Tag Archives: Nat Bates

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.
Protestors.

Richmond city council meeting marked by protests over Richard “Pedie” Perez

Frustration was the headliner at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, at which the council heard from a mourning family and unanimously elected a new vice mayor.
Richmond City Council. (Photo by Tawanda Kanhema)

City council rejects zoning revisions for a digital sign in Hilltop

A divided Richmond City Council has rejected a zoning amendment that would allow a digital advertising billboard on the I-80 corridor for the troubled Hilltop business district. Leaders in the Hilltop district have urged the...
Attorney Vinay Pimple was appointed Tuesday night to fill the empty seat on the Richmond City Council, after three weeks of deliberation. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Vinay Pimple appointed to fill vacant seat on Richmond City Council

In what many are calling a surprise move, the Richmond City Council voted Tuesday night to appoint Vinay Pimple, a blind attorney and volunteer tutor, to fill the vacant seat on the council that was...
Sheryl E. Lane and Vinay Pimple were nominated on Tuesday night but both failed to get four votes to be appointed to the empty seat. Photos were taken on February 10. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond City Council fails to fill vacant seat for a second week

Following motions to appoint Sheryl E. Lane and Vinay Pimple, neither of which passed, Mayor Tom Butt postponed the decision to next week.
Marilyn Langlois, Sheryl Lane and Ben Choi, from left to right, are three of the 18 candidates vying to fill the empty seat on the City Council. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond City Council adjourns without filling vacant seat

Richmond’s City Council failed to appoint a new member to the Council’s vacant seat Tuesday night, deciding after a series of deadlocked nominations to instead to move the decision to next week’s council meeting.
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Empty city council seat has 18 contenders

Before the Tuesday night deadline, 18 candidates from diverse backgrounds filed applications to fill the empty seat. The council majority will only choose one of them.
three people hold signs at richmond city council meeting "we need answers" and "native lives matter" and "justiec for leno"

Mayor Tom Butt convenes first meeting of Richmond’s new city council

On Tuesday mayor Tom Butt called the new city council to order for the first time. On the agenda: electing a vice mayor, disbanding the Public Safety and Finance standing committees, and removing the time...
A stack of signs authorized and paid for by Richmond Working Families for Jobs 2014 in Nat Bates’ headquarters. (photo by Harriet Rowan)

Independence of independent expenditure groups called into question

Richmond’s 2014 election was defined by Chevron Corp.’s failed effort to get their favored candidates elected despite spending more than $3 million through an array of independent expenditure committees. Some have raised concerns about coordination...
The three Team Richmond candidates, McLaughlin, Beckles and Martinez, sharing a joke on a victorious election night. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Crude politics: Chevron lost expensive election, but still has plenty of power

Harriet Rowan and Jimmy Tobias, Richmond Confidential reporters and students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, published an article for The Nation website that explores Chevron's continuing influence in Richmond after losing big...