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  Weekly Report for the week ending February 8, 2019
February 12, 2019


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending February 8th, 2019.

  • Meeting Notes

The Special Meeting of the Richmond City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th and set to begin at 6:00 PM. The agenda may be found by clicking this link: February 12th Special City Council Agenda.

  • Upcoming Events

BART Schedule Change Coming February 11, 2019

Beginning February 11th, BART will operate on a new schedule. Weekday service will begin at 5:00 AM. Train times will vary on Sundays as well as weekdays after 9:00 PM. Please regularly plan your trips on or the official BART app and always check before you go.

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If you have additional questions, please contact the City of Richmond Transportation Division at (510) 620-6869.
Equal Access Ordinance Community Meeting

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Community members are encouraged to attend the City of Richmond’s Equal Access Ordinance community meeting on Wednesday, February 13th beginning at 6:00 PM in the Richmond City Council Chambers (440 Civic Center Plaza).

On September 18, 2018, City Council directed staff to research an Equal Access Ordinance that standardizes translation services in the three most commonly used non-English languages in the City of Richmond. Development is underway and it is important that we have broad input from all community members to ensure that an Equal Access Ordinance meets the vision and needs of the community.

Spanish translation will be provided. Light refreshments will also be available.

More information about the Equal Access Ordinance can be found at

Please RSVP for the community meeting at

AC Transit Local Fare Change Proposal

Over the past year, AC Transit has carried more than 53 million passengers while expanding service and introducing over 100 new buses to replace aging coaches and support its growing ridership.

In order to achieve operational objectives, and continue to provide safe and quality service, AC Transit created a plan that includes a fare change schedule and new rider incentive programs.
You can provide input by attending any of the scheduled Community Meetings or Public Hearings. You are encouraged to submit comments via email, phone, fax, and U.S. Mail no later than the close of the Public Hearing on February 13th, 2019.
Please send or address your comments to:
AC Transit Board of Directors
1600 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 891-7201
Spanish (510) 891-7291
Chinese (510) 891-7292 TDD: Call 711 and specify (510) 891-4700
TDD: Call 711 and specify (510) 891-4700
Fax: (510) 891-7157

Public Hearings

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Hearing to be held at 2:00 PM and at 5:00 PM
AC Transit General Offices, 2nd Floor, Board Room
1600 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the City of Richmond Transportation Division at (510) 620-6869.

Community Invited to Downtown Transition & Change Meeting

Richmond Main Street (RMS) is off and running into what is believed will be a year of monumental change for downtown. CoBiz Richmond and the food hall at the Richmond Business Hub are nearly complete. RMS is an active part of the changes happening downtown.

As RMS embarks upon these transformative changes downtown, the organization recognizes the importance of including community voices in the process. In that spirit, RMS invites you to join in on the first of several community engagement sessions: Downtown Transition & Change meeting on Wednesday, February 13th, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at their new offices located at 1600 Nevin Plaza (in the Downtown Richmond Visitor Center at Richmond BART).

Help Richmond Main Street identify key goals & objectives to create a vision for downtown development that represents you. Meet and engage with downtown development partners. Snacks & beverages provided. For more information, please visit their website at:, call (510) 236-4049, or email Please RSVP.

Black History Celebration

The City of Richmond Community Services Department will host its annual Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.  The doors will open for general seating at 12:30 PM.  Adult tickets cost $10 which also includes refreshments and children tickets for ages 5-12 cost $5.  We will have performances that include: Praise Dancing, Music/Song, Poetry, and Spoken Word.  This year, we will also feature a Q&A panel discussion on the achievement gap deficit of black students in the WCCUSD.

Refreshments will be provided by Main Avent Catering: cajun shrimp w/ creamy grits, buttermilk fried chicken & homemade belgian waffles, strawberry lemonade ice tea, lemon water and assorted cupcakes for dessert. More info: (510) 620-6789.

  • Acknowledgments

Council Retreat and Strategic Planning Session

On Friday, February 8, 2019, a City Council Retreat and Strategic Planning Session was held at the Courtyard by Marriot located on 3150 Garrity Way from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The primary goals of the retreat were as follows:

  • Identify City Council policy priorities for FY 2019/2020;
  • Receive presentations from staff which highlight 2018 accomplishments and department priorities for FY 2019/2020;
  • Align the organization and the FY 2019/2020 budget with stated City Council priorities taking into account budgetary constraints;
  • Develop performance measures to track the progress of implementing priorities in a public place; and
  • Enable City staff to streamline the Five Year Strategic Business Plan and Health in All Policies (HiAP) reporting.

