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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the week ending April 5th, 2019.
April 6, 2019


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending April 5th, 2019.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 16th. Enjoy the next week off !

  • Upcoming Events

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

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

Spring 2019 CERT Academy Training:

  • March 30th: CERT Introduction and Fire Suppression, Utility Shut-Off, Hazardous Materials Awareness
  • March 31st: Disaster Medical 1 and 2
  • April 13th: Light Search & Rescue and CERT Organization
  • April 14th: Disaster Psychology, Terrorism Awareness and Drill Preparation               
  • 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 AM - 12:00 PM
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:

2019 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest Winners Selected

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The Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest, now in its 9th year, is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 awards. The contest was conceived of by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) as a way to celebrate April as National Poetry Month, and has engaged hundreds of students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) in the writing of poetry over the years.

Students from 13 elementary, middle, and high schools in Richmond and West County submitted both haiku and short poems. This year’s theme was, “You are the author of your own life. Write a poem about who you are from your own experience.” and students from 13 schools wrote over 460 poems on the topic!

The Richmond Writes! Poetry Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 12th at 6:00 PM in City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. Contra Costa County District 1 Supervisor John Gioia will be handing out the awards to all participants. First, second and third place winners will receive cash gift cards and certificates; Honorable Mentions will receive certificates; and all students who submitted poetry to the contest will receive a copy of the 2019 poetry book containing everyone’s poems. Friends and families are invited, and some of the students will be reading their poetry.

For more information or for a list of the 2019 winners, please contact the Richmond Writes! Committee at or Michele Seville, Arts and Culture Manager, at or (510) 620-6952.

Spring Egg Hunt & Recreation Info Day

Join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019 for our annual Egg Hunt and Recreation Information Day! We’ll have egg hunts for all ages and great giveaways! We’ll be there rain or shine. In case of rain, we will be relocated to our social hall inside the auditorium.

For more information, please call (510) 620-6793.

FREE Special One-Day Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event - Saturday, April 13th

Residents of Richmond, El Sobrante, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, El Cerrito and unincorporated West Contra Costa County (except Kensington) are invited to participate in a special one-day Household Hazardous Waste collection event on Saturday, April 13th, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the City of Hercules Corp Yard, 1000 Sycamore Avenue at Willet Street, Hercules, CA.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free event to properly dispose of paints, aerosols, electronic waste (e-waste), batteries, and oil to keep our communities clean and safe.

Please see the flyer below or visit for more details regarding accepted items.

Event Info:

Date: Saturday, April 13th
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Hercules Corp Yard, 1000 Sycamore Ave. at Willet St., Hercules

For questions about the event, please call (888) 412-9277.

Water Safety Day

The Community Services Department and Richmond Swims are excited to be hosting a Water Safety Day for the community on Sunday, April 14th from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM at the Richmond Swim Center. Fun activities and information focusing on water safety will be available, as well as demonstrations, free mini-swim lessons and more.

This is a family-friendly event. Non-swimming adults and children are encouraged to sign up in advance for free lessons. Online registration will be available beginning April 1st. On-site registration will be available as space allows.

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 PM - 8:30 PM, 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 at (510) 620-6960,

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 AM to 2:00 PM 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.

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 Richmond residents and visitors of the amazing restaurants and beverage venues in Richmond. 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

Fire Engine Company 66 Steps it Up!

On March 11, 2019 at 10:30 PM, Fire Company 66 received a call for a “lift assist” at a home on Grant Street. Captain Paul Schmidt, Engineer Michael Velazquez, and Firefighter Jared Primus arrived to find a woman lying in the dark on her front porch. Though she was uninjured, she had tripped on an awkward step which caused her fall. While assessing the woman for injuries, she explained that she had a busy day taking care of her brother’s funeral arrangements.
After ensuring the woman was not injured, and as the crew was about to leave, they observed the woman step onto a cement block that she used as a makeshift porch step. The step was unstable, not suitable for the purpose, and could lead to injury. Captain Schmidt inquired about fixing the step, and the woman replied that she was unable to have the step fixed. Not comfortable leaving the makeshift step in place, Captain Schmidt and the crew came up with a plan to fix the problem. Several options were discussed, and the crew decided to pour a cement step.

Using supplies from home and the purchase of a few bags of cement, the crew returned to the woman’s house the following Sunday. The crew went to work measuring, framing, mixing and pouring the new step. When they had finished, the woman could hardly believe her eyes! She thanked the crew for their kind hearts and generosity.

Many thanks and to Fire Engine Company 66 for taking the initiative and helping to make their neighbor’s life easier. Our community is grateful for your generosity and commitment.


Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP)
Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) welcomes its new Program Manager, Abigail Sims-Evelyn. With over thirty years of experience in the field of education, Ms. Sims-Evelyn has had a vivid history in making education accessible to all those she was fortunate to teach.  Her career in education encompasses a significant variety of educational settings including school districts, charter schools, community based organizations and more. 

Ms.Sims-Evelyn’s start in library literacy began at LEAP after she graduated from UC Berkeley in 1984.  As one of the original staff of LEAP, she worked to recruit both potential students and volunteer tutors in the Richmond community.  Her efforts helped to establish a library literacy program that has served this community for over 30 years.  She also engaged in literacy work in Berkeley, CA. where she managed Berkeley Reads, the adult literacy program based at the Berkeley Public Library.

