and supporters of building a Better Richmond,
We need your endorsement and help in two key 2008 efforts
underway this electoral season:
Jovanka Beckles for City Council
“A Fair Share for Richmond” initiative
It is my great pleasure to support and
endorse Jovanka Beckles for Richmond City Council www.JovankaBeckles.org
Jovanka embodies the progressive
community values and aspirations that we all hold dear
and that are so very necessary for bringing about real
change in Richmond.
Jovanka is working in the community every day, building
grassroots organizing efforts and inspiring the progressive
movement to come together in strength and unity.
As a member of the Economic Development Commission,
the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), and my Advisory
Environmental Justice and Environmental Health Task Force,
as well as many other community groups, Jovanka has shown
that she has the clarity, the strength and the courage
to stay the course and advance a great vision for a better
Jovanka looks into our past (local and national) to
learn and educate our youth (www.RichmondBlackHistory.org ).
In this spirit she has initiated proclamations honoring
African-American history events and lessons that I have
brought before the City Council. She has also organized
events, like the recent Women's Day celebration, that
my office sponsored.
Jovanka knows that the job of the City Council is difficult.
She shares with me the number one priority of city government
in Richmond: Preventing violent crime in Richmond with
jobs, youth programs and public safety.
Jovanka Beckles is both an educator and counselor of
Richmond youth. She is also a small business owner, and
she understands and advocates for both new and green
economic development and social justice and employment
Jovanka brings incredible personal experience to the
public arena. As an African- American and Latina immigrant
woman, Jovanka has a unique sensibility and an understanding
of our communities' issues, strengths and challenges.
Simply put, Jovanka will make a GREAT councilmember!
Please endorse and contribute to Jovanka Beckles for
Richmond City Council.
Send endorsements to: Jovanka@JovankaBeckles.org
Send contributions to: Jovanka Beckles for Richmond
City Council PO Box 5299 Richmond CA 94805
And there is another effort underway that needs your
I refer to the citizen-initiated ballot measure that,
if passed, will generate millions of dollars of sorely
needed funds into our city's coffers. The campaign surrounding
this initiative is aptly called:
“A FAIR SHARE FOR RICHMOND”
I encourage you to endorse, support, contribute financially
and get involved with this campaign. This initiative
will require large manufacturers, like Chevron, to pay
an increase in their business license fee.
Imagine a City of
Richmond that can . . . train and employ thousands of
youth open recreation centers and libraries every day
and night repair all the streets and keep them fixed
double or triple violence prevention outreach create
beautiful common places in each neighborhood
A FAIR SHARE FOR RICHMOND will not increase non-manufacturing
business fees, small business fees, or landlord fees.
Thanks to the over 5,000 Richmond registered voters
who signed this initiative, A FAIR SHARE FOR RICHMOND
will be on the ballot on November 4, 2008. It is FAIR,
it is NEEDED, and it is long overdue!
Help spread the word about this by talking to your friends
Send your endorsement to AFairShareForRichmond@BetterRichmond.net
Send your contribution (every dollar helps!) to: A Fair
Share For Richmond P.O. Box 5401 Richmond CA 94805
More information about this initiative can be accessed
at the links below:
A Better Richmond is Possible!
Sincerely, Mayor McLaughlin