Aug 26, 2015
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The executive director of the nonprofit For Richmond is battling a recommendation to extend local hiring priority for the planned Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay to residents of areas beyond Richmond and North Richmond.

For Richmond’s Kyra Worthy is a member of a Community Working Group of local leaders and officials that regularly meets to establish recommendations on how the massive research center project can benefit the local community. A subcommittee of that working group that specifically discusses local hiring and workforce training plans to suggest that local hiring priority be extended to neighboring cities such as San Pablo.

Worthy is opposed to that recommendation. She believes the BGC’s definition of “local hire” should mimic that of corporations that do business in Richmond by prioritizing residents in Richmond and North Richmond (including unincorporated areas of North Richmond).

“I’m on every committee to ensure Richmond residents will not be forgotten and to protect the interests of my neighbors,” Worthy said.

Worthy is asking local residents to join in her call at the next BGC Community Working Group meeting Thursday. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the planned site of the research center at Richmond Field Station, 1301 S. 46th St., Conference Room 445.

Set to be built on 130 acres of University of California-owned property in Richmond Bay, the Berkeley Global Campus campus intends to be an international center of collaboration between academics, institutions, the private sector and community partners tackling a wide variety of complex global challenges such as climate change, energy needs, and data science.



  1. The unincorporated area of El Sobrante, virtually surrounded by the City of Richmond, should also be included in the hiring priority policy. It should be noted that this unincorporated area, as is unincorporated North Richmond, in Richmond’s Sphere of Influence as established by LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission).

    Maurice Abraham | Aug 27th, 2015

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