Many of you are aware that the City
Council voted to certify the Point Molate Final Environmental
Impact Report (FEIR) on Tuesday night. I want to start
out by saying clearly that this was NOT a vote
on the casino. It was a vote to certify
an EIR. Certifying an EIR is distinct from
approving a project. I stated this at the Council meeting,
and I am stating it again now.
Vice Mayor Tom Butt addressed many of
the problems with the FEIR and offered modifications.
I felt strongly that his suggested modifications had
merit. Our staff had some concerns with some of Tom’s
suggestions, and offered an alternative set of modifications.
Councilmembers Ritterman, Beckles, Booze and Rogers felt
that staff’s point of view was more in line with their
thinking, and thus cast a majority vote to certify the
FEIR. I chose to vote against this certification because
it didn’t include insertions suggested by Tom Butt that
I felt were important to strengthen this environmental
So, while disagreements on this document
emerged, it’s important to remember that no one on Tuesday
night cast a vote FOR or AGAINST a casino. The matter
at hand was the certification process of the environmental
impact report, and there were differences on how to approach
None of us should fear our differences.
As we move forward, we will find many such differences.
It will be incumbent on each of us to learn how to evaluate
such disagreements. In my view, the disagreement on
the FEIR is not as significant as disagreements regarding
the issue of whether to allow a casino to be built at
Pt Molate. It is the responsibility of the new City
Council to take up the casino issue, and we shall indeed
do so at our April 5 meeting. I urge the public to
come out on April 5th and sign up to speak on the item.
I ask my colleagues on the City Council
to use insight and patience to endure our differences
regarding the FEIR, as we prepare to come together on
another day to bring resolution to this very important
matter concerning a casino at Pt. Molate.
Mayor, City of Richmond
Gayle McLaughlin for Mayor 2010
PO Box 5284
Richmond CA 94805
Phone: (510) 237-1456
317 11th Street (must access 11th Street from Nevin)