Chevron launches major new round of Fuel Your School funding


Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Launch in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

In-person classroom delivery to kick off $1 million local public school funding

With intense budget cuts and an ever-growing list of needed supplies for teachers, Chevron has created an innovative approach to help local public classrooms through its Fuel Your Schoolprogram. Chevron is collaborating with DonorsChoose.org, an online organization that organizes funding for schools across the country, to supply Alameda and Contra Costa counties with materials – ranging from pencils to live spiders – to help make activities come alive for students this year.


On Wednesday, Chevron and DonorsChoose.org teams will deliver puzzles, counting trays, shopping simulation supplies and various math and science manipulatives to kindergarten students at Ford Elementary School in Richmond. 

       What: Classroom delivery of needed materials funded through Fuel Your School

·         When: Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9:15 a.m.

·         Where: Ford Elementary School [2711 Maricopa Ave., Richmond, CA 94804]

   How Fuel Your School Works: Beginning in September, teachers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties submitted projects/materials that need funding at DonorsChoose.org. In the month of October 2013, Chevron will donate $1, up to $1 million, when consumers purchase eight or more gallons of fuel at participating local Chevron and Texaco stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to help fund the eligible classroom projects. You can even track the progress of funded projects in participating counties at www.fuelyourschool.com


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Oakland A’s, Chevron to partner at game for youth science education tonight

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A’s to Host Chevron’s STEM Zone Experience

Admission is Free with a Game Ticket to Aug. 31 Game vs. Tampa Bay Rays

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics and Chevron will host the Chevron STEM Zone, an exhibit that explores scientific concepts behind the game of baseball, on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the O.co Coliseum. Admission to the STEM Zone, located behind Section 217 outside the Bar & Grille, is free to fans with a ticket to that night’s game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

The STEM Zone – STEM is an abbreviation for science, technology, engineering and math – is a component of “Science of the Game,” a unique educational program initiated by Chevron and the A’s that deepens interest and understanding of science among Bay Area youth through baseball. Through interactive experiences, students learn how the game of baseball works and the fundamental roles that gravity, acceleration and reaction time play. To see examples of these educational experiences, please visithttp://www.chevron.com/countries/usa/chevronincalifornia/newsletter/volume9/stemZone/.


“Chevron believes that STEM education and an understanding of how the world works is critical to helping students succeed and prepare for the increasing number of technical jobs in the modern economy and particularly here in the Bay Area,” said Russ Yarrow, manager of partnerships and events at Chevron. “By partnering with the Oakland A’s to develop Science of the Game, we can help bring science to life and show kids its application in the real world.”


Chevron began the concept of STEM Zones with its “Science of Golf” exhibits at Professional Golf Association tournaments. Applying similar lessons to baseball, Chevron and the A’s are collaborating with local schools to use innovative lessons to teach science and math topics – such as aerodynamics, energy transference and acceleration.


In addition to the STEM Zone, the Science of the Game program includes other efforts to reinvigorate STEM education in the Bay Area. On May 17, Oakland A’s infielder Eric Sogard and team mascot Stomper visited Stege Elementary School in Richmond to distribute Science of the Game workbooks and work through science problems with students. The A’s have distributed more than 15,000 Science of the Game workbooks to Bay Area schools that utilize science formulas to answer questions related to various aspects of baseball. The three workbooks, targeting grades 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8, are also available at www.oaklandathletics.com/science. Students who complete their workbooks and submit their answer sheets to the A’s, receive two ticket vouchers to select A’s home games.

“It’s great being around the kids and seeing the smiles on their faces,” Sogard said after his visit to Stege Elementary. “It’s great to be able to share with them. I hope the [Science of the Game] will help them now or in the future.”

In addition to Sogard’s visit to the elementary school in Richmond, students from West Contra Costa County public schools including Chavez Elementary School, Helms Middle School, Kennedy High School, Lincoln Elementary School, Making Waves Academy, Peres Elementary School and Richmond High School have been selected to attend the Aug. 31 game and experience the STEM Zone.

“Educating all youth is vital to creating a future generation of critical thinkers ready to succeed in college and career, and become leaders and innovators,” said Jennifer B. Lyle, chief of operations, Building Block for Kids Collaborative. “Opportunities like the STEM Zone experience are innovative ways to engage our Richmond youth and stimulate learning.”

Chevron is partnering with the A’s to engage kids in science education in the Bay Area as part of its California Partnership, an initiative to invest in economic development and education in its home state. Since 2009, Chevron has invested over $15 million to support STEM education programs that have reached more than 500,000 students and 6,700 teachers in California. As global energy demand increases, so too does the need to hire a technical workforce, elevating the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.

