Charles T. Smith 
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Re: “Warehouse Weed Farming in Richmond's Wild West

Richmond Mayor T. King Butt wants to right the wrongs that were done to African Americans during the war years when Blacks were not allowed to live in Richmond.
Consequently, they were forced to live in unincorporated North Richmond. Currently, King Butt wants to annex North Richmond to right those wrongs done to the Black population. However, this is a cover for what he really wants and that is the land for growing cannabis of which Noth Richmond has plenty of because there used to be nurseries there.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 10/17/2017 at 9:33 PM

Re: “OPD's Double Standard Lives On

"The past is the past." So it is but if the past is not corrected it will become the future. This is the philosophy of corruption. No, the past must be corrected so that we can move forward.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 10/05/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Gayle McLaughlin Wants to Take the East Bay’s Progressive Revolution to Sacramento

The real RPA, a history!
Mike Parker, along with the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), has unleashed a misguided, middle class, liberal agenda on Richmond, California's poor working class community of 106,000 residents.

Parker has been on the RPAs steering committee since he arrived in Richmond in 2008 during a campaign to pass by popular vote a tax on Chevron known as Measure T. He is the editor of the RPAs email newsletter with complete discretion to write articles expressing his political viewpoints. His strongest opinions have been expressed in support of a misguided tax settlement with Chevron and two regressive tax proposals but he has remained indifferent and mostly silent about City Hall corruption and ongoing bullying of City workers.

After the voters passed Measure T, a tax on Chevron, Chevron challenged it in court and in 2010 Parker and the RPA pushed through, without any public discussion, a settlement of this litigation which gave the City $114 million from Chevron paid on a graduated schedule over fifteen years. In exchange, Chevron demanded a fifteen-year moratorium on the City levying any new taxes on Chevron. The significance of the Measure T sellout cannot be measured in dollars and cents alone. The passage of Measure T was a grassroots effort against enormous moneyed opposition that resulted in the people standing up to Chevron for the first time in Richmond's history. Mike Parker and the RPA's so-called progressives squandered this major victory, setting back Richmonds nascent grassroots movement for years to come.

In 2011, the RPA proposed a regressive sales tax; Measure D. Parker supported this regressive sales tax proposal which was to be levied on a poor working class community which already had the highest sales tax in the area. The voters defeated Measure D.

In 2012, Parker pushed a regressive inventory tax, Measure N. This was a regressive tax on merchants based on the inventory of certain sugar products sold in their stores which could be passed off onto their customers. By an overwhelming margin, the voters also defeated measure N.

In 2013, Parker refused to hold the City Manager responsible for not terminating the Human Relations Director for blatant corruption which took place with his knowledge. Ultimately, she was allowed to retire, with full benefits and a glowing letter of appreciation, only because of City workers and citizens demands for her termination. As a result of the RPAs condoning such corrupt mismanagement, there remains in Richmond City Hall an ongoing culture of bullying and retaliation against whistle blowers.

In 2013 the RPA and Parker proposed and pushed for an untested eminent domain scheme purportedly designed to assist homeowners in danger of foreclosure because their mortgages were underwater. In fact, this scheme was not designed to help those most in need and, if implemented, would cost the City years of litigation. Because of this poorly thought out political grandstanding, the City was burdened with higher interest rates on its bonds. When the RPA was unable to garner a super-majority on the City Council to implement the use of eminent domain, they tried to get around this requirement by setting up a Joint Authority with other jurisdictions to do so. They were unable to find a single jurisdiction willing to take the risk.

All of these examples demonstrate that the RPA under Parker's leadership has consistently acted in the interest of the gentrifying element in Richmond while alienating the working-class residents. Parker and the RPA prefer headline-grabbing gestures rather than working seriously on multiple community problems such as, for example, the horrendous situation at Richmond's Public Housing Authority and the huge deficit in the City budget. Parker and the RPA talk about empowering the residents while refusing to fight for district elections, a political structure that truly empowers voters on a grassroots level. As they have pushed their political agendas they have consistently exhibited arrogance and intolerance for the people of Richmond. They have furthered class and ethnic divisions in our community and made a mockery of the term, progressive.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 08/03/2017 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Gayle McLaughlin Wants to Take the East Bay’s Progressive Revolution to Sacramento

The Richmond Progressive Alliances first priority when they arrived in Richmond in 2004 was to fight for district elections.
Once they got into power they turned their backs on the working class community and fought against district elections.
Here is what they said about district elections.
Former Mayor and current Richmond Council Member Gayle McLaughlin
Districts could create truer democracy.
Current Richmond City Council member Eduardo Martinez
I have said that I support district elections and I stand by that.
KPFA radio show host Andres Soto
On at least two occasions Andres has endorsed the concept of district elections during his KPFA radio show. His son Alejandro ran in a district election in Berkeley in 2014
Founding member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance Roberto Reyes
He endorses district elections and still does but he has since moved out of State.
Former Richmond City Council Member Jeff Ritterman
"I felt I represented all of Richmond, not Point Richmond," he said. "But it's true that the concentration of elected officials (in Point Richmond) could raise the question of district elections and whether that should be debated in the city."
Richmond Progressive Alliances initial public statement as stated on their handout upon their arrival on 1-12-2004.
The more efficient city council we envision will also require that the city council members reside in their districts.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 08/03/2017 at 11:43 AM

Re: “City of Oakland Poised to Give Public Land to Nonprofit that Improperly Received $710,000 in County Funds

If you want to understand Oakland politics and corruption read Shadow of the Panther, Hugh Pearson, and Killing the Messenger, Thomas Peele.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 07/01/2017 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Contra Costa District Attorney Declines to Charge Nineteen Cops in Celeste Guap Sex Exploitation Scandal

If you lived and paid attention to local and county politics you would quickly realize that West Contra Costa County is one of the most corrupt counties in the state.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 11/19/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Bay Area Authorities Need to Bring Celeste Guap Back to California — And Media Must Protect Her Privacy

If it were not for the press Ms. Abuslin might be in a shallow grave right now. Her cover has been the press. If the press drops out bad things could happen. I agree she must get back home. Her life is in danger every day she is in Florida. Get her back and find out who or what organization paid for the trip. As they say, follow the money.

Posted by Charles T. Smith on 09/04/2016 at 9:05 PM

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