Mayor and Members of the City Council:
This is the weekly report for the two weeks ending July 13th, 2018.
1. Meeting Notes
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17th beginning with Closed Session at 5:00 PM, followed by a Special Meeting of the Richmond Housing Authority at 6:25 PM, and then by the regular meeting of Richmond City Council at 6:30 PM. The agenda may be found by clicking this link: Richmond City Council Agenda Packet.
Richmond July 3rd Independence Celebration
(photo by KCRT)
2. Rent Program Community Workshops: Realtor and Property Manager-Focused Workshop – TOMORROW
Realtor and Property Manager-Focused Workshop
Saturday, July 14th, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
The City of Richmond Rent Program is continuing its series of workshops to inform the community about the program’s operation. The next workshop is designed for Realtors and Property Managers who would like to learn more about Rent Program rules and regulations.
Topics for discussion will include:
• "Just Cause" requirements for evictions
• Relocation Payments
• Allowable rent increases
• Timeline for rent increases
Space is limited - RSVP today: https://rentprogram.eventbrite.com
3. Farewell Party: City Manager & Executive Assistant – Friday, July 27th
The city manager and his outstanding Executive Assistant, Sue Kadlec, are both leaving the City of Richmond, and staff members are very kindly organizing a farewell party in their honor. Please join your community for an evening of food, entertainment and fun.
For those that can attend this event, please see the following information and invitation link below; for those that cannot attend, please feel free to drop by the office before the end of July to say hello.
When: Friday, July 27th
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Richmond Memorial Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
For those who cannot attend this ticketed event, you can join the fun at the after party. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://farewellbillandsue.eventbrite.com
4. Richmond Tennis Stalwart Garry Hurlbut Receives United States Tennis Association (USTA) Blue Ribbon Captain/Sportsmanship Award for Northern California
I routinely receive reports from Garry Hurlbut, President/Executive Director of the Richmond Tennis Association (RTA), about the latest tennis program news in Richmond. Garry has spearheaded a tennis renaissance in Richmond for participants of all ages and abilities. It is a pleasure, then, to report that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has honored Garry with the Blue Ribbon Captain/Sportsmanship Award for Northern California for the recent month of May.
This award's description reads: This Blue Ribbon award puts the spotlight on captains who exemplify great sportsmanship, leadership, and respect towards their opponents and teammates.
USTA's comment in the body of the award reads:
Garry, as a captain you are helping others enjoy the thrill of the game, find lifetime friends and stay active. Being a captain is undoubtedly a lot of work, but also a rewarding commitment that serves both your team and tennis as a whole. Your dedication is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your good sportsmanship and being a great representative and example for all USTA Captains!
Garry is very gratified to receive this award but, more importantly, believes that these words that embody a credo not just for him but for all members of RTA as expressed by their our mission and core values “to improve the healthy lifestyles for Richmond residents of all ages through active participation in vigorous tennis programs along with enhanced facilities and adjacent parks.”
Congratulations to Garry Hurlbut, and thank you to all of the members of the Richmond Tennis Association for your support of the community.
5. North Richmond Annexation Meetings
Should unincorporated North Richmond become part of the City of Richmond? Join the City of Richmond for community conversations at Shields Reid Community Center at 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 19th or on Thursday, August 16th to:
· Learn more about the proposed annexation project
· Discuss what annexation means to the North Richmond community
· Find out how to get involved with the process
If annexed, unincorporated North Richmond would officially become part of the City of Richmond, will be governed by the Richmond City Council and all municipal services would be provided by the city of Richmond. We hope you join us for this important conversation. Please RSVP for the meeting https://nrannexation.eventbrite.com or here.
For more information contact LaShonda White at email@example.com or at (510) 620-6828 or visit www.nrannexation.org.
