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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week ending May 18th, 2018
May 21, 2018

Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending May 18th, 2018.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd beginning with Closed Session at 5:00 PM, followed by the regular meeting of the Richmond City Council at 6:30 PM.  The agenda may be found by clicking this link: Richmond City Council Agenda Packet.

  • Second Annual “Taste of Richmond” – Happening this Weekend!

The Second Annual Taste of Richmond will be held this upcoming 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.

Please note that the event is almost sold out.  Don’t wait!  Buy your tickets now as only the limited number of remaining tickets will be available at the door.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

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.

All samples and tastes are included in the single admission price of $20.  Children 10 years and under are admitted free. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:


  • Point Richmond Music 2018 Boasts Tuneful Line-Up

Point Richmond Music's 2018 free concert line-up is anticipated to be one of the best yet!

Point Richmond Music (PRM), an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, produces this annual music series in support of its mission to build community through the unifying language of music.  This year, the sponsors had the difficult task of choosing from among more than 100 bands that submitted applications to perform, and the result will be a great summer of music.

The summer-long street series runs on the second Friday of each month, June through September, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM in historic downtown Point Richmond (Park Place between West Richmond and Washington Avenues). In addition to free music, every concert features an opportunity drawing, arts and education booths, face-painting for children and dancing in the streets.

Local restaurants offer a wide array of cuisines, and a rotating selection of food trucks pull up to each concert. Concert-goers can pair fine food with beverages served in biodegradable cups from PRM’s no-host bar, with proceeds directly supporting the music series. Festival-style seating is available with a limited number of chairs provided, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own festival/lawn chairs.

Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band will kick off the season on Friday, June 8th, with an evening of high-energy New Orleans blues, rhythm & blues and swamp funk.  Be there! 
Please visit for more information, and to see details of the entire summer line-up.

PRM 2018 Poster

  • 2018 Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony!

The Richmond Historic Preservation Commission and the National Park Service invite you to attend the Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony honoring this year's award recipients. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, May 21st at 5:30 PM in the Richmond City Council Chambers located at 440 Civic Center Plaza. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the Richmond Art Center, catered by the Contra Costa College Culinary Department.

The purpose of the awards program is to increase public awareness of Richmond’s heritage by recognizing individuals, organizations, businesses, and agencies whose contributions demonstrate outstanding commitment to excellence in historic preservation, local history or promotion of the heritage of the City.

The Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce this year's Historic
Preservation Award recipients are:

Sandi Genser-Maack, for her Relentless Preservation of Richmond History;

Alten Construction, Inc., for Adaptive Reuse of the Historic National Oil Products Company Vitamin Factory to Alten Construction, Inc.’s Headquarters;

Melinda McCrary, for Spearheading the Rescue of a Priceless Victor Arnautoff Mural and Fostering New Participatory, Community-Centered Programs at the Richmond Museum of History; and

Nystrom Elementary School, for the Rehabilitation and National Register Designation of Nystrom Elementary School.

Feel free to download the Historic Preservation Awards ceremony invitation and help spread the word. Contact Jonelyn Whales, Senior Planner, at (510) 620-6785 or with any questions.

  • 23rd Street Streetscape Improvement Plan Update

In 2008, the City of Richmond held a series of community workshops that helped shape the 23rd Street Streetscape Improvement Plan (Plan). Several years have passed and the City is re-engaging the community and stakeholders to update the plan for today’s needs. The Plan focuses on the area of 23rd Street from Bissell Avenue to Costa Avenue.

Multiple design alternatives were explored during the earlier planning process. These alternatives involved different lane configurations, parking types, varying degrees of bicycle access, and different thematic elements.

To confirm decisions made during the earlier planning process and to update the plan to reflect current design standards and preferences, the City of Richmond is revisiting the 23rd Street Streetscape Improvement Plan and revising it, as needed, based on the feedback received and current complete street practices.

