CANDIDATE Q&A: RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL RACE JOVANKA BECKLES COURTLAND BOOZE VIRGINIA FINLAY RHONDA HARRIS MYRNA LOPEZ EDUARDO MARTINEZ JIM ROGERS HARRY SINGH MARIA VIRAMONTES Violence reduction specialist, Businessman, Parks Residential Real estate developer, City Councilwoman Retired West Contra Costa City Councilman Lab technician City Councilwoman Planning Commissioner and Recreation real estate sales Community Development School District teacher Commissioner Commissioner Creating The local economy covers the I would bring back vocational The key to the unemployment Major projects should have a As a council member, I To attract businesses and Strengthen Richmond’s First Invite bio-tech, IT, manufactur- I fought to expand the Rich- jobs county and region. The best training and see to it that the rate in Richmond is business community benefits agree- worked to bring new jobs to jobs to Richmond we must Source law, which I wrote, ing jobs. Give incentives to mond port, 300 jobs; approved jobs in Richmond are mainly city enforces its local hiring development and training. ment that will assure residents Richmond. I voted for the decrease crime, improve our giving Richmond residents the small business so they can with environmental regula- filled with people who live policy and contract with local We have projects available for in the project area that they Honda/Port of Richmond infrastructure and streamline first chance at job openings. create more jobs. Jobs and tions higher than state law; elsewhere. We have to attract businesses that will hire Rich- consideration that will create will get an opportunity to work project that created 200 procedures for getting city Richmond has done a good reducing crime are relevant to the $1 billion Chevron project, more businesses to Richmond mond residents. I would sup- jobs and revenue for the city, in their communities. … Give jobs, Target that also created permits. We attract sustain- job of bringing in high-tech/ each other. We need to create creating 1,200 new construc- and help keep those with port and enhance Richmond’s and they should be given all Richmond businesses a tax jobs and award-winning Civic able, clean jobs in the growing bio-tech jobs, but we need to jobs and train our youths to tion jobs and protecting good jobs as residents by employment programs. due consideration and sup- break for every two residents Center renovation that created green-job sector. We must focus on blue collar jobs. Given achieve these goals. Create 2,300 refinery jobs. I authored seeing that Richmond has port. The Chevron Energy and they hire. Redevelop city- construction jobs. I support support training programs and our advantages (location, a network that can negotiate legislation to lobby for the UC/ safe streets, clean air, good Hydrogen Renewal Project, owned properties. … Coordi- diverse and responsible busi- place the graduates. We must green economy hub, cheap with big corporations to open Alternative Energy Research/ schools and a strong com- the Point Molate Resort and nate high-tech and vocational nesses to locate in and bring consider creative innovations, land), we need to insist on businesses so we can create Computation Center for Rich- munity. We are working to Casino project, the Lawrence training in high schools. … jobs to Richmond residents. I including worker cooperatives developments that meet our jobs in Richmond. mond, 2,000 jobs. I authored make Richmond the center of Berkeley National Labora- Encourage relocation of new introduced a policy, which is that have shown promise in needs, not just the developers’ funding for the $17 million the growing sectors of the U.S. tories expansion at the UC industries to Richmond and under consideration, to give Cleveland. We must support needs. new Performing Arts Center to economy — green jobs. Richmond Field Station could include pacts on how long they Richmond residents prefer- calls for federally funded anchor a potential Arts District all bring much needed jobs will stay. Provide incentives for ence points when applying for public works programs to downtown. I secured funding into the city. small business startups. a city of Richmond job. create more jobs and improve for basic skills, job training. our infrastructure. Casino I do not support a casino at No. Richmond can develop Development of the Point I support development at After the election in Novem- No. A casino and all that The casino would increase No. I do not support gambling, No. I don’t support a casino. at Point Point Molate and have consis- other venues instead of a Molate property must be Point Molate as a way to ber, we will know if Richmond comes with it does not desperately needed tax base but developing a hotel, shop- I don’t want the crime nor tently advocated for a better casino and still attract others consistent with Base Realign- create jobs for Richmond residents support a casino at represent the values I want and local jobs and increase ping centers where we create nationally recognized prob- Molate project. Research shows who reside outside of Rich- ment and Closure legislation. residents and ancillary eco- Point Molate, and the results communicate to our children. problem/addictive gambling. some jobs is OK. lems of casinos. I voted no on casinos bring with them blight, mond. Decision of the voters is Until alternate plans that fulfill nomic opportunities for local of this will help guide us in our I don’t want children to see I’ve had relatives who were the casino project. On Nov. 9, crime and domestic violence. crucial and critical. Residents those development require- businesses. … I find the major decision-making process. That gambling as a positive activity. afflicted by severe unemploy- 2004, the vote that approved This casino project does not of Richmond have a connec- ments