VOTING ON TUESDAY

The Primary Election for 2022 will be conducted on Tuesday June 7th.  In many years past, voters went to their local polling places to vote on Election Day.  Today, however, most voters vote by mail.  Things have changed over the years but understanding these changes may require a little guidance. The following explanations are taken largely from: https://www.cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/ Continue reading

CAN WE AFFORD TO REBUILD KENNEDY HIGH?

Most people understand that if you fail to maintain your house or your car, it’s likely to fall apart much sooner than it should.  And, instead of routine maintenance, repairing or replacing AFTER it’s fallen apart usually costs much more in the long term—especially if a complete replacement is required before expected. The same goes for school buildings. Continue reading

MAJORITY COUNCIL POISED TO GIVE AWAY POINT MOLATE FOR $400 RISKS MILLIONS IN LAWSUITS

Reposted with permission from Richmond Neighbors Unite For more than 28 years, politicians and environmentalists have fought over their vision of Point Molate.  Emotions and beliefs run strong on both sides.  There are at least one hundred thousand pages of public documents involving Point Molate, including the Point Molate Reuse Plan, environmental restoration proposals and reports, the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA), Developer Agreements, Disposition and Development Agreements, Environmental Impact Reports, and legal documents. This article attempts to explain the history, beginning with the lawsuit filed in 2012 by Upstream Point Molate LLC and the Guidiville Band Of Pomo Indians (listed on lawsuit as Guidiville Rancheria of California) vs Richmond and what may happen on May 21, 2022.  This article is based on information from available public documents summarizing the situation, but all public documents used are linked for the reader’s review so they may draw their own conclusions. Environmental lawsuits began in 2005, but the reason Point Molate may sell for $400 is a result of the Upstream Point Molate LLC and Guidiville Rancheria of California (Upstream/Guidiville) vs Richmond lawsuit filed in 2012. Continue reading

DERELICT FINE DINING ESTABLISHMENT TORN DOWN

Sitting right behind the Home Depot and underneath the BART tracks on San Pablo Avenue less than a block south of Macdonald Avenue, one of El Cerrito’s finer dining establishments was recently torn down. Continue reading

WHO WILL BE OUR NEXT CONGRESSPERSON?

Most people understand that every ten years, after the data from the latest census is collected, electoral districts are redrawn. By law, who currently serves a community cannot be factored in.  There are a series of criteria that must be considered but actual population is the foremost component. Continue reading

WCCUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS ARE NOW IN-PERSON

On August 25th, after 527 days without an in-person meeting of the Board of Education, a hybrid meeting was hosted where the Board met in person, members of the community could attend in person or attend virtually via Zoom. The in-person meeting was limited to no more than 100 persons plus as many as 19 staff members. Continue reading

THE FUTURE OF HILLTOP MALL ~ PART II

When Hilltop Mall opened in September of 1976, the 77 acre mall (with abundant parking) was anchored by JC Penney and Capwell’s at either end with Macy’s in the middle.  And then there were many dozens of smaller shops for West County residents (and more) to frequent as they kept their shopping dollars local. Continue reading

DO WE DESERVE A PHONY BALONEY BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE?

When the WCCUSD went to the people before the March 2020 election asking for an additional $575 million—to add to the $1.8 billion the taxpayers have already given to the District to refurbish or replace their crumbling facilities—District Staff touted the well coordinated and efficient oversight through the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC). Continue reading
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