Bike Fiesta in Richmond

News Brief, Melissa Lopez/ Photos, Min Lee On May 14, 2011, Building Blocks for Kids (BBK) hosted their first “Bike Fiesta” at Lincoln elementary. Although the weather wasn’t as pleasant as expected, families and volunteers still showed up and joined the fun. The event was organized specifically for the Iron Triangle community, and was a […]

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College Dream Eludes Immigrant Valedictorian

First Person, Jessica Garcia// Audio, William Haynes People often speak about how college is a long, rigorous challenge, and I am sure it’s probably true. However, over the years I have proven to myself that I posses the commitment, desire, potential and determination to be academically successful. I’m not claiming that college will be easy, […]

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College Dream Eludes Immigrant Valedictorian

First Person, Jessica Garcia// Audio, William Haynes People often speak about how college is a long, rigorous challenge, and I am sure it’s probably true. However, over the years I have proven to myself that I posses the commitment, desire, potential and determination to be academically successful. I’m not claiming that college will be easy, […]

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Kennedy High Students Present Ideas for the Greenway in Richmond

Video, William Haynes/Malcolm Marshall/Min Lee RICHMOND, Ca — Kennedy High School Y-Plan students recently presented their suggestions for the Richmond Greenway at City Hall. Y-PLAN is an award-winning initiative where youth are engaged as genuine stakeholders and participants in local planning projects with the mentorship of UC Berkeley students in urban planning, design, and education.

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Planting Trees in the Iron Triangle

Photo Essay, Karina Guadalupe   On Saturday April 3oth, Richmond residents and volunteers met at the 800 Block of 6th Street to make a difference in the Iron Triangle by planting trees. This initiative is part of the Iron Triangle Legacy Project in collaboration with East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Contra Costa Interfaith […]

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Should I Carry a Gun Too, for Protection?

Commentary, Nancy Ybarra I’ve lived in Richmond for as long as I can remember. Central is the hood I grew up in. I attended Richmond High School, but then I went off to finish at Samuel L. Gompers High School. Living in central my whole life, I realized that it isn’t the safest place to […]

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Improving Richmond Schools, One Parent at a Time

Public schools in Richmond, Ca have for years been under fire for academically underperforming.  The city has even struggled to keep kids in the classroom, to the extent that last October, officials resorted to rising dropout and truancy rates by issuing a daytime curfew for school-age youth. Enforcement, however, is not the only approach being taken […]

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Fixing the Cycle in Richmond

Video, Nancy Ybarra, Malcolm Marshall Music: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin//Florida by Diplo Richmond, CA – On May 13th and 14th, 2011, Fix the Cycle: a collaboration between members of the Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative, the City of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services, LEAP, Richmond Police Department, and Richmond Spokes, will sponsor two […]

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Richmond’s Earth Day Compost Giveaway

Video, Karina Guadalupe, Min Lee EDITORS’ NOTE: On Earth Day 2011, the City of Richmond, Calif. promoted its residential food scrap program, in which the contents of green curbside bins are composted and offered back to residents. Over 300 people turned out to get free compost buckets, compost and edible plants for their home gardens.

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