May 7, 2014
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A group of Richmond residents wants to establish legally-binding agreements with UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory to ensure the local community benefits from plans to build a massive research center.

The residents will make their case to UC Regents, elected officials and other stakeholders at a town hall Thursday at the Miracle Temple at 2425 Cutting Blvd. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Last fall, Richmond was chosen out of 20 cities to be the future home of the research facility, known as the Richmond Bay Campus. The research center will reportedly bring in more than 800 jobs along with millions of dollars in tax revenue to the city.

The selected site is the UC Richmond Field Station at 1301 S 46th St.

Community members believe project plans should include guarantees of job opportunities for local residents and learning opportunities for their children, among other benefits.

To learn more about the new center, visit the project’s website. Or simply attend Thursday’s town hall.

Richmond residents want to establish agreements to ensure the local community benefits from Lawrence Berkeley Lab's future research center.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.