December 31, 2009, Richmond
Confidential: Struggle between
Chevron and City Intensifies A political showdown between
the city and its biggest taxpayer continues to unfold, and
no one is quite sure how it will end. On one side is Chevron
Corp., the nation’s second-largest oil company and a multibillion
dollar, multinational corporation. Chevron has maintained .
. . .
December 28, 2009, National Public Radio: Chevron
Threatens To Leave Longtime Home The biggest producer
of greenhouse gases in California is the Chevron Corp.'s
oil refinery in the Bay Area town of Richmond, just east
of San Francisco. The refinery opened more than a century
ago, and in spite of the bad air, Richmond has always been
a loyal company town.
December 25, 2009, Contra Costa Times: Richmond
Nurseries Will Make Way for Housing, Shops Dozens of
greenhouses where three Japanese families built a flower-growing
business in Richmond starting in the early 1910s that continued
after World War II are slated for demolition in March or
April. In their place will rise a mix of affordable and market-rate
housing with . . . .
December 9, 2009, Richmond Confidential: Local
Eateries Honored for Contributions When Eduardo Pineda
decided to solicit some donations from local businesses,
he didn’t get his hopes up too high. “With the economy the
way it is, you sort of go in knowing that small businesses
may not be willing or able to give,” said Pineda, who . .
2009, Race, Poverty & the Environment: Chevron
in Richmond As oil reserves dwindle across the planet,
the oil industry is seeking to exploit energy-intensive,
dirtier, ‘bottom-of-the-barrel’ crude oil, such as can be
found in the Alberta Tar Sands of Canada and the Orinoco
Belt in Venezuela. Rather than shifting to renewable energy
. . . .
November 8, 2009, Contra Costa Times: Gayle
McLaughlin: A Better Society is Possible It has been
a very difficult past few weeks in Richmond. The horrific
rape and assault of the 16-year-old rape survivor at Richmond
High School has deeply impacted us. Our police department
has made multiple arrests and continues to be fully engaged
. . . .
November 8, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle: Richmond
March and Rally Supports Rape Victim The Richmond girl
gang-raped outside her high school last month received a
very public show of support Saturday - a march and rally.
Upward of 200 people marched from Richmond High School to
nearby Wendell Park, where speakers decried violence against
women and . . . .
November 5, 2009, Indymedia, East Bay: After
Gang Rape, Richmond Students Come Together for Healing Hundreds
of Richmond High School students gathered on the football
field with teachers, parents and community members to express
their support for the victim of a horrendous gang rape on
the school grounds and their determination to act together
. . . .
November 3, 2009, The Mercury News: Richmond
High Rallies Against Violence, in Support of Rape Victim They
care. That's what the youth tried to convey Tuesday afternoon
on Richmond High's football field. A band played, students
read poetry, dancers performed. The lineup of speakers for
a vigil supporting the 15-year-old raped on campus two weekends
ago featured . . . .
October 27, 2009, ABC 7 News, KGO TV: 20
Suspects Sought in Richmond Gang Rape Police search for
eight suspects who participated in the gang rape of a 15-year-old
Richmond girl after her homecoming dance. As many as 20 others
may have either watched the rape or recorded it with cell
phones. There were more arrests on Tuesday evening.
October 15, 2009, Los Angeles Times: Outrage
over Gang Rape of 15-year-old Girl; More Arrests Made Overnight Outrage
grew in a Bay Area town over the gang rape of a 15-year-old
girl as police made more arrests overnight. National attention
has been focused in Richmond over what police described as
a gang rape of a 15-year-old student who struggled with attackers
. . . .
October 20, 2009, Accent Advocate: Youth
Conference Combats Violence When former gang member Gonzolo
Rucobo was growing up in Richmond, he never imagined himself
standing on stage explaining the vitality of violence prevention.
Years later, however, his voice and the voices of others
have worked to combat the crime affecting . . . .
October 15, 2009, San Francisco Business Times: Governor
Opposes Richmond Casino Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s
administration announced its opposition to a large casino
proposed for the Richmond waterfront, saying the urban project
was not what California voters had in mind when they approved
tribal gaming a decade ago.
October 15, 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: Governor
Opposes Point Molate Casino Project The Office of Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Monday that it wants to terminate
the Point Molate casino project. Andrea Lynn Hoch, the governor’s
legal affairs secretary, has asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(BIA) to reject the proposal by a Berkeley developer . .
