Jun 21, 2016
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The city of Richmond is asking residents to apply to serve on a new five-member committee that will oversee a roughly $21 million investment in green transportation programs in the city.

Richmond City Council voted to use about $21 million of a $90 million community benefits agreement with Chevron Richmond toward transportation projects in the community that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The so-called Environment and Community Investment Agreement (ECIA)  is connected to the upcoming $1 billion modernization of the Richmond Refinery.

The ECIA calls for the implementation of programs such as Electric City, described as a comprehensive plan to increase the usage of electric vehicles in Richmond. That may include more charging stations in the city and programs that make electric vehicles more affordable for residents.

The Richmond council has also decided to form a five-member committee to oversee how the $21 million — which will be allocated over 10 years — will be spent.

To date, no projects stemming from those funds have begun.

Committee members must be appointed by council. They must also be a registered voter living within the city. Terms for committee positions last three years, and no member of the committee can serve for more than three consecutive full terms.

The general application for Boards and Commissions can be downloaded from the City of Richmond website:  http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/256/Boards-and-Commissions

Interested applicants may submit the completed applications to the City Clerk’s Office, 450 Civic Center Plaza, 3rd Floor, Richmond, CA  94804 by Friday, July 8.  

Photo: City of Richmond


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.