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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the week ending March 8th, 2019
March 11, 2019

This email is being sent on behalf of City Manager Carlos Martinez


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

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

  • Meeting Notes

 The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th. Enjoy the next week off!

  • Upcoming Events

Horizon Public Workshops: Transform the Future

Horizon Game
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Bay Area residents are invited to attend one of three Horizon Public Workshops: Transform the Future in March. Community input is vital in order to come up with a series of strategies for transportation, land use, economic development, and resilience to help the Bay Area prepare for a better future.

Currently Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) staff are working to identify the opportunities and challenges associated with each of the three Horizon futures – Clean and Green; Rising Tides, Falling Fortunes; and Back to the Future – developed in April 2018 and selected for further analysis in July 2018. This work will culminate in a report, scheduled for release in early March.

Public workshops will be held in the following locations:

March 12, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bay Area Rapid Transit
101 Eighth Street
Oakland, CA 94607

March 14, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
San Jose City Hall, Rotunda
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

March 16, 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Petaluma Community Center
320 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954

For more information on this effort, please contact the Horizon project manager, Dave Vautin, at

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 ECIA Grant Program Applications are Available!

In 2014, the Richmond City Council approved the Chevron Environmental and Community Investment Agreement (ECIA), which invests $90 million dollars into the Richmond community over 10-years. Six million of those dollars have been set aside for a competitive grant program, designed for non-profits who serve Richmond in the areas of community, youth, and youth sports. The ECIA has grant awards that range from $2,500, up to $50,000.

Important changes have been made to the grant guidelines, especially the eligibility criteria, so please read them carefully. Of special note, organizations awarded grants of more than $10,000 in FY 18-19 are ineligible to apply in FY 19-20.

To kick-off this opportunity, the City held two Information and Grant Writing Workshops this week. For more information, and to access the ECIA Grant Application, Guidelines, recorded workshops, and more, check out the ECIA Grants webpage:

The ECIA Grant Application is due on March 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM.


Community Invited to Very Special Richmond Main Street Annual Stakeholder Meeting & New Office Grand Opening Event

Please join Richmond Main Street for a very special edition of their Annual Stakeholder Meeting on Wednesday, March 20th, from 6:00 PM -8:00 PM, at their new offices located in the Downtown Richmond Visitor Center at 1600 Nevin Plaza. Check out Richmond Main Street’s new digs and the visitor center, enjoy refreshments by Richmond Business Hub Food Hall vendors, get their 2018 report, and be a part of the conversation for what is in store for 2019. For more information visit, call (510) 236-4049, or email Learn more about the location and plan your trip here. Please RSVP. 
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Mini-Grants for FY 2019-2020 up to $5,000 Available Now!

The Richmond Community Services Department (CSD) is accepting mini-grant applications to support organizations that are Richmond-serving and that partner with and/or consistently utilize facilities managed by the Community Services Departments.

Grants up to $5,000 are available to support organizational programming and/or projects that make use of the CSD’s aquatic centers, community centers, parks, and the convention center and can encompass programming around youth sports leagues and teams, special events, educational forums and classes, recreational classes, stipends, CSD facility rental fee payments, and overall community enrichment.

The grant applications must be submitted electronically to by Friday, March 29, 2019, at 5:00 PM with attention to Guadalupe Morales at the Community Services Department.

For more information:


Citywide Spring Break Camp

We invite you to join our staff and children from multiple Citywide Community Centers at our all-in-one Spring Break camp. Participants will experience various fun programs and activities, such as: theme based arts & crafts, brain games, and sports.

Reserve your spot today!
When: April 1-5, 2019 (Monday-Friday)
Where: 3230 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
Ages: Kindergarten-6th Grade
Weekly Cost: $25 (10 A.M. to 4 P.M.)
Before Care: $20 (8 A.M.  to 10 A.M.)
After Care: $20 (4 A.M.  to 6 P.M.)

