Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:
This is the report for the week ending January 11th, 2019.
1. Meeting Notes
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th. Closed Session begins at 5:30 PM, and the Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council will begin at 6:30 PM. The agenda may be found by clicking this link: January 15th City Council Agenda.
2. Upcoming Events
Rent Program Community Workshops: Rights and Responsibilities for Richmond Tenants and Landlords
City of Richmond Rent Program Community Workshops are held one Saturday each month to inform community members about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance. The full schedule of 2019 Community Workshops may be accessed at www.richmondrent.org.
The next workshops will take place on January 12, 2019 and February 23, 2019:
Tenant-Oriented Workshop: Landlord-Oriented Workshop
Saturday, January 12, 2019 Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City Council Chambers City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza 440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804 Richmond, CA 94804
Topics for discussion will include:
· Overview of the Rent Ordinance
· Properties subject to the Rent Ordinance
· Rent Control overview
· Just Cause for Eviction Requirements
· The Rent Adjustment Process
· Overview of Important California Civil Codes
Space is limited - RSVP today: https://rentprogram.eventbrite.com
Plan now for a summer (or year-round) job as a Lifeguard! Registration is now open for the next Lifeguarding class offered by the City of Richmond. The class will be held the weekends of February 8th-16th, 2019 at the Richmond Swim Center. Those who pass the class receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid & AED certificate, making them eligible to apply for a Lifeguard job.
Pre-course information and advanced registration is required to be sure all participants are qualified to take the Lifeguard course. For more information, please call (510) 620-6654 or email the Aquatics Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richmond Library Teens SAT Preparation Workshop
Richmond Public Library Teens division is offering the 23rd annual SAT Preparation Workshop, March 2nd – April 30th, 2019. The seven-week program consists of a pre-test, five weeks of live instruction by Princeton Review and a post-test. High school students who live in Richmond and those that attend schools in the West Contra Costa Costa Unified School District are eligible to apply to the program. The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes a student manual and online supplemental practice for two months. Registration forms and additional details can be downloaded from the library website at www.richmondlibrary.org. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.
On January 10, 2019, Richmond continued its tradition of being an innovative transportation hub by launching a new ferry route between the San Francisco Ferry Terminal and the newly constructed ferry terminal at Richmond’s Ford Peninsula, in collaboration with the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).
To commemorate the first day of ferry service between Richmond and the San Francisco Ferry Building, nearly one thousand community members attended the City of Richmond and WETA launch event. There was a speaking program with local officials followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event included free short rides on a San Francisco Bay Ferry vessel around the Richmond harbor. Music was provided by the Richmond High School Marching Band and Orchestra. Special guests included real-life "Rosies" coordinated through the nearby Rosie the Riveter/World War II Homefront National Historical Park. Some of the Rosies had taken the original Richmond Ferry to and from work at the Richmond shipyard.
Watch a video from the local news covering the ferry launch: http://www.ktvu.com/news/new-commuter-ferry-service-kicks-off-between-richmond-and-san-francisco
For information on schedules and service details please visit: https://sanfranciscobayferry.com/richmond
Ferry Fare: A one-way, adult fare is $9, or $6.75 with a Clipper card. Youth between the ages of 5 and 18, seniors aged 65 and over, and disabled passengers pay $4.50. Kids under 5 years old are free.
Parking: There is free parking with 362 spaces.
Public Transit: AC Transit’s 74 bus stops in front of the ferry terminal and Richmond BART station. The 74 bus runs every half-hour, arriving approximately 10 minutes before the ferry departs. The travel time between the Richmond BART station and the ferry terminal is roughly 10 minutes. There’s a $2.25 discount for riders who take the bus to and/or from the ferry.
Biking: The SF Bay Trail connects to the ferry terminal. Standard bike racks and BikeLink lockers are available at the terminal. In addition, there are at least 20 spots for bikes on the ferry.
