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Mayoral profile: Mike Parker

If elected, the 73-year-old Mike Parker said he will focus on education, affordable housing and job training. “I believe the school system has failed both the teachers and the parents in Richmond,” said Parker. “People don’t have confidence in it.”

Mural featuring Richmond diversity celebrated

Last June the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission unveiled Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People, an intricate five-panel mural spearheaded by artist Judy Baca, at the Richmond Senior Center on Macdonald Avenue. About 50 people gathered this past Sunday to officially dedicate the mural.

Latest BART strike reignites tensions between commuters and workers

With the possibility of a BART strike looking more likely, tension was thick during Gene Alexander’s shift as a BART train operator yesterday evening. Earlier that day BART union representatives said they would likely strike at midnight, but Alexander was still transporting passengers. It was clear to her that some riders were upset.

Richmond students offered SAT for free

In the past, a limited number of SAT fee waivers were available to students who qualified for free and reduced-cost lunches. This year the school district will cover testing fees out of the general fund. The board says allowing students to take the test free of charge promotes a culture of college and career readiness.

Mobile farmer’s market makes stops in Richmond

Janie Holland, community ambassador for Freshest Cargo’s North Richmond stop, attempts to engage every person walking past the parking lot of McGlothen Temple Church of God in Christ. “Come get some fruit,” Holland says. This is her routine every Wednesday. She knows most of the people who have gathered at the food truck selling only…

Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Despite the government shutdown, open enrollment for health insurance begins today. About 5 million uninsured people are going to be newly eligible for insurance through Covered California, according to Morgan Westfall, a project coordinator with the Community Clinic Consortium, a group that advocates for nonprofit health clinics in Contra Costa and Solano counties. Another 2.6 million will qualify for subsidies.