Christi Warren

Richmond comes together for first Shabbat after Pittsburgh shooting

Inside Richmond’s Temple Beth Hillel on Nov. 2, just after the sun dipped below the western horizon, a group of about 40 people gathered for a potluck. The Friday sunset marked the beginning of Shabbat — and just like every first Friday of the month, the congregants of Temple Beth Hillel recognized it by coming…

Contra Costa County could see record voter turnout

Contra Costa County voters headed to the polls early Tuesday in what officials say could be record-breaking numbers for a midterm election — a response to the divisive national politics and contentious local races, including a costly and closely watched race for Assembly District 15. “We are excited with the initial turnout,” said Joe Canciamilla,…

Tiffany Grimsley, School Board Candidate

Tiffany Grimsley has been thinking about running for a West Contra Costa school board seat for about two years. She lives in Hercules now, but grew up in El Cerrito, graduating high school there. Two of her three children have attended West Contra Costa Unified School District schools—her middle child is a recent graduate of…

Patricio Dujan, School Board Candidate

When Patricio Dujan’s daughter arrived to her first day of fifth grade at Washington Elementary School in Richmond last August, the father of two was stunned to realize his eldest child would be starting the school year with a substitute teacher. “Not even a long-term substitute, just a substitute,” Dujan said. Dujan, 45, has worked…