As part of this process, the City held the first of two community workshops on Saturday, March 31st. The goal of this first workshop was to re-engage with the community, present the previously prepared plan, and obtain input on how it could be improved upon.  In addition, the City convened a Technical Advisory Committee, comprised of City staff and representatives from adjacent cities and stakeholder agencies, attended a 23rd Street Merchants Association meeting, and set up a booth at the Cinco de Mayo festival. These additional outreach events were aimed to further gather input on the plan.

Based upon that input, City staff and the consultant team are evaluating modifications to the plan and will be presenting the findings and proposed refinements at the second community workshop to be held on Saturday, May 26th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Richmond High School

Community Meeting #2
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Richmond High School (Lobby)
1250 23rd Street

To learn more about the 23rd Street Streetscape Improvement Plan, visit  or contact Lina Velasco at or (510) 620-6841.

  • First Mile/Last Mile Strategic Plan – Open House

Richmond is a “multi-modal transportation paradise,” featuring BART, national passenger rail service, AC Transit, and ferry service coming in 2018.  However, it often takes more than one type of travel, linked to these transportation modes, to complete a trip to or from your final destination.

The City of Richmond is in the process of developing a strategic plan for this important “first mile/last mile” transportation segment, and we want to hear from you.  Please stop by the Richmond BART Station anytime from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM (perhaps on your way home) and tell us about your transit connections, and ideas that you have to improve these connections.

We will have light food and refreshments, and all are welcome.

  • Richmond Fire Department

The Fire Prevention Division has been busy ensuring that residents and businesses are living in a safer city through fire inspections and public education.  Please review some of the tasks and events that they have performed or participated in the last few weeks:

Flush Test

A flush test was completed at 150 South 45th Street (Mira Flores Senior Housing Project) for the connection of the EBMUD line and fire pump line being connected to the sprinkler system.  In conjunction with EBMUD, the piping system is flushed to ensure that there are no obstructions introduced into the sprinkler system/fire pump.

IMG_6955 - Inspector Wiley - Flow Test

Inspector Wiley is viewing the hose line being flushed out down the storm water drain. At the end of the hose line is a burlap bag that contain chlorine tablets and capture any potential obstructions, e.g., rocks, large leaves, pipe shavings and debris. The system is flushed until the burlap bag is free and clear of any obstructions.

Fire Alarm Test

A fire alarm test was also completed at 150 South 45th Street (Mira Flores Senior Housing Project).  Every detectable device was checked and verified to ensure 100% compliance with the fire alarm system.

In the photo below, Inspector Wiley is looking at the smoke damper that is installed on the second floor.  When the fire alarm system is activated this smoke damper, which is left open, will close to ensure that no smoke is transferred from one area of the building into another especially the rated egress corridor that tenants will travel to exit this building.

IMG_4541 - Inspector Wiley  - smoke damper

Inspectors also ensure that the smoke detector inside the HVAC system shuts down when activated. National and local safety standards and codes recognize the ability of air duct systems to transfer smoke, toxic gases, and flame from area to area. Sometimes smoke can be of such quantity as to be a serious hazard to life safety unless blowers (HVAC units) are shut down and dampers are actuated. The primary purpose of duct smoke detection, then, is to prevent injury, panic, and property damage by reducing the spread (recirculation) of smoke. Duct smoke detection can also serve to protect the air conditioning system itself from fire and smoke damage.

IMG_4544 - Inspectors Luis Padilla & Dante Wiley - HVAC - Smoke Detector

Public Education

The 36th Annual Senior Information & Health Faire, located at the Civic Center Auditorium, featured the Fire Prevention Services Division giving one large fire extinguisher demonstration, then conducting smaller ones at the department table throughout the event.

IMG_4547 - Inspector Wiley - Senior
Inspector Wiley is demonstrating how to use a fire extinguisher properly using the P.A.S.S. method. P (Pull the pin) …A (Aim the nozzle at the base) …S (Squeeze the lever)…S (Sweep the nozzle left to right back and forth).