6. Point Molate Community Visioning Workshops: Plan for the Future
Point Molate is located on the San Pablo Peninsula approximately 1.5 miles north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Beginning in 1942, Point Molate served as a U.S. Navy fuel storage and transfer facility covering approximately 413 acres. This Navy Base was officially closed on September 30, 1998, with the property then transferred to the City pursuant to the federal Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990.
The City of Richmond is seeking community input about how to best use the land at Point Molate for the benefit of all. Over the next three months, the community will be welcome to provide input at three community workshops.
Join us for the 2nd Point Molate Community Visioning Workshop: Placemaking and Concept Exploration on Wednesday, July 25th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at:
Richmond Memorial Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
Seating is limited, please RSVP here. To learn more about the community visioning process, and to share your thoughts, please visit: www.richmondpointmolate.org. Light dinner will be provided. Spanish translation will also be provided.
For information or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Planning at (510) 620-6706.
Point Molate Visión Comunitaria #2: Plan Para el Futuro
Point Molate está ubicado en la península de San Pablo aproximadamente a 1.5 millas al norte del puente de Richmond-San Rafael. A partir de 1942, Point Molate sirvió como una instalación de almacenamiento y transferencia de combustible de la Marina de EE. UU. y abarca aproximadamente 413 acres. Esta Base Naval se cerró oficialmente el 30 de septiembre de 1998, y la propiedad se transfirió a la Ciudad en conformidad de la ley federal de realineación y cierre de bases de 1990 (Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990).
La Ciudad de Richmond está buscando opiniones de la comunidad sobre cómo mejor usar la propiedad de Point Molate para el beneficio de todos. Durante los próximos tres meses, la comunidad será bienvenida para proporcionar sus opiniones en talleres comunitarios.
El segundo taller de visión comunitaria: Planificación y Exploración de Conceptos para el desarrollo de Point Molate será el miércoles, 25 de julio de 5:00 PM a 9:00 PM. El taller se llevarán a cabo en:
Richmond Memorial Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
Los asientos son limitados, por favor confirme su asistencia aquí lo antes posible. Habrá cena ligera.
Para obtener más información sobre el proceso de la visión comunitaria, compartir sus ideas y confirmar su asistencia al evento, visite: www.richmondpointmolate.org.
Para obtener información o preguntas, envíe un correo electrónico a email@example.com o comuníquese con Planning al (510) 620-6706.
Point Molate Youth Summit – Monday, July 23, 2018
The City of Richmond is seeking community input about how to best use the land at Point Molate for the benefit of all -- and we want to hear from youth! We invite everyone between the ages of 13 and 25 to attend this fun and interactive event on Monday, July 23rd from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. We want you to learn about Point Molate, think about the possibilities, and share your vision for the future!
· Site tour & nature walk
· Free food
· Games & competitions
· Raffle prizes
· Music & dance-off
Free transportation will be provided at Richmond Civic Center. The shuttle leaves from the corner of Nevin Avenue and 25th Street at 9:30 AM. Space is limited so please RSVP here. For additional information, please email Jen Fong at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.richmondpointmolate.org.
Summary of Pt. Molate Workshop #1 - June 23, 2018
The first Point Molate Community Visioning Workshop was held at Point Molate, at the historic Winehaven District on June 23rd from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. About 175 people from the Richmond community participated throughout the day for a site tour and an interactive gallery walk, followed by a discussion.
The site tour provided the attendees an opportunity to access parts of the Point Molate that are not typically accessible to the public, including access to several historic buildings, the pier, and hillside areas. Tours were conducted in shuttle buses and on foot by knowledgeable docents from the community, who provided information and insights on the history, ecology, constraints and issues, and some fun facts.
Following the tour, the attendees enjoyed a light lunch and refreshments in the loading dock area of Building 1, while reading the informational boards covering topics such as Site Facts, Visioning Process, Legal Obligations and Major Constraints, Cultural Resources and Site History, Ecology, Open Space, Environmental Clean-Up, and Transportation.
In addition to the informational boards, a large aerial map was put up for people to locate and identify site assets that are of value to them.
