screen theater. (Photo by Kevin N. Hume)

One year after opening, Point Richmond art film theater struggles to find crowds

Ross Woodbury's one-screen art film theater, The Magick Lantern isn’t making any money one year after opening. While many people show up for the free Thursday classic movie screenings, crowds are hit-and-miss for the $7...
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Community events honor Martin Luther King’s legacy

As the nation pauses to pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, the Bay Area will join the celebration with community service events, marches and musical tributes. Richmond organizers are encouraging residents...
For Richmond hosted a community reception on Thursday, January 16, 2014. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

For Richmond hosts community reception

Last night, the nonprofit For Richmond, hosted a community reception. Kyra Worthy, For Richmond’s executive director, explained the organization’s purpose like this, “I think we’re here to help the community help themselves.”
At the Chemical Safety Board meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, audience members held up signs calling for more regulation of oil refineries in California. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Chemical Safety Board moves to postpone vote on refinery recommendations

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Tuesday voted to postpone a decision on its staff’s recommendation that California adopt a new regulatory framework for refineries.
Eric Zell, president of the Doctors Medical Center San Pablo governing board, speaks at the Richmond city council emergency meeting Tuesday night. The hospital is facing a $20 million budget deficit and is seeking financial assistance from Kaiser Northern California. The city council adopted a resolution urging Kaiser to support the struggling hospital. (Photo by: Kevin N. Hume)

Richmond city council urges Kaiser to rescue fiscally troubled Doctors Medical Center

Doctors Medical Center San Pablo is facing a $20 million budget deficit and seeking immediate bridge funding from Kaiser Northern California to keep its doors open. The Richmond city council adopted a resolution urging Kaiser...
Two children play at the water table at the Balboa Head Start center in Richmond. Head Start has suffered under recent budget cuts. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Cuts to subsidized childcare leave many Richmond families in the lurch

Low-income parents are hurting in Richmond where federal, state and local cuts to childcare subsidies have resulted in fewer subsidized slots—or paid spaces in childcare centers or home daycares.