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Richmond: Praise the Lord and pass the rivet gun — painting’s 68th anniversary and thoughts of wartime Rosies

 

The famous Saturday Evening Post magazine cover with Norman Rockwell’s depiction of Rosie the Riveter debuted May 29, 1943.

The famous Saturday Evening Post magazine cover with Norman Rockwell’s depiction of Rosie the Riveter debuted May 29, 1943.

 

Samuel Redman of the Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) of The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley notes that the famous Rosie the Riveter magazine cover by Norman Rockwell first hit newsstands 68 years ago on May 29 and uses the ocassion to offer thoughts from some of the Rosies who have been interviewed by ROHO in a post on the Berkeley Blog at UC.
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Oh where, oh where has the big doggie in Richmond gone?


The famous Doggie Diner head so revered in San Francisco once smiled over Macdonald Avenue in Richmond, as shown in this image posted by Debra Harkness, administrator of the “I Grew up in Richmond, California” Facebook group.


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Debra added last week that the group will have a canopy at the Juneteenth Festival. Be sure to stop by and say hello.

The festival will be from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 18 at Nicholl Park, on Macdonald Avenue at 33rd Street, following the annual parade that starts at 10 a.m.

Juneteenth admission is free. Headline acts will include Miki Howard and Lenny Williams, along with a youth stage, food and craft vendors and a special tribute to fathers.

The Doggie Diner chain also had a location at San Pablo and Fairmount avenues in El Cerrito that also had the familiar doggie head.

If anyone has a picture of either location, we’d love to share it here.

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Richmond dedicates Nevin Avenue bike/pedestrian project

Google street view of Nevin Plaza before renovation.

Google street view of Nevin Plaza before renovation.

City Manager Bill Lindsay stands in the renovated plaza May 26 as he dedicates the completion of the project on Nevin Avenue that links the transit village at the Richmond BART station to the nearby Social Security building and the Kaiser Richmond Medical Center. The Metro Walk is in the background.

City Manager Bill Lindsay stands in the renovated plaza May 26 as he dedicates the completion of the project on Nevin Avenue that links the transit village at the Richmond BART station to the nearby Social Security building and the Kaiser Richmond Medical Center.


Richmond on Thursday dedicated its project linking the downtown BART station and transit village residential/retail area to the nearby Social Security building and Kaiser Medical Center.
Work includes installation of new pedestrian lighting, landscaping, Class II bike lanes,
and directional signs on Nevin Avenue from Marina Way west to
Harbour Way , along with a redesign of Nevin Plaza that includes making it more visible, safer and inviting to pedestrians and cyclists, officials said.
Almost all of the $1.1 million project cost was covered by a federal transportation grant made through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
More details to come in the West County Times next week.

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Richmond: New Civic Center marquee almost ready for prime time

The old marquee, as it looked in February, is gone.

The old marquee, as it looked in February, is gone.

A worker tends to wiring of the new electronic marquee at the entrance to Civic Center Plaza on Macdonald Avenue in Richmond on May 24.

A worker tends to wiring of the new electronic marquee at the entrance to Civic Center Plaza on Macdonald Avenue in Richmond on May 24.

We wrote back in February about the new LED marquee being installed outside the Civic Center Plaza in Richmond and after some delays it looks like the new message board might be almost ready for showtime.
The new fixture is in place and the wiring connections were being made this week.
The new installation replaces the vintage “analog” sign (letters placed by hand) that had more style as a fixture, but less potential information to offer.
Delays were at least partly due to having to relocate the electrical connections.
The city wants the auditorium to regain its popularity as an event venue, which once drew B.B. King, James Brown, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., boxing, roller derby and other events as attractions.
UPDATE: According to the May 27 report from the City Manager’s Office, the sign is expected to up-and-running in two weeks.

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El Cerrito: Bike-in movie tonight at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito

Bike to Work Day is over, but not the bicycling-related events. A special
Bike-In Movie screening of the 2001 Chinese film “Beijing Bicycle” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave.
The single showing is sponsored by the cinema, the city’s Environmental Quality and Human Relations committees and Richmond Spokes, which will offer free valet bike parking.
Admission is $8 and the evening includes a drawing for prizes.


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San Pablo may feel some pain from having bridge work done

Starting Wednesday, going north on Rumrill Boulevard past Brookside Drive won’t be an option for motorists/bicyclists/pedestrians in San Pablo until December.
San Pablo is removing and reconstructing the bridge over San Pablo Creek and reconstructing the Rumrill Boulevard/Brookside Drive signalized intersection, with demolition of the current bridge set to start on June 1.
As of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, through vehicle traffic northbound on Rumrill will be detoured south of the intersection onto Market Street.
Rumrill/Brookside will remain open only as a T intersection. Northbound Rumrill traffic must turn left or right onto Brookside, while Brookside traffic can go straight on Brookside or south on Rumrill.
The closure is needed to replace the Rumrill bridge over the creek with a new crossing that meets seismic and width standards.
Apparently this hasn’t been a simple project to plan.
“The city has been planning and engineering this project over the past several years, and there have been several significant challenges in the design, including environmental permit requirements, historical and cultural resource investigations, utility coordination/relocations and right of way acquisitions,” the city stated in an announcement. “In order to meet environmental permit requirements to minimize impacts to the creek, the construction period is limited to one season.”
That means doing the project all at once, rather than in stages, thus the closure of the Rumrill intersection.
Most of the project is funded by the federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program.
For details contact Scott Christie at 510-215-3057.

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Chevron protest at Richmond Bridge

Three environmentalists rapelled off the Richmond – San Rafael Bridge this morning to draw attention to what they called Chevron’s “toxic legacy” ahead of the company’s Wednesday shareholder meeting.

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Activists from Amazon Watch and the Rainforest Action Network unfurled a 1,500-square-foot banner reading “Chevron Guilty: Clean Up Amazon” below the 5.5 mile bridge.

The activists removed the banner around 10:30 a.m. and police detained five people involved with the protest, according to Ginger Cassady, head of the Rainforest Action Network’s “Change Chevron” campaign.

The activists hope to pressure the oil giant into taking responsibility for parts of the Amazon which they say the company polluted from the 1960s to 1990s. Earlier this year, an Ecuadorian judge ordered the company to pay more than $9 billion in damages.

“We wanted to spotlight the fact that Chevron was found guilty in the Ecuadorian Amazon of one of the largest environmental disasters of our time,” Cassady said. “We want them to do the right thing and clean up their toxic legacy.”

The two groups have planned several more events for the days leading up to Chevron’s shareholder meeting in San Ramon.