The Evolution of the East Bay Regional Parks
The City of Richmond made headlines last November. Voters passed Measure T, which will raise the business licensing fees paid by Chevron Corporation from sixty thousand dollars a year to 26 million dollars a year. The city's progressive alliance also won a new seat on the city council, giving Green Party Mayor Gayle McLaughlin a stronger hand. But a low-profile race on last fall's ballot, that got little media attention, may prove equally important. Community organizer Whitney Dotson was elected to the East Bay Regional Parks Board. Dotson is the second African American to serve.... And he's the first Richmond resident to represent Ward 1 in the district. That includes parks in Berkeley, Albany, and El Cerrito. KALW's Kristi Coale has this report.