The retreat was facilitated by Henry Gardner of the Gardner Group, LLC. He is the former City Manager of Oakland and former Executive Director of the Association of Bay Area Government. In preparation for the retreat, Mr. Gardner conducted interviews with the Mayor and Councilmembers. The interviews were designed to provide the facilitator with insight on successes and challenges currently facing the City.

Each City department developed slides to be presented during the retreat highlighting accomplishments achieved in calendar year 2018, and department-specific priorities for FY 2019/2020. The presentations provided the City Council with a baseline of information highlighting key activities currently underway. Staff understands that there are clearly budgetary and staffing constraints in pursuing all of the goals, projects, and initiatives that the City Council will deem important.

During the retreat, City Council developed a priority list of the top issues to be accomplished in the next fiscal year. Senior staff will develop performance measures to align with the City Council’s stated priorities in each Strategic Plan area. Staff will return to the City Council in March with their updated list of Strategic Plan priorities and performance measures for adoption. These priorities will inform the development of an updated Five-Year Strategic Business Plan.

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San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Richmond Service is Off to a Successful Start!

According to WETA, nearly 14,000 passengers have ridden the Richmond ferry in the first month of service, for an average of 636 passengers per weekday. This is nearly 50 percent more than projected for the first year of service.

In addition to the typical commuters, there are roughly a dozen reverse commuters who work in Richmond, and WETA has seen a decent number of folks taking the ferry into San Francisco in the evenings. The Richmond ferry has also been a transportation boon for the Craneway Pavilion, with more than 100 attendees of a recent conference using San Francisco Bay Ferry to get there.



  • City Manager’s Office

New! Free Compost Giveaway Program for Residents

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The City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is pleased to announce that starting February 6th and each first Wednesday of the month thereafter, West County households can pick-up for free 2 cubic yards of compost from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Close the loop on your organics recycling by using the finished compost made right here in Richmond. This is self-service only, please bring your own bag, bin or bucket, and shovel to load the material. Valid identification is required.

For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.

New! Free Mattress Drop-off Program for Residents

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The City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is pleased to announce that Republic Services has teamed up with Bye Bye Mattress, A Program of the Mattress Recycling Council, to provide a collection site for old unwanted mattresses or box springs.  Starting February 1, 2019, households in the cities of Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, El Cerrito and unincorporated communities are eligible to bring 3 items per month to be recycled at no cost. Mattresses can be dropped off Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Please bring proper identification or utility bill with address of household generating the item(s).

Not Accepted:

  • Half mattresses or box springs
  • Excessively wet, damaged, partial or soiled mattresses or mattresses with bed bugs
  • Car beds
  • Fold out sofa beds and futons,
  • Waterbeds
  • Air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, mattress toppers or other furniture

For a fee, businesses can dispose of mattresses at the Golden Bear Transfer Station. For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.

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

‘Five Free Rides’ Incentive Program

The Bay Area Carpool Program is offering a new incentive to help reduce single drivers, emissions, and congestion: Five Free Rides to all new Scoop and Waze carpool riders. Five Free Rides gives new Scoop and Waze Carpool riders the opportunity to experience the ease of carpooling with improved technology. The Scoop and Waze Carpool applications both provide matches, scheduling, and seamless payment.

The promotion started on February 1, 2019 and will run through June 30, 2019. New Scoop users can download the app and the free rides will automatically be placed into their account. New Waze Carpool users should download the app and enter promo code CARPOOL to activate the free rides. On both apps, the offer expires two weeks from download.

Carpooling can reduce peak hour traffic on well-traveled highways and bridges to the region's job hubs. The Bay Area's busiest travel times align with Scoop and Waze Carpool's height of trip requests and available matches, ideal for a new carpooler looking to improve their work commute.

The Bay Area Carpool Program is an initiative of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Five Rides Free is funded by MTC with grants from FHWA and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

If you have additional questions, please contact the City of Richmond Transportation Division at (510) 620-6869.

