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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the week ending April 19th, 2019
April 22, 2019


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending April 19th, 2019.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd.
Closed Session begins at 5:30 P.M. followed by the Special Meeting of the Richmond Housing Authority at 6:25 P.M.
The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council will begin at 6:30 P.M., and the agenda may be found by clicking this link: April 23rd City Council Agenda.

  • Upcoming Events

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

The Richmond Fire Department is continuing to conduct Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training for our community on the dates shown below.

Spring 2019 CERT Academy Training:

  • April 27th: CERT Drill Day

Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT) is a FREE emergency training program to empower our community to prepare for and overcome the effects of any disaster that can disrupt our daily lives.

Participants learn basic skills that can mean the difference between being a victim or a survivor in the next emergency and to become a member of their Neighborhood CERT Team.

Participants must complete all training modules to receive training completion certificate. To enroll, visit either of the following two websites:

Questions?  Please contact Genevieve Pastor-Cohen, Richmond Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services at (510) 620-6866.

Richmond Bike to Work Day Kickoff! Wednesday, April 24th at 12:00 P.M.

May is National Bike Month! On Wednesday, April 24th, join staff and community members to kickoff Bike to Work Day 2019 and National Bike Month in Richmond.

The Kickoff will include an overview of:

  • Wednesday lunch time rides
  • Bike to Work Day 2019 and after work celebrations
  • Planning your bike route to work
  • Bike safety tips and tricks
  • And more!

The kickoff will be held from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. in the Richmond Room on the 1st Floor of the Richmond City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza. Please bring your own bagged lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to the kickoff lunch by contacting Abigail Carlstad, or calling (510) 620-1541.

For more information about Bike to Work Day in Richmond visit:

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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 18, 2019, through April 12, 2019.

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

The Richmond Rent Program Community Workshop Presents – 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 (Landlord-Focused Workshop)
Saturday, April 27, 2019                       City Council Chambers
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.                             440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

This workshop is designed for 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:

Park Rx Day!

The Community Service Department, in collaboration with Contra Costa Health Services and National Park Service, will hold its annual Park Prescription Day on Saturday, April 27th, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., at John F. Kennedy Park.

During the event, healthcare providers, park agencies, community groups and other program leaders will organize events and activities at JFK Park, encouraging participants to improve their health and well-being by embracing the health benefits of nature. Some of the activities planned for the event include; health screenings, yoga, Walk with the Doctor, bike rides/repairs, dance, instruction volleyball/soccer, and lunch.

Art Through Transition: Installation, Reception & Panel Discussion

Richmond Main Street Initiative is proud to announce the return of Art In Windows!  Our 2019 Art In Windows program, titled Art Through Transition, explores the intersection of social justice and community development through art. Three exhibitions are planned – each at a different Downtown location and accompanied by a reception and artist panel discussion.

All are invited to the Art Through Transition Spring 2019 reception and artist panel discussion event on Saturday, April 27th, from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M., at 1600 Nevin Plaza (Downtown Richmond Visitor Center, at Richmond BART). The installation features work from 2019 The Art of Living Black artists, Brenda Macauley, Elmarise Owens, Stephen Bruce, and Malik Seneferu.

Generous support from Art Through Transition is provided by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant program.

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For more information: Visit, Call (510) 236-4049, Email

Six Richmond Gardens on this Year’s Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour 

Six Richmond Gardens will be showcased on this year’s Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour.  The Fifteenth Annual Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. This award-winning, self-drive tour features thirty-seven beautiful Contra Costa and Alameda County gardens that are pesticide-free, water conserving, provide habitat for wildlife, and contain 60% or more native plants.

Pre-registration for the tour is required at

More information on the event flier:

Garden Tour

Don't miss out on the 3rd Annual Taste of Richmond! – May 18, 2019

Enjoy delicious food and beverages from Richmond restaurants, caterers, wine and craft beer producers, all while soaking in spectacular sweeping views of the Bay, the City of San Francisco skyline, and Richmond's treasured shoreline!

The Taste of Richmond was birthed out of the City of Richmond’s Economic Development Commission. It was created to increase the patronage of Richmond food and beverage establishments and inform residents and visitors of the amazing restaurants and beverage venues in the city. The event will take place on May 18th, 2019, at Riggers Loft Wine Company located at 1325 Canal Boulevard, on the beautiful Richmond shoreline.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Before May 1st: $15 each or 2 for $25
After May 2nd: $20 each
Children 10 & under free admission

Admission includes one complimentary taste from each participating vendor, with the opportunity to purchase additional portions. Alcohol tastes and sales only permitted to ticketholders 21+.

