Tag Archives: Councilmember Jeff Ritterman

Mayor highlights business, environment and council meeting improvements in his first 100 days

On April 23, new Richmond Mayor Tom Butt concluded his first 100 days in office. Butt, a longtime councilmember and Point Richmond architect, won the November election to replace termed-out former mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and...
Richmond City Council

Council looks forward after election

The City Council returned to business – with the meeting going into the next morning and the occasional spat between councilmembers — at its first post-election meeting Tuesday night. Before the meeting started, audience members...
Students debate the sugar tax

High school students play out real Measure N debate

On the eve of the election, seniors from the Richmond High School Health Academy debated the merits of Measure N, a controversial tax on the city ballot that would levy a one-cent-per-ounce fee on sugar-sweetened...
Man walking by Obama sign

In Richmond politics, the Obama family brand resonates with the community

Nat Bates was elected for a record seventh time in 2008 and one of his campaign signs featured his face next to the face of another man looking to make history in the same election....
Richmond City Council members

City Council swings into election season

At its first public meeting since the Aug. 6 Chevron refinery fire and a Measure N—referred to as the “soda tax”—lawsuit filed against the city, Tuesday night’s hotly anticipated City Council meeting painted for the...

Mayor circulates letter blaming council “dysfunction” on one member’s “chaos, disruptions, and vitriolic speech”

In an unusual move, last week after a particularly heated city council meeting Mayor Gayle McLaughlin sent an email to her online supporters entitled “The situation at City Council meetings,” in which she castigated “one...

Langlois, Martinez appear at fundraiser for their city council campaigns

On Saturday night in downtown Richmond, the unmistakable beats of Latin Jazz, followed by cheers and laughter, poured out of a small office tucked away in a row of other non-descript offices. The little space...