3 results for month: 06/2019


Coal Miner Pays Visit to East Bay: “Putting the ‘Just’ in the Just Energy Transition”

Nick Mullins, a former underground coal miner whose family has lived in Appalachia for generations, spoke in the East Bay about the desperate conditions in those communities, helping us understand their hostility toward environmentalists and their support for Trump.  He emphasized the importance of respecting local experience and leadership and focused on the absolute priority of jobs in a mono-economy where life is tightly controlled by the coal industry. Nick, who is on a seven-week tour of the United States, spoke at both the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center in Richmond and the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United office in ...

Court Puts Developers’ Quest for Damages on Hold

Second Lawsuit Stalls as Court of Appeal Weighs Anti-SLAPP Motion An Alameda County Superior court judge has issued a stay of developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages against the City of Oakland and a reinstatement of the terminal’s lease which Oakland terminated in November.  The case will be on hold until the California Court of Appeal can decide whether the lawsuit is barred by California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute.  The stay could last as long as two years as the Court of Appeal reviews the City’s argument that the lawsuit is a disguised attack on speech and petitioning protected by the First Amendment of the ...

Planning Commission considering steps to stop Port of Richmond coal

The City of Richmond may soon take steps to stop the handling of coal and petroleum coke (known as pet coke) at the Port of Richmond. Richmond’s Planning Commission will consider the Richmond Coal Ordinance at a hearing originally scheduled for June 20 and hopefully to be held in July—watch this space for updates. Coal in Richmond The Levin-Richmond Terminal has shipped many different commodities over the years.  However, as the domestic market shrinks, coal companies have responded by upping their exports dramatically. One of only three West Coast ports in the US that ship coal, Richmond has seen coal exports rise 436% between 2013 and ...