Underground Tank Removal

Both Inspectors Padilla & Wiley oversaw the removal of two underground tanks which were located at 150 Harbour Way.  In conjunction with Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Inspectors, and wastewater inspectors, both Padilla & Wiley witnessed the process of properly documenting and ensuring the contractors complied with all applicable codes and standards.

IMG_6921 - Inspectors Padilla & Wiley - Plan ReviewIMG_6860 - Inspector Luis Padilla - Underground Storage Tank RemovalIMG_6862 - Inspector Dante Wiley - Underground Storage Tank Removal

  • 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:

  • 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, along with Planning Manager Lina Velasco, with Toody Maher and other representatives from Pogo Park to discuss the funding status of the Yellow Brick Road project, and related topics;
  • Attended the monthly Council of Industries luncheon meeting;
  • Participated in a conference call with US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) staff to discuss the status of the Richmond Housing Authority funding, along with Finance Director Belinda Warner, and Housing Authority consultant Tia Ingram;
  • Participated in a conference call with representatives of the John Stewart Company to discuss issues related to the financing of the Richmond Housing Authority RAD projects, Triangle Court and Friendship Manor, along with along with Senior Assistant City Attorney Carlos Privat and Finance Director Belinda Warner;
  • Attended the Richmond Police Department annual inspection ceremony held at the Craneway Pavillion;
  • Attended the Richmond Promise Board of Directors meeting;
  • Attended the quarterly Health Richmond/Building Health Communities meeting.

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.

  • Mayor Butt’s Time with Tom!

Get ready for Mayor Butt’s upcoming Time with Tom, which will be hosted by Restaurante Bahia de Jiquilisco on Thursday, May 24th, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Come out to 1096 23rd Street to connect with the Mayor, with your neighbors, and enjoy some delicious food. We hope to see you there!

  • Richmond Promise: Save the Date & Next Steps for College Success!

You’re Invited! 3rd Annual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration is Wednesday, May 23rd!

You’re invited to attend the 3rd Annual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration on Wednesday, May 23rd at Richmond Memorial Auditorium. There is a resource fair 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, and the ceremony starts promptly at 6:00 PM.

The Scholars Celebration is a community-wide event to honor the 476 vibrant and unstoppable Richmond Promise Class of 2018 scholarship recipients, recognize the education and civic partnerships critical to their success, and celebrate what the Richmond Promise means to the community. The third class of Richmond Promise Scholars will be welcomed into the Richmond Promise family where they will join a growing number of nearly 600 current Scholars representing Richmond at 79 different colleges and universities across the country!

Please RSVP:

Interested in hosting a resource table? Contact Gaby Urías:

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Support Richmond Promise by enjoying America’s Pastime!
Support Richmond Promise by purchasing a ticket from the Oakland A's Non Profit Ticket Fundraising Program during the 2018 season! By purchasing tickets to one of the select games listed on this link, you will qualify for a special ticket discount. In addition, 25% of every ticket sold will go back to our organization!
For more information, or to purchase a group of 15+, please contact Luke Johnson at 510-746-4433 or

  • San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project: Construction Continues

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.

The project includes installation of new traffic signals at La Puerta Road and Robert Miller Drive, and installation of sidewalk, bicycle facilities, crosswalks, and lighting improvements along San Pablo Avenue from Rivers Street to La Puerta Road.

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;

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.

Work this week was concentrated at the intersection with Robert Miller Drive, where the median island will be realigned. The old traffic signal poles were removed, and subsurface soils and aggregate base were prepared, in anticipation for installation of re-aligned median islands and newly paved roadway areas.

Project information is available on the following website:

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

pole removal

subsurface prep
San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project

  • 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 individuals in navigating the homebuyer process, and bringing them 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!

  • Get Ready for Celebrate Downtown 2018!

