Richmond

5:23pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics

The Nanny State: Richmond's mayor not afraid to take on 'Big Sugar'

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
newamericamedia.org

Sixteen percent of people in Richmond live below the poverty line. The city has the highest rate of diabetes deaths in Contra Costa County. But it also has one of the nation’s most progressive mayors, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.

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4:46pm

Thu September 13, 2012
Politics

The Nanny State: a penny for your soda

If you ride BART to its northwestern terminus, you’ll find yourself at Macdonald Avenue and 19th Street, just a few blocks east of downtown Richmond. Macdonald is a four-lane street lined with restaurants, gas stations, and other retailers. I came here to find out how local business owners feel about the soda tax ballot initiative.

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5:57pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

By hook or by crook, urban farmers plant their seeds

It’s a Saturday morning at a formerly vacant lot in Richmond. The sun warms the ground. Rows of fruit trees bend in the breeze. A raised bed made of cinder blocks harbors vegetable plants. Andromeda Brooks carefully plucks weeds from her raspberry patch, offering the young plants encouragement. This is Happy Lot Farm and Garden. 

Less than a year ago, this 14,000-square-foot lot, zoned for low-income housing, lay empty, except for the litter.

“Nothing has really been done on the lot for well over ten years,” says Brooks.

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12:27am

Mon August 13, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: What do you want to know about Chevron?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the massive Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond , which sent smoke clouds over large portions of the Bay Area. Over 900 residents went to the hospital complaining of respiratory problems and eye irritation. How are communities reacting? Join us at 10 or email  feedback@yourcallradio.org? Do live close an oil refinery? What do we need to know about the history of Chevron and how it operates today? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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4:08pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

In Richmond, concern about air pollution goes beyond Chevron fire

European Commission

Pollution and the environment have always been big issues for Californians. A statewide survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California last month showed that approximately half the state’s residents see air pollution as a serious threat to their health.

Among African Americans and Latinos, concern is even greater.  The majority of those polled in these groups believe that people in lower-income areas are disproportionately affected by air pollution.

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