Photo Essay, Chanelle Ignant and David Meza Joggers or skinny jeans? Snapbacks or bucket hats? If you’re wondering what the hot fashion trends are in Richmond right now and where can you get in on the action, look no further. On a recent afternoon at the RYSE Youth Center a group...

EDITOR’S NOTE: Incoming Chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Vernon Whitmore, sat down with newly elected councilmember Jael Myrick to discuss the council’s vacant seat, the prospects for district elections in Richmond and the future for Richmond Promise—Myrick’s pet project to help every Richmond youth go to college.   Vernon Whitmore:...

Photo Essay, Luis Cubas Richmond is a city plagued with blight. While some areas are revitalized, too many lots are left empty throughout neighborhoods—standing out like gaps in a crooked smile. While out on a walk down California Avenue, in the North and East neighborhood near Richmond High School, I passed three...

by Joanna Pulido The teacher smiled and held a hat as a line of about a dozen students looked at each other nervously. Inside the hat were small pieces of paper with each student’s name. Luck would determine who would be part of the class, and who would have to continue...

  News Report,  Malcolm Marshall | Photos by David Meza It was all smiles in a packed house at the Richmond City Council chambers Tuesday, where newly elected Mayor Tom Butt and a handful of council members were sworn in. Notable among the faces was California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who gave...

New America Media, Commentary, Andres Tapia, Posted: Jan 13, 2015 FERGUSON, Mo. – The protesting crowds have thinned. The 24-7 news army has packed up its equipment and moved on to the next hot spot. But Ferguson is still simmering.It’s breathtaking enough walking through the business district along Florissant Ave. to...

[caption id="attachment_4782" align="aligncenter" width="618"] Officer Brandon Ruffin chats with a group of locals barbecuing in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall parking lot. (Photo by Martin Totland, courtesy of Richmond Confidential)[/caption] News Report, Brett Murphy Ed. Note: In the past decade, the police department in Richmond, Calif. has undergone a dramatic transformation. Spearheaded by...

By April Suwalksy Writer’s Note: I met Anthony Allen about seven years ago while working with the Richmond Community Foundation. I was new to Richmond, and Anthony welcomed me and helped me get settled. We worked together on several projects for the Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE), and with youth who...

First person, Various Authors EDITORS NOTE: Richmond Pulse asked young adults what they think about the nationwide protests against police brutality sparked by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO., and if they believe anything will change. Initially, I was not inspired by the protests occurring around the country. They were...

From the Pulse News Desk Residents in Richmond will soon have the ability to map landmarks, businesses and even stories to create a new, dynamic representation of the city. Healthy Richmond — part of a decade-long statewide initiative called Building Healthy Communities, sponsored by The California Endowment — launched the mapping...

D’Angelo and The Vanguard Present Black Messiah By Mareesa Valentine This month, people of all walks of life organized protests in the Bay Area, taking over the streets, freeways, and city halls in solidarity to fight against police brutality and racial profiling against people of color. Against this backdrop, D’Angelo released Black...

By Nancy DeVille Richmond’s lowest paid workers will get a raise Jan. 1 when the city’s minimum wage jumps from $9 to $9.60 an hour. The ordinance, which was approved by the Richmond City Council in June, includes increases over the next few years, to $11.52 in 2016, $12.30 in 2017 and...

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...

From the Pulse News Desk, Posted Dec 24, 2014 Holiday Closures Richmond city offices will be closed during the holiday week beginning Wednesday, Dec. 24 and reopening on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The closure includes city offices as well as the Richmond Public Library and Recreation facilities. The Richmond Plunge at 1 Garrard...

By Ann Bassette A new facility in North Richmond will offer women coming home from incarceration a stable living environment, a chance to begin rebuilding their life and for some the opportunity to reunite with their children. The Naomi House, located on Fred Jackson Way in North Richmond, is a two unit...

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