Community Meeting – Nov. 15, 2021 7-8:30pm

“Rodeo Renewed” – Phillips 66 Proposed Biofuels Project


What are its health, safety, and environmental impacts? How do we make our voices heard?

Phillips 66 Chairman and CEO Greg Garland announced last year that the Rodeo Renewed project “is a great example of how Phillips 66 is making investments in the energy transition that will create long term value of our shareholders.
But what will the project mean for Rodeo and surrounding communities and for refinery workers? What are its potential health, safety, and environmental impacts? Hear presentations that will tease out the complicated reality behind Phillips 66’s ambitions to become the world’s largest producer of “renewable” diesel at its Rodeo refinery.

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Sponsored by: 350 Contra Costa, 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations, Biofuelwatch, Community Energy reSource, Rodeo Citizens Association,, and Sunflower Alliance.

Special Rodeo Meeting – Tues. Jan. 26, 2021 / 6:30

The County is seeking input from residents! Now is the time to make a difference.

The County has identified Rodeo as a “disadvantaged community” under Senate Bill (SB) 1000, which requires the County to integrate environmental justice into its General Plan. This law is based on the understanding that Rodeo and other communities have experienced a combination of historic discrimination, negligence, and political and economic disempowerment. Often, this has resulted in a disproportionate burden of pollution and health impacts and disproportionate social and economic disadvantages in these communities. Through Envision Contra Costa 2040, the County is developing goals, policies, and actions to address these issues. The County is seeking input from residents of the affected communities to improve and refine the draft goals, policies, and actions. At this meeting, County representatives will present a brief overview of the Envision Contra Costa 2040 project, explain more about what environmental justice is and how it fits into the County’s planning documents, provide links and information on how you and your neighbors in Rodeo can participate in the conversation, and answer your questions and take initial feedback.

This meeting will be interactive and conducted using Zoom, an online video/audio conferencing platform. Meeting participants can join by computer, tablet, or phone.
Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 / 6:30 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 971 1371 4323

Community Meeting #3: Rescheduled to Nov. 21, 2019

Share your ideas for Rodeo’s future!
The County needs your input!

Envision Contra Costa
Lefty Gomez Recreation Center
470 Parker Avenue, Rodeo, CA 94572
Time: 6:30

Join us to continue the conversation about the future of Kensington, East Richmond Heights, North Richmond, Bethel Island, Rodeo, and Crockett! Contra Costa County held the first community meetings as part of Envision Contra Costa 2040 earlier this year, and community members turned out to discuss opportunities and challenges in their community. Please attend this next meeting to review and provide feedback on the draft profile for your community, which describes the community and provides policy guidance that reflects the values, priorities, and aspirations for the future shared by community members. Visit for more information.

Community Meeting: Aug. 7, 2019

Share your ideas for Rodeo’s future!

Rodeo Community Meeting #2:
Envision Contra Costa
Rodeo Senior Center
189 Parker Avenue, Rodeo, CA 94572
August 7, 2019
6:30 pm

Join Contra Costa County Envision CC 2040 to continue the conversation about the future of Rodeo! They held their first Rodeo community meeting as part of Envision Contra Costa 2040 last spring, and community members turned out to discuss opportunities and challenges in Rodeo. They listened, and prepared draft guiding principles to articulate the values, priorities, and aspirations for the future shared by community members at that first meeting. Please attend this next meeting to share your ideas for specific policies, actions, and strategies to include in the General Plan, Zoning Code, and Climate Action Plan.

Contra Costa County is updating the County’s General Plan, Zoning Code, and Climate Action Plan – an initiative called “Envision Contra Costa 2040.” The General Plan sets forth goals and policies related to all aspects of community growth, change, and preservation. It is often referred to as the “constitution” for local development. The General Plan establishes the foundation for all land use decisions (including zoning and permitted activities) and Board of Supervisors policy direction. At the meeting, they’ll present draft Guiding Principles that articulate the values, priorities, and aspirations for the future of Rodeo shared by community members at their first community meeting. You’ll have an opportunity to let them know if they’re on track and to share your ideas for specific policies, actions, and strategies to include in the General Plan, Zoning Code, and Climate Action Plan.

