California considers a new law for cheerleader pay, in wake of three suits against Oakland Raiders

Click here to view original post in Oakland North. By Loi Almeron (Posted May 29, 2015 1:39 pm) A state bill to grant professional cheerleaders a minimum wage, workers’ benefits and overtime compensation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, has passed the Assembly and is now in the state Senate for a vote. Among those watching the outcome… Continue reading California considers a new law for cheerleader pay, in wake of three suits against Oakland Raiders

City asks residents to weigh in on new South Richmond transportation plan

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential. By Loi Almeron (Posted May 18, 2015 10:04 am) The City of Richmond is seeking public comment on the South Richmond Transportation Connectivity Plan (SRTCP) draft, which was released in early May. The plan is the city’s effort to improve transportation connectivity between South Richmond and surrounding key… Continue reading City asks residents to weigh in on new South Richmond transportation plan

More test preparation services compete for affordability and accessibility

Click here to view original post in Oakland North. By Loi Almeron (Posted May 6, 2015 9:09 am) Kelsey James-Kavanaugh, a prospective graduate student in wildlife conservation who lives in Oakland, aims to return to sub-Saharan Africa to continue working with lions, a project she had begun as an undergraduate. But before realizing her dream, she had… Continue reading More test preparation services compete for affordability and accessibility

IRS warns taxpayers of scammers and identity theft

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential. By Loi Almeron (Posted April 13, 2015 9:08 am) With the April 15 tax deadline looming, the Federal Trade Commission’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness program has a stark warning for taxpayers: “Protect personal information at home like you would cash or jewelry.” Tax identity theft is the largest… Continue reading IRS warns taxpayers of scammers and identity theft

Small efforts help library accessibility widen in Richmond

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential. By Loi Almeron (Posted March 19, 2015 9:01am) Sixth grader Clemon Brown loves reading books, but he has a hard time finding books outside of school. “Two weeks ago, I was sitting in my room [and] I want to read a book,” Brown said. He said he wanted… Continue reading Small efforts help library accessibility widen in Richmond

Law Academy students at De Anza High fight to keep teacher’s job

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential. By Loi Almeron (Posted March 15, 2015 9:09am) Students from Richmond’s De Anza High School, along with their parents, protested in front of the school early Monday morning to help a teacher keep her job. The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) announced during a board meeting… Continue reading Law Academy students at De Anza High fight to keep teacher’s job

Richmond focuses “Love Your Block” grant to develop North Richmond and Parchester neighborhoods

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential. By Loi Almeron (Posted February 20, 2015 9:00 am) Richmond got a boost after it was named one of seven United States cities selected by Cities of Service’s new “City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block” program for a three-year, $30,000 grant to improve and develop neighborhoods. Cities of Service is a… Continue reading Richmond focuses “Love Your Block” grant to develop North Richmond and Parchester neighborhoods

Richmond Confidential looks back on 2014, year for the ages

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential.  By Knowles Adkisson, Loi Almeron, Bonnie Chan, Harriet Rowan, Elly Schmidt-Hopper and S. Parker Yesko (Posted December 29, 2014 8:00 am) Long after the billboards come down, the campaign mailers rest in landfills and the New Year's toasts come and go, 2014 may be remembered as Richmond's big election year. We are honored to have been in Richmond's streets and chambers,… Continue reading Richmond Confidential looks back on 2014, year for the ages

Rapping O’Neill

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential. By Loi Almeron (Posted December 21, 2014 1:28 pm) A mix of beats, rapping and acting turned Eugene O’Neill’s drama masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, into a bracing new blend of hip hop and theater. In collaboration with the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and the National… Continue reading Rapping O’Neill

Obamacare open enrollment to speak in 17 Asian and Pacific Islander languages

Click here to view original post in Richmond Confidential. By Loi Almeron (Posted November 14, 2014 6:10 pm) Contra Costa County will have its open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act targeting Asians and Pacific Islanders tomorrow, Nov. 15, at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. The enrollment event is the first in California, and perhaps in the nation, to… Continue reading Obamacare open enrollment to speak in 17 Asian and Pacific Islander languages