As a formerly incarcerated woman and now a criminal justice reform activist, I was overwhelmed with emotion when I first read about Proposition 57. I immediately thought of my older brother, who at 17 was sentenced as an adult to life in prison
After serving six years on the Richmond Planning Commission, Ben Choi is vying for a seat on the City Council. An account manager at Marin Clean Energy, Choi’s campaign is supported by the Richmond Progressive Alliance.
Jim Rogers served on the Richmond City Council from 2002 to 2014. He is also a former member of the Board of Supervisors in Contra Costa County. He is currently working as a financial planner. He spoke with Richmond Pulse about the short-term and long-term ways to solve the city’s affordable housing problem.
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.
Uche Uwahemu is a newcomer to Richmond politics, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2014. He is the president of Cal Bay Consulting Group, a strategic planning organization for business and non-profits.
Many young people are getting ready to vote for the first time on November 8. But are the presidential candidates, state and local officials really addressing the issues we care about? Here’s a rundown of the some of the topics young people are talking about on social media.
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
In a turbulent election season, the race to fill seats on the governing body of the Bay Area’s major transit system isn’t exactly a headline grabber. Yet the race for who will represent one district on the BART board offers voters the most dramatic contrast between competing visions for the region’s future of any on the ballot.