The last activity for the day was an open forum discussion that presented an overview of the community visioning process planned for the summer and allowed the group to share their reflections and observations from the site tour, in addition to other feedback.
We’d like to thank the community docents who lead the site tours, city staff that provided support to the Planning Department and consultants, and participants who attended the workshop and provided their input.
To learn more about the Community Visioning process, to share your thoughts, and RSVP for the event, please visit: www.richmondpointmolate.org.
7. City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2018-19 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget
Over the last several fiscal years, it has been a challenge to prepare balanced budgets while still trying to meet the growing needs of the community. Similar to prior years, staff faced difficulty achieving financial goals as revenue growth continues to be surpassed by expenditure growth, especially in pension-related costs and an aging infrastructure. Faced with these challenges, the Finance Department worked closely with the various City departments to craft a balanced budget. At the June 26th Richmond City Council meeting, the City Council adopted a balanced operating budget and capital improvements program for FY 2018-19.
8. 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 Rhonda Harris and Jeff Baker, along with Planning and Building Services Director Richard Mitchell and Development Project Manager Charice Duckworth, to discuss the status of their veterans housing project;
· Met with staff members from various departments to discuss the status of Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE) projects;
· Met with representatives from Laconia Development, along with City Attorney Bruce Goodmiller, Senior Deputy City Attorney Carlos Privat, Planning and Building Services Director Richard Mitchell, Finance Director Belinda Warner, and Redevelopment Consultant Alan Wolken, to discuss the status of the Terminal 1 project;
· Attended the monthly meeting of the Contra Costa County city managers, along with Administrative Chief LaShonda White;
· Attended the regular “check-in” meeting with union leadership, along with representatives from the Human Resources and Finance departments;
· Attended the monthly Contra Costa Mayors Conference meeting, along with Mayor Butt;
· Met with representatives from the Center for Cities and Schools/Y-PLAN to discuss their activities, together with Community Development Director Shasa Curl;
· Attended by my regular “check-in” meeting with West Contra Costa Unified School District Superintendent Matt Duffy.
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.
9. Final Paving POSTPONED for Sewer Replacement Project on South 23rd Street
Final paving for the sewer replacement project on South 23rd Street between Ohio Avenue and Cutting Boulevard has been postponed. Originally, the work was scheduled to be performed on Thursday night of this week; however, the batch asphalt plant is currently unable to produce rubberized asphalt.
For additional information, please contact the Veolia Capital Program Management team at (510) 412-2001.
10. San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project: Construction is Ongoing
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.
In the past weeks, the contractor formed and poured a new concrete median curb between Rivers Street and Lancaster Drive, performed preliminary tests for a soil nail (retaining) wall on the east side of the street between Robert Miller Drive and La Puerta Road before starting construction of the wall, and continued with construction of the medial islands near Rivers Street and Robert Miller Drive.
Project information is available on the following website: http://www.ci.san-pablo.ca.us/1416/San-Pablo-Avenue-Complete-Streets-Projec.
Construction questions can be directed to the Construction Manager, Jaemin Park, at email@example.com or (925) 818-3756.
San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project
11. The Richmond Public Library Foundation Presents the 2018 Sandi Genser-Maack Lecture Series
Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life
Presenter: Betty Reid Soskin
Where: Richmond Public Library’s Whittlesey Room
When: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Betty Reid Soskin has become an international celebrity for her pioneering work as the oldest Interpretive Ranger employed by the National Park Service. Her story has captivated audiences far and wide. She has now completed her new book in which she has chronicled her 96 years of living and participating in the struggle for racial and gender equality. Her observations are poignant, revealing and filled with wisdom that can only come from extraordinary life experiences. Ms. Soskin’s presentation will include a lecture and passage readings from her new book. Questions will be encouraged at the conclusion of her presentation. This event is free to the public and wheelchair accessible.