“Science of the Game,” “Mathletics” and “Home Run Readers” programs put into action the Oakland A’s commitment to supporting education in the Bay Area. The A’s organization, in conjunction with the A’s Community Fund, strives to make a positive impact in the Bay Area and Northern California. A’s players, coaches and front office employees, together with fans and sponsors, are committed to meeting the social, cultural and educational demands in the community.

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Ranks of Chevron suits swells

Spoke with Mr. Schulz, 66, of Richmond today, a Vietnam veteran.

He was diagnosed with emphysema days after the Chevron fire on Aug. 6, 2012.

“I smelled something burning while I was laying in bed,” on day of fire he said.

“My breathing went downhill in a hurry.”

Schulz said he is joining John L. Burris’ mass tort suit against Chevron, which already has more than 10,000 clients.

Half block west of San Pablo Ave., near southern border of the city.

“I felt as though the smoke was traveling directly overhead.”

“I’m really short-winded these days.”



Chevron Richmond protest results in arrests

RICHMOND — Hundreds of protesters massed outside the refinery’s main gate Saturday afternoon.

The gathering chanted anti-Chevron slogans, painted a sunflower in the street entrance and slathered themselves in dark molasses intended to signify oil.

Protesters climbed ladders near the gates, and others sat down to form human circles at the edge of the police barricade.

The assemblage at the gates was a culmination of a procession that marched from the Richmond BART station, beginning at 10 a.m.

Protester Andres Soto said the march was a statement demanding more investment in clean energy and improved safety at the 2,900-acre refinery.

“There’s nothing more powerful than people in solidarity,” Soto said, watching as a human shield of police with their backs to Chevron’s gates held protesters at bay.


As of 5 p.m., more than 160 protesters had been arrested for refusing to cease trespassing on Chevron property. Richmond Police Capt. Mark Gagan said the number of people arrested could surpass 200. At its peak, the protest included more than 2,000 people, Gagan said.


“But this is nowhere near a situation that is unmanageable,” Gagan said. “We anticipated today’s civil disobedience, and the organizers and public safety have worked together to plan.”


Gagan said the protesters were arrested without incident and were given ample opportunity to heed warnings. Those arrested were processed at a nearby fire station and released, Gagan said.


One man, well-known local gadfly Mark Wassberg, punched a protester and was arrested and booked on assault, Gagan said.


Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus was also at the protest, watching his officers, some in riot gear, hold the line.


“We’ve handled the situation smoothly,” Magnus said.


Chevron spokesperson Melissa Ritchie released a statement late Saturday:
“Chevron respects the rights of individuals to express their viewpoints in a nonviolent manner. We ask that they do so safely, to respect our property and not disrupt our operations. That said, since the fire, we’ve worked to address the underlying issues identified in our investigation report, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s findings, and the issues raised by CAL-OSHA. We are committed to making sure something like the August incident does not happen again. We have also taken action to support that commitment. For over 100 years, safety has been the core of everything we do at the refinery, but safety is a job that’s never finished. We’re committed to collaborating with our community, as well as state and local officials to continuously improve the safety and reliability of our operations.”

Richmond meeting Wednesday re: Chevron Fire

Press release:



New Labor and Community Collaborative hosts first public meeting in the wake of the August 6, 2012 Toxic Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire.


August 6, toxic fire nearly killed 20 workers and sent 15,000 to local hospitals.


“What Happened at Chevron on August 6, 2012


Wednesday, February 27, meeting in the Richmond Community to take place in the Richmond community at St. Mark’s Catholic Church Gym 159 Harbour Way, Richmond, California, at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


The Collaborative is made up of United Steel Workers Local 5, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Blue Green Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, Labor Occupational Health Program UC Berkeley and the Natural Resources Defense Council.


The meeting will be a community dialogue to discuss the findings of the Cal-OSHA Safety Violations and the US Chemical Safety Board Metallurgical Report. The following items will be discussed.


  • Emergency Response: Conditions to avoid disaster and unnecessary risks, right of workers to shut down unsafe operations.
  • Preventive Maintenance: Investing in refinery safety.
  • Incident Response: air monitoring, warning, and health care systems inadequacies.
  • Inherently Safer Technology: avoiding unnecessary hazards by design
  • Public Refinery Safety Audits: Because what we don’t know can hurt us.


There will be a Call to Action for attendees to participate in several upcoming actions.


This meeting will include simultaneous translation in Spanish, Lao, Khmu, and Mien.


