Robin Simmonds

The historical uniqueness of a city in transformation

Richmond is a record breaker. Known for many years to host the largest oil refinery in the country and as the most productive World War II shipyard, Richmond also once hosted the biggest winery in the world. The city’s historical legacy has been recognized in some respects. The transformation of a 1930s Ford assembly plant, a beacon of the industrial age, into a conference center and museum complex is one example. However, there are still some major historic assets in...

Richmond Pulse gives voice to the voiceless

Malcolm Marshall, managing editor at the Pulse, has been recognized this year by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Malcolm will be presented the group’s Silver Heart award tonight, an award that honors a “journalist whose career reflects an extraordinary dedication to giving voice to the voiceless”.

Historic buildings of Richmond forgotten but not gone

Standing at the intersection of Harbour Way and Nevin Avenue sits the famed New Hotel Carquinez. Most of the people passing through the ornate entryway these days are senior residents of the subsidized apartments inside. There is no fancy restaurant, no bellhops, no grand chandeliers.

Richmond Wrecking Belles play for the challenge

The Richmond Wrecking Belles managed to snatch the bronze from the hands of the San Francisco ShEvil Dead in this Saturday’s regional championship game, placing third in the regional tournament.

State Controller’s Office cancels audit of Richmond city finances

After threatening an expensive audit, the California State Controller’s Office let Richmond off the hook Thursday. Two routine reviews into the city’s Gas Tax Fund and state and federal programs administered by the city will continue. Neither bears any financial cost for Richmond.

Locals play softball with soulful purpose

The Richmond City Council on Tuesday night officially recognized Soulful Softball Sundays, a community-run summer recreation program, as a success that has helped build community and provide a safe space for adults and children alike.