12. Richmond Main Street Presents...17th Annual Music on the Main *FREE* Summer Concerts!
All are invited to come to Downtown Richmond to enjoy the music, food, and fun for the entire family! Music on the Main kicks off on Wednesday, July 25th, from 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM, in the parking lot at Marina Way & Macdonald Avenue, with performances by TOP SHELF serving up classic soul hits and Kymberly Jackson, the Pied Piper of the Bay. Plus local food and artisan vendors, refreshing Main Street Margaritas and hometown brews by East Brother Beer Co., dancing, info booths, family fun zone, prizes, giveaways, Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market, and more!
Admission is free and all are welcome.
The celebration continues on Wednesday, August 22nd with local son turned world-renowned Zydeco king Andre Thierry and Steven Green & The Lifeline, bringing their authentic and eclectic gospel.
For more information visit www.RichmondMainStreet.org or call (510) 236-4049.
13. New Multi-Family Bulky Item Pick-Up Pilot Program!
Eligible multi-family complexes between 3 and 19 units can participate in a new pilot program for the curbside collection of household bulky items. The City of Richmond Environmental and Health Initiatives Division, in partnership with Republic Services, launched the pilot program to expand bulky item collection services to multi-family complexes.
The multifamily pilot program compliments the existing program that services single-family residences and duplexes with bulky item collection services. In response to community requests to expand bulky item collection services to multi-family residences, City staff submitted and was awarded a grant by the State of California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to pilot a multi-family bulky item collection program. The pilot program will extend the bulky item pick-up services to residents of multi-family dwellings in a manner that maximizes reuse, recycling, and diversion of materials from landfill disposal.
· Program services multi-family dwellings with 3-19 units
· Property manager or owner must complete a participation form and call (510) 262-7100 to schedule a collection
· Two (2) items per collection per apartment unit per year at no cost
· May substitute five (5) E-waste items for one (1) bulky item
· No commercial-sized appliances, hazardous materials, or construction and demolition materials
Interested residents are recommended to contact their building owner or manager to schedule a pick-up. Collections may be scheduled for individual units, or combined to serve multiple units on the same day.
For more information about the program please visit www.richmondenvironment.org or contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100.
14. Rising Sun Energy Center Kicks Off Summer 2018 Free Green House Calls
The California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program, in partnership with Rising Sun Energy Center and the City of Richmond’s Environmental Initiatives Division, will begin free Green House Calls on July 2nd. Each summer, CYES youth Energy Specialists visit Richmond homes to check for resource conservation opportunities, install new equipment to help residents save energy, water, and money, and provide personalized recommendations for even more savings.
For more information or to be put on the waitlist for a free Green House Call this summer, call (510) 665-1501 ext. 300 or visit risingsunenergy.org/programs/green-house-call-residents/.
15. Rent Board Approves the 2018 Annual General Adjustment
At their meeting on June 20th, members of the Rent Board adopted a regulation announcing the 2018 Annual General Adjustment (AGA) rent increase for Controlled Rental Units of 3.6%. Effective September 1, 2018, the Maximum Allowable Rent for tenancies in effect prior to September 1, 2017, will increase by 3.6%.
To apply the 2018 Annual General Adjustment rent increase of up to 3.6%, landlords must comply with State law requirements and file a notice of rent increase with the Rent Board within two (2) business days after service on the tenant, in accordance with the Rent Increase Procedure on the Rent Program website (www.richmondrent.org). Rent increases for the 2018 Annual General Adjustment may not take effect prior to September 1, 2018.
What if I never applied the 2016 or 2017 Annual General Adjustment Rent Increases?
Landlords may apply deferred Annual General Adjustment rent increases; however, there are restrictions on how much of an increase can be applied in any 12-month period in accordance with Rent Board Regulation 17-09. Please visit www.richmondrent.org/increase to access resources such as notice of rent increase templates, a Maximum Allowable Rent Calculator, and more.
What’s the Annual General Adjustment?
