Marilyn Langlois for Richmond City Council Marilyn Langlois for Richmond City Council
Marilyn Langlois for Richmond City Council 2012      PO Box 5323, Richmond, CA 94805      (510) 710-4493      marilyn4richmond@gmail.com     FPPC# 1347046
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By working together, building on our collective experience, tapping into available knowledge, using our creativity, and sharing our resources equitably, we can take the steps outlined below and more to ensure A Healthy Richmond for All.

Jobs - Too many Richmond residents, of all ages, are desperate for work to sustain themselves and their families, and we must address this crisis. Our rate of unemployment is disproportionately high, and just as we’re aware of a persistent “achievement gap” in education, there’s a persistent “unemployment gap” in Richmond, regardless of how well or poorly the overall economy is doing and how many jobs are being created in any given location. Why is this so? Some cities in our area, usually affluent ones like Orinda or Piedmont, have minimal unemployment even though they supply very few jobs, because their residents are able to find work elsewhere, including in Richmond. Richmond has excessive joblessness because so many of our residents face serious barriers to employment, including chronic poverty, homelessness, lack of sufficient education, previous incarceration, substance abuse, and persistent institutional racism. To address the unemployment crisis in Richmond, I propose a holistic approach that would:

  • Generate partnerships and support for the career academies that are part of WCCUSD’s Linked Learning program in local high schools
  • Continue expanding the City’s job training and placement programs in coordination with training programs at WCCUSD Adult Education and Contra Costa College
  • Expand the City’s library hours and services to increase access to knowledge and information both in print and on-line that can facilitate exploring new career directions
  • Study the extent to which racial disparities in hiring practices affect Richmond residents, and convene groups of major employers in the region to reinforce both the spirit and the letter of equal opportunity employment laws
  • Support ban-the-box policies for both City job applications and for all companies that do business with the City
  • Advocate county’s use of AB109 realignment funds for employment and housing support services for formerly incarcerated residents, and not jail expansion
  • Expand the Office of Neighborhood Safety and work with county, state and non-profit agencies to maximize access to services for those whose addictions, trauma from family and community violence and/or homelessness prevent them from being job ready
  • Work with local labor unions to increase participation in union apprenticeship programs by Richmond residents
  • Support efforts by local workers to form and participate in labor unions, in order to protect the jobs that do exist, and refrain from layoffs of City workers
  • Support policies to facilitate the establishment and success of new small businesses, including worker owned cooperatives
  • Revise Richmond’s Local Employment Program ordinance again to increase the percentages of Richmond residents to be hired on City funded projects
  • Pursue all possible means to acquire more vacant, bank-owned houses and hire Richmond residents to renovate them and turn them into homes for local families
  • Require major industrial projects to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions locally by hiring Richmond residents to implement a range of mitigation measures
  • Work closely with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to maximize jobs for Richmond residents, both in construction and spin-off businesses that open up in the vicinity
  • Continue to promote the arts, cultural activities and beautiful common spaces that elevate the overall quality of life in our city, so that when unemployed Richmond residents do find a job, they will want to continue living here.

Health - Healing our community is a task no one agency or organization can accomplish on its own. We need to continue to participate in and support the impressive array of collaborative efforts in Richmond aimed at improving the health and well-being of our residents, including the Fit for Life campaign, the Richmond Food Policy Council, the SAFE Fields Coalition, the Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI), Building Blocks for Kids, the HEAL collaborative (Healthy Eating Active Living), the Richmond Community Wellness Collaborative, and the California Endowment’s Healthy Richmond Initiative. Health promotion policies I support include:

  • Implementation of Richmond’s new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans
  • Making City resources and know-how available to increase the production and distribution of locally grown organic fruits and vegetables
  • Pursuing multiple strategies, including education and local taxation, to reduce consumption of sugary beverages that contribute to our high rates of obesity and diabetes
  • Utilization of revenues from a local tax on sugary beverages to expand access to sports fields
  • Preparing through a public process amendments to the General Plan that will ensure a reduction in toxic emissions from heavy industry and pave the way for transitioning from reliance on polluting fossil fuels to clean renewable energy over the coming twenty years and beyond.

