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Seven winners at Contra Costa College Community Chess Tournament – Article

For two hours it was as if all that surrounded Joel Alcaraz, 10 and Greg Lope, 33, had disappeared. Divided physically by a chessboard and mentally connected by the game, they competed at the Contra Costa College Community Chess Tournament this past Saturday. “If I … Read More


Underground Food – Article

The night of Dia de los Muertos, Lucero Muñoz was selling her bacon wrapped hot dogs on the street when a policeman approached her. “‘I told you I don’t want to see you here,’” he said and asked her to turn over her cart. The … Read More


Artisan Market Alive on 24th – Article

Diana Medina puts her dog Pacha in a backpack and jumps on her motorcycle. It’s Saturday and time for the Mission Artisan Market, where Medina has a silver-jewelry booth. “Before I owned a store, it was the artisans market that gave me the opportunity to … Read More


Roses and an Immigrant Family – Article

Hugo, a 19-year-old sophomore at UC Santa Cruz, knows the morning hours well.  Often this summer, he was up at 4:30 a.m. to help his mother pick up flowers in Salinas, Watsonville or Half Moon Bay.Once there, they would carefully stack roses, sunflowers, lilies, irises … Read More


School district celebrates English proficiency achievement – Article

When she was in the first grade, Yassna Ahmadi had a hard time understanding her classmates and teacher. At home her family only spoke Farsi. Now a third grader, Ahmadi just won first place in a writing contest and read her essay in front of … Read More


Richmond mourns the death of Asama Ayyad – Article

After he was shot while driving his car on the evening of June 25, 20-year-old Asama Ayyad drove back to the mosque in Richmond where he had been praying and volunteering just before the assault. Almost unconscious, he crashed into two electric poles at Cutting … Read More


Opponents raise doubts over Point Molate casino mailer – Article

Over the past few weeks, a full color brochure titled “The battle for the bay” turned up in the mailboxes of Richmond residents. The brochure shows two boxing gloves facing each other. “Out of town card rooms vs. Richmond city council” reads the text on … Read More


Volunteers start campaigning for mayor’s race – Article

On the first Saturday morning that has felt like summer in Richmond, a group of volunteers hit the city’s neighborhoods to knock on doors and talk with people. Their mission: Get Mayor Gale McLaughlin reelected in November. This was the first precinct walk for McLaughlin’s … Read More


Teens show their best at Richmond’s Got Talent Show – Article

Teenage singers, dancers, a saxophone player and a band gave their best at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium last Friday during the Richmond’s Got Talent show, a competition for a $500 first place prize. The event meant to inspire creativity and promote talent among youth. Haley … Read More


Dianda’s Bakery Maintains Its Traditions – Article

Since his infancy, the strong and sweet smell of freshly baked pastries has invaded the apartment Sergio Flores and his family rented above Dianda’s Bakery on Mission Street.  His father worked as a baker and as a little boy, Sergio would come down the stairs … Read More


Running a business for man’s best friend – Article

Dogs of all sizes and breeds run unleashed, fetch balls, meet other dogs, swim and enjoy Point Isabel Park in Richmond. Afterwards, dogs and their owners can stop by the only businesses at Point Isabel: Mudpuppy’s Tub and Scrub, where the dogs can get baths, … Read More

The first Mechanics Bank Office. Richmond, 1907.

The Mechanics Bank, a history shared with Richmond – Article

The story goes that back in the early 1900s, when workers were being paid with gold and signed warrants by marking an X, the railroad station agent in Pinole would go on a day-long, dangerous trip to Martinez to get their payment. That station agent … Read More