The Annual General Adjustment (AGA) is an annual rent increase for Controlled Rental Units permitted by the Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance. The Annual General Adjustment is calculated based on the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index of the Bay Area, which includes San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.
For more information about the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance and Richmond Rent Program, please visit www.richmondrent.org.
16. Become a Richmond Promise Mentor!
Passionate about supporting the college success of students from Richmond? Become a Richmond Promise Mentor! The Richmond Promise is developing a mentoring pilot program where professionals will share knowledge, skills, best practices, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of our Scholars.
The goal is to connect Richmond Promise Scholars attending college outside of California with a professional, preferably a Richmond native and/or someone who currently works in a career field the student wishes to pursue.
Apply today: www.tinyurl.com/richmentor
Question’s? Contact Nancy DeVille: firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule a 1-on-1 Appointment with a College Student
Do you have a Richmond Promise Scholar in your life who could use additional support or guidance this summer as they navigate the transition to college? Contact Richmond Promise to schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with a Richmond Promise Summer Associate. Summer Associates are current Richmond Promise college students who are trained to have conversations and provide support on a variety of issues. Email or call: email@example.com | (510) 430-0422
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 – travel.state.gov.
For more information about the City of Richmond Passport Acceptance Facility, please visit http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/passports.
18. Community Services Highlights
Upcoming Events and Program Activities
CodeWorks – Learn to Code!
Want to learn how to create websites, games, and more? Learn to code with ServiceWorks for FREE! We offer a COLLABORATIVE and FUN environment! This cohort will meet weekly during the summer to introduce youth and young adults to the fundamentals of front end web development. Participants will have the opportunity to build their own website along and build lasting relationships with peers and mentors. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!
*** Attending orientation is required prior to program start date ***
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays from July 3 - August 16, 2018
Location: Richmond Civic Center Computer Lab (450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond)
Hours: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Week 1: July 3rd and 5th
Week 2: July 10th and 12th
Week 3: July 17th and 19th
Week 4: July 24th and 26th
Week 5: July 31st and August 2nd
Week 6: August 7th and 9th
Week 7: August 14th and 16th
To sign up, visit: http://bit.ly/codeworksrichmond
FAQ’s and other information on the City of Richmond website here
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.
ServiceWorks – Volunteers Wanted!
The ServiceWorks 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: Nicholas_Delgado@ci.richmond.ca.us.
In their own words: Testimonials from ServiceWorks Fellows:
Love North Richmond - Words by Micah Brumfield, ServiceWorks Fellow:
Now that June has passed, I can officially say that ServiceWorks, along with the North Richmond Resident Leaders and Love Your Block, has successfully completed five amazing beautification projects.
The timeline we had was ambitious and each project required multiple work days. Despite the many obstacles we faced we were able to clean up the yards and paint the fences of two senior citizens. We removed over a ton of trash between the five sites that we cleaned up.
One of the most important aspects of each project was incorporating art. Through the use of social media the resident leaders were able to find an artist who kindly volunteered to help us paint small murals to hang at the county housing lots.
On our final day, June 30th, we installed a little free library at one of the county housing units. Neighbors came out of their homes to admire our work and thank us for removing the trash. They were excited to see the little free library and were curious to know how it worked. The following afternoon a Richmond resident drove passed the library and snapped a few photographs of herself donating a large assortment of books.
It was exciting to see the community come together for these projects and I look forward to working with North Richmond and Love Your Block for future projects.
CodeWorks – By Faye Hayes, ServiceWorks Fellow:
This summer I set out to fuse the ServiceWorks curriculum with learning how to code. I’m very passionate about community service and access to tech and am so excited to be able to bring these two things together!
These past few weekends have been a LOT or prep for CodeWorks. With over 50 signups, we had two orientation sessions to determine who was serious about the program. We have whittled down to about 27 engaged participants. The participants range in age from a sole 14 year old up to 25 years old.
