Tag Archives: Contra Costa County

Bilingual education helps Spanish speaking students settle into English medium schools

The West Contra Costa Unified School District introduced bilingual education in 2014, to help Spanish speaking students transition into English medium schools. Transitional Bilingual Education at Grant Elementary School aims to equip K-3 students with...

With no benefits and less pay than prosecutors, entry-level public defenders want a raise

They have no health insurance. They work ten or 11-hour days. They have no free weekends. No, they aren’t flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant. They are attorneys on the government’s payroll. Public defenders,...

Contra Costa County works on process to dismiss cannabis convictions

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...

Student-Led initiative prompts Richmond City Council to ban some tobacco products in 2019

Tobacco products like Swisher Sweets and Backwoods are mainstays in corner stores across the country. Some say that the bright wrapping and flavors like peach and fruit punch make these products attractive to the kids...
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Experts are unsure of the severity of this year’s flu season

The rate of hospitalizations for the flu in the United States has hit the highest levels since health officials started recording this data in 2010. But experts are cautious comparing this year's flu season to...

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.