Brett Murphy

Blocs apart: how violence undermines protest goals

Reporter Brett Murphy spent time covering the protests against police violence in Berkeley and Oakland. He shares his thoughts along with a video of the protests. Viewer warning: contains offensive language.

Three years away, but Richmond ferry plans steaming forward

The project’s two vessels will cost an estimated $34 million total in “initial capital expenditures,” with an estimated operating costs of about $3.46 million a year. Terminal construction will cost between $8 and $12 million. The total cost of the project is estimated between $42 and $46 million.

Has at-large voting outlived its usefulness in Richmond?

Richmond is one of the few major (100,000-plus population) Bay Area cities still electing its council and school board members on an at-large basis, a 100-year old system that’s been under attack throughout California and the country as minority-repressive.

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 government its money can buy.