The first week of the program concluded and the first two sessions were a bit rocky as we determined the best way to introduce coding in a meaningful way. The feedback has been great this far.As everyone gets to be more comfortable with each other we’ll be able to have more meaningful conversations.
In addition, the curriculum that introduces the modules in digestible chunks. Next week, Module 2 will be introduced to discuss issues important to the participants in Richmond, California.
Community Services Highlights
First Day of Summer Program
In response to the lack of rich summer programming in the Nystrom and Richmond College Prep neighborhoods, the Nystrom Catchment Families decided to start their program to address this issue. The Summer Program is a collaboration between the Nystrom Catchment Families, the City of Richmond Community Services Department, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Food Services Department (WCCUSD), and other individuals that work with children locally.
The first day of the Summer Program was a tremendous success. We had a total of 71 Summer Program registrants show up to enjoy a day of fun-filled activities!
The first day of the Summer Program included:
· Breakfast provided by the WCCUSD Food Services Department for the Summer Program participants
· 90 minutes of Math and English Language Arts support Monday through Thursday;
· Enrichment classes, which include gardening, health, drumming, and arts & crafts;
· 50 minutes of tennis lessons provided by the City of Richmond Community Services Department;
· 50 minutes of soccer lessons offered by the City of Richmond Community Services Department;
· Lunch provided by the WCCUSD Food Services Department for Summer Program participants and children from the Nystrom Catchment neighborhood;
· Structured field games led by a Summer Program staff member.
19. Information Technology
Website Statistics for the week of July 13 2018
KCRT DATANET OF THE WEEK
KCRT PHOTO OF THE WEEK
KCRT VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Short highlight of the annual City of Richmond Fireworks display, held on July 3, 2018.
Link to Fireworks video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4ItOc8WPSQ
20. Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)
Richmond Ferry construction continues on schedule with parking lot modifications and fire suppression (hydrant) water line installation.
Paving crews continued work on Richmond Parkway, ground and paved South 9th Street from Ohio Avenue to Cutting Boulevard and on Carlston Avenue from Barrett Avenue to Silva and Mount Streets. Crews made drainage improvements at 17th Street and Bissell Avenue, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.
Paving Work on Carlston Avenue, South 9th Avenue, and Richmond Parkway
Drainage Improvements at 17th Street and Bissell Avenue
Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the second Monday through Friday in May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I, Clinton Hill II, Clinton Hill III, Clinton Hill IV, and East Richmond neighborhood council areas, and for the fourth Monday through Thursday and fifth Friday in Santa Fe, Point Richmond, Marina Bay, Coronado, Metro Richmore Village, Pullman, Cortez/Stege, Park Plaza, Laurel Park, City Center, Richmond Annex, Parkview, Panhandle Annex, Eastshore, and Richmond Parkway and medians neighborhood council areas.
Signs and Lines repaired 12 signs, installed 8 new signs and poles, installed 98’ of thermoplastic for pavement messaging, and painted 420’ of curbs and zoning.
21. Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)
Abatement crews continued abating weeds in various locations around the City, abated private properties, participated in the Laurel Park Neighborhood clean-up assisting 12 seniors, removed homeless encampments, continued to remove tons of illegal dumping ,and performed graffiti removal throughout the City.
Homeless Encampment Removal
Private Property Abatement
Illegal Dumping Removal
Code Enforcement staff received complaints of overgrown vegetation, refuse cans in public view, an overgrown tree, blight and an illegally stored vehicle. A notice of violation was sent to the property owners and the violations were corrected.
Before and After
Before and After
Code Enforcement staff was dispatched by the Police Department regarding illegal dumping from a recreational vehicle parked in a residential neighborhood. A Code Enforcement Officer made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. Staff remained on scene as the items and the recreational vehicle were removed by Parking Enforcement.
Before and After
Carpenters installed blinds at the Senior Center, installed white boards in Fire Administration, completed the roof on the shed at Nicholl Park, installed decking at the Dispatch Center and grout walls in the kitchen of Fire Station #62.
