Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Authors' readings to benefit the SPLC

   POINT RICHMOND - A series of readings by writers featured in Speak and Speak Again (a resistance anthology published by Pact Press) will be doing free readings in the Bay Area in the wake of the Charlottesville attacks and the double-digit rise in hate crimes in California.

     The readings a fund raiser for the Southern Poverty Law Center. All book sales proceeds will be donated to the SPLC.

     The Point Richmond event will be at Kaleidoscope Coffee Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. Other events will be at Book Passage (Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.) and A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland (Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.).

   The writers who will be presenting include:

Laurie Ann Doyle, author of World Gone Missing and writing instructor at UC Berkeley:
Stephen D. Gutierrez, American Book Award winner and teacher at Cal State East Bay
Lily Iona MacKenzie teaches writing at the University of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning and is author of All This (a poetry collection), and two novels (Fling! and Curva Peligrosa). https://
Cheryl A. Ossola, poet, dance writer, teacher, and editor; debut novel forthcoming from Regal House Publishing.
Rob Watersjournalist and travel writer who writes about health, science, world culture and criminal justice:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Temple Beth Hillel school starts Aug. 20

   HILLTOP - Temple Beth Hillel will begin its religious studies school Sunday, August 20.
     The school offers an exploration of Jewish history, culture, holidays, customs and Hebrew from toddlers (2 1/2) through Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation and beyond, according to Marilyn Hertzberg.
     The classes begin at 9:30 a.m. with a special free class for toddlers (2 1/2 through four years old) beginning at 10 a.m.

     Parents and children are welcome to visit the school, meet the teachers and students, participate in classroom activities and learn more about the religious school's educational programs.

     For enrollment, more information, or to plan a school visit here are the contacts: 
    Temple Beth Hillel is located at 801 Park Central (I-80 Hilltop Exit), Richmond 94803.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Plunge West Project fundraiser a success

POINT RICHMOND - The July 15 fund-raiser for the Plunge West Project was a great success, organizer Maryn Hurlbut reports.

"Our cash gate was better than $1400. + advance sales that amount to over an additional $2000," Hurlbut said.  "This, plus our existing funds allow us to begin the construction phase of the Plunge West Project."

Hurlbut said etched pavers can still be purchased online or by sending a request directly to her at this email address: Maryn Hurlbut.

A story with more details about the Plunge West Project that was published prior to the event can be found here: Take The Plunge

Friday, July 14, 2017

Paramount TV comes to Point Richmond

Special to The Point
Story and photos by Laura Paull

Point Richmond residents out and about early Sunday July 9 found the town center and Ferry Point tunnel blocked off by orange cones, police cars, and lots of strangers standing around.
The reason? 
Paramount Television was filming scenes for the second season of Thirteen Reasons Why, a Netflix dramatic series  popular with the young set. It is based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey for Netflix.
Although email and other communications from the production company had led some to locals to imagine they'd see a motorcycle chase scene through the Ferry tunnel, the action mostly entailed two young actors on an old green Vespa putt-putting through the tunnel at the usual speed. 
As is the way of Hollywood filming, it took hours of preparation just to get those few shots. Many curious Point Richmond folks stopped and watched for a while, then moved on.
When the second season begins in March 2018  Point residents will have to wait to find out when the ferry tunnel shot will appear.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Richmond Planning Director outlines housing & other projects for PRBA

   POINT RICHMOND - The City of Richmond's Planning Director presented an overview of housing, the Richmond General Plan and a variety of other projects in Point Richmond and the surrounding environs when he spoke to the Point Richmond Business Association June 29.
     Richard Mitchell's presentation was given at the PRBA's monthly luncheon, held at the Up and Under Restaurant. (A sound recording of his full remarks can be found at the end of this story.)

