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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the week ending January 18th, 2019
January 18, 2019


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending January 18th, 2019.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22nd.
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 22nd City Council Agenda.

  • Upcoming Events

MLK National Day of Service at Parchester Garden

Join us at the garden at Parchester Park (900 Williams Drive, Richmond, CA) from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM on Monday, January 21, 2019!

The Parchester Village Children's Edible Garden was created by Richmond Love Your Block mini-grant recipients Patricia Duncan Hall and Raynard Lozano. Established in 2016, the garden provides residents with fresh vegetables each year, including peppers, squash, and several varieties of tomatoes.

The community has since decided to dedicate the garden to late community activist Mary "Peace" Head, who was a World War II Rosie and known to many as "Mayor of Parchester".

In preparation for the garden dedication, Parchester Neighborhood Council, the Office of Mayor Tom Butt, Richmond Love Your Block, Richmond Tool Library, and #Parchester residents are hosting a #communitygarden work day. We will be adding new soil to the planter boxes, planting seeds and/or seedlings, removing weeds, and spreading mulch.

Tools, supplies, and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. For more information, e-mail

Volunteer Opportunities in Richmond on January 21st – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service!

Come volunteer in Richmond on January 21st in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service!

Events will be held at:

  • Parchester Garden, 900 Williams Drive, Richmond
  • Unity Park, South16th Street & Richmond Greenway
  • Greenway, 6th Street & Richmond Greenway
  • North Richmond Farm, 323 Brookside Drive, Richmond                                     

For more information about the events at Unity Park, the Greenway, and North Richmond Farm, visit

An Opportunity Zone Conversation in Richmond: Thursday, January 24th from 11 AM to 2 PM

All interested Community-Based Organizations, developers, and community members are invited to attend an informational forum called, An Opportunity Zone Conversation in Richmond, on Thursday, January 24th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the City Council Chambers. The forum will be hosted by the Richmond Neighbor Housing Services in collaboration with the City of Richmond. Please RSVP for the event at

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017 allowed Governors in each state to designate certain census tracts as Opportunity Zones. As described by the
IRS, “Opportunity Zones are an economic development tool—that is, they are designed to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities.” For more information on Opportunity Zones in Richmond please visit,

For any questions or additional information about the upcoming event, please contact, Nikki Beasley at

16th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration

Join us on Saturday, February 9th for an amazing night of performances, food, and more! Tickets are $20 per person and available to purchase through the Community Center. Call (510) 307-8087 for more information and where to purchase!


Lifeguard Training

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

Upcoming Changes to BART schedules starting February 11, 2019

BART is making major schedule changes beginning February 11th to accommodate Measure RR funded improvements to their infrastructure to keep BART safe and reliable. Projects to upgrade BART’s electrical power system in downtown San Francisco and the Transbay Tube Seismic Retrofit require adjustments to their schedules. The Fleet of the Future roll out is also allowing BART to expand some service and run longer trains.

Riders are encouraged to check before you go. Download the official BART app or check the Trip Planner to see how these changes impact your trip.

Check Before You Go

The new schedule has been loaded into the Trip Planner on as well as the official BART app. Select a date Feb. 11th and beyond to see how these changes impact your trip.

Sunday riders are encouraged to check the Trip Planner or the app before each trip as it varies week by week based on single tracking weekends.

The extra Friday service will be reflected in the Trip Planner and in Real Time Departures.  However, these extra trains are not listed in the Schedule by Station or Schedule by Line sections of or the printed brochures.

Sunday’s new Red and Green line trains will be reflected in the Trip Planner, and Schedules by StationSchedules by Line and Real Time Departures. They are not listed in the printed brochures because they vary week by week.

  • Acknowledgements

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: 

For information on schedules and service details please visit:

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.



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  • City Manager’s Office

Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Northern California January Training

On January 17, 2019, members from the City of Richmond Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) cohort, attended the January Northern California GARE training at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. GARE is a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. The City of Richmond interdepartmental team joined GARE in 2016.
The January regional training focused on implementing the advancement of racial equity within cities, counties, and other government organizations. Cohorts discussed their objectives and workplan for 2019, building a strategic roadmap to implementation, long-term implementation strategies, embedding racial equity tools in agency practices, and the importance of self-care. Groups discussed their implementation strengths and topic areas that could use support. The City of Richmond GARE interdepartmental team will continue to develop and implement the Racial Equity Action Plan, develop city staff trainings, and build community partnerships to discuss the City of Richmond’s role in promoting racial equity.

