I thank the Contra Costa Times editorial
board for its endorsement of me for Mayor (10/28/10).
I especially appreciate their reasoning: It
is not about personalities, it is about the
powers at play in Richmond and what direction
we want the City to go. The Times properly
identified that we need a City Council that
is willing to stand up to Chevron when necessary,
and that we need to oppose the casino.
Unfortunately, the Times did not
use the same logic when it came to its City
Council endorsements. The Times endorsed
three individuals (Viramontes, Lopez, and Finlay)
who supported Chevron's flawed Environmental
Impact Report (EIR) for its refinery expansion
project. The endorsement of Viramontes and
Lopez was particularly puzzling, given the Times stern
reprimand in 2008 saying the Council majority "...led
by Councilwoman Maria Viramontes, should be
ashamed" of their secret deal with Chevron
to approve the flawed EIR. (Stop the secret
oil deal, 5/12/08). Viramontes, Lopez, and
Finlay also, in one way or another, have promoted
and/or enabled the casino development to date.
As Mayor of Richmond, I have only one vote
on the Council. For a Council that stands
up for Richmond, I ask that you vote for Jovanka
Martinez, and Corky
Boozé to join me on the
Council. These three candidates share a positive
vision of empowering Richmond residents and
have stood consistently for an alternative
to a casino at Point Molate. We need City
Council members who see their job as moving
Richmond forward, rather than prioritizing
the needs of corporations, developers, and
other deep-pocket special interests.
The Richmond Police Officers Association (RPOA)
has been amplifying its attacks against Jovanka
Beckles, blanketing the city with smear messages
in mailings, billboards, and robo-calls. Undoubtedly
there will be last-minute hit pieces this weekend.
The RPOA's deplorable tactics during this election
are condemned by the Times in today's editorial:
"The police and firefighters unions should
be ashamed of their hit pieces... there is
no excuse for their despicable personalizing
of their attacks. We're disappointed that
public safety workers in Richmond continue
to choose union leaders who still cannot
conduct themselves in a professional manner."
We may be outspent by unscrupulous opponents,
but we can harness the indomitable power of
truth, integrity, and grassroots participation.
And you can make the difference. In addition
to your vote for Jovanka Beckles, Eduardo Martinez,
and Corky Booze, we need you to talk
to your friends and neighbors. Help
them understand that we must elect a City Council
that is dedicated to Richmond steering its
own destiny, toward a healthier and more prosperous
future for all.
Building a Better Richmond together,
Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
Contra Costa Times endorsement: http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion/ci_16450672