Taste of Richmond is presented by the City of Richmond Economic Development Commission with support from the Riggers Loft Wine Company and other sponsors. Proceeds from Taste of Richmond will support small business attraction and retention in the City of Richmond.


  • Acknowledgements

Dispatchers Appreciation Week

This week we celebrate Dispatchers Appreciation Week! We thank our dispatcher and call takers for their dedication and commitment to the city of Richmond.

  • City Manager’s Office

American Planning Association (APA) Conference Mobile Workshop in Richmond

On Monday, April 15th, 2019, City of Richmond staff members from the City Manager’s Office and the Planning and Building Department collaborated with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) to host a mobile workshop for the American Planning Association (APA) Annual Conference titled “Ferries, Bikes, and Last-Mile-Connections.” The learning outcomes for the session included understanding the planning, financing, and regulatory approval process associated with passenger commuter ferry service in the San Francisco Bay and opportunities available to mid-size cities to shape their development patterns. Stops on the tour included the San Francisco and Richmond Ferry Terminals, Rosie the Riveter Education Center, Craneway Pavilion, and the new kayak launch in Richmond.

Peres Elementary School Open House

On Thursday, April 18th, Samantha Carr and Abigail Carlstad from the City Manager’s Office Community Development and Environmental and Health Initiatives tabled at the Peres Elementary School Open House. They shared information about the department’s upcoming city events and environmental and health focused programs available to Richmond residents, and gave away 100 I Love Richmond Bags.

For more information about the department’s upcoming city events and environmental and health focused programs available to Richmond residents, please visit


Free Richmond Treasure Box Workshops

A Free Mosaic Workshop is being offered to Richmond groups, organizations, employees, businesses, schools, families, and community members to beautify the community through art. Workshop dates are available through May 2019.

Create a design of your own on 18x24 paper and sign-up for a Mosaic Workshop. Materials, tools, and hosting space will be provided. Workshops will be led by Daud Abdullah, who has been a leader in Richmond’s mosaic Treasure Box movement. Enjoy a stress-free activity with friends and family to improve our neighborhoods. 
Share the news and book now! Contact Princess Robinson at or call (510) 478-7808.

Recycling Tip of the Month!

Interested in starting recycling or compost services? Questions about what is recyclable or compostable? Please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100.

*Please note, paper towels and napkins are not recyclable.

For recycling and compost signs and outreach material visit,

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:

Fill out a survey to prioritize $60 million in funding for Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County HOME/CDBG Consortium has begun planning for the expenditure of over $60 million in federal funds in Contra Costa County over the next five years.

The priorities contained in the Consolidated Plan will guide the investment of over $12 million each year in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding. These versatile federal funding sources can build new affordable housing, rehabilitate existing affordable housing, modify and rehabilitate homes for lower income and senior homeowners, construct or improve public facilities and parks, improve infrastructure in lower income neighborhoods, provide employment training to lower income workers, offer financial and other assistance to small business owners, fund services to homeless persons, provide funding for a wide variety of services for lower income families and individuals; and much, MUCH more!

Fill out the survey for your voice to be heard:


If you need any other accommodations, please call Teri House at (925) 779-7037.

  • 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 this week included:
·         Met with City staff to discuss and finalize for Council consideration at next Tuesday, April 23rd Council meeting, the terms of an Exclusive Rights to Negotiate with SunCal for the development of Point Molate.
·         Continued and finalized departmental budget hearings for fiscal year 2019-2020. There were 21 total budget meetings, including all City operations.  On Monday, staff will consolidate all budget requests for further review, consideration and recommendation to the City Council, prioritizing Council stated goals, and the limits set by revenue projections.  Staff plans to present to City Council a draft city budget in the month of May.
·         Reviewed staff reports and met with Senior Management staff to discuss the substance, and content of items to be presented at the April 23rd City Council meeting.

  • Attended the quarterly union meeting and responded to questions from union leaders regarding the City budget, pipeline development projects in Richmond, the status of the Richmond Housing Authority and other issues of union interest.
  • Met with Planning director Lina Velasco, Finance Director Belinda Warner, and the City Attorney’s office staff, to discuss the terms of the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) with the Terminal One project—a 13 acre site at 1500 Dornan Drive, entitled for 316 residential units—and to consider potential amendments.
  • Met with Environmental Services Manager Adam Lenz, Management Analyst Samantha Carr, City Attorney Bruce Goodmiller and Senior Assistant City Attorney Everett Jenkins regarding the Joint Exercise Powers of Agreement (JEPA) with other West County cities, and discussed potential JEPA amendments.
  • Participated in a regularly scheduled meeting with the Human Resources Director Lisa Stephenson and received updates and provide guidance on current departmental issues, and labor negotiations.
  • 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 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)
Please recognize that the area is an operational executive office, and a quiet zone. No drop in service for same day appointments or scheduling future appointments is available at this time; you must call (510) 620-6786 to schedule all appointments.

