Richmond

9:59am

Wed August 7, 2013
Arts & Culture

Mrs. Small did something big last Saturday – she got arrested at 90 years old

90-year-old activist Ellen Small at the Chevron refinery protest on August 3rd
Photo by John Orvis, a Bay Area based photojournalist and event photographer photo by John Orvis | www.johnorvis.com

August 6 marks the one year anniversary of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond. The fire, caused by a leak in a 40-year old pipe, sent a plume of smoke across nearby neighborhoods, leading thousands of residents to eventually seek medical care.

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12:29am

Mon August 5, 2013

6:11pm

Mon July 15, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin on city's bold plan to stem foreclosures

A foreclosed home in Richmond, California
Under CC license from Flickr user CoCo ACCE

The City of Richmond was hit hard when the housing bubble burst – about 12,000 homeowners there are underwater. That’s roughly half of all mortgage holders in the city.  Richmond’s City Council recently approved a radical new plan to use eminent domain to buy underwater mortgages and resell them to beleaguered homeowners at lower prices. Richmond mayor Gayle McLaughlin spoke with KALW's Holly Kernan about her city’s radical plan to help homeowners drowning in debt.

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11:43pm

Sun July 14, 2013

7:29pm

Mon April 15, 2013
Cops & Courts

What Richmond's drop in crime means for other cities

A man was shot dead at the Richmond BART station during rush hour.
Mariel Waloff

Residents in the city of Richmond are reeling from a recent shooting spree, including the murder of a 19-year-old. The city has had four homicides so far this year – all committed in public, all during the day. And there have been other daytime shootings. They’ve shocked city residents – because crimes like that are no longer the norm.

KALW’s criminal justice reporter Kyung-Jin Lee joined Holly Kernan in studio to talk about the crime drop in Richmond – and what other cities can learn from Richmond’s approach.

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