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Issue: #95November 4, 2012

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Study: Soda Tax will Work
Chevron Pollutes Politics
Bell Covers for Chevron
Reality of Council Chaos
RAP: I Speak for the People
APHA endorses Soda Tax
RPA Richmond Recommendations
RPA State Recommendations
Plant the Signs
Prop 30 and 32 Info
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Richmond mailboxes are full of literature supporting the Chevron and Big Soda agendas. Since we don't take corporate money, once again, our success depends on our ability to use "people power" to publicize our candidates and programs in Richmond. The RPA Activist is one tool we use to put out our ideas. One simple thing that YOU can do is to forward the RPA Activist to friends and acquaintances. Thanks.


We need more help election day.

We don't have polls--those take big money--  but we believe the election is very close despite the fact that the city has been deluged with their mail and signs.  Every vote counts.

We need more help at the polls.  We expect groups paid by  Big Soda and Chevron to be at all the polls.  We need volunteers who can speak from the heart.  We need to meet voters at the polls.

 The future direction of Richmond is at stake.  Our victory will also serve as a beacon to other communities that want to challenge the big money that dominates them.  

If you have not already done so, please call the campaign office and volunteer a block of time on Tuesday.  We will give you an assignment.  510-412-2260
Hours: 9 am - 9 pm

If you are near an voting location, please put up a sign on your lawn.
Study: Soda tax would boost health of Latinos, Blacks


A tax on soda would carry the greatest health benefits for black and Latino Californians, who face the highest risks of diabetes and heart disease, according to recent research findings.


The study found that if a penny-per-ounce tax was applied to soda, cuts in consumption would result in an 8 percent decline in diabetes cases among blacks and Latinos. The statewide reduction in new diabetes cases is projected at 3 to 5.6 percent, according to researchers from UC San Francisco, Columbia University and Oregon State University, who released their findings at last week's American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Francisco.


The study was unveiled as a sugar-sweetened beverage tax faces votes in El Monte, in Los Angeles County, and Richmond, in the Bay Area. A statewide excise tax was proposed but died in the California Legislature in 2010.


Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, said he has visited Richmond to urge support for the measure. He said he heard residents speak of loved ones who've been affected by diabetes complications - such as limb amputations and blindness - during a recent town hall meeting at a Richmond church.


Goldstein said residents of both cities, though, face the pressure of nearly $3 million in spending by the beverage industry, which opposes the measures.

The residents "are using the power of democracy to say we want to change this," Goldstein said. "But the beverage industry is using the enormous power of its pocketbook to try to crush it."


Karen Hanretty, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, said the Richmond and El Monte taxes, if passed, would take a heavy toll on small-business owners who would see a new license fee that they could pass on to customers' grocery bills.


And, she said, "there's no real life evidence that would suggest that taxing soft drinks would do anything to improve health."


The populations of Richmond and El Monte are predominantly comprised of the groups that the recent study shows would benefit most from a soda tax. In Richmond, 63.5 percent of residents are black or Latino, according to city figures. About 70 percent of El Monte residents are Latino, according to U.S. Census data.

Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, the study's lead author, said researchers took a conservative stance, assuming that a penny-per-ounce tax would cut soda consumption by 10 to 20 percent.


Even so, she said the decline in consumption would eliminate 5 in 10,000 new diabetes cases for African Americans and 4 in 10,000 for Mexican-Americans. The decline for those groups is higher than the projected statewide reduction, which is 1 in 10,000, she said.


She said the study, which has been submitted for publication, was among the first to show that some groups that tend to drink more soda and face higher diabetes risks also stand to benefit most from a soda tax.


"It's pretty clear that what's necessary is some mechanism to increase price (enough) to curb consumption," said Bibbins-Domingo, who is a physician and epidemiologist.


The UCSF team's latest research builds on a study published in the journal Health Affairs in January. That study predicted that nationwide, a soda tax could reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by 15 percent. And even if Americans replace 40 percent of the cut calories with juice or milk, it would lead to a weight loss of nearly 1 pound per year.


Researchers conclude that within 10 years, the lost weight would translate to 876,000 fewer obese Americans in the 25-to-64 age range. Over a decade, the change is projected to prevent 30,000 heart attacks, 8,000 strokes and 26,000 premature deaths, the study found. The changes would lead to $17 billion in health cost savings, the study says.


Hanretty, the beverage association spokeswoman, disputed the findings: "I am very confident that a1-pound weight loss per year will have no effect on the health of Americans."


At the conclusion of last week's meeting where the recent findings were presented, a council of 200 public health workers, including doctors and epidemiologists, passed a resolution supporting local, state and federal soda taxes, noting the toll of the nation's obesity epidemic.



Full article  and related links in California Watch



Lies in the campaigns  

Corporations  Pollute our Politics 


Did you notice the ads where union people endorse 32 because it stops payroll deductions "without permission."  It is a lie.  Permission is required now.  What 32 does is prohibit payroll deduction for political campaigns even if you give permission. Of course there is no limitation on corporations giving to PACs.


