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Nowhere in its site description does Radio Free Richmond disclose its ties to Chevron's campaign  consultants.

Stealth Chevron consultants administer Richmond news website

In February, a slick new website showed up on Richmond’s media scene. Dubbed “Radio Free Richmond," it promised to offer its readers “independent Richmond news, without fear or favor.” But behind Radio Free Richmond’s veneer...
Homicides in Richmond over the last three years. (Map by Martin Totland/Richmond Confidential)

Richmond police stats show decline in homicides (Interactive Map)

Richmond homicides have plummeted almost 70 percent over the last decade, and recent police data shows that the downward trend continues, with 12 homicides this year, the lowest in over three decades. Police and city...
The Chevron refinery has long been a physical presence in Richmond. But this election year, more so than any time in the company’s history here, Chevron has nakedly embedded itself in local politics.

Why Chevron’s trying to buy Richmond’s elections

Chevron has poured millions into a campaign committee to influence Richmond's mayoral and City Council elections, and the unprecedented spending has fueled questions about what the oil titan hopes to achieve with the best city...
Richmond Working Families political action committee members posed for a group photo after the press conference in front of Richmond City Hall. (Photo by Loi Almeron)

Richmond residents and activists rally against Chevron’s campaign committee Moving Forward

About 30 sign-toting residents and activists assembled at City Hall Thursday to rail against what they say is a heavy handed attempt by Chevron Corp. to influence the Nov. 4 election. They also announced their...
The Point Richmond branch of Mechanics Bank. CEO Christa Steele announced last week the bank, locally owned since 1905, would be sold to Texas billionaire Gerald J. Ford. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson)

Imminent sale of longtime Richmond bank brings windfall to owners, but impact on jobs unknown

Mechanics Bank, a Richmond institution with a 109 year history is being sold to Ford Financial Fund, private equity firm from Texas, that specializes in buying and consolidating banks and selling them for profit. While...
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Mayoral and City Council candidates debate economic vitality at Hilltop Mall

On Saturday, Richmond mayoral and city council candidates debated plans over how to spur economic vitality at Hilltop Mall. Click through the photo gallery to see what they had to say.
Mayor and council candidates joust over how to invigorate the Hilltop Mall during a candidate forum Saturday. (Photo by: Fan Fei)

Richmond candidates clash on Hilltop Mall LED sign

Mayoral and council candidates clashed during a debate Saturday over whether to green light a digital sign on the I-80 corridor that would tout the troubled Hilltop Mall business district.
Students with the Fossil Free UC campaign hold up signs urging the UC Board of Regents to divest from the fossil fuel industry at the UC Regents' meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The Regents manage a $91 billion investment portfolio, about $10 billion of which is invested in fossil fuel companies. San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

UC Regents vote in favor of sustainable investment over divestment

The University of California Board of Regents voted Wednesday to add several environmental responsibility initiatives into its investment portfolio, but declined to act on student fossil-free coalitions' demands that it divest from fossil fuel companies.
(File photo by: Tawanda Kanhema)

Minimum wage increase stalls

Richmond’s effort to pass a minimum wage hike has stalled. A general increase to the minimum wage gained support from the city council on March 19, but the proposed ordinance failed to pass a second...
The Dalai Lama smiled and waved as he left the Richmond Community Center. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Dalai Lama blesses Richmond’s Tibetan Center

The Dalai Lama was in Richmond to bless the Tibetan Association of Northern California’s offices and community center, where participants hope Tibetan cultural life can be sustained and passed on to the next generation. Many...