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December 29, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Richmond Mayor's Long-Term Proposal to Cut Violence
The sudden spike of deadly shootings in Richmond has the mayor proposing a long-range strategy to combat the problem, and break the cycle of violence. Richmond mayor Gayle McLaughlin cannot explain the rash of shootings. Police too are baffled.

December 22, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Richmond Remembers Victims of Violence
Dozens of names were read during a small ceremony in Richmond last night, each connected to a homicide this year. "We do have decades of structural violence to overcome," said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. “It goes way beyond Richmond.

December 20, 2007, People's Weekly World:
Green Jobs: Wave of the Future
The mayors of four San Francisco Bay Area cities — Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and Emeryville — announced formation of the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership, together with University of California at Berkeley leaders and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

December 14, 2007, San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia:
What Happened to Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine?
On December 11, 2007, the Bay Area-based Haiti Action Committee held a demonstration in downtown San Francisco in solidarity with Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, disappeared Haitian human rights advocate. Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine was last seen on August 12, . . . .

December 5, 2007, Richmond Globe:
East Bay Mayors Team Up with UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab to Build Regional
Green Economy
The partnership was announced during a press conference at Richmond’s SunPower Corporation, which designs, manufactures and delivers solar power systems worldwide.

December 4 , 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Four Cities to go Green Together
Rather than be rivals, the mayors of four East Bay cities vowed Monday to work together to create a "green corridor" to do for this region what high tech has done for Silicon Valley: create jobs and revenue with the added bonus of being environmentally friendly.

December 4, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle:
East Bay Mayors, UC Chancellor Unite for 'Green Wave'
East Bay leaders, hoping to capitalize on the energy research emerging from UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley lab, vowed Monday to create a regional environmental hub that would mirror the success of Silicon Valley.

December 2 , 2007, Contra Costa Times:
City May Order Styrofoam to Go
Paper and plastic containers are OK, but Styrofoam soon could be a no-no in Richmond. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is pushing for a ban on polystyrene food packaging and other ways to divert waste from landfills.

November 16, 2007, ABC 7 News, KGO:
Richmond, Oakland Make Most Dangerous Cities List
A new study gives two Bay Area cities the dubious distinction of being among the most dangerous cities in the country. Oakland is listed as number four in the study and Richmond is number nine.

November 16, 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Residents Say Richmond Shore Cleanup Neglected
Richmond residents expressed concern this week at the failure of state and federal officials to rescue oiled birds from the Richmond shoreline. Angry letters and emails poured into community e-forums as city officials tried to assure residents that they were working on the problems.

November 16, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle:
Some Say Richmond Beaches, Birds Were Overlooked After Oil Spill
An ad hoc group of bird rescuers say waterfowl oiled from last week's spill in the bay are being neglected by government officials on Richmond's beaches and so they are taking matters into their own hands.

November 14, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Residents Criticize Oil Spill Cleanup
In the past few days, Point Richmond resident Robin Carpenter has found two dead birds, young crabs struggling to survive and dead jellyfish along the Richmond shoreline. Oil from a cargo ship that hit the Bay Bridge last week has seeped into where fish and other species live.

November 8, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
EAST BAY ROUNDUP: Richmond
The council passed a resolution that states, in part, that the city will ask representatives in Congress to prohibit the use of money for military action against Iran without congressional authorization and request that state lawmakers back rapid troop withdrawal from Iraq.

November 8, 2007, InsideBayArea.com:
City Weighs Shoreline Development

Some residents and environmentalists are lobbying to keep Richmond's shoreline as open space free from development. Others say doing that would deprive the city of opportunities for economic growth that could translate into much-needed jobs and revenue.

October 22, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Promotes Green Business
With polar ice caps melting at an alarming rate, an East Bay community that is home to a large oil refinery spent Sunday championing "green" business. Now Richmond can be a pacesetter for other communities, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said Sunday at "Greening Richmond."

October 19, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Finding Critical Mass to Go Green
The formerly industrial Richmond is shedding its smokestack image and making a name for itself in the green sector. Residents and merchants are equipping their buildings with solar panels, investing in low-flow toilets and buying hybrid cars.

October 19, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Transit Station Sheds Light on BART's Future
The opening of a new transit station in Richmond is a telling sign of BART's future. 132 homes make up the Richmond Transit Village, which is next to a rail and bus transportation hub. "I love it," enthused Barry Lau. "We love it," echoed neighbor Carolyn Sherry.