For more information please contact: Andres Soto 510.2825363 or Andres@cbecal.org


Full text of Richmond Mayor McLaughlin’s State of City 2013

Below is the full speech delivered by Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin in city council chambers on Jan. 29, 2013.


City Councilmembers, City Staff and members of the community:  2012 was a quite a year!   It was of groundbreaking and historic accomplishments and it was also a year of deep controversy and difference of opinion.   It was eventful and unprecedented in so many ways.  Whether it was difficult controversies or groundbreaking accomplishments, we have risen to the occasion and I remain honored to represent the great diverse community that resides here in our great city.     In the midst of our ongoing challenges, it’s easy to lose sight of the ground we’ve gained.   This is a collective journey, and many, many people, businesses and organizations have made it possible…that is why I’m pleased to share this 2013 State of the City Address with all of you today.


Public Works, Engineering and Development Projects


I want to start off with sharing some of the many accomplishments in terms of Public Works, Parks, Engineering and development projects.


For starters, let’s acknowledge with pride that Richmond won the 2011 Pavement Management Award for “Most Improved Roads” from MTC.  We had an increase of 13 points from 2010.  While we still have a lot of work to do, this is a great achievement. 


In addition to paving many city blocks, Public Works did remodeling work at Fire Stations and painted various city buildings such as the Disabled People’s Recreation Center, the main Library and the interior of the Auditorium.


Our Parks and Landscaping Division were busy, as always, with great projects.  Thanks to our very committed and able Parks staff in collaboration with an engaged community, onAugust 11, 2012, we celebrated the Grand Opening of a beautifully renovated Solano Playlot.  We also celebrated the renovation of Burg Park as well as a new pedestrian bridge at Booker T. Anderson Park.  This in conjunction with ongoing maintenance, repairs, and landscaping work to beautify our city public spaces.


Engineering was extremely busy this year as well.


Projects including the Via Verdi Culvert Replacement Project, previously known as the Via Verdi “sink hole” problem.  El Portal Drive was opened in December and the pipe that ran under the road has been completely replaced.


Some other quick facts include:


100, 000 sq. yards of pavement were slurry sealed.

35 curb ramps were completed

28,589 sq ft of sidewalks were completed through the City program


Engineering should also be congratulated for its Railroad Crossing Improvements.  Richmond is now a national leader in Quiet Zones with a total of eight (8) zones established.  


Engineering also replaced lights on major streets throughout the City (such as Macdonald Ave, Barrett, 23rd, San Pablo, Cutting Blvd, portions of the Parkway, Castro St., Nevin, Bissell, Pennsylvania and various downtown streets.  1,100 antiquated series streetlights were replaced with LED lights.  Old lights use 80% more energy than the new LED lightsAND the LED lights are 4 times brighter than older lights. 


And one more engineering project I want to mention is the Stormwater Improvements at Garrity Creek.  The first large trash capture device was placed in a stormwater pipe at Hilltop Mall such that it captures trash dropped by shoppers preventing the trash from getting in the creek.


New development projects continue to move forward in Richmond:


Rosie the Riveter Visitor and Education Center 

  • The new visitor education center in the historic Oil House, part of the Ford Building Rehabilitation Project is located on the Richmond shoreline and is the new home of the Rosie the Riveter Visitor and Education Center.
  • Restoration improvements of the Oil House include: classrooms, exhibits, and an award winning theater.

Bart garage

  • The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) parking structure is nearing completion.
  • Related transit improvements such as repaving and striping of 16th Street have been completed.  Along with the BART garage construction other improvements with transit center include; pedestrian and bicycle upgrades as well as improvements to bus circulation.
  • The public art is now installed on the east and west parking structure elevations.
  • Once completed the garage will have six levels of parking, with a total of 762-spaces. The garage will include 9,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space fronting on Macdonald Avenue in downtown Richmond. 

Meade Street Bypass Road Project

  • The Meade Street Bypass Road now serves as the primary road in and out of the South Richmond Shoreline Area with no interruption from train activity. This is especially vital to emergency vehicles that need access to the South Richmond Shoreline area unimpeded.
  • Meade Street Bypass Road is great resource for the business community in the area and has potential for new businesses to call Richmond home.
  • This road will serve as a temporary road while the Bradley A. Moody Underpass Grade Separation is constructed

Green aspects of the bypass road project

  • The road consists of green components: State “Energy-Efficient” LED Street Lights will help provide safety to the area and to bicycle riders utilizing the Class II bike lanes
  •  2 acre site includes the largest Richmond Public Works Bio retention Basin that will filter storm water runoff

Rigger’s Loft


Rigger’s Loft, after some controversy, is well into its rehabilitation work and is already being marketed by the City.