For more information about the City of Richmond GARE, please contact Trina Jackson at

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, 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 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)
(888) 412-9277

2)    El Cerrito Recycling Center
7501 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Open every Tuesday for HHW Disposal
8:00 AM - 5:45 PM 
(510) 215-4350

Holiday Tree Disposal and Recycling Options:

Visit to view the options for properly disposing of holiday trees. For more information please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100.

Richmond 2018 Holiday-Christmas Tree flyer Spanish

  • 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:

  • I joined staff in interviewing candidates for the position of Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) Director, and made a job offer to one of the two finalists for the position.  The new RHA director will start next month.
  • Met with a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director of “College is Real” a non-profit organization working in Richmond to “…identify, motivate, educate and mentor the “college-aspirational” students at Richmond’s three public high schools in order to have as many students as possible apply to, attend and graduate from four-year colleges.”  We discussed common goals and ways the City can complement, support and coordinate their efforts with the work of Richmond Promise.
  • Met with representatives of Enviro Finance Group and Shopoff, owners of the Zeneca site, once occupied by Stauffer Chemicals Inc., and a developer interested in acquiring the site, respectively.  We discussed the opportunities, limitations and environmental issues related to the site.
  • Met with staff to discuss the status and progress of the Point Molate project, and planning for next steps.
  • Met with staff to plan for the implementation of Measures E and K, the Kids First Initiative, which requires a portion of unrestricted General Fund revenue to be set aside to fund youth programs and services.
  • Attended the annual Contra Costa County Reorganization luncheon at the Craneway Pavilion. Our very own Supervisor Gioia was selected as Chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors for 2019.
  • I gave a presentation to the Richmond Rotary Club and discussed city matters regarding the city’s budget, Kids First, North Richmond Annexation, as well as other economic, and health and wellness priorities for the city.
  • Received a tour of Richmond WORKS facility on 24th street and discussed workforce development and job seeking services provided to our residents.
  • Attended a Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE) policy committee meeting and participated in presentations for updates on capital improvement projects as well as upcoming grant opportunities that would benefit this neighborhood area. The NURVE area is most commonly defined as the neighborhood south of Ohio Avenue, west of 20th street, north of Cutting Avenue, and east of 2nd Street.
  • Met with the Executive Director of the Richmond History Museum on Nevin Avenue to take a tour and discuss the cultural, historical and economic development value and potential of the museum.
  • Participated in recurring meetings with the executive directors of the Engineering and Capital Improvements Department, Water Resource Recovery Department, Finance Department, Department of Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations, and the Human Resources Department, to receive updates related to their staff, current projects, and provided direction for future implementation of their assigned responsibilities.
  • 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 –

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

Nevin Community Center

Nevin kicked off its “Tiny Heroes Kids Gym” on Tuesday, January 15th. Six infants and preschoolers attended the first class and had a super-fun time exploring the age-appropriate games, equipment, and puzzles.

This family friendly program will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM through the month of May. The cost is $20 per month or a $5 drop-in fee. A 15-minute educational activity is led by Community Services staff and snacks are provided.

Annex Senior Center

On January 16th, the Annex Senior Center started a hula class for the participants of the center to try out and enjoy. Patrons were very excited to learn the art of Hula. Needless to say, it went well!

Every first, third, and fifth Wednesday of the month, we will offer the hula class at the center. For more information, call (510) 620-6812.

Hula 1

  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects:

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.

During the last couple of weeks, the contractor performed concrete work at the northeast corner of Rivers Street and San Pablo Avenue, cleaned up the roadway in preparation for grinding and paving, installed new street lights and traffic signals, and planted trees.

Project information is available on the following website:

Construction questions can be directed to the Construction Manager, Jaemin Park, at or (925) 818-375.

San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project

Construction is underway on the Wall Avenue Storm Drain Improvements Project (at the Miraflores Development Site). This project is funded through the Successor Agency to the City of Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency utilizing state and local funds.  The project is an underground culvert system built to receive the outfall from the newly day-lighted Baxter Creek along with storm water runoff from the I-80 Freeway and the Miraflores Development Site.  The Richmond City Council awarded the construction contract to R.V. Stich (a local Richmond contractor);

construction management/inspection services are being provided by BKF Engineers, Inc. with overall Project Management by the Engineering & Capital Improvement Department.

