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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending November 4, 2016
November 4, 2016

Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the weekly report for the week ending November 4, 2016.

  • 1. Meeting Notes

There is no City Council meeting this week. Please be sure to get out and vote on (or before) Tuesday, November 8th!

  • 2. Richmond Voting Drop-Off Box Located in the City Manager’s/City Clerk’s Lobby on the Third Floor of 450 Civic Center Plaza

Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming November 8th Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office once again partners with local agencies to provide convenient “CoCo Vote-N-Go” drop off locations, prior to and on Election Day.  Residents can save postage and time with this expanding vote-by-mail program.

Voters will find the drop-off boxes at all Contra Costa city halls and the County Administration Building, located at 651 Pine Street in Martinez, through November 8th.  The City of Richmond drop-off box is located in the City Manager’s/City Clerk’s lobby on the third floor of 450 Civic Center Plaza. Contra Costa voters can drop their ballot at any location, regardless of where they live. The distinguishable boxes will be available during normal business hours.

No postage is necessary; the drop-off box service eliminates the need for stamps. City staff members will have the popular “I Voted” stickers available for those who drop off their ballots. Ballots must be deposited on or before November 8th, and the City Hall lobby ballot box will be locked at 5:00 PM on that day.

Ballots may also be dropped off between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the Contra Costa Elections Office in Martinez, located at 555 Escobar Street, or at any polling place on Election Day.  For more information about voting by mail, call 925-335-7800 or visit the Elections Office website at


  • 3. Odor Problems at the West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill

We have received a number of complaints from local residents regarding the disagreeable odor emanating from the West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill, which is apparently related to their compost facility at the site.  City staff members have been in touch with Republic Services staff, Contra Costa Health Services, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to understand the problem and what is being done to eliminate it.

The following is an official response from Republic Services:

As a responsible landfill operator, we work closely with our regulators on site operations and monitoring. This includes annual winterization work that is completed before the start of each rainy season.

In recent weeks, we have taken substantive measures at the Landfill to control the potential for off-site odor. These efforts include limiting maintenance work hours, modifying our organic material management practices and introducing a robust on-site odor neutralizer system.

We are committed to being a good neighbor, and believe these measures will address community concerns about site operations. We sincerely appreciate the community’s support and understanding while the Landfill team completes this winterization work, and we encourage anyone with questions about site operations to call our community outreach line at: (510) 262-7547. 

We will continue to monitor this issue.

  • 4. Richmond Climate Action Plan Now Available

On October 25th, the Richmond City Council unanimously approved an ambitious and innovative Climate Action Plan (CAP) to address the impacts of climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions in Richmond. The CAP inventories the Richmond’s emissions sources, establishes emissions reduction targets, and identifies City and community actions to reduce emissions. The CAP also ensures that Richmond is prepared for the potential impacts of climate change on public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces.

The CAP will support the community’s goals and policies identified in the City’s General Plan 2030. The CAP also features health equity and climate justice as important aspects of the document framework, consistent with City’s Health in All Policies Strategy. To learn more about the Richmond’s Climate Action Plan, and view a copy of the document, please visit

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  • 5. Full Overnight Closure of Eastbound & Westbound I-80 -- November 5-6, 2016

A full overnight closure of eastbound and westbound Interstate 80 between San Pablo Avenue and San Pablo Dam Road is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM on Sunday, November 6th.

What to Expect

  • Interstate 80 will be temporarily closed in the eastbound and westbound directions between San Pablo Avenue and San Pablo Dam Road;
  • Temporary detours will be in effect (please see the detour maps that follow);
  • Motorists should follow the instructions posted on all on-site signage.

During this closure, crews will demolish the existing Riverside Avenue pedestrian overcrossing, generating noise and dust throughout the closure period. A new pedestrian overcrossing opened the week of October 24th, and extends across Amador Street, enhancing safety for Riverside Elementary School students and community members.

Local Detour Map

Regional Detour Map

Night Work will Continue

Night work along Amador Street will continue for approximately two weeks after the closure to remove the ramps, abutments, and columns that provided access to the old pedestrian overcrossing span. Scheduled night work hours are 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Daytime ramp demolition will also occur along Humboldt Avenue. In the coming months, crews will open the relocated westbound I-80 on-ramp at El Portal Drive and complete final paving and striping.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this important work.

For more information, please visit or call the project hotline at (510) 277-0444. Construction updates will also be posted to Twitter at @i80spdr.