Crime and Violence Prevention


Now, I ‘d like to focus a bit on the extraordinary accomplishments we have collectively made happen in the area of crime and violence prevention.


In recent years, we have seen a massive decrease in violent crime.  We ended 2012 with 18 homicides, while it was just a few years back in 2009, we had 45 homicides.  We are clearly moving in a very strong downward trend.  All this reflects a collective effort on the part of our community-involved police department, our Office of Neighborhood Safety, many community violence prevention groups and great programs, such as the Ceasefire Program.


As we all know, one homicide and one shooting is a tragedy beyond words.   Let us always remember that these statistics represent real human lives and people loved, and mourned, by many.


In addition, just recently a great crime prevention victory has been accomplished thanks to a grassroots community organizing effort that was successful in getting state realignment money dedicated to re-entry services as opposed to expanding the county jail.  I will be presenting this year’s MLK Award to those community groups that really helped shift the focus onto resources needed for re-entry service to decrease recidivism….rather than trying at arrest our way out of crime problems.   


My office is also working directly with the Richmond Project, a program in San Quentin, where Richmond residents in prison are transforming themselves and sharing their profound message with our youth encouraging them to focus on healthy lifestyles.


So in many ways we are addressing the roots of our crime and showcasing Richmond as a leader in crime prevention. 


Economic Development and Jobs


And along with moving to a more peaceful Richmond, we have moved to a moved our local economy forward as well.


Richmond saw 249 new businesses started in 2012 which generated 457 jobs.


An example of one of these new businesses is Nutiva. Nutiva the world’s leading brand of organic hemp foods, coconut oil, and chia seeds and moved its headquarters to Richmond this year.  It is in the process of hiring 100 workers and has reached out to our local residents for these jobs.  In addition, Nutiva, is doing great community work, including a commitment of planting fruit tree orchards in every Richmond school, which it has already begun!


Ekso Bionics is another great business that has moved to Richmond.  Ekso Bionics is pioneering the field of exoskeletons, designing and creating some of the most forward-thinking solutions in offering people with physical limitations new, innovative options for extending their physical abilities. Ekso Bionics was named by Time Magazine as “One of the 50 Best Innovations in 2010.”  And we are proud that they chose Richmond to be home to their exciting business.


ANDof course as we all know, The University of California Richmond Field Station was selected as the preferred site for the second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The development of the Richmond Bay Campus in Richmond’s Southern Gateway will serve as a center for innovation, catalyst for other research facilities, and will support broader economic revitalization locally and regionally. The start of the operation is expected between 2017-2020.  


We just recently passed a resolution calling on DTSC to move forward with a clean-up to unrestricted standards of the toxic Zeneca site (which is adjacent to the Richmond Field Station) so that we are not held back in our economic revitalization of the South Gateway, including the development of LBNL’s 2nd campus.


But in addition to traditional models of economic development, we are also promoting alternative models by way of encouraging Richmond worker-owned cooperatives.  In 2011 we saw our first Richmond worker-owned coop get started.  That was the Liberty Ship Café, a healthy catering service owned collectively by Richmond residents.  This year we have continued to promote coops and are seeing a restaurant coop, a bike coop, an urban agriculture coop, an entertainment coop, and a solar installation coop in the works.  This style of economic development has a three-pronged benefit.  Worker Coops are 1. a source of job creation, 2. a source of local wealth-building, and 3. a source of workplace democracy. 


We also saw a non-profit emerge this year, the Richmond Revolving Loan fund, that is helping provide start-up money for local co-ops.


Job training continues to be an extremely high priority for us all.


RichmondBUILD, of course, continues to be a star program in the City as we train and steer our residents toward jobs in the new green economy.


But we’ve also seen some new advancements as part of our YouthWORKS program.  A big plus is that at that at the end of 2012 YouthWORKS moved into their own building at 2705 Macdonald Ave. 


Our 2012 Summer Youth Employment Program employed about the same number of Richmond youth as last year.  We had 263 youth receiving up to 100 hours of meaningful, career path work experience. 


The after-school Academic Program “Straight Talk on Prison” has provided academic support and community service learning to over 70 youth participants. In collaboration with the National Park Service, we saw the emergence of the “Hometown Richmond’ team working in gardens, urban agriculture locations, and planting trees through the community.


Our stellar LEAP program with its excellent staff, instructors and volunteers continues to provide intense learning opportunities so that their graduates succeed educationally, thereby enhancing their earning power.


