Newsha Naderzad

New Tenant Ordinances To Help Low Income Residents

The Richmond City Council decided last Tuesday to start drafting two new ordinances to help low income tenants find housing in Richmond. The council was responding to a proposal put forward by Vice Mayor Melvin Willis and several groups. It will make it cheaper for tenants to apply for rental housing and also outlaw discrimination…

North Richmond Annexation

North Richmond is an unincorporated community in West Contra Costa County and is almost completely surrounded by the City of Richmond. The idea of annexation, or integration, of North Richmond into the city has been raised for decades. In 2017, it came up once more and residents are currently discussing the possibility.

Jim Rogers, City Council Candidate

Jim Rogers is one of several candidates running for Richmond City Council who has served previously. Before serving on the council from 2002 to 2014, he served as a Contra Costa County supervisor in the mid to late 90s. In 2014, Rogers helped negotiate a deal with Chevron that includes a program known as “the…

Dave Schoenthal, City Council Candidate

On a night where every speaker had just 7 minutes to present themselves to the audience, Dave Schoenthal did something different. While other city council candidates rushed through their time, he turned the attention to the audience and began asking them what they think Richmond needs. “This is about them,” he said in an interview.…

Diego Garcia, City Council Candidate

Diego Garcia’s slicked back hair and tattoos help give away the fact that his background is different than a typical political candidate’s. The 40-year Richmond resident first joined a neighborhood gang when he was just 9 years old. At 17, he was shot and nearly died. Garcia explains that according to the statistics, he shouldn’t…