For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information –

For more information about the City of Richmond Passport Acceptance Facility, please visit

Passport Information Flyer 8.5 x 11 - At City Hall

  • Community Services Department

Aqua Zumba!

Aqua Zumba is a fun class available at both City of Richmond pools. It's a drop-in class for ages 18+. No experience or swimming ability is required, but participants should feel comfortable in chest-high water. Fees are $8 for Richmond residents and $10 for non-Richmond residents. 

At the Richmond Plunge (1 E. Richmond Avenue in Point Richmond), classes are held on Mondays from 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M., and Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

At the Richmond Swim Center (4300 Cutting Boulevard @ S. 45th Street) classes are held on Fridays from 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. Come try the class for FREE on the first Friday of May!

For any questions regarding Aquatics program, please call either pool during open hours. For more information and pool schedules, visit the Aquatics page on the City of Richmond’s website.


Easter Egg Hunt in Civic Center Plaza

On Saturday, April 13th, 2019, the Community Services Department held their annual Egg Hunt & Recreation Information Day in the Civic Center Plaza. A great time was had by those who attended with parents & children of all ages. Attendees enjoyed hot buttered popcorn, Giant Connect Four, Jenga & Uno games, sack races, spoon egg roll and of course the Egg hunt and the Department’s very own Hershey the Bunny. Also in attendance was the Richmond Police Department’s Crime Prevention staff that were available to share resources with residents.  Thank you to everyone for coming out!



  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects

The Recreation Center Parking Lot Improvements Project is progressing well. This week, the Contractor poured a new concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, and driveway approach.  The project is continuing on schedule.

Recreation Center Parking Lot Improvements Project

Streets Division

Paving crews ground and paved 16th Street from Bissell Avenue to Richmond Greenway, performed pothole patching on Richmond Parkway, made base repairs on Tewksbury Avenue, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Paving on 16th Street

Pothole Patching on Richmond Parkway

Base Repairs on Tewksbury Avenue

Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the third Monday through Friday in North Richmond, Iron Triangle, North Belding Woods, Atchison Village, South Belding Woods, Santa Fe, Coronado, Marina Bay, and Point Richmond neighborhood council areas as weather permitted.

Signs and Lines staff installed 14 new signs and poles at various locations, fabricated eight signs, painted 103’ of curbs and zoning, and installed 93’ of thermoplastic for approach lines and speed humps.

Tewsbury and Castro new signs

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New Sign Installation

Sign and Pole Reset

Red Curb Painting

  • Finance Department

Open Requests For Bids/Request For Proposals:



Date Due

Engineering and CIP

Cutting Boulevard Crossing Improvement Project


City Manager

Richmond Themed Retail Store



Lease of the Cafeteria Building (Building 23) at the Point Potrero Marine Terminal


Engineering and CIP

Grinder - Rental


Housing Authority

Temporary Staffing Services RFP


City Manager

Request Proposals for a Shuttle Service Provider


City Manager

Notice of Development Opportunity:  Historic Anitas Building


Engineering and CIP

New Roof Replacement at DRPC project


Engineering and CIP

Nevin Senior Housing Elevator Modernization


  • Fire Department

Fire Department Recruitment Open House

On Saturday, April 13th, the Fire Department held a recruitment open house at Station 64.  Over 100 prospective firefighter trainee candidates attended the event to learn about the department and our hiring process. The diverse crowd was enthusiastic to check out the response apparatus, tour the fire station, and interact with staff.  Thank you to our fire department crew members for organizing this successful event. To view the job announcement for firefighter trainee and submit an application, please visit


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Volunteers needed for Smoke Alarm Installation in Parchester Village

On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, from 8:15 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., the American Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms in Parchester Village. Volunteers are needed to make the event successful.

Every day, seven people die in home fires and the Red Cross wants to do everything it can to prevent these needless tragedies. Volunteers work alongside fire departments and other local groups, canvassing at-risk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, educate families about fire prevention and safety, and fundraise for this lifesaving mission.

One day of your life can change someone else’s forever. Join our team to Sound the Alarm. Save a life by contacting Richmond Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services at (510) 620-6866, or email to provide your name and contact information. Thank you so much for your support.

  • Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of April 19, 2019


0422 - Contra Costa College - Food and Wine Fundraiser

0418 - Sandi Genser Maack Lecture Series - Main Street Initiative

0601 - Minecraft 2019

  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews abated and fenced a vacant lot to prevent future illegal dumping, abated homeless encampments from public view, removed weeds along Richmond Parkway, responded to Police Department requests to board up vacant properties, removed trash and removed graffiti from various locations throughout the city.

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Lot Clean-up/Fencing

Homeless encampment abatement

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Emergency Board-Ups

Illegal dumping clean-up
Richmond Parkway Weed Abatement

Graffiti Abatement

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement staff responded to a complaint of a blue tarp on the roof of a home that was shredding and leaving debris on neighboring properties. Staff issued a Notice of Violation for the tarp and overgrowth of vegetation, and the property was brought into compliance.

Before and After

Code Enforcement received complaints about graffiti on a Metro PCS Building.  After issuing a Notice of Violation letter and two Administrative Citations, the owner complied with removing the graffiti.

Before and After

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, cleared boiler blow down floor drain, snaked drains at Fire Station #61, repaired the ice maker at Richmond Works, fixed the air conditioning unit to the Office of Neighborhood Safety server room, replaced lights at the Museum, assisted with the construction of a shed, and repaired a drain line to boiler #3.

Utility Workers pressure washed the Transit Station, scrubbed restroom floors at the Police Department, began servicing the Hilltop sub-station, started composting methods at two additional locations, removed water from the Native American Health Center building, set up meeting rooms, and serviced 30 City-owned facilities.

Water Intrusion Removal

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews installed a flag at the Plunge for the Spring Fling event, repaired fencing along Carlson Boulevard, mowed and trimmed at 9 parks and on Carlson Boulevard from Huntington to Shasta Avenues, removed debris from all parks, assisted with the homeless encampment abatement at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), installed a flag at the Civic Center for the Art Center, repaired irrigation at Mira Vista Park, weeded medians on Rydin Road and on Carlson Boulevard from Broadway Avenue to Cutting Boulevard, fixed the backstop at Nicholl Park, hauled landscaping debris from the Plunge, performed gopher control at four parks, cleaned bus stops, weeded medians on Gertrude and Macdonald Avenues, weeded at the Parchester Community Center, and performed other general maintenance throughout the city.

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Gertrude Avenue Maintenance

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GRIP Encampment Abatement

Tree crews cut and trimmed trees on South 2nd Street, 34th Street, Carlson Boulevard, McLaughlin Street, and at Point Molate Park.

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Point Molate Park Tree Cutting

Hilltop District crewscontinued general maintenance around the business area, completed weed abatement on Robert Miller Drive and on San Pablo Avenue in the north bound direction, and started weed abatement on the Richmond Parkway between Atlas Road and Hilltop Drive southbound shoulder and on the Hilltop Drive medians.

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Hilltop Drive Maintenance

Marina District crews continued with the weed abatement of medians and parking lots, removed debris from parks, performed lawn maintenance, completed the installation of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial bench, performed audits and repairs of irrigation systems, and removed limbs from Marina Green Park.

Rosie the Riviter Memoral Bench
Memorial Bench Installation

  • Library and Cultural Services

Library Teen Scholarship

The Friends of the Richmond Public Library and the Richmond Public Library Teens are sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship to a West Contra Costa student who will be attending a four-year college in the fall 2019.  This opportunity is opened to public and charter high school seniors in West Contra Costa County. Interested applicants should provide a copy of a letter of intent/registration to the college they will attend, include the names of any service/social organizations in which they participated in high school, and give the names and amounts of other scholarships received. 

Applicants must also submit a three-page, double spaced, typed essay where they describe a personal experience that has inspired them to pursue and complete a four-year college degree.  Entries be must be received by Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7:00 P.M. and mailed or delivered to:  Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804, Attn:  Añgela Cox. 

Complete details and applications are available at .  Applications are also available in counseling offices at high schools in West Contra Costa.

  • Police Department (RPD)

De Anza High School Law Academy

On April 12th, Chief Brown and other Richmond Police Officers attended De Anza high school for the student law academy. De Anza students were given the opportunity to speak with and interact with officers regarding their role and responsibilities within the community. This was a great way for the Richmond Police Department to bridge the gap between city youth and the department.

Homeless Encampment Clean-Up and GRIP Warming Center

On April 16th, the Richmond Police Department along with city departments collaborated in the clean-up of the open lot across the street from the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) facility. During the site clean-up, the Richmond-San Pablo Coordinated Outreach Referral Engagement (CORE) team was on hand to provide services and assist in finding shelter for those in need.

