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California launches free mattress recycling program to reduce waste, tackle blight

California launches free mattress recycling program to reduce waste, tackle blight

California has launched a mattress recycling program that allows residents to drop off old mattresses and box springs at designated collection sites for free. Many abandoned mattresses are needlessly crowding up landfills, supporters say, while...
Program enables Richmond homeowners to pay for energy, water upgrades with property tax bill

Program enables Richmond homeowners to pay for energy, water upgrades with property tax bill

In response to the ongoing drought, Richmond has become the latest California city to launch a low-interest financing program that allows homeowners to use their property tax bill to pay for improvements to energy...
Starting Tuesday, a new California law requires drivers to stay three-feet from bicyclists when passing them.

California law requiring drivers to stay three feet from cyclists starts Tuesday

Starting Tuesday, a new California law requires drivers to stay three feet from bicyclists when passing them. The law was authored by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, who says an existing law requiring drivers to pass a...
West County schools featured in AP article about preparing kids for online state tests

West County schools featured in AP article about preparing kids for online state tests

Kids as young as 5 are learning basic computer skills in U.S. classrooms, skills they will need in order to excel on standardized tests that are now being offered online by a majority of...
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond among lawmakers pushing for major tobacco reform

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond among lawmakers pushing for major tobacco reform

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, joined four other California lawmakers on Wednesday in announcing a collective legislative effort to curb tobacco use in the state. The five lawmakers are each pushing their own legislation, with Thurmond's...

Richmond gardeners defend library seed exchanges following Pennsylvania crackdown

Gardeners nationwide are "on alert" following a crackdown by Pennsylvania regulators on a library seed exchange program, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. But Richmond's green thumbs are prepared to defend the noncommercial exchange of...
East Bay Municipal Utility District postpones water rate increase after December rainfall

Drought update: New list of water use restrictions imposed on East Bay residents

The East Bay Municipal Utility District announced Tuesday a new list of mandatory statewide watering restrictions that are effective immediately. The list, approved by EBMUD’s board of directors Tuesday, includes limiting watering of outdoor landscapes...
Richmond one of 13 California cities to receive 'A' grade in tobacco control

Richmond one of 13 California cities to receive ‘A’ grade in tobacco control

Richmond's tough anti-smoking laws helped maintain the city's 'A' grade in the State of Tobacco Control 2015. The American Lung Association of California (ALAC)  report, released last week, surveyed how cities are faring in the...
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to swear in Mayor-elect Butt, Councilmember Myrick

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to swear in Mayor-elect Butt, Councilmember Myrick

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled to attend a Tuesday night ceremony in Richmond to swear in Mayor-elect Tom Butt and Councilmember Jael Myrick. However, the lieutenant governor will not swear in the other...
Lucky local reveals how she twice won the California Lottery

$3.5 million Lottery ticket purchased at Richmond gas station store

A winning California lottery ticket purchased at a Richmond gas station store on Saturday will pay out $3.5 million to one lucky person, according to Lottery officials. The SuperLotto Plus winner bought the ticket at...

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Richmond native's debut with SF Deltas cut short by injury

Richmond native’s debut with SF Deltas cut short by injury

Earlier this month, we shared the inspiring story of Richmond native Saalih Muhammad, the emerging 21-year-old soccer star who earned a contract with the...

Richmond: Play chess while helping to spruce up downtown park

The community is invited to a fun Earth Day event in downtown Richmond next month, when residents are invited to play chess and help...
Chevron Richmond Refinery invites community to telephone town hall Thursday

Chevron Richmond Refinery to hold telephone town hall Thursday

The Chevron Richmond Refinery is inviting the community to a telephone town hall Thursday that will discuss what the company is doing to improve...