Contra Costa Times: Richmond to hire independent investigator to audit troubled housing agency

Re-posted from the Contra Costa Times: Faced with systemic problems throughout its public housing agency and a lack of credibility with city staff, the City Council this week unanimously approved hiring an independent investigator to audit the troubled department. Continue reading

Don Gosney: Richmond Campaign Financing Hypocrisy

Posted by Don Gosney in response to the recent story by Robert Rodgers in the Contra Costa Times entitled "Another heated election looms in Richmond." Continue reading

Rosa Lara: Richmond Needs to Return to Basics

The recent article in the West Contra Costa Times “City Hall flaps shake faith in Richmond's leaders” by Robert Rodgers raises important questions - do we focus on substance or fall prey to distractions? Is it better for local leaders to employ a laser or a floodlight? Continue reading

Contra Costa Times: City Hall flaps shake faith in Richmond's leaders

Re-posted from The Contra Costa Times: This blue-collar city has drawn nationwide attention in recent years for trying to take a lead role in attacking societal problems such as childhood obesity and the foreclosure crisis. Continue reading

Contra Costa Times: Another heated election looms in Richmond

Re-posted from the Contra Costa Times:  Two years ago, when the behemoth beverage industry set up shop here and poured millions into local politics to defeat a tax on sugary beverages, people used military metaphors to describe the political bombardment.  This year may rival it. Continue reading

More from Nat Bates: HOA Problems and Recommendations

Councilman Nat Bates circulated another email related to HUD and the Richmond Housing Authority.  Radio Free Richmond is posting his email without edits or comments. Continue reading

Contra Costa Times Letter to the Editor: Richmond Divided by Color and Class

Re-posted from the Contra Costa Times Letters to the Editor Section: Regardless of all the talk about a city renaissance, Richmond remains corrupt. Continue reading

Nat Bates Comments on Housing Controversy

This week, Councilman Nat Bates circulated the following email in response to the current controversy related to HUD and the Richmond Housing Authority.  Radio Free Richmond is posting his email without edits or comments. Continue reading

Contra Costa Times: Richmond Housing Authority grilled over poor living conditions, mismanagement

Re-posted from The Contra Costa Times: Prompted by revelations that Richmond's public housing agency is among the most troubled in the nation, City Council members say sweeping changes must be made and top housing authority officials are on the hot seat. Continue reading

Don Gosney: Richmond City Council Needs to Increase Transparency

 The agenda packet for Tuesday’s meeting is just shy of a thousand pages and the agenda is packed. We’ve also recently learned that an emergency item will be added to discuss the news reports about Richmond’s Housing Authority and the deplorable state of the residences offered to Richmond’s citizens. Common sense would tell us that this item alone should occupy a large part of Tuesday’s meeting. Continue reading
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