Tag Archives: election

Just some of the ocean of mailers sent out by campaigns to residents during the 2014 City Council. (Photo by Robert Rogers)

After previous attempts to influence, Chevron stays out of city election

Two years after spending more than $3 million only to see each candidate it backed lose, Chevron and its political action committee, Moving Forward, have been notably absent from the 2016 election cycle.
As the 2016 election draws near, Richmond voters are afforded the opportunity to see where the city council hopefuls are getting their money. Photo by Catherine Schuknecht.

Campaign finance reports provide litmus test for voters as election approaches

The last Friday of September was the first pre-election filing deadline for city council candidates to submit campaign finance reports. It was the first chance for the public to see the inner financial workings of...

Independence of independent expenditure groups called into question

Richmond’s 2014 election was defined by Chevron Corp.’s failed effort to get their favored candidates elected despite spending more than $3 million through an array of independent expenditure committees. Some have raised concerns about coordination...
The three Team Richmond candidates, McLaughlin, Beckles and Martinez, sharing a joke on a victorious election night. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Crude politics: Chevron lost expensive election, but still has plenty of power

Harriet Rowan and Jimmy Tobias, Richmond Confidential reporters and students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, published an article for The Nation website that explores Chevron's continuing influence in Richmond after losing big...

Scenes from an upset: At RPA headquarters, exhaustion and doubt turn to exhilaration

A long and tense day brought an end to an election that looks set to bring a David v Goliath story.

Bates, Butt and Bell win council race

In a hotly contested City Council election, with millions of dollars at play and a recent push into the national spotlight, Richmond voters have elected Nat Bates, Tom Butt and Gary Bell to the three...

Prop 34 may affect double homicide trial in Martinez

When California citizens vote next week on Proposition 34, they could be holding the life of accused murderer Nathaniel Burris in their hands. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Burris, whose...
Kids walking to polls

Mock election brings democracy to life at Olinda Elementary

Civic engagement became a hands-on activity at Olinda Elementary School on Tuesday when students participated in a school-wide mock election.

School Board Election 2012: Antonio Medrano

It’s 9:10 a.m. and school started two hours ago. Antonio Medrano stands in Richmond High School’s foyer giving a slightly disapproving look to three students who walk in late. “Buenos tardes,” says Medrano, smiling. “Buenos...
Robert Studdiford sitting for portrait

School Board Election 2012: Robert Studdiford

In eight years on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, seven on the Citizens’ Budget Oversight Committee, and years on PTAs and coaching soccer, Robert Studdiford taught himself how the West Contra Costa County Unified School...