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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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    CITY OF PRIDE AND PURPOSE CHAPTER 2 GRADUATION CEREMONIES UPDATE

    After last week’s graduations at the Richmond Convention Center, concerns were raised about the level of clean up between events—in particular between Friday evening’s Pinole Valley HS graduation and Saturday morning’s El Cerrito HS event.
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    UNUSUAL FOOD AND WINE, MUSIC AND FUN

    Back in the day, transplanted Jews would complain that they could not find decent Jewish food in the Bay area.  Those days seem like a dim memory and an upcoming event in Richmond will underscore that.
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    SENIOR SCAM STOPPER

    From Assemblymember Buffy Wicks and Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia:
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    Transportation Town Hall

    Getting from home to work, getting from one city to another, metering lights, the parking lot labeled as Interstate 80—these take up a large part of our waking hours.  We can sit back and hope things will get better on their own, we can check with real estate agents in Montana where traffic is less of an issue OR we can let our elected officials know what we think in the hopes they will step up and represent us to make our lives better.
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    A Beloved Family Member Has Run Off

    Many of us have extended families—some members of which shed on our couches, piddle on the carpet and demand our attention night and day. I’m referring to our pets.  They may be ‘just’ animals but they’re family.
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    Catherine Montalbo ~ Qualified to Serve?

    At last Tuesday's Richmond City Council meeting one of the consent calendar items was the Council approval of the Mayor's appointment of three applicants to the Community Police Review Commission.  Led by the Richmond Progressive Alliance--which voted to oppose the appointment of Catherine Montalbo, petitions were circulated, more than a dozen speakers spoke under Public Forum advocating that because her beliefs did not mesh with theirs, she was unqualified to serve. Mayor Butt chose to pull the item from consideration so he could give the matter further consideration. Using his popular eforum, Mayor Butt posted the following as a response to Tuesday night's response to his appointment.
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    Should Catherine Montalbo be Appointed to Serve on the Richmond Community Police Review Commission

    Appointments made to the Richmond Community Police Review Commission have become highly politicized. Some members of the community—with major support from the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) and their members serving on the City Council—have their own ideas about what qualifies an applicant to serve their community on this commission. A couple of years back former Councilmember Vinay Pimplé was nominated but the RPA backed members of the Council refused to allow the appointment to be ratified.  These RPA Councilmembers took exception to previous actions made by Pimplé when he served on the Council. On Tuesday, March 19th the Council will take action to either accept or reject the nomination of Catherine Montalbo.  Petitions, Facebook comments and the RPA Newsletter all advocate against her serving on this commission with many of the comments claiming that she’ a racist. One claimed that she wasn't Latina enough to serve. Radio Free Richmond has offered Ms. Montalbo an opportunity to address these charges against her.  The following is a letter sent by Ms. Montalbo to the Mayor and the Council.
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    Richmond's Alysa Liu ~ National Figure Skating Champion

    Richmond has been home to a number of professional athletes over the years playing football, baseball, golf and a sundry of other sports. And recently, Richmond’s own Alysa Liu became the national figure skating champion.
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    Between Two Teachers ~ #1

    INTRODUCING BETWEEN TWO TEACHERS In September 2018 – during the local school board election - we started a YouTube channel and named it “BETWEEN TWO TEACHERS.”  “We” are Consuelo Lara – a veteran teacher with 16 years experience in West Contra Costa schools and Madeline Kronenberg – a veteran teacher who taught for 30 years at Hayward Adult School and has been an active parent leader in West Contra Costa since the mid 1980s.  Today, Consuelo is on the board and Madeline is a former board member.
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