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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the week ending April 26, 2019
April 28, 2019


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending April 26th, 2019.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th. Enjoy the next week off!

  • 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.

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
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers
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:


Prescription Drug Drop Off Zone

On April 27th, 2019, the Richmond Police Department will be participating in a prescription drug drop off at the Hilltop Mall. Alongside the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the West County Alcohol, Marijuana, and Prescription Drugs Coalition (AMPD), we will provide an opportunity for the community to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. See flyer below for additional details.

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

Red Cross Sound the Alarm event on May 4th, 2019

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. We now have volunteers. Thank you.

Now, we need Parchester Village residents to sign-up for appointments to provide home fire prevention information and to install smoke alarms in residences. To make an appointment, please use your smartphone's text mode and dial 41411 and enter “AlarmCC" OR visit to make your appointment.

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.

Parchester Village residents, please act now and make your appointment for your home visit with the American Red Cross.

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 5th, 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

37th Annual Senior Information & Health Fair

Join the Community Services Department on May 8th to learn about programming geared towards seniors! We will have demonstrations, free breakfast, entertainment, and more!

Questions? Call: (510) 307-8085

37th Annual Senior Information Health Faire 2019

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

RPD Detective awarded at Community Violence Solutions Annual Luncheon

On Tuesday, April 23rd, Detective Stewart was honored by Community Violence Solutions (CVS) for her diligent work in advocating on behalf of victims of sexual assault. The annual CVS luncheon awarded members in the County who have been pivotal in the ongoing fight against sexual assault. RPD’s in-house District Attorney Paul Graves was also honored for his amazing work.

  • City Manager’s Office

We Want to Hear from Richmond Ferry Riders!

San Francisco Bay Ferry's Richmond ferry service has carried almost 50,000 passengers since launching in January, outpacing all projections. The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) and the City of Richmond would like to THANK YOU for making this launch period such a major success.

WETA is conducting a survey to learn more about how the Richmond ferry fits into commuters' lives. This information will help to improve the service, the ferry system and its transportation system. We know your time is valuable, so the first 75 participants who complete this brief survey will be eligible to receive two one-way tickets aboard the Richmond ferry.  Please take a moment to complete the survey at

For information regarding the ferry schedule, fares and more, please visit

San Francisco Bay Ferry

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 staff to plan for and prepare for the April 23 Council meeting presentations, including Point Molate.  The City Council approved the Exclusive Rights to Negotiate (ERN) with SunCal for the development of Point Molate.  An ERN is a right to negotiate exclusively only.  During the ERN period (18 days + two 30 days extensions) the City will negotiate only with SunCal, the terms of a Development and Disposition of the property.  Therefore, stay tuned for the many studies and community meetings that will follow to explore development alternatives to define the extent the project, financing mechanisms, and the final purchase terms and transfer of the property.
  • Met with Finance and City Manager’s Office staff to review the compiled list of requests submitted by all City Departments, and the preliminary City budget numbers.  Discussed revenue estimates, and potential expenditure savings.
  • Met with City Managers from member agencies to discuss Recyclemore’s Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) amendment, and agreed to refer the discussion back to the JEPA Board to obtain clarification and further direction.
  • Met with Human Resources staff to discuss personnel and labor union issues.
  • Attended a Board meeting of Richmond Promise, and received updates on a number of issues  among them, progress made regarding Scholarships, Financial Aid, and the upcoming 4th Annual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration to be held on Friday, May 3 at 5:00 p.m. at the Richmond Auditorium.
  • The months of May and June promise to be very busy.  The budget season started already.  All departments presented their individual budgets last week; they were assembled this week to come up with a total preliminary budget estimate.  This week staff was asked to go back and scrub those numbers for potential savings or revenue increases, and still so far we have a budget deficit.  We will continue working on these numbers to present our first and best estimate to the City Council at the meeting of May 7.  We will continue refining these numbers at Council meetings to adopt a balanced budget by June 25, 2019.
  • In addition to the budget, on May 7 we are planning to request the City Council to consider authorizing the financing of two bond refunds, one for the Civic Center Project and another for Point Potrero / the Port of Richmond.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  • 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.


Tiny Heroes

The Tiny Heroes program, located at Nevin Community Center, enjoyed an “After Easter Potluck” with crispy chicken, mac n’ cheese, cupcakes, and fruit, all contributed by the attending parents!  Tiny Heroes also searched for special “Krypto Eggs” filled with the Mighty Chocolate that gives them their “Super Powers”! Hershey the chocolate Bunny visited the Tiny Heroes and presented them with a special gift basket which was generously prepared and donated by one of the families.
Tiny Heroes schedule is every Tuesday and Thursday morning 10:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Cost: $20.00 per month, $5.00 per session.

