El Cerrito to purchase furniture store site

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:00pm

After 72 years on San Pablo Avenue, the owner of Tradeway Furniture said the store will be closing its doors in about a year, after agreeing to sell its buildings to the City of El Cerrito.

"It's an emotional thing," said owner Joseph Conwill. "We'll certainly miss all of our friends and customers. But the time has come."


Try community input

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/20/2008 - 10:00pm

WE ARE PLEASED that Chevron is making a major financial contribution to the Richmond community where it operates the Bay Area's largest refinery. But the way the company struck it's $61.6 million community benefits deal smells — and the stink is coming from both sides of the table.

Treadway: Richmond firm honored for being green

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/17/2008 - 10:00pm

A homegrown Richmond electrical supply firm has found that green is good both in an environmental sense and a business sense. And the accompanying recognition isn't bad either.


Chevron pays a high price for refinery

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/13/2008 - 10:00pm
By Daniel Weintraub
Article Launched: 08/14/2008 12:37:32 AM PDT

RICHMOND - From the corner of Standard Avenue and Main Street at the big Chevron oil refinery in this gritty city by the bay, the pipes seem to stretch forever in every direction. Carrying crude oil, gasoline and everything in between, they snake for miles through the refinery - 8,000 miles, almost three trips across the United States. That's how massive this place is.


Environmental justice in action

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 10:00pm

During Richmond's recent public hearings on expansion plans for the Chevron refinery, Dr. Henry Clark was there to speak on the potential health consequences of the project on residents around the oil processing facility, particularly people in disadvantaged communities.

As executive director of the West County Toxics Coalition, a group he founded 22 years ago, Clark has been a tireless advocate on environmental justice issues before the phrase was commonly used. Five years ago, Contra Costa County recognized the cause by adopting an environmental justice policy, and last month supervisors formally accepted an Environmental Justice Framework submitted by Contra Costa Health Services for inclusion in the county health department's policy.


Chevron's record profit fleeting?

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 08/01/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN RAMON — Chevron Corp. rocketed to record quarterly profits of $5.98 billion, the oil giant reported Friday, but analysts warned that the San Ramon firm's profit gusher may ebb if sky-high oil prices morph into a temporary oil bubble.

Profits for the second quarter jumped 11 percent from a year ago, Chevron said. Yet the per-share profit of $2.90 fell short of Wall Street's expectations of $3.03. Chevron's shares fell 25 cents, or 0.3 percent, to finish at $84.31.


Richmond leaders to sit on committee distributing $10 million from Chevron

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 4:26am

In a vote shouted down by the audience, Richmond city leaders appointed themselves to a committee that will decide how $10 million from a community benefits agreement with Chevron will be spent.

Council members Nat Bates, Ludmyrna Lopez and Harpreet Sandhu will sit on the committee. Councilman John Marquez will serve as the alternate.



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