By Nate Gartrell | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm | UPDATED: December 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm RICHMOND — The City Council passed a measure condemning “racial injustice and police brutality” in the name of a slain Richmond woman Tuesday, but not until after a heated confrontation between the mayor and the woman’s fiance. The measure, introduced by outgoing councilwoman Jovanka Beckles, included 16 points that were based on writings by Kishana Harley, who was brutally stabbed to death in her apartment last July. It included calls for more police training and ending racial disparities in the justice system, but also points that critics called blatant violations of police officers’ rights. Before the measure passed by a vote of 5-2, Mayor Tom Butt read aloud a section of the measure that said officers involved in shootings shouldn’t get paid administration leave, and called it “the … [Read more...] about Sparks fly as Richmond council passes ‘racial injustice’ measure in homicide victim’s name
0 Have your say FOR the first – and last – time, I found myself agreeing with Chris Grayling when he said: “Now is not the time to change the party leader.” I nearly died of shock. Yet the Transport Secretary, and others, are mistaken if they think it is still ‘‘business as usual’’ after a weakened Theresa May won Wednesday night’s confidence vote over her more self-indulgent colleagues. It’s not. Though Mrs May is supposedly spared another such vote for 12 months, the outcome does not alter the Parliamentary logjam over the enactment of Brexit.Tom Richmond: Lessons of Margaret Thatcher’s downfall lost on ToriesAnd it has not altered the fact that the Tory leader is virtually powerless to advance domestic reforms, and her social reform agenda, because her party is in such turmoil.Even though she said on the steps of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday morning when the leadership vote was called that … [Read more...] about Tom Richmond: Theresa May has been saved – but can she save the country?
By Erin Baldassari | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: December 13, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: December 13, 2018 at 8:53 am RICHMOND — When Rebecca and Noel Shabazian in late July first opened the doors of their Albany salon, Raven & Rose, they were both excited — and nervous. “It was like starting a new job and moving into a new house at the same time,” Rebecca Shabazian said. “It was surreal. Very surreal.” The husband-and-wife duo had been comfortable working together at a hair salon in Berkeley and weren’t looking to become owners themselves. That is, until an industry conference in Long Beach changed their minds. It was the first time they saw their own potential, she said. “I was in tears,” she said. “It was just this reminder of, ‘Oh my gosh, we could be doing so much more in our industry and in the community.’” But, having worked for other salon owners their … [Read more...] about Share the Spirit: Richmond center boosts budding businesses
0 Have your say THE parallels between Margaret Thatcher’s final days in office – and Theresa May’s peril – are striking as Tory MPs again take leave of their senses. Just as Conservatives struck in 1990 while Mrs Thatcher was in Paris at a Nato summit to celebrate the end of the Cold War, Mrs May was out of the country, visiting European capitals, when the vote into her leadership was triggered. Cunning? No. Cowardly? Yes. The similarities do not end here. Once again, Europe is the defining issue. Then the uprising was triggered by Europhiles standing up to Mrs Thatcher’s growing Euroscepticism. Now, in a great irony, it is the reverse because Brexiteers mistrust Mrs May’s intentions.Tom Richmond: Forty years after the first winter of discontent, can Theresa May survive this one?And there could – I fear – be another unfortunate comparison to be made between the only two women in history to lead this country. Mrs … [Read more...] about Tom Richmond: Lessons of Margaret Thatcher’s downfall are lost on Theresa May’s Brexit rebels as history threatens to repeat itself
0 Have your say AN embattled and exhausted prime minister leading a minority government into a winter of discontent. Sound familiar? Forty years ago, James Callaghan faced a similar predicament to Theresa May after the Lib-Lab pact dissolved. Then, industrial strife was the defining issue. Today, it is Brexit after Northern Ireland’s DUP effectively went on strike.And another fundamental difference between past and present politics is deeply ominous.Andrew Vine: Deal or no deal, Brexit leaves us with a bitter legacy of division Mr Callaghan clung on for so long because Parliament was always due to be dissolved in 1979 at the latest. It was a question of when, not if, and he was brought down when Margaret Thatcher won – just – the first vote of no confidence to be passed in a government since 1924. At least there was an alternative back then. Now there is not – and 2022 is technically the date of the next general election. Yet, while … [Read more...] about Tom Richmond: Amid the Brexit chaos, there is one way for Theresa May to save the day – here’s how