Tag Archives: Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County considers taxing, regulating Airbnb in unincorporated areas

The Transient Occupancy Tax, typically paid by hotels, motels and tourists homes, may soon impact unincorporated areas like El Sobrante, Kensington and North Richmond, where there are no existing restrictions on short-term rentals, or the...
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...
Dean McLeod, right, talks to participants in an event to commemorate Native American Day at the Willow Pass Community Center. Photo by Nebiat Assefa Melles.

Native American Day celebrated at Concord community center

An event organized by the Contra Costa County Historical Society to commemorate Native American Day last month brought together historians, authors and community members to discuss Native American genealogies, sacred sites and their preservation.

County supervisors approve task force to combat criminal justice racial disparities

Last Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took a step towards examining racial disparities in the county’s criminal justice system. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 12, the board unanimously approved...

County implements Laura’s Law for treatment of the mentally ill

Contra Costa became the eighth county in California to begin implementation of AB 1421, also known as Laura’s Law, which allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment of the mentally ill. Its supporters believe that while...

Patients struggle, doctors worry in aftermath of hospital shutdown

In the months following the April shutdown of Doctor's Medical Center, doctors and patients have dispersed to other care centers. Some have had to go only across the street in San Pablo, while others must...

El Nuevo Mundo reflects bilingualism on the rise in Richmond

International Child Resource Institute’s El Nuevo Mundo Children’s Center offers bilingual development programs in Spanish and English, and multicultural learning experiences in an environment catered to children, ages 3 to 5, of all ethnic backgrounds.

The Head Start program turns 50 this year in Contra Costa County

County officials, parents, children and alumni gathered at George Miller Center in Richmond on Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Head Start in Contra Costa County. Dozens of families were on hand to tour...
Dozens of Richmond residents come together to discuss the current issue of rent control. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Community members voice concerns over raising rents in Richmond

More than a dozen Richmond residents complained of big rent increases during a community forum last week. Richmond’s City Council enacted rent control legislation in July, and the controls were due to take effect in...
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Community members mourn the closure of Doctors Medical Center

Plywood with large red letters simply reading “DMC Closed” was affixed to the signs on the street that once welcomed patients to the largest public hospital on the western part of Contra Costa County. Members...