A new group calling itself the Richmond Jobs Coalition sent out a four-page mailer to households in Richmond over the weekend, which comes on the heels of two anti-Indian casino pieces funded by card clubs under the name of Stop The Mega Casino.
Labor leader Greg Feere with the Contra Costa Building Trades Council, a vocal proponent of building a casino at Point Molate, is featured prominently along with former Richmond City Councilman Jim McMillan and Salute’s restaurant owner Menbere Akilu.
The building trades council paid for the mailer, confirmed campaign consult Kevin Reikes.
The piece highlights Richmond’s unwelcome distinction as the the Bay Area city with the highest unemployment rate — 18 percent.
The trades group heavily favors the proposed Indian casino, calling it a source of construction and permanent jobs. It is also a huge proponent of the Chevron refinery expansion project, which has stalled under a lawsuit from environmental groups.
Here is the mailer: