Richmond Human Rights declaration celebration

Open letter from commissioner Vivien Fyer
Flyer is here: 12Dec10HumanRights
Subject: Invitation to participate in Monday’s Human Rights Day Celebration
Dear Mayor McLaughlin and Richmond City Council Members -As you know, the City of Richmond adopted a resolution in November of 2009 declaring Richmond to be a Human Rights City, and adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as guiding principles.

This Monday, December 10th, we will be celebrating International Human Rights Day in City Council Chambers.

As part of the program, volunteers will be reading each of the thirty Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – in English, and in a variety of other languages as well.

The list of volunteers is almost complete, but I wanted to extend a special invitation to each of you if you would like to read an Article – in English and/or any other language.

It’s an exciting opportunity to communicate to the community that our elected representatives are serious about making Human Rights a top priority in their decision making.

Please let me know if you are interested, and I will forward your contact information, and your request for any particular Article(s), to Dr. Rita Maran of the United Nations Association, who is organizing the presentation.

May you have a wonderful Human Rights Day!!

With many thanks,




Berkeley: A look at the original UC logo through the years

Detail from the 1931 Big Game program cover.

The original 1868 University of California seal and the new logo recently adopted by UC.

A story that went online Friday and in print on Monday about the new University of California logo has drawn a lot of response, most of it not very complimentary.

We don’t choose to enter the debate here (you can vote for yourself via our online poll , where the original seal is preferred by 95 percent of those responding), but want to offer a few looks at how the original logo has been creatively and colorfully used in the past.

The seals of Cal and Stanford were used as a sort of coat-of-arms on the cover of the 1931 Big Game program played at The Farm.

The 1868 seal was also used on the cover of the 1967 Big Game program.

The star and "Let There Be Light" slogan from the seal were altered by a cartoonist for Cal campus humor magazine The Pelican for a 1914 panel commenting on women's suffrage.



Richmond’s police chief issues an eleventh-hour call for holiday toy donations

Circulated on the email forum of Richmond Councilman Tom Butt is this message from Police Chief Chris Magnus on behalf of the annual Richmond-El Cerrito Toy Drive:


Each year, one of the biggest, nicest, and most needed holiday toy and food give-aways occurs in Richmond. It’s coordinated by the Richmond-El Cerrito Fire and Police Holiday Toy program with the help of a lot of caring residents, businesses, and community organizations. Over 2,000 families will be at the Richmond Coronado Neighborhood YMCA on Dec. 22nd to pick up toys for their children and food for their holiday meal.

I have been part of this event for a number of years and it’s difficult to convey how profoundly it impacts me every holiday season. When you see single moms crying with relief and happiness that they have presents for their kids this Christmas, or you have parents hugging you because they’re able to give their child his or her first bike, it’s pretty hard not to be moved. Sometimes it just a dad who’s new to this country, who quietly says “thank you” in broken English as he’s given food that you know will make a big difference for his family.

I hope you’ll consider showing up to help with this event on the 22nd. To me, it really reflects what the holiday season is about.

But what I’m really hoping is that you’ll help us with this terrific program right now. Let me get right to the bottom line: We don’t have enough donations this year to purchase the volume of toys and food we need for all the families who have asked to participate in this year’s give-away. Maybe it’s the bad economy; maybe it’s the greater need, but whatever the case, we are struggling to fund the food and toys we’ve got to have to successfully pull off this year’s event.

I know this is the time of year when you’re probably being hit up for donations right and left, but please know this is one of the worthiest endeavors you can be part of. 100% of whatever you donate goes directly to purchase toys and food for needy families. All the folks running this event are volunteers. In addition, donations to the Richmond-El Cerrito Holiday Toy Program are all tax-deductible.

Please help make the holidays a happy time for families who really need the support. Donations can be made on-line at www.toyprogram.org, or checks can be mailed to 3060 El Cerrito Plaza Ste. 360,El Cerrito, CA 94530. Checks should be made out to the Richmond-El Cerrito Holiday Toy Program. If you’d like to be a sponsor (which is a critical need right now), please call (510)774-5133.
Thank you so much for considering this important request. I wish the very happiest holiday season ahead.


Chris Magnus
Richmond Chief of Police

Check out the Richmond Police Department on Facebook or on-line at www.richmondpd.net.


