Local Happenings: September 2016

The 8th annual Spirit & Soul Festival will return to downtown Richmond with live music, food booths, a youth zone and an outdoor bazaar with artisan and craft vendors. Proceeds from beverage and silent auction sales will benefit Richmond Main Street Initiative’s mission to support the revitalization of historic downtown Richmond.

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Fate of Farmworker Overtime Bill in Hands of the Assembly

A major showdown is expected to take place in Sacramento today as the Assembly floor session adjourned abruptly last Thursday before hearing one of the most important bills of the day: AB 1066. If passed, AB 1066, authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), would expand overtime pay for thousands of California farmworkers.

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Op-Ed: Why school board elections matter for West Contra Costa families

As a parent of two young girls, I often find myself wondering: Are my girls watching too much TV? Did they do enough reading over the summer? Are they taking the right vitamins? Big or small, parenting is often filled with doubts. However, one thing I’m absolutely certain of is the importance of the November elections — not just at the national level, but here in our backyards.

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Lo Que el Desalojo le Hace a La Familia

Cuando mi mamá me dijo que había recibido una notificación de desalojo, yo estaba triste. No porque iba a perder la casa donde vivía, sino porque mi madre soltera, embarazada tendría que trabajar aún más de lo que ya lo hacía.

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‘Kids First’ — Well Intentioned But Where’s the Money?

Because there is no funding source other than the general fund, Kids First would simply take funding away from existing City programs and transfer the money to non-profits, probably resulting in City staff layoffs. Funds would be taken away from unionized public employees and go to non-union, private non-profits.

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