KPFA Evening News, 08.02.2014
Richmond, California Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, left, and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles, right
On Tuesday, the Richmond City Council voted to issue a permit to Chevron for its complex oil refinery expansion project. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Beckles abstained on the final vote because the community benefits program Chevron promised did not include funds to keep Doctor's Hospital open. The hospital, which is close to closing, treated 12,000 of the 15,000 Richmond residents who sought hospital care as a consequence of the August 2012 Chevron refinery explosion and fire. Jovanka Beckles spoke to KPFA.