the Record Straight
Let's clear the air of the
many lies and distortions about Mayor McLaughlin
that are swirling around in campaign mailers
and on signs.
Lie: Mayor McLaughlin voted
against the Honda Port project.
McLaughlin supported the Honda Project. She
would not support the project's Environmental
Impact Report until it guaranteed clean air.
As a result we got the Honda project with clean
Lie: Mayor McLaughlin voted
against the Civic Center renovation
McLaughlin was a strong supporter of the Civic
Center renovation. For environmental
and employee health reasons, she opposed the
installation of non-operable windows which
resulted in dependence on environmentally unsustainable
heating and cooling systems.
Lie: Mayor McLaughlin was
given a 94% raise without public input. (RPOA/RFA
full-time Mayor makes less than a city gardener. After
public input, on 7/31/07 the City Council voted
raises for themselves and the mayor, raising
McLaughlin's monthly pay from $3,000 to $3,875
a month (25%). Verification: Contra Costa Times
Public Employee Database
Lie: The Mayor voted against
the Target project (statement by Nat Bates
quoted in the Post, Sept 15-21 and repeated
in many public forums)
City approved the Target project before Gayle
McLaughlin began to serve on the Council, in
early 2004 (Contra Costa Times, 2/13/04). Through
2008 there were only two votes on the Target
project - a unanimous vote on a storm drain
and bike path in December 2007, and a unanimous
vote to accept Target's $300,000 for the Police
in December 2008. The Chief of Police received
the check, with the Mayor by his side.
Lie: Mayor McLaughlin refuses
to talk to Chevron
Mayor meets often with Chevron representatives. She
is currently in negotiations with them to reach
agreement on restarting the Chevron construction
project while providing clean air and protection
for Richmond residents.
you want to talk, Mayor McLaughlin will listen. Mayor
McLaughlin is open to meeting with anyone in
the community upon request, including representatives
from businesses and employee unions. She holds
monthly Meet-with-the-Mayor sessions that are
open to everyone.
McLaughlin is on excellent terms with the Richmond
Police Department. Police Chief Magnus
wrote to Mayor McLaughlin on Oct. 4, 2010, "I
continue to appreciate our positive relationship
with all members of the City Council, including
you as the City's Mayor. Regards, Chris Magnus"
McLaughlin insists on accountability. A
former employee in the Mayor's office improperly
handled funds three years ago. When this incident
came to light, Mayor McLaughlin immediately
terminated the employee, and reported it to
the District Attorney. The person was prosecuted,
found guilty, and 90% of the money has been
returned to the City. The checks and balances
were in place and the system worked.
McLaughlin helped create Solar Richmond, but
does not own it nor profit from it in any way. Mayor
McLaughlin worked with Michele McGeoy to co-found
the nationally-recognized Solar Richmond as
a grassroots initiative in 2005. Ms. McGeoy
later turned Solar Richmond into a 501(c)3
non-profit organization. Mayor McLaughlin was
never on the board or staff of this non-profit,
and Solar Richmond is not "owned" by
her or anyone. According to Ms. McGeoy, "Mayor
Gayle McLaughlin has never received a penny
for starting up Solar Richmond and supporting
it through these years."
McLaughlin overcame past hardships and retained
responsibility for school loans. Mayor
McLaughlin's request, during a time of personal
hardship, for debt relief on her school loans
was denied. She has long overcome past hardships,
and has retained full responsibility for payment
of these loans.
McLaughlin Takes No Corporate Money for Her
Campaign. "This is my third electoral
race and I have never taken a dime from corporations
for my campaigns. While most of the corporate
money in this race is directed toward my defeat,
there are some - card clubs and competing casinos
- that are sending out literature supporting
me because they oppose the Mega Casino in Richmond.
I do not control their actions. But I accept
no contributions from them. My goal is to keep
all corporations out of electoral politics
- including them. In 2004 I began a new practice
in Richmond by rejecting all corporate contributions.
Since then, Dr. Jeff Ritterman and
candidates Jovanka Beckles and Eduardo
Martinez have embraced this practice
as well. We believe that the power of ideas
and principles resonates more among the voters
than the power of corporate money."
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin