Articles Comments

Headline

California Women Lawyers Announce Judge Diana Becton

Sacramento, CA – California Women Lawyers is pleased to announce that Judge Diana Becton, Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the distinguished Rose Bird Memorial Award. Judge Becton is the Presiding Judge of the Contra Costa Court and the first African American Judge to serve as such. Judge Becton has served on the Contra Costa County Bench with distinction since her appointment in 1995. She earned her law degree Golden Gate University Law School in 1985. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Becton had her own firm in Richmond, and was previously a partner in a Point Richmond law firm. Judge Becton currently serves on the California Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee. The … Read entire article »

Latest

Representatives Reject Water Bill That would Devastate Bay-Delta Economy, Environment

Representatives Reject Water Bill That would Devastate Bay-Delta Economy, Environment

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, a leading group of U.S. Representatives who support the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta voted against the passage of H.R. 1837, the so-called Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. As written, the legislation would divert additional water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta to south-of-Delta water users, running counter to established economic thought, environmental policies and leading scientific research. The legislation passed the … Read entire article »

Barbara Lee, Congressional Progressive Caucus Present Plan to Rebuild American Dream

Barbara Lee, Congressional Progressive Caucus Present Plan to Rebuild American Dream

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement at the Congressional Progressive Caucus press conference: “While I am pleased that the President made a strong case for his bill last week, I certainly think that we need to go bigger and bolder. After touring the country and listening to the American people on this … Read entire article »

RENOVATION, RENEWAL & RENAISSANCE

East Bay Center for Performing Arts set to open after $16 million renovation Month-long series of celebrations, performances and special events begins October 1, 2011 Richmond, CA (September 9, 2011)…As it nears completion of an extensive $16 million renovation, the East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond is set to open to the public with a month-long series of celebratory performances and special events on October 1, 2011.  Transformed from an aging and ailing building back to its original glory, the vibrant community arts center that works with thousands of children and young adults each year is poised to be the fulcrum for … Read entire article »

“One Block at a Time” wins statewide award

By: Lexi Pandell, Richmond Confidential The California Association of Code Enforcement Officers has awarded Richmond’s “One Block at a Time” project with the title of Innovative Code Enforcement Program of the Year. OBAT partners local residents with the Richmond Police Department’s Code Enforcement Unit to target neighborhood blight. The CACEO chose the initiative from a competitive pool of other code enforcement programs throughout the state. Code Enforcement Unit Manager Tim Higares, who has worked in Richmond with OBAT for three of its five years, said this award is the first of its kind to be awarded to the department. “Richmond is becoming recognized for code enforcement,” he said. “We’ve had other jurisdictions [such as … Read entire article »

Power struggle erupts in North Richmond

Power struggle erupts in North Richmond

Photo one caption: Marena Brown, left, and Saleem Bey animatedly argue during a snack break at Monday night’s Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council meeting. (photo by Robert Rogers) By: Robert Rogers At Monday night’s Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council meeting – which draws representatives from dozens of enclaves from all over the city – it was arguably Richmond’s most … Read entire article »

A look inside Chevron’s Richmond refinery

By: Rachel Waldholz, Richmond Confidential The 2,900-acre Chevron refinery complex has been a familiar backdrop to locals since it was built in the early 1900s — but few have ever had a chance to look behind the curtain. Given the opportunity on Saturday, 425 people — many of them the families of Chevron employees, curious about the place their family-members work — turned out to tour the refinery during the company’s second annual Community Tour Day. Visitors gathered in a parking lot off Castro Street, where they were greeted with balloons, candy, hand puppets for kids, information on Chevron’s Renewal Project and postcards of refinery workers through the ages – and asked … Read entire article »

Mayor, police chief pledge tougher stance on blight and banks

Mayor, police chief pledge tougher stance on blight and banks

Photo Caption: Mayor Gayle McLaughlin discusses blight at the Refund & Rebuild Richmond community meeting. Police Chief Chris Magnus and Councilwoman Jovanka Beckles sit to the right. By: William Harless| Richmond Confidential Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Police Chief Chris Magnus pledged Tuesday to crack down on any banks that are neglecting foreclosed properties in the city. And … Read entire article »

David Gray: Intrepid intern makes mark at City Hall

David Gray: Intrepid intern makes mark at City Hall

By: Robert Rogers Richmond Confidential He’s the kind of guy you just can’t help but want to roll with. The charisma was on vivid display in May at a Richmond City Council meeting. With his requisite neat tie and cool demeanor, the youthful policy intern delivered a report on the “People’s Budget,” a basket of revenue and … Read entire article »

Fred Jackson, North Richmond leader, dead at 73

Fred Jackson, North Richmond leader, dead at 73

By: Robert Rogers, Richmond Confidential At what would be one of his last public appearances, Fred Jackson’s wheelchair was no burden to his trademark graciousness. “But for the grace of God I can be here today. The service that I have given has come from God, and whatever I am I owe to all of you,” Jackson … Read entire article »