Health and Sustainability Initiatives


In terms of policies and initiatives, our greatest accomplishment this year was on April 24, when we passed our 2030 General Plan based on health, sustainability and equity.  We now have a great blueprint for a healthy and vital urban landscape meeting the needs of our community as a whole!


Another great initiative occurred on June 19 when we voted to participate in Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) by joining Marin Energy Authority to provide customers with a choice of purchasing electricity with higher renewable energy content.


We’re excited that our R3 – Richmond Recovery Rebate Program provided $377,691 in rebates to residents, generating in the process $3,166,191 in total economic activity and an estimated 35 new, local jobs. For every $1 of R3 funds awarded to a project, $7.1 dollars were invested back into the local economy.


We are making great progress in the field of health and were selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize finalist for innovative Community Health and Wellness strategies! 


We also have a new partnership called the Richmond Health Equity Partnership (RHEP), where we are partnering  with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and others and are engaging in various strategies and projects to advance full-service community schools and to track and measure health outcomes.   


We’ve also made progress on brownfield assessments to facilitate the development of community gardens and have shared Richmond’s experience with other cities as part of the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities efforts.   Thank you to the community, to the Health Initiatives Team and everyone working to better the health or our community.


In the area of sustainable transportation, our “Easy Go Richmond” project just won a State Award from the Governor’s Office and is providing opportunities for car-sharing, bike sharing and electric and hybrid vehicle usage, as well as discounted public transportation passes.


Further sustainability efforts of course include the city’s various Compost and Tree Giveaways.  In partnership with Self Sustaining Communities and Richmond’s Cities of Service Program, 3,000 various fruit and olive trees were given away.  And Self-Sustaining Communities is continuing to outreach for more trees for our community from regional growers.


Community groups and non-profits, such as Urban Tilth, Groundwork Richmond and Richmond Trees have helped us beautify our neighborhoods and promote a healthier Richmond with the planting of new trees and growing of community gardens. 


And our Richmond Food Policy Council continues to explore ways of accessing healthier food for our community. 


We also participated in green tours for Richmond youth in conjunction with Lana Husser and Earth Team so that youth from various schools have an opportunity to see all the great sustainable initiatives we are engaged in. 


In addition, we’ve participated with the community in various healthy recreational activities and events such as the Walk to Nature led by Youth Enrichment Strategies and Bike to Work Day; and we celebrated the closing of a Bay Trail gap with the completion of the Wildcat Marsh Trail. 


Chevron Fire


Amid, all these wonderful things, let’s not forget the horrendous experience of the Chevron Refinery fire which sent 15,000 people to local hospital for treatment of respiratory issues and other health impacts of the fire.  We remain very concerned about the health and safety risk that this major refinery poses to our residents and to the greater Bay area.   I brought forward 2 resolutions in recent months, which the City Council approved, addressed the issue of Chevron’s rebuilding their Crude Unit where the fire occurred.  Concerns remain that they utilize the best technology available and that the highest safety precautions are put into place.  Some of us are watching very closely as more information unfolds.
We are also very concerned that Chevron be held totally accountable for the damage they have imparted on us which includes the health impact, the impact to land and property, and the impact to our City’s image.  Chevron has imparted great harm to our community by way of their pollution, their accidents, and frankly their impact on our elections and democracy for decades.  Many of us remain greatly concerned about all of this.


But while we are putting our nose to the grindstone and making sure that our health and safety isn’t put in jeopardy once again, we continue to develop and rise as a city with heart, mind and soul committed to transform ourselves and bring our dreams into fruition.


Arts/Culture/Festivals/Special events


One of the most profound ways we rise and transform ourselves is through arts, culture, festivals, and special city events.


Festivals and events are a reflection of our diversity and our outlook as a community and we had a flowering of such activities last year.  In addition to some of our now long-standing festivals such as Cinco de Mayo, Juneteenth, the Homefront Festival, National Night Out, and the North Shoreline festival, we had the joy of experiencing our 3rd Annual Native American Pow-Wow last summer….and the 2nd Annual Major Taylor Bike Fiesta organized by Building Blocks for Kids happened last year. 


Other new traditions, including the North Richmond Blues Festival and the North Richmond Green Festival, have continued to build community spirit and empowerment throughout North Richmond.  Our downtown Music on the Main concerts and Pt Richmond’s various music and arts festivals, have shown that we have no shortage of talent in the City of Richmond!


To add to that, we had a great Spirit and Soul Festival in downtown Richmond last summer where thousands of people filled out downtown to experience good food, entertainment and many wonderful vendors showcasing their wares.