Registration Opens March 11th, 2019 - (510) 620-6793

  • Acknowledgements

LEAP Program Manager Sherry Drobner Retires

After 12 years of dedicated service to the community and her staff, Sherry Drobner retired on March 1, 2019 from her position as Literacy Program Manager with Literacy For Every Adult Program (LEAP). Sherry celebrated her retirement with an all day party. People came from all over the Bay Area to congratulate Sherry and wish her well on her new adventures. Her staff celebrated her with a mixture of joy and sadness. Sherry spent the past 12 years creating programing at LEAP that enriched the community. She built services that became beloved by the people of Richmond and relationships that bound people together for the greater good. Sherry described her work at Richmond as a garden; she planted and nourished seeds that would grow and blossom. She leaves her garden with blossoming flora and fauna that will now provide shade and happiness for all she helped flourish. She will be missed, and the city of Richmond wishes her all the best.

Click on this link to get a glimpse of the wonderful memories Sherry leaves behind.

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Happy 90th Birthday to Mr. Winford Boughton!

Happy 90th Birthday! One of the Literacy for Every Adult Program’s (LEAP) students, Mr. Winford Boughton, celebrated his 90th birthday on February 26th, 2019. Mr. Boughton walked through LEAP’s doors with a goal in mind. He wanted to learn to read. For the past eight months he has been tirelessly working toward that goal. His progress has been impressive. In this short amount of time he has learned a great deal. But what is even more impressive is Mr. Boughton’s attitude and strength of character. Whether it was escaping the Jim Crow laws of the South decades ago or learning to read today, Mr. Boughton approaches life with a kindness and an unwavering belief in the goodness of life and the people around him.

Happy 90th Birthday! We wish you many more.

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Richmond Police Department Awards Ceremony

The Richmond Kiwanis Club along with the City of Richmond held an awards dinner honoring officers, firefighters, professional staff and dispatchers.

Congratulations to the following recipients:


  • Brandon Hodges


  • Bravo Unit
    Sergeant J. Lopez
    Officer L. Matsui
    Officer J. Sousa 
    Officer A. Bartley
    Officer J. Terrell


  • Richmond Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist Mandy Swirsding


  • Cheryl Cardenas


  • Crystal Garcia

Congratulations to all the 2018 award recipients. Each and every one of you are incredibly hardworking and dedicated to the job. Thank you for the good work!

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Richmond Police Officers’ Promotions

The Richmond Police Department is proud to announce the promotions of four police officers.

The promotion ceremony was held at the police department’s auditorium. The ceremony was well attended by community members, family members, friends and colleagues. Chief A. Brown made the following promotions:

  • Lieutenant Timothy Simmons, a 12 year veteran of law enforcement, 10 of which with the Richmond Police Department, promoted to the rank of Captain.
  • Sergeant Brian Gard, a 23 year veteran of law enforcement, 18 of which with the Richmond Police Department, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
  • Officer Erik Oliver, a 20 year veteran of law enforcement, 10 of which with the Richmond Police Department promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
  • Officer Elizabeth Bashan, a 14 year veteran of law enforcement, 8 of which with the Richmond Police Department promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Please join us in congratulating the officers in their well-deserved promotions. Congratulations to all!

Chief Brown also acknowledged two Richmond officers for completing all the required steps to become a Senior Sergeant and a Master Officer. Congratulations to Senior Sergeant Eddie Russell and Master Officer Alex Caine.

Mandy Swirsding was promoted from Administrative Trainee to Crime Prevention Specialist.

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4.    City Manager’s Office

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

Coming Soon: EVgo Equal Access Charging Hubs

Rendering of Equal Access Charging Hub

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EVgo, the largest public electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network in California and across the U.S., has announced plans to build seven “Equal Access Charging Hubs” to serve the residents of disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles Basin.

The City of Richmond was the first city in the San Francisco Bay Area to sign on to the Equal Access Charging Hubs program and EVgo is currently installing two hubs located at:

  • 325 Civic Center Plaza Lot (across from the Main Library)
  • Public Parking Stalls adjacent to 4100 MacDonald (located on 41st Street adjacent to Mechanic’s Bank) - under construction

In alignment with the state’s transportation electrification goals, these new fast charging stations increase access to electric vehicles in communities designated as disadvantaged by California Environmental Protection Agency, pursuant to Senate Bill 535 (De León).

