Mon July 28, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Digging deeper into the Richmond Chevron refinery hearings

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Reporter Robert Rogers has been covering Richmond for years, first for the blog Richmond Confidential and now for the Contra Costa Times. That means he understands a lot of the back story behind the hearings taking place right now. KALW's Ben Trefny got in touch with Rogers at his office and asked him about the role the refinery plays in Richmond.

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Mon July 28, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Richmond debates Chevron’s plan to modernize its oil refinery

A Chevron worker shows his support for a $1 billion refinery upgrade on the back of his shirt during last week’s Richmond City Council meeting
Ronnie Cohen

More than 400 people have filled Richmond’s Civic Auditorium. You can spot the Chevron workers. They’re wearing blue and white shirts saying “Richmond Proud” and waving signs that read “Modernize Now” – signs supplied by Chevron.

For nearly a decade, Chevron and its neighbors in Richmond have been fighting over a proposal to retool the oil company’s refinery. Most everyone agrees the plant needs to be modernized. But they differ about how.

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Mon July 28, 2014

Richmond mom brings literacy to laundromats

The Clean Xpress Laundromat is smack in the middle of Richmond’s busy MacDonald Shopping Center. Moms are loading and unloading machines. So you might imagine their kids are sitting in plastic chairs watching television. But they’re not. They’re reading.

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Sun July 27, 2014

A Visit to the Richmond Rod and Gun Club

Shooting ranges are one of the few places you can go to shoot guns legally here in the Bay Area. KALW’s Mary Rees went to the Richmond Rod and Gun Club to meet some of the regulars.

JERRY REILLY: Perceptions of people who like guns are not correct. Gunowners are like your next door neighbors, your friends.

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Full disclosure: one of the men you heard from in that piece, Michael Angell, is the father of KALW reporter Isabel Angell.

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Tue July 22, 2014
City Visions: July 28, 2014

City Visions: New Visions for Climate Justice

What does it mean to confront the growing Bay Area’s energy needs in a time of climate crisis? Can we have power without pollution? Host David Onek and guests discuss visionary community-based solutions and organizing in Richmond and beyond.


  • Gopal Dayaneni: Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
  • Vivian Huang: Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
  • Andrés Soto: Communities for a Better Environment

Producer: Zara Zimbardo

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