October 10, 2009, Contra Costa Times: Chevron,
Richmond Spar in Court Over Voter-approved Fee Nearly
a year after Richmond voters approved a manufacturers fee
to generate at least $16 million a year, the question of
whether the city can legally collect the money still awaits
an answer. City officials stand behind the new law, but Chevron,
which would pay . . . .
September 17, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle: Richmond
Victim's Family Wants Answers The family of a 19-year-old
woman who was shot and killed at a Richmond gas station along
with her boyfriend pleaded Wednesday for anyone with information
in the case to come forward. Kaneesha Mallard of Hercules
and Alfred Thomas, 20, of Vallejo were sprayed with bullets
. . . .
September 16, 2009, East Bay Express: Richmond
Council Opposes the Dam The Richmond City Council passed
a resolution last week, officially opposing the East Bay
Municipal Utility District's plans to build a huge new dam
on the Mokelumne River. Although the dam proposal has received
widespread opposition from cities and other public agencies
. . . .
September 16, 2009, Richmond Globe: Hundreds
Celebrate Grand Re-opening of Richmond Civic Center Complex Early
morning thunderstorms didn’t deter hundreds of East Bay residents
from venturing out to Richmond’s grand-opening gala for its
newly renovated Civic Center on Saturday. Outside performance
stages were scrapped . . . but the show went on.
September 14, 2009, KCBS Radio: Richmond
Responds to Spate of Shootings Elected officials and
community leaders in Richmond are once again debating how
best to respond to gun violence after a rash of shootings
over the weekend claimed five lives. Police have identified
four of those victims, including a carjacking suspect . .
September 9, 2009, Richmond Globe: McLaughlin
Makes Time for Residents Although only a handful of people
were present at Friday’s Meet with the Mayor session in Richmond,
it was a productive one. Cynthia and Ken Roberts were two
residents who attended and voiced their concerns about their
rental property being subjected to unsanitary pet care .
. . .
September 9, 2009, Richmond Globe: Civic
Center Grand Re-opening Celebration to Feature Music, Art,
Food On Saturday, the city of Richmond’s grand re-opening
celebration at its new Civic Center Complex will occur —
just one week shy of the original civic center’s 60th anniversary.
And what a celebration it will be. The free, all-day community
festival will feature . . . .
August 27, 2009, Contra Costa Times: Letters
From Our Readers: Healthy Jobs Thank you, Times, for
your excellent Aug. 20 editorial, "Ball in Chevron court," concerning
the Richmond refinery. As you so rightly point out, if Chevron
contends it will not be refining heavier, dirtier crude oil,
then it should have no objection to putting this in writing
. . . .
August 22, 2009, Contra Costa Times: Students
Paint a Brighter Future About the only downside to be
found with a summer youth apprenticeship program in the Crescent
Park neighborhood is that the nine young men participating
came away with paint-spattered bluejeans. Everything else
about the program looks like a winner . . . .
August 17, 2009, San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia: 500
Protest Chevron at Richmond Refinery for Climate Justice,
to Cap the Crude Hundreds of Richmond community members
joined climate change advocates, public health experts, local
government and labor leaders today in a colorful march, protest
and non-violent civil disobedience at Chevron’s Richmond
refinery. After a festival . . . .
August 13, 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: Cuban
5 Art Exhibit Opens at La Peña Cultural Center The Cuban
5 have come to Berkeley—in spirit if not in person. “From
My Altitude,” a touring exhibit of 25 paintings by Antonio
Guerrero, one of the five men facing stiff sentences in U.S.
prisons for spying, opened at La Peña Cultural Center Aug.
6 and will continue . . . .
August 12 , 2009, San Francisco Chronicle: Public
Hearings Set for Richmond Casino Resort The public will
get a chance to weigh in Wednesday night on details of a
tony $1.5 billion casino resort proposed nearly five years
ago for the bay shores of Richmond. Billed as a destination
that will draw 5,000 wealthy tourists a day, the Point Molate
resort, . . . .
August 12 , 2009, Cuba: Alice
Walker Speaks at Opening of Original Paintings by Antonio
Guerrero In a great display of solidarity, the La Pena
Cultural Center in Berkeley was filled to capacity on August
6 to hear about the case of the Cuban 5. The moving meeting
was a blend of the political injustice surrounding the case
and cultural presentations that paid tribute to . . . .
