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

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 10:00pm

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.


Lennar sells take in Richmond condos

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 10:00pm

RICHMOND — Lennar Corp. has jettisoned its ownership stake in two condominium projects near Marina Bay here, another indicator that the housing market has yet to escape its multi-faceted meltdown.


Our Neighbors: Richmond attorney takes green practices to parks foundation

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm

William Acevedo, a Richmond resident and attorney who leads the Green Business Practice Group at a large Oakland law firm, can now expand his environmental interests following his recent appointment to the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation.

The 39-year-old nonprofit foundation provides direct support for the East Bay Regional Park District, raises donations and invests funds for future use, bringing in more than $35 million in donations, land and in-kind services since 1969.


Chevron: No harmful impact from sulfur spill at Richmond refinery

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm
By Robert Salonga

RICHMOND — A sulfuric acid spill at the Chevron refinery this morning has caused no injuries or adverse effects to surrounding areas, the company said.

A leak in a pipeline containing the chemical was discovered around 8:10 a.m. and involved about 1,000 pounds of the liquid, said Chevron spokesman Walt Gill.

Because the sulfuric acid was in liquid and not vapor form, there was no harmful odor emitted, Gill said. Crews have been dispatched to clean up the spill.


Chevron: Contra Costa Times July 25 letters

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 10:00pm
As the Times reported on July 18, "Chevron refinery plan approved," a narrow Richmond City Council majority approved Chevron's plans for expanding its Richmond refinery.

The council had the opportunity — indeed, the obligation — to ensure the project not proceed without important public health and environmental safeguards in place, to be negotiated in a public and transparent process.

However, the council majority (Maria Viramontes, Nat Bates, John Marquez, Ludmyrna Lopez, and Harpreet Sandhu) betrayed the communities they were elected to represent.

Ardent concerns expressed by Richmond families, neighborhood groups, environmentalists and even State Attorney General Jerry Brown fell on deaf ears.

New Target store is another piece in Richmond's revitalization puzzle

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 10:30am

Richmond's long-awaited Target store opens today, one piece of a larger redevelopment plan that city officials hope will return foot traffic to the Macdonald Avenue corridor.

The 146,000-square-foot store is projected to generate $600,000 in sales tax revenue a year, said Steve Duran, the city's community and economic development director.



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