|Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin strongly supports
"Mike has thrown himself into our
progressive work in Richmond for years now. He is able and willing
to continue so many of the wonderful initiatives we have in place.
"In addition to his work in the RPA, including being
the editor of the RPA newsletter, Mike has long experience in
the union movement and in industry. He has worked with his hands
and his head. He is an educator and organizer. Currently he
is a job trainer for hi-tech jobs, the kind of jobs we need
to train our young people for.
He holds the progressive values
and vision that have led us to making so many accomplishments.
He wants to continue to build on this work that we in Richmond
have accomplished together. I am so excited to be running with
Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin
I am running with a really great
team of people who are principled and dedicated to representing
the people of Richmond.
Jovanka Beckles, Mike Parker, Eduardo Martinez, Gayle McLaughlin
- Mayor Gayle McLaughlin for City
- Planning Commissioner Eduardo Martinez
for City Council
- Councilmember Jovanka Beckles for City
|Chevron is a very important part of Richmond
|We want Chevron to stay in Richmond
We want it to be a good neighbor
We deserve it to be state-of-the-art safe and clean with training and hiring
of Richmond residents Chevron’s decisions are first guided by their bottom line
It’s up to us to negotiate as a community to guide Chevron to being a good neighbor,
and to place greater emphasis on safety and clean operation.
there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess
to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want
crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder
and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of
its many waters.
"This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one,
and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never
will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and
you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which
will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are
resisted with either words or blows, or with both."
|Continuing a Decade
Working with many others in Richmond, we’ve made a lot of progress
over the last ten years but there is still much to be done. Our
values of equality, democracy, respect, and integrity will lead
the way. There are many items we need to work on as a community.
Here are four areas I believe need special
- Address the educational system that
is failing our children. We will focus on what the city
can do to change this in partnership with the School District.
We will start with trial efforts to make the concept of schools
as community centers a reality.
- Greatly improve job training programs
in Richmond. The key to attracting good paying jobs
to Richmond is to have a trained workforce ready. The key for
Richmond residents getting the good jobs that come to Richmond
is good job training. We can strengthen and link City programs,
high schools, adult education, and the community colleges to
provide the kind of training that will produce more jobs for
- Help keep our communities stable. The
gentrification pressures combined with real estate speculators
that drive current Richmond residents out of their homes will only
increase in the next few years. Now is the time to put in place
plans that will keep homeowners in their homes and keep rents affordable.
- Strengthen the efforts of community,
union and social justice organizations in their efforts
to bring change and improvement. Whether the changes involve
playlots, stopping discrimination against immigrants, or getting
Chevron to pay its fair share, they usually require an active
partnership between movements of people and the elected officials.
|For a more complete list of the qualities in Richmond that
we can achieve by working together, click HERE >>
has made remarkable progress in the past 10 years. Richmond
has come from a city known for its murder rate, toxic dumps, polluted
air, and corrupt city government to a city with a solid and improving
government, a lot of promise and a can-do attitude. Violent crime has
been significantly reduced. We are increasingly known for our shoreline
parks and great views of the bay and as a city willing to stand up to
protect and improve the health, safety and opportunities of its residents. All of this progress took place because we broke the system of
politics-as-usual where Big Money called the shots.
Everybody is upset by corporate domination of our politics. Across the
nation corporations and rich individuals have never exercised more control
of our government than they do now. In Richmond we have fought the power
of Big Money. We have shown that you can win elections without taking
money from corporations. The people can win. But it’s hard work. It
requires a large number of people debating the issues and talking to
their neighbors. It requires raising hundreds of small contributions.
It also requires independent people willing to run for office. Why is
this hard? Because if you don’t make a deal with Big Money, they will
spend five times your entire campaign budget on smear campaigns telling
everyone what an awful person you are. This reality discouraged a lot
of good people who would have made fine candidates for mayor. I know
– I encouraged a number to run.
Richmond Progressives led the way
in attracting the LBNL to locate in Richmond. Now the challenge
is to make sure it benefits Richmond and that Richmond residents
This election is too important to concede to Big Money. The progress
we’ve made is too valuable to surrender. And we must continue to fight
for our health and safety. We need a Mayor and a City Council that will
be reasonable but firm about ensuring that Chevron’s Richmond Refinery
is the safest and cleanest in the world.
Every candidate declares that their priorities
are jobs, health, safety, and education. But what polices get these?
In the real world, candidates whose campaigns are financed by Big Money
use these terms as an excuse for giving corporations what they want.
Look at who worked to bring Richmond Bay Campus (LBNL) to Richmond;
forced Chevron to pay increased taxes, forced Chevron to clean up its
flaring, made city government more responsive, supported community
efforts for bike trails and shoreline. And who opposed these or dragged
Although I have never held an elected position in city government, I
have long studied how it works. And I have worked closely with Mayor
McLaughlin on a number of important issues over the last 7 years, so
I have a good understanding of Richmond’s history, organizations, and
current initiatives. I also bring with me a lot of experience in training
people for skilled jobs in the trades. I know what is required to get
these jobs and how the schools and society have left so many people unprepared
for these jobs. This is one of the key challenges we face. How do we
get Richmond residents trained to apply successfully for the good jobs
that will be available locally? My expertise and interest in these issues
is one more thing that sets me apart from the other candidates.
Finally, one skill I would bring to the job of Mayor is that I know
how to attract and organize volunteers. City government does not have
the money or the power to do everything that needs to be done. And it
probably never should. So much must be accomplished by individual volunteers
working together on social services and on issue campaigns. The City
can support these organizations and initiatives. We all know that Mayor
McLaughlin’s energy and commitment to creating a culture of volunteerism
and community activity has been part of her legacy. It would be an honor
to have the chance to build on her work.
Like Mayor McLaughlin, I commit to representing you.
- Continued improvements in Richmond
We have improved Richmond through greater transparency, encouraging
community participation, and setting a broad progressive
agenda. We need to continue reducing crime through community
policing, protecting our natural resources, and proposing
bold programs to help and protect our residents and community.
These are all under threat if we go back to the old style
- Negotiation of Safe Chevron
Chevron’s presence dominates our city. The Richmond Refinery
generates over $20 billion/year in sales and around $2 billion/year
in operating profits. Chevron makes its decisions according to
what is best for its corporate profits. And now, Chevron is
trying to buy a Council that will rubberstamp those decisions.
The Council and mayor must be people whose job is to negotiate
with Chevron representing the best interests and needs of the
Done Right , Yes
- Significant reduction in local pollution and
greenhouse gas emissions
- Supplies training and jobs for Richmond residents
The refinery must be modernized. This is a process which starts
with the current Chevron proposal but will go on continually.
What needs to be guaranteed is that the modernization provides
everyone with the safest possible refinery operations, significant
local reduction in pollution and greenhouse gasses, and jobs
for Richmond residents. This election is about who you can trust
to negotiate for Richmond.