Wall Avenue Storm Drain Improvements Project

Streets Division:

Crews completed red curb painting on Harbour Way South near the Ferry Point Terminal, and provided setup and cleanup services at the Richmond Ferry Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. In addition, crews installed new signs and poles in the alleyway between Grant Avenue and Burbeck Street, completed patchwork repairs on Brentwood Avenue and on South 46th Street, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Curb Painting on Harbour Way South

Set up at Richmond Ferry Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Cleanup at Richmond Ferry Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Sign and Pole Installation in Alleyway

Work on Brentwood Avenue

Work on South 46th Street

Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the second Monday and Tuesday and third Wednesday through Friday in May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I, Clinton Hill II, Clinton Hill III, Atchison Village, South Belding Woods, Santa Fe, Coronado, Marina Bay, and Point Richmond neighborhood council areas.

Signs and Lines repaired 5 signs, installed 19 new signs and poles, and painted 240’ of curbs and zoning.

Electrical Division:

Crews repaired lights at the main library, and removed a damaged street light pole at Meadowbrook and Fieldcrest Drives.

Light Replacement at Main Library

Street Light Pole Removal

  • Finance

Budget Awards

The City of Richmond was awarded the Excellence in Budgeting Award by the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) and the Distinguished Budget Presentation by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Operating and Capital Budgets.

The award programs recognize public agencies that have prepared budgets that meet the highest of professional standards. The guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget document serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.

  • Information Technology

Facebook and Twitter Statistics for the week ending January 18, 2019

  • Total Page Likes increased by 50%
  • Followers are UP

Website Statistics for the week of January 18, 2019


The intersection where Carlson, Broadway and 23rd Street meet, circa 1955

  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews removed homeless encampments from public view and sidewalks, abated debris from the encampment adjacent to Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), removed weeds from lots and sidewalks, and removed trash and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.


Homeless Encampment



Illegal Dumping


Facilities Maintenance:

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the faucet in the men’s room at the Transit Building, replaced keyboard trays and installed keyboards for staff, installed new faucet at Fire Station #64, replaced hardware on the door to the women’s restroom at the Recreation Complex, restored heat to the locker room at the Corporation and Parks Yards, and fixed door locks to the parts room in the Corporation Yard.

Heater Repair

Utility Workers cleaned carpets at the Family Justice Center, removed furniture from the Hilltop Police Sub-station, cleared drains at the Main Library and Employment and Training buildings, set-up tables for meetings, and maintained 29 City-owned facilities.

Furniture Relocation

Parks and Landscaping:

General fund crews repaired the bench at Janice Park, fixed fencing along Stenmark Drive and in Point Molate, planted trees at the Plunge garden, cleared graffiti at parks, performed gopher control measures at Nicholl and Washington Parks, repaired irrigation at Atchison Park, removed illegal dumping at Shields-Reid Park, relocated soil at Harbour 8 Park, removed downed trees in various locations, and delivered mulch and replaced bleacher wood at Nicholl Park.

Harbour 8 Pile Relocation
Soil Relocation

Janice Park_Bench Repair
Park Bench Repair

Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued weed abatement at Country Club and Bay Vista Parks, performed storm patrol, and completed weed abatement on Atlas Road.

Atlas RD (4)
Atlas Road Maintenance

Marina District crews continued with the Esplanade Landscape Project, cleared trash receptacles, pruned trees at Barbara J. Vincent Park, repaired fencing, and performed weed abatement and storm patrol.

Trail Cleanup (Marina)
Storm Patrol

  • Library and Cultural Services

Immigration Lawyer at the Main Library

Speak with an immigration lawyer for free on the 4th Monday of each month from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  Sign-in at the Adult Reference Desk at 4:15 PM on the day of.

Space is limited. This free program is sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association and takes place at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch located at 325 Civic Center Plaza. 

Call (510) 620-6561 or visit for more information. 

“Changing Tide” at the Ferry Terminal

The first of a group of sculptures called “Changing Tide” was installed adjacent to the new Richmond Ferry Terminal in time for the January 10th Ferry Launch ceremony.