Point Richmond Holiday Fest is Saturday

The Point Richmond Holiday Fest will have music, food, art and more from 11am-5pm Dec. 8 at the Point Richmond Community Center, 139 Washington Ave.
As an added attraction, there will be the “Battle of the (art) Clocks” between Steve Hurst and Steve Kowalski, explained in the flier below:


Chevron Richmond contracts with DP Security for services

Chevron press release, read original copy here: DP Security Press Release

For Immediate Release


Richmond’s DP Security Awarded Contract to Provide Security Services at the Richmond Refinery

Local security firm has strong commitment to employing Richmond residents


RICHMOND, Calif.,Dec. 5, 2012–A Richmond-based professional security services company, DP Security, has been awarded a new multi-year contract to provide and manage security services at Chevron’s Richmond Refinery.

DP Security was selected through a competitive bid process and was awarded the contract due to their extensive experience and strong commitment to employing local Richmond residents. Most of the current staff will be retained under this new contract for DP Security to manage the Refinery’s security services and personnel.

“As a Richmond company, I’m personally very excited at this new opportunity to work with our community’s largest employer and economic driver,” said Michael Davenport,CEOand President of DP Security. “We look forward to partnering with Chevron to provide job opportunities for Richmond residents as we grow and expand our business.”

DP Security began management of the Refinery security services on November 1st, 2012 and is known for its meticulous selection and training of security personnel. The company was founded in Richmond by Davenport in 1996 and has served a diverse array of clients, including the West Contra Costa County Unified School District, Point Molate and Marina Bay.

 “We are pleased to award this contract to DP Security, a Richmond company,” said Nigel Hearne, the Refinery’s General Manager. “This new relationship builds on our commitment to support the City’s economic development and improve the quality of life for local residents.We believe retaining contractors from Richmond and spending locally will create a stronger Richmond economy, which is not only good for people living in this community but is also good for the long-term success of the Refinery and the City.”

The contract with DP Security is just one example of how Chevron has been actively working to increase its use of local businesses to purchase goods and services for Richmond operations. Since 2011, Chevron has spent approximately $30 million with more than 50 companies in Richmond and West Contra Costa County.

The Coronado Neighborhood Council recently recognized Michael Davenport at its annual scholarship dinner for his great humanitarian efforts, according to Joe Fisher, the Coronado Council President.




Contact:          Derek Jansen, Chevron public affairs +1510-242-4700 or DerekJansen@Chevron.com.



“(Not) A Christmas Carol,” modern adaptation of Dickens classic, today and Saturday at Contra Costa College

Prolific East Bay playwright Kathryn McCarty is at it again with “(Not) A Christmas Carol,” a modern adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, on stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Knox Center for the Performing Arts at Contra Costa College in San Pablo.
Read about it in the official news release:

Ring in the Yuletide spirit with Contra Costa College Drama Department’s production of “(Not) A Christmas Carol,” a modern adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Written and directed by drama professor Kathryn G. McCarty. Running December 5-8 at CCC’s John and Jean Knox Performing Arts Center on the San Pablo campus.
McCarty, who has taught at the college for over a decade, is a prolific playwright. Her most recent noted works have included “RIVETS!,” which enjoyed several runs aboard the SS Red Oak Victory in the Rosie the Riveter National Park in Richmond, and “The Ladies Quintet,” which played in Chicago and Los Angeles theaters.
McCarty sees “(Not) A Christmas Carol” as unlike most other theatrical adaptations of the holiday favorite. “I’ve integrated a lot of comedy in modernizing the story,” she said. Adapting the classic was no easy task said McCarty, explaining that she wanted to create a comedy that was easily accessible to audiences, and that still held true to the story and meaning of what Dickens wrote.
“I kept wondering, how would Dickens incorporate world events if he were writing his story in 2012?”
According to McCarty, in 1843, the year Dickens penned the classic, many holiday traditions were established. “In that same year, the Christmas card was invented and England’s royals introduced the Christmas tree to holiday events,” she said.
The show’s main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge (played by Mark Hinds), is the leader of the world’s first “Oil and Bank Consortium.” Hinds is a guest artist at CCC, having recently graduated from UC Berkeley. McCarty pointed out that she has worked with Mark on several projects, and “so respects him for following his dream of earning his degree. After his five children graduated from college, he decided it was time to complete his education, which had been interrupted by the Vietnam War. I think he is an incredible role model for all college students.”
“No other author has more of an influence than Charles Dickens on how we celebrate Christmas,” said McCarty. “He used the holiday to examine society as a whole. The amazing thing is that we are still battling the issues of poverty and greed that Dickens wrote about nearly 200 years ago.”