The stations will not only increase access to public fast charging for EV owners in these neighborhoods, but also complements the Transportation Division’s regional planning strategies while expanding citywide EV car sharing and ride sharing services for workplace, commercial and residential locations.

The hubs will be equipped with four 50kW dual-standard (CHAdeMO and SAE Combo) direct current fast charging stations (DCFC).  Fast chargers enable you to charge your battery electric vehicle (BEV) quickly, conveniently, and on-the-go.  A 50 kW DCFC allows you to charge up to 75 miles in 30 minutes. The stations comply with California ADA requirements and include additional parking per hub (one to two extra parking stalls per hub) to accommodate “overflow parking” which can be dedicated to an electric vehicle carshare or rideshare partner.
Carshare and Rideshare Partnership(s)

These hubs are a critical component to enabling EV carshare and rideshare; providing charges and reserving spaces for carshare and rideshare charging allows for these programs to succeed in the City of Richmond. 
For example, Maven Gig, is currently operating in the area and having chargers in Richmond allows Richmond residents to participate in the program and the “gig” economy by driving for rideshare, and food/package delivery services. Maven Gig is GM's dedicated mobility wing, offering weekly to monthly rates for the Chevrolet Bolt EV which includes free charging with EVgo, unlimited miles, maintenance, insurance, and roadside assistance.

Community Outreach & Education
The Equal Access Charging Hubs program will be supported by a community outreach and education program led by Citizen Group and the City of Richmond Transportation team. Transportation staff is currently coordinating the official dual station launch for spring 2019. 

For more information please call Transportation Services at (510) 621-1718.

‘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 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.
Please be aware of signs and barricades which will guide you to the correct platform.
The work weekends are:

  • March 2nd – 3rd
  • March 9th – 10th

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

Ferry to Bridge to Greenway Plan

We are excited to announce that the City of Richmond has begun to develop the Ferry to Bridge to Greenway Plan, an exciting opportunity to improve bicycling and walking to the new Richmond Ferry, the upcoming Richmond-San Rafael Bridge multi-use path, and the Richmond Greenway!

We would like your help in shaping the Plan’s vision and recommendations! Take a quick survey about walking and bicycling in Richmond, simply using your cell phone by texting “active” to (510) 900-5861. Additionally, you can visit to sign up for project updates.

We look forward to your input and participation in future project events! For more information, please contact Lori Reese-Brown at (510) 620-6869.

  • City Manager Chronicles

Below are some of the topics for meetings that I attended during the past week in the hope that it provides an idea of the many issues we deal with routinely.

Meetings and events of note during the past week included:

  • Met with staff and City Attorney’s Office staff to continue collecting additional information regarding proposals submitted by developers for the development of Point Molate. Staff will collect information and present to the City Council at the March 19, 2019 Council meeting.
  • Met with staff to discuss progress made towards transferring Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) Section 8 program to the Contra Costa Housing Authority, the development of a Memorandum of Understanding and Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) commitment to provide technical assistant to develop an Asset Repositioning Strategy of RHA’s assets, including Hacienda, Nevin Plaza and Nystrom Village. Also discussed progress to stabilize other assets, including Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) projects Friendship Manor and Triangle Court. Also provided direction to keep negotiations with Mercy Housing regarding the Hacienda project on schedule.
  • With Richmond Fire Chief Adrian Sheppard met with representatives from Chevron to discuss the renewal terms and extension of the City’s Fire Services Agreement.
  • Met with Wastewater / Stormwater Manager to discuss multiple issues among them, municipal operations, Sanitary Sewer Overflow events under current rainy conditions, efforts and progress toward meeting the Baykeeper settlement agreement, and planned Capital Improvement Program.
  • Participated in a conference call with the City’s Financial Advisor, Bond Counsel, underwriter and Finance Department staff to discuss and refine a presentation for Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings regarding the forthcoming issuance of Wastewater Revenue Bonds.
  • Attended the East Bay Regional Parks District and City of Richmond quarterly liaison meetings to learn about the progress of multiple projects and plans, among them the Miller/Knox Land Use Plan, the Goodrick Avenue Bay Trail gap closure, improvements at Pt. Molate, and various items pertaining to the North Richmond shoreline, Point Isabel, and updates regarding cleanup efforts at the Zeneca site.
  • Participated in the Richmond Promise board meeting and received updates regarding the upcoming PromiseNet conference, scholarship applications for the current school year, and, along with other board members, provided direction on policy to advance the Richmond Promise’s goals.
  • Along with Planning Director Lina Velasco and Community and Economic Development Director Shasa Curl, attended an afternoon workshop with UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor Rosemarie Rae and UC Berkeley staff to discuss ways to collaborate and support the University’s desire of developing a process to define a vision for the development of the Richmond Field Station.
  • Attended the monthly Contra Costa Mayor’s Conference, hosted by the city of San Ramon and learn more about the CASA compact, a panel of Bay Area leaders convened by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) in 2017 to address the region’s housing affordability crisis by identifying and unifying behind bold, game-changing ideas to create affordable housing. The main components of the Compact include housing protection, removing barriers to ADUs, housing production initiatives, surplus of public land, and identify potential funding sources.
  • Over the course of the week, had individual meetings with Vice Mayor Choi, and Councilmembers Myrick and Bates to discuss a variety of issues of their particular interest related to ongoing City operations, projects and programs.
  • 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