Streets - Our streets are a vital element of daily life, enabling us to connect with each other, get to work and participate in the community. I support the concept of a Complete Streets ordinance aimed at making all of our streets functional, safe, inclusive, and beautiful, based on the following premises:

  • Our streets need to be kept in good repair with appropriate features to prevent reckless driving and make them accessible to all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks and cars.
  • Every person walking, cycling or riding public transportation to their destination means one less car on the road, thus reducing congestion and emissions from exhaust
  • Beautiful streetscapes with plants, trees and attractive design features, especially along business corridors, induce more people to come out and patronize local merchants.

Indigenous Peoples and Immigration - Every person living in Richmond has value: Native Americans whose ancestors have lived in this region for thousands of years, descendants of enslaved people brought here against their will, and voluntary migrants and their descendents, including those who came to the United States under economic duress, either with our without “papers”. I support the UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Protection of Sacred Sites, and have also advocated for and walked to Sogorea Te (aka Glen Cove) prior to its desecration by the Greater Vallejo Recreation District. In order to show solidarity with our fellow residents who are immigrants, I support the following efforts:

  • Implementation of the Richmond’s Municipal ID program, to enable residents to access vital services that require a photo ID
  • Continued support of Richmond’s non-cooperation with ICE, so that residents will not be deterred from working with the police in fighting crime
  • Support for the TRUST Act in the California legislature (AB 1801 Ammiano) to reform the failed Secure Communities program
  • Advocating for comprehensive, fair and human immigration reform at the national level

Corporations - Corporations are not people. They are hierarchical structures whose primary purpose is to maximize profits for stockholders by providing goods or services for a price. The role of government of, by and for the people, on the other hand, is to look out for the common good and make sure everyone is taken care of. Corporate interests have too often used Richmond for the benefit of wealthy stockholders and high paid executives at the expense of the health and well-being of our residents. If elected, I will work to bring Richmond’s relationship with corporations that operate here into a better balance, by utilizing the City’s land use, procurement and local taxation policies to regulate corporate activity for the benefit of the community. I accept no corporate donations to my campaign and support legislation to limit the undue influence of corporations at all levels of government. Here are some suggestions to a few high profile corporations in Richmond:

  • Chevron - If Chevron truly wanted to do something good for Richmond, it would drop all of its property tax appeals, which it can well afford to do.
  • Republic Services - Republic Services, a large transnational corporation, owns Richmond Sanitary Service, with which Richmond is locked into a 30 year contract for solid waste disposal. If RSS wants to do something positive for Richmond, it should reduce its garbage collection rates, which are currently above the area average, to bring them in line with rates in neighboring cities.
  • Veolia - Given the problematic results of Richmond’s decision to privatize its wastewater services 11 years ago, Veolia should continue working with the City to terminate its contract by mutual agreement, now that the City Council has decided to look into shifting our wastewater treatment to East Bay MUD, a public sector provider with a solid track record of excellent performance.
  • Upstream Point Molate - Upstream enjoyed the exclusive right to develop Point Molate for seven years, and for that privilege it paid the City a reasonable price. It failed to bring its casino proposal to fruition during that time and presented no viable alternative projects, yet litigation continues. It’s time for Upstream to cut its losses and move on, so that we can implement a better and healthier vision for Point Molate.

Earth Day 2012
Earth Day 2012 at Richmond Civic Center


Presention on income inequality at the California Mayors' Education Round Table 2010

Point Molate
Point Molate Beach Clean-up,
Earth Day 2012

A Fair Share for Richmond
A Fair Share for Richmond

 

 
Marilyn Langlois for Richmond City Council 2012     PO Box 5323, Richmond, CA 94805     (510) 710-4493      marilyn4richmond@gmail.com
 
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