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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.
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.
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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...
Street view of Hacienda public housing development, site of the most egregious lapses in maintenance and sanitary upkeep by the Richmond Housing Authority. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

City Council addresses media reports of neglect and mismanagement by Richmond Housing Authority

The Richmond City Council responded to damning media reports of appalling public housing conditions and financial mismanagement by the Richmond Housing Authority.
At the Chemical Safety Board meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, audience members held up signs calling for more regulation of oil refineries in California. (Photo by: Sukey Lewis)

Chemical Safety Board moves to postpone vote on refinery recommendations

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Tuesday voted to postpone a decision on its staff’s recommendation that California adopt a new regulatory framework for refineries.
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Richmond’s controversial housing plan takes step forward

Richmond moved one step closer to implementing its eminent domain plan Tuesday night by tightening guidelines for the program, which aims to save struggling homeowners from foreclosure.