Adult Co-ed Softball League Starts April 24th!

It's time for the Adult Co-ed Softball League! We're here to promote an active and healthy lifestyle playing softball in Richmond. Basic ASA rules will apply. Sign up today at the Registration Office.

Starts April 24, 2019 and runs through June 26, 2019. Games occur on Wednesdays, from 6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M., for a total of 10 games. Ages 18+. Cost is $450 per team. Registration opens on March 18th, 2019, through April 12th, 2019.

For more information, contact Maurice Range: (510) 620-6960,

New Plunge, New Classes!

The re-opening of the Plunge has brought about some new options.

·         Tot Splash (free play time for parents with their tots 5 & under) is offered three days a week. Little Splashers class (instructor-led parent/child class with circle time songs and games) is offered one day a week.
·         Family Recreation Swim is now available on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons for all ages.
·         For lap swimmers and water walkers/exercisers, the Plunge is now open until 2 P.M. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

For days and times, please check the schedule, and then come take a plunge in the newly re-opened Richmond Plunge! 

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 per week: Mondays from 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. at the Richmond Swim Center, and Thursdays from 10:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. 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).

  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Streets Division

Paving crews prepped and repaired asphalt on Colette Drive, performed storm patrol, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.  In addition, crews installed a new street sweeping sign and a 1-hour parking sign on 21st Street and Macdonald Avenue, and installed a new street sweeping sign on Cypress Avenue.

Asphalt Work on Colette Drive

New Parking Signage on 21st Street and Macdonald Avenue

New Street Sweeping Sign on Cypress 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 eight new signs and poles, and painted 20’ of curbs and zoning.

  • Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of March 8, 2019


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  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews abated debris from the encampment adjacent to Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), completed after-hours board-ups, removed a homeless encampment that obstructed a sidewalk and removed trash throughout the City and graffiti from various locations.

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Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement unit received complaints about a vacant and boarded duet property.  Staff sent a Notice of Violation letter to the property owner and began working with them in obtaining proper permits for rennovation. The duet is now occupied and in compliance.

Property in Question

Code Enforcement staff responded to a complaint about overgrown vegetation on a property. Code Enforcement staff issued a Notice of Violation and Demand to Abate allowing the property owner ten days to abate the violations. A compliance re-inspection was conducted and found that the property owner complied.

Before and After

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, contained and repaired gas leak at the Art Center metal shop, fixed and rehung the apparatus heater at Fire Station #68, repaired restroom at the Art Center, cleared sewer line at Fire Station #62, fixed the automatic door at the Main Library, completed installation of a new air conditioning unit at the Dispatch Center, adjusted heating controls at the Art Center and repaired one of the chlorine pumps at the Swim Center.