  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Streets Division

Paving crews prepped Tewksbury Avenue from Castro Street to Washington Avenue to be grinded and paved on this weekend.  Crews also worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Weekend Paving Alert - Tewksbury Avenue

Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the fourth Monday through Friday in the Santa Fe, Point Richmond, Marina Bay, Coronado, Metro Richmore Village, Pullman Cortez/Stege, Park Plaza, Laurel Park, City Center, Richmond Annex, Parkview, Panhandle Annex, and Eastshore neighborhood council areas.

Signs and Lines staff installed 17 new signs and poles at various locations, fabricated 42 signs, installed 363’ of thermoplastic for pavement messaging, and painted 662’ of curbs and zoning.

Message Installation on 16th Street

New Sign Installation and Curb Refresh

Park Central St install new crime watch sign
New Sign Installation

New Pole and Sign Installation

Crosswalk Refresh on San Pablo Avenue

Electrical Division

Electricians installed new wiring for the camera located at Richmond Parkway and Bella Vista, made light repairs at the Marina, and installed a traffic signal head at 23rd Street and Lincoln Avenue.

New Wire Installation on Richmond Parkway

Light Repairs at Marina

Install traffic signal head @ 23rd St & Lincoln Ave
Traffic Signal Head Installation on 23rd Street

  • Finance Department

Open Requests for Bids/Request for Proposals



Date Due


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


Engineering and CIP

Grinder - Rental


City Manager

Request Proposals for a Shuttle Service Provider


Housing Authority

Temporary Staffing Services RFP


Water Resource Recovery

Pre-Qualification of Contractors for Collection System Rehabilitation and Wastewater Treatment Plant


City Manager

Notice of Development Opportunity:  Historic Anitas Building



Automatic & Storefront Door Inspection and Repair Services


Engineering and CIP



Water Resource Recovery

RFP for Progressive Design-Build Services for the Richmond WWTP Cogeneration Project


Engineering and CIP

Nevin Senior Housing Elevator Modernization


  • Fire Department

Pet Owner & Pet Rescued after Sliding Down Ravine

On Tuesday, April 16th, at 8:03 P.M., Richmond Fire Rescue Crew 68 responded to assist Contra Costa County Fire Crew 69 with a dog rescue in El Sobrante. Zelda, a 7-year-old, 100 pound Great Pyrenees adopted from Richmond’s MILO Foundation, slid 30 feet down a ravine and could not climb back up the unsecured slope. Zelda’s owner scrambled down the hill to check on her and reported she was uninjured. Richmond personnel set-up a lowering system and attached it to the fire rescue vehicle; then, one firefighter from each agency harnessed up and proceeded down the slope with a rescue basket.

The rescuers and the dog were secured to the rescue basket and hauled up. When all safely reached the top of the slope, neighbors, who had been watching intently, erupted into applause and cheers. Zelda’s owner was extremely thankful, especially with such a happy outcome.

Also at the scene were California Highway Patrol and Animal Control, who assisted with traffic control and scene safety. All crew members and agencies worked competently to make this a successful rescue. We are very proud of the job well-done and the excellent teamwork between agencies.

  • Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of April 26, 2019

Page previews increased by 157%
Post reach increased by 54%
Post engagements increased by 81%


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Port of Richmond


0601 - Minecraft 2019

0508 - Senior Information Day and Health Faire 2019

  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews assisted the police department to demolish an RV that was set to be towed, abated weeds, and removed trash/graffiti throughout the City.

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Weed Abatement

RV Demolition/Clean-up

Illegal Dumping

Graffiti Abatement

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement staff responded to a complaint of overgrown vegetation on a vacant lot. The owner of the property was notified of the violation and the overgrown vegetation was abated.


Before and After

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the water heater at the Native American Health Center, installed a new air conditioning unit at the Dispatch Center’s server room, replaced parts on the apparatus door at Fire Station #64, fixed a urinal at the Recreation Complex, replaced the window on the apparatus door at Fire Station #68, and fixed the make-up water pump to boiler #3.

Boiler Replacement

Utility Workers buffed the floor at the Main Library, replaced lights in the City Attorney’s Office, set up meeting rooms, and serviced 30 City-owned facilities.

