Since my last newsletter, there has been a hustle and
bustle of activities throughout Richmond.
One of the biggest
achievements is that Richmond
City Hall has moved back to Civic Center Plaza in our newly renovated LEED-certified
green building. We're very pleased to have City Hall
back in the heart of Richmond at 450 Civic Center Plaza.
Our move "home" won't
be complete, however, until July with the completion
of another renovated building, 440 Civic Center Plaza,
which will house our new Council Chambers.
It is especially exciting to experience
the public art installations that are now in place throughout
the Civic Center, from the fountain in the center of
the Plaza to the elevator doors, glass walls and the
many pieces of art that hang throughout City Hall. And
more art installations are to follow, including the mural
by Richmond artist John Wehrle, that will welcome all
to the new Council Chambers.
These installations of public
art "humanize" the entire
complex. Richmond has always had a deep appreciation
of art, giving voice to our history, our will, and our
perseverance as a community. This Civic Center art display
is the largest single public art project in Richmond
and the latest expression of our collective cultural
Surrounding the outdoor art are plantings and greenery
to provide a natural environment for civic engagement
and community events.
And speaking of civic engagement, not only have we been
involved in our historic move these past several weeks,
but we have also been busy with many civic acknowledgements
Below are some of the memorable
Richmond activities held in April and May:
We celebrated Earth Day by a special proclamation to
honor the many community gardens we have growing in our
Richmond neighborhoods, schools and along the Greenway.
We celebrated May Day by honoring local labor leaders.
We celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a great parade and
festivities on 23rd Street.
We partnered with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce
in presenting the annual Green Expo that included Green
Bus Tours displaying green businesses, projects and efforts
throughout the city.
We celebrated the Centennial Anniversary of our Richmond
Police Department with a beautiful event at Marina Bay
We honored City of Richmond employees during Public
Service and Public Works Week for their great work, commitment
and service to our residents.
Future activities coming up in
Monday June 15th, West County Indicator's Project will
present results of their 3 year community research project
titled: Measuring What Matters: Neighborhood Research
for Economic and Environmental Health and Justice in
Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo.
This report release and community forum will take place
from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at St. Mark's Church, 159 Harbour
Way in Richmond. (This is a bilingual Spanish/English
event with interpretation available.)
Vital information will be presented on problems, solutions,
and resources for change on these issues: city park conditions,
employment of formerly incarcerated residents, health
effects of freight trucks and trains, lead contamination
in homes, liquor store concentrations, local tax revenue
from Chevron, refinery air contamination, shoreline access,
street lighting, and water contamination.
The report will also be available online June 15 at www.pacinst.org
Saturday, June 20, please join
Richmond's Juneteenth Celebration 2009!
The parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m., will begin at
Marina Way and Cutting Blvd and end at Nicholl Park.
The Festival begins at 11:30 a.m. until 6 pm at Nicholl
Park (32nd and Macdonald Ave. in Richmond).
Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and emphasizes
education and achievement. For further information on
volunteering, participating in the parade, or to request
a vendor?s application, please call the Juneteenth Hotline
at (510) 620-6516.
I look forward to seeing everyone there. The Mayor's
Office contingent will be walking in the parade, as always,
with our banner displaying the profound words of American
abolitionist Frederick Douglass: No Progress Without
Sunday, June 28, the Pachamama
Alliance invites you to: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing
the Dream Symposium
The Symposium is a profound inquiry into a bold vision:
to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually
fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet.
This will take place from 2 pm to 6 pm at Unity Church
of Richmond - 351 28th St. (cross street Nevin Ave.)
Register by web - www.awakeningthedreamer.org by
phone - (510) 234-6580 by email - email@example.com (preregistration
recommended but not required)
Cost: $10-$20 donation requested (no one turned away
for lack of funds) Refreshments will be served Special
guest speaker: Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
Friday, June 26, this year's
Annual Summit Meeting of the East Bay Green Corridor
Partnership will take place at the Oakland Metropolitan
Museum, James Moore Theater (from 8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m).
I invite everyone to join me at all of these June events.
They are sure to be informative, inspiring, and bring
the joy of community-building to a higher level!
Sincerely, Mayor McLaughlin
PS Please check out my website: http://gaylemclaughlin.net/press-index.htm to
read recent media coverage of ongoing local issues and
PPS Stay tuned for another e-newsletter where I will
be giving updates on Chevron-related issues, as we continue
the fight for justice for the people of Richmond!