Tag Archives: Contra Costa County

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.
Members of the Contra Costa County public defenders office at an action in Martinez in 2014. Photo courtesy of Ryan M. Martin.

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...
Photo by Isara Krieger

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...
Doctor’s Medical Center, the only public hospital offering specialized care for heart attacks, stroke and cancer in Contra Costa County, stands eight stories high and barren. DMC closed in April. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

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...
The purpose of the program is not for students to learn how to read or write fluently in both languages, but for them to expand their oral vocabulary and recognize words. (Photo by Paayal Zaveri)

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.
Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and Head Start Manager Katherine Mason present student art at the 50th Anniversary event in Richmond.
(photo by Mahlia Posey)

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...

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...
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Doctors Medical Center: a 2014 retrospective

To better illustrate the troubled path Doctors Medical Center, Richmond Confidential presents an interactive article to help the community understand the hospital's struggle in 2014.
Asians and Pacific Islanders attended the open enrollment last Nov. 15 to apply for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson)

Event helps Asian and Pacific Islanders enroll in health care

The Richmond Memorial Convention Center was the site recently of a health care enrollment event directed at Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities are some of the least represented in...
Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Photo by Gabriel J. Sanchez

Contra Costa County offers loan forgiveness to Doctors Medical Center

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors agreed to forgive about $9 million in repayment debt from struggling Doctors Medical Center (DMC) over the next three to five years. Supervisors John Gioia and Federal D....