Cesar Zepeda may be new to Richmond’s politics, but he’s no stranger to community organizing. The longtime Richmond resident is the president of both the Hilltop District Neighborhood Council and the Hilltop District Homeowners and Stakeholders Association. He’s a co-founder of Richmond Rainbow Pride, the city’s first known LGBT organization.
Nat Bates, 86, is the longest-serving member on the Richmond City Council and also a former two-time mayor of Richmond. The Richmond native and former probation officer sat down with Richmond Pulse to discuss how to bring businesses to Richmond and keep them here.
Vinay Pimple was appointed to City Council to fill the seat that became vacant when Tom Butt was elected mayor. Pimple was sworn into office in March of 2015. Originally from India, he moved to Richmond in 2010. He is an attorney and former software engineer.
Corky Boozé was elected to the City Council in 2010 and lost his reelection bid in 2014. Boozé moved to Richmond in 1978 and worked as a vocational education instructor for 11 years with the Oakland and Alameda school districts
Melvin Willis, 26, is the youngest candidate vying for a seat on the Richmond City Council. He served as a Richmond Planning Commissioner from 2012 to 2014.
City Councilmember Jael Myrick, who is up for re-election in the November 8 election, spoke with Richmond Pulse about where he sees Richmond heading and the major issues it faces, including the budget, crime and housing.
If you don’t have a good education, you’ll always be in the position of doing what you have to do — instead of doing what you want.
On my first day of high school, I was afraid that my teachers were not going to care about me as a person. Then I walked into Ms. Bui’s classroom. Her class was my first period and it was English. She greeted me with an amiable smile that put me at ease. Her classroom was decorated with former students’ work. It gave me something to look forward to.
94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin was attacked and robbed in her Richmond home in late June. Reid Soskin, a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, awoke to find a man standing in her bedroom. She struggled with the intruder before being dragged down a hallway, where the attacker struck here repeatedly. Since the attack, she has received an outpouring of support from the Richmond community as well as from around the country. She recently spoke with Richmond Pulse about the aftermath of the attack and reclaiming her space
Some people say that we are looking for candidates who are “pro-charter school.” Let me be clear: this is not the case. Education Matters advocates for positive change for West Contra Costa students, and we believe this starts with an excellent public school district