July 25, 2009, Contra Costa Times: Readers'
Forum: Casino Benefit Still Doesn't Add Up for Richmond ON
MAY 14, 2005, the Times published an article I wrote titled:
Casino at Point Molate is a losing bet for Richmond. In this
article, I took issue with the idea that a casino would sustain
our local economy, our environment and our social well-being
here in Richmond.
July 24, 2009, Contra Costa Times: Richmond
Heeds Call for Rule Changes for Cell Antennas The way
a bunch of cell antennas went up in Point Richmond won't
happen again. Residents caught off guard by antennas atop
an apartment building in 2007 lobbied city leaders for tougher
standards and public notice. They got it. The Richmond City
Council soon will require . . . .
July 15, 2009, Richmond Globe: Richmond
Earns ‘Solar Champion’ Recognition On Tuesday, Environment
California presented Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the city
of Richmond with a “2009 Solar Champion” award for ranking
among the top 15 cities in the state for solar capacity.
Richmond has more than 144 solar roofs totaling . . . .
July 9 , 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: Judge
Halts Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Expansion Chevron must
stop all work on expanding its Richmond refinery until a
new project environmental review is completed and approved,
a Contra Costa County judge has ruled. Superior Court Judge
Barbara Zuniga issued the second crucial rulings July 1 .
. . .
July 3, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle: Judge:
Chevron Must Halt Richmond Expansion A judge has ordered
Chevron Corp. to stop work on its controversial oil refinery
expansion in Richmond, handing environmentalists their biggest
victory in a long fight over the project. Contra Costa County
Superior Court Judge Barbara Zuniga gave Chevron 60 days
to . . . .
July 2, 2009, UC Berkeley News: Green
Corridor Partnership Picks Up Steam as UC, LBNL Drive Innovation When
the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership staged its official
launch in December 2007, Steven Chu was on the dais as
the director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
one of the fledgling initiative's six signatories.Last
Friday, when Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau . . .
July 2, 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: East
Bay Green Corridor Meeting Long on Talk, Short on Details If
it’s not easy being green, as Kermit the Frog famously
sang, it’s getting easier in the East Bay—at least for
businesses spawning clean, green tech and for programs
that train workers how to use it. But for Berkeley’s Tom
Bates, the region’s first car-free mayor, . . . .
July, 2009, Sierra Club Yodeler: Something
is Working in Richmond Richmond, with an incredibly
diverse community, 32 miles of Bay shoreline (more than
any other city, even San Francisco), and the second-largest
oil refinery in California, is a city of persistent problems,
grand opportunities, and a history of struggle.
July, 2009, Le Monde Diplomatique (English
Green Dream America is waking up to the reality of peak
oil and climate change. In California there are very different
responses to the crisis: some pin their hopes on new technology,
while others advocate a radical change of lifestyle. At the
entrance to Silicon Valley, . . . .
June 25, 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: Richmond
Gives Thumbs Up to Its Front-Yard Gardeners In nearby
Richmond, Garden Club activist Jayma Brown had raised concerns
with city officials after she was told during a monthly
neighborhood council meeting that the city had banned front-yard
gardens. Brown, who also serves on the city’s Historic
Preservation and . . . .
June 18, 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: Richmond
Toxic Oversight Panel Gets Mixed
Message From State What began as a heated confrontation
ended with qualified applause for the state’s top environmental
cop during last week’s meeting of the citizen panel advising
the state about the cleanup of toxic sites in South Richmond.
Last Thursday’s meeting brought other news, . . . .
June 17, 2008, The Mercury News: License
Checkpoints a 'Low Priority,' Richmond Council Decides Citing
unlicensed drivers officially became a "low priority" in
Richmond on Tuesday night, or so the City Council voted after
a heated exchange regarding the Police Department's program
of driver's license checkpoints. The resolution passed on
a 4-1 vote with two abstentions . . . .
May 29, 2009, Matador Change: First
Person Dispatch from the Chevron Protest How many activists
does it take to shut down the main entrance to the headquarters
of the 2nd largest U.S. oil corporation? Six. Well, six,
plus dozens of supporters and organizers of an international
campaign called The True Cost of Chevron. The purpose was
to . . . .
May 28, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle: Pointed
Exchanges at Chevron Annual Meeting Activists took aim
at Chevron Corp.'s human rights record Wednesday during the
oil company's annual shareholder meeting - and Chief Executive
Officer David O'Reilly fired right back. In a series of cordial
but tense exchanges, critics accused Chevron of . . . .
May 22, 2009, CBS5: Education
Secretary Urges Innovation in SF Visit U.S. Education
Secretary Arne Duncan on Friday urged California officials
to use the current economic crisis as an opportunity to reform
the state's ailing public schools. Duncan met with San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom and mayors from around the state to .