Summer is just around the corner and Downtown Richmond is the place to be! Mark your calendar for four amazing community events:

  • Healthy Village Festival on June 23rd ;
  • Music on the Main summer concerts on July 25th & August 22nd; and
  • Spirit & Soul Festival on September 15th.

All events are free admission, family friendly and feature activities, food, vendors, music, and more…all in Downtown Richmond, specifically various locations along Macdonald Avenue between Harbour Way and Richmond BART.

Check out each event’s webpage for details, including ways to participate as a sponsor, vendor, or volunteer!

More info at or by calling (510) 236-4049.

  • 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

  • Community Services Highlights

Upcoming Events and Program Activities

National Kids to Park Day - TOMORROW

Celebrate National Kids to Park Day with the Community Services Department TOMORROW, Saturday May 19th at Miller Knox Regional Park. Kids will participate in hiking, fishing, and fun games. Lunch and snacks will be provided. We will depart Parchester Community Center at 9:30 AM and return by 3:30 PM.

Info: Tetteh Kisseh, (510) 620-6919

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.

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:


North Richmond Block Party – A Celebration of Unity
Last Friday, the North Richmond Block Party brought over 100 people of all ages to celebrate community on 5th Street between Market and Silver. Over 20 community-based organizations and local businesses came out to support the festivities.

The Block Party was the final phase in the Rancho Market Mural Project, a community-centered project generously supported by the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission Neighborhood Public Art Grant. The previous phases included painting the walls off-white with green trims, recruiting Richmond-based mural apprentices, engaging North Richmond residents about the mural design, and coordinating volunteer events to let people paint the walls of Rancho Market.

The event featured an official unveiling of the “Fabric of Unity” mural at Rancho Market, a popular neighborhood grocer that does not sell alcohol.  It was installed by Richmond-based artists Richard Muro Salazar, Vanessa “Agana” Espinoza, Alfonso Leon, Jacinto Mingura, and Jahira Fragozo. Over 30 volunteers and North Richmond residents also contributed to painting the mural during the volunteer paint days at North Richmond Earth Day Festival last month.

With vivid colors and patterns spread throughout the two walls, “Fabric of Unity” honors North Richmond’s rich history including jazz music, the Black Panther Party, and the Kaiser Shipyards. During the event, a moment of silence was held for the people whose lives were lost at Rancho Market. The Block Party reflected the intergenerational bond across all peoples and the hopeful future to build toward in North Richmond.


36th Annual Senior Information & Health Faire
The Health Faire took place last Wednesday morning, May 9, 2018 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. There were 50 vendors participating with an estimated attendance of over 200 people at the event.

Thank you all for coming out!

Mother’s Day Potluck at the Richmond Senior Annex
The Richmond Senior Annex had a Mother’s Day Potluck on Tuesday, May 15th. We had over 40 people participate. The group was entertained by the Annex’s own group Yoko and the Sunshine Girls.

It was a great day to celebrate all of the Mothers and their contributions.

Developing Personal Resources Center and Flower Potting
The participants from the Adult Morning Program at the DPRC presented their mothers and grandmothers with beautifully decorated potted plants. Before they began the activity, they were instructed by staff to research the entire process and work together as a team to complete the project.

Step 1: They prepped the work area with all the materials needed.
Step 2: They painted the entire flower pot using their favorite color of acrylic paint.
Step 3: After the paint dried they chose their own designs and colors of paint and completed the pot.
Step 4: When the pot was completely dried, they added one inch of pebbles for drainage, carefully planted their flower in the pot, added fresh soil and a little water.

They presented their gifts and everyone was touched with joy!

Shields Reid Community Center
During the week of May 11th, the children from the Shields Reid Achieve Afterschool Program participated in the North Richmond mural block party and hosted their own neighborhood cleanup.  57 afterschool participants collected dozens of bags of trash in preparation for the block party and later had fun with face painting, chalk art, and bubbles at the festivities.

