News Report, Todd Spencer Committing to do community service without compensation may seem undesirable to some, but to others, donating time for a just cause can be rewarding. And in fact, volunteers are responsible for some of the most important work that takes place in any community, which is why...

Commentary, Iraida Santillan The possibility of a citywide soda tax is causing a debate among our residents. The tax is meant to address the human and economic factors that cause obesity – especially in children - and dental disease, both of which are prevalent in Richmond. The money made from...

News Report, Spencer Whitney | Richmond Confidential City council leaders In Richmond voted 5-2 on Tuesday night to put a special soda tax proposal on the November 6 ballot. The soda tax would add a one cent per ounce surcharge to soda and other sugary fruit drinks that contain less than...

Reportaje, Monica Quesada   Harlem Masters, un Afro-Americano que se mudó a Richmond en el 2005, trabaja en la muy transitada intersección de la calle 23 y la avenida Clinton, asistiendo a peatones a cruzar la calle. “A esta calle la llaman Pequeño Mexico,” dijo Master, al mismo tiempo que ayudaba a...

News Report, April Suwalsky More than 1500 Richmond community members and dozens of local partner organizations came together on Sunday, April 29, in Richmond, California, for the third annual Richmond Tales Fest: An Afternoon of Family Literacy and Healthy Living. The event was held at the Richmond Civic Center—activities were...

News Report, Kia Croom Last month, under increasing financial strain, the non-profit Opportunity West closed its doors. Housed in the Nevin Community Center, located in Richmond’s Iron Triangle, the closure left staff and clients struggling to cope with the loss of services many say are needed now more than ever. With the...

News Report, Monica Quesada   Terry Bell has the perfect explanation for what happened to his son. “He was at the right place at the wrong time,” Bell said. “It was just timing. He walked out and here they come.” Gene Deshawn Grisby, Bell’s eldest son, was shot and killed on Monday, January 10,...

News Feature, Adrienne Chainey   “Smartphone” has been a household term since around the time of the Blackberry, which was the first phone to begin utilizing wireless email in 2002. Since then, smartphones have become a cultural icon, representing the modern-age of technology and the rapid rate of innovation by companies such...

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Xavier Viramontes is a nationally renowned printmaker whose prints impacted many political movements and social justice campaigns during the 1970’s. His prints are also part of the revolutionary canon of Chicano art produced at Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. His most famous print, “Boycott Grapes,...

News Feature, Taisa Grant The City of Richmond was made proud on April 27 when one of it's own, Nya Mcdowell, 15, was crowned the Bay Area's 2012 Youth Speaks Grand Slam champion. It all started in Richmond on Saturday, April 14, when the city played host to its very...

 News Report, Peter Schurmann   California, and the Bay Area in particular, is blessed with some truly magnificent natural treasures. Still, while many of these outdoor wonders are often no more than a stone’s throw from many urban centers, a high number of largely inner-city youth never experience them. To address that, the...

Op-Ed, Sheryl Lane Richmond has reached a major milestone with the City Council hearing on the adoption of the General Plan scheduled for April 17th. The opportunities presented by Richmond’s General Plan update have been just beyond our grasp for the past five years. Planning consultants, council members, and other city...

Commentary, Edagardo Cervano-Soto 19 year old David Castañeda is a graffiti artist and a member of LA TRIBE, an artist collective in Richmond, California. Yet like many Richmond street artists, his art has received the cold shoulder from city officials and citizens who label graffiti arts as vandalism. But these...

Profile, Monica Quesada Bennie Singleton quietly entered the church, Richmond's Garden of Peace Ministries, looking for other “night-walkers.” With a household of children and grandchildren waiting for her at home, there were plenty of other things Singleton could have been doing on a Friday night -- but the 78-year-old grandmother just...

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