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Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews painted the baseball field backstops at Booker T. Anderson and Martin Luther King, Jr. Parks, assisted the tree crew with storm damaged trees, replaced a slide at Boorman Park, cleared litter from multiple parks, repaired a valve and fencing at Shields Reid Park, performed gopher control at Hilltop Park, removed debris from Nevin Avenue bioswale, painted the bleachers at Seawright Field at Nicholl Park, removed illegal dumping from the Greenway betweeen 37th and 47th Streets, removed debris from Unity Park and cut concrete for residential tree wells on Solano Avenue.

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Bleacher Painting at Nicholl Park

Tree Crews cut or trimmed trees at Point Molate Beach, John F. Kennedy Park, Castro Avenue, San Mateo Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Kern Street.

Tree Trimming at Point Molate

Hilltop District crewscontinued general maintenance around the business area on Garrity Way and Blume Drive, continued weed abatement at Country Club Vista and Bay Vista Parks and started an irrigation project on Hilltop Drive.

Irrigation Project

Marina District crews continued with the Esplanade Landscape Project, weed abatement, started landscape improvements to island on Marina Bay Park Trail, planted trees in Marina Bay Park, storm patrol and clean up, graffiti removal in restrooms and prepared for park improvements at the Marina Bay Park entrance.

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  • Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) 

The Warriors foundation invited Councilmembers Eduardo Martinez and Nat Bates along with the ONS Program Manager Sam Vaughn to the opening ceremony of the Salesian’s Boys and Girls club refurbished basketball court, where they spent time with Golden State Warriors Champion and NBA Championship MVP Stephen Curry. The court was refurbished in partnership with the Warriors, Chase and the Good Tidings Foundation as part of the Makin' Hoops program, which has restored more than 80 basketball courts over the last 20 years.


  • Police Department

Panel Discussion

Captain Tim Simmons took part in a panel talk at Dominican University centered around strategies in reforming the justice system.

Captain Simmons provided insight on behalf of law enforcement and how we could partner with our respective communities in a collaborative effort to solve problems.
Captain Simmons was joined by author and facilitator Abigail Stason, author Kenny Johnson, and Dominican University student Cheyenne Sykes. During the panel Ava Devurnay’s amazing film “13th” was screened for the discussion.

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A Visit from Stephen Curry

On March 4th 2019, Richmond Police Officers assigned to the Traffic and Special Events Division had an opportunity to provide an escort for the Golden State Warriors MVP to the reopening of the West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club.

On a daily basis the West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club strives to show success through positive interactions and quality programs in a safe environment for the youth of Richmond.

The Golden State Warriors and JPMORGAN Chase partnered to refurbish the facility and kicked off the event with Stephen Curry as the guest speaker. The day ended with a Warriors Basketball clinic.
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Story Time

Richmond Police School Resource Officer unit took time out of their day to visit elementary schools throughout the City to celebrate Read Across America.
Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books.
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  • Rent Program

The Richmond Rent Program Community Workshop is Presenting – Navigating the Eviction Process in Richmond

As part of its continuing outreach to landlords and tenants who would like to learn more about rental housing rules and regulations, the City of Richmond Rent Program is offering the following workshops:

Navigating the Eviction Process in Richmond (Tenant-Focused Workshop)
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

Navigating the Eviction Process in Richmond (Landlord-Focused Workshop)
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

These workshops are designed for Tenants and Landlords who would like to learn more about the eviction process in the City of Richmond and the requirements of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.

Topics for discussion will include:

·         Just Cause for Eviction Requirements
·         Overview of the Relocation Ordinance
·         Relocation Payments
·         Unlawful Detainer Process
·         Overview of Important California Civil Codes
·         Notice Filing Requirements

Space is limited - RSVP today:

  • 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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Installation of new precast concrete manhole
South Avenue and Stege 
Pipe replacement (365 linear feet) of vitrified clay pipe to polyvinyl chloride pipe, which keeps its structural integrity much longer
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After this pipe was replaced, crews added a stability feature (a “T” grind, which puts a shelf on the outer edges of the trench), followed by repaving.

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