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Richmond limits Chevron's crude oil processing

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 4:56pm
Planners weigh new restrictions on Chevron to ease concerns about equipment upgrade

By Katherine Tam

 Richmond city officials slammed a restriction on the crude the Chevron refinery can process if it upgrades its equipment, a major provision that they say will ease public concerns over increased pollution and health risks.

The city's five-member Planning Commission made the decision around 12:15 a.m. Friday after more than five hours of public testimony and deliberation.


Planners Approve Condos

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 10:00pm

Berkeley planning commissioners voted 8-1 Wednesday to approve a key legal document that paves the way for construction of a long-delayed 24-unit condominium building at 2701 Shattuck Ave.

Then they headed into yet another discussion on a proposed new city density bonus law that rewards developers with increased building size in exchange for including affordable housing units in their apartment and condo projects.

Chevron talked about expansion plans

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 10:00pm

RICHMOND, CA (KGO) -- Hundreds of people packed a high school auditorium in Richmond Thursday night to talk about Chevron's plan to expand its operation there. It's a contentious issue because it would mean hundreds of jobs, but some residents are worried about the trade-offs.

The meeting continued for more than four hours. Still, no decision from the Richmond Planning Commission which could green-light the project, turn it down, or send it back to Chevron for more information.

Proposed rule could lead to transit ban

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 6:49pm

A core group of about 20 students at San Leandro High School relies on AC Transit bus 640 to get to and from school. But that bus line may soon end thanks to a regulation proposed by the Federal Transit Administration.


New Kohl's store proposed for Richmond

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 10:00pm

Kohl's wants to build a 98,000-square-foot retail store in south Richmond, but some people worry about what such a storet would do to the area that surrounds it.

Developers are proposing the new store at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Rydin Road near Costco. The store would employ 138 people, most part time, a Kohl's representative said. It could bring $250,000 to $350,000 in annual sales tax revenue, city officials said.


Richmond Hopes Job Training Will Change Violent Reputation

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 12:28pm
RICHMOND, Calif. (KCBS) -- Richmond officials say that a city apprenticeship program is making progress in slowing the loss of construction jobs due to the housing slump.

Graduates of "Richmond Build," which is an intensive job-training program are young, and ready to work.


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