Getting from home to work, getting from one city to another, metering lights, the parking lot labeled as Interstate 80—these take up a large part of our waking hours. We can sit back and hope things will get better on their own, we can check with real estate agents in Montana where traffic is less of an issue OR we can let our elected officials know what we think in the hopes they will step up and represent us to make our lives better.
Many of us have extended families—some members of which shed on our couches, piddle on the carpet and demand our attention night and day. I’m referring to our pets. They may be ‘just’ animals but they’re family.
At last Tuesday's Richmond City Council meeting one of the consent calendar items was the Council approval of the Mayor's appointment of three applicants to the Community Police Review Commission. Led by the Richmond Progressive Alliance--which voted to oppose the appointment of Catherine Montalbo, petitions were circulated, more than a dozen speakers spoke under Public Forum advocating that because her beliefs did not mesh with theirs, she was unqualified to serve.
Mayor Butt chose to pull the item from consideration so he could give the matter further consideration.
Using his popular eforum, Mayor Butt posted the following as a response to Tuesday night's response to his appointment.
Appointments made to the Richmond Community Police Review Commission have become highly politicized. Some members of the community—with major support from the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) and their members serving on the City Council—have their own ideas about what qualifies an applicant to serve their community on this commission.
A couple of years back former Councilmember Vinay Pimplé was nominated but the RPA backed members of the Council refused to allow the appointment to be ratified. These RPA Councilmembers took exception to previous actions made by Pimplé when he served on the Council.
On Tuesday, March 19th the Council will take action to either accept or reject the nomination of Catherine Montalbo. Petitions, Facebook comments and the RPA Newsletter all advocate against her serving on this commission with many of the comments claiming that she’ a racist. One claimed that she wasn't Latina enough to serve.
Radio Free Richmond has offered Ms. Montalbo an opportunity to address these charges against her. The following is a letter sent by Ms. Montalbo to the Mayor and the Council.
Richmond has been home to a number of professional athletes over the years playing football, baseball, golf and a sundry of other sports.
And recently, Richmond’s own Alysa Liu became the national figure skating champion.
INTRODUCING BETWEEN TWO TEACHERS
In September 2018 – during the local school board election - we started a YouTube channel and named it “BETWEEN TWO TEACHERS.”
“We” are Consuelo Lara – a veteran teacher with 16 years experience in West Contra Costa schools and Madeline Kronenberg – a veteran teacher who taught for 30 years at Hayward Adult School and has been an active parent leader in West Contra Costa since the mid 1980s. Today, Consuelo is on the board and Madeline is a former board member.
Consuelo Lara is a member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District's Board of Education.
Radio Free Richmond offers an opportunity for concerned citizens to voice their opinions on issues of significance to the community.
At the Board meeting on Wednesday February 6th, the Board will discuss a proposed moratorium on the expansion of charter schools in the WCCUSD.
The proposed resolution is Item E.2 in the agenda packet. The Board meeting is scheduled to commence at 6:30 PM at DeJean Middle School at 3400 Macdonald Avenue in Richmond.
A day in the life of a new school board member:
Institutionalized Racism Rears Its Ugly Head at The WCCUSD School Board Retreat.
Institutionalized Racism is the process of purposely discriminating against certain groups of people through the use of biased laws or practices. Often, institutionalized racism is subtle and manifests itself in seemingly innocuous ways, but its effects are anything but subtle.
CONSUELO LARA IS A NEWLY ELECTED MEMBER OF THE WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT'S BOARD OF EDUCATION.
There’s a certain order to things when new councilmembers are sworn in. It’s a process that has largely been unchanged since people started electing their neighbors to represent them.
At 4:26 PM on Wednesday November 28th, Contra Costa County posted their long-awaited update to the November 6thelection.