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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week ending April 20th, 2018
April 24, 2018

Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending April 20th, 2018.

1.     Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM.  The agenda may be found by clicking this link: Richmond City Council Agenda Packet.

Editor’s note:  Saturday, April 21st is the beginning of a very busy weekend in Richmond.  It is Earth Day weekend, and a number of events have been scheduled that celebrate environmental awareness.  Thanks to Supervisor Gioia’s office, this report provides a convenient summary of the many Earth Day related activities (see item 2 below).

Saturday also features an open house at Pt. Molate (item 4), Rancho Market Community Paint Days (item 5), and another primer on rent regulations (item 6).  Lots to choose from this weekend, and some very busy months ahead…

2.     Summary of Earth Day Activities Courtesy of Supervisor John Gioia

Supervisor John Gioia’s office has provided us with a great summary of the Earth Day activities in and near to Richmond.  Enjoy the day (and the “earth”) with your family and friends.

North Richmond: Community service projects and celebration
(more details in item 3, below)

What: Creek cleanup, park beautification, mural painting, petting zoo, music, kids' activities, food.
Time: Cleanup: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Celebration: Noon to 3:00 p.m. 
Creek Clean-up: Verde Elementary School, 2000 Giaramita Street
Mural Painting: 500 Market Street
Shields-Reid Park Beautification and Celebration: 1410 Kelsey Street 
For more: Tania Pulido at or 510-253-9221

Richmond: Groundwork Richmond's Earth Day on the Richmond Waterfront, in conjunction with the Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show at the Craneway 

What: Educational kayak tours of the Richmond waterfront (boats provided); food trucks 
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Where: Meet at the Craneway Pavilion (Ford Building), 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond
For more: or 510-847-5031

Richmond: Grant Elementary School

What: Planting, gardening, clean-up
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 2400 Downer Avenue, Richmond 
For more: 510-231-1422

El Sobrante: Spawners' Earth Day Celebration

What: San Pablo Creek clean-up, children's activities, info booths, free volunteer lunch
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Where: Elk's Lodge, 3931 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante 
For more: Helen Fitanides at or 510-665-3538.

El Cerrito: Earth Day Celebration

What: Community-wide work projects, free lunch 
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lunch at noon. 
Where: For location of work parties check webpage
Volunteer lunch at noon at El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moser Lane
For more: Email or 510-215-4350.  

Pinole: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Earth Day 

What: Clean-up activities and free lunch 
Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Giant Road staging area, 5551 Giant Road, Richmond 
Click here to register 

Albany: Visualizing Sea Rise 

What: Shoreline clean-up, followed by sea rise awareness march with Mariachi music, exhibits, family activities, snacks 
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Albany Beach, end of Buchanan Street
More: email 

3.     8th Annual North Richmond Earth Day Festival – April 21st

Earth Day in North Richmond is an annual celebration that brings together residents, agencies, and businesses to beautify community spaces and celebrate unity. The event is planned by the North Richmond Earth Day Steering Committee and is made up of residents, community-based organizations, Contra Costa County, and City of Richmond agencies. 
This year’s Earth Day will be held on Saturday, April 21st, and will host three impactful community service projects during the morning hours with a celebration in the afternoon. You can sponsor a specific activity, such as a food or kid activity, or you can support the festival as a whole.

Community Service Projects will take place from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and will include the following:

·       Community Mural: The launch of Rancho Market and Deli mural on the corner of 5th Street and Market Ave @ 500 Market Street, Richmond, CA
·       Wildcat Creek Clean-up: Beginning in front of Verde Elementary @ 2000 Giaramita 
·       Shields Reid Beautification: Street and center clean-up at Shields Reid Center, as well as, gardening and tree planting at 1410 Kelsey Street
The Earth Day Celebration will take place from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM and will include the following:

·       Kids activities: face painting, jumpers, petting zoo, art activities, and more!
·       40+ interactive and resource booths
·       Food and entertainment that uplifts local talent
·       Little league baseball games

For more information, please contact Community Services Coordinator, Tania Pulido at (510) 253-9221 or
#NRED2018 #OurNorthRichmond #NorthRichmondCA

4.     Pt. Molate Open House – Saturday, April 21st

Please take note of the “open house” to be held at the Winehaven Castle Building at Pt. Molate, which includes an eclectic mixture of food, wine, nature, history, and a flea market.  The event is Saturday, April 21st, lasting from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


 5.     Rancho Market Community Paint Days

Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Join the Community Paint Days at Rancho Market located at 500 Market Avenue on Saturday April 21st and Sunday April 22nd, both days from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. The mural installation will begin on the 21st.

