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December 30, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Mayor-elect Shares Stage with Nader at Green Party Gathering
McLaughlin was a featured speaker at a forum titled "Greening a Hopeful Moment: Progressive Politics After the Democrats' Election Victory," along with Green Party totems Ralph Nader and former San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Matt Gonzalez.

December 29, 2006, San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia:
New College of California Hosts Green Party Panel Discussion
Ralph Nader joined Bay Area Green Party leaders Gayle McLaughlin, Ross Mirkarimi, and Matt Gonzalez this evening in a public forum hosted by the New College of California at the Roxie Cinema in the Mission District of San Francisco.

November 21, 2006, Sacramento Bee:
Richmond's Green Mayor
Gayle McLaughlin's narrow win in November is a first for her party in California. Her surprising victory will make Richmond the largest city in the country to be run by a Green mayor, and make her the first Green to be elected mayor in California.

November 29 - December 5, 2006, Richmond Globe:
Anderson’s Legacy Yields to McLaughlin’s Progressive Ideals

In a sobering statement last week, Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson conceded the recent mayoral election to City Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin with grace and dignity. "The voters have opted for a different vision for Richmond," said Anderson.

November 21, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle:
Richmond Mayor Concedes
Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson conceded defeat Tuesday in her bid for re-election and congratulated her opponent, Gayle McLaughlin. Anderson said it was clear that the voters of Richmond had "opted for a different vision for Richmond."

November 20 , 2006, Beyond Chron:
Breakthrough for California Greens
In a significant election development, Green Party of Contra Costa County candidate Gayle McLaughlin stunned Bay Area political observers-----in particular local Democratic Party operatives---by capturing the City of Richmond mayor's office.

November 17 , 2006, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Green Candidate’s Lead for Richmond Mayor Grows
While the voting tally isn’t final and her opponent won’t concede, Gayle McLaughlin is confident she’ll be the new mayor of Richmond. And with the latest election results posted late Thursday afternoon, she has good reason to be confident.

November 14 , 2006, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Hancock Addresses Richmond Citizens Group

Democratic assemblymember, Loni Hancock, came to Richmond to meet with the Community Advisory Group (CAG). This citizen panel was established to advise the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on the cleanup of hazardous waste in Richmond.

November 9, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
McLaughlin Wins Mayor's Race
Councilwoman edges out incumbent with a low-budget campaign that eschews corporate donors. City Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin was voted into the job of Richmond mayor Tuesday, making her the Bay Area's highest-profile elected Green Party member.

November 9, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle:
Green Party Likely to Win in Richmond Mayor's Race
Richmond is set to become the largest city in America with a Green Party mayor, after the election Tuesday of Gayle McLaughlin. Her victory thrusts a group once defined as middle-class environmentalists into a new role as a multicultural force in local politics.

November 8, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
McLaughlin Leading Anderson in Richmond Mayoral Race
City Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin, a Green Party member, appears to have squeaked out a victory over incumbent Irma Anderson to become Richmond's next mayor. McLaughlin was ahead by just under 200 votes when the final precinct tally was announced.

October 10, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle:
Voter's Guide to the Nov. 7 Election: Richmond Mayor
The three candidates are vying to be Richmond's next mayor. McLaughlin has promised to rehire city workers laid off in 2004 and supports increasing taxes for large businesses such as Chevron Corp. to pay for programs to help at-risk youth and to fight crime.

October 29, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Mayoral Race Hinges on Safety, Chevron Issues
Hopefuls have different takes on how to handle violence in the city as well as taxing largest employer. The next mayor should be able to use the bully pulpit, the office's only real extraordinary authority, to define the city's future and reshape its image.

October 10, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle:
Homicide Rate a Top Issue in Council, Mayoral Races
Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson faces Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin and businessman Gary Bell in the Nov. 7 election, while two incumbents and three challengers are competing for three available City Council seats. The challengers accuse the mayor of lacking leadership.

October 8, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Mayor
Richmond's charter does not allow for a strong mayor, but the position does have one important special power: the bully pulpit, which will be critical as Richmond struggles to change its image. The are three experienced candidates running for the post.

October 4–10, 2006, Richmond Globe:
Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin Runs for Mayor
“I’m running for a better Richmond … run with me,” said Richmond Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin, who is looking to unseat incumbent Mayor Irma Anderson for the city’s top job. “A better Richmond is possible and in the making.” She listed her priorities for 2006.

September 30, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Candidates for Mayor Focus on Checking Violence
Candidates for Richmond mayor went on the record Thursday on the city's chronic violence, Chevron's utility tax, and the crumbling sewer system. The three candidates took on the issues during a roundtable forum in Martinez. Each presented competing visions for the future.