are available, the best amenities such as the Bay being said, with an unemploy- I am concerned about crime ment-related psychological the contract land purchase guarantee that local residents tion here, the developers don’t. use for the site would appear Trail, the use of a ferry. … the ment rate above 18 percent, in nearby communities. The problems and relatives who with a casino was: Yes: Bates, will get the jobs, and it does Richmond can do better and to include a casino. The casino numerous acres of open space Richmond needs the jobs that promises of jobs are highly wound up penniless and pitiful Butt, Bell, Griffin, Penn, Rogers; not guarantee living wages should not become known as will create the revenue source in the front and rear, the 1,100- a casino/resort with hotel, inflated and unlikely to mate- due to gambling, so both sides No: Viramontes, Belcher; and benefits for workers. a gambling destination. for the construction of needed room hotel, the 85 restau- restaurants, retail and more rialize. I support alternative of this issue matter to me. Abstentions: Anderson. I prefer Richmond residents deserve a infrastructure; the develop- rants, the conference center, will bring. plans for healthy develop- People I respect disagree on a mix-use project that invites better project and one that will ment and maintenance of the the performance theater, the ment to provide good jobs to this. I will not cast a final vote Pixar back to Richmond. Keep bring jobs sooner than later. public and private amenities; restored historic Winehaven Richmond residents and add yes or no. I support a final the promised park, open coastal access, parks, trails, District, gardens, playgrounds positively to the city. binding vote of the people space, Bay trails. ferry service and the creation and green building and on the best possible specific of ongoing jobs for our landscape design outweighs proposal. residents. the proposed casino. Improving Education is key to reducing The city should consider rede- The city should continue to Work on consecrated efforts Improve our residents’ In addition to reducing crime, Continue our sound fiscal Build roads, protect environ- Quality of life in Richmond means quality crime. Keeping neighbor- veloping by way of community fund and staff those quality- with neighborhood councils to chances of gaining steady em- fixing street lighting and management, which has us hir- ment, create jobs, promote a secure job, a home, safety, edu- hood schools open improves development, giving people a of-life issues that influence its provide clean, well-maintained ployment. The quality of our taking other measures to ing police while Oakland is firing community involvement, cational opportunities, efficient of life in educational opportunities and sense of pride in their neigh- residents day-to-day activities. and safe parks, with restrooms neighborhoods is directly tied secure the neighborhoods, we police. Make a special catch-up expand educational oppor- public transit, paved streets, Bay neighbor- anchors the neighborhood. borhood by eliminating the They include repairing our in those council areas that are to our economy. By bringing need to make neighborhoods payment of $7.2 million for tunities. trails and beautiful parks. We must hoods By supporting neighbor- “broken window syndrome.” streets and infrastructure, experiencing blight, severe more jobs to Richmond, the true communities to raise our street repaving (one year of our improve environmental health. We hood institutions — schools, One boarded up dilapidated maintaining our parks, librar- potholes and violence. De- quality of life will improve for children. Schools can be used pothole repair budget) from our need to fund small specific proj- community gardens and local house with trash all around it ies, senior centers, full staffing velop neighborhood specific everyone living here. Investing in off-hours as staffed commu- capital improvements budget. ects defined by neighborhoods. co-op enterprises — we give causes more houses to end up and support services of our programs and implement in infrastructure such as street nity centers for neighborhood Continue to enlist allies in the We need to approve a comprehen- people motivation and tools in the same shape. public safety personnel and them. Training programs must pavement, streetscapes, parks activities. The city can support fight against crime: community sive General Plan. I voted for 30 for defending their communi- continue to support the neigh- be throughout the city, not just and public buildings will also more coordinated neighbor- policing to involve neighbors, code enforcement staff to manage ties. We can tap the skills and borhood council system. in one location. Provide more improve how residents feel hood programs that bring street outreach workers, blight, trash, graffiti, abandoned the public service of seniors youth programs. … Work with about putting their tax dollars generations together to create faith-based programs, strong vehicles and properties. I support to provide help with kids and police to increase anti-crime to work. a sense of family and enrich recreation/library programs to One Block at a Time, volunteer put more eyes on the streets. neighborhoods. the lives of all generations. give kids positive alternatives. improvement efforts. Future of There is plenty of development This north shoreline is prone I feel that future development The North Richmond shore This does not have to be a Development of long-range plans We need to save the lion’s A study shows that we need I have supported for 20 years the north space available in Richmond. to flooding. My vision is to of the north shoreline should presents a unique opportunity “jobs vs. environment” fight. for the North Richmond shoreline share of this shoreline for improve transportation con- protection