In the Media
SAN LEANDRO — The five acres of verdant land that sit next to the downtown BART station are vacant now.
But 10 to 15 years down the road, that land could become the linchpin that influences the rest of the city's revitalized downtown area, with 700 residential units and 200,000 square feet of commercial space as part of the city's transit-oriented development plan.
It is a known fact that the city of Richmond is undergoing gentrification since above median-income individuals are increasingly looking to buy property in the Bay Area. Land speculators and developers are specifically seeking the West County region of Richmond due to the abundance of available land and its proximity to existing transportation infrastructure.
Richmond group teaches construction skills for employment
Nichi Bei Times
When racism makes headlines, it's often in the form of a singular incident - a hate crime, a prejudiced remark, an inappropriate joke. A familiar script unfolds in the aftermath, as the press and civil rights groups ring the alarm, the public reacts and the perpetrators face retribution.
If you live or work in Richmond, California, you quickly learn that it
is not a good idea to ignore the sirens that periodically send a
piercing alarm throughout the city. These sirens are not mounted on
ambulances or fire trucks. Instead, they are part of a network of 17
devices, mounted on high towers throughout Richmond, that sound an
ominous and unmistakable warning whenever the city of 100,000
experiences a chemical accident, a toxic cloud, an oil fire, or some
other hazardous materials incident.
Richmond’s community warning system is a necessity because the city, located 16 miles north of San Francisco, is home to more than its fair share of potentially dangerous industries, including chemical manufacturing plants and oil refineries, and a roadway and rail network that carries a significant amount of high-speed, commercial traffic. When the city’s sirens blare, it is time for residents to shelter in place—that is, to get inside, close and lock all doors and windows, turn off all ventilation systems, and stay put until they receive the all-clear signal.
In addition to protecting residents from imminent environmental harm, the sirens have become an uncomfortable symbol that identifies Richmond as an industrial and environmentally vulnerable community. In light of its reputation, it may have come as a pleasant surprise to some observers when the city passed a resolution in February 2006 in support of green economic development. In that resolution, the city, whose main employer is Chevron USA, went on record with its intention to attract environmentally friendly industries as a way to improve its environment and add clean jobs to the local economy.
Agency agrees to seek more data before considering changes
AC Transit directors have decided unanimously to delay consideration of a proposed fare increase in order to collect more data on how it would affect ridership.
Riders told the East Bay bus agency's directors Wednesday evening what they thought of proposals to raise fares by 25 cents, to a base fare of $2.
Angela Greene has a tough job: she and her workcrew scale the rooftops of Richmond, California to run wires, lay racks, and bend metal piping. Yet in the end, when she unfurls a gleaming solar panel over her community, it feels easy to save the planet.
After being laid off from her former job at a printing business, Greene went through a vocational training program and then joined Solar Richmond, an organization that is bringing sustainable energy along with new jobs to the heavily black and Latino port city.
KQED News 4-20-2007 (mp3 4.3 mb 9minutes 14 seconds)
KQED reports on Environmental Justice Movement for Earth Day f rom the 1982 demonstration against PCB landfill in Warren County, North Carolina to Urban Habitat's advocacy in Richmond, California. Program features, among others, Robert Bullard, Bradley Angel and Urban Habitat Executive Director, Juliet Ellis.
Governor's $1.1 Billion in Proposed Transit Cuts Contradict State Goals to Improve Transit Infrastructure