By Chris Treadway
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 11:19 pm in Richmond.
We already know Richmond “hearts” LBNL.
And we’re pretty sure UC Berkeley knows it too after the rousing town hall meeting July 21 at the Memorial Auditorium.
But with other East Bay suitors planning their own pitches, Richmond wants to emphasize its support for the proposal to build the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory second campus at university-owned property on the city’s shoreline.
The banners welcoming LBNL are still up on Macdonald Avenue and similar electronic messages are again being shown on the new marquee at Civic Center and the Jumbotron billboard at Pacific East Mall.
With the university’s decision a few weeks away the city has started an online signature-gathering campaign.
The city manager’s office is advising that “the City is now gathering electronic “signatures” for a petition to be sent to Lawrence Berkeley Lab personnel reminding them that we look forward to welcoming LBNL to the Richmond community. Those wishing to express this point of view are encouraged to provide your e-signature http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/forms.aspx?FID=207 to know that the Richmond community warmly welcomes LBNL, and that Richmond is a great place to live and work. We will make sure that this electronic petition is sent to LBNL as they finalize their location decision.”