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Issue #206, 9-16-2016



In this issue:
This weekend: Come out to Team Richmond Sidewalk Sale & Canvassing Events
" 'L Yes!" Says the RPA: What to do now

You're invited to a garden party on Sept. 25th for Ben & Melvin
Opportunity for public to help shape Land Use Designation for Pt. Molate

[Ed. note: As a novice with this platform, I hope the content outweighs my formatting woes. --PB]
Tomorrow, Sat. 9/17 & Sun. 9/18 
Come for the fun & stay to canvass (even more fun!)
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                        Photo: Patsy Byers

You know, the windows are already filled.  
Imagine next: A sidewalk full of wonderful treasures and treats.

Join Team Richmond for a Sidewalk Sale at Bobby Bowens Progressive Center (2540 Macdonald, across from the Library) this weekend. We will offer unique gifts, books, plants, and a bake sale.  You can also meet the candidates, Ben Choi and Melvin Willis, at the start of the event, and connect with other Bay Area Progressives while helping elect the Team to the Richmond City Council. 

Sale hours are 10-noon both days. Canvassing in the community will take place from 10am-2pm on Saturday and noon-4pm on Sunday. Please plan to join in!  Purchases may be left at BBPC for pick-up after you canvass.

Ben and Melvin do not accept corporate donations for their campaigns, so they’re asking for your support.

If you can’t join this weekend but would like to support Ben and Melvin you can donate through their websites: http://www.benchoi4richmond.com/donate/ & http://http://melvinwillisforrichmondcitycouncil.com/

For questions and sidewalk sale donations call or email Sharron Williams at (415) 734-0711 or skwilliams@yurumeinlaw.com

Moratorium goes down; Measure L victory critical
Support our neighbors: Give time, ad $$, & be informed. 

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Above, the rally outside Council chambers, before the Evictions Moratorium measure was defeated by Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmembers Nat Bates and Vinay Pimple on Tues. Sept. 13. [Photo: Juan Reardon.]

The RPA Steering Committee has issued a statement in response to the failure of Richmond City Council to approve a 45-day moratorium on evictions and unreasonable rent hikes. It is available at http://RichmondProgressiveAlliance.net/docs/RPASC-Statement-after-Evictions-Moratorium-failed.pdf

The statement concludes: “… [W]hat we have left is to pass Measure L. If passed it will go into effect January 1st, 2017. Join us at www.fairandaffordablerichmond.com.”

To help support Measure L’s passage in November, the Fair and Affordable Richmond campaign is asking for donations to air a tv ad. It is designed to help counter the expensive media campaign being mounted by the California Apartment Association. Watch it here:  https://www.facebook.com/fairandaffordablerichmond/ . They say it costs about $25 for each showing on cable tv.  Can you contribute enough to run the ad once or twice?  Please, give what you can here: https://far-teamrichmond.nationbuilder.com/donate?utm_campaign=far9_15a&utm_medium=email&utm_source=teamrichmond.

To offer immediate support for renters in Richmond and to provide more information for voters, the RPA is sponsoring:  
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Melvin Willis made this video in response to the Council's failure to protect Richmond's renters: 



Sun. 9/25, 4-7pm 
A party in a garden for Ben & Melvin
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         Photo: Tarnel Abbott     

At the home of Tarnel Abbott: 1411 Mariposa St., Richmond 94804. 

There will be food, a silent auction, a lovely garden setting, and a chance to meet neighbors as well as the candidates.  Brief comments by Ben and Melvin will be followed by  Q & A-- your chance to ask those burning questions. If you like what you hear, you may be inspired to donate money and/or time to their campaigns or to make a purchase at the silent auction (proceeds to be shared by both campaigns).

All Team Richmond supporters and friends are cordially invited!

If you can RSVP (tarnelabbott@comcast.net  (510) 910-4510), that would be helpful. 

Progress on Pt. Molate
Community meetings will contribute to vision and action

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     Source: RPA Activist 

In a (rare) unanimous vote Tuesday evening, the Richmond City Council approved Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin’s item, calling on staff to hold 3 public meetings, starting later this fall, designed to move forward the land use designation process for Pt. Molate. Pt. Molate Citizen’s Advisory Committee, City Planning staff, and key stakeholders will be involved in planning and presenting at the meetings, and Berkeley architecture students and their instructor are also likely to participate. The major focus of the community meetings will be an interactive discussion session where the public can provide input on key values and visions for Pt. Molate’s rehabilitation and redevelopment. These will be captured in writing as feedback to eventually be provided to Planning Commission and later to City Council.

Look for an announcement of the meeting dates and locations in an upcoming issue.