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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending November 1, 2019
November 2, 2019


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending November 1st, 2019.

1.    Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th. Closed Session begins at 3:00 P.M., followed by the Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council 6:30 P.M.  The agenda may be found by clicking this link: November 5th City Council Agenda.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 6:30 P.M., or as soon thereafter, the City Council will conduct a public hearing at the Community Services Building, 440 Civic Center Plaza to receive public input regarding composition of yet to be formed voting districts as part of the City’s transition from an “at-large” election system of electing City Council Members to a “by-district” election system.

The City Council is considering the change in order to ensure compliance with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (“CVRA”) and Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965.  At the public hearing described in this notice, the City Council may receive staff presentations on an overview of the process and City demographics and receive public testimony to be used in establishing options for district boundaries and adopt mandatory and permissive districting criteria, pursuant to Elections Code section 10010 and Government Code section 34886.

All interested persons are invited to present their views and comments on this matter. Written statements may be filed with the City Clerk, City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, 3rd Floor, Richmond, 94804, at any time prior to the hearing scheduled herein, and oral statements may be made at said hearing.

2.    Upcoming Events

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) and Fire Season

Currently, we are in the midst of fire season until November 2019. To prevent potential wildland fires such as 2018’s Camp Fire in Butte County and the 2017 Northern California Wine Country Fires, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) is educating the public on the potential for Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?

As part of PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, PSPS are precautionary measures to help reduce the risk of wildfires. If gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, threaten a portion of the electric system service our community, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety.

For more information about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff program, visit: PG&E Webpage Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Criteria for determining a public safety power shutoff:

When the above criteria are met, PG&E will provide notification to power customers of a power shutoff:
·         Forty-eight (48) hours prior to shut-off.
·         Twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event
·         One-hour (1) hour prior to a power shutoff event.

The reason for multiple notifications is due to rapidly changing conditions that may change the location of a power shutoff event.

How do you prepare for a PSPS?

California energy companies created a website our community can visit to learn how to prepare for power shutoffs, visit: PrepareforPowerDown website  in which information is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Preparedness steps include:
·         Update your contact information with PG&E ( or call 1-866-743-6589)
·         Plan for any medical needs
·         Keep a hard copy of emergency phone numbers on hand
·         Know how to manually open your garage door
·         Build or restock your emergency kit
·         Ensure any backup generators are ready to safely operate
·         Designate an emergency meeting location
·         Consider stay with a friend or relative, if necessary, during an outage.

Coffee with a Cop
Join your neighbors and the Richmond Police Department for coffee and conversation. No agenda, no speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to meet the officers in your neighborhood. The Richmond Police Department will be at the Startbucks near Marina Bay Parkway on November 2nd from 9:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.! Hope to see you there.

Questions? Email

This Saturday! Path to Clean Air Summit

Do you have concerns about health in the Richmond-San Pablo area? Join your Community and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for an interactive community summit. Come to this summit and learn about the progress of a new community initiative to improve health and air quality in our neighborhoods.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. in the Bermuda Room at 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA. Registration and networking will take place from 10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. Opening remarks will begin at 10:30 A.M. Light refreshments and lunch will be served.


The Best Time Ever! – A Main Street Celebration

The Richmond Main Street board of directors invites you to The Best Time Ever! - A Main Street Celebration on November 7th, from 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. at CoBiz (1503 Macdonald Avenue).

Join us as we bid farewell to long-serving Executive Director Amanda Elliott, acknowledge the outstanding accomplishments of the organization under her leadership, and welcome a new chapter for Richmond Main Street. Food, wine, music, community, and fun! Specialty appetizers by Roux, a Richmond Food Hall restaurant. No host bar featuring our famous Main Street Margaritas, wine, and more.

Tickets are now on sale: General - $40, Legacy - $50 (includes limited edition RMSI wine glass).
Proceeds benefit Richmond Main Street and the revitalization of Downtown Richmond.

Learn more about Amanda’s tenure at Richmond Main Street at

Purchase tickets at
For more information, contact Alicia: or (510) 236-4049.

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Community Town Hall! New Emergency Room for Richmond! What are our options? 

Saturday, November 09, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA


Hear from local experts about the impact that Doctors Medical Center’s Emergency Room closure has had on our community and what can be done to re-establish access to emergency services in Richmond.

