Jovanka Beckles for Richmond City Council
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Since my election in 2010, I have been committed to policies and strategies aimed at increasing the quality of life for Richmond residents, policies such as Ban the Box that omits the question of whether an individual has been incarcerated from all City of Richmond employment applications. This policy has been extended to all contractors with the City as well.

I have also worked with movements in the community for change by helping formulate progressive policies and then representing them before the City Council. The many improvements to our quality of life in Richmond did not happen by chance. They happened because elected officials work together with people organizing in the community.

Here are more of the improvements to our city that I have championed to improve the quality of life for Richmond residents:

  • Initiated a minimum wage increase in Richmond
  • Assisted in the creation of a workplace bullying policy
  • Repaired the bridge between the Black and Brown communities
  • Secured Richmond as a Human Rights City
  • Honored young people who Speak Out for Human Rights
  • Funded the Human Rights Commission
  • Improved Community – Police Relations
  • Advocated that Kennedy Swim Center be brought up to ADA compliance (doors to wheelchairs can get through)
  • Encouraged the repaving, updating, and restoration of tennis courts and other sport courts
  • Helped establish Municipal ID’s for all
  • Rescued the family and a 35 year old Black woman-owned business from going out of business
  • Advocated to bring the Covered California Call Center to Richmond
  • Voted to repair Dornan Tunnel
  • Supported the effort to bring Whole Foods Warehouse, Planet Fitness, Grocery Outlet, and Nutiva to town
  • Advocated for education study sessions regarding CCC College, the single stop, Gay pride and acceptance
  • Urged that lights be replaced and upgraded throughout the city
  • Helped change a culture of violence to a culture of peace and tolerance as the HRHR liaison working with the schools and our kids
  • Supported the joint venture MOU to bring port jobs to Richmond
  • Supported housing stability with the Richmond CARES program
  • Supported the Iron Triangle Yellow Brick Road walkable neighborhoods plan
  • Supported building the Family Justice Center
  • Voted to open Point Molate Park back up
  • Helped with the Belding Garcia Park rebuild
  • Voted for the health element in the General Plan
  • Voted to include Just Cause in the General Plan

With your help we will succeed this year. We will keep the campaign positive and reach out to all voters in every neighborhood with a strong grassroots cadre of volunteers.

I appreciate your ideas, suggestions, and support on this path. Call me at any time (510-698-9309) or send me an email ( Pull together some friends and let me meet them, hear from them, and share my thoughts. I would love to sit down with you. Your financial support is also appreciated. Check out the PayPal link above.

Lastly, I want to thank each of you for all your contributions to the people of Richmond. Everything that you have contributed – and continue to give – is blossoming into the future we all dream of for our city.

Peace and Blessings,

This comment from a resident of the North and East sums up my first tenure in office very well: "In response to the suggestion that the council work to make the city more desirable, I would like to comment that in the 21 years that we have lived in the North & East, there has never been a time where 'quality of life' improvements in the N&E and Richmond proper have been greater than the past 5 years.

"Reduced crime, a friendly and well-trained police force, (remember the 'cowboys'?). My street has been paved, (first time in 20 years)! Roosevelt Avenue has stopped being the race track that made living on it so unsafe. Both the Solano Playlot and Berg Park have been rebuilt, (first time in over 50 years), with modern and safe equipment and they are now full of children again.

"All of this has occurred because we have a community oriented and 'do something' city council and mayor. More amazingly they have been able to make these changes in spite of an economic down turn that has crippled other communities.

"Yes, they are improving Richmond and can still challenge the thieves of Wall Street. Go Richmond!"

Phone: (510) 698-9309       E-mail:       Write: P.O. Box 5061, Richmond, CA 94805
Sincere Design Jovanka Beckles for Richmond City Council         FPPC # 1307178