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  • WHO WE ARE

    Founded in February 2014, Radio Free Richmond is a partnership by local resident activists Don Gosney and Felix Hunziker with BMWL, a regional public affairs firm with a long history of West County community engagement.

  • New Leader for West Contra Costa School District

    West Contra Costa School District Announced Matthew Duffy as its New Leader

  • 'Time With Tom'

    Richmond Mayor Tom Butt Hosts a ‘Time with Tom’ Gathering at Jered’s Pottery in the Heart of Richmond's Clayborhood

  • United Urban Warrior Society Hosts Walk

    United Urban Warrior Society of Central California Hosts Second Annual Native American Walk for Sobriety

  • LOCAL RESTAURANTS: BANH MI BA LE VIETNAMESE SANDWICH DELI

    Local Spot Offers Some of the Most Celebrated Vietnamese Food in the Area

  • SCHOOLS’ GRADUATION RATE SURPASSES STATE AVERAGE

    Nearly 85% of West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) students in the Class of 2015 Earned Their High School Diploma, According to Data Released by the California Department of Education

  • 5 Faces of African American History in Richmond

    Richmond is a Bastion of Rich African American History

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    WCCUSD BOARD APPROVES RENAMING SCHOOL AFTER FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

    The West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously tonight to rename one of its elementary schools after former First Lady Michelle Obama. 
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    Vote YES on Measure R

    Radio Free Richmond invites guest editorials and allows community members a forum to present issues to the community. Penned by: Consuelo Lara West Contra Costa Trustee, Leslie Reckler President Bayside Council PTA’s, Jose De Leon Principal Richmond High School, Demetrio Gonzalez President United Teachers of Richmond
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    Instruction, Not Construction: NO ON MEASURE R

    Radio Free Richmond invites guest editorials and allows community members a forum to present issues to the community.  
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    DROP-OFF BOXES RETURN TO CONTRA COSTA CITY HALLS THIS MONTH

    From the Richmond City Clerk: Residents can save postage and time with this vote-by-mail program Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming March 3rd Presidential Primary Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide provide convenient Vote By Mail drop off locations, prior to and on Election Day. The secure drop-off boxes will be in place at Contra Costa city halls, the county Administration Building in Martinez and some select community centers, senior centers and libraries starting the week of February 10th – just days after voters receive their permanent vote-by-mail ballots. 
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    'No Stamp, No Problem' - All Vote-by-Mail Ballots Now Come with Prepaid Postage Return Envelopes

    SACRAMENTO, CA – 2020 is the second year that all California vote-by-mail ballots will come with prepaid postage return envelopes and Secretary of State Alex Padilla is announcing a new social media campaign to educate voters about this change. This week also marks the beginning of vote-by-mail ballots being sent to voters for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Elections.
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    RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL CHOOSES REDISTRICTING MAP

    At their meeting of Tuesday January 14th, the Richmond City Council voted to accept a map breaking up Richmond into six wards for the purpose of electing Councilmembers. This was the result of a Threat Letter sent to the City by Attorney Scott Rafferty demanding such action to ensure that minorities have a better chance of getting elected to the Council.  [Had the Council rebuffed that letter, a lawsuit would have ensued that could have cost the City millions of dollars with the same end result.]
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    Richmond Teen to Participate in Tournament of Roses Parade

    ROSE PARADE FLOAT TO HONOR RICHMOND TEEN SAVED BY LIVER TRANSPLANT Oakland Military Institute senior who faced death as baby now on her way to college Ali Tadayon Bay Area News Group  
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    RICHMOND UNITES IN OPPOSITION TO HARMFUL TOPA PROPOSAL

    Radio Free Richmond invites guest editorials and allows community members a forum to present issues to the community.  TOPA (Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act) was presented to the Richmond City Council in September by Councilmember Jael Myrick.  This has been one of many controversial issues that the Council frequently visits.  The STOP TOPA side as well as Councilmember Myrick have both been invited to present issues and arguments validating their side of the issue.  Councilmember Myrick has yet to respond.  At the Council meeting of Tuesday November 19, agenda item L-3 was introduced by Councilmember Bates directing staff to determine the cost of implementing TOPA.  On the same agenda, Item L-4 was introduced by Councilmembers Myrick and Willis directing staff to cease work on TOPA.  In politics, nothing is a done deal until it’s a done deal so the lobbying will continue until the votes have been tallied. Michael Vasilas & Ilona Clark November 7, 2019
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    District Mapping Tool Workshop Hours

    It’s a done deal.  It’s all over but the shouting.  There’s no going back. The City of Richmond was infected with a virus where attorneys took the California Voting Rights Initiative and turned it against the people of Richmond.
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    District Elections and Campaign Financing

    Two weeks ago, Walnut Creek Attorney Scott Rafferty acted on the Threat Letter he sent the City demanding that Richmond stop electing members of their City Council with At Large elections.  Even though 75% of the members of the Council over the past 25 years have been minorities (with the current Councilmembers being 100% minorities), Attorney Rafferty claimed that minorities could not get proper representation on the Council unless they were elected representing districts drawn based on ethnicity.
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