  • 6. City of Richmond Annual “2016 Charitable Giving Campaign”

The City of Richmond 2016 Employees Charitable Giving Campaign is underway.  The goal of the campaign is for every employee to make a contribution—no matter the size. Even a one-time contribution of one dollar will go a long way towards making someone else’s life more comfortable. This year’s campaign will run from November 1st through November 30th. During this time, assigned representatives for each department will be distributing campaign materials to employees. Please contact Theresa Austin, Campaign Coordinator, for additional information at (510) 620-6891.

And, a special thanks to Finance Department Executive Secretary Theresa Austin for her outstanding work to organize this program.

  • 7. Sales Tax Receipts Analysis for Second Quarter 2016

This past week, Finance Department staff met with the City’s sales tax consultant, MuniServices, to review sales tax figures for the Second Quarter of 2016.  Richmond experienced an increase of 1.6% in its sales tax for the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter in 2015. This was the first increase since the first quarter of 2015.

Richmond’s tax base is led by the Transportation category, which currently makes up 32.4% of the sales tax revenue. New car sales are the primary component of the transportation segment. The second highest category is General Retail, which makes up 29.2% of the sales tax revenue. This category is driven by large retailers such as Target, Costco, and Wal-Mart.

The Business To Business category, the third highest category making up 16.7% of the sales tax revenue, decreased by 22.4% year over year. This category includes Energy Sales, Light Industry, and Chemical Products. The decrease is attributed to the drop in oil prices.

The Finance Department will continue to closely monitor the actual revenue submitted by the State Board of Equalization, the local trends developing in Richmond, and the projections provided by MuniServices.

  • 8. City of Richmond Zoning and Subdivisions Regulations Update

The City's zoning and subdivision regulations are undergoing comprehensive review and revision in order to ensure their consistency with the General Plan, and state and federal laws. The draft Zoning and Subdivisions Regulations (Zoning Ordinance Update) and Zoning Map were released for public comment on August 18, 2016.  An Addendum to the General Plan EIR was prepared affirming that the analysis contained in the General Plan EIR adequately addresses the potential environmental impacts associated with the adoption and implementation of the Zoning Ordinance Update and new Zoning Map. On October 20, 2016, the Planning Commission recommended approval of the draft Zoning Ordinance Update, Zoning Map, and EIR Addendum to the City Council. 

At its past meeting of November 1st, the City Council adopted the EIR Addendum, and introduced the Zoning Ordinance Update, and Zoning Map, with final adoption now scheduled for November 15th.  Please visit the project webpage to get more information.

  • 9. Richmond’s Minimum Wage Ordinance:

The next increase in the City of Richmond’s minimum wage increase goes into effect on January 1, 2017.  Effective on that date, the minimum wage as set forth in Richmond’s Minimum Wage Ordinance (RMC 7.108) will be $12.30/hour (compared to $10.50/hour for the State of California effective 2017, and the current $11.52/hour which went into effect in Richmond on January 1, 2016). The Minimum Wage Ordinance applies to any employee who works two or more hours per week.

The Employment and Training staff posted notices announcing the increase on KCRT and the City’s website. Packets were mailed to over 1,000 businesses and to the Richmond Chamber of Commerce members to inform them of the change. The information packet includes versions of the official notice in various languages that must be posted in all workplaces along with a list of employer and employee rights under the Ordinance. Employers who pay for less than 800 hours of employee labor in a given two week period need not pay the City’s minimum wage until they pay over 800 hours or more of employee labor in a two week period. This is the next of three annual increases that will max out at $13.00/hour on January 1, 2018.

For questions and concerns, please contact Gina Baker at (510) 307-8011.

  • 10. City Manager Chronicles

I have listed below some of the topics for meetings that I attended during the past week in the hope that it provides an idea of the varied issues with which our organization deals routinely.