October 19, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
City Renaissance on the Fast Track

After two years of construction, Richmond on Thursday unveiled its long-awaited multitransit station center, the nexus for local and regional trains and bus lines that could help breathe new life into the city's historic core.

October 17, 2007, Richmond Globe:
Council Honors Blacks who Fought at Harper’s Ferry

The Richmond City Council made history at this week’s meeting when Mayor Gayle McLaughlin read a proclamation honoring the African Americans who fought at Harper’s Ferry on Oct. 16, 1859.

October 13, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Office of Neighborhood Safety Opens in Richmond
The newest effort by the city of Richmond to calm what some residents call “out of control” violence, is the Office of Neighborhood Safety. One of the office’s goals will be to smooth parolees re-entries into Richmond.

October 8, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Surveillance Violates Privacy, ACLU Says
Americans are trading in their Bill of Rights for a bill of goods, the American Civil Liberties Union warned Sunday. Cities and counties, taking a cue, and are buying into the idea that more surveillance translates into safer communities and a more secure nation, the group said.

September 29, 2007, American Public Media (Weekend America):
Celebrating Richmond, Changing Richmond
Violent crime and murders are on the rise in Richmond, Calif. Richmond often ranks high on the list of America's most violent cities. Just this month, 12 people were shot. Local residents have been camping out in city parks near where the shootings have taken place.

September 29, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Land Sought for Lowe's, Health Center
Striving to "hit a home run" by attracting Lowe's to the city while also rebuilding an aging county-owned health center, the Richmond City Council wants to expedite the process of finding property for both.

September 28, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Mayor and Police Chief Visit Richmond Tent City
A tent city pitched in a park in the heart of the Iron Triangle, scene to much of the city’s violence last year, received a high profile endorsement today. Police Chief Chris Magnus and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin visited the encampment at Nevin Park, one of four pitched in Richmond parks.

September 26, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Mayor Congratulates Tent City
On a day when Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin turned up to speak in support of the Tent City Peace Movement, local leaders made the most of their time before the television cameras. People talked about a litany of crime-related issues.

September 19, 2007, Richmond Globe:
McLaughlin Meets with BAPAC, Reports on Her Priorities, Activities
On Saturday, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin met with the Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC) to discuss city governance issues and update the group on her priorities and activities. She updated them on the city’s new Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS).

September 19, 2007, Richmond Globe:
DELTA Project Honors ‘Men of Merit’ at Awards Ceremony
The DELTA Project recently honored 22 dynamic men at the second annual Men of Merit ceremony in Richmond. The honorees were recognized as positive role models who are making a difference in their community by mentoring the next generation.

September 15, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN From Richmond City Hall
Action is needed, not stalling
. Richmond's endemic, chronic violence continues to take a toll on our residents. My heart goes out to all the families who continue to suffer this violence. It is without a doubt the most pressing problem in Richmond.

September 14, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle:
Richmond Residents on Edge Amidst Wave of Shootings
Wary of each passing car, James Johnson stood behind a gate near a makeshift memorial in the Richmond flatlands Thursday. He said he wanted to walk farther away before discussing the latest spate of shootings that has killed three people and wounded eight others.

September 11, 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
State Cites Health Hazards at Richmond Field Station
Hazardous metals and chemicals at UC Berkeley’s Richmond Field Station pose potential threats to the health of children who play in its marshland and workers who dig in its soil, state scientists have concluded. Their findings are contained in a 99-page report.

September 10, 2007, CBS 5:
Bay Area Mayors Petition For Cuban Inmates' Wives

Mayors of 13 California cities, including five Bay Area mayors, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales today requesting that two Cuban women be allowed into the U.S. to visit their incarcerated husbands.

September 9, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
City mayor extols peace for Sept. 11
As the nation observes the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks Tuesday, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is using the occasion to deliver a message of nonviolence that she hopes will resonate with the community.

September 5, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Storage Facility Takes Green Push to Heart
Built from 80 percent recycled materials and powered by solar energy, with a moving van running on biodiesel, family-owned Bridge Storage is a leader in its industry. Bridge Storage also may emerge as a lodestar for the greening of Richmond.

August 26, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Chevron, Richmond Ties Grow Shaky
The relationship between the Chevron Richmond refinery and the city has had its ups and downs during the past 102 years, with more downs than ups as of late, city leaders say. Their interests are closely intertwined. Richmond's largest taxpayer needs the city's western shoreline.

August 18, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Strife Doesn't Throw Council Off Course
Since January, the new Richmond City Council has been effective in moving the city in a positive direction, in spite of some votes that caused setbacks. McLaughlin's membership in the Green Party has had no effect on her ability to find common ground with her council colleagues.