Tickets at the door are $15 general, $10 students and seniors, free for children under 8.


Richmond NAACP to elect officers Dec. 15

Click here for the invitation flyer: Flyer for Election 2012 


Conference of the nAACP

1215 K Street-Suite #1609



Fax: (916)498-1895

Press Release

Contact: Delois Edwards



9 A.M. PDT,November 13, 2012

Richmond NAACP To hold 2012-2014 officer’s election


Richmond,ca, -NOVEMBER 13, 2012:  This is an official notice that the California Hawaii State Conference will conduct and open floor nominations and elections of officers and Executive Committee members for Richmond NAACP Branch for the term of 2012 – 2014. We are hopeful that you share in our belief that this is an important branch which deserves quality leadership.


Nominations will be made from the floor and if interested in running for a position, you will need three members in good standing to sign your nomination papers. The elections will be done by secret ballots at the close of the nomination process. Area Director Freddye Davis will conduct the election. The election will be newly elected officers will take over the operation of the Branch immediately.


The following positions are open and will be elected:


First Vice President

Second Vice President


Assistant Secretary


Assistant Treasurer

Members-At Large (7)

Date – December 15, 2012


RichmondNAACP Branch Office

322 Harbour Way–Suite #6

Richmond,CA 94801


The Nomination meeting will begin promptly at11:00 amto12:00 pm. The voting process will be open from1:00 pmto4:00 pm.


Richmond LED light program to replace 1100 with low-energy technology


For Immediate Release: December 7, 2012

Media Contact Information: Sue Kadlec, City Manager’s Office, sue_kadlec@ci.richmond.ca.us,

(510) 620-1264 

Brighter Future for Richmond’s Streets
Richmond to convert 1100 city-owned street lights to energy-efficient and brighter LED technology financed by a low-interest State loan

RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA – Richmond is turning up the lights and installing Light Emitting Diode (LED) street light upgrades along some of the City’s busiest streets.  The project is funded by a low-interest loan from the California Energy Commission that will be repaid by the energy cost savings and provides more illumination for City streets.  The city-owned lights in the downtown and public safety priority areas are among the first to be upgraded including Macdonald and Barrett Avenues, Cutting Boulevard, 23rd Street, San Pablo Avenue and portions of the Richmond Parkway.

“This is a fantastic project that will help improve the health and environment of the community,” said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.  “We’re on track to make City street lights more energy efficient and provide better street lighting to encourage walking, bicycling and safer streets in general.”

The project is estimated to cost $900,000 to implement and will generate over $1,066,000 of savings on the City’s electric bills over the 13-year term of the loan.  In addition to the electric bill savings, the LED street lights are expected to reduce maintenance costs because of their longer life expectancy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 250,000 pounds annually.  The project was initiated and implemented by the Environmental Initiatives Division of the City Manager’s Office in conjunction with the Engineering Services Department.   

The City’s 5-Year Strategic Business Plan calls for modernizing all street light infrastructure and replacing all street lights with energy-efficient and brighter LED technology.  The City is currently replacing the remaining two antiquated series street light systems in May Valley and Park View Neighborhoods financed through a subsidized energy efficiency bond.  

“Upgrading street lights is a top priority for the City because of all the community co-benefits”, said Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay.  “We’re aiming to make our neighborhoods and business districts more inviting, reduce operating costs and improve the quality of life for residents.”  

The City plans to complete the street light project by early December 2012 and continue with additional LED street light upgrades in 2013 with another loan from the California Energy Commission.  The City is requesting that motorists observe all traffic and parking signage and drive safely in construction areas.   



Richmond worker co-op financing available now

Editor’s note: This information came to the Times today:  

We had our event on Nov. 27th, and now we are ready to loan out money to cooperatives located or will be located in Richmond.

Further information can be found at our website www.richmondcooploans.net.  Also attached is a list of benefits and advantages that cooperatives can provide. 

Description of services available is here: co-op benefits

Application is here:  RWCRLF_loanapplication

Neil Helfman