4Richmond is a coalition of community organizations, labor unions and businesses. According to its mission statement, the coalition is dedicated to creating a "healthier, safer and more prosperous Richmond" focused on four areas: jobs, health, safety and education.

The leadership of this new group includes:

Don Lau, vice president of the West Contra Costa YMCA

Willie Hicks of Laborers Local 324

Detective Hector Esparza of the Richmond Police Union

Madeline Kronenberg of the West Contra Costa Unified School District

Major funding for the group's activities is provided by Chevron, which runs a major refinery in Richmond.

For more information visit www.4richmond.org.