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Town Hall Meeting – March 7th, 2019

6 – 8:30pm
545 Garretson Ave, Rodeo

Join us to hear from health experts, public officials and community members about the Phillips 66 Expansion Projects and what that means for the health and safety of our bay and surrounding communities.

Phillips 66’s proposed Refinery Expansion Projects are designed to bring dirty Canadian tar sands into the SF Bay. Refining it here could seriously affect the health and safety of our communities. Join us to learn what we can do to push back.

Sponsored by: Rodeo Citizens Association, Crockett-Rodeo United to Defend the Environment, Fresh Air Vallejo, Sunflower Alliance, 350 Bay Area, Idle No More SF Bay, Communities for a Better Environment, and

Watch Online: Visit at 6:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 7th

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Food & Drink served / Interpreter provided

DECEMBER 2018 – Article Reprint from the Crockett Signal Newspaper

Carquinez School EIR:  A long and strange journey

Written by Nancy Rieser

Published by Dan Robertson

At the very end of the school district’s December 2018  board meeting agenda, there was a vote to certify the final draft of the Carquinez School EIR.  That came as a big surprise to folks In the community.  Apparently, there are no CEQA statutes that required public notification of a hearing let alone a public review of the school district’s EIR document which:

  • Dismissed Contra Costa County Flood Control’s concerns about the silted-up dam and its flood threat to both new construction and existing structures downstream
  • Sidestepped the seriousness of the need to re-reroute the water main that serves half the town of Crockett, an infrastructure change that Crockett did not need, ask for or knew about at the time of the 2016 election.
  •  Minimized the significance of the Historic Resource Evaluation (the historic resource evaluation is an important step required by CEQA)
  • Concluded that the impacts of a huge construction project (fumes from trucks, specialty gas-powered tools and/or machinery; the repetitive pounding sounds made by jackhammers and pneumatic tools) would be “less than significant” on both the health and attention levels of children and teachers who will be working in classrooms a mere 20 feet away.
  • Shrugged off the viability of the Holmes Culley retrofit that would cost half of what a new school would cost

So, our group, the Carquinez School H.E.A.R.T. Alliance, was not notified of the hearing. That may explain why the consultant’s CEQA team looked rather alarmed that a couple of us were there to sign up to speak. When it was our turn, we stated:

  • For an EIR to be legally defensible in court, CEQA requires a serious consideration of an alternative proposal that would meet the goals of a bond project (in this case, an earthquake-safe school yet not destroy a historical resource, negatively impact the environment and human health; and/or require the re-routing of a major utility.)

In fact, there was such an alternative:  A voluntary retrofit designed by Holmes Culley, a nationally renowned engineering firm that specializes in historical restoration of large public projects.

The actual design was paid for back in 2013.   To implement that retrofit would cost half the cost of a demo and new build, and could be done during the course of a summer when school children were not in school.

As the agenda item progressed, it became quickly apparent that information was NOT what the school board was interested in hearing.

  • The board was silent on the impacts on children’s health, the ability to concentrate and academically perform while construction would take place 20 feet away from the existing classrooms filled with students and teachers.
  • The consultant (the former executive director CASH, a huge and powerful state-wide school construction lobby) said that the demolition of the historic school could be mitigated by simply taking pictures of the school before demolition and then giving the snapshots to the local museum.
  • The consultant also waived off the alternative retrofit choice as he believed it was going to be more expensive than the new school, and did so without offering an economic cost break down to back up his statement.  The school board accepted his sweeping, unsubstantiated generality without question.
  • The board did not register any concern that night when we brought up that the new school would be almost 10,000 square feet smaller and have 9 fewer classrooms than the existing, historic school.

So to be sure, it has been a long, strange journey.  But fear not, readers.  Remember:  EIRs have to be legally defensible.

Stayed tuned.

Share your ideas for Rodeo’s future!

Share your ideas for Rodeo’s future!