County ready to back Point Molate casino plan

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 3:42pm
For $12 million a year, Contra Costa County would turn its staunch opposition to outright support for a major Indian casino-hotel resort on the Richmond waterfront, according to a draft of the pending deal.

The agreement with the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians would erase the county's blanket opposition to urban gaming and halt its attack against a big Las Vegas-style casino planned at the former Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot.

The Board of Supervisors plans to discuss the pending deal at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Honda deal to drive job, revenue growth in Richmond

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 11/03/2009 - 3:37pm
Jobs and fresh revenue are bound for Richmond as part of a deal that has taken nearly four years to finalize.

Construction is starting at the Port of Richmond to prepare for the arrival of at least 145,000 Honda cars a year beginning in April. The 15-year deal guarantees the city about $5.5 million annually.

Factoring in assorted fees, the deal should generate a total of at least $85 million in revenue for the city -- minus an initial outlay of $37 million for port improvements.

Reducing violence from one ‘hood to the next

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 4:45pm

In front of a diverse crowd of about 300, 19-year-old Phon Chanthanask made a declaration he was proud of.

“I am not a high school dropout. I am not a drug dealer or a gang banger. I am not the negative of Richmond, California,” said Chanthanasak at the Sixth Annual Youth Stopping Violence Summit on Saturday.


Richmond bans plastic foam food containers

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 4:17pm
No more plastic foam food containers, Richmond says.

Starting July 1, restaurants and vendors must switch from serving food and drinks in plastic foam containers to biodegradable or compostable ones made out of paper, plant-based plastics or components such as sugar cane that break down easily. Aluminum is allowed because it can be recycled.

Richmond city leaders approved a ban on plastic foam containers Tuesday night and provided eight months for restaurants to use up any they have in stock before the law goes into effect.


Richmond to lay off six to help balance budget

Submitted by Staff on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 10:46am
Richmond will lay off six city workers to close its budget shortfall amid declining revenues.

The number represents a quarter of the layoffs initially proposed last month. The six layoffs combined with about $7.5 million in cuts in September means the city's $158 million operating budget is balanced, but officials warned that more tough decisions might be ahead.

Popsicle Project puts North Richmond safety in the spotlight

Submitted by Staff on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 3:51pm

For one day at least, Cynthia Barrone didn't have to worry too much about the children walking from school to a nearby community center.

Several dozen students from Verde Elementary in North Richmond walked together on International Walk to School Day on Wednesday with parent volunteers, who helped the kids cross the street and hurried them away from the snow-cone vendor.

Community cleans local waterfront: Effort invites West County natives to pick up bay’s trash

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 3:08pm

Group effort — Bay Area volunteers work together to tidy up their environment Saturday at the California Coastal Cleanup in Shimada Friendship Park located at the southern end of the Marina Bay Parkway in Richmond.
Richmond Cleanup

West County volunteers gave back to their community Saturday at the 25th annual California Coastal Cleanup held in Shimada Friendship Park located at the southern end of the Marina Bay Parkway in Richmond.

Coordinated by the California Coastal Commission, the worldwide Coastal Cleanup has been taking place for more than 25 years. Also, the event was co-sponsored by the Watershed Project, the city of Richmond, the Richmond Shoreline Citizen Response, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.

Volunteers were asked to pick up trash, recycling goods and medical waste such as syringes. They were also advised not to come in contact with any dead animals such as birds, fish or ducks, however, due to the fact that it is part of their own natural habitat.


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