Richmond Confidential

Wicks declares victory in assembly race, Beckles refuses to concede

By Christi Warren, Mara Kardas-Nelson and Brandon Yadegari  In the race to represent Richmond, Berkeley and north Oakland in the California State Assembly, Democratic establishment-backed candidate Buffy Wicks declared victory Wednesday morning over her opponent, democratic socialist-supported Jovanka Beckles. But Beckles expressed concern with calling the outcome of the race for assembly district 15, saying…

Election results: RPA loses grip, Mayor Butt re-elected

By Betty Marquez Rosales, Edward Booth and Barbara Harvey The Richmond Progressive Alliance appears to have lost its majority on the Richmond City Council, with early results indicating the election Tuesday of two candidates not affiliated with the left-leaning political group that has transformed city politics in recent years. As of Wednesday afternoon, incumbent Eduardo…

GALLERY: Richmond Votes

Richmond voters flocked to the polls in what could be record-breaking numbers. Richmond Confidential reporters went to the polls and watch parties, here are their images from the day. Betty Jones, 82, voted at Richmond High this afternoon, noting that the polling place was the emptiest she’d seen the venue from her recollection of voting…

With big issues at stake, Richmond heads to the polls

Spurred by competitive local races and important ballot initiatives, Richmond voters flocked to the polls in what could be record-breaking numbers. We’ll be updating this story throughout the evening with more photos, voter testimonies and news stories. Rafik Algzali walks to vote at the Community Senior Citizens Center on Tuesday. Algzali voted for the first…

Richmond Pulse City Council candidate Q&A’s

Our partner site, Richmond Pulse, recently conducted a series of interviews with this year’s City Council candidates. Click on any candidate’s image to view their Q&A.

Residents of Richmond public housing live in fear, demand action to address poor conditions

Her family dialed 911. But when paramedics reached the seven-story affordable housing development, they found its elevators malfunctioning yet again. In fact, the elevators at this federally funded housing development had not been working for one week, residents say, and they often break down. The building houses some of the city’s most vulnerable residents — low-income seniors and people with disabilities.

The places that made black history, in Richmond and Oakland

To commemorate Black History Month, the news teams from Oakland North and our sibling site, Richmond Confidential, spent a morning observing some of the spaces in our two cities that have been important to the East Bay’s black community—past and present.

We’re off for the summer — see you in September!

Richmond Confidential is a project of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and now that it’s summer, our students are on break to work internships at other publications. We’ll be back to train a new class of student reporters in early September. Please feel free to explore the site and our past coverage. Our student journalists…

Tales of Two Cities: History

This week’s episode is about history. Tune in to hear about the journey of a thrifted musical instrument, Oakland Unified School District’s Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Festival, the last remaining Rosie the Riveters in Richmond and the Richmond Museum’s celebration of WWI history.

Tales of Two Cities: Marked

This week’s episode features stories of people who are marked. Individuals tagged in some way and navigating the expectations that come along with their markings.

Tales of Two Cities: Spaces

For our final episode of 2016, we bring you stories about different types of spaces and the creatures that inhabit them. Tune in to hear stories about an East Oakland mural transforming the space around a community center, a heated governmental debate about the best way to stop illegal dumping in the East Bay, and a trip up to Bodega Bay to explore the legacy of the classic film The Birds.