Richmond Hosts January Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) Board Meeting
The WETA Board held their January 10, 2019 meeting in Richmond at the Craneway Conference Center. WETA is the regional public transit agency which operates six ferry routes including the Richmond to San Francisco ferry. The board meeting agenda included project construction related items and an overview of their small vessel exploratory study which may lead to the development of additional ferry routes and expanded service to existing terminals including Richmond’s.
Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmember Demnlus Johnson attended the meeting and addressed the board along with Economic Development Commissioners Burgundie Spears and Brandon Evans. Various representatives from local businesses and organizations were also present and shared their support and enthusiasm for the Richmond ferry service with the WETA Board of Directors and staff.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
On January 6th, RPD remembered the fallen, paid homage to those who have served, and supported the brave women and men in uniform serving today. Members of the community showed their support and dropped off cookies for officers.
RPD Extends a Special Thank You!
The Richmond Police Department would like to take the time to thank two very important people for everything they do for the City of Richmond. Michelle Milam and Mandy Swirsding are RPD’s Crime Prevention Specialists and we want to extend our appreciation for the hard work and dedication exhibited by these two.
Michelle and Mandy work diligently with members in the community on an everyday basis and provide excellent customer service. Just to name a few of their daily tasks, they consistently educate the community on different crime trends, provide preventive methods, manage and volunteer at numerous events, work with youth, and establish crime watch groups throughout the city.
Michelle and Mandy, you are truly an inspiration to the team and a crucial element in achieving the mission and vision of RPD.
4. City Manager’s Office
Recycling and Bulky Item Disposal Options during the Holiday Season
As the holiday season comes to an end, the City Manager’s Office Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division encourage residents to consider the options below for disposing of bulky items, bagged items, and
household hazardous waste (HHW). Information regarding all of the programs can be found by visiting, www.richmondenvironment.org. Thank you for taking the time to properly dispose of bulky items, HHW, and other materials in an environmentally responsible manner.
Richmond Bulky Item Pick-up
Richmond Single-family, Duplex and Multi-Family (3-19 units) residents can receive a free Bulky Item pick-up. A limited number of items can be collected.
Please contact Republic Services, (510) 262-7100, at least one week in advance to reserve your Clean-up day. Multi-family property owners or managers must call to schedule a collection. Due to space limitations of our waste collection vehicles, Clean-up day scheduling will be on a first-come, first-serve basis
Household Hazardous Waste
Richmond residents have two locations for disposing of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) conveniently and for free. Please bring proof of residency. For more information on acceptable items, visit http://www.recyclemore.com/content/local-hazardous-waste-collection-facility or call (888) 412-9277.
1) West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801
Open Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Closed: Noon - 12:30 PM)
2) El Cerrito Recycling Center
7501 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Open every Tuesday for HHW Disposal
8:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Holiday Tree Disposal and Recycling Options:
Visit http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/1722/Bulky-Items to view the options for properly disposing of holiday trees. For more information please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100.
5. 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 organizations deals routinely.
Meetings and events of note during the past week included:
· Met with the City Managers of the cities of San Pablo, Hercules, Pinole and El Cerrito, and the executive director of Recyclemore to discuss issues related to amendments to the Joint Exercise of Power Agreement.
· Met with staff and representatives of Levine Terminal and the Council of Industries to discuss the City’s plans to draft an Ordinance on Coal and Petroleum Coke.
· Met with the Director of Waste Water Resources to discuss department’s long range financial planning and funding needs.
· I was introduced to members of the National Latino Peace Officers Association (NLPOA), and was briefed about the organizations goals and mission, as well their contributions to youth in Richmond and annual fundraisers.
· Met with city staff from the police department and city attorney’s office to discuss current efforts to reduce crime on 23rd street and ongoing procedures that address the human trafficking issue on this corridor.
· Met with representatives of the Richmond Police Officers Association to discuss the City’s implementation of Senate Bill 1421, Public Request Act requests received, and department policy changes to comply with SB 1421.
· Attended the Swearing-In ceremony for Mayor Tom Butt and Councilmembers Eduardo Martinez, Nathaniel Bates, and Demnlus Johnson III. The ceremony was followed by a beautiful reception held at the Richmond Auditorium.