Floor Buffing

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews removed debris from all parks, placed wood chips in the location near Greater Resource Interfaith Program (GRIP), prepared for a new drinking fountain at Judge Carroll Park, prepared lawns for Easter Egg Hunt activities at various parks, weeded and trimmed right of ways and soundwalls, trimmed parking strip along Huntington, weeded multiple parks, repaired fencing, placed boulders on the 23rd Street Grade separation, repaired benches at John F. Kennedy Park, fixed irrigation at Nicholl Park, removed fallen branch from Point Richmond, and performed graffiti abatement at various parks.

Nicholl Park_Irrigation Repair
Irrigation Repair at Nicholl Park

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Macdonald Avenue Medians

Tree crews cut or trimmed trees on Orchard Avenue, Tewksbury Avenue and at Mira Vista Park.

Mira Vista Park
Mira Vista Park

Hilltop District crewscontinued general maintenance around the business area, mowed turf at Country Club Vista and Bay Vista Parks, completed weed abatement on Hilltop Drive medians, started weed abatement on Richmond Parkway medians and completed the banner replacement at Country Club Vista.

Marina District crews continued with debris removal, mowed turf at all parks, aerated and fertilized parks, repaired irrigation and removed graffiti from various locations.

Aeration Marina Parks
Park Aeration

  • Library and Cultural Services

Richmond Writes! Does It Again

The Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest just celebrated its 9th year of inspiring West County students to write poetry. Poetry award winners and their families filled Richmond City Council Chambers on the evening of Friday, April 12th where 47 students were honored with certificates of recognition from 1st place through honorable mention. The young poets lined up after the awards to read their poetry. Michele Seville, Arts & Culture Manager emceed the event, and the awards were given out by District 1 Supervisor, John Gioia. The WCCUSD Newsletter by Superintendent Duffy highlighted the 2019 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest and its winners.

Happy students pose with Supervisor Gioia

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 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.

  • Planning and Building Services Department

Automated Phone Inspection Scheduling System - Planning and Building Services

The Building Division has expanded its permit inspection scheduling services to include an Automated Phone Inspection Scheduling System. This new system allows our customers to call (800) 231-6881 and schedule or cancel inspections as well as retrieve inspection results via touch-tone telephone. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Instructional pamphlets are available at the permit services counter and on the Building Division webpage.

  • Police Department (RPD)

Iron Triangle Easter Egg Hunt

On April 20th, the Richmond Police Department held its Annual Iron Triangle Easter Egg Hunt. Community members were invited to Nevin Community Park for a day of fun.

K-9 Officer Locates Gun During Traffic Stop

While patrolling the city’s central district (Iron Triangle neighborhood), K-9 Officer Hodges conducted a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver K-9 Officer Hodges could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, the driver admitted to having a gun under his seat. The Richmond Police Department is relieved that the driver cooperated in nobody was hurt in what could have been a dangerous situation.


Richmond Crime Prevention TECHS Jr. Neighborhood Watch Program

This week, students at King Elementary School learned about stranger danger, and how to tell an adult if someone is hurting or threatening them. The students learned how to talk to an adult relative or King School staff and not suffer in silence.  The students also learned about recycling, and participated in a model cities activity. This was followed by a discussion on why it is important for residents to respect laws and respect others.

A Day With The Traffic Crime Prevention Unit

Residents got the chance to engage with the traffic and parking enforcement units and ask questions on how the City’s parking enforcement program works. Topics included how to report abandoned vehicles and vehicles blocking the side walk. Residents were amazed to learn about the work output of the unit, considering its small size.

Homeless Taskforce 2019 Priorities

The Homeless Taskforce staffed by Crime Prevention for the City Council held a retreat to discuss taskforce priorities for 2019. The City of Richmond Homeless Taskforce was established in 2017 to provide research and recommendations to the Council on policies pertaining to the unsheltered population in Richmond. A series of nine policy findings were issued in 2017 as drivers to create a long term plan to impact homelessness. From that process, the Taskforce engaged in work plan to identify key priorities for 2019-2020.

  • Richmond Promise

Richmond Promise 2019 Scholar’s Celebration

You’re invited to attend the 4th Annual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration on Friday, May 3 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!

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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

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 working on the project, which is expected to be completed in September 2019.
Hinkley easement
The Contractor trenched and is installing 250 linear feet of new pipe.
Foothill Avenue- the crew reinstated the exterior drop service, which returns sewage to the correct level of the 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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Connecting with the City of Richmond
COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 1
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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.

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