  • Information Technology

Website Statistics for the Week Ending 05-018-2018

  • Post Engagements increased by 220%
  • Followers are up


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  • I-80 Central Avenue Operations Improvement Project (I-80 and Central Avenue)

In the past two weeks, contractors performed work framing the barrier rails on the I-580 over-crossing bridge and turned on signal lights at the Central Avenue and Rydin Road intersection.  Next week, the contractor anticipates finishing the rail barriers.

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

  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Streets Division:
Paving crews ground and paved 13th Street from Hoffman Boulevard to Potrero Avenue, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Paving Work on 13th Street

Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the second Monday and third Tuesday through Friday in May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I, 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 1 sign, installed 11 new signs and poles, and removed 48 raised pavement markers.

  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)

Abatement crews abated weeds in various locations around the City, abated private lots, participated in the Pullman Neighborhood clean-up where 20 seniors were assisted, abated homeless encampments, continued to remove tons of illegal dumping and graffiti throughout the City.

Right-Of-Way Weed Abatement

Homeless Encampment

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Private Lots Abatement

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Neighborhood Clean-Up/Seniors Pick-ups

Illegal Dumping

Graffiti Abatement

Code Enforcement:
Code Enforcement staff responded to a complaint of work being completed without a permit. The owner received a notice of violation letter and removed the illegal construction from the fence.

Before and After Removal

Facilities Maintenance Division:
Carpenters continued with the sheds for Nicholl Park and the Plunge placing the roof at Nicholl Park, mounted restroom signs in the Main Library Restrooms for Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, removed the tiles in the Bowling Green at Nicholl Park, and moved damaged lumber in the patio area of the Dispatch Center. The Building Trades workers completed routine inspections for Point Molate and assisted carpenters with the building of the new sheds at Nicholl Park and the Plunge.

Painters completed the painting of the Dispatch Center, made keys for various departments, painted messages on chalk boards for the “Help a Block” program, and performed other touch up painting jobs around City buildings.

Stationary Engineers performed routine pool tests and boiler inspections, relocated a toilet for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, cleared clogged drain at the Family Justice Center, repaired the air conditioners in the server rooms at 440 Civic Center Plaza, City Hall main server, and the City Hall basement, removed a bookshelf at Fire Station #62, relocated restroom partitions in the women’s restroom for ADA compliance, and installed an ergonomic keyboard for staff.

Utility Workers replaced bulbs at the Police Department, delivered tables and chairs to the Auditorium, replaced lights in the Bookmobile garage, scrubbed floors at the Richmond Swim Center, set-up various rooms, including the Council Chambers, for events, and maintained 29 City-owned facilities.

Bulb Replacement

Parks and Landscaping Division:
General Maintenance crews weed-whipped Valley View Road right of ways, whipped a vacant lot on Amend Avenue, performed maintenance in Civic Center Plaza, delivered mulch to Carlson Meadow for volunteers, repaired irrigation at Nicholl and Wendell Parks, and painted the benches at Rain Cloud Park.
City Hall Weed Abatement
Civic Center Plaza Maintenance

Tree crews cut or trimmed trees on/at: 22nd Street, South 45th to 47th Streets, Esmond Avenue, Berk Avenue, and Rifle Range Road.

Signal Light Clearing San Pablo Ave & Esmond
Tree Trimming on Esmond and San Pablo Avenue

Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued clean-up on the Richmond Parkway, and peformed weed abatement on medians from Hilltop Drive to Hilltop Mall Road and on Atlas Road.

Weed abatement Atlas Road
Atlas Road Weed Whipping

Marina District crews continued with the Regatta Boulevard improvements on the medians, lawn maintenance throughout, weed abatement at parks and on the Esplanade Trail, weed blowing on the Bay Trail entrance, cleaned barbeque areas and the playground at Vincent Park, and performed litter removal, refuse disposal, and irrigation audits at Marina Green Park.

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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