On April 21st, a mural installation will begin in honor of North Richmond's rich history and promising future, with images that include blues music, African American cowboys, fertile agricultural lands, Black and Brown solidarity, and sports.

Following the first community paint day on Saturday, April 21st, you can head over to Shields-Reid Park for the Earth Day celebration. There will be live entertainment from local performers, family-friendly activities, free food, and more!

No art experience is necessary to join in the painting. Bring yourself, and wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Richard Salazar at (510) 221-7221.

The Rancho Market Mural Project is supported by the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission Neighborhood Public Art Grant.

6.     Rent Program Eviction 101 in Richmond Community Workshops

As part of its continuing outreach to landlords and tenants who would like to learn more about Rent Program rules and regulations, the City of Richmond Rent Program is offering the following workshop:

Eviction 101 in Richmond (Tenant Focused)
Saturday, April 21st
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

Topics for discussion include:

·      “Just Cause” for eviction and relocation requirements;
·      Termination of tenancy notice requirements; and
·     Unlawful detainer (eviction) process.

Space is limited - RSVP today:


7.     Stand Together Contra Costa

April’s Contra Costa County Mayors Conference featured a presentation by Ali Saidi, Deputy Public Defender Immigration Attorney with the Office of the Contra Costa County Public Defender, who helped develop the Stand Together Contra Costa program, and now serves as the Director of Stand Together CoCo.

As described in its website (, Stand Together Contra Costa is a rapid response, legal services, and community education project to support safety and justice for immigrant families in Contra Costa County.  The program is a partnership between Contra Costa County, philanthropy, and community-based organizations, and provides culturally competent, no-cost rapid response support, legal defense services, and immigrant rights education and training to support families impacted by anti-immigrant policies and practices affecting Contra Costa County residents.

The mission of Stand Together Contra Costa is to ensure that all people in Contra Costa County, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay, are afforded the rights established by the United States Constitution, and are protected from actions or policies that result in disparate, discriminatory, or unlawful treatment.

The 24/7 Stand Together Contra Costa hotline works to provide culturally competent verification and legal observation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity in Contra Costa County.  As noted on the Stand Together website, “ICE enforcement activity in our community tears apart families while spreading an atmosphere of fear and mistrust of civic institutions and services.  Stand Together Contra Costa will not only provide accurate information and verification regarding suspected ICE activity in Contra Costa County, but will also ensure that our immigrants and immigrant families have access to legal due process regardless of their ability to pay.”

Stand Together Contra Costa will not only provide legal consultation and representation to those facing the complex system of immigration law, but will also provide community-based education, trainings, and workshops to ensure that Contra Costa’s immigrant families have meaningful access to information about our civil rights while promoting more robust civic engagement with the many programs and services available in Contra Costa.

Please see the following for more information regarding Stand Together programs, or visit the website at

En Abril la Conferencia de Alcaldes del Condado de Contra Costa presentó una presentación de Ali Saidi, Abogada de Inmigración Defensor Público Adjunta con la Oficina del Defensor Público del Condado de Contra Costa, quien ayudó a desarrollar el programa Stand Together Contra Costa y ahora se desempeña como Directora de Stand Together CoCo .

Como se describe en su sitio web (, Stand Together Contra Costa es un proyecto de respuesta rápida, servicios legales y educación comunitaria para apoyar la seguridad y la justicia para las familias inmigrantes en el condado de Contra Costa. El programa es una asociación entre el Condado de Contra Costa, filantropía y organizaciones comunitarias, y brinda apoyo de respuesta rápida culturalmente competente, sin costo, servicios de defensa legal y educación y capacitación en derechos de los inmigrantes para apoyar a las familias afectadas por políticas antiinmigrantes y prácticas que afectan a los residentes del Condado de Contra Costa.

