Published on September
Richmond adds voice to call
for public works program
Contra Costa Times
RICHMOND -- Richmond city leaders are joining others in the
call for a comprehensive public works program that would employ
millions of Americans on the path to economic recovery.
The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday night urging
President Obama and Congress to help get people back to work
by hiring millions to fix roads, sewers, schools and other
public infrastructure throughout the nation.
"We can put our people to work," said Mayor Gayle McLaughlin,
who sponsored the resolution with Vice Mayor Jeff Ritterman. "We've
seen it done in the '30s. We need to do it in the 21st century."
In 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Works Progress
Administration as part of the New Deal aimed at getting the
country back on its feet during the Great Depression. The WPA
hired millions of people for public works projects.
Richmond plans to send its resolution to Obama, U.S. Sens.
Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and U.S. Reps. George Miller
and Nancy Pelosi. The AFL-CIO, the NAACP and other organizations
plan to march on Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2 with the same
Katherine Tam covers Richmond. Follow her at Twitter.com/katherinetam.