Fired fire chief sues city for discrimination

A head and shoulders photo of Richmond Fire Chief Angel Montoya in a black or navy uniform with an embroidered Fire Department badge on the left arm and a metal badge over his left breast pocket. His name badge is over the right breast pocket. He is clean shaven with cropped salt and pepper hair and is smiling.

Former Fire Chief Angel Montoya has filed a discrimination case against Richmond, claiming the city fired him in October because of his Hispanic ethnicity and his age.  The lawsuit, filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court on Nov. 28 and uploaded to the public portal Monday, alleges that two years after hiring Montoya, city officials…

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Richmonders will get rebates for backup power during shutoffs

Richmond residents who lost power during the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) to prevent wildfires earlier this fall may soon be eligible for rebates for backup power equipment they buy to keep the lights on in future shutoffs. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a $100 million budget last month for a program to…

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