Daniela Covarrubias

Steven Parker: the new voice of Richmond

Steven Parker is a new radio voice in Richmond. He’s overcome struggles with crime and drug addiction to remake himself into a local leader who discusses political issues and interviews musical guests on his show. Parker says his newfound vocation helps him fulfill his civic duty and provides residents with news about important issues.

Richmond YMCA toy giveaway founded by firefighter

Richmond firefighter Rod Woods started the annual Toy Giveaway 27 years ago, when he was first hired. “I told the Lord I would give back,” Woods said. This was his way of giving back. Woods was seven years old when his own family was in need during the holidays. “Somebody knocked on the front door of our house and ran,” Woods said. “They left gifts and food for our family.” And it’s this memory that made him want to give…

Richmond Bay Trail gets $335,000 upgrade

The Richmond Bay Trail will be revamped to the tune of $335,000 after the city council approved the renovation project, which includes wider sidewalks, six-foot bike lanes, and new signs and landscape improvements. The project starts in November and will take about a month to complete, according to the construction company tasked with the upgrade.

Communities gather to strategize on how to make Rumrill Boulevard safe for everyone

Richmond and San Pablo officials held a workshop at the Lao Family Center in San Pablo Thursday to share plans and gather community input for a plan to improve pedestrian and bicycle paths in both cities. Traffic improvements were also discussed. Paul Zykofsky from the local government commission said, “by having lane reductions, we’ll be able to have more space for walkways and bicyclist.” The focus was on the Rumrill Boulevard/13th Street corridor between Harbour Way in the City of…

Richmond police one step closer to body cameras

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Richmond City Council whether to spend $85,000 on body cameras for the Richmond Police Deparment. If approved, the cameras will be mandatory to wear during an officer’s shift. If approved, the body cameras are set to be rolled out in early 2015.

Richmond Police car wrecked while nabbing murder suspect

A white-knuckle, 12-minute high-speed pursuit of a gang member wanted on murder charges on Friday, ended with four arrests and one wrecked police cruiser. The pursuit began at around 5:10 p.m. Friday when officers spotted Miguel Ortiz, a suspected Sureño gang member, at the St. John’s Apartment complex on MacDonald Avenue.