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Point Molate casino passes environmental review

By Victoria Schlesinger

The Richmond City Council approved the Point Molate casino environmental impact report yesterday. While the EIR is a significant hurdle, the council will not make its final decision of whether to go ahead with the $1 billion project until April 5. The project also requires state and federal approval. [Read more - The Bay...
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Point Molate casino likely to be approved in Richmond

By Victoria Schlesinger

The long-debated casino and resort appears to be on the brink of approval by the city of Richmond, which has just finished reviewing the environmental impact report. The billion-dollar project will still require state and federal approval.
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Richmond asks Chevron to resubmit plans for refinery expansion

By Alison Hawkes

Chevron abandoned plans to expand its refinery in Richmond two years ago after a long fight with environmental justice groups. With the political winds changing at Richmond city hall, city leaders are asking the company to resubmit plans that would allow the refinery to process a wider range of crude, some of it dirtier,...
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Ship to set sail from Richmond for Great Pacific Garbage Patch

By Victoria Schlesinger

Today, Project Kaisei, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, will launch its second sailing voyage to the North Pacific Gyre, also known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Some 1,000 miles northeast of Hawaii in a vast swath of ocean (of incalculable size reports say), garbage, particularly plastic, is collecting in high concentrations due to a...
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EcoVillage Farm in downtown Richmond

By Victoria Schlesinger
EcoVillage Farm in downtown Richmond

SLIDE SHOW Locally-grown fruits and vegetables were on sale Friday in Richmond's downtown Community "Green" Space park at the corner of Harbor Way and Macdonald Avenue. Several dozen adults and kids sampled healthfully prepared food, played in the park, and painted planters at the event hosted by EcoVillage Farm, Richmond Main Street, and...
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Minority voters think greener, statewide poll shows

By Rosemary Macaulay, San Francisco Public Press

Twice as many African-American Californians as whites say air pollution is a very serious health threat to themselves or their immediate families, pollsters have found in a new survey that takes into account the ethnicity and language of its respondents. Ethnic minority groups are also more supportive of the state government’s climate change policy...
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