Then there are the lies that stretch half-truths. For example several Council candidates are running claiming they are the answers to chaos at council meetings. They suggest there is a communications problem between the RPA and Bates and Booze and that this is preventing the Council from taking care of business. The half-truth is that there is sometimes a chaotic atmosphere at the council. The main reason is a small group of people who sit together in the center of the Council Chambers, including Council candidates Roberson and Wassberg and a few others, who heckle, support each other, and support Booze and Bates and whom Bates and Booze encourage. Please see the  video on Bates and Wassberg.

 Please forward it on to others who want to understand why the Council meetings are so ugly.


The candidates like Bell who claim to talk to "both sides" are part of the problem because they legitimize the kind of politics and behavior that gives support to the Wassbergs.


Then there are the lies that Chevron pays to repeat and repeat with mail and door hangers. They have maligned hard working citizen activists in order to defeat them in this election because they can't stand to have an independent council.


We can't afford mailers to answer these repeated lies.  

We have to depend on you to look for the answers and to forward them to your co-workers and friends. 

Please see the web sites





There are also video answers. We urge you to forward these to your friends


Clearing the Air: Eduardo Answers Chevron Smears
Clearing the Air: Eduardo Answers Chevron Smears




Please  forward this link:







Eduardo Answers Chevron's Anarchy Lies
Eduardo Answers Chevron's Anarchy Lies



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Marilyn Langlois Answers Chevron Hit Pieces
Marilyn Langlois Answers Chevron Hit Pieces



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Bell Covers for Chevron  


Bell Covers for Chevron on Fire
Bell Covers for Chevron on Fire
Bell claims he has nothing to do with these mailers. But he is not showing any signs of independence from Chevron despite repeated requests.


Please forward this video link 



 Is Gary Bell A Chevron Candidate 


 Is Bell A Chevron Candidate Part 2 


The  Reality of  "Council Chaos"
Bates and Wassberg   
Richmond Council candidates Bates and Wassberg
Richmond Council candidates Bates and Wassberg
A small group of people encouraged by Bates Booze are the cause of much of the chaos at Council meetings

 Please forward this link:

I Speak for the People
I Speak for the People

 Copy and pass this link on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPqN05qcUMs&  


Poets from Richmond, California's Raw Talent/Making Waves use their unique talents to find a new way to see, think, and speak about diabetes.

Poets, Donte Clark & Deandre Evans
Check out http://youthspeaks.org/thebiggerpicture/

Filmed and Edited by Dimitri Moore, DWM Producing


American Public Health Association

APHA Endorses Tax on Sugary Drinks


Federal, State and Local Tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) Endorsed by Nation's Oldest, Largest Public Health Organization


SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 31, 2012...Faced with a national obesity crisis largely driven by the consumption of sugary beverages, the country's oldest and largest public health organization, the American Public Health Association (APHA), voted yesterday to endorse federal, state and local taxes on sugar sweetened beverages.

With over 13,000 physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists and related health specialists in attendance here at their annual meeting, the APHA approved the landmark resolution, recognizing it as a means of reducing consumption of the sugar sweetened beverages that contribute 48 percent of added sugar to American diets. In the resolution, the APHA pointed out that roughly two-thirds of adults are overweight, and taxes on high calorie, low nutrient sugary beverages are a wise way to address this costly health issue.

"Decisive public health policy measures must be implemented to counteract the enormous consumption of sugar sweetened beverages among children and adults in the United States," said Dr. Harold Goldstein of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), who co-authored the resolution.

The APHA says that these taxes would raise funds for obesity prevention, pointing out that the most commonly proposed tax amount of a penny per ounce would annually raise over $13 billion nationally. At the same time, reduced consumption could rein in health care spending on obesity and overweight related illnesses, which accounts for as much as $168 billion per year, or 16.5 percent of total U.S. medical expenditures.

If it helps reduce consumption, a tax on SSBs could be of greatest benefit to lower-income populations, the APHA asserts, countering the beverage industry's argument that such a tax would be regressive.

The American Public Health Association is the oldest organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. For more about APHA, visit www.apha.org. CCPHA is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization leading efforts in California to understand and address the state's growing obesity crisis. For more about CCPHA, visit: www.publichealthadvocacy.org.

RPA  Recommends
RPA  Recommends on Propositions

Plant the signs

Come by the office 1021 Macdonald and pick some up  

or call us and we will deliver 510-412-2260


 Lawn Signs


  Yes on 30 No on 32

Yes30  No32

Two measures on the November State ballot are about the domination of wealth in our government. Proposition 30 requires that the wealthy pay more to maintain education and other crucial state services.  


The RPA urges a YES vote on 30. On the same ballot is a measure that will weaken the power of unions while maintaining and increasing the power of wealth in politics. The RPA urges a NO vote on 32. We believe that both the Yes on 30 and the No on 32 are two parts of the same fight and should be waged together against the massive corporate money on the other side.


RPA Activist LogoWant to fight  politics dominated by money? The only alternative is that we do the work.  

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Please do your share to keep People Power in Richmond.

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Come in or call and tell us what you are willing to do.
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RPA Activist Info

is for Richmond community members who want to be active in taking on the problems of the environment, racism, joblessness, housing, and crime to create a healthy Richmond. We believe that community involvement means more than voting every two years. It means regular communication with the candidates we elect, letting them know our issues and positions, supporting them as they try to take our issues forward. It means we attend meetings, use email, phone our neighbors, or go on marches building an organized movement to create real change.

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