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Former Mayor Rosemary Corbin Endorses Butt, Beckles and Ritterman

The following letter was sent to the West County Times today by former Mayor Rosemary Corbin. Corbin served as mayor from 1993 to 2001 and was, among other achievements, a champion of community policing. During her term, Richmond homicides reached an all-time low in recent history, dropping from a high in 1992 of 62 to 26 in 1995, a drop of 58 percent.

West County Times

4301 Lakeside Dr.

Richmond, CA 94806

Readers Forum:

The current Majority on the Richmond City Council has made a series of bad decisions:  unopenable windows at City Hall, causing higher energy costs; destruction of the Design Review Board in order to limit public input into the planning process; an offer of Richmond public services to the proposed Indian Casino in unincorporated North Richmond, over the objection of The County; refusal to require Chevron to provide a necessary link in the Bay Trail; refusal to require appropriate mitigation from Chevron for its pollution-increasing retrofit.

The only current Richmond City Council member who deserves to be re-elected is Tom Butt.  He led the opposition to all of the above, and he consistently demonstrates his ability to listen, study, and craft appropriate solutions for our City.

I also recommend Jovanka Beckles, who is an active member of her neighborhood council and a local businesswoman.  She has a great deal of experience helping young people find employment, and she is committed to environmental protection.  And, finally, I recommend Dr. Jeff Ritterman, a cardiologist who has spent his entire adult life caring for people, both professionally and as a volunteer.  He will work for a safe and productive Richmond.

Thank you,

 Rosemary M. Corbin

Former Mayor of Richmond

114 Crest Ave.

Richmond, CA 94801