Watch the special screening of Bo Kovitz’ documentary film The Desert, which sheds light on the limited healthcare options available in West County and the challenges that patients, first responders and care providers face navigating this hospital and emergency room desert, years after the closure of Doctors Medical Center. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please visit:

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3.    City Clerk’s Office

Consider Voting By Mail
The Contra Costa County Elections Division is reaching out to voters who are currently registered as polling place voters. They are encouraging voters to consider the merits of requesting their ballot at home, as this may be a more convenient option for you. Part of the reason they are reaching out is that there is a new state law that took effect beginning this year that no longer requires postage for return ballot envelopes. Contra Costa County also has close to 40 ballot drop off boxes available countywide, including a dozen that will be available on a 24/7 basis.  A permanent ballot drop off box will be located at Richmond City Hall - 450 Civic Center Plaza nearest the City Council Chambers parking lot.
Receiving your ballot by mail provides individuals with more flexibility than having to go to your set neighborhood polling place on just one day. It also allows individuals to vote comfortably wherever they choose and gives them more time to study the issues on increasingly-complex ballots at their leisure. There are a variety of ways to return a completed ballot envelope, including dropping it off at neighborhood polling place on Election Day.

The Contra Costa County Elections Division has made it easy to switch.  Simply send an email to Subject: “I want to Vote By Mail.” Please include your Name, Date of Birth, Residential Address and Mailing Address in the body of the email. You can also call the Contra Costa County Elections Division at (925) 335-7800 to make your request over the phone.

Legislative History

The City’s legislative history including minutes, resolutions, ordinances, meeting content, and other important records, dating back to 1905, are available online at:

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 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Wednesday: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Friday: 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
(Closed 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. – days of operation only)

You must call (510) 620-6786 to schedule all appointments.

Drop-in hours are also available on:

Thursdays: 9:30 A.M. to 12:00 NOON

Bring all required documents and complete all forms before your appointment. Drop-ins will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.

Please recognize that the area is an operational executive office, and a quiet zone.

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


4.    City Council Office

Richmond Government Alliance on Race and Equity Community Forum

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, Richmond residents and community organizations were invited to provide input on the City of Richmond’s Racial Equity Plan draft. Members of the Richmond Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Team facilitated discussion groups on proposed action items to improve racial equity in Richmond. There were approximately 35 community members and leaders who came to share their unique experiences and insight through government and community collaboration. Two of our attendees included District Attorney Diana Becton and School Board Member Consuela Lara. Our City of Richmond team will continue to interface with the community to inform them of future events and next steps. A continued focus on providing communication, accessibility options, and joint efforts between the city and community will lead to a better understanding of how to achieve racial equity within Richmond. Visit for information about GARE.



5.    City Manager’s Chronicles

The last few weeks, I described the City’s need to reorganize itself and noted that the matter would be heard by the City Council at its Tuesday meeting.  Well, the Council did hear the item and largely encouraged the City Manager’s Office to go ahead with the plan as drafted and consolidate the city’s organization into eight departments.  The support from the City Council for the program was gratifying, as has been the support from management and union leaders.  So now the work begins!

As a starting point, we’ll need eight department heads.  Some of those positions, namely Police, Fire, Information Technology, are already occupied.  Five other department head positions, however, are not and will need appointments.  To fill those jobs, the City will conduct an internal recruitment wherein any employee can apply.  The final selection will be made by the City Manager.

The positions that will be open in the internal recruitment are:
·            Deputy City Manager for Economic Development
·            Deputy City Manager for Internal Services
·            Director of Library and Community Services
·            Director of Public Works
·            Community Development Director
The recruitment will open next Wednesday, October 30th and close on Thursday, November 15th.  Employees interested in applying must complete an Internal Job Application Form which is available from Donna Newton in the Human Resources Department.  Interviews for the positions will take place in late November, with the goal to announce appointments before the year-end holidays.

If you have any questions, please send them my way via

6.    City Manager’s Office

All Richmond Residents Invited to Participate in 2019 Survey Online

Every two years since 2007, the City of Richmond conducts a community survey to help the City evaluate services, measure resident satisfaction with current services, and to help plan for Richmond’s future.

