Lt. Andre Hill held a press conference last Thursday to answer questions about Ronald Guinto's arrest. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Schoolteacher charged with sex crimes against children pleads not guilty

The Contra Costa County District Attorney filed felony charges against Mira Vista Elementary School teacher Ron Guinto, raising his bail to $17 million, police spokesperson Lt. Andre Hill confirmed last Friday. If convicted, Guinto faces...
The Dalai Lama smiled and waved as he left the Richmond Community Center. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Dalai Lama blesses Richmond’s Tibetan Center

The Dalai Lama was in Richmond to bless the Tibetan Association of Northern California’s offices and community center, where participants hope Tibetan cultural life can be sustained and passed on to the next generation. Many...
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be coming to the Richmond community center on Sunday to empower religious objects. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Tibetan community center in Richmond prepares to receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Richmond’s Tibetan community center on Huntington Avenue will receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama this Sunday. Last Saturday, members prepared the center for his arrival.
Street view of Hacienda public housing development, site of the most egregious lapses in maintenance and sanitary upkeep by the Richmond Housing Authority. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

City Council addresses media reports of neglect and mismanagement by Richmond Housing Authority

The Richmond City Council responded to damning media reports of appalling public housing conditions and financial mismanagement by the Richmond Housing Authority.
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.”