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Issue: #72April 16, 2012

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Langlois, Martinez Kick-off Celebration
Langlois Enters Race
Corporate Opposition to General Plan
Upcoming Events
Occupy Earthday 4/20
Pont Molate Clean-up 4/21
Campaign Kick-off 4/22

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Top McLaughlin aide resigns, joins 2012 electoral field in Richmond


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The race for Richmond City Council 2012 just got more interesting. Longtime mayoral aide and local activist Marilyn Langlois has resigned her post in Gayle McLaughlin's office to run for a chance to govern beside her former boss.


"I will still be very close with the mayor and volunteering in the community," Langlois said by phone Saturday morning. "But I am now planning to run for city council."


Langlois joins a field of contenders that already includes her friend and political ally, Eduardo Martinez, a former teacher and local activist, as well as local Native American activist Mike "Raccoon Eyes" Kinney.


Three of the seven council seats are up for reelection this year, those of Jeff Ritterman, Nat Bates and Tom Butt. Butt and Bates, both longtime councilmembers, have stated their intentions to run for re-election. Ritterman has not announced his intentions.


Langlois resigned her post as community liaison for McLaughlin effective Friday.

Langlois said she is also working to help McLaughlin make a "smooth transition."

"A replacement is in the works," Langlois said.


Langlois said that she will officially kick off her campaign, alongside Martinez, at 4 p.m. April 22 at the Richmond Progressive Alliance office on 1021 Macdonald Ave.


Langlois has been a leading figure in the mayor's efforts to promote worker cooperatives as a strategy for worker empowerment-based economic development and job creation.

Her online bio credits Langlois with working to create jobs and revitalize the community, including strengthening Richmond's local-hiring ordinance, creating the Richmond Youth Corps, participating in the East Bay Green Corridor's efforts to bring green businesses to Richmond and the East Bay, and partnering with the Healthy Richmond initiative funded by The California Endowment.


Langlois is a founding member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, a political organization that has emerged as perhaps the city's strongest political force, helping elect at least three of the current council members and the mayor.


Corporate Opposition Expected  Ban Box

General Plan Comes to  

City Council 4/17


The Council of Industries and other corporate and developer dominated groups are mobilizing their members to come to the City Council to defeat all of the people-friendly, environment-friendly amendments that have been generated by the REDI Coalition and  discussed and submitted by the Planning Commission.


Upcoming Events


Occupy Earthday March & Rally  

Friday, April 20th,   5 pm  

at Richmond BART


See Below    Click here to download leaflet  



Clean Up Pt Molate for Earth Day

Saturday,  April 21   10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Come to the Pt Molate Beach


See below    Click here to download flyer 


Progressive Election Campaign Kick-off Celebration 

Sunday, April 22  4 -6 pm

Richmond Progressive Alliance Office  1021 Macdonald  


See Below     Click here to download announcement in English 

                        Click her to download announcement in Spanish 

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                                    invites you to

Please join us for this important Earth Day Event!   Help Make a Difference! 


In conjunction with the Watershed Project, CFSPM is sponsoring a cleanup at Pt. Molate Beach in celebration of Earth Day.  From 10:30AM to 1:30PM on Saturday April 21, 2012, citizens will undertake cleaning up the tide line and man made debris at Pt. Molate Beach.


Pt. Molate Beach, located in the middle of the San Pablo peninsula, is a nearly half mile long gentle, sandy beach that at one time was a significant recreational destination and park area. Due to lack of funds to maintain the beach and adjacent park, Pt. Molate Beach was closed to the public in 2004, and has not been maintained since.  The beach remains a significant part of the San Pablo peninsula ecosystem.  Home to migratory shore birds and extensive eel grass beds, a clean beach will make a healthy environment for local wildlife.



Please RSVP by sending an email to info@cfspm.org

Just put "Attending Earth Day" in the subject line and send - no text required 



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