During the months of July and August 2019, 3,000 randomly selected households were asked to participate in the 2019 Richmond Community Survey. Residents who received a mail survey are encouraged to complete and return it as soon as possible or complete the survey online using the URL provided in the cover letter attached to your mail survey.

Richmond residents not randomly selected to participate in the survey still have an opportunity to have their opinions heard. The community-wide version of the survey is now available online at in Spanish and English. The deadline to participate in the online opt-in survey is Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

Resident participation in the survey is very important and we look forward to hearing from you! Contact (510) 620-6828 if you have any questions or need a paper copy of the survey.

Transportation Services Division Updates

Are you interested in learning more about what services the City of Richmond’s Transportation Services Division is working on for you?

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City of Richmond and Gotcha Mobility announce Richmond’s First Bike Share Program

With support from Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) funds, the City of Richmond’s Transportation Division and Gotcha Mobility will launch the first public bike share system in Richmond. Bike share is a service that provides bicycles for short term-use for a fee. Richmond residents and visitors will have access to 250 electric assist bikes at 25 stations within the city, available for 24/7 use.

Launching later this year, the bike share system in Richmond will provide a seamless addition to the local and regional transportation network connecting residents, businesses, visitors to jobs, services, and the community. Bike share will enhance public access to destinations; expand mobility options for low income residents, especially with the provision of subsidized memberships for income-eligible residents; improve public health through increased physical activity and reduced greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants; and support community growth through safer, more vibrant streets.

Gotcha Mobility is a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) company offering sustainable mico-transit products –100% electric ride share, bike share, electric scooters, and trikes. Gotcha helps communities lead happier, more productive lives through alternative forms of transportation and is committed to being the City of Richmond’s mobility partner. Gotcha invests in communities by having local operations that include local staff. Below are full time positions with benefits which are currently open:

To learn more about Gotcha visit
For questions, please contact Misha Kaur at (510) 620-6797.


Richmond Ferry to Bridge to Greenway Complete Streets Plan Community Survey

Transportation Services needs your feedback to provide valuable local and regional
connections for people walking and bicycling to the new Richmond Ferry Terminal, the upcoming Richmond-San Rafael Bridge multi-use path, and the Richmond Greenway.  The survey is available online or via text. Simply text the word “active” to (510) 900-5861 to participate.


RAPID (R-Transit with Lyft) Workshop

The City of Richmond’s R-Transit program provides safe and reliable transportation to persons with disabilities and seniors (age 55 and older).

Service area: Program registrants can travel to any destination between the cities of Richmond, El Sobrante, San Pablo, North Richmond, Kensington, and Pinole. The cost of a one-way trip booked in advance is $4.00, and same-day reservations are $5.00 one way.

To qualify for R-Transit, applicants must meet two eligibility requirements:

1. Residency: applicant must be a resident of any of the following cities: Richmond, Kensington, El Sobrante, unincorporated communities of East Richmond Heights, Hasford Heights, Rollingwood, or North Richmond.
2. Age/disability: applicant is age 55 or older OR between the ages of 18-54 and has a disability.

Fill out an application: online at , print the application here, or call (510) 307-8026 to request an application by mail.

RAPID: R-Transit with Lyft offers R-Transit clients a subsidy to use Lyft in the service area.

The R-Transit program’s newest addition, RAPID, offers R-Transit clients a subsidy to use Lyft (24/7) for on demand trips in the R-Transit service area. RAPID also offers a   subsidy to travel to and from the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Veterans hospital in Martinez, CA. R-Transit clients pay the first $3.00 of each one way trip in the service area, and the subsidy will cover the next $17.00 of the trip. If the total cost of the trip exceeds $20.00, the client is responsible for the overage.

To use the RAPID service, you must first complete an application for R-Transit service; have a smart phone, credit/debit card, and a registration and waiver of liability form on file.
R-Transit will host RAPID workshops the 3rd Monday of each month for the remainder of 2019. Workshops will be held at the Richmond Senior Center located at 2525 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 NOON. The workshops will provide in depth information about the new service and one-on-one assistance with downloading the Lyft mobile application, setting up an account, and requesting rides.

Residential Permit Parking Available

The Neighborhood Permit Parking (NPP) program was created in Richmond to reduce traffic in residential areas, to protect those areas from the environmental impacts of commuting, and to allow parking access to properties.  Non-permit holders may continue to park daily on a time restricted basis within the NPP areas.

