Not Doing Anything Friday? Why Not Meet the Mayor?

October 26, 2007

Friday, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin will host Richmond’s first weekly opportunity to meet with the mayor.

“I want to hear from everyone who attends so there will be an opportunity to sign up to speak with a limited time to share ideas or ask questions,” said McLaughlin, in her most recent e-newsletter.

The Friday meetings are open to the public, and will be held at the Whittlesey Community room next to the Richmond Public library between 5:30 and 6:30 in the evening. In this hour, McLaughlin invites the public to speak, but also admits that not all questions will be answered on the spot.

“Some will likely require follow-up,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin is a member of the Green Party, and was elected mayor of Richmond on November 7, 2006. She has lived in the city since 2001.

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County District Attorneys Announce Strike

October 19, 2007

Contra Costa County’s district attorneys voted overwhelmingly in favor of going on a one-day strike to protest poor pay on Thursday night. The prosecutors are expected to strike in early November, though no date was set in order to avoid facing an injunction by the county, according to Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox, who is also the secretary of the District Attorney’s Association.

The association, which is in negotiations with the county on a three-year contract, has argued that they receive some of the lowest salaries in the Bay Area despite having to deal with a high crime rate. Contra Costa had the third highest number of homicides in the area in 2005, according to the California Department of Justice.

“We will continue our efforts to make the public aware of this crisis in public safety,” Knox said.
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