Tag Archives: Tom Butt

A pamphlet with the main ideas that support district elections is being circulated through the community to help voters understand the ideas behind the proposal. (Photo by Robin Simmonds)

District elections proposal heads to city, aims to give neighborhoods a voice

A push to change the way City Council members are elected appears to have resurfaced in Richmond. If successful, the initiative would draw six new districts in the city, each with an elected representative.
Softball games have been played every Sunday during the months of July and August. Photo Courtesy of Soulful Softball Sundays.

Locals play softball with soulful purpose

The Richmond City Council on Tuesday night officially recognized Soulful Softball Sundays, a community-run summer recreation program, as a success that has helped build community and provide a safe space for adults and children alike.
Tom Butt (center), with his wife and campaign manager, reacts as unofficial election results show him winning Richmond's mayoral seat. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

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...
Mister Phillips presents at one of the Hacienda resident council meetings in March. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Ten Hacienda households file tort claims against Richmond

The members of 10 households living in Richmond’s infamous Hacienda public housing complex are claiming the city should pay them damages because the city failed to maintain the housing complex and caused them physical injury,...
Tenants of housing units on 1200 and 1300 Bissell Ave. in Richmond protest against a rent increase by their lanlord on 1st of April 2015. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond’s rent control advocates and opponents face off over gentrification

Richmond is seeing better days. According to a recent research paper by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute, homicides and violent crime were at historic lows in 2013, parks are being renewed, living conditions are improving and...
The relocation process is discussed at a Hacienda resident council meeting. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

How will Richmond Housing Authority spend HUD relocation funding to help Hacienda residents move?

Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) executive director Tim Jones said a little over $1 million in grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will cover relocation cost for Hacienda residents, who should...
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...
Mailers from the Richmond Small Business Association accuse City Manager Bill Lindsay of receiving a salary higher than California Governor Jerry Brown and of mismanaging the city. (Photo provided by Richmond resident Joe Health)

Backers of a flyer campaign and ballot initiative proposal criticize city manager’s salary

Two weeks ago, Richmond residents discovered in their mailboxes large flyers titled “Call the Mayor.” The mailers accused City Manager Bill Lindsay, who has served in that position since 2005, of receiving a salary higher...