August 17, 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Richmond Activists Fight Cell Phone Antenna Installation

A fight between community activists and real estate developers partnered with a cellular phone carrier is shaping up in Point Richmond. The point of contention is a recently installed high-power cellular phone antenna array on an apartment complex.

August 11, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Chevron Can Do Better; Richmond Should Demand It
Richmond is home to the Chevron oil refinery, the second-largest refinery in California. Our residents have suffered decades of severe consequences from its presence. Chevron is proposing modifications to its Richmond refinery.

August 1 - 7, 2007, Richmond Globe:
Government Agencies Propose Diverting Restoration Funds
Three governmental agencies have quietly formulated a plan to divert millions of dollars from Richmond to Solano County that were originally intended to restore environmental resources damaged by Chevron refineries.

July 25, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Council Supports Refurbishing Docks
The Richmond City Council unanimously approved sending a letter to federal Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton to express the city's interest in revitalizing the World War II dry docks at Shipyard No. 3 for the task.

July 22, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle:
Reclaiming Richmond
The city's Green Party Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and a cadre of residents are spawning its own brand of environmentalism: a push for a greener shoreline, a greener city and green businesses in a city that has long been a toxic dumping ground.

July 21, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Program Jump-starts Careers
Some of the graduates from the first class of Richmond's new job training program, RichmondBUILDS, filed into the Richmond City Council chamber this week to receive a commendation from Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Nat Bates.

July 19, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Sets Safety Budget
After more than two hours of public comments from doctors, social workers, church deacons and community members, the council unanimously approved $611,750 to hire a department director, administrative assistant and an unspecified number of outreach workers.

July 6, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Hopes Barbecues Help Stem Violence in City
The original Tent City organizers are planning a one-day event at four different locations that will include games for children, sign painting and an opportunity for the community to come together to discuss ways to prevent violence.

July 3 , 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
UC Illegally Buried ‘Thousands Of Truckloads’ of Toxic Soil In Richmond, State Says

UC Berkeley and a Swiss multinational must clean up thousands of truckloads of toxic-laden soil illegally buried at the Richmond site of a planned 1,330-unit housing complex, state officials ordered Friday. Much of this contamination came from the Richmond Field Station.

June 30, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Issue Opens Window to Council Debate
By a 5-4 vote earlier this month, the council rejected strong evidence that windows that open have environmental, financial and health benefits. Instead, the renovated Civic Center will have fixed windows and an exclusively air-conditioned office environment.

June 28, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
City Leaders Hail Balanced Budget
Richmond marked another financial milestone this week when the City Council approved its fourth consecutive balanced budget since the $35 million budget crisis of 2004.
The consistent financial discipline means the city now can ask for a more favorable bond rating.

June 26, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
City Upgrades Six Community Centers
The city has spruced up the centers in time for a variety of youth-oriented summer programs for toddlers, pre-teens and young adults, including basketball, swimming, dance, yoga, art, tennis, computer training and cooking. The Finance Department hosted a tour of these centers.

June 22, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Set to Create Violence-prevention Office
The city is closing in on the creation of a violence-prevention office to comprehensively confront the chronic violence that has plagued the city for 30 years. Richmond has a great need for effective coordination of anti-violence programs.

June 20 - 26, 2007, Richmond Globe:
Richmond’s Juneteenth Festival Draws Hundreds to Nicholl Park

Southern Belles, Spiderman, Sponge Bob and characters from the WIZ, entertained Richmond residents during the City’s Annual Juneteenth Family Day and Festival and Parade at Nicholl Park. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin led the parade.

June 16, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Residents Seek Solutions in Iron Triangle
Residents from Richmond's crime-plagued Iron Triangle neighborhood gathered Thursday night to demand more youth programs, better street lights and increased police patrols. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin said she supported Iron Triangle residents 100 percent.

June 9, 2007, KNTV NBC11:
Ric
hmond Violence Has Fingers Pointing

Let's start with the good news: Violent crime in Richmond is down about 12% overall from this time last year. Police credit "Community Policing" and say people in the neighborhoods are starting to bond with the officers regularly working in their neighborhoods.

June 9, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Residents Wary of Chevron Proposal
The public had its first chance this week to comment on Chevron's plans to install a hydrogen plant for refining poor-quality crude oil. The inexpensive "dirty" crude will increase refinery profits, but also increase dangerous emissions from the Richmond refinery.

