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Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: "Breathing and black"

Aug 9, 2016
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We continue with our series of essays by Bay Area residents reflecting on race in America. 

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Newsom: Legalization “not a done deal” ... Senate committee approves banking amendment ... Dabbing pluses and minuses ...

Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23, 2016
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House Democrats’ Gun-Control Sit-In Turns Into Chaotic Showdown With Republicans // New York Times

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jun 22, 2016
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San Francisco voters may ban homeless encampments // SF Examiner

"San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to ban homeless encampments and empower police officers to remove them within 24 hours.

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At the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, there are classes in music, video production, visual arts, writing and acting. Every year, all the students come together to create a multimedia show, and they're the ones in charge of the whole event, from the concept to the actual production.  

From the Storycorps booth

If you've ever visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park on the Richmond waterfront, chances are you have heard of its most celebrated ranger.

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Take a peek at our suggestions of unique events happening around the Bay Area this weekend.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 30, 2015

Nov 30, 2015
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California Governor in Paris to push pact to curb emissions // Sacramento Bee

"Gov. Jerry Brown heads to the U.N. Climate Change conference in Paris  this week to urge other states and provinces to sign onto California’s pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nov 24, 2015

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Richmond: Developer wants residents, not city, to decide on housing project // Contra Costa Times

“A prominent Richmond developer who has failed to get city support for his latest housing project wants residents to decide the matter through a ballot measure next year.”

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov 23, 2015
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Finally, Good News on the School to Prison Pipeline // New America Media

"Studies show that the vast majority of youth in the juvenile justice system were suspended from school before winding up incarcerated or on probation. And the majority of adult inmates in state prisons around the country were once in the juvenile system. Hence the pipeline – from school suspension to juvenile hall to the penitentiary."

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 9, 2015

Nov 9, 2015
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New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times

RYSE Youth Center: A haven for Richmond teens

Aug 27, 2015
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The city of Richmond has long had a reputation for violence. But things are starting to change. Recently, the city announced its lowest rate of homicide in 33 years. Even so, Richmond continues to be one of the most dangerous cities in the country. For young people seeking refuge from the violence, there’s the RYSE Youth Center. The organization provides a safe space for students to develop their musical talent and express themselves creatively. From the series Generation Change, reporter Anne Hoffman has more. 

Daily News roundup for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015
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Supes move forward with jail that we might not need // 48 Hills

"The San Francisco supervisors today moved forward a proposal for a new $240 million county jail – although it’s not clear yet what the project will actually look like or whether the city needs it.

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When Chris Magnus took over the Richmond Police Department in 2006, he was tasked with cutting back violent crime in what was then known as one of America’s most dangerous cities.

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Donte Clark stands in the middle of a dimly lit stage. A projected photo of a dilapidated apartment building flickers on the wall behind him. In this scene, he’s speaking as the voice of the building.

“Somebody needs to speak on behalf of these peoples. Get them out of my custody and let me go. Cause I've been ragged and brown for quite some time now,” he says.

Lacy Atkins // San Francisco Chronicle

Residents at the Hacienda Housing Complex in Richmond are finally able to relocate from the mold and rodent filled public housing units they’ve lived in for years. In a press conference held earlier this year, Richmond Mayor Tom Butts announced that the residents will receive federally funded vouchers to move into private housing while Hacienda goes through renovations. Hacienda is one of the most poorly maintained public housing complexes in a city with one of the worst housing agencies in the country.

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Cannabis goes to Congress… Nevada first state with 2016 ballot measure… “I speak for the salmon”…  Business news… Lawyer drops baggy in court room… and more.

LEGALIZATION

Inside Richmond's Immigration Detention Center

Mar 5, 2015
Photo by Stephen Southern.

Every month Alex Aldana stands in protest in front of the West County Detention Facility in Richmond. It’s a medium-security jail that holds men and women arrested for or convicted of crimes -- as well as undocumented immigrants. On the first Saturday of December, Aldana tells his story to about a hundred supporters, who are holding posters, noisemakers, and musical instruments.

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Teamsters seek to unionize more tech shuttle bus drivers in Silicon Valley // San Jose Mercury

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S.F. woman with leukemia sues for right to die at home // SF Gate

“When Brittany Maynard’s brain was racked with terminal cancer, the 29-year-old East Bay woman went to Oregon, where she could legally receive a doctor’s aid in dying a peaceful death. Christie White, a leukemia-stricken 53-year-old San Francisco woman, is going to court.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jan 22, 2015
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Who will be the next mayor of Richmond?

Oct 23, 2014
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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.

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.

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.  

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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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.

Isabel Angell

It’s a sunny, windy afternoon in Richmond, and Adam Boisvert is out in a garden.

“Right now we are in the heart of the Richmond High school garden, this is half of the growing space that we have,” he says.

The garden is about half as big as one of the tennis courts that butt up against one side. Along its other sides, it’s surrounded by portable classrooms, a blacktop, and the back of the football field bleachers. Inside a chain-link fence there are colorfully painted beds full of plants like kale, chard, squash, basil, and strawberries. There are also fruit trees, a composting system, and even a rabbit hutch.

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Reporter Robert Rogers has been covering Richmond for years, first for the blog Richmond Confidential and now for the Contra Costa Times. That means he understands a lot of the back story behind the hearings taking place right now. KALW's Ben Trefny got in touch with Rogers at his office and asked him about the role the refinery plays in Richmond.

Ronnie Cohen

More than 400 people have filled Richmond’s Civic Auditorium. You can spot the Chevron workers. They’re wearing blue and white shirts saying “Richmond Proud” and waving signs that read “Modernize Now” – signs supplied by Chevron.

For nearly a decade, Chevron and its neighbors in Richmond have been fighting over a proposal to retool the oil company’s refinery. Most everyone agrees the plant needs to be modernized. But they differ about how.

The Clean Xpress Laundromat is smack in the middle of Richmond’s busy MacDonald Shopping Center. Moms are loading and unloading machines. So you might imagine their kids are sitting in plastic chairs watching television. But they’re not. They’re reading.

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