Tag Archives: Maria Viramontes

John Clay, who operates the Pacific Alternative Health Center in Point Richmond, walks away from the podium Tuesday after addressing the city council. The council voted 7-0 to revise its new medical marijuana ordinance and limit the city to only three dispensaries. Photo by Ian A. Stewart.

City Council takes a mulligan on marijuana ordinance

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to undo many of the revisions it made last week to its new medical marijuana ordinance, and also approved a November ballot measure to tax all pot sales.
John Ziesenhenne, the CEO of M.A. Hays Co., poses for a photograph during a political mixer earlier this month. Ziesenhenne is the first person to formally declare their candidacy for the November mayor's race. Photo by Ian A. Stewart.

Ex-Councilman Ziesenhenne officially in mayor’s race

Former Richmond City Councilman John Ziesenhenne has filed his paperwork and will run to unseat Mayor Gayle McLaughlin in November's general election.
Jars of medical marijuana are on display at a Richmond dispensary. File photo by Natalie Jones.

Council passes ‘liberal’ medical pot ordinance

During a marathon session Tuesday night, Richmond's City Council voted 4-3 to adopt a medical marijuana ordinance that will not cap the number of dispensaries allowed within the city limits.
City Finance Director Jim Goins, left, fields questions from members of the city council Tuesday about a 5 percent rate increase for users in the Richmond Municipal Wastewater District. The council approved the increase 6-1. Photo by Ian A. Stewart.

Sewer rates going up, council votes

City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to accept a 5 percent rate increase for each of the next three years on residents of the Richmond Sewer District. While the increase was lower than originally planned, the...
Beverly Dove, left, holds up a sign calling for the end of the Israeli blockade against Gaza during Tuesday night's Richmond City Council meeting. The council was scheduled to discuss a resolution condemning the Israeli raid on a humanitarian flotilla that included two Richmond residents, but the discussion was couched after an emotional back-and-forth. Photo by Ian A. Stewart.

Tempers flare on council as pair of flotilla survivors return home

The mayor's call to condemn the Israeli response to last month's Gaza flotilla met with some emotional resistance Tuesday, as the two Richmond residents who were aboard the beseiged ships both arrived home.