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‘Captain’ of Hotel Mac preserves 100 year tradition of flavor

Instead of calling herself owner of Hotel Mac, Lara Cho calls herself “captain.” Her employees playfully call her “Momma.” In the mornings, she comes in several hours before opening at 11:30 a.m. She does a sweep through the restaurant to make sure things are in order, such as turning on the lights. She boots up the computer systems and makes sure the fridges and water are running at the correct temperatures. Lara is the fourth generation of captains of Hotel…

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Michael Gonzales, School Board Candidate

Michael Gonzales was born in San Francisco but has been a Richmond resident for the past 20 years. He’s a man of many hats: a father of four and grandfather of one, a teacher, a pastor, a counselor and a consultant. After being recruited to run for school board three years ago by local teachers frustrated by the  West Contra Costa School District, Gonzales was recruited again to run in this year’s school board elections. Gonzales, 63, has one goal:…

Carlos Taboada, School Board Candidate

Carlos Taboada is not a new face in West Contra Costa school board races. A teacher in the district for 21 years, Taboada first ran three years ago and is very vocal about his views as a critical eye of charter schools in the area. “I think we are in a very crucial moment in our district,” he said. His motivation to run lies primarily in recentering the focus on public schools.He has a young grandson who will soon enter…

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