Yutao Chen

Evacuation of local animal rescue group following October wildfires reveals challenges for animal shelters

After drawing a tube of blood from the front left leg of Diana, an 8-year-old American bulldog, outreach coordinator John Fonseca commended her as she laid on the bench at the adoption center of Milo Foundation, an animal rescue group based in Point Richmond. “You did good, Diana,” Fonseca said. Bethany Sullivan, Diana’s foster parent, was constantly caressing the dog’s abdomen. Although Sullivan’s own dog was sitting on the ground a couple of yards away, the deep concerns on her…

West Contra Costa schools to receive $1 million federal grant for English learners, immigrant students

The West Contra Costa Unified School District is expecting to receive more than $1 million to assist English-as-a-second-language instruction for this current school year. The state grant is part of a federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which allows each state to decide how to utilize federal funding to improve the quality of instruction and advance education equity. California’s draft plan was signed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) by Gov. Jerry Brown last…

Around the Way: Rhythmic Metals

Ed Lay is a computer programmer and a metals teacher at Richmond Art Center. Learn how he found his passion for teaching metal artworks to the community in the first of Richmond Confidential’s ‘Around the Way’ video series.