What Big Soda Didn’t Buy

Op-Ed, Daniel Zingale Big Soda spent big bucks. That’s how it defeated ballot measures to create soda taxes in two California towns. In Richmond, in the Bay Area, and in El Monte, east of Los Angeles, the measures would have added a penny-an-ounce tax on soda. Had the taxes passed, they were projected to raise […]

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Undocumented Activists Get Organized With CCISCO

News Feature, Malcolm Marshall It’s a Monday evening in November at the CCISCO office in Richmond, and members of CLOUD, or Community Leaders Organizing Undocumented Dreamers, have come together to assist those interested in submitting a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application. The landmark DACA program, announced by President Obama last summer, allows undocumented […]

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Prostitution, a Growing Threat to the Richmond Community

By Asani Shakur EDITOR’S NOTE:.  A 25-year-old who grew up on the streets of Richmond decided to write this piece because of what he sees happening in his community every day.  Barbaric. Evil. Modern-day slavery. Those are some of the words that President Barack Obama used to describe sex trafficking during a speech he delivered […]

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Prostitution, a Growing Threat to the Richmond Community

By Asani Shakur EDITOR’S NOTE:.  A 25-year-old who grew up on the streets of Richmond decided to write this piece because of what he sees happening in his community every day.  Barbaric. Evil. Modern-day slavery. Those are some of the words that President Barack Obama used to describe sex trafficking during a speech he delivered […]

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The CASE Act: Protection or Persecution?

Commentary,  Sonya Mann An overwhelming number of California voters, 81 percent, supported Proposition 35 (also called the CASE Act), which expands legal protections for victims of sex trafficking, and specifies harsher punishments for their pimps. The landslide victory for the measure probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that on the surface it sounded like […]

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Presidential Candidates Set a Good Example for Married People

Blog, by Alicia Marie My reason for watching CNN on election night was different from the majority of most Americans for the simple fact that I don’t vote, so the results didn’t really matter to me. However, I’m not ignorant of the issues or about how politics work, and I wanted to see what people […]

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Soda Tax Lost, But Richmond Still Won (Sort of)

News Report, Tania Pulido Billboards for No on Measure N, the controversial soda tax that voters here rejected on Tuesday, have been a constant image over the last several months as I rode my bike through the city. When I would stop to ask the people standing with “No” signs whether they personally opposed the […]

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In Richmond, English Learners Get an Assist From Volunteers

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto “Every good story has a conflict,” says the teacher as she draws a story plot map for her students. Arleth and Saul, both 14 and freshmen at Richmond High, follow along, drawing the jagged map onto their notebooks, labeling the exposition, rising action and climax. The lesson has Arleth, Saul and […]

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