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Andromeda Brooks (top left), Jonny Perez (top right), Menbere Aklilu (bottom left), and Najari Smith (bottom right) are four of Richmonds "Agents of Change" working to improve Richmond's community. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Agents of Change: Scenes of a city in motion

Old opinions about Richmond often seem set in stone, but at least some of the worst may be on the way out. That’s what we tried to document in “Agents of Change,” a series of...
Menbere Aklilu, owner of the Richmond restaurant Salute E Vita, sits for a photograph at her desk. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

After hard times, restaurant owner warms hearts in Richmond with love

Menbere Aklilu has come a long way. From a struggling single mother, she is now a restaurant owner in Richmond, after moving from her native Ethiopia and a time in Italy. Aklilu hosts an annual...

The table is set: Free holiday meals

For those without a place to stay or food to eat, Thanksgiving may conjure mixed emotions. Several Richmond churches and non-profits are fostering togetherness and nourishment by offering free meals for the community this Thursday....

Richmond homeless vigil a beacon of light for those on the street

On Saturday night a handful of Richmond and Bay Area residents gathered near the steps of the Civic Center Plaza for an overnight vigil to show concern about homelessness, what many in the group call...

Contra Costa homeless shelters unsure about effects of realignment

As the state starts to release prisoners into the supervision of the counties, Contra Costa County’s homeless shelters – where former prisoners often end up because they don’t have family or their identity reestablished upon...