In line with these efforts, the first ever warming center opened up in West Contra Costa County, providing a space for unsheltered residents to have a warm place at night. The warming center is located at the GRIP facility. Richmond has also launched our Richmond-San Pablo Coordinated Outreach Referral Engagement (CORE) homeless outreach team to provide on-the-ground services to the unsheltered, including helping people get access to the warming center.

While the warming center isn’t a permanent solution, it is a step towards alleviating homelessness concerns. If you know someone who needs help, encourage them to call 211.

Mulch and Boulders placed at the previous homeless encampment site

Human Trafficking Arrest

The Richmond Police Department’s Bravo Unit spent countless hours inside the city’s most saturated human trafficking areas. Due to their strong relationships built inside the community, as well as with victims of human trafficking, they were able to detect the activities of Correll Hackett over several months. The Bravo Unit coordinated with Domestic Violence Detectives, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, and advocates to build a strong case against Hackett. As a result, multiple juvenile sex trafficking victims were taken off the street and placed in contact with specialty-trained advocates and service providers. Hackett plead guilty to the human trafficking of two female juveniles. Hackett was sentenced to 16 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Community Brief

This week the Richmond Police Department has released the first community brief regarding a recent officer-involved shooting that took place in March of this year.  These briefs are meant to continue to build our relationship and trust with in the community.  To view the video, click on this link to our YouTube channel.

  • Richmond Promise

Richmond Promise 2019 Scholar’s Celebration

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You’re invited to attend the 4th Annual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Richmond Memorial Auditorium. We hope you will join us for an inspiring evening to celebrate and honor the 500+ Richmond Promise Class of 2019 scholarship recipients - all of whom have Rich Roots, Bright Futures! We will also be recognizing the education and civic partnerships critical to our Scholars' success and celebrating what the Richmond Promise means to the community.

The fourth class of Richmond Promise Scholars will be welcomed into the Richmond Promise family where they will join a growing number of 900+ current Scholars representing Richmond at 97 colleges and universities across the country!

We will hear from Richmond Promise champions and partners, as well as a keynote speech from the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Equity at Contra Costa College, and Richmond High Alum, Mayra Padilla!

Click here for more info and to RSVP!

2019 Richmond Promise Scholarship - Next Steps

If you or your student has applied for our 2019 Richmond Promise Scholarship, be on the lookout for our emails. If we need any additional information, we will contact you via email. If you are unresponsive to our communications, you will forfeit the scholarship.

During this time, if we need to verify your home address, we will request a PG&E bill to confirm that you live in Richmond. If you submitted your SAR incorrectly, we will request that you submit a correct SAR.

You should expect an award notification via email during the week of April 15th.

In addition, we will be hosting a series of next steps workshops, going over these requirements at your high school.



Richmond Promise Americorps VISTA Fellows

We are seeking awesome individuals who are passionate about the mission of the Richmond Promise and equitable access to higher education to join our team as Americorps VISTA Fellows. The ideal candidates for these roles believe deeply in doing whatever it takes to help our students succeed, have relentless and rigorous attention to detail, enjoy efficiency and improvement of systems, and are excited about supporting a college-going and graduating culture in Richmond, CA!
They should thrive in a fast-paced and multifaceted environment, have experience and demonstrated success in balancing multiple priorities, enjoy building relationships with students and adults, and proactively solving challenges. The role is:

           College Success Coordinator
§  Application due in Americorps Portal May 3rd
§  Start date June 10th

The College Success Coordinator will support the mission of the Richmond Promise by developing systems and interventions to support Richmond Promise Scholars through degree attainment. This will include development and support of college transition programming, including College Success Workshops, developing a method of evaluating students’ needs and level of support needed (i.e. college success rubric), and the scaling of a of community-wide digital advising/mentoring initiative for Richmond Promise students.


1. Applications are due May – July depending on position
2. Visit the VISTA homepage:…/americorps/americorpsvista
3. From there, click the red “Apply Now” button.
4. Click the My.AmeriCorps.Gov link and search “Richmond Promise”
5. Questions? Email

  • Water Resource Recovery

Trash Capture Isolation Valve Installation Projects

The City of Richmond installed two trash capture devices in 2017 which have provided a benefit to bay water quality by successfully removing trash from the stormwater collection system.  However, cleaning the trash and sediment collected by the devices has been challenging. The current project, funded by a Cooperative Implementation Agreement with CalTrans, addresses the cleaning issue by installing isolation systems which allow crews to more easily clean the devices and remove the trash captured by them.

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Trash Capture Isolation Valve Installation Site
S. 8th and Potrero – New lid and hatches at the Trash Capture Isolation Valve Installation Site

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


Thank you for keeping up with the activities in the City of Richmond.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.

Thank You!

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

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