BART Weekend Single-tracking at Richmond Station in February and March

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During the weekends listed below, portions of the platform will be closed to replace the tiles at Richmond Station. This project will replace any broken tiles and also replace the edge strips with solid yellow strips that meet new standards.
There will be no Red Line service on the impacted Saturdays and the Orange Line will have longer trains. On Monday, February 18th, Presidents’ Day, BART will run Saturday service. There will be additional trains during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
Please be aware of signs and barricades which will guide you to the correct platform.
The work weekends are:

  • February 16th – 18th  (Includes the Monday holiday)
  • March 2nd – 3rd
  • March 9th – 10th

If you have additional questions, please contact the Lori Reese-Brown at (510) 620-6869.

  • 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:

  • An introduction to Rich Doellstedt from Richmond Wholesale Meats, a company that has been in Richmond for over 60 years and has a long lasting positive relationship with our municipality.
  • A meeting with Tom Leatherman from the National Parks Service to discuss the national parks in Richmond, the national parks element of the city’s General Plan, the Rosie the Riveter Trust, and other collaborations such as the Richmond Wellness Trail, the new Richmond-San Francisco Ferry, Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE), and the Urban Agenda.
  • A meeting with Hector Infante, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron, and discussed items of mutual interest such as the renewal of our Fire Prevention and Building Services Agreements and our needs to collaborate with the East Bay Regional Parks to continue expanding the Bay Trail in Richmond.
  • Participated in recurring meetings with the executive directors of the Human Resources Department, Engineering and Capital Improvements Project Department, Water Resource Recovery, and Finance Department to receive updates related to their staff, current projects, and provided direction for future implementation of their assigned responsibilities.
  • Met with staff to analyze and evaluate the four responses received to the Point Molate Request for Proposals, and to develop recommendations for Council’s consideration at the February 12, 2019 Council meeting.
  • Along with senior management staff, presented at the Richmond City Council Retreat and Strategic Planning on Friday, February 8th and participated in discussions with the council, where they outlined their top priorities for fiscal year 2019-2020. City staff members were able to outline last year’s accomplishments for their respective departments as well as strategic opportunities for the upcoming year.  Staff will come back in March, or early April with performance measures and recommendations for the Council to consider; ensuring our work and the City organization stay aligned and better positioned to accomplish their stated priorities.
  • 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

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  • Community Services Highlights

Little Splashers

There’s a new class for little ones and their parents/caregivers at the Richmond pools. Little Splashers is a drop-in class (no registration required) offered twice/week: Mondays from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Richmond Swim Center, and Thursdays from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the Richmond Plunge. The class is a great way for parents to help their young children acclimate to water, learn safety tips, and maybe meet new friends! The fee is only $2 per person, parent and child (ages 6 months - 4 years).

  • Employment and Training Department

City of Richmond Summer Youth Employment Application Opens

Online applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) will be available beginning Friday, February 1, 2019. Only 200 Applications will be accepted, and the program is open to Richmond residents only or students with IEP/504 in West Contra Costa County (proof of residency or IEP will be required).

**Must be Aged 16 – 21 to Participate**

Richmond youth interested in a Career Path Summer employment experience may apply online at

Training slots and employment placement will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM or when the first 200 completed applications are received.

For more information, call (510) 412-2044 or visit us at YouthWORKS, 330 25th Street, Richmond, CA 94804.

  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects

Construction is nearing completion on the Wall Avenue Storm Drain Improvements Project. This project is funded through the Successor Agency to the City of Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency utilizing state and local funds. The system is being built to receive the outfall from the newly day-lighted Baxter Creek at the Miraflores Housing Development site along with storm water runoff from the I-80 Freeway.

Pictured are the last of the individual precast concrete segments prior to preparing for connection to the creek.

Wall Avenue Storm Drain Improvements Project

Streets Division

Paving crews made pothole repairs on Richmond Parkway and on Giant Road, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.  In addition, crews installed new directional arrows in the Burbeck alleyway, installed a new stop message and bar at Clinton Avenue and 39th Street, Roosevelt Avenue and 38th Street and Barrett Avenue and 38th Street, and reset a sign and pole at Burbeck Avenue and 23rd Street.