La misión de Stand Together Contra Costa es garantizar que todas las personas en el Condado de Contra Costa, independientemente de su estatus migratorio o capacidad de pago, tengan los derechos establecidos por la Constitución de los Estados Unidos, y estén protegidos de acciones o políticas que resulten dispares, trato discriminatorio o ilegal.

La línea directa 24/7 Stand Together Contra Costa trabaja para proporcionar verificación culturalmente competente y observación legal de la actividad de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) en el Condado de Contra Costa. Como se señaló en el sitio web de Stand Together Contra Costa, "la actividad de cumplimiento de ICE en nuestra comunidad separa a las familias a la vez que disemina una atmósfera de temor y desconfianza hacia las instituciones y servicios cívicos. Stand Together Contra Costa no solo proporcionará información precisa y verificación con respecto a la sospecha de actividad de ICE en el condado de Contra Costa, sino que también asegurará que nuestros inmigrantes y familias inmigrantes tengan acceso al debido proceso legal independientemente de su capacidad de pago.”

Stand Together Contra Costa no solo brindará asesoramiento legal y representación a quienes enfrentan el complejo sistema de leyes de inmigración, sino que también brindará educación, capacitaciones y talleres basados ​​en la comunidad para garantizar que las familias inmigrantes de Contra Costa tengan acceso significativo a la información sobre nuestras derechos mientras se promueve un compromiso cívico más sólido con los numerosos programas y servicios disponibles en Contra Costa.

Consulte lo siguiente para obtener más información sobre los programas de Stand Together o visite el sitio web en

8.     San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project: Construction is Underway!

The San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project is a federally funded corridor enhancement project that focuses on multimodal access, safety and connection along San Pablo Avenue between Rumrill Boulevard and La Puerta Road.  The project is a partnership between the cities of San Pablo and Richmond, with major funding ($5.978 million) from a One Bay Area Grant (OBAG).  The City of San Pablo is the lead agency for the project.

Key elements of the project include:

·        Modification of the existing road section to add Class 2 bike lanes in both directions of travel;
·        Sidewalk installation on the west side of San Pablo Avenue from Rivers Street to La Puerta Road (southbound), and from Rivers Street to Lancaster Drive on the east side (northbound);
·        Removal of an existing slip lane into Robert H. Miller Drive and replacement of a right turn pocket;
·        Installation of a new traffic signal at La Puerta Road;
·        Modification of existing traffic signals at Rivers Street and Robert H. Miller Drive;
·        Construction of soil nail and concrete retaining walls to allow the roadway to be widened sufficiently to accommodate the new facilities for non-motorized roadway use;
Public notices have been sent to nearby neighbors, storm water protection measures have been installed, and the contractor is surveying and staking portions of the roadway to prepare for relocating the roadway median. The project is anticipated to last about five months.  San Pablo Avenue will remain open to traffic in both directions at all times; however, for safety reasons, there will be times during construction when only one travel lane in each direction is available for vehicular traffic.

Construction questions can be directed to the Construction Manager, Jaemin Park, at or (925) 818-3756.

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San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project

9.     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 and events of note during the past week included:

