Richmond

3:44pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Politics

Who will be the next mayor of Richmond?

Richmond mayoral candidates
Richmond Confidential

Richmond is a city of contrasts. While the city hosts one of the largest oil companies in the world, Chevron, it also holds the title as America’s largest city controlled by the Green Party. Since 2006, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin’s Richmond Progressive Alliance has pushed for the highest minimum wage in California and created an ambitious plan to rescue underwater mortgages.

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4:52pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Arts & Culture

Artist turns trash cans into public art in Richmond and Oakland

Rosie the Riveter smiles out from the side of a trashcan decorated by Daud Abdullah in front of Richmond’s City Hall.
Sukey Lewis

We all throw stuff away—about four and a half pounds of garbage a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

We’ve gotten used to hearing the three commandments of waste management: recycle, reduce, and reuse. But recently, the term “up-cycle” has come into vogue. That’s the idea that you can take waste materials and turn them into something valuable and even beautiful.

Mosaic artist Daud Abdullah up-cycles pieces of trashed pottery, tile, mirror, and glass to make public art on garbage cans in Oakland and Richmond.

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6:30pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

From home bakeries to warehouse businesses, food companies expand in Richmond

Rosa Robinson turns out cupcakes and other confections for Sweet Dreams Bake Shop.
Sukey Lewis

Sky-high rents, Google buses and gentrification are all buzzwords around the Bay Area. But that is not the case in the city of Richmond. With unemployment at 10.1 percent, the city of more than a hundred thousand residents stubbornly trails behind the rates of Bay Area neighbors like San Francisco and Berkeley.  

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5:18pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

KALW goes to National Night Out

Csaba Bessenyei dressed up as Spider-Man.
Lisa Carmack

Tuesday night was the 31st year of National Night Out, an event that aims to help prevent crime by encouraging people get to know their neighbors and strengthen their communities. We sent reporters out to National Night Out gatherings all over the Bay Area to see what was going on.

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8:10pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Urban agriculture ordinance heads to fruition in Richmond

Photo courtesy of flickr user fletcher oakes

A vibrant mural announces Happy Lot Farm and Garden to visitors and anyone passing by. A greenhouse stands in the middle of the lot, and an improvised chicken coop occupies one corner. The trees and raspberry beds that head farmer Andromeda Brooks and her volunteers planted here a few years ago are now bearing fruit. And anyone who chips in gets to take home some of the harvest.

Brooks started Happy Lot almost three years ago, as a community project to improve the neighborhood’s morale.

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