Pothole Repair Work on Richmond Parkway


Pothole Repair Work on Giant Road

New Directional Arrows in the Burbeck Alleyway

New Stop Message and Bar on 39th Street

New Stop Message and Bar on 38th Street

Sign and Pole Reset on Burbeck Avenue

Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the first Monday through Thursday and second Friday in Parchester Village, Hilltop Bayview, Hilltop Green, Fairmede/Hilltop, Carriage Hills north side, El Sobrante Hills, Greenbriar, Hansford Heights, Via Verde, San Pablo Dam Road, Bristole Cone, Clinton Hill IV, and East Richmond neighborhood council areas.

Signs and Lines staff repaired 3 signs and poles, installed 9 new signs, and installed 64’ of thermoplastic for pavement messaging.

  • Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of February 8, 2019

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0211 - BART Schedule Changes 2

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  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews abated private lots/property, removed illegally posted signs, assisted the Police Department to abate debris from vehicles for towing, and removed trash and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.

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Private Property Abatement

Sign Removal

Vehicle Abatement

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Illegal Dumping

Graffiti Abatement

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement staff responded to complaints about a vehicle being parked illegally on the front lawn. Staff issued a Notice of Violation and a Demand to Abate letter to the property owner, allowing ten days to correct the violation. A compliance inspection was conducted and the property owner corrected the violation and the vehicle was removed from the lawn.

Before and After

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, attended training, replaced a refrigerator condenser fan motor and cleared a sink line at the Auditorium, replaced fan belts to the air system in the Employment and Training building, fixed the air conditioning units in the computer room of 450 Civic Center Plaza, serviced the pool vacuums at the Plunge and Swim Center, repaired the urinal at Fire Station #67, replaced the wax ring on a toilet at the May Valley Community Center, and delivered machinery to the Nevin Community Center.

Pool Maintenance

Utility Workers cleared restroom lines in the 3rd floor restrooms of 450 Civic Center Plaza, cleaned light fixtures at the Dispatch Center, attended training, set-up tables for meetings, and maintained 29 City-owned facilities.

Light Fixture Cleaning

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews ground four tree stumps at Booker T. Anderson Park, removed graffiti at Southside Park, removed garbage and debris from all parks, installed a dog waste dispenser along the Bay Trail, added locks to new trail bollards, removed graffiti at Belding-Garcia and Shields-Reid Parks, removed debris from the parking lot at the North Richmond Ball Field, performed gopher control at Booker T. Anderson Park, installed mulch at Nicholl Park, weeded and trimmed the Nunn Avenue soundwall, removed trash from the Greenway, repaired fencing in various locations on the Greenway, weeded and trimmed the medians on Bayview Avenue, and assisted the tree crew with downed branches.

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Bayview Avenue Median Maintenance

Hilltop District crewscontinued general maintenance around the business area, completed weed abatement on Auto Plaza, completed weed abatement on the Blume Drive medians, started shrub and tree removal around Hilltop Lake, and started weed abatement on Richmond Parkway.

The Lake
Hilltop Lake Maintenance

Marina District crews continued with the Esplanade Landscape Project, performed weed abatement along the Marina Bay Parkway medians and on the Bay Trail, installed playground surfacing at Barbara J. Vincent Park, removed trash and debris and performed maintenance on new landscaping at the intersection of Marina Bay Parkway and Regatta Boulevard.

Trash recepticle servicing throughout city
Receptacle Clearing

  • 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. 

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.


New Library Service - Knowledge City

Knowledge City offers exclusive online training in five categories: business, computer, safety, compliance, and finance. With over 13,000 online videos, this resource offers up-to-date skills training.  Modules are crafted by experienced instructors, college professors and industry experts from around the world.  Users have unlimited access from any internet-connected device 24/7. Certificates of Completion are offered at the end of each course as tests are designed to ensure users fully grasp the key take-aways of each course. Knowledge City is also available in Spanish.  Best of all, Knowledge City is free and accessible with a Richmond Public Library card. 

For more information visit and click the Knowledge City icon. You may also call the Main Library Reference Desk at (510) 620-6561 for more information.

  • Police Department

Officers in Action

Officer Anderson attended the Chesley Mutual Housing resident meeting last week to discuss the community’s concerns related to public safety. During this meeting, Officer Anderson was able to meet new residents and hear about the challenges in the area that the community needs assistance in resolving. Community members were provided with contact information for the officers in their district.  The information will allow the residents to contact them about any issues or questions they may have. Police officers take moments such as these to engage with the community and learn about what is happening in their districts/beats.