In 2012, the 3th Annual Homelessness Conference also took place in Richmond, organized by Saffron Strand, a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless individuals find their way into healthy lifestyles with job opportunities.


Additionally, I am very proud of the continued success by my office and the community in organizing our International Women’s Day event.  Last year was our 5th Annual Sisters in Solidarity event which brought together more women than ever, who demonstrate by their solidarity the kind of Richmond that we can become and are becoming!  


The arts in Richmond continue to thrive with poetry and essay contests, as well as neighborhood arts projects.  This year the City Council established a Poet Laureate Program and we honored Dwayne Parish as our first Poet Laureate in Richmond! 


Creative groups of young people such as RAW Talent and the young people at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts continue to make us proud.


And….public arts murals took center stage in Richmond in 2012 as the Greenway has become transformed with beautiful murals alongside beautiful gardens.


New Volunteer Program


Impact volunteering program, managed and coordinated by Rochelle Monk, branded as “Excellence Serving our Community” with various initiatives already launched like the WriterCoach Connection at Richmond High School to address the writing achievement gap with one-on-one volunteers helping 120 students to improve literacy and writing skills. .  In December 2012, Youth Service America announced its selection of RichmondESCas a lead agency to engage and organize youth to lead projects that improve the Richmond community.


The official launch of theESCis on Feb 20 at 11:30 at Civic Center Plaza.


Youth empowerment


We have also seen that great organizing work around youth sports, activities, and education has taken a big step forward this year.  Our youth, with adult mentors, have shown that yes, they can advocate on their own behalf for more sports fields and more education and youth activities.  Richmond Pulse (a youth-run newspaper) continues to focus on positive happenings in Richmond with the determination of showcasing Richmond as a city with character and integrity. I’m thrilled that my office has worked with these groups to help them move their efforts forward and we will continue to do so.   We continue to work also with the RYSE Center and other youth-focused groups as we explore concrete ways to make sure the City sets the highest priority for youth needs in every decision made, including and especially funding decisions. 


The year ahead


There is much to be done in 2013.   While there will be many surprises, there are a few interesting projects on the near horizon:

  1. In the very near term, on February 4, we will consider filling the City Council seat vacancy.


  1. In the coming months, we will also see our Municipal ID implementation.  The contract should be signed in March and IDs are expected to be issued starting in June. 
  2. We also will see the unrolling of Community Choice Aggregation in Richmond, as we offer residents the option of being customers of MEA.


  1.  In addition to our annual Women’s Day event, my office will also be organizing a Youth Forum later this year that will bring together various youth groups to focus on how our Youth Can Help us build a Better Richmond.


  1. Another exciting effort underway is our Healthy Vendors Ordinance.  We hope to see this completed in 2013 to help stimulate our local economy by way of policies and incentives for healthy food vendors.


  1.  Other efforts underway for 2013 are the Plastic Bag Ordinance and the Climate Action Plan.


  1. Larger efforts, like review of LBNL’s plans and also Chevron Revised Renewal Project plans will of course continue as well.


  1. Efforts surrounding the clean-up of Pt Molate will continue as well, and hopefully the re-opening of Pt Molate Beach will be forthcoming soon, so we can all enjoy this beautiful area that we collectively own as a city and community!




In conclusion, these continue to be difficult, but also very interesting, times we live in.  As we all know, there is much controversy in the political climate of our city.  This controversy should not deter us at all, but only cause us all to look deep at what we want and need. 


I expect the City Council will continue to have different points of view.  I call on every member of the City Council to seek respectful ways to express these differences. 

The future of Richmond rests in many hands shaped by the participation of the community, its elected representatives and our City staff.   Social, environmental and economic justice must continue to be our compass.  We have much to be proud of, but what excites me, what inspires me, is the resiliency and spirit of our community.

So let’s dream big and work hard together in 2013.  We are in this together and together we will continue to open more doorways and overcome more and more challenges!


Thank you very much for your attention.


Richmond’s Nat Bates responds to Mayor’s State of City

A statement released Wednesday:

Those of you who viewed the council meeting last night or read the West County Times news article, hopefully witnessed the start of a mutual respect by the council and a stronger independent and  impartial leadership role by the mayor. Below are a few of my comments I wish to share with several of my friends and contacts.