·       Met with Kathleen Sullivan, Executive Director of GRIP, along with Planning and Building Services Director Richard Mitchell, to discuss various aspects of their programs and partnerships with the City of Richmond;
·       Attended, and provided keynote remarks, at the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) graduation;
·       Participated in a conference call with US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) staff to discuss the status of the Richmond Housing Authority recovery agreement, along with Senior Assistant City Attorney Carlos Privat, Finance Director Belinda Warner, and Housing Authority consultant Tia Ingram;
·       Met with the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF) strategic planning consultant to discuss RCF’s work in the Richmond community;
·       Discussed the proposed Richmond Art Center (RAC) lease agreement with RAC Executive Director Ric Ambrose, together with Senior Assistant City Attorney Carlos Privat and Library and Cultural Services Director Katy Curl;
·       Attended the meeting of the Budget Working Group of union leadership, along with Finance Director Belinda Warner, Senior Management Analyst LaShonda White, Budget Administrator Markisha Guillory, and Personnel Analyst Maria Blue;
·       Attended the ribbon cutting for MCE’s Solar One project in Richmond;
·       Attended the monthly Council of Industries lunch, at which Contra Costa County Public Health Director Dan Peddycord made a presentation to the group;
·       Met with representatives from LYFT, together with Transportation Project Manager Lori Reese-Brown, Risk Manager Kim Greer, Senior Assistant City Attorney Everett Jenkins, and Senior Management Analyst LaShonda White, to discuss implementation of the LYFT-based paratransit program;
·       Discussed strategies to sustain Richmond’s health equity work with The California Endowment Program Officer Diane Aranda and Richmond Health Hub Manager Roxanne Carillo Garza, along with Community Development Director Shasa Curl; and
·       Discussed program and facility status of the Family Justice Center (FJC) with FJC Executive Director Susun Kim, along with Assistant Police Chief Bisa French and Senior Management Analyst LaShonda White.

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.

10. 2018 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest Awards

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The 8th annual Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest Awards ceremony was held on Friday, April 13th, and theCity Council Chambers was packed with proud students and parents, poetry judges, teachers, and art commissioners. County Supervisor John Gioia gave out the awards this year, and got right into the spirit of the event.

240 students from 20 West County schools wrote 476 poems on the subject of “change”. This year’s winners included: eleven 1st Place winners; eleven 2nd Place winners; nine 3rd place winners, and eighteen Honorable Mentions.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners came from WCCUSD elementary, middle and high schools, and received over $1,200 in gift cards. Certificates were given to the winners, and every student who participated in the poetry contest received a 2018 poetry book containing every poem entered.

The City of Richmond’s Copy Center printed the poetry books very economically and professionally. Funding for the awards was sponsored by the Raymond Family Foundation.

Arts & Culture Manager, Michele Seville emceed the event, assisted by Arts & Culture Commissioners, and local photographer Ellen Gailing, who has taken photos of the Richmond Writes! winners for several years. As always, the highlight of the evening was the winning students reading their poems.

11. Celebrate Bike to Work Day in Richmond & the East Bay

May is National Bike Month! On Thursday, May 10th, the City of Richmond in collaboration with Bike East Bay, 511 Contra Costa, Richmond BPAC, Rich City Rides, and SunPower, will be hosting four Energizer Stations across the Richmond community. Stop by on your way to work for refreshments and a Bike to Work Day bag filled with promotional materials from local businesses.

The Energizer Stations will be located along key bicycle routes and open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM:

·       Richmond BART (open 6:30 AM to 8:30 AM)
·       Marina Bay Park (along the Bay Trail)
·       San Pablo Ave and the Richmond Greenway/Ohlone Bike Trail
·       16th St and Richmond Greenway (between Ohio Ave. and Chanslor Ave.)

For more information about Bike to Work Day in Richmond visit:
Visit Bike East Bay’s website for more national Bike Month events happening in the East Bay:


12. Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services Presents HUD Pre-Purchase Workshop on May 23rd and May 24th

Join the Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services for an informative workshop on home purchasing.  The goal of the workshop is to provide information to assist you in navigating the homebuyer process, and get you closer to homeownership!  Many community lending First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) programs require this class. Note: This is a two-part series and attendees must attend both classes to receive a HUD completion certificate.

Event Details:
Wednesday, May 23rd & Thursday, May 24th 
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
12972 San Pablo Avenue
Richmond, CA 

For more information: (510) 237-6459 x1601
Register Today!

13. Safe Disposal of Unwanted Prescription Drugs – “Take Back Day” is Saturday April 28th

On Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the Richmond Police Department, in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Please bring your medications for disposal to the following location:

Richmond Police Department
Hilltop Substation
2200 Hilltop Mall Rd #110
Richmond, CA 94806

This service is free and anonymous – no questions asked. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps - only pills or patches.

