Thanks to our collective efforts, we have
come so far to bring positive change to Richmond.
To continue building our Better Richmond ,
we must also bring change to the City Council.
We need council members who will join me in
representing and empowering Richmond residents.
We must not return to the past when powerful
corporations and developers, in cooperation
with political machines, ran the city.
This is why I am asking you to vote for two
outstanding city council candidates: Jovanka
Beckles and Eduardo Martinez.
Jovanka has the vision to help unite all communities
in Richmond. As a youth counselor, she has
experience using a team approach to help the
troubled youth of our city. As a Richmond
Planning Commissioner and small business owner,
she is knowledgable about the realities of
doing business in Richmond. She can help us
enact the specific changes needed in city regulations
and licenses to attract and retain businesses,
and to promote smart, sustainable economic
Eduardo, a recently retired teacher of 18
years, will bring to the council his deep understanding
of the relationship of the schools to the community.
As a cofounder of March4Education, Eduardo
led hundreds of teachers, students, parents,
and community members to Sacramento, saving
the school district milllions of dollars. Eduardo's
plan for using schools as community centers
has generated widespread interest during this
campaign. These community centers will integrate
education into our neighborhoods, as parents,
grandparents, and all members of the community
gather to assist with tutoring and mentoring
the children. The centers can also be used
for adult education for lifelong learning.
Schools as community centers can also provide
a space for residents to become active participants
in community policing, a crime prevention model
that has already shown that it can reduce crime
and violence in the city.
Jovanka and Eduardo, like Vice Mayor Jeff
Ritterman and me, do not accept campaign contributions
from corporations or developers. We think
this is the first step to return control of
politics back to Richmond residents. Jovanka
recently returned a $2000 check from a corporation.
Our grassroots campaigns may lack the deep
pockets for mass mailings that other candidates
rely upon for name recognition. In my experience,
Richmond residents are more interested in commitment
and vision than glossy brochures.
Among the City Council candidates, Jovanka
and Eduardo are unique in denouncing the smear
campaigns of special interest groups and repudiating
those that engage in such tactics. Electing
Jovanka and Eduardo to the City Council can
help us demonstrate that Richmond voters are
ready to restore truth and transparency to
Thank you for your commitment to building
a Better Richmond.
Thank you for voting.