Tag Archives: Melvin Willis

Proposed housing developments promise to transform downtown Richmond

A series of recently proposed housing developments along Macdonald Avenue in downtown Richmond could spur a business renaissance in the struggling district if city and local business leaders’ predictions ring true. In a city desperate...

Residents of Richmond public housing live in fear, demand action to address poor conditions

Her family dialed 911. But when paramedics reached the seven-story affordable housing development, they found its elevators malfunctioning yet again. In fact, the elevators at this federally funded housing development had not been working for...

Contra Costa supervisors fund Richmond-based prisoner re-entry program on heels of beef with sheriff

The Contra Costa County board of supervisors unanimously voted to renew the contract of a Richmond-based prisoner re-entry program, but only after County Sheriff David Livingston and a supervisor clashed over the group's financial practices.
The Richmond Progressive Alliance office along MacDonald Avenue, crowded with posters of various candidates for City council and WCCUSD Board of Education. Photo by Grace Oyenubi.

2016 election could bring RPA biggest win yet

Back in 2004, Richmond voters saw local election posters encouraging them to “Reach for a better Richmond” and promising them “New Leadership, New Ideas, New Ethics.” Now, six elections later, the up-and-coming political faction behind...
Cartoon by Abner Hauge.

City council candidates clash over development, rent control and schools

Candidates’ strategies for development across Richmond—and especially downtown—varied greatly.

Housing plan sparks arguments on rent control, just cause evictions

After several hours of confusion and bickering, last week the Richmond City Council approved a housing element—a part of the general plan that will address land use and housing development throughout the city—just in time...