Richmond Confidential

JoAnn Ford advocates for health in Iron Triangle

JoAnn Ford is a Richmond native and has raised seven children in the Iron Triangle. After battling several health issues herself, she has become an advocate for improving health outcomes in Richmond. Through her work with Building Blocks for Kids, JoAnn raises awareness in the community around issues like access to healthy foods and increasing recreational activities. Here, JoAnn shares her story. Jake Nicol, U.C. Berkeley graduate student, produced and edited this film.

Scenes from the BART strike

Updated Friday, October 18 at 2:36 p.m. Thirteen thousand people use Richmond and del Norte BART stations weekly. When union workers announced that they would strike at midnight, many expected the lack of service to cause wide disruption to their morning routine. Updated Friday, October 18 at 2:36 p.m.

Awards ceremony honors innovative East Bay health, tech and design companies

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance celebrated creativity and innovation at its first annual awards ceremony Thursday. The event, held in Oakland at the Fox Theater, honored East Bay organizations that do work in the fields of clean technology, advanced manufacturing, food, information and communication technology, life sciences, engineering, design and education.

Richmond, Oakland leaders supporting proposed state regulation of ammunition sales

In the wake of recent mass shootings—including one in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which took 26 lives, and one in late July at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, which left 12 dead—an East Bay politician is pushing for new state restrictions on the sale of ammunition in California. The move has received widespread support from city and school officials in cities like Oakland and Richmond, which struggle with high rates of violent crime.

Opinion: Gun violence in Newtown, Richmond

There is an African Proverb that I am fond of quoting.  It says: “The experience of one generation becomes the history of the next, and the history of several generations becomes the traditions of a people.” On December 14, 2012 like many Americans and peoples from around the world, I found myself once again extremely grieved by the horrible reality that gun violence IS in many of our American, particularly urban communities.  We here in Richmond experience and understand that…