This initiative addresses a vital public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28th “Take Back Day” event, go to

14. Richmond Promise: Save the Date & Next Steps for College Success

Save the Date: Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration is Wednesday, May 23rd!
The Scholars Celebration is an annual community-wide event to honor the 500+ vibrant and unstoppable Richmond Scholars in the class of 2018, to recognize their families, and our education and civic partnerships critical to their success, and celebrate what the Promise means to the Richmond community.  Last year, the event drew nearly 1,000 students and families. We hope to see you there! The event is free, but space is limited.

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Check Out Next Steps for College Success!
Award notifications for the Richmond Promise Scholarship will be emailed to students by May 1st. The Richmond Promise is here to support students through a successful college transition. We are currently hosting “Next Steps” workshops across all eligible high schools. This June and July, we will be hosting a series of Summer Success Workshops. Check out next steps for ALL Richmond Promise Scholars, and specific next-steps for top 10 colleges on our website:

Need Help? Have a Question? Call or email Gaby Urías, Richmond Promise Outreach Coordinator, if you would like to schedule time for 1-on-1 assistance with enrollment steps, financial aid, or anything else related to college! | (510) 761-7231  

General Next Steps

 15. Second Annual “Taste of Richmond”

Don't miss out on this “TASTEFUL” event!

Join us in celebrating the diverse food, beverage, music, and culture of Richmond at the second annual “Taste of Richmond”.  This event will feature samples from Richmond’s diverse food and beverage scene, and will introduce guests to spectacular sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, the San Francisco skyline, and Richmond's treasured shoreline. Local restaurants, caterers, and beverage establishments will offer limited tastes of both food and beverages.

The Second Annual Taste of Richmond will be held on Sunday, May 20th from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Riggers Loft Winery in the Historic Point Richmond Ship Building District, presented by the City of Richmond Economic Development Commission.

All samples and tastes are included in the Early Bird (before May 1st) single admission price of $15 or two tickets for $25. After May 1st, ticket prices will increase to $20 each and will be sold as single admission only.  Children 10 years and under are admitted free.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

16. Free Home Solar Systems Available for Qualifying Richmond Residents!

Richmond homeowners can qualify for a FREE home solar system funded by the City of Richmond and the State of California. To be eligible, Richmond and North Richmond residents must meet the following program requirements:

·       Own and live in a home in Richmond or North Richmond;
·       Have a monthly electric bill above $30;
·       Have household income that is the same or less than 80% of area median income (income limits are included in the flyer below and at

For more information, please contact GRID Alternatives at (510) 731-1333 or visit

flyers for website

17. Apply for Your U.S. Passport at Richmond City Hall!

The City of Richmond City Clerk’s Office is accepting passport applications on behalf of the United States Department of State.  United States citizens planning international travel may apply for their passport at 450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, during the following hours by appointment only:

Monday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday:  10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(Closed 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – days of operation only)

Please recognize that the area is an operational executive office, and a quiet zone.  No drop in service for same day appointments or scheduling future appointments is available at this time; you must call (510) 620-6786 to schedule all appointments. 

For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information –

For more information about the City of Richmond Passport Acceptance Facility, please visit

Passport Information Flyer 8.5 x 11 - At City Hall

18. Community Services Highlights

Upcoming Events and Program Activities

Senior Nite Out
Mark your calendars for an evening of dining and dancing on Saturday, May 12th  at the Senior Nite Out Program.  Tickets can be purchased from the Community Services Department at 3230 Macdonald Avenue.  Call (510) 620-6793 for ticket information.

Commission on Aging Recruitment

The Richmond Commission on Aging is looking for seniors age 55 or over to become a member of the Commission.  The purpose of the Commission is to enhance the quality of life for older adults with an emphasis on health, wellness and independence.  If you are age 55 or older and reside in the West Contra Costa County which includes areas within WCCUSD boundaries, consider joining this active Commission that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of seniors.  Please contact Chair, Myrtle Braxton, at (510) 233-0777 for additional information.

