Q&A: Mayor Tom Butt and the Search for Richmond’s Bright Future

Interview • Vernon Whitmore and Malcolm Marshall

Editor’s Note: Richmond Mayor Tom Butt spoke to Chamber of Commerce Chair Vernon Whitmore and Richmond Pulse Publisher Malcolm Marshall about rebranding the city, working with the Richmond Progressive Alliance and creating a culture of expectation for young people in Richmond.


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.


Students Weigh In On School Spending Priorities

Compiled By David Meza At a recent town hall meeting, West Contra Costa Unified School District students had the chance to give their direct input into how educational money should be spent for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. The April 16 meeting at Helms Middle School in San Pablo, also gave students information about the […]


Mumia Case Highlights Lack of Health Care in Prison

Commentary, Asani Shakur Mumia Abu-Jamal’s recent trip to the hospital should make us take a second look at the way we provide health care to those who need it most. Abu-Jamal, who has spent over 30 years incarcerated, made news on March 30, 2015, when he was rushed from Mahanoy State Prison in Pennsylvania to […]


Walking the Line: Reporting on Protests and Police Response

Video, Ann Bassette EDITOR”S NOTE:The Bay Area Black Journalists Association hosted “Walking the Line: Reporting on Protests and Police Response,” on April 4 at the UC Berkeley Journalism School. The conversation featured professional journalists, citizen journalists and law enforcement officials weighing in on the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the Bay Area and the […]


Helping Foster Care Youth Succeed

By Malcolm Marshall and Dameion King | Photo, Dameion King

In California tens of thousands of children are part of the foster care system, and according to experts those who “age out” face an uphill struggle into adulthood. Without financial support or assistance from family many of these young adults fail quickly.


The Most Ignorant Among Us? Sometimes It’s College Students

Commentary, Sean Shavers Last month, a video surfaced online of University of Oklahoma fraternity members singing a racist song that joked about lynching black people. In the video, white members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity rode on a bus while chanting, “There will never be a n—– SAE. You can hang him from a […]


Tackling Poverty in the Bay Area

News Report, Ann Bassette Concerned residents, researchers and public officials came together at the Regional Poverty and Policy Community workshop in Richmond last month to discuss causes and solutions of poverty in the Bay Area. Participants at the event — held at Solar Richmond, a nonprofit that provides free training in solar and green jobs […]