If you live in an area that has already opted into the program, you are eligible to obtain a permit online: or in person by appointment through Transportation Services.  Residents living within any of the highlighted areas on the Permit Parking Map must first submit a signed petition to “Opt In” to participate in the program. 

For more information and to download forms, please go to:, call Transportation Services at (510) 621-1718, or email:

Free Green Waste Kitchen Pail

Richmond residents that subscribe to compost services may pick-up a free kitchen pail at the West Contra Costa Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility or Richmond City Hall.

West Contra Costa County Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility

101 Pittsburg Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
Wednesday through Saturday
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Closed Noon - 12:30 P.M.)

For more information about this and additional solid waste programs available to Richmond residents, please visit:

Recycling Tip of the Month

Recycling tip of the month- June (6)

7.    Community Services Department

Candy Cane Tournament is back!
Candy Cane Classic Basketball Tournament 2019

For more information, contact Maurice Range at

8.    Engineering/CIP Departments

Streets Division

Paving crews finalized skin patching on Stenmark Drive, ground and repaired the parking lot of Richmond Works, installed and finalized barriers on Castro Street, and worked from the outstanding pothole list around various locations in the City.

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Paving Work at MLK Park

Veolia Paving on Canal Boulevard

Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the fourth Monday and fifth Tuesday through Thursday and first Friday in the Santa Fe, Point Richmond, Marina Bay, Coronado, Richmond Parkway and medians, May Valley, Vista View, and Clinton Hill I neighborhood areas.

Traffic Signs and Lines

Traffic Signs and Lines staff installed five new signs, fabricated 32 new signs, and installed 180’ of thermoplastic for pavement messaging.

Duracurb Installation on Harbour Way

Crosswalk Refresh on Regatta Boulevard

Cutting and S. Gerrard new sign install
New Sign Installation

Barrier Installation

Bike Lane Sweeping on Ohio Avenue

9.    Fire Department

Emergency Notification System – Nixle
The City of Richmond uses the Nixle platform to communicate emergency alerts and advisory information directly with residents. To quickly sign up, text your Richmond zip code to 888-777. To sign up via email or customize your preferences, visit to register.

For more information, visit our website at

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Drill Day

The Richmond Fire Department conducts CERT training classes twice a year in English and Spanish. CERT training provides participants with basic skills and knowledge to safely operate within their neighborhoods during a disaster.

CERT training topics include disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic disaster medicine, light search and rescue techniques, team organization, disaster psychology, and homeland security information. The training culminates in an all-day hands-on drill allowing students to practice their newly learned skills.

On Saturday, October 26, 2019, nearly 100 CERT students from the cities of El Cerrito, Kensington, Richmond, San Pablo, and Crockett, 10 exercise volunteers, 14 fire and law enforcement personnel, and 6 fire youth academy cadets convened at Richmond’s Fire Training Center to take part in the CERT drill day.

Overall, the CERT students were enthusiastic about the program with the desire to continue to learn and exercise their skills and knowledge.
The next CERT course (English) will start in the Spring of 2020. Registration will open in January.  To earn a certificate of completion, participants must complete all CERT training modules and the drill.

·         Saturday, March 28, 2020
o   Modules 1: Disaster Prepared & CERT & 2: Fire Safety
·         Sunday, March 29, 2020
o   Modules 3 & 4: Basic Disaster Medicine
·         Saturday, April 18, 2020
o   Modules 5: Light Search & Rescue & 6: CERT Team Organization
·         Sunday, April 19, 2020
o   Modules 7: Disaster Psychology & 8: Homeland Security
·         CERT Drill Day is Saturday, May 9, 2020 (8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.)
Class times are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. each day unless otherwise noted. Location: City of Richmond, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA.

For more information, visit our website:


10. Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of November 1, 2019

Page previews increased by 167%
Tweets and Followers are UP!


11. Infrastructure and Maintenance Operations (DIMO)

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the icemaker at Fire Station #61, fixed the toilet at Fire Station #62, repaired restroom at Fire Station #64, replaced a hot water heater at the Corporation Yard, cleared a sink and fixed the sliding gate at Fire Station #68, replaced the pressure switch to one of the air conditioning units at 450 Civic Center Plaza, and installed a new furnace at the Parchester Community Center..