Meetings of note during the past week included:

  • Met with representatives from the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council, together with several Richmond senior staff members, to hear concerns related to public safety and physical condition of their area;
  • Participated in a meeting of West Contra Costa County city managers and police chiefs to discuss the organizational structure of the West County Public Safety Communications Consortium.  The meeting was organized by Richmond Police Chief Allwyn Brown, and was also attended by Assistant Police Chief Bisa French and Captain Arnold Threets;
  • Met with staff from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and representatives from Zeneca, along with Administrative Chief Shasa Curl, Planning and Building Services Director Richard Mitchell, Senior Planner Lina Velasco, Deputy City Attorney Rachel Sommovilla, and outside legal counsel, to discuss the status of environmental remediation at the Zeneca site on the south Richmond shoreline;
  • Met with representatives from the UC Berkeley Chancelllor’s office, along with Mayor Tom Butt, Mayor’s Chief of Staff David Gray, Planning and Building Services Director Richard Mitchell, Administrative Chief Shasa Curl, and Assemblymember Thurmond staff member Mary Nicely, to discuss their view of development potential at the Richmond field Station;
  • Met with the Chevron Refinery Manager Kory Judd and Public Affairs Manager Patty Canessa to discuss the status of the Chevron Refinery modernization project;
  • Met, with Margaret Hanlon-Gradie and representatives from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, along with Employment and Training Director Sal Vaca, to discuss economic development in Richmond;
  • Met with Richmond Art Center (RAC) Executive Director Richard Ambrose to discuss the current programs and opportunities at RAC;
  • Met with several members of the Berkeley Global Campus Community Working Group to reflect on the community working group process and lessons learned;
  • Attended the 15th Anniversary Crystal Celebration of Richmond Main Street;
  • Met with Marsha Mather-Thrift, Executive Director of the Rosie the Riveter Trust, along with Richmond Senior Management Analyst LaShonda White, to discuss renewal of their lease for office space at 440 Civic Center Plaza, and related issues.  

These meetings were in addition to attending the regular management staff meeting,  agenda planning, reviewing staff reports to the City Council, doing department head “check-ins,” having discussions on various personnel matters, and having short discussions with staff, community members, members of the press, etc.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the substance of these or any other topics.

  • 11. Safe and Sane Halloween

This past Halloween, Richmond Police officers stopped by local neighborhood community centers, non-profits, and events to share treat bags, safety tips, and treats with local youth. In addition, safety tips were shared with the public on walking safety and candy inspection.  Special thanks to the Richmond Police Officers Association and an anonymous donor that contributed almost 1,000 bags to the effort.


  • 12. Richmond Public Library Baby Lapsit

You are never too young to enjoy Richmond Public Library's Story time lap-sit programs. The library will be welcoming babies and young toddlers to their own special interactive music and movement story time. 

The infant/toddler lap-sit began this past Tuesday, November 1st and featured developmentally appropriate songs, movement games, and books to engage the very smallest library patrons. Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of early literacy practice, fun songs, books, bounces, and tickles with which to charm and entertain their little ones.

This program is ideal for infants (including newborns) to two years, although older siblings are always welcome. Please plan to stay after and socialize with other parent/caregivers. The program will be held Tuesdays, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM at the West Side Branch Library (135 Washington Ave).

For more information, please call 510-620-6557.

  • 13. Richmond Fire Department Promotions

Aaron Osorio was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief, effective October 18th. Chief Osorio will manage and supervise the field operations of all fire companies assigned to his battalion and will command and manage complex emergency incidents.

Gene Kwon was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain, effective October 22nd. Captain Kwon will supervise a fire station crew, lead them at emergencies incidents, and will be primarily responsible for their training.

Kirk Gross was promoted to the rank of Fire Engineer, effective October 22nd.  Engineer Gross will drive and operate fire engines and trucks at fires and other emergency incidents. Engineer Gross will be responsible for maintaining all fire station apparatus, tools and equipment, plus ensuring the safe return of all members to the firehouse for the next emergency.

  • 14. RAW Talent/RYSE Center Receive 2016 County Arts Recognition Award

On Tuesday, October 25th, RAW Talent (RYSE Center’s Media, Arts, and Culture Department) received a 2016 Arts Recognition Award from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County. The award (one of five presented to arts various groups in the County) was presented by the Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County for outstanding achievements in producing contemporary plays written, directed, and performed entirely by youth.

Receiving the award for RAW Talent/RYSE was Molly Raynor, who established RAW Talent while teaching at Making Waves, and DeAndre Evans, playwright and actor. DeAndre will be directing their 2017 play about the history of black business ownership and black contributions to the community during the WWII migration to Richmond from the South.
RAW Talent produced four plays since 2013: Te’s Harmony, Po’ Boys Kitchen, Bag Ladies’ Butterfly Blues, and Fairytale -- each of which received a $10,000 Neighborhood Public Art mini-grant from the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission.
Te’s Harmony became an award-winning documentary film called Romeo is Bleeding (, which follows Donte Clark, the program's co-founder and a Richmond Poet Laureate, as he led his students through the process of writing a Richmond adaptation of "Romeo & Juliet" to address gun violence in his community. This was the first of four annual multimedia productions written, performed, and directed by Richmond youth. Romeo is Bleeding earned “Audience Pick” at the San Francisco International Film Festival this year.
RYSE’s Media, Arts, and Culture Department promotes community healing and social justice by facilitating young people's innovative creation of political, personal, and expressive media and art. They provide access to industry-standard media equipment and professional development training in the areas of video production, music, visual arts, and performing arts.

