RICHMOND UNITES IN OPPOSITION TO HARMFUL TOPA PROPOSAL

Radio Free Richmond invites guest editorials and allows community members a forum to present issues to the community.  TOPA (Tenants Opportunity to Purchase Act) was presented to the Richmond City Council in September by Councilmember Jael Myrick.  This has been one of many controversial issues that the Council frequently visits.  The STOP TOPA side as well as Councilmember Myrick have both been invited to present issues and arguments validating their side of the issue.  Councilmember Myrick has yet to respond.  At the Council meeting of Tuesday November 19, agenda item L-3 was introduced by Councilmember Bates directing staff to determine the cost of implementing TOPA.  On the same agenda, Item L-4 was introduced by Councilmembers Myrick and Willis directing staff to cease work on TOPA.  In politics, nothing is a done deal until it’s a done deal so the lobbying will continue until the votes have been tallied. Michael Vasilas & Ilona Clark November 7, 2019 Continue reading

District Mapping Tool Workshop Hours

It’s a done deal.  It’s all over but the shouting.  There’s no going back. The City of Richmond was infected with a virus where attorneys took the California Voting Rights Initiative and turned it against the people of Richmond. Continue reading

District Elections and Campaign Financing

Two weeks ago, Walnut Creek Attorney Scott Rafferty acted on the Threat Letter he sent the City demanding that Richmond stop electing members of their City Council with At Large elections.  Even though 75% of the members of the Council over the past 25 years have been minorities (with the current Councilmembers being 100% minorities), Attorney Rafferty claimed that minorities could not get proper representation on the Council unless they were elected representing districts drawn based on ethnicity. Continue reading

Preying on the Weak ~ Chapter 5 (Clarifications)

A series of articles were posted over the past few days delineating the resolution put before the Richmond City Council on Tuesday night (10/22/19). The resolution was approved not because the Council agreed with the arguments that Attorney Rafferty claimed in his Threat Letter. [5-Yes   1-No (Martinez)   1-Abstain (Willis)] The cost to challenge Attorney Rafferty was simply too high for a fiscally depleted city to take on.   Continue reading

Preying on the Weak ~ Chapter 4

An Op-Ed Piece on a Critical Issue That May Change Richmond Forever. Because this is a complicated issue, this Op-Ed is broken into multiple chapters. Chapter 1 was published on Sunday evening and Chapter on Monday morning. ATTORNEY SCOTT J. RAFFERTY FROM WALNUT CREEK IS THREATENING TO SUE RICHMOND IF THE RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY NIGHT DOES NOT AGREE TO AMEND HOW RICHMOND ELECTS MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.  CLAIMING THAT A MINORITY CANNOT GET ELECTED TO THE COUNCIL, HE’S DEMANDING THAT RICHMOND NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO ELECT COUNCILMEMBERS AT LARGE (SO THEY REPRESENT THE ENTIRE CITY).  HE IS DEMANDING THAT RICHMOND BE SEGREGATED INTO DISTRICTS THAT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT MINORITIES CAN GET ELECTED. Agenda Item I-1 on Tuesday’s Richmond City Council Agenda Continue reading

Preying on the Weak ~ Chapter 3

An Op-Ed Piece on a Critical Issue That May Change Richmond Forever. Because this is a complicated issue, this Op-Ed is broken into multiple chapters. Chapter 1 was published on Sunday evening and Chapter on Monday morning. ATTORNEY SCOTT J. RAFFERTY FROM WALNUT CREEK IS THREATENING TO SUE RICHMOND IF THE RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY NIGHT DOES NOT AGREE TO AMEND HOW RICHMOND ELECTS MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.  CLAIMING THAT A MINORITY CANNOT GET ELECTED TO THE COUNCIL, HE’S DEMANDING THAT RICHMOND NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO ELECT COUNCILMEMBERS AT LARGE (SO THEY REPRESENT THE ENTIRE CITY).  HE IS DEMANDING THAT RICHMOND BE SEGREGATED INTO DISTRICTS THAT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT MINORITIES CAN GET ELECTED. Agenda Item I-1 on Tuesday’s Richmond City Council Agenda   Continue reading

Preying on the Weak ~ Chapter 2

An Op-Ed Piece on a Critical Issue That May Change Richmond Forever. Because this is a complicated issue, this Op-Ed is broken into multiple chapters. Chapter 1 was published on Sunday evening. ATTORNEY SCOTT J. RAFFERTY FROM WALNUT CREEK IS THREATENING TO SUE RICHMOND IF THE RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY NIGHT DOES NOT AGREE TO AMEND HOW RICHMOND ELECTS MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.  CLAIMING THAT A MINORITY CANNOT GET ELECTED TO THE COUNCIL, HE’S DEMANDING THAT RICHMOND NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO ELECT COUNCILMEMBERS AT LARGE (SO THEY REPRESENT THE ENTIRE CITY).  HE IS DEMANDING THAT RICHMOND BE SEGREGATED INTO DISTRICTS THAT WILL HELP ENSURE THAT MINORITIES CAN GET ELECTED. Agenda Item I-1 on Tuesday’s Richmond City Council Agenda   Continue reading

Preying on the Weak ~ Chapter 1

An Op-Ed Piece on a Critical Issue That May Change Richmond Forever. Because this is a complicated issue, this Op-Ed is broken into multiple chapters. Continue reading

Welcome to the Chevron Refinery

Living in a city with an oil refinery dominating the landscape evokes a lot of emotions with many of the residents.  Some residents may hate the refinery, others may love it and others—usually the majority—give the refinery no thought whatsoever until there’s a problem.  Such is the case with the Chevron refinery and the people of Richmond. Continue reading

Do Our Kids Deserve Better and Safer Schools?

The West Contra Costa Unified School District is considering a parcel tax and/or a school bond for either the March Primary election or the November General Election. Parcel taxes can ONLY be used for people related expenses such as wages, fringes, programs, libraries, sports programs, counselors and such. Bonds can ONLY be used for facilities (buildings and such). The District is looking at a massive $47.8 million budget deficit which will negatively affect every facet of our District. The District still has 21 schools needing work on the facilities.  Schools like Fairmont and Stege are literally falling down around our kids.  We owe it to our youth to provide them with a first rate school to spend their days while we teach them what they need to succeed in life. Before spending funds on a ballot measure, it’s critical to know whether the public might support the measures. The District solicited an online poll this morning to gauge the interest of the voters. Here are the questions asked.  Keep in mind, please, that some of these questions tell you what the benefits might be while others are the kinds of comments you might hear from people trying to kill the bond. What are your thoughts?   Continue reading
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