     Mitchell gave updates on the several projects either under construction, approved but not yet building and others still in the application/approval process.
     The biggest of those - 316-unit Terminal One - is in the process of doing some environmental remediation, he said.
    "Hopefully by this time next year they will be starting to move the dirt relative to the development itself," Mitchell said.
     Mitchell also said that that new Richmond-to-San Francisco ferry - scheduled to begin service in early 2018 - will have a big impact.
     "The ferry is a game changer if we handle it right," he said.
     Handling it right means ensuring there is adequate ridership for the ferry to continue.

     In response to a question about the traffic expected to be generated by all the new housing , Mitchell said initially there will be issues to be dealt with.
     But he added that he believes the way people use automobiles is changing. He cited the impact of services like Uber and Lyft, among other considerations.
     And he said not to rely too heavily on traffic studies.
     "Traffic counts don't ever come up to the perceptions we have of traffic impacts," he said.

     Mitchell's full comments - including the questions and answers - can be heard by clicking on the video link below.

(Sound recording by Sylvia S. Fox)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Presentation on Point Richmond housing projects at Pt. Richmond business luncheon

   POINT RICHMOND - The City of Richmond's Director of Planning and Building will give an update Thursday at the Pt. Richmond Business Association luncheon on the status of four Point Richmond housing projects either currently approved, under construction, or in the application process.
   The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Up and Under restaurant upstairs board room. Discussion start at noon.
    Director Richard Mitchell is expected to talk about the already approved Terminal One and Shea Homes Waterline projects, a proposed project by Las Vegas-based New West for Seacliff Drive and the nearly completed project adjacent to Mechanics Bank in the Pt. Richmond Business District.

A question and answer interview with the architect of that business district project can be found here: Interview with David Trachtenberg
Apartments under construction adjacent to Mechanics Bank (Photo by Laura Paull)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Take 'the Plunge' at Sat., July 15 celebration

   POINT RICHMOND, Calif. - A party & fundraiser for the final steps in completion of restoration of the Plunge campus will be held Saturday, July 15.
    Events begin at 2 p.m. with ticket sales, kicking off a series of fun events that run well into the evening, concluding with a movie.
    The funds collected for the event will allow the Plunge West Project team to break ground on the west side of the building for a bocce ball court, new walkway, side and back gardens.

    The project will also include a sustainability teaching garden and a butterfly habitat, Maryn Hurlbut said.
    "The walkway will be made with etched pavers that you can buy right now," she said. "Your family and business can be immortalized by ordering your paver right now."
    Etched large pavers cost $275 each.
    The dinner is being provided by Saluté, Hotel Mac Restaurant, Up and Under, and Assemble with kid pizza by Raymond's. Adult dinners are $15. Kid's dinners are a $5 donation. Dinner includes a movie with popcorn. Dessert is being provided by Brezo.
    Beer and wine are available for purchase but not included in the ticket price.  
   To purchase the pavers and tickets go to:

    "Please print/save your receipt and bring it with you for entrance to the dinner and movie," Hurlbut said.

    "And please support this highly requested town improvement by buying your tickets right now. With everyone's help, groundbreaking will happen in July."

    For more information, call  510-237-6880

The Plunge Garden Celebration Program on July 15th kicks off at 2 pm with check in and free passes for a swim at either the Plunge (2-4 PM) or the Richmond Swim Center at any of their scheduled swim times.
At 3 p.m., there will be an opening magic act, face painting, fun photo op and music will continue throughout the day.  There will also be a special “no littering” sign drawing contest with awards!
At 4:30 Richmond Mayor Tom Butt will announce the winners of his Second Annual Garden Contest.
At 5:30 the dinner and a movie part of the program begins with appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks being served behind the Plunge Building in the Picnic Garden Area.
At 6;30 p.m. dinner will follow in the Picnic Garden Area provided by Salute, Assemble, The Mac Restaurant and Up & Under.  Dessert will be provided by Brezo.
At 8:00, the evening entertainment starts with more magic and surprises.
At 8:30, everyone will settle into their own lawn chairs (or blankets) on the two tennis courts to watch a movie displayed on the back of the Plunge Building.
More details will be announced during the rest of June.