  • 15. Join the Youth Leadership Committee!

The Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) is a year-round program run by the City of Richmond to engage high school students in a rich combination of experiences including leadership development, hands-on projects, and field trips. The application period opens November 1st and closes on November 30th at 5:00 PM. Interviews will be held from December 5th to December 15th and students will be notified on their acceptance to the program by December 23rd. Mandatory workshop meetings will begin January 11, 2017 and will continue every Wednesday from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Richmond Community Services Department (3230 Macdonald Avenue).

Online applications are available now at:
If you have any questions please contact Guadalupe Morales at or call (510) 620-6553.

Thank you and good luck on the application process!


  • 16. Richmond Promise Fall Workshops 

All throughout the fall, the Richmond Promise team will be hosting workshops to assist high school seniors and their families begin their financial aid and Richmond Promise applications.

Upcoming Fall Student and Family Workshop dates are:

  • November 29th
  • December 13th & 15th

All workshops will be from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM in the computer labs at 450 Civic Center Plaza. Please have students RSVP at

High school seniors and their families are encouraged to attend their high school’s Cash for College workshop to receive further assistance to complete their financial aid applications. All Cash for College dates can be found at

Remember that can also be used as a resource to find other scholarships and college exploration tools by going to the “Resources” section:

Questions? Contact us at or 510-620-6531.

Apply for the Richmond Promise scholarship today at!


  • 17. Getting Ready for College Conference 

This past Saturday, October 29th, the Ed Fund, WCCUSD, and City of Richmond collaborated with multiple organizations to organize a successful Getting Ready for College Conference at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium.  Students and parents participated in a plethora of college preparation workshops that included:

  • Career exploration,
  • Finding the best college,
  • An alumni panel with current college students who graduated from West County schools,
  • A-G course planning,
  • Financial aid assistance to complete the FASA and Dream Act applications, and
  • One-on-one personal statement writing support by experienced WriterCoach Connection volunteers.

The parent workshops were held in English and Spanish. A college fair was also held with representatives from multiple colleges and student support organizations.
Teen Services Librarian, Añgela Cox, addressed 70 students in the “How to be Competitive for College Workshop” about the new developments with the S.A.T. exam, when to take the exam, and the six-week S.A.T. Preparation Workshop offered through Richmond Public Library Teen Services. Students receive a pre-test, four weeks of live instruction, a post-test, three instructional manuals to use and keep, test-taking strategies, and three months of virtual tutoring access from Princeton Review. The Richmond Promise staff supported the planning of the alumni panels, participated in the college fair, and supported participants to find scholarships and complete financial aid applications.

For more college preparation and financial aid support events, please visit the Richmond Promise website:


  • 18. Love Your Block Cleans Up Richmond!

The weekend of October 22nd was a busy one for the Love Your Block (LYB) team, which attended two separate clean-ups in Richmond.

Coordinated by Urban Transformation and LYB, the first event took place on 23rd Street, where organizers and a handful of volunteers spread out along eight blocks, armed with gloves, trash pickers, and bags. In just an hour and a half, this small group gathered 15 bags of trash and green waste. The clean-up was part of an effort to revitalize this commercial corridor and prepare it for Trick or Treat on 23rd Street. The Halloween celebration was free, fun for all ages, and included a costume contest at the NIAD Art Center, arts and crafts (Lego robotics, a wish wall mural, animal balloons, masks and face painting), and a community altar dedicated to the families of victims of gun violence.

Later in the afternoon, LYB joined LOL Educational Community and Richmond Museum of History for the Nevin Park clean-up. Volunteers came out to honor the opening of the Little Free Library by giving away books, cleaning up the park, removing weeds, and planting four new kinds of native vegetation. Six bags of trash and six bags of plant debris were collected.

Love Your Block loves teaming up with and getting to know fellow community members and organizations! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for support in setting up a community event.

