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Competing tours offer two very distinct ways to see the industrial city of Richmond in the East Bay.
A “Toxic Tour,” led by an environmental justice group, circles Chevron’s Richmond Refinery and passes through what the group’s local members call the city’s “petrochemical corridor.” On Chevron’s newly offered refinery tours, visitors don hard hats and safety glasses and hear of strict emission standards, exemplary safety records and jobs, jobs, jobs.
Starting July 1, restaurants and vendors must switch from serving food and drinks in plastic foam containers to biodegradable or compostable ones made out of paper, plant-based plastics or components such as sugar cane that break down easily. Aluminum is allowed because it can be recycled.
Richmond city leaders approved a ban on plastic foam containers Tuesday night and provided eight months for restaurants to use up any they have in stock before the law goes into effect.
For one day at least, Cynthia Barrone didn't have to worry too much about the children walking from school to a nearby community center.
Several dozen students from Verde Elementary in North Richmond walked together on International Walk to School Day on Wednesday with parent volunteers, who helped the kids cross the street and hurried them away from the snow-cone vendor.
Group effort — Bay Area volunteers work together to tidy up their environment Saturday at the California Coastal Cleanup in Shimada Friendship Park located at the southern end of the Marina Bay Parkway in Richmond.
West County volunteers gave back to their community Saturday at the 25th annual California Coastal Cleanup held in Shimada Friendship Park located at the southern end of the Marina Bay Parkway in Richmond.
Coordinated by the California Coastal Commission, the worldwide Coastal Cleanup has been taking place for more than 25 years. Also, the event was co-sponsored by the Watershed Project, the city of Richmond, the Richmond Shoreline Citizen Response, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.
Volunteers were asked to pick up trash, recycling goods and medical waste such as syringes. They were also advised not to come in contact with any dead animals such as birds, fish or ducks, however, due to the fact that it is part of their own natural habitat.
California is facing its worst fiscal crisis in decades, and a 3-judge federal panel just declared that it must reduce the prison population by nearly 50,000 people in order to provide constitutionally adequate medical care. But even with California’s prisons bursting at the seams, prison costs soaring past $10 billion dollars per year, and state coffers completely empty, most California legislators have their heads in the sand or their eyes on the next political prize.