3rd Annual Park Rx Day


The City of Richmond Community Services Department, ServiceWorks, Contra Costa Health Services, and the National Park Service have teamed together to organize one of the premier celebrations happening around the Bay Area. Park Rx Day is Sunday, April 29th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at John F. Kennedy Park.

Join us for fun activities such as giveaways, fitness obstacle courses, “Walk with a Doc”, bike rodeo, health screenings, face painting, mixed martial arts demonstrations and much more!

Interested in volunteering to help the event? Sign up at:

Park Rx Day is organized by Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area, a collaborative comprising more than 30 park, health, and community-based organizations united by a vision to improve the health and well-being of all Bay Area residents, especially those with high health needs, through the regular use and enjoyment of parks and public lands.

For more information, contact Vanessa Chau at or at (510) 620-6552.

East Bay Contra Contra Costa (EBCC) STEM Games


Join us on Saturday, April 28th for the East Bay Contra Contra Costa (EBCC) STEM Games! Elementary, Middle, and High School students are strongly encouraged to sign up for this special event.

The games consist of 28 competitive team events which require knowledge of science and math topics applied by engineering and technology skills. The competition, similar to athletic games, captures the commitment, enthusiasm, and interest in STEM careers.

All East Bay and Contra Costa County schools, communities, groups, and organizations can sign up for the competition. Teachers, parents, organization leaders, and adult mentors can participate as coaches.

The entry fee per team is $100 and includes an EBCC STEM Games membership. Register online at Scholarships are available!

Follow updates and more on our Facebook page!

For more information, please contact:

Kymberlyn Carson-Thrower
(510) 620-6789

Family Chess Night – Weekly!

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

ServiceWorks Richmond – Volunteers Needed

SW Volunteer Flyer updated

ServiceWorks, in conjunction with the City of Richmond Community Services Department, Points of Light, AmeriCorps and Citi Foundation, is actively recruiting volunteers to assist with groundbreaking programming. The program’s primary goal is to engage young adults (16-24 years of age) and bring educational modules that drive skill building, volunteering, and success coaching as strategies to help address barriers to youth economic opportunity.

The program offers the opportunity for participants, also known as Service Scholars, to gain valuable college and career experience to which they may not have easy access. Through developing their own service projects and team exercises, Service Scholars will have the opportunity to gain a range of skills.

Volunteers are vital to the success of this program. We are looking for all who wish to make a positive impact on the lives of the youth within our community. Whether it is for a week, a day, or even just a few hours in a month, you can help empower the service scholars to face any obstacle that they may block their path towards sustainable community development.

ServiceWorks gives youth the keys to unlock their future; we are looking for volunteers who will give them the means to open the door.

For more information, please contact: Nicholas Delgado (510) 621-1834, or email:


Developing Personal Resources Center (DPRC) Music Therapy Class


No matter what songs participants pick in our music therapy class, the Developing Personal Resources Center (DPRC) Music Therapy Class is always fun and interesting. The music varies for each individual and the choices reflect their passion and insight of what they love. Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars was the song of the day and everyone was singing and having a great time. We are so fortunate to be partnered with Maya’s Music Therapy Fund and their music therapist Titia. Thank you for enriching our lives with music.

Booker T. Anderson
The Eastshore Neighborhood and Southside Improvement Group + One co-sponsored its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Eastshore Park and Booker T. Anderson Community Center on Saturday March 31st. This event was from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and was attended by 150 kids and adults. The kids received Easter baskets filled with toys, candies, and books. Four bikes, donated by Rich City Rides, were raffled during the event. Both police and fire departments participated in this event.




Richmond Senior Center
Join us for the 36th Annual Senior Information & Health Faire on Wednesday, May 9th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Richmond Auditorium. 


19. Information Technology

Website Statistics for the Week Ending 04-20-2018

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20. I-80 Central Avenue Operations Improvement Project (I-80 and Central Avenue)

This past week, contractors began demolition of the barrier rails on the east side of Central Avenue.  Next week, weather permitting, the contractors will began tying rebar and reforming the barrier rails.

