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Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Tom Butt is no advocate of the Bay or the less fortunate - Sick and tired of selfish bureaucrats who are more than happy to toss the future health of our planet under the bus for immediate monetary gain - who gives them right?

Posted by JMHSRV on 11/13/2019 at 9:33 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

I'd like to correct one of my quotes in this very thorough and well-researched article. I mentioned a new waterfront development in Pt. Richmond that I implied wasn't selling well. My information came mostly from agent hearsay and I hadn't done a recent market analysis on that development prior to speaking with the reporter. I've since heard from a homeowner there who says their property has increased in price by $400K over the past year and the project is filling up, which is great news for that community. I stand corrected and want to apologize to the homeowners and the developer of Waterline since I seem to have mischaracterized the situation over there. On the other hand, I've had many years to consider all the angles at Pt. Molate, starting with several years sitting on the City of Richmond's Point Molate Citizens Advisory Committee. I stand by my professional opinion that the combination of hazards, climate change exigencies, inaccessible location/lack of amenities and costs for infrastructure (and the opportunity cost of not concentrating development where it's really needed) make Pt. Molate an unsuitable location for housing. The real benefit to the city would be to develop and preserve the land as a community resource as so many Richmond residents have said they want.

Posted by Toni Hanna on 11/13/2019 at 8:41 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Building 2000 luxury townhomes at Point Molate will ultimately be infeasible due to the exorbitant cost of infrastructure and the likely exorbitant cost of homeowners insurance at this location with such limited access in case of wild fire, earthquake or refinery explosion.
And even if such a project were built, it would likely be a net drain on the city's budget, with any property and sales tax revenue overshadowed by both partial infrastructure costs the developer will try to foist upon the city, as well as the ongoing high cost of providing police and fire services to residents in this remote location with limited accessibility.
The Community Plan is the way to go, and bring Ohlone people whose ancestors actually lived on this land into the conversation and decision making!

Posted by Marilyn Langlois1 on 11/13/2019 at 2:16 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Jeannette and Charles, excellent astute comments on an excellent astute article--Thank you so much!

Posted by Dorothy Gilbert on 11/13/2019 at 1:08 PM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Excellent article!

Besides the "old white people" who spoke to the council (btw, five people spoke at the 3:00 council meeting before closed session), there were at least a dozen people holding signs stating "save our Point Molate", and "keep public land in public hands", etc.

There are youth groups of color who are against this plan, They could not make it to the council meeting to speak out. Tom Butt has to stop being a bully. After all, he is an old white person himself, and he is bringing old white men from outside of Richmond to profit off of our public land.

Nat Bates should learn more about sustainable jobs. Construction jobs are not sustainable, and most of those jobs go to people living outside of Richmond. We need a plan for Point Molate that incorporates sustainable jobs for people that live in Richmond. By stating that the" speakers were not from Richmond, didn't care about Richmond, and didn't pay taxes in Richmond", was a low blow which started the "riot" as Tom Butt called it. The Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990 didn't include housing as economic development.

Posted by Jeannette Kortz 1 on 11/13/2019 at 10:20 AM

Re: “The Clock is Ticking at Point Molate

Richmond has always been corrupt. This article is another example of politicians pushing through a housing deal that harms both the community and the environment.
The people fighting this abomination need everyone on board to fight these political opportunists who continue to lie and obfuscate regardless of horrible consequences to the environment and danger people living that Point Molate would face should there be an earthquake and/or explosions at Chevron.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 11/13/2019 at 8:01 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Jerry- are you insinuating that all of the minorities that apply to the Alameda
Fire department have bad characters and are ignorant? You area stuck in the past with the good ol' boys!

Posted by Lilongas on 11/11/2019 at 8:00 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Look, I'm sure there are diversity problems in the fire department just like almost any department. I'm a woman, I'm asian, and no this isn't news. But for you to put a spotlight on this issue (esp about a postcard from February?) in the VERY WAKE of another massive California fire where people are absolutely depending on these people to save their lives and homes, actually made me pretty sick to my stomach. Really poor timing. Not even conclusive or solutions-oriented. Didn't even interview any of the minority firemen about their thoughts. I was honestly really surprised to find this on your front page.

Posted by Nomura on 11/08/2019 at 11:59 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Content of your character, not the color of your skin. Let me see, who said that? How often so many people have forgotten what Dr. King admonished. This article should investigate whether or not the hiring criteria are biased. Do we not want the most highly qualified people to become firefighters, without regard to the color or the skin, ethnic origin, etc.? This article has a particular point of view prior to writing. What are the characteristics of the hiring process that are biased? Are these appropriate characteristics to become a firefighter? Could this person save his comrade in a dangerous situation where lives are on the line? Does this person know enough about fire science to determine what is possibly safe when entering a burning building? Does the person have prior experience fighting fires, such as forest fires? These are the criteria which should matter. Then the admonition of Dr. Martin Luther King would be recognized.

Posted by Jerry Udinksy on 11/07/2019 at 8:42 AM

Re: “What Color Is Fire?

Maybe it's a Great time to look at offering hiring the released inmates that fight fires along side the 61% non hispanic caucasian firefighters... they've had on the job training and might Really like the opportunity... with real Pay... food for thought and law changes !

Posted by Maikani on 11/07/2019 at 8:01 AM

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