June 8, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle:
Chevron Looks to Profits, Richmond Looks to Health
Chevron officials have proposed a "significant upgrade" at the refinery that will result in more emissions of volatile organic compounds wafting over surrounding neighborhoods, according to comments in the initial environmental impact report.

June 2, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Richmond Mayor Touts Green Movement as Gang Prevention
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is calling for a regional approach to solving youth violence, and says the “green” movement could help keep young people from joining gangs. She said clean energy and products are creating jobs that even youth can be involved in.

June 1, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Council Taps Funds for New Officers
Richmond will set aside millions of dollars to hire 37 new police officers even though the city has been unable to fill existing vacancies. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin voted against the funding designation, arguing that the money likely will go unused.

May 25, 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Lawsuit Challenges Richmond Casino
A lawsuit filed this week alleges the Richmond City Council had acted in breach of its obligation to first conduct a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review when it signing a $310.4 million contract to provide services for a North Richmond casino.

May 16 - 25, 2007, Richmond Globe:
Richmond Cooperative Advances Solar Energy Goal
MSH Properties has completed installation of a 97.2 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system to provide electricity for the Richmond Cooperative, a mixed live/work property on First Street in Richmond. It is one of the largest solar projects in this city, and the first solar-powered live/work project.

May 15, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Mayor Joins Clergy Members in Washington Demanding an End to ICE Raids
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will be joining faith leaders from across the country in Washington on Wednesday to demand that the Department of Homeland Security stop conducting mass immigration raids.

May 13, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Encourages Environmentally Friendly Firms
The city has promoted its greenness for the past several years, but under the direction of new Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, its efforts are increasing. The City Council declared the city a "green business economic development zone."

May 11, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN:
Focus On Real Solutions to Violence

GUEST COMMENTARY. One of the problems with government is it often only wants to study a problem rather than solve it. For Richmond, the time to gather information has passed and every day we wait proves more costly in terms of lives affected.

May 2, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
King's Son Tackles Poverty in Richmond
In his first trip to Richmond in eight years, Martin Luther King III is meeting with residents, community leaders and city officials to document conditions of poverty. His goal is to provide legislators with information to help them target funding toward the root causes of poverty.

April 21, 2007, KCBS Radio:
Celebrating Mother Earth
The Bay Area got started a day early in celebrating Earth Day which is officially observed on Sunday. There were clean-ups and tree plantings from San Jose to Richmond. Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin rolled up her sleeves to clean up a section of Wildcat Creek.

April 21, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Developer Adds 'R-word' to Radio Ad
After community complaints, a condominium developer has changed a radio ad that promotes a new development to include mention of the city of Richmond. Some residents were upset that the ad touted a host of attractive amenities, but failed to mention Richmond by name.

April 20, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Corroded Pipe Led to Chevron Fire
A 100-foot high flame that blasted from Richmond's Chevron oil refinery in January sparked from a corroded pipe that should have been removed 20 years ago, investigators say. The fire prompted thousands to shelter in place and released over 400 pounds of toxic gas.

April 6, 2007, East Bay Business Times:
McLaughlin Acts on Green Pledge
During her campaign, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin pledged to introduce policies that would attract green businesses and improve public health and the environment in the city which has been plagued by industrial pollutants, crime, aging infrastructure and cuts in city services.

April 12, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
'R Word' Noticeably Absent from Condo Ads
To listen to a local radio advertising campaign, the Anchor Cove subdivision at Marina Bay is a wonderful place to live. But the beguiling ads fail to mention that Anchor Cove is in Richmond, a city with an undeserved, one-dimensional reputation.

April 5, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Recruitment Fast-tracked for Anti-violence Director
The Richmond City Council took decisive action this week to hire a director for a proposed new office that will focus on coordinating anti-violence programs. Council members unanimously approved beginning the recruitment process.

April 3 , 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Mayor Wants New Program Fast-tracked
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin wants to immediately begin looking for a director to head a new city anti-violence department. The city must start the recruitment process before summer, said McLaughlin, who is co-sponsoring the request to the City Council tonight.

April 1 , 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Leaders' Tiny Cars Mirror Spending

Richmond has entered a new era of financial stability. If you don't believe it, check out the parking lot at City Hall. Former City Manager Isaiah Turner liked to do things in a big way. He had a big personality, he oversaw a big city deficit and, of course, he drove a big car.

March 29, 2007, Market Wire:
Mayor Gayle McLaughlin Introduces Pilot Electric Truck Fleet Program
In a city usually known for big industry and emissions, newly elected Mayor Gayle McLaughlin has committed to turning Richmond into a flagship for sustainability and environment with the introduction of three electric trucks from Bay Area electric car pioneer ZAP.

