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Viramontes said there is mostly consensus among councilmembers on "big picture things." She doesn't see anyone on the council as being afraid of taking on the oil giant. "If there's any disagreement, it will be about the social and legal boundaries of the proposal," she predicted. "It will be about what tools we use to get there." But Chevron will have to prove its dedication to the betterment of the city to get her vote, she said. "If they're going to be here, they have to reengage," she said. "You're here in this community and you have some social responsibility."
Chevron's 106-year-old Richmond refinery towers over the city both literally and figuratively.