Utility Workers removed clogs from the Family Justice Center, removed broken glass from the parking lot of the Recreation Center, cleaned carpets at two locations, sanitized the Bayview Library, replaced urinal filters in the men’s restrooms, cleaned showers at the Plunge, set up meeting rooms and serviced 29 city owned facilities.

Plunge Restroom Cleaning

Furnace Installation

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews prepared Nicholl Park for the Harmony Walk on October 26, 2019, raised Willow’s on the Greenway between 6th and 10th Streets, trimmed trees on Amend Road, performed maintenance on Santa Rita Road, picked up trash on the Greenway and removed debris from Mira Vista Park.

The tree crew cut or removed trees on; South 25th Street, Cypress Avenue, Bissell Avenue, Burbeck Avenue, Rheem Avenue, Morningside Drive, May Road and in Point Molate.

Hilltop District crewscontinued general maintenance around the business area, completed right of ways on the Richmond Parkway from Interstate 80 to San Pablo Avenue, started replanting at Bay Vista Park and mowed turf in various locations.

Marina District crews removed roots from the planter near Marina Bay Park, repaired the irrigation system on the Bay Trail, mowed all park lawns, cleared trash and emptied receptacles, pulled weeds on the Marina Bay Parkway medians, cleaned Wright Avenue, abated islands at Regatta Boulevard and Marina Bay Parkway and abated weeds and dead plants from the planter on Bay Trail.
Maintenance on the Greenway

Bay Trail Planter
Bay Trail Maintenance

12. Library and Cultural Services

The Richmond Public Library webpage

The Richmond Public Library webpage ( has been refreshed! The main page is now interactive, featuring a moving carousel of recent arrivals, as well as links to catalog searches for new material. Links throughout the page have been simplified and consolidated.

Additionally, the links on the left-hand side have been simplified, and pages throughout the site are new, refreshed, or being updated. Our monthly themed book display has gone digital as well!

We hope that this helps you discover the many FREE resources of the Richmond Public Library! This includes newly acquired access to the K-12 resources Britannica School and Britannica Escolar, as well as the K-12 teaching resource All you need is a Richmond library card! Need one? Stop in at any of our branches.


13. Planning Department

Apply for CENSUS 2020 Mini-Grant Program “Count me in Richmond”

The City of Richmond is accepting applications for the Census 2020 Mini-Grant Program “Count me in Richmond” to support local residents and organizations working to engage and promote the participation of all Richmond and North Richmond residents in the 2020 Census. The City seeks to fund grantees that are committed to ensuring a complete count of residents with an emphasis on hard-to-reach populations (unhoused, low income, people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, and/or children under 5 years old).

Grant applications must be submitted by November 18, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. via email to , or by mail to:

Attn: Beatriz Guerrero
Planning and Building Services Department
450 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd floor
Richmond, CA 94804

Please apply and share the Census 2020 Mini-Grant Program “Count me in Richmond” with all local residents, organizations, school groups, neighborhood councils, businesses, and coalitions working on Census 2020 outreach and awareness. The mini-grant amounts range between $300 and $3,000.

Eligible mini-grant program activities include:

• Informational and educational events or workshops
• Canvassing or campaigns to raise awareness and provide information
• Other creative actions to increase participation in Census 2020

For more information about the City of Richmond’s Census 2020 Mini-grant program, visit  or contact Beatriz Guerrero at (510) 620-6888 or by email at

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14. Police Department

Cops and Goblins Fest at Richmond Police Department

Thank you all for attending the Cops and Goblins fest at the Richmond Police Department. We had a great time meeting and connecting with you all. Be sure to check out the Richmond Police Department’s Facebook page for more pictures. It was a well-attended event. Over 300 people from the community came out for some safe trick or treating.

Richmond Police Department Traffic Unit
The Richmond Police Department Traffic Unit! Our traffic unit is primarily responsible for collision investigations, traffic-related criminal investigations, traffic law enforcement, and collision prevention. For urgent traffic complaints, you should call (510) 620- 6693. For parking/abandoned vehicle complaints, call (510) 620-6644.

K-9 Unit
The Richmond Police Department’s K-9 unit was dressed and ready for Halloween. Which costume do you think is best? We have K9 Major dressed as Yoda, K9 Cash as an illegal dumper, K9 Oden as a taco, and K9 Gunner as Batman.