March 28, 2007, CBS 5:
Some SF Shoppers, Richmond Mayor Like Bag Ban
As word of San Francisco's newly enacted plastic grocery bag ban spreads, there’s a rush for fabric bags sold by some supermarkets.
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is planning to follow San Francisco’s plastic bag ban lead.

March 24, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Police Relent on Checkpoints after Criticism
Richmond police canceled a driver's license checkpoint under pressure from local Latino groups leery about potential racial profiling. Recent local Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids polarized public discourse in a region heavily populated by immigrants.

March 23, 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Peralta Holds Forum on Campuswide Sustainability
The East Bay’s community college district held its second annual Sustainable Peralta Conference at the newly-built, environmentally progressive downtown Berkeley City College campus.
Gayle McLaughlin said that Richmond is adding health and energy to its General Plan.

March 15, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
A Cleaner Locomotive Rides the Rails: City Runs Low-emission Train
The Richmond Pacific Railroad rolled out a rebuilt "cleaner and greener" locomotive that has been outfitted with low-emission devices. The public, elected officials, representatives from air-quality agencies and industrial executives, turned out to celebrate the locomotive.

March 11, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Council Shifts Way It Fills Seats
The Richmond City Council adopted an ordinance that will allow a degree of public participation in making appointments to vacant council seats. A list of all candidates and their written position statements will be made public. The public will be able to to make comments.

March 08, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Mayor Sees Progress Ahead Despite Formidable Challenges
After two months in office, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin is optimistic about Richmond's future, though the city is burdened by chronic violence, pollution and crumbling roads. In McLaughlin's first State of the City address, she presented her plans to make Richmond a better place.

March 1, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Council Wants Role in Fire Investigation
The Richmond City Council would like to take a lead role in accident and safety investigations at the Chevron refinery after a Jan 15 fire.
Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, who wrote the plan, would require Chevron to fund the investigative group.

February 22, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Council Turns Focus to Appointees
The Richmond City Council has taken steps to prevent the public rancor and mistrust that followed the January appointment to fill a vacant council seat. A new ordinance would require an appointment candidate to participate in a public interview process.

January 29, 2007, San Francisco Chronicle:
Officials Meet with Public Over Immigration Raids
Richmond mayor Gayle McLaughlin offered support to nearly 1,000 residents who gathered Sunday afternoon to talk about an immigration sweep this month in which more than 100 undocumented immigrants were arrested in Contra Costa County.

January 29, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Fight Over Rights
Several hundred immigrants and their supporters denounced a recent wave of arrests and deportations of immigrants in the East Bay as a violation of basic human rights. "I do not want our . . . residents to live under terror," said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.

January 18, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Richmond Sikh, Activist Joins Council
The Richmond City Council selected a Sikh community activist with a record of public service on state, city and school committees to fill its vacant seat. Human Relations Commissioner Harpreet Sandhu, appointed Tuesday night, will finish Mayor Gayle McLaughlin's council term.

January 15, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Council to Vote on New Member
As the final act of the 2006 election, the Richmond City Council will appoint a new council member Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by new Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. The council will appoint someone from a pool of 10 candidates to McLaughlin's council term, which ends in 2008.

January 11, 2007, Contra Costa Times:
Mayor Asks for Residents' Help
Newly sworn in as Richmond's mayor, Gayle McLaughlin asked residents this week to make a greater commitment to solving the city's most critical problem: chronic violence. She said "It is clear our single-most important issue in Richmond is our crime."

January 5, 2007, KRON TV:
Richmond Leaders Consider Response to Warning Failure
Richmond's new mayor says Monday's Chevron refinery fire should be a reminder of the dangers of living near such a facility. "The situation that happened this morning is clearly a reminder of the risks that having this refinery in our backyard poses to our community."

January 5, 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
McLaughlin Takes Office Tuesday
Richmond Mayor-elect Gayle McLaughlin, the upset winner in a three-way race, becomes the nation’s first Green Party mayor in a city with a population greater than 100,000 in ceremonies Tuesday night. Presiding over the event will be Irma Anderson.

January 5, 2007, Berkeley Daily Planet:
Environmentalists Take Lead in East Bay Land Disputes
For some East Bay developers, 2006 was the year of the environmentalist. Anxious and stricken neighbors, environmentalists, health care professionals, union members and community organizers, have emerged as a new force in the battle over development in Richmond.

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