· Attended the long-awaited Grand Opening ceremony, at the Craneway Pavillion and Conference center, for the launch of the Richmond Ferry at the Marina. Richmond welcomes this ferry service operated by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), and looks forward to connecting residents and commuters across the San Francisco Bay.
· Attended the Contra Costa County Mayor’s Conference. The program featured Peter Engel, Director of Programs, Contra Costa Transportation Authority discussing “Ferry Service in Contra Costa County, Now and in the Future,” the election of a new Chair and Vice Chair, in addition to multiple items, appointments to committees, and reports of regional interest.
· Met with Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) Executive Director Larry Lewis and board members to discuss their annual events, partnership with city departments and other continued collaborative work towards the city’s goals.
· Had an initial meeting with Jim Becker and Stacey Street from the Richmond Community Foundation and discussed matters of mutual interest such as the Housing Renovation Program, Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE), eQUIP Richmond, and other items which RCF contributes to in the Richmond community.
· Participated in recurring meetings with the executive directors of the Engineering and Capital Improvements Department, Human Resources Department, to receive updates related to their staff, current projects, and provided direction for future implementation of their assigned responsibilities.
6. City Clerk’s Office
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.
7. Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)
Crews installed a new pole and sign on 7th Street and Acacia Avenue, installed signs on new electrolier on Carlson and Cutting Boulevards, and installed a new pole and signs on Marina Way South and Hall Avenue. In addition, crews installed extensions with new “Stop Ahead” signs on South 55th Street and Highland Avenue going eastbound and westbound, placed thermoplastic at the crosswalk on Florida Avenue and Harbour Way South, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.
Sign and Pole installation on 7th Street
New Electrolier on Carlson Boulevard
Sign and Pole Installation on Marina Way South
Westbound “Stop Ahead” Sign on South 55th Street
Eastbound “Stop Ahead” Sign on South 55th Street
Crosswalk Placement on Florida Avenue
Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the first Monday and Tuesday and second Wednesday through Friday in Parchester Village, Hilltop Bayview, Hilltop Green, Fairmede/Hilltop, Clinton Hill II, Clinton Hill III, Clinton Hill IV, and East Richmond neighborhood council areas.
Signs and Lines division repaired 5 signs, installed 18 new signs and poles, and painted 209’ of curbs and zoning.
Crews installed new LED lights at Fire Station 67, repaired signal lights at 19th Street and Barrett Avenue and Richmond Parkway and Macdonald Avenue, and installed a new camera controller at Richmond Parkway and Hensley Avenue.
New LED Light Installation at Fire Station 67
Signal Light Repair on Barrett Avenue
Signal Light Repair on Richmond Parkway
New Camera Controller Installation
8. Information Technology
Facebook and Twitter Statistics for the week ending January 11, 2019
ü Total Video Views increased by 900%
ü Total Page views increased by 306%
ü Total Post engagements increased by 5,910%
o Engagements on the Richmond Ferry posting produced this increase.
ü Top media Tweet earned 318 impressions
Website Statistics for the week of January 11, 2019
KCRT PHOTOS FOR THE WEEK
Richmond Ferry launch January 10, 2019
Photos by Brian Bland, and Christian Wimmer, KCRT
KCRT DATANET FOR THE WEEK
9. Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)
Abatement crews removed weeds from lots and sidewalks, and removed trash and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.
Near 22nd Street overpass
Code Enforcement and Abatement staff responded to a complaint of illegal dumping. Upon inspection, Code Enforcement staff observed an accumulation of furniture, debris, discarded personal items, cement bags, and paint containers. There was also a water vessel trailer parked in the front yard.
Code staff issued a Notice of Violation to the property owner. The property owner failed to address the violation in the allotted amount of time causing an Administrative Citation to be issued. Shortly after, a compliance inspection was conducted and the debris was removed bringing the property into compliance.
