Aug 27, 2015
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By Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia,

Sept. 19 is the annual California Coastal Cleanup, with events along the Richmond and Pinole shorelines.

I hope you’ll join us for a morning picking up trash from our San Francisco Bay shoreline. We work hard for a great cause, and have fun!

This is my 25th year sponsoring a cleanup at Marina Bay in Richmond, in partnership with the Watershed Project and the City of Richmond.

This service event is a great opportunity to join friends and neighbors as environmental stewards, improving the health and beauty of our San Francisco Bay shoreline. A free healthy lunch will also be served.

Wear sturdy shoes, and bring a sunhat, refillable water bottle and debris bucket, if you have one.

To quote Mahatma Ghandi, ” … service is noblest which is rendered for its own sake.”

Here are the locations for cleanup events in West County, including a special cleanup at San Pablo Creek in El Sobrante on September 12**.

Richmond Shoreline Cleanup

Where: Meet at Shimada Friendship Park (Marina Bay Parkway at the Bay)

Time: 9 a.m. to noon. Free healthy lunch at noon!
Registration: Email or click here. 
Contact: Robert Rogers at 510-231-8688

Pt. Isabel Cleanup, Richmond 

Where: Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline

Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Getting there: End of Rydin Road (near Costco)
Registration: Click here.
Contact: 510-544-2515

Pt. Pinole Shoreline Cleanup

Where: Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Getting there: Take Giant Road exit off Richmond Parkway to park entrance.
Registration: Click here.
Contact: 510-544-2515

Richmond Greenway at Carlson Avenue 

Where: Greenway Trail near Carlson Avenue

Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Contact: Sarah Calderon at 510-847-5031

North Richmond Ballpark

Where: Near 2000 Giaramita St., Richmond, 94801

More: email Christina McGhee-Esquivel at

San Pablo Creek 

Where: El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way, El Sobrante 94803

** When: Saturday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. to noon

More: Contact SPAWNERS at

For more information and a complete list countywide, visit the Watershed Project’s Coastal Cleanup Day page.

This piece was first published in Supervisor Gioia’s email newsletter


About the Author

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.