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23rd Street human trafficking operation leads to arrest

23rd Street human trafficking operation leads to pimp’s arrest

A human trafficking operation on 23rd Street in Richmond on Thursday night led to the arrest of a 35-year-old man suspected of pimping a 17-year-old girl, police said. The incident occurred about 10 p.m., when...
Richmond, Chevron fire chiefs combine efforts to battle Sims Metal blaze

Air samples from Sims Metal fire released

The Point Richmond area was exposed to elevated levels of potentially harmful chemicals and smoke particulates during the Sims Metal fire, according to a statement by Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) on Friday. But...
Galileo Club bridges the gap between past and future

Galileo Club bridges the gap between past and future

By Zach Chouteau We stopped by one of Richmond’s most storied venues earlier this week—the Galileo Club on 23rd St. South—and discovered a handsome and historic bastion of lively events and local pride. “My current aim...

Free opening reception set for Richmond Art Center exhibits

The Bay Area’s only annual exhibition that exclusively features regional artists of African descent is set to hold free opening reception events at the Richmond Art Center on Saturday, Feb. 3. The 22nd Annual “The...
Nearly six years after voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) aims to use its majority on City Council to put the issue back in front voters on the upcoming June ballot. A penny per ounce tax proposal is scheduled to be discussed at the City Council’s next meeting Tuesday. Unlike the failed 2012 measure which proposed to impose the tax on product sales, the new proposal aims to tax distribution companies. Proponents say that will not lead to higher prices for consumers. The proposed tax targets soda, cola, pop, soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and sweetened ice teas that contain at least 2 calories per fluid ounce. Along with sugar-sweetened beverages, the proposal would also tax added-calorie sweeteners such as sucrose, fructose, glucose, other sugars and high fructose corn syrup. The levy would not apply to baby formula, milk-based drinks including chocolate milk, beverages used for weight reduction as a meal replacement, medically-intended beverages, alcoholic beverages, or beverages containing only natural fruit and vegetable juice. The proposed ordinance is modeled after similar voter-approved measures in Albany, Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, according to city documents. Soda taxes have been hotly debated for years, as have their consequences. In Philadelphia, where a soda tax was imposed a year ago, opponents are decrying losses of jobs and grocery sales, while proponents laud increased revenue for schools and parks. In Oakland, a one-cent-per-ounce tax that went into effect July 1 last year is expected to generate $8 million in revenue. According to the RPA’s proposed ordinance, “sugar-sweetened beverages offer an opportunity for regular revenue through a general tax.” The ordinance would also be aligned with the city’s stated health policies to reduce the health-related consequences of poor diets. In 2012, nearly 70-percent of voters rejected Measure N, a cent per ounce tax on the sales of beverages containing added sugar. Another attempt to propose the tax in 2016 did not gain consensus on City Council. To read the City Council agenda item regarding the tax proposal, visit here.

Richmond City Council to revisit soda tax

Nearly six years after voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) aims to use its majority on City Council to put the issue back in front voters on...
Richmond police officer struck by car while breaking up sideshow

Richmond police officer injured at sideshow used to be NFL player

The police officer who was injured by a vehicle while trying to break up a sideshow in Richmond last weekend has been identified as Onome Ojo, 40, a former NFL player, police said. Ojo, 40,...

Richmond BART ‘courtesy light’ aims to reduce missed connections

A "courtesy light" has been installed at the Richmond BART station that aims to reduce frustrating missed connections for BART passengers trying to board eastbound Capitol Corridor trains. The light activates as BART trains...
Richmond, Chevron fire chiefs combine efforts to battle Sims Metal blaze

Richmond, Chevron fire chiefs combine efforts to battle Sims Metal blaze

The fire at the Sims Metal scrap metal yard in Richmond Tuesday night developed rapidly, sending up plumes of dark smoke and prompting shelter-in-place orders for multiple neighborhoods as a fleet of fire crews...
Wheelhouse Baseball Academy goes beyond the batting cages

Wheelhouse Baseball Academy goes beyond the batting cages

By Zach Chouteau Our ‘Rich Life’ segment loves discovering local venues and organizations that aim to make a difference, and that certainly sums up Richmond’s Wheelhouse Baseball Academy on Jacuzzi Street. We recently dropped by for...
Richmond, Chevron fire chiefs combine efforts to battle Sims Metal blaze

Shelter in place order ends following Sims Metal fire in Richmond

A shelter in place was ordered in Richmond Tuesday night due to a fire at the Sims Metal recycling facility at 600 South 4th St. The blaze was first reported at 5:08 p.m., Richmond fire...

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Richmond HS seniors invited to Cash 4 College event this Saturday

High school seniors from Richmond and their parents are encouraged to attend a Cash 4 College event this Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Richmond...
Teacher housing eyed for Quarry Residential Development

Teacher housing eyed for Quarry Residential Project

Teacher housing is being eyed for the Quarry Residential Project, according to City Manager Bill Lindsay. The project to construct nearly 200 condominium units at...