Before and After
Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced apparatus exhaust fan motor at Fire Station #62, adjusted gate at the Fire Station Training Center, replaced thermostat heater in the apparatus at Fire Station #62, replaced water valves on boilers at 440 Civic Center Plaza, sealed windows at the Richmond Swim Center, fixed air conditioning units in the server room at 450 Civic Center, and replaced batteries in the lift at the Swim Center.
Apparatus Fan Repair
Utility Workers continued with weed abatement around Civic Center Plaza, moved storage boxes, replaced ceiling tiles, removed water in the Parchester Community Center, set-up tables for meetings, and maintained 29 City-owned facilities.
Ceiling Tile Replacement
Parks and Landscaping
General fund crews repaired play equipment at Burg Park, picked up trash on the Greenway, cleared weeds from the parking lot on Canal Boulevard, performed storm patrol, weeded Cypress Path, and repaired fencing at Boorman Park.
Play Structure Repair
Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued weed abatement at Country Club and Bay Vista Parks and on Atlas Road.
Atlas Road Maintenance
Marina District crews continued with the Esplanade Landscape Project, prepared area for Ferry Terminal Grand Opening, repaired vandalized restroom at Barbara J. Vincent Park, and performed storm patrol.
Preparation for Ferry Terminal Grand Opening
10. Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS)
An ONS staff member and one ONS Operation Peacemaker Fellow (OPF) participant attended The Landmark Forum and Advance Forum Trainings (an interpersonal and professional development program) in San Francisco, CA. Both trainings take place over three consecutive days and one evening, and are based on the model of transformative learning, which gives individuals awareness in how they think and act. Through this awareness comes a shift in thinking that leaves individuals mindful of new possibilities. Individuals are able to think and act beyond existing views and limits.
11. Planning & Building Services
New ADA Law Effective January 1, 2019: AB 3002 (Grayson)
Effective January 1, 2019, last year’s AB 3002 requires local jurisdictions issuing building permits for commercial construction, or business licenses, to make available a notice containing specified information regarding disability access.
The notice is intended to provide access information and resources to business license and commercial building permit applicants to assist them in achieving and maintaining compliance with disability access.
Under federal and state law, compliance with disability access laws is a serious and significant responsibility that applies to all California building owners and tenants with buildings open to the public. Compliance with state and federal construction-related accessibility standards ensures that public places are accessible and available to individuals with disabilities. Although a facility may have been permitted and approved by the building department, it is important for a business to obtain Certified Access Specialist inspection services after move-in because unintended access barriers and violations can be created, for example, placing furniture and equipment in areas required to be maintained clear of obstructions.
Notices are currently available at the Building Division counter and also the Building Division webpage at the following link: Disability Access Requirements and Resources.
In compliance with AB 3002, notice translations are currently being developed in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean. These are anticipated to be available soon once developed by the Division of the State Architect.
12. Police Department
2019 Patrol Deployment
Prior to the start of the New Year, Chief Brown solicited input from officers and sergeants on ideas for a new patrol deployment. The Richmond Police Officer Association (RPOA) board convened a scheduling committee and presented the idea of the 11/80 schedule. Based on positive feedback from RPOA members and the RPD management team, Chief Brown instituted the 2019 patrol shift under the 11/80 model.
This new shift allows more management oversight. There is a lieutenant on duty every day from 6:00 AM until 1:00 AM. During the 5 hour gap, between 1:00 AM and 5:59 AM, there will be two sergeants on duty and one lieutenant on-call for management needs when necessary.
This new shift model has been successful and welcomed by rank and file thus far.
RPD was able to identify several areas that were likely to see celebratory gunfire during New Year’s Eve celebrations. A specialized operations plan was developed and officers were deployed into the areas to suppress gunfire. The operation was successful as celebratory gunfire was reduced from past years.
Officers in Action
Richmond Officers assist California Highway Patrol (CHP) with a traffic enforcement stop of a vehicle traveling over 110 MPH. A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded Glock 19 with an additional high capacity magazine. A CHP helicopter captured the speeding vehicle on I-80.