Please visit the project webpage for more information: or call Community Outreach Representative Jacqueline Majors at (510) 882-1603; or email:  

21. Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects:
The Richmond Marina Development (Shea Homes) (The “Bottoms project”) housing is progressing very well with construction of building foundations.  The project is continuing on schedule.

Richmond Marina Development

The construction of the Richmond Ferry pier is also progressing very well with construction of the pier anchor foundation and utilities installation at the parking lots.


Work at the Richmond Ferry


Streets Division:
Paving crews prepped and paved Esmond Avenue from 26th to 29th Streets, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Prep Esmond Ave 26th to 29th #2
Grind Esmond Ave 26th to 29th
Paving Work on Esmond Avenue

Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the third Monday through Friday in North Richmond, Iron Triangle, North Belding Woods, Atchison Village, South Belding Woods, Santa Fe, Coronado, Marina Bay, and Point Richmond neighborhood council areas.

Signs and Lines repaired 5 signs, installed 6 new signs and poles, and installed 132’ of thermoplastic for pavement messaging.

22. Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)

Abatement crews abated weeds on City-owned vacant lots located in the Santa Fe Neighborhood, secured a private property in the Eastshore Neighborhood, responded to an emergency call from the Police Department/Code Enforcement for a board-up, and continued to remove tons of illegal dumping and graffiti throughout the City.


Lot Weed Abatement


Emergency Board-Up

Illegal Dumping

Code Enforcement:
Code Enforcement staff has received numerous complaints about vehicles being parked on lawns and unapproved surfaces at a private residence. The resident was contacted and received a verbal warning and the vehicles were removed.

Before and After

Facilities Maintenance Division:
Carpenters and Building Trades Workers repaired damaged walls in City Hall, re-keyed locks, replaced a door to the outside restroom at Nevin Park, replaced the door at Booker T. Anderson Community Center, continued to build the sheds for the Plunge and Nicholl Park, and performed routine inspections at Point Molate.

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Door Replacement at Booker T. Anderson Community Center

Painters completed various patching and small paint jobs indoors and painted the hall of the Art Center.

Stationary Engineers performed routine pool tests, routine boiler inspections, replaced the outside pool circulating pump at the Richmond Swim Center, installed new partitions and replaced apparatus door belts at Fire Station #67, fixed the women’s restroom and overhead lights at the Museum, cleared the sewer line at the Corporation Yard for the Sign Shop, installed rubber footings for the bleachers at Booker T. Anderson, fixed work stations,  and completed the sewer line repair at the Art Center.

Sewer Line Repair
Sewer Repair at the Art Center

Utility Workers disposed of hazardous waste, lowered flags to half staff in honor of First Lady Barbara Bush, performed court yard clean up at Civic Center Plaza, set-up various rooms for events, set-up the Council Chambers, and maintained 29 City-owned facilities.

Civic Center Plaza Maintenance

Parks and Landscaping Division:
General Maintenance crews performed irrigation repair at Nicholl Park, weeded and trimmed the right of ways on Cutting Boulevard, repaired the fencing at Nicholl Park, weed-whipped and mulched the medians on San Pablo Avenue, dragged baseball infields at Nicholl Park, and weeded the Greenway from 2nd Street to 4th Street.

San Pablo Ave median mulching
Median Mulch Installation

Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued clean-up on the Richmond Parkway, and completed weed abatement at Hilltop Lake.

Richmond Parkway weed abatement
Richmond Parkway Weeding

Marina District crews continued with the Regatta Boulevard improvements on the medians, performed weed abatement throughout, cleaned medians on Marina Way, performed maintenance on Harbour Way, and prepared for the weekend Boat Show.

Weed abatement Marina Way Median
Median Weeding

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.

Have a great week!

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

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To access CORConnect select the CORConnect button on the homepage of the City website.

Alternatively you can select the COR Connect button on any other webpage on the left hand side of the page.

On the next screen under Report an Issue select Report Issue/Concern to create a report or Search Issue/Concerns to look up a previously reported issue.  You can also look up previously submitted issues to check on the current status if you provided you name, phone number or email when you submitted it. 

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