I thought the mayor did a good job in presenting the state of the city message last night. Her decision to include photos was a great idea as we know a picture is worth a thousand words. On a personal note, although we do not share the same political philosophy, I have always liked the mayor and have found her unlike some of her radical RPA friends, to be friendly, warm, and compassionate. A good example was during last night’s council meeting where there was a choice for vice mayor between council members Corky Booze and Jovanka Beckles. Our policy has always been to appoint the council member with respect to their tenure on the council and their recent place of finish during their election. Therefore, Councilman Booze who finished as the top vote getter in 2010 and Beckles who finished third was entitled to be selected.


The mayor could have simply sat back and allowed the council to fight it out between Booze and Beckles. Given some of the recent comments regarding Booze’s being awarded the NAACP Martin Luther King award, this could have been ugly, nasty, divisive and negativity in our city.  Yet, the mayor set the tone of the debate while assuming the leadership by immediately making the motion to appoint Booze and briefly explaining why. Her quick actions prevented the opportunity for discord. With votes in support of Councilman Booze, four yes (McLaughlin, Rogers, Bates and Booze) vote no (Butt) and vote abstain (Beckles), the mayor’s strong leadership is to be commended. It is my hope she will continue to exercise this kind of independent leadership as we work collectively in moving Richmond forward.


The only criticism I have toward the mayor’s speech is her continued negative fixation toward Chevron. I assume this is her efforts to please RPA radicals but she needs to become an independent leader on this issue. While she blamed Chevron for the fire and their involvement in the political election process, she failed to mention the many contributions Chevron provide to the city and community at large. Millions of dollars by Chevron go to the city, county, a number of 501© nonprofit organizations and thousands of dollars go to our school systems both WCCUSD and Contra Costa College.  The fire was an accident that occurred and we need to move past that point and make sure the plant is reconstructed with the best technology and safety features possible to prevent it from ever happening again. But to continue month after month dwelling upon an unfortunate situation becomes at some point counterproductive.  As far as Chevron’s involvement into the election process, past or future, that is their constitutional right and until the laws are changed, we have to respect our constitution.  Richmond voters are smart and intelligent and will vote their choices regardless of what they receive in the mail or how much money is spent on candidates.  Money do not buy elections and those who think so, try asking Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman and a host of other unsuccessful rich candidates.


I trust and think the mayor is sincere in her speech as she indicated a willingness to move forward for the betterment of this city. That is precisely why voters elected all of us and I am prepared to work with the mayor and do whatever I can to achieve these goals.



Nat Bates


Chevron-DonorsChoose.org program announces nearly $1 million in school funds

For Immediate Release


Fuel Your School Program Benefits 111,925 Students in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Chevron-DonorsChoose.org program funded $958,739 for 960 classroom projects

based on 8+ gallon fuel purchases and online project postings


san ramon, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and DonorsChoose.org today announced that its 2012 Fuel Your School program funded $958,739, benefitting 960 local public school classroom projects and impacting 111,925 students in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Through Chevron’s 2012 Fuel Your School program, teachers at 344 public schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties received critical classroom resources. Linda Townsend Bryson, a first-grade teacher at Peres Elementary School in Richmond, received hands-on science materials, including a Big Screen Microscope and slides, as well as books on forces and motion, to help increase her students’ scientific awareness.

“Despite coming from economically challenging environments, my students can shine when given the right opportunities,” Townsend Bryson said. “With the tools received through Fuel Your School, my students have better and more exciting opportunities to learn about the world around them.”

Through the Fuel Your School program, Chevron contributed $1 for purchases of eight or more gallons, up to $1 million, from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, adding up to a total contribution of $958,739 to benefit public school classroom projects posted on DonorsChoose.org.

“We’re proud to give back to our local communities through working with specialized and innovative nonprofits, such as DonorsChoose.org,” said Andrea Bailey, community engagement manager at Chevron. “The Fuel Your School program exemplifies Chevron’s commitment to supporting teachers, students and schools by helping them receive the resources and tools they need in their classrooms.”

The purpose of the Fuel Your School program is to help support and improve critical education programming and resources, particularly in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – to help prepare students for the growing number of technical jobs in the modern economy, including possible engineering positions at Chevron.

“Teachers spend on average more than $350 of their own money every year on materials for their students,” said Charles Best, CEO of DonorsChoose.org. “This incredible demand explains why the Fuel Your School program with Chevron has grown to impact nearly 112,000 students this year in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.”

In 2012, the Fuel Your School program expanded from two markets, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and Salt Lake and Davis counties, Utah, to seven additional markets, including Sacramento County, Kern County and Orange County in Calif.; Multnomah County, Ore.; Harris County, Texas; St. Tammany, Orleans and Plaquemines parishes, La.; and Jackson County, Miss. A total of $4.49 million was generated at participating Chevron and Texaco stations in October 2012, benefitting 5,673 classroom projects at 1,733 K-12 public schools in the nine U.S. markets. Since its inception in 2010, Fuel Your School has benefitted a total of 8,915 classroom projects.

