Tag Archives: Councilmember Jovanka Beckles

Volunteers from the community went on Election Day to polling stations to hold signs for Prop 47, the measure to reduce criminal sentencing. (Photo by CCISCO)

Richmond votes yes on sales tax measure; California votes yes on sentencing reforms

Measure U, the ballot item to increase the retail sales taxes to 9.5%, passed yesterday with 53.7% of the vote. Another key ballot item, Proposition 47, also passed. The statewide proposition to reduce six types...
Jim Rogers and Jael Myrick speak at a Hilltop District candidate forum. (Photo by Fan Fei)

Candidates benefit indirectly from Chevron campaign funds, deny link

A week ago, a website came to Richmond residents’ attention. It urges voters to support Chevron’s slate of favored candidates: Nat Bates for mayor, and Donna Powers and Charles Ramsey for City Council. And it...
Patrick Lynch, Richmond's director of housing and community development, fielded questions from the Oakland City Council last night about the Richmond Cares program (Photo by: Becca Andrews)

Richmond’s program to prevent foreclosures spreads

It was one of those public meetings with a whole lot of talk and no action, but this discussion –in Oakland – is nonetheless crucial to Richmond’s plan to prevent future foreclosures. That’s because Richmond...
Press Conference before council meeting

Chevron refinery piping and housing plan highlight council meeting

As the Chemical Safety Board nears a decision on what material to recommend Chevron use to replace pipes damaged in the Aug. 6 refinery fire, the City Council unanimously approved a measure Tuesday night to...

Jovanka Beckles: Vote “Yes” on Measure N to create mentally and physically healthy children

The campaign signs read, “More sports + less sodas = healthy kids.” A tax on sugar sweetened beverages is designed to raise money to provide opportunities for our young people to participate in healthy organized...

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...
Councilmember Jovanka Beckles (left) hands off the microphone to Marilyn Langlois, following her glowing introduction of  the RPA city council candidate.

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...
Deputy City Clerk Pat Christian and Janet Johnson, Sr. Business Assistance Officer  count the ballots for formation of the first business improvement district in Richmond.

At heated council meeting, debate over Teach for America, public speakers’ rights

During a heated meeting on Tuesday night, Richmond council members tackled two items that drew out many members of the public: the teachers’ union’s concerns about Teach for America members employed in Richmond and the...
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Richmond organizations whip up bicycle fever with two-day event

Richmond’s Lincoln Elementary School playground and parking lot were turned into a Bike Fiesta Saturday, with scores of neighborhood bike riders and dozens of bicycling enthusiasts from throughout the city coming out to celebrate cycling....