  • 19. Community Services Highlights

Floating Pumpkin Patch

On Saturday, October 15th, delighted children and smiling parents jumped into the pool to select pumpkins on at the annual Floating Pumpkin Patch. This year, the event was held at the beautifully renovated Richmond Swim Center. Aquatics staff enjoyed decorating in anticipation of the event. The event was an opportunity to showcase the beautifully refurbished swim center at 4300 Cutting Boulevard (next to Kennedy High School). Visitors enjoyed splashing in the indoor pool on an otherwise dreary, rainy day. Multiple first-time patrons commented that they hadn't realized what an amazing facility it was, and pledged to return. However, the best comment was from an eager six year old boy, "Wow! Pumpkins really DO float!" 




The Shields Reid Community Center held its First Annual Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 22nd.  Participants from as far as Marin County joined adults and children from Richmond to have a great day playing chess.  More than 40 people participated in the friendly competition, featuring youth, teen, and adult divisions. Winners received trophies, while all participants received medals from the West Coast Chess Alliance.

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May Valley

Forty-seven participants from the May Valley Community Center After-School Program spent the day at the Pumpkin Patch in Hercules. Everyone had a great time picking pumpkins to take home and jumping on the inflatable jumpers with their friends. Participants at May Valley are looking forward to carving the giant pumpkin donated by the Hercules Pumpkin Patch.


Aquatics Training

Early in October, the City of Richmond Aquatic staff had their rescue skills tested by an actual emergency. A gentleman came into the facility requesting help because he had chest pain and shortness of breath. The lifeguards and cashiers quickly jumped into gear, implementing their Emergency Action Plan. Staff members immediately cleared the pool so that all efforts could be focused on the victim. After 911 was called, lifeguards monitored and comforted the victim until paramedics arrived. The man was taken to the hospital so that he could receive the medical care he needed. Multiple patrons and bystanders shared how impressed they were with the care and quick actions taken by staff.

Lifeguards and Aquatics staff meet monthly for ongoing training and skills review, including CPR practice, water rescues, Emergency Action Plan (EAP) review, and blood borne pathogens management. After being tested by a real emergency situation, staff and patrons alike appreciated these trainings.  



Tennis in Ghana

Tetteh Kisseh, Recreation Program Coordinator, just returned from a trip to his home town in Ghana. In collaboration with Richmond Tennis Association (RTA) board members and the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Tetteh did a tennis outreach session on September 29th and 30th in Accra, Ghana. Tetteh took RTA shirts and USTA balls, racquets, hats, and nets with him, which had been thoughtfully donated by the RTA and USTA organizations, to introduce the game of tennis to the local youth. He led tennis clinics for teens 12 to 15 years old that lasted for an hour and a half each day. Students quickly demonstrated and practiced racquet and ball control, and were introduced to the rules and scoring system in tennis.  Most of the teens have never played tennis, so they were very excited to learn a new sport. Their teachers promised to engage them in tennis regularly.  The RTA President is urging the USTA NORCAL to do an article in their magazine, Inside Tennis, highlighting Tetteh’s inspiring trip.  Who knows?…Tetteh may have introduced the game of tennis to a future US Open champion.



  • 20.Information Technology


Top 10 Webpage views for the week ending 11-04-2016


Facebook Statistics
Total page views increased by  69%
Post engagements increased by 127%
Page Likes increased by 50%

Twitter Statistics
Tweets increased by 2.3%
Tweet impresions increased by 24.3%
Followers are up

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City of Richmond Mobile APP UPDATE

The City of Richmond’s mobile phone app is available on the Apple App store and Google Play store. 

This City of Richmond mobile app provides Richmond’s community members with one-stop access to City services and information via mobile devices. The app allows quick and real-time reporting of neighborhood-related issues; viewing the City’s Events Calendar; finding addresses and phone numbers of local businesses, city departments and council members. Locating one of Richmond’s numerous parks, and welcoming libraries and community centers, including reserving rental space for that special occasion are all done with ease!

You may view the City’s mobile app on YouTube:

The City of Richmond is looking forward to feedback from the community on this upgraded Mobile App. We welcome your comments at

  • 21. Engineering/CIP Departments

Engineering Projects:

Nevin Avenue BART Entrance Project

The Nevin Avenue BART Entrance Project implementation continued this week. Despite the weather fluctuations, contractors were still able to complete the elevator and equipment room housing. They also worked on the street level lobby and the stairs.