of the Breuner The shoreline should be used make sure that human life will contain a combination of for Richmond to move forward We can protect and restore the should take place in discussions in open space/park uses. Limited nections, job creation, environ- Property for the East Bay shoreline for purposes that allow the not be endangered. I must uses that includes residential, into a future where environ- habitats of the north shoreline those communities adjacent and development away from the ment protection, and public Regional Parks. I raised funds maximum public use of this have residents’ input so that I business, recreation and open mental preservation and eco- while bringing new jobs to in citywide consideration of the shoreline, near Richmond access to waterfront, support for Point Pinole Park. I worked resource and which helps may know the feelings of the space elements. The benefit nomic development coexist. Richmond. I support this vi- General Plan. The shoreline area Parkway, may be possible, if future reuse of north shore for nine years to remove truck protect the Bay, which is in people. I would have to be able of development in the north … Some of the land should be sion because it was generated west of Richmond Parkway should it can support turning other right-of-way, create jobs in traffic from the inner city and danger. to make an intelligent decision shoreline is that it can pay for considered for development, by the community through be preserved and zoned for “com- commercially-used land closer maritime industry, protect en- transport goods from industry between development, open any required cleanup of the and some of the land should 20 community meetings, munity low intensity commerce to the shoreline into park/rec- vironmentally sensitive areas, by funding and building the space and community con- area as well as the creation be preserved as open space, a in addition to General Plan and recreation” including open reational land. enhance historic residential Richmond Parkway; another cerns. Once I have community and ongoing maintenance of natural habitat for migrating Advisory Committee, Planning space for parks. … The area east and commercial neighbor- nine years to improve, and input and hear their concerns, these open space and public birds, wetlands, bike and walk Commission and City Council of Richmond Parkway should be hoods, provide greater public maintain it. I honor the North at that point I can make an access amenities. paths and recreational areas. meetings. There will be a rigor- zoned for industrial, commercial access to current and future Richmond Specific Plan as the intelligent decision. ous environmental review. and residential use. recreational areas. community-approved guide. If the It should be addressed in the They should properly zone The Richmond City Coun- If the statewide measure I am not in favor of Proposition Regulations regarding sale of We need ironclad protections Only three dispensaries I support medicinal use of measure same manner that the city it, keep it away from schools cil adopted an ordinance passes, the Richmond City 19. If it does pass, Richmond alcohol should be applied to sale to ensure we don’t repeat the allowed, away from school, marijuana for people seriously addresses the sale of alcohol: and children. There should regarding the licensing and Council should work with must take steps to ensure of marijuana. The city should mistake we made in allowing li- church, park and senior cen- or terminally ill. A new ordinance, to legalize highly regulated, heavily be a limit on the amount of operational guidelines for other cities and county super- that marijuana is still kept out control such questions as how quor stores to operate in a way ters. Strict police background if approved, will limit dispen- recreational monitored and taxed. dispensaries, and they should medical marijuana collectives visors to develop a countywide of the hands of the under- many places marijuana can be that trashes the surrounding of seller and the patient by sary maximum of three with marijuana be kept within the industrial on Sept. 21. Measure V, on plan to address the issues of age. I would not support the sold, where marijuana is sold neighborhood. If operators police chief, safety of product, significant public safety and passes, areas and be heavily taxed. the ballot in November, would farm cultivation, residential cultivation on large scale in and to whom marijuana is sold. find that too expensive or safety of patients and tax on health controls. I do not support how should allow for 5 percent taxation cultivation, commercial sale Richmond. Cultivation that I do not support the criminaliza- inconvenient, then we need to all sales. the distribution or cultivation based on gross receipts on locations and time of sale by is permitted under state law tion of cultivation of recreational turn down their applications. of recreational marijuana in Richmond the sale of the product rather licensed vendors. The council must be treated as a regulated marijuana for personal use. Richmond. Currently, there is address the than number of employees of should consider using revenue control substance. However, I support laws prohibit- an overconcentration of liquor possible the collective. The cultivation from the approved dispensa- ing individuals from distributing stores in at-risk communities sale or cul- of marijuana is an issue that ries as designated funds for and selling privately-produced in Richmond. These neighbors tivation in must be addressed by the specific services where there marijuana. I support strictly want to reduce access to alcohol. council in future. is a shortfall. regulating and taxing commer- It doesn’t make sense to create the city? cial production of marijuana. another problem.
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