Richmond’s Opportunity West Closes its Doors

News Report, Kia Croom Last month, under increasing financial strain, the non-profit Opportunity West closed its doors. Housed in the Nevin Community Center, located in Richmond’s Iron Triangle, the closure left staff and clients struggling to cope with the loss of services many say are needed now more than ever. With the economy continuing to […]

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As Grisby Murder Trial Begins, Father Grapples With Loss

News Report, Monica Quesada   Terry Bell has the perfect explanation for what happened to his son. “He was at the right place at the wrong time,” Bell said. “It was just timing. He walked out and here they come.” Gene Deshawn Grisby, Bell’s eldest son, was shot and killed on Monday, January 10, 2011, outside […]

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Hooked On, and Scared of, Smartphones

News Feature, Adrienne Chainey   “Smartphone” has been a household term since around the time of the Blackberry, which was the first phone to begin utilizing wireless email in 2002. Since then, smartphones have become a cultural icon, representing the modern-age of technology and the rapid rate of innovation by companies such as Apple, Intel, […]

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Xavier Viramontes, Pioneer of Chicano Art, Still at Home in Richmond/San Pablo

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Xavier Viramontes is a nationally renowned printmaker whose prints impacted many political movements and social justice campaigns during the 1970’s. His prints are also part of the revolutionary canon of Chicano art produced at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. His most famous print, “Boycott Grapes, Support the United Farm […]

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Youth Brings Poetry Slam Title Home to Richmond

News Feature, Taisa Grant The City of Richmond was made proud on April 27 when one of it’s own, Nya Mcdowell, 15, was crowned the Bay Area’s 2012 Youth Speaks Grand Slam champion. It all started in Richmond on Saturday, April 14, when the city played host to its very first Youth Speaks Poetry Slam […]

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East Bay Parks Campaign Targets Local Youth

 News Report, Peter Schurmann   California, and the Bay Area in particular, is blessed with some truly magnificent natural treasures. Still, while many of these outdoor wonders are often no more than a stone’s throw from many urban centers, a high number of largely inner-city youth never experience them. To address that, the East Bay […]

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Why Richmond’s General Plan Must Pass

Op-Ed, Sheryl Lane Richmond has reached a major milestone with the City Council hearing on the adoption of the General Plan scheduled for April 17th. The opportunities presented by Richmond’s General Plan update have been just beyond our grasp for the past five years. Planning consultants, council members, and other city officials have come and […]

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In Support of Richmond Street Artists

Commentary, Edagardo Cervano-Soto 19 year old David Castañeda is a graffiti artist and a member of LA TRIBE, an artist collective in Richmond, California. Yet like many Richmond street artists, his art has received the cold shoulder from city officials and citizens who label graffiti arts as vandalism. But these are artists who have much […]

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African-American Elder Plays Key Role in Violence Prevention Efforts

Profile, Monica Quesada Bennie Singleton quietly entered the church, Richmond’s Garden of Peace Ministries, looking for other “night-walkers.” With a household of children and grandchildren waiting for her at home, there were plenty of other things Singleton could have been doing on a Friday night — but the 78-year-old grandmother just had to come out […]

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A Year to Remember for Salesian High Basketball

News Report, Adrienne Chainey   The Salesian High School boys basketball team capped off one of the best seasons by a prep sports program in Richmond in recent memory, when they knocked off Price High School (Los Angeles) by a score of 70-56 in the Division IV State Championship game on March 23. The team’s […]

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