Painters started areas of the Senior Annex Center, repaired stucco wall at the Senior Center and made new keys for various departments.
Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance and boiler inspections, repaired the handicap lift at the Swim Center, replaced the fire extinguisher in the Auditorium mechanical room, cleared a restroom line at Melville Park, repaired the ice maker at the Parks location, installed air conditioning timers at 450 Civic Center Plaza, repaired the chlorine feeder hose assembly at the plunge, installed a sink and dishwater at Fire Station #62, replaced the door closure at 450 Civic Center Plaza, replaced one of the fire extinguishers in 440 Civic Center Plaza, secured bicycle racks at the Main Library, and replaced the fan belt to machinery on the roof of 450 Civic Center.
Sink Installation at Fire Station #622
Parks and Landscaping Division:
General Maintenance crews cleared fire trails in various locations, weed-whipped the Greenway from 2nd Street to 4th Street, whipped from Harbour Way to Marina Way, whipped the medians on Castro Ranch Road, whipped the Marina Way underpass, whipped the right of ways on Rydin Road, whipped the San Joaquin soundwall, repaired irrigation at the Civic Center, weeded Cypress Path and the Cypress Avenue culdesac, weeded locations on Cutting Boulevard, Gertrude Avenue, South 49th Street, and Macdonald Avenue, performed maintenance at Huntington, Atchison, Mendocino Playlot and Shields Reid Parks, completed irrigation repairs at Nevin Park, and repaired the fence at Parchester and Shields Reid Parks. Crews also cleared weeds at Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nystrom school lots, cleaned strips on Railroad Avenue, and removed refuse from Booker T. Anderson dumpsters.
Cutting Boulevard Maintenance
Tree crews cut or trimmed trees on: Castro Ranch Road, Amador Avenue, Key Boulevard, Sheldon Drive, Clinton Avenue, Mariposa Street, Ohio Avenue, Potrero Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue, and Wiswall Drive.
Tree and Root Removal
Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued weed abatement at Bay Vista and Country Club Vista Parks, started irrigation repairs at various locations, completed weed abatement on San Pablo Avenue and continued weed abatement on Richmond Parkway.
Richmond Parkway Median Maintenance
Marina District crews enhanced the Regatta Boulevard parking lot with plants, mulch, and irrigation. Staff also performed Bay Trail and tree maintenance with pruning and staking, and cleaned the Shore trailside while performing weed abatement throughout. Crews peformed irrigation repairs and power washed various locations around the City.
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!
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
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Connecting with the City of Richmond
Connect with the City of Richmond
To contact us by phone:
The City’s website (http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/) provides a department and staff directory at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/Directory.aspx.
If you’re not sure which department you need to contact, or, if you don’t receive a call back (which should not happen) from your original call or message, we encourage you to phone the City Manager’s office at (510) 620-6512.
Using the CORConnect Application on the City’s Website:
You can use the CORConnect button on the City’s website (http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/) to report a concern, pose a question, or acknowledge the City’s work in some way. These CORConnect issues go directly to the responsible department, and the city manager reviews reported issues on a regular basis to determine if City staff members are responding appropriately. If you do not feel that you have received a satisfactory response, please contact the City Manager’s office at (510) 620-6512.
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.
On the page, you can also look up information on a parcel, see permits issued and look up business license information. If you have a current business license you can pay to renew it online with a credit card.
The recommended browsers are: Microsoft Edge, or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 using the compatibility mode. It can be found in the upper right corner of Internet Explorer: click on the "gear" icon and select Compatibility View Settings, then add the site to the list and click "Close".
The City of Richmond is looking forward to feedback from the community on CORConnect. We welcome your comments at email@example.com
Using the City of Richmond Mobile Application:
The 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. The City of Richmond’s mobile phone app is available on the Apple App store and Google Play store.
We welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org