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Richmond Progressive Alliance   

Voters want an RPA member to fill Council seat!
12/16: Highlights of Council agenda
Start 12/17 with BAAQMD Meeting: Emissions Reductions for Refineries
Then enjoy Downtown Holiday Festival 4-7pm 12/17
[US CSB Report postponed]
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Since we don't take corporate money,  our success depends on our ability to use "people power" to promote activities and programs in Richmond. The RPA Activist is one tool we use to put out our ideas. One simple thing that YOU can do is to forward the RPA Activist to friends and acquaintances. Thanks.


"Exit" Poll of Richmond Voters Shows Strong Support for RPA
RPA beats "moderate" 62% to 38% for vacancy!
Eduardo Martinez just received the results of an "exit" poll conducted soon after the November election, designed to be representative of Richmond's voters.  It was done by Voter Technology for the Richmond Small Business Association.

When asked who they favored to fill the council seat that will become vacant when Tom Butt becomes mayor, the voters were overwhelming in their support for another  RPA member over "someone more moderate."

Here's the wording of the question and the results from the report:

Appoint to Vacancy: RPA Member or Moderate  
Three members of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Gayle McLaughlin, Jovanka Beckles and Eduardo Martinez, were elected to the City Council this past Election. The City Council will soon be selecting a seventh member to replace Tom Butt city council seat , who will be moving to the mayor's position. For the new seventh member, would you prefer another member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, or someone more moderate.  
62% Appoint a member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance  
38% Appoint someone more moderate

Note that the margin by which the voters favor "a member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance" over "someone more moderate" is significantly greater than that by which anyone in a "small field" race of 2-3 candidates won here in November.  Furthermore, the poll's finding confirms that the Team Richmond sweep was not only a rejection of Chevron's candidates and a counter-reaction to the negative campaigning, but that it was also a genuine victory for the values and positions of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.

There are other interesting results on questions ranging from shoreline development to medical marijuana manufacturing, with a breakdown of findings by 5 geographical zones as well as composite data.  The full poll results are available here

Tues., 12/16, 6:30pm: Final Meeting of the lame duck Council:
Height Limits in Gen'l Plan, LED signs, DMC.

Several items of interest are on the agenda:

Item H2  is a public hearing to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report for a 60 unit luxury housing development in the Seacliff area.  Current residents of Seacliff have been fighting this proposal because it significantly exceeds current height limits of 35 ft. for medium density residential housing.  This issue will effect the entire city since it includes an amendment to the General Plan to remove all height limits from any Planned Area  development (any big project) in any medium density residential area anywhere in the city.

Item I2:  Adopt a resolution in support of the US Justice Department 's Investigation into the Ferguson MO shooting of Michael Brown.  Public comments on this item might also be a place to express support and thanks to Chief Magnus, who is under attack by leaders of the Police Union for his stand that "Black Lives Matter."
Photos: Tarnel Abbott.

Hands up!  Don't shoot!
Richmond Stands with Ferguson, 12/9.

Item J1  is the controversial issue about LED signs in Richmond.

Also on the agenda is Council approval for the current plan to save Doctors Hospital as a full service hospital.  This item is on the consent calendar (F122)  so it may be passed without discussion.
                                                                                --submitted by Mike Parker 
Wed., 12/17, 9am, BAAQMD Meeting, 939 Ellis St, San Francisco:
Support reduced refinery emissions.

Carpools will be leaving the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center, 1021 Macdonald Ave, Richmond (near Richmond BART) at 8:30 Wednesday morning, to go to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) meeting.  The District will be considering setting a requirement for a 20% reduction in refinery emissions by 2020.  For further information, contact AndrĂ©s Soto of Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) at 510-282-5363. 
Wed. 12/17, 4-7pm at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts:
Downtown Holiday Festival.

No longer scheduled for 12/17:
U.S. CSB's 3rd report on Chevron POSTPONED.

The release of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's third installment of its report on the August 6, 2012 Chevron Richmond refinery explosion and fire has had to be postponed, due to the recent accident at the Dupont plant in Houston.  No new date has been set yet, but it will be posted here when available. 
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Enjoy the party Sunday, and enjoy membership in the Richmond Progressive Alliance every day in the coming year.  Let's work together to keep on building a better Richmond.  Our 3 council members-elect will need lots of support to fulfill their campaign pledge to do just that.

There's a history of the RPA (up until early 2013) in the article by Mike Parker at the end of this newsletter.

To get an overview of our core beliefs and primary activities, follow this link to the membership form.  When you're ready to join, print and complete the form and mail it in with a check for your dues, which start at $12/yr.  Or, if you prefer:
  •  send an email to info@richmondprogressivealliance.net with the information requested on the form &
  • go to the  RPA web page & press the "Donate" button in the left column and make a payment for dues. Any additional contribution is greatly appreciated and helps us keep dues low for those with low income.
Please give it serious consideration, today.

Some History and Understanding of the RPA
  Social Policy Article

Long article with pictures 

--have patience in downloading


RPA Activist Info

is for Richmond community members who want to be active in taking on the problems of the environment, racism, joblessness, housing, and crime to create a healthy Richmond. We believe that community involvement means more than voting every two years. It means regular communication with the candidates we elect, letting them know our issues and positions, supporting them as they try to take our issues forward. It means we attend meetings, use email, phone our neighbors, or go on marches building an organized movement to create real change.

Comments and columns are welcome. Articles and columns are the views of the authors, unsigned text  the views of the editor, Patsy Byers, and not necessarily those of the RPA. Send photos, articles, and comments to  RPAactivist@gmail.com or call  510-595-4661. Longer articles of analysis and archives of past newsletters can be found on our website.