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


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 […]

Richmond Council fast tracks Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project


The Richmond City Council last week passed a resolution that fast tracks the Richmond Refinery Modernization proposed by Chevron Richmond. Such a move will hopefully avoid unnecessary delays in ramping up work, jobs, cleaner air, and economic benefit for the community associated with the Richmond Refinery Modernization. In effect, council members voted 5-2 to adopt an ordinance that ensures […]

AB-2145 – California Senate Committee guts energy consumer protections

AB-2145 protects California energy consumers

On June 24,  the California Senate Energy Committee rejected a section of AB-2145 that guarantees energy consumer protections from local government agencies that try to draft residents willy-nilly into some community power scheme without their consent. Imagine getting a letter from your City Council stating it has decided to set up a community power scheme that allows them to […]

California law to ban plastic bags will not protect environment or reduce litter

California laws to ban plastic bags

We’ve posted about the California legislature’s latest questionable environmental regulation du jour to ban plastic bags and allow groceries, eateries, and other stores to charge fees for paper bags here and here. The idea behind SB 270, introduced by State Senator Alex Alex Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley), is that this will benefit the environment and reduce municipal costs. But […]

Unsustainable California: A Primer

unsustainble california

California Common Sense has published its newest report, “Unsustainable California: The Top 10 Issues Facing the Golden State. Authors include Adam Tatum, Autumn Carter, Madhu Ravi, and Davina Kaldani, assisted by editors Kimberly Ang and Gwendolyn Holst. The thesis of the report is that despite the propaganda presented to us by elected officials and friendly media of a […]

Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization moves forward as Council releases final draft EIR


The City of Richmond has released the final draft of the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project’s final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is available at The publication of the EIR marks a significant step closer to a newer, safer, cleaner refinery. It also reinforces the project’s many benefits for this community and our workforce. The Richmond […]