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Brazilian community bustling in Richmond – Article

A big Brazilian flag can be seen from the intersection of San Pablo and MacDonald avenues in Richmond. Smart BR Coffee, a Brazilian restaurant-coffee house at 4820 Bissell Avenue, has the flag painted covering the front of its building. During World Cup matches, the restaurant’s … Read More


Richmond now has its own seed-lending library – Article

When Rebecca Newburn was volunteering at the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library in Berkeley, an organization that makes free seeds available to the public, she thought to herself, “I would like this for my community.” Newburn has lived in Richmond for eight years, and her … Read More


Composting goes big in Richmond starting July 1 – Article

More than a hundred Richmond residents were happy to get a free food scrap pail during the Juneteenth event on June 19th at Nichol Park. The environmental staff from the Manager’s department of the city was handing out pails to promote its new food scrap … Read More

The roof of the Bay Area Beverages Co. displays a 500 kilowatts solar installation. Photo courtesy of Sunlight Electric, LLC.

Richmond leads the Bay Area in solar power wattage per capita – Article

The huge 500-kilowatt solar installation at the Bay Area Beverages building, which you can see while driving west on 580 just before the Canal Boulevard exit, is quickly becoming a landmark. This solar installation, along with 52 others in Richmond, was one of the reasons … Read More


Graffiti: Who pays for cleanup? – Article

When the owner of a dry cleaners in the Mission District received graffiti notices from the city, it never occurred to her to ask her landlord to take care of the tagging. Fixing property damage was not part of her lease agreement, but the letters … Read More


New Helms Middle School ready to show – Article

While a band of mariachis played in front of the new Walter T. Helms Middle School, some teachers, city officials, parents and children were lining up to get meat and frijoles at a buffet. Others were touring the brand new campus under a cloudless blue … Read More

Born and raised in the Mission, Natalie Dillon is at the top of her game.

US Tennis Open Serves Money to Mission – Article

While Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez  battle one another Saturday at the U.S. Open, a small group of fledgling players at the Mission Playground are unaware that their experience has a connection with the tournament in New York. “Most of the proceeds from the match … Read More

Richmond will join more than 14,000 other cities, including Santa Monica (where the picture was taken) in celebrating National Night Out. Photo courtesy of National Association of Town Watch.

Richmond neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out – Article

This evening 24 neighborhoods in Richmond will join National Night Out, an annual nationwide event in which the community partners with the police to promote crime prevention. Neighborhoods will host block parties so that residents can get to know one another and work together to … Read More

Olivier Bonin while filming “Dust and Illusions.”

Dust and Illusions and More at Roxie DocFest – Article

The Eighth Annual San Francisco DocFest opens this Saturday at the Roxie offering two weeks of more than 50 nonfiction films and videos including a film produced by Olivier Bonin, a Mission resident. Bill Banning, one of the DocFest programmers, said the documentaries chosen for … Read More

Dry grass, weeds and brush raise the potential of fire. Photo by Veronica Moscoso.

Fire season approaches for Richmond – Article

More fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year in the United States, according to the National Fire Data Center. Last year there were five wildfires in Richmond on the 4th of July. There were none this year but “We’re … Read More

Cities all around the Bay Area are having issues with old wastewater collection pipes. Photo by Veronica Moscoso.

Neglected pipes result in rate increase – Article

Starting next July, sewer rates for residents within the Richmond Municipal Sewer District will go up 5 percent annually until July 2014. The rate increase will affect about half of Richmond residents, including more than 16,000 single-family residential units and approximately 2,000 multifamily residential units … Read More


Richmond hosted children and youth summit – Article

The audience at the Youth-Senior Mentoring Project workshop quietly listened while 71-year-old, white haired volunteer Annie Stephens talked about her joyful experience as a senior working with youth. She described how enthusiastic young people were to meet seniors, and how they worked together on projects like making … Read More