September 26, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle:
Oil's Not the Only Thing Chevron's Been Pumping
While Chevron is reaping record profits, the company claims its Richmond utility tax rate is too high, and therefore Richmond owes it money. Richmond residents pay a 10 percent user tax on utility services, while Chevron determines how much it pays.

September–October, 2006 Issue, San Francisco Sierra Club Yodeler:
Gayle McLaughlin for Richmond Mayor
The Sierra Club asks you to help elect Gayle McLaughlin. As a Richmond City Councilperson, Gayle has been leading the fight against irresponsible development, for solar power, for a local shoreline open for public access and recreation, and for the health of residents.

September 8, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Utility Tax Recalculation Costs City
The Chevron refinery's new method of calculating its utility tax could cost Richmond $4.6 million in annual revenue. City Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin, a cap-rate critic, said the refinery will have to open its utility usage books for inspection even if it requires legal action.

August 9-15, 2006, Richmond Globe:
Father Who has Forgiven Al Qaida for Killing Son Running for Congress
Michael Berg, the father who says he forgives al Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi for allegedly beheading Berg’s son, Nicholas Berg, made special public appearances for a news briefing in the Bay Area Sunday with Gayle McLaughlin, candidate for Richmond mayor.

July 29, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Youth Corps, a Response to Violence
In the last year several violence prevention initiatives proposed by Gayle McLaughlin and others were postponed. Gayle's “Richmond Youth Corps" program would give part-time, year-round jobs to a thousand youngsters from neighborhoods with high rates of violent crime.

July 18 , 2006, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Youth Program Ordered Off Toxic Site
State officials have ordered a popular after-school tutoring program to leave Richmond’s contaminated Campus Bay after officials and citizens spotted children playing in a toxic off-limits area. The decision satisfies calls by anti-pollution activists.

July 7, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle:
Neighbors Fight Crematorium

Richmond neighbors say they've had enough industrial development. They especially don't want a crematorium, which emits mercury from the dental fillings of burning bodies -- in this case, about 3 pounds of mercury a year from 3,000 to 4,000 bodies.

July 1, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Crematorium Eyes Richmond
About 60 North Richmond residents rallied against a planned crematorium that would emit several pounds of mercury near homes and youth centers. One of the top three US funeral corporations wants to move one of the busiest crematoriums to North Richmond.

May 4, 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Council OKs Report on Site for Condos
The Richmond City Council approved an environmental report for a five-story, 269-unit waterfront condominium. Because of concerned over environmental safety, Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin cast one of two votes against the environmental impact report.

March 21, 2006, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Race, Poverty and Neglect Dominate Casino Hearing
Over 200 supporters and foes of building a massive tribal casino in the unincorporated area of North Richmond gathered in Richmond Auditorium for the final hearing on the draft Environmental Impact Statement. This project will affect the future of North Richmond.

March 10, 2006, Berkeley Daily Planet:
State Officials Order Radiation Tests for Campus
State officials have ordered extensive new tests for hazardous substances at Richmond’s Campus Bay. This action resulted from a review of documents and recent meetings with toxic waste cleanup consultants hired by the site’s previous owners and the community.

March 7 , 2006, Contra Costa Times:
Councilwoman to Run for Mayor
Richmond Councilwoman Gayle McLaughlin, the city's only elected Green Party member, has declared her candidacy for mayor. McLaughlin made her announcement to supporters who jammed Richmond Memorial Convention Center's Catalina Room on Sunday.

March 7, 2006, Berkeley Daily Planet:
McLaughlin Announces Run for Richmond Mayor
Richmond City Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin announced Sunday that she will run for mayor in the November elections. McLaughlin told supporters she won’t take any corporate contributions. She presented all of the issues that are in her campaign platform.

January 31 , 2006, Contra Costa Times:
City Sets Targets for Solar Increase
Solar Richmond held its first meeting this past week to discuss ways to increase solar energy in Richmond by five megawatts by 2010. Participants learned more about photovoltaic solar panels and how to promote the technology as a sustainable energy source.

January 6, 2006, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Toxics Panel Asks Water Board to Enforce Ban
The fate of a popular after-school tutoring program housed at a contaminated former chemical plant site dominated a Wednesday night meeting in Richmond. "Making Waves" operates its programs at Campus Bay. Cherokee Investment Partners executives insist the site is safe.

January-March, 2006, Bay Nature:
Ear to the Ground
The 420-household Parchester Village Neighborhood Council has repeatedly fought development of Breuner Marsh to preserve access to the Richmond shoreline. Now the landowner wants to build 1,050 residential units with retail shops and a transit center.

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