Tag Archives: Gayle McLaughlan

Kinder Morgan's Richmond depot takes in dozens of DOT-111 train cars laden with Bakken crude oil from North Dakota every week. (Phil James/Richmond Confidential)

Richmond residents, leaders warn of danger from Bakken crude by rail shipments

If you go to the website explosive-crude-by-rail.org and zoom in on Richmond, what you’ll find is disconcerting. According to the 1-3 mile buffer zone on the map, the entire city and its 107,000 residents are...
An anti-McLaughlin billboard, funded by Chevron, looms over San Pablo Avenue, criticizing her travel history. (Photo by: Brett Murphy)

Chevron’s campaign criticizes progressive mayor’s travel, but its favored candidate traveled much more

An analysis of city documents, invoices, travel receipts and bank statements dating to 2010 shows that McLaughlin has traveled less, missed fewer meetings, and spent less money on the trips than City Councilman Nat Bates.
The Point Richmond branch of Mechanics Bank. CEO Christa Steele announced last week the bank, locally owned since 1905, would be sold to Texas billionaire Gerald J. Ford. (Photo by Knowles Adkisson)

Imminent sale of longtime Richmond bank brings windfall to owners, but impact on jobs unknown

Mechanics Bank, a Richmond institution with a 109 year history is being sold to Ford Financial Fund, private equity firm from Texas, that specializes in buying and consolidating banks and selling them for profit. While...
Supporters of the Green Remedy medical marijuana dispensary embraced after the city council gave them permission to relocate (Photo by: Joaquin Palomino).

Medical marijuana dispensary allowed to relocate

The Richmond City Council approved a permit Tuesday night to allow a marijuana dispensary to move from its current location near Hilltop Mall to a largely abandoned street on Bissell Avenue, less than one block...
Richmond residents from anti-violence groups in the city came out to Tuesday night's meeting in support of an agenda item to direct city staff to research what, if anything, can be done by the city to strengthen gun control laws. (Photo by: Jennifer Baires)

At heated meeting, council discusses gun control, mural approval

In a contentious meeting Tuesday night, the city council took on gun control and support for a program that works to curtail violence in Richmond after a deadly week that ended with three dead in...
City Council Dias

Jael Myrick takes his seat, becomes a part of City Council antics

The addition of new city councilmember Jael Myrick didn’t stop the council from falling back on its old argumentative habits during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The council passed most items unanimously or with just...
Richmond's City Council approved a resolution in support of "banning the box", or removing Question 14 from city employment applications. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin felt the question was too high of a barrier for job seekers with a criminal history. (photo by: Rachel Waldholz)

“Ban the box” resolution passes, fracas erupts at City Council meeting

The City Council voted Tuesday to remove a question about criminal convictions from city employment applications, saying the yes/no “box” was an onerous requirement for ex-convicts. Question 14, displayed prominently on the first page of...
Chevron's Richmond refinery, seen from Nichol Hill. The company argues that it has paid too much in property taxes on the facility.  (photo by: Robert Rogers)

Hearing opens Monday on Chevron’s $58 million property tax appeal

Chevron will present its case for a $58 million tax refund before an appeals board on Monday, as the company seeks to prove that it overpaid property taxes on its Richmond refinery between 2007 and...