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A Donald Trump piñata is tossed around among Richmond High School students during a protest on Nov. 9. Photo by Angeline Bernabe.

While the nation swings right, Richmond swings left

As the Republican Party swept into power nationally and the country watched its politics become more conservative overnight a week ago, Richmond had one of its most progressive elections ever—passing a rent control measure and...
Candidate Melvin Willis celebrates RPA sweep of the City Council election at the organization's headquarters. Photo by Abner Hauge.

Willis’ and Choi’s City Council wins bring victory for RPA, Mayor Butt voices concern

In what may be the biggest electoral victory in the Richmond Progressive Alliance’s 13-year history, the political group has won two more City Council seats—giving it a majority on the council.
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.

Mayor highlights business, environment and council meeting improvements in his first 100 days

On April 23, new Richmond Mayor Tom Butt concluded his first 100 days in office. Butt, a longtime councilmember and Point Richmond architect, won the November election to replace termed-out former mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and...

Richmond Progressive Alliance revives campaign for stronger tenant protections

Advocates for stronger tenant protections in Richmond received support last week when the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) decided to join their efforts. The RPA is an influential political player in the city, with members—Jovanka Beckles,...

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.
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...
Eduardo Martinez gives a speech at the Richmond Progressive Alliance office while waiting for the election results to come in. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Eduardo Martinez: Shy person turned into powerful city councilman

Three minutes past midnight, Eduardo Martinez walks out of the Richmond Progressive Alliance office. He turns around and stares back in. Still no final result. He waves goodnight to his supporters. It’s Martinez’s third time...

Why Chevron’s trying to buy Richmond’s elections

Chevron has poured millions into a campaign committee to influence Richmond's mayoral and City Council elections, and the unprecedented spending has fueled questions about what the oil titan hopes to achieve with the best city...
People in audience

Community organizations look back at elections and forward to future campaigns

With billboards from the Nov. 6 election still standing around the city and councilmembers-elect yet to begin their newest terms, community organizers and elected officials met Thursday night at the Richmond Progressive Alliance to start...