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Issue: #112June 24, 2013
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Where Council Stands on Chevron Law Suit

Dear friends--

Update from last Tuesday's Council meeting, where we had a partial victory:

First thanks to everyone who came early and spoke before closed session, and to the few stalwarts who stayed in the evening until 11:30 pm. Here's what happened, for those of you who missed it.

We don't know what the Council decided in closed session, but my guess is that they voted not to file the lawsuit right away. I spoke with Councilmember Myrick on Monday, and he told me he's opposed to filing a lawsuit until after they give the "mediation" on June 27 a chance. We know Gayle and Jovanka favor filing the suit, and possibly Tom also (I haven't spoken with him, though). Rogers was clear he doesn't want to sue until trying mediation, and we know where Bates and Booze stand on this.

Important background for the item K-2 on last night's open session (from Staff report): on May 21, the Council approved the attached legal services agreement, with an effective date of 6/20/13 unless a settlement agreement has been reached by that date. No settlement agreement has been reached yet, so the item last night was to extend that effective date until some later time. We were prepared to speak and urge the council to keep the effective date 6/20 and start working with this law firm now.

What happened is that the meeting went on so long (surprise surprise!) that they didn't get to this item before 11:30pm. According to Council rules, the meeting must end at 11:30, unless there's a 2/3 vote to suspend the rules and extend the meeting longer. There weren't the votes to to this, so the meeting ended at 11:30.

This means the legal services agreement with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy (CLICK HERE) goes into effect on 6/20/13, which is at least a step in the right direction!! It's disappointing that the council appears to still be dragging its feet on filing the suit, but they should most definitely get advice from this law firm before proceeding with any talks with Chevron on June 27.

stay tuned and stay vigilant.....

--Marilyn Langlois



Flying the freedom flag for pride month


The City is flying the Pride Flag for the remainder of June to celebrate Pride Month. The rainbow flag or the "freedom flag" as it known, was created in 1978 by a Bay Area artist named Gilbert Baker, to symbolize the diversity, solidarity, healing, harmony, inclusion and struggle of the LGBTQQ (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender Queer and Questioning) community. Flying of the flag demonstrates support of the LGBTQQ struggles and movement for recognition and equality. Mayor McLaughlin and Councilmember Beckles will be presenting the annual LGBTQQ Pride Day proclamation at the next council meeting.



Once again the celebration of PRIDE Month has become an issue in Richmond.  The following is from the Law Library of Congress


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBT Americans.


In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.


In 1998, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13087 (PDF) expanding equal opportunity employment in the Federal government by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. On June 2, 2000, President Clinton issuedProclamation No. 7316 (PDF) for Gay and Lesbian Pride Month:

This June, recognizing the joys and sorrows that the gay and lesbian movement has witnessed and the work that remains to be done, we observe Gay and Lesbian Pride Month and celebrate the progress we have made in creating a society more inclusive and accepting of gays and lesbians.


On June 1, 2009, President Obama issued Proclamation No. 8387 (PDF) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. In this proclamation the President pointed to the contributions made by LGBT Americans both in promoting equal rights to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and in broader initiatives such as the response to the global HIV pandemic. The President ended the proclamation by calling upon the people of the United States to "turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists."

Executive Branch Documents

Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders have been used by presidents to rule on substantive issues of law; to administrate the executive branch of government; and to make general announcements to the public. These general announcements which exhort the public to observe a holiday such as Thanksgiving or honor a particular group of citizens as in National African American History Month are usually issued in the form of a Presidential Proclamation. On many occasions Congress will pass a law specifically requesting the President to take certain action such as proclaiming the recognition of a particular group of citizens such as Jewish or Hispanic Americans.


Presidential Messages and Proclamations

Presidential proclamations and executive orders for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month can be searched from the Government Printing Office's Advanced Search page in the collections for the Code of Federal Regulations, the Compilation of Presidential Documents and the Federal Register.

For more information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transexual Pride Month see:

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