|Mike and the Mayor Make Nice Over Perceived Charity Snub
January 31, 2010
Below is an email from Chevron Refinery Manager Mike Coyle followed by Mayor McLaughlin’s response:
Below is a list of those organizations you cited which Chevron has provided funding to in 2009:
My management team and all of Chevron’s Richmond Refinery employees fully understand the importance of building strong partnerships with our neighbors and community groups as we – together – work towards achieving the goals of the City of Richmond. This effort is joined by many other businesses and business organizations who make Richmond their home and who also want to share in Richmond’s successes. I believe that many of the accomplishments these organizations achieved would not have been possible without the help of Chevron and the rest of the business community.
Dear Mr. Coyle:
Thank you for your email, and for your attention to my recent "State of the City" address. I appreciate your concern that Chevron's financial support to various community organizations and events was not cited in my address. Unfortunately, the time constraints of the presentation do not enable me to mention every contributor and participant in Richmond's rich community tapestry.
I agree that business-community partnerships can play an important role in a city's good works. Every month my office is proud to acknowledge local businesses that contribute to the city's economic, social, and environmental health.
I also hope you had the opportunity to hear about Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent visit to Richmond to join me in congratulating SunPower Systems for its growth and expansion in the clean and sustainable solar energy industry. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14279651?nclick_check=1
Of course, we can always do more to recognize the local businesses that contribute in healthy ways to the life of our city.
Thanks again for sharing your perspectives.