Nevin Avenue BART Entrance

Nevin Avenue Streetscape Project

Nevin Avenue was paved and is just a few short weeks out from completion. The street will be ready for use once the landscaping and furniture is complete. 

Nevin Avenue Streetscape Project


Streets Division

Paving crews ground and paved 31st Street from Clinton Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue, performed storm patrol, and worked from the outstanding pothole list.

31st & Roosevelt Grind # 6
31st & Roosevelt Pave #4
Grinding and Paving on 31st Street

Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the fifth Monday and the first Tuesday through Friday in the Clinton Hill II – IV and East Richmond neighborhood council areas as weather permitted.

There has been a new street sweeper placed into service after retiring one of the old vehicles. Keep a look out for the new sweeper as it passes.

New Street Sweeper

Signs and Lines staff repaired 29 signs and poles, installed six new signs and poles, fabricated 14 new signs, placed 12 pavement markers, and painted 303 feet of curb.

  • 22. Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations


Abatement crews demolished a delapidated structure located at 1025 Florida Avenue, abated weeds in various locations around the community, assisted 16 seniors for the Belding Woods neighborhood clean-up event, cleaned walkways, removed tons of illegal dumping in various locations, and removed graffiti throughout the community.

Assisting with Senior Clean-Up Day

Property Demolition


Weed Abatement

Illegal Dumping Removed

Graffiti Removal

Code Enforcement:

Officers followed up on several areas for overgrowth, dumping, and blight. The pictures below are of the results of diligence by the Code Enforcement Officers to have the responsible parties correct issues.



Facilities Maintenance:

Stationary Engineers changed security latches, replaced three access doors and six door hinges at the Plunge, removed condensate line at the Main Library, re-pinned 18 locks for lockers at Fire Station #64, and rethreaded and replaced screws and door hinges on the automatic doors at 440 and 450 Civic Center Plaza.

Utility Workers replaced dispensers at the May Valley Community Center, attended a training on Hazardous Waste, auto scrubbed the Civic Center, set up various rooms for events, and maintained 29 City owned facilities.

Council Chambers Room Set-Up

Auto-Scrub Civic Center Plaza

Electricians replaced a knocked down crosswalk pole at 29th and Maricopa Streets, repaired traffic signal knockdown at Harbour Way and Ohio Avenue, built and installed signal equipment on Regatta Boulevard, replaced security lights on Annex Senior Center building, repaired solar crosswalk beacons in various locations, and repaired street lights along Richmond Parkway between Hensley Avenue and Barrett Avenue.

Traffic Signal Repair

Parks and Landscaping Division:  

General maintenance crews repaired the irrigation at Nicholl Park, weed whipped medians on Cutting Boulevard from South 23rd Street to San Pablo Avenue, removed five dead trees from Lamoine Park, installed a new slide at Nevin Park, replaced a bench at May Valley Community Center, inspected play equipment throughout the City, added sand to the Solano Play Lot, installed a pull up bar at Belding Garcia Park, fixed play equipment at Martin Luther King and Nicholl Park, adjusted irrigation control clocks to the winter schedule, and assisted with the Harmony Walk this past Saturday, October 29th.

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Median Weeding on Cutting Boulevard

Play Structure Repair

The tree crew cut or trimmed trees on South 5th Street, South 20th Street, 20th Street, 600 Block of 31st Street, 16th Street, San Pablo Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue, Barrett Avenue, Barnard Street, Amador Avene, and East Scenic Avenue. The crew also planted trees for at the Richmond Ballfield and mowed and edged the Civic Center.

Hilltop Districtcrews continued with general maintenance on Blume and Hilltop Drives, continued landscaping on the corner of Richmond Parkway off ramp to Giant Highway, continued maintenance at Hilltop Lake, placed mulch in front of Bay Vista Park, installed drip irrigation in areas of Richmond Parkway, continued general maintenance at Country Club Vista and Bay Vista Parks, and continued maintenance around the business district.

Hilltop Drive Maintenance
Hilltop Drive Maintenance

Tree Trimming

Marina Districtcrews continued with the landscaping of the island in the Marina Green parking lot, upgraded irrigation and new planting around Fisherman’s Circle, removed debris, pruned trees, and performed storm clean-up.

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Island Landscaping

       Marina Green parking lot median tree planting
Marina Green Lot Landscaping
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.




Bill Lindsay
City Manager
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
(510) 620-6512

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