The Great Tomato Sale

Photo Essay • David Meza

Did you know that Russia has its own special tomato? How about Japan? Kentucky?

If you attended the Great Tomato Plant Sale, “Heirlooms Of The World,” at the AdamsCrest Urban Farm in East Richmond Heights Apr. 11, you would have seen all of them and more. University of California Master Gardeners, along with city environmental officials and local agricultural advocates, all collaborated to host the annual event, now in its fourth year.

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DMC to Close April 21

By Nancy DeVille It’s the decision that many hoped would never come: Doctors Medical Center is closing April 21. The board of West Contra Costa Healthcare District, which governs DMC, made the decision Thursday after they were advised the hospital is running out of money and has exhausted opportunities to borrow additional funds. “This is […]

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ER Nurse: Closure of DMC Will Be ‘Catastrophic’

By Nancy DeVille | Photo by David Meza As the threat of Doctors Medical Center’s shutdown draws closer, Maria Sahagun says she still hasn’t given up hope. An emergency room nurse at DMC, Sahagun and her colleagues have spent months urging the West Contra Costa Healthcare District to come up with a solution to save […]

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Study Shows Gaping Holes in Safety Net for California’s Uninsured

News Report, Anna Challet | New America Media The safety net for uninsured Californians is full of holes – and those holes are much bigger for the state’s undocumented people. That’s one of the main findings of a new study by the statewide health care advocacy coalition Health Access. The organization’s executive director Anthony Wright says the “uneven safety […]

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Residents at Troubled Housing Complex to Soon Move Out

News Report, Malcolm Marshall During the first week of February, newly elected Mayor Tom Butt announced that residents of the dilapidated Hacienda public housing complex will receive federally funded Section 8 vouchers to move into new housing. At a press conference at the 150-unit Hacienda complex at 1300 Roosevelt Ave, Butt—along with Richmond Housing Authority […]

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Building a Bike Culture in Richmond

By Nancy DeVille When Matthew Schwartz moved to Richmond earlier this year, he noticed the city offered plenty of miles to bike, but no shop where he could take his bike parts and build a bicycle. Buying a new bike didn’t quite fit into his budget, so he was forced to rely on public transportation. […]

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Getting Richmond Covered

By Nancy DeVille As open enrollment continues for benefits under the Affordable Care Act, Richmond health advocates are making an extra push to help residents learn what their options are. Through February, Californians who currently don’t have access to health plans through an employer or private insurer can obtain coverage through Covered California, the state’s […]

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Transformation on the Richmond Greenway

Story, Malcolm Marshall | Photos, David Meza It was a warm fall day, with temperatures near 70 degrees, when Iron Triangle residents and community members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Harbour 8, Richmond’s newest park, designed and built by local residents. “It takes a village to build a park,” said Toody Maher, executive […]

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