Community interaction and engagement is paramount to the Richmond Police Department’s mission. Great relationships and ties have been created between our officers and members of the community through meetings such as these.

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Community Safety Academy

The Richmond Police Department will begin the Spring 2019 session of the Community Safety Academy (CSA) that aims to educate, empower and engage residents from within our community. This academy is another way for us to reach deeper into our community, to forge an even stronger relationship that encompasses the core values of community policing.

The venue for the academy is at the Richmond Police Department (with occasional field trips) on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM and every other Saturday from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The academy will commence on March 28, 2019 and end on May 16, 2019. 

If you are a Richmond resident, 16 years or older, not on probation or parole, and have not been convicted of a felony, please click on the link below and fill out the application:

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Pedestrian Safety Operation

After receiving complaints from the community regarding vehicles not stopping for pedestrians, the RPD Traffic Unit held a pedestrian safety operation on MacDonald Avenue and 15th Street.

Officers targeted vehicles who failed to stop for pedestrians in the marked crosswalk. Officers issued 32 citations and made two arrests for DUI.

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Facial Hair Trial

As policing evolves, so does the appearance of officers. Over the last three months, the Richmond Police Department (RPD) implemented a pilot program which allowed officers the option to grow facial hair other than just a mustache. There are still guidelines, but they are much broader than before. Last week, we polled the Richmond community and Richmond Police Department staff and the majority of comments were very positive. It was an overwhelming yes to implement the facial hair change.


Strategic Planning Effort
The Richmond Police Department is embarking on a strategic planning effort. The department identified four key internal and external organizational areas of focus. The effort includes engaging community partners in prioritizing community policing practices in alignment with the department goals. The community is invited to attend a series of focus groups to share feedback. If sessions fill, more will be added.

The sessions are listed as follows:

€        Monday, February 11th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
€        Saturday, February 23rd from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  
€        Monday, February 25th from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

You can register online and get details by using the following links: 

Mobile Friendly Registration Link:

Sketch of Homicide Suspect

On December 18, 2018 at 10:54 PM, Edgar Osbaldo Jocal Chay, 45 years old, returned home from a store where he bought a suitcase for an upcoming trip to Guatemala. He had not seen his mother in ten years and the trip was only a few days away. When he got home, he was confronted on his front porch by two suspects for an unknown reason. There was a struggle between Chay and the suspects. During the course of the struggle, one of the suspects shot and killed Chay. The suspects fled westbound on Andrade Avenue in a light colored four door car.

The shooter was described as a black male, late 20’s to early 30’s, about 5’9”, average build, unshaven with a mustache. The only description of the other suspect is that he was a black male. Please view the sketch of the described subject.
If you can identify the suspect or have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective C. Decious at (510) 621-1747 or email at and reference case #18-14837.
18-14837 Suspect Sketch

Tech’s Junior Neighborhood Watch

The City of Richmond Crime Prevention Program maintains a weekly junior neighborhood watch program where students learn about safety, anti-bullying, and connect with public safety members. This week, all students participated in a series of skits called “Respecting Other People’s Property”.  Each student was assigned a role in a utopian city and examined how blight, shoplifting, vandalism, and stolen personal property of others impacted the quality of life for each member of the society. They also learned the purpose of a Neighborhood Watch group, how each person is important, and how their actions affect everyone else.

Line-Up Training Regarding Public Records Release Request Packets

Chief Brown, Lieutenant Stonebraker, and Officer Ruffin met with Senior Swing and Senior Graveyard patrol teams during their line-ups. The purpose of these meetings was to educate RPD officers about the new 2019 laws that will be impacting the process in which police records are released to the public.

During the meeting, officers were able to preview a demonstration of the RPD community briefing video. Officers were encouraged to ask questions and share their opinion about the community briefing video. There was a high amount of engaging interaction between the Chief’s office and the RPD patrol teams. Officers were optimistic of the possibilities of the community briefings through visual medium as well as providing input on valuable additions to the Public Records Act’s packets from the patrol level.

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  • 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 $1,500 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.

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S. 36th Street & Cutting Blvd.
Crew installed 80 LF of SDR26 and 2 laterals and
reinstated into downstream manhole.

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Juliga Woods Avenue and S. 34th
Crew excavated and installed 280 LF of SDR26 6 laterals reinstated.
Crew reinstated into downstream manhole.

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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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