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Pending closure of Alta Bates a “perfect storm” for Richmond’s expectant mothers

First San Pablo’s Doctors Medical Center closed in 2015. Now Sutter Health’s Alta Bates hospital in Berkeley is planning to shut its doors. This means patients in Richmond, who already have fewer hospitals to turn...
A crowd of CNA members, activists and legislators gather to discuss Sutter Health’s plan to close its Alta Bates Campus in Berkeley. Photo by Margaret Katcher

Nurses hold town hall to oppose closure of Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley

In the light-filled atrium of the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, nearly 200 people gathered for a town hall meeting assembled by the California Nurses Association (CNA). Over half of the attendees were outfitted in...

District elections proposal heads to city, aims to give neighborhoods a voice

A push to change the way City Council members are elected appears to have resurfaced in Richmond. If successful, the initiative would draw six new districts in the city, each with an elected representative.
Volunteers with the non-profit Grid Alternatives install solar panels on a house in Atchison village, Richmond, in early March 2015

With increased demand for solar power, green job opportunities return

It is just shortly after noon on a Saturday, and the sun stands high over the historic Atchison Village in Richmond. Not a single cloud is in the sky. In its northwestern corner, a small...

Retrospective: Archives show difficult road for Richmond middle class

As Richmond prepared to enter the 1960s, the city was about to encounter an era of rapid change. In November of 1959, readers opened the pages of the city’s daily newspaper, the Richmond Independent, to...

Hundreds join first night of protests in Berkeley

Hundreds of protestors marched in downtown Berkeley Saturday night, protesting the recent non-indictments of the police officers involved in the deaths of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The protestors started from University Ave., caused North Berkeley...

Voters set to reduce numbers of criminals in California prisons

Proposition 47, also known as the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” would downgrade six felony crimes, drug possession, grand theft, shoplifting, check forgery, receiving stolen property and writing bad checks.

Berkeley to vote on soda tax, looks to Richmond’s Measure N defeat for lessons

Two years after Richmond voters overwhelmingly rejected a soda tax, health advocates in Berkeley and San Francisco are drawing lessons from Richmond’s Measure N defeat to try to pass similar taxes on sugary drinks on...
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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...

Richmond-built solar car ’Impulse’ gets ready for Formula Sun Grand Prix

A shiny bean-shaped rolling contraption, barely three feet high, struggled up a steep gradient on a recent Saturday morning as it entered the streets of Richmond from El Cerrito, turning heads and slowing down traffic...