Commercial real estate broker John Troughton claims the City of Richmond agreed to pay him $1.5 million if the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians came to Point Molate. But no deal was signed, and no one at City Hall is talking.
Ludmyrna Lopez, Maria Viramontes, and Jim Rogers are all up for re-election. None of them have indicated they plan to abandon their post, but their is still time for them to announce they plan to step down or seek higher office. But at least five people say they plan to challenge them for their seats.
The City Council voted Monday to extend a deadline to reach an agreement with the developer behind the Point Molate casino project. Without an extension, the city would have scrapped an agreement to earmark the land for a casino.
The City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to approve a $350,000 movable bulkhead at The Plunge that will allow city workers to cordon off the pool into two sections.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council will discuss The Plunge, assess how a local hiring policy is performing and peer into the financials behind the $100 million Civic Center renovation project.
The environmental group that sued to stop the development of a casino at Point Molate is looking to settle. But the deal may be dead in the water if other environmental organizations don’t drop their opposition.
The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians may have an opportunity to open a casino at Point Molate, but the tribe’s path to prosperity relies on a maze of state and federal regulations and the approval of the country’s secretary of the interior.
Richmond is the only city in Contra Costa County without its own paramedics, and council members said Tuesday that it will remain that way unless residents are willing to pay for greater services.
At tonight’s meeting the Richmond City Council will consider adding a new fee for the city’s liquor stores, discuss proposing a new tax to help pay for police and fire, and look at ways to collect money from code-violating residents.
Pastor Jim Wheeler spoke of “The commitment to testimony” this week at the First Presbyterian Church, where the 15-year-old rape victim attended services. Calling on his parishioners to rely on faith over fear, he has urged more people to mentor Richmond youth.