An infographic showing the impact of the 2012 Fuel Your School program and top most requested STEM resources for classrooms is available at http://www.fuelyourschool.com. Portions of projects were funded by other third-party donations.

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

About DonorsChoose.org

                Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post requests, and individuals can give directly to the ones that inspire them. To date, 250,000 public and charter school teachers have used DonorsChoose.org to secure $165 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn.


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Contact: Brent Tippen, Chevron Corporation



Brent Tippen
Media & External Communications

Chevron Spokesman

Policy, Government and Public Affairs 
Chevron Corporation


Chevron to unveil $1 million in grants to six Richmond nonprofits


News Advisory

For Immediate Release


Chevron to Announce $1 Million Investment to Support Education and Economic Development Programs in Richmond

Special Community Event Will Announce Six Grants to Improve Education, Prepare Residents for Jobs


WHAT:                       Chevron will unveil its selection of six Richmond-area nonprofit organizations picked to receive a share of $1 million as a grant from the company’s California Partnership Program, an initiative that invests in education and economic development in California.


WHO:                         Leaders from the recipient organizations will join representatives from Chevron Richmond, elected Richmond and West Contra County officials, nonprofit organizations and other community leaders to hear a brief overview of the selected grant programs and how they will make an impact in our community.


WHEN:                       Wednesday, December 19, 2012

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


WHERE:                    Lovonya DeJean Middle School, Multi-Purpose Room

3400 Macdonald Ave., Richmond


WHY:                         Chevron launched its California Partnership initiative in 2009 and each year since has invested funds to help nonprofit organizations geared toward economic development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in California. These investments have benefitted more than half a million students and 6,600 teachers, provided 13,000 new STEM resources for students, helped train more than 10,000 people through job training programs, benefited 2,500 small business, and enabled 2,700 people to secure employment.


MEDIA RSVP:           Please RSVP Brent Tippen, Chevron policy, government and public affairs

510-242-4700 or Brent.Tippen@chevron.com.


**Note to Reporters      Breakfast will be available from 9:30-10:00 a.m. and any camera set up is requested to be completed before event begins.


Chevron meeting for public set for Dec. 19

From City of Richmond:

The City of Richmond has the responsibility for issuing construction permits for the repair of the Chevron Refinery crude unit in accordance with applicable building and fire codes.  As you may know, during the plan check process for the issuance of such construction permits, staff concluded, after extensive consultation with technical experts, that there needed to be a more detailed risk analysis before a definitive conclusion could be reached regarding the choice of pipe material in applying these codes.  There are several options in the code for pipe material that must be evaluated by permitting officials.

At its meeting of December 4th, the City Council stressed the importance of transparency in the permitting process, and directed staff to conduct a public meeting to provide information on the factors leading to a decision concerning pipe material before permits were granted for damaged process piping.  This meeting has now been scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Richmond City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804

To move the permit process forward, but with the primary interest of public safety, staff initiated the following process:


  • As part of their permit application, Chevron was asked to prepare a detailed, risk analysis regarding the selection of pipe material for the repair.  This analysis was provided to the City on Wednesday, December 12th and is attached to this e-mail.  (Material Selection for Repair of Damaged Process Piping in High-Temperature Sulfidation Service in the No. 4 Crude Unit).  Since Thursday, December 13th, the report has also been available at www.ci.richmond.ca.us/chevronrefineryfire2012.  
  • The Chevron analysis has been submitted to the City’s metallurgical consultant, Mr. Jim McLaughlin, for evaluation.  Mr. McLaughlin expects to provide a written summary of his evaluation by the end of the day on Monday, December 17th.  We will advise you as soon as possible after we receive this evaluation.
  • All agencies that have been working on the investigation of the August 6th refinery fire are being specifically contacted to ask for their review of the pipe material selection.  These agencies include Contra Costa County, the Chemical Safety Board, Cal-OSHA, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • The City has also retained Mr. David Hendrix, a metallurgical engineering consultant, to provide a peer review of the analyses. 

Until all this work is completed, City staff has determined not to issue building permits for portions of the repair for damaged process piping in high-temperature sulfidation service in the No. 4 Crude Unit.

The City of Richmond will continue to provide material as it becomes available. Please also check the City’s website at www.ci.richmond.ca.us/chevronrefineryfire2012.