. . .
May 21, 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: Plaintiffs
Win Pesticide Fight; Feds Withdraw Apple Moth Spray The
federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered
a ban on two controversial sprays used to battle the light
brown apple moth (LBAM), ending a lawsuit filed by attorney
Stephan Volker on behalf of environmental activists and the
mayors of Albany and Richmond.
April 13 , 2009, U.S. Mayor Newspaper: Solar
Richmond at the Forefront of Green Jobs Training Programs Solar
Richmond (SR) is a solar panel installation green jobs training
program that works with the City of Richmond to train and
employ Richmond’s low-income residents and youth. The City
of Richmond faces challenging local demographics . . . .
April 13 , 2009, ACN Cuban News Agency: Richmond
California Support the Cuban Five The Council of the
Californian city of Richmond, in the United States, unanimously
approved a resolution in support of the five Cuban antiterrorism
fighters unjustly incarcerated in that country and the right
of their relatives to visit them.
April 8 , 2009, Contra Costa Times: Richmond
on Track to be First in Contra Costa to Pass Green Building
Law Richmond city leaders are on the verge of making "green
building" more than a catch phrase; they want to make it
law. A new green building ordinance would award points for
buildings that use recycled materials, are energy efficient
or that employ other "green" measures . . . .
March 11 , 2009, Richmond Globe: Second
Annual Women in Solidarity Event Focuses on Unity, Social
Justice More than 200 women, and a smattering of men,
gathered to honor themselves and the community as Richmond
held its second annual Women in Solidarity event on Saturday.
The five-hour event, sponsored by Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin’s
office, featured . . . .
February 27, 2009, San Francisco Chronicle: Chevron
Sues Richmond Over Business-license Fee Chevron filed
a long-expected lawsuit against the city of Richmond Thursday,
asking the courts to toss out the city's new business-license
fee that would extract millions of dollars from the oil giant
for city coffers. The suit targets Measure T, passed by voters
in November, . . . .
February 25, 2009, RushPRnews: EPA
Suppress Disclosure Of Chemicals Used In Aerial Spray Environmental
leaders from throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay
areas asked Federal District Judge Saundra Armstrong to deny
the US Environmental Protection Agency’s motion to block
disclosure of the chemicals used in CheckMate pesticides
. . . .
February 25, 2009, Berkeley Daily Planet: Supreme
Court Ruling Raises Richmond Casino Questions A U.S.
Supreme Court ruling handed down Tuesday raises new questions
about the fate of two Richmond area casino projects. But
Berkeley entrepreneur James D. Levine, backer of the proposal
for a $1.5 billion resort at Point Molate, said his lawyers
have advised him . . . .
February 2, 2009, People's Weekly World: Historic
Local Victory Points the Way Forward Along with its historic
national result, the 2008 election brought groundbreaking
local victories, too — among them, passage of Measure T by
this city’s voters. The measure, “A Fair Share for Richmond,”
upgrades the fee the city’s largest manufacturers must pay
. . . .
February 2, 2009, Contra Costa Times: No
Bay Trail Construction Money in State Lease to Chevron Where
funding to construct a section of the San Francisco Bay Trail
at the Chevron Richmond refinery will come from remains up
in the air. The State Lands Commission has renewed Chevron's
30-year lease of state tidelands where . . . .
January 28 , 2009, Richmond Globe: Richmond
to Pilot Solar Thermal Rebate Program Linked to Local Green-Collar
Jobs A ground-breaking initiative in Richmond to pilot
a solar thermal rebate program that requires the customer
utilizes locally-trained labor passed unanimously at the
city council meeting Tuesday night. The initiative was introduced
by Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and co-sponsored by . . . .
January 28 , 2009, Richmond Globe: Mayor
Dubs 2009 Richmond’s ‘Year of Unity’ During State of the
City Address During her annual State of the City address
Tuesday night, Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin dubbed 2009
as the city’s “Year of Unity,” expressing high hopes for
building upon the gains started in 2008, including a reduction
in violent crime and the continued “greening” of the city.
January 3 , 2009, Contra Costa Times: Gayle
McLaughlin: Unity is the Way Forward for Saving our Schools IN
RECENT WEEKS I have received many comments from Richmond
residents about the possibility of school closures in our
city. I have heard concerns about certain individual schools
in particular, as well as suggestions for all of our schools.