Cheapest gasoline in Concord

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Cheap gas has always been a great feature of Concord, California. But where inside Concord is the cheapest gasoline? It was not too long ago, in October of 2012 to be exact, that gasoline was selling for $5.00 a gallon or more. Now, the cheapest gasoline is hovering around $3.00 a gallon. A survey of […]

16th Assembly District race presents clear choices

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According to conventional logic, Democrat Tim Sbranti should easily win his bid to take the open 16th District Assembly seat in Sacramento. The well thought of Mayor of Dublin, who has been involved in a leadership capacity with the powerful California Teachers Association (CTA), possesses impeccable credentials to fill the post. As a near mirror image […]

Richmond to consider funding Doctors Medical Center from Chevron Community Fund

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The Richmond City Council on Tuesday, October 7, will consider an agenda item that proposes diverting $20 million from the recent Chevron Community Investment Agreement to help save Doctors Medical Center (DMC), in San Pablo. The motion, (Item I-3) forwarded by incumbent councilmember Corky Booze, if passed would direct Richmond city staff to negotiate with […]

Dutch Supreme Court rules Ecuador must pay Chevron $106 Million

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  On Friday, September 26, the Dutch Supreme Court upheld a decision against the Republic of Ecuador that requires the country to pay US$106 million to the oil company Chevron. The ruling upholds the results of an arbitration proceeding in the Hague originating from Ecuador’s alleged breach of an oil extraction and exploitation concession agreement […]

Richmond imitates Chicago

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Recently I wrote about the corruption that will come as a result of the City of Richmond extortion of Chevron to fund dozens of questionable social service programs. Luck has it that the Wall Street Journal recently ran an article on a similar program in the City of Chicago. That’s right, Richmond, the Chicago of […]

Richmond extortion of Chevron creates slush funds for more West County dysfunction

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Representing a Countywide group I attended the City of Richmond City Council meetings on July 22 and July 29, regarding the approval of the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization project. The meeting reminded me of an old joke whose punchline is “we’ve already agreed you are a whore, we are just negotiating the price.” Ultimately, approval […]

$90M Shake down: Richmond Council approves Chevron Modernization Plan

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After years of contentious claims, unsubstantiated research, court orders, demonstrations, and legal fees, Richmond City Council didn’t get the shake down it wanted, but did get $90M and other costly guarantees it extorted from Chevron in quid pro quo before it approved  the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project. The project could finally move forward Tuesday after Chevron agreed to […]

Chevron agrees to alternative plan for Richmond Refinery Modernization

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Chevron U.S.A. Inc.’s Richmond Refinery (Chevron Richmond) says it has agreed to “accept the environmentally superior alternative” to its Richmond Refinery Modernization Plan. The announcement comes in advance of this evening’s (July 22, 2014) Richmond City Council meeting where that body will hear public comments on the project and then make a final decision on the project at […]

Community rallies ahead of Richmond planning commission hearings on Chevron refinery modernization plan

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A high stakes battle for the attention and understanding of the public and officials is underway in Richmond California as that city’s Planning Commission will meet Wednesday evening July 9 to consider certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and condition use permits covering Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Modernization plan approved and fast-tracked by the City […]