15. Richmond Promise

Career Coffee Chats – Mentor a Richmond Promise Scholar!

Richmond Promise invites you to become a part of our new career-exploration program, Career Coffee Chats! This program provides Richmond Promise Scholars and alumni access to professionals in their perspective fields to conduct informational interviews in order to gain industry knowledge, build a professional network, and discover potential internship and employment opportunities. In order to formally launch the program in December, our goal is to recruit at least 30 professionals who are interested in becoming available for informational interviews. There is no long-term commitment and individuals choose their own availability.
The application can be found at Feel free to share company-wide and with your networks!

For questions, email

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Support the Richmond Promise at Promisenet 2019!

The Richmond Promise, is thrilled to be hosting the PromiseNet 2019 national conference in partnership with Contra Costa Community College District and UC Berkeley Division of Equity and Inclusion.
The two-day conference, Bridges to Opportunity, held November 4th & 5th at UC Berkeley, will build on more than a decade of PromiseNet convenings and bring together hundreds of mission-aligned education and civic leaders, policy makers, practitioners, philanthropists, and researchers from across the country. Among many highlights, Mayor Butt will join regional Mayor’s including Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, in the featured Day 1 plenary “Cities of Promise” moderated by the former Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm.
Since the first PromiseNet was held in Kalamazoo in 2008 these gatherings have sparked ideas, energy and action to strengthen and build the Promise movement. We anticipate 400-500 attendees, including regional Promise initiatives such as Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, Stockton, and Richmond that collectively support thousands of Bay Area students through post-secondary degrees and into the workforce each year.
We hope to have strong Richmond and West County representation. Listen to this message from our Scholars, and confirm your spot and RSVP Today!
Interested in learning more about our 2019-20 Scholarship Application?

If you are interested in applying or learning more about the 2019-20 Richmond Promise Scholarship, please fill out the form or find it at
Completing this form will allow us to determine your eligibility & provide us with your contact information to remind you of key deadlines, events and workshops at your school!


Scholarship Interest Flyer

Interested in becoming a Student Leader in your Community?

Richmond Promise is looking for Near-Peer Ambassadors for this year’s school programming! This is a paid internship opportunity that runs from January-May, where local college students engage with High School Students to provide them with the support they need to learn about college and apply for financial aid.

Programming will run from January-March at De Anza High School and Kennedy High School, assisting 12th graders with their financial aid and scholarship applications.

From March-June, ambassadors will be providing college awareness conversations to 9th graders at Kennedy High School.

Ambassadors can earn a maximum of $1500 for the program. Minimum requirements include 50 hours of work throughout the whole program ($30/hour). Must be a current college student!

Want more info, interested in applying? Check the link here à

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16. Water Resource Recovery

Valley View Sinkhole Emergency Repair

On June 12, 2019, a significant sinkhole was detected in the area near 4807 Valley View Road in the City of Richmond.  Emergency repair was required for the 60-inch corrugated metal storm water culvert. 

Pipe tie-in to 60” (inside pipe) culvert running under and across Valley View Road

Liner is installed in culvert (not as visible) the ends have been properly finished with epoxy-resin

Manhole Rehabilitation Program

Many manholes in the City of Richmond's Collections System have sustained H2S damage, infiltration, or have no mortar on the surface and are in need of repair. 

Inside of Manhole at 28th and Moran before restoration
Inside of Manhole at 28th and Moran after restoration

Surface of Manhole at 28th and Moran before restoration

Surface of Manhole at 28th and Moran after restoration

Sewer Lateral Grant Program

The City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department administers the Sewer Lateral Grant Program. The program reimburses eligible homeowners in the Richmond Municipal Sewer District (RMSD No. 1) for some of the cost to replace their sewer lateral.

The program is open and accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. 

For more information about the Sewer Lateral Grant Program, please visit or call (510) 620-6594.


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!

Steven Falk
Interim City Manager
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
(510) 620-6512

You can sign up to receive the City Manager’s weekly report and other information from the City of Richmond by visiting:

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

Connecting with the City of Richmond

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

COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 1
COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 2
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

Irene Perdomo
Executive Assistant to the City Manager
City Manager’s Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA  94804
Direct: 510-621-1264
Main: 510-620-6512