Right Place at the Right Time
Officer Wentz and Officer Alvarado recently arrested a suspect with a loaded firearm. These officers responded to the area of S 17th Street and Virginia Avenue to a call about a residential burglary in progress. The victim advised the suspect fled in a black Dodge Durango with paper plates.
Officer Alvarado conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a matching vehicle nearby. A search of the driver and lone occupant rendered a loaded Glock 22 semi-automatic pistol located in the driver’s waistband. The driver/suspect was the ex-boyfriend of the victim.
Farewell to a Hero
Members of the RPD Honor Guard attended the funeral of Corporal Ronil Singh of Newman Police Department. Many agencies throughout the nation were also in attendance to express their condolences and stand in support of the Newman Police Department.
Homeless Outreach Collaboration
Richmond Police Department was approved by the City Council to begin a Richmond/San Pablo Coordinated Outreach Referral Engagement (CORE) Team. A two unit team of homeless outreach workers will be established in Richmond/San Pablo to assist with providing services, case management, shelter and housing placement, personal care, health and mental health referral services to unsheltered residents.
The CORE program will work collaboratively in small teams to engage and stabilize homeless individuals living outside to identify plans to end their homelessness permanently. The CORE Outreach Specialist is responsible for street outreach efforts which include building trust with individuals and families that are not being served or are underserved by existing community service delivery systems. The Outreach Specialist works collaboratively to locate, engage, stabilize and house chronically homeless individuals and families. The CORE Outreach Specialist plays a key role among a multidisciplinary team which serves to support and stabilize individuals moving from street to service.
13. Richmond Promise
2019 Richmond Promise Scholarship Application is now Open! Application Deadline is March 8th!
Our 2019 Richmond Promise Scholarship application is now available to complete at our website, richmondpromise.org
If you meet the following eligibility requirements you can receive a max amount of $1500 each year for up to 4 years of college.
To be eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship, a student must:
· Be a resident of Richmond or North Richmond (i.e. have a Richmond home
· Have graduated from an eligible High School within the West Contra Costa
Unified School District boundary area or received your General Educational Development/High School equivalency between June 2018-19
· Have attended an eligible High School at least 9th-12th grade consecutively
· Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid/Dream Act by the March
2nd California Grant deadline
Once again, the application can be found on the Richmond Promise website:
If you have any questions feel free to contact our college access coordinator, Miguel Molina, at (530) 794-8326 and/or email@example.com
Please share this opportunity with eligible students in your life!
The FAFSA application for financial aid can be found at https://fafsa.ed.gov/, and
Dream Act application can be found at https://dream.csac.ca.gov/.
14. Water Resource Recovery
Cutting/Carlson & Hoffman Wet Weather Improvement Projects
On October 1, 2018, construction began on the pipeline replacement projects at Cutting/Carlson & Hoffman Boulevards in the City of Richmond. These $8.8 million projects will replace 4.5 miles of aging and damaged sewer pipe and are expected to be completed in September 2019.
This project replaces collector sewer pipelines in neighborhoods upstream of the Cutting Blvd., First Street, and 23rd Street Interceptors, in order to reduce inflow and infiltration and associated surcharging and sanitary sewer overflows (SSO’s). The Contractor, WR Forde, has three crews going to accomplish the project work.
25th and Virginia full line replacement
27th and Virginia full line replacement
34th and Hoffman (Crew #3).
The Contractor is performing a sewer bypass while
replacing the full line of approximately 216’.
Sewer Segment Rehabilitation Project
The Sewer Segment Rehabilitation Project is part of the Department of Water Resource Recovery’s effort to reduce sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in the collection system. Phase 1 construction of this project ($718K) began October 1, 2018, and is expected to be completed mid-2019.
For additional information on any capital projects, please contact the Veolia Capital Program Management team at (510) 412-2001, ext. 33106.
Key Boulevard and Barrett. The Contractor, Bay Hawk, is doing a pipe burst replacement, upsizing the pipe from 6” to 8”.
Thank you for keeping up with the activities in the City of Richmond. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.
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