Created by Richmond artists Jeff Reed and Jennifer Madden of Reed-Madden Designs, the public art will simulate a bed of underwater eel grass, which grows in abundance in San Francisco Bay, especially in Richmond.

Once all seven of the sculptures are installed at a special spring dedication, they will provide a colorful “programmed night-time light show” charting the rhythms of the tides. The public art will be a stunning addition to the Port both day and night.

The sculptures, which stand 22’ tall, are the product of not only Reed-Madden Designs, but a group of experts in lighting, computer technology, and public art construction from Burning Man and other sources.

For more information, contact Michele Seville, Arts & Culture Manager, at (510) 620-6952 or

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  Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.


  • Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS)

Coaching Corps invited James Houston, ONS Program Coordinator, and an Operation Peacemaker Fellow (OPF) participant to attend the Coaching Corps 5th Annual Game Changer Awards Program ( at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday,

January 9, 2019.  The annual Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards Program celebrates the transformative power of coaching by honoring those who have empowered and inspired athletes at every level to be their best selves.

Coaching Corps Mission:

“At the heart of Coaching Corps is a group of trained, committed individuals from across the country who guide the next generation by dedicating their afternoons to serve as coaches. With their dedication, we can work to ensure that all youth – regardless of circumstance – has access to the educational, social, and physical benefits of playing sports.”

  • Planning & Building Services

Harbour-8 Park Improvement Project

Pogo Park wants to hear your ideas, comments, and input regarding the three planned improvements for Harbour-8 Park, located along the Richmond Greenway, between Harbour Way and 8th Street. For instance: what should the entry gateways look like? How should the entry gateways function? What kind of plantings, benches, and public art would you like to see? Where should the key items be located? Your input and ideas help us produce a design for Harbour-8 Park that best meets the needs of the Community

What new improvements are planned?

  • Two “Entry Gateways” at Harbour Way and 8th Street
  • A Red Brick Plaza next to the new Mini Play Field that is schedule to be built in 2019
  • A Senior Area / Quiet Zone that incudes plantings, a bio-swale, benches, and public art


How do I provide my input to Pogo Park?

There are three ways you can provide input:

  • Onsite at Pogo Park’s Outreach Tent: January 7-21, 2019, Monday-Saturday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM., Harbour Way and 8th Street
  • Telephone: (510) 215-5500

Pogo Park is a Richmond nonprofit working to improve city parks in the Iron Triangle neighborhood.  Pogo Park partnered with the City of Richmond Planning and Building Services Department to secure a $600,000 grant from California’s Department of Housing and Community Development to make improvements to Harbour-8 Park on the Richmond Greenway.

  • Rent Program

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

The next workshop will take place on February 23, 2019: 

Landlord-Oriented Workshop
Saturday, February 23, 2019                    
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM                        
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza    
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:

  • 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,  

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

Please share this opportunity with eligible students in your life!

The FAFSA application for financial aid can be found at, and
Dream Act application can be found at

Scholarship Flyer

  • Water Resource Recovery

Cutting/Carlson & Hoffman Wet Weather Improvement Projects

In October 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 collector sewer pipelines in neighborhoods upstream of the Cutting Blvd., First Street, and 23rd Street Interceptors; the goal is to reduce inflow and infiltration and associated surcharging and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The Contractor, WR Forde, has three crews going to accomplish the project work which is expected to be completed in September 2019.

Johnson Avenue – 140 linear feet of pipe replacement installed -
Crew reinstated the connection into the downstream manhole.


S. 31st Street – Crew excavated and
installed 111 linear feet of pipe

S. 24th Street – Crew installed 20 lateral
feet of pipe for one point repair

For additional information on any capital projects, please contact the Veolia Capital Program Management team at (510) 412-2001, ext. 33106.


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.

 Thank You!

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

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See below for options to connect with the City of Richmond.

Connecting with the City of Richmond
COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 1
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COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 3
COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 4

To contact us by phone:

The City’s website ( provides a department and staff directory at

If you’re not sure which department you need to contact, 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 ( to report any comments, questions or concerns regarding the work being done by City staff.  The 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

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

Carlos Martinez
City Manager
450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 620-6976
Fax: (510) 620-6542