Ms. Sims-Evelyn brings not only a world of knowledge and experience, but a heart and an attitude that embodies compassion and understanding. Having grown up in Richmond, she is the product of a loving community that she is now honored to serve.  Ms. Sims-Evelyn plans to continue to build and expand the services that LEAP offers.
Congratulations and welcome to your new position!
Makin Hoops Court Unveiling: WCC Salesian Boys & Girls Club

The Warriors Community Foundation, in partnership with JP Morgan Chase and the Good Tidings Foundation, unveiled a newly refurbished basketball court at the West Contra Costa Salesian Boys and Girls Club on Monday, March 4, 2019. The dedication ceremony was held at 3:30 PM at the center, which is located at 2801 Moran Avenue in Richmond, and was followed by a basketball clinic for local youth, hosted by Warriors Basketball Camp..

Sam Vaughn with the Office of Neighborhood Safety along with Councilmembers Eduardo Martinez and Nathaniel Bates attended the unveiling and thanked the sponsors for improving the recreation opportunities for Richmond.


  • City Manager’s Office

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 AM - 4:00 PM (Closed Noon - 12:30 PM)

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:

  • Participated with City staff in a conference call with SunCal to develop further details regarding an Exclusive Rights to Negotiate Agreement with SunCal for the development of Point Molate, and coordinated to prepare a presentation to the City Council.
  • Met with City staff to review, and provide direction regarding a Proposal from Socrata, a software company that provides Open Data support to the City.  The proposal would expand our transparency efforts to make additional City data publicly available, including financial information, capital projects spending and performance management tools.
  • Met with City staff to review our progress towards transitioning the Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) program to the Contra Costa County Housing Authority; repositioning RHA’s housing assets including Hacienda, Nevin, and Nystrom Village; tracking progress to increase occupancy at Nevin; and overseeing and managing the performance of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) projects Friendship Manor and Triangle Court.
  • Met with Wastewater and Stormwater Department Director to discuss and provide direction regarding the Department’s operational issues and finalize Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Met with Human Resources, Finance staff and consultant attorneys to discuss and coordinate a presentation to the City Council regarding several Personnel items in the April 2nd closed session agenda.
  • Met with senior staff from the Office of Neighborhood Services to discuss and provide direction regarding the Department’s strategies and programs in the context of meeting City Council’s aspirational goal of zero murders for a year in Richmond.
  • Met with Senior Management staff to discuss the substance, and content of items to be included in the City Council agenda packet of April 16, 2019.
  • Participated in a conference call with Mercy Housing—a non-profit housing developer—to continue discussions regarding tentative deal terms of a Development and Disposition Agreement to rehabilitate the Richmond Housing Authority Hacienda property.
  • Met with Chevron representative to discuss items of mutual interest regarding City services to the refinery, ongoing operations, and potential opportunities of collaboration.
  • Met with Human Resources senior staff to discuss and provide direction regarding multiple personnel issues.
  • Attended the Contra Costa County Mayor’s Conference in Oakley.  The meeting was held at the newly built, soon to be inaugurated Oakley Recreation Center at 1250 O’Hara Avenue, in Oakley, and included a presentation from the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District highlighting their services and operations. During the business meeting, Contra Costa Mayors discussed issues of regional interest; and appointed members to various committees, including the City Selection Committee, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments’ (ABAG) CASA (the Committee to House the Bay Area) Legislative Task Force; and announced upcoming appointments to the MTC and ABAG Boards.
  • 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

Passport Information Flyer 8.5 x 11 - At City Hall

  • Employment and Training

YouthWORKS program receives $250,000 grant to serve disabled youth with summer jobs

The Employment & Training Department’s YouthWORKS program was selected by the California Department of Rehabilitation and the Employment Training Panel to receive a $250,000 grant to serve disabled youth with summer jobs.
The Summer Training and Employment Program for Students (STEPS) grant will provide 50 Richmond youth with up to 230 hours of work readiness and paid work experience. Eligible participants must be students with a disability, defined as an individual with a disability in a secondary, postsecondary, or other recognized education program between the ages of 16-21 years old.

Interested applicants should contact the YouthWORKS office (510) 412-2044 and ask for the STEPS program.

  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects:

The San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project is a federally funded corridor enhancement project that focuses on multimodal access, safety and connection along San Pablo Avenue between Rumrill Boulevard and La Puerta Road. The project is a partnership between the cities of San Pablo and Richmond, with major funding ($5.978 million) from a One Bay Area Grant (OBAG). The City of San Pablo is the lead agency for the project.

The project includes installation of new traffic signals at La Puerta Road and Robert Miller Drive, and installation of sidewalk, bicycle facilities, crosswalks, and lighting improvements along San Pablo Avenue from Rivers Street to La Puerta Road.

Key elements of the project include:

  • Modification of the existing road section to add Class 2 bike lanes in both directions of travel;
  • Sidewalk installation on the west side of San Pablo Avenue from Rivers Street to La Puerta Road (southbound), and from Rivers Street to Lancaster Drive on the east side (northbound);
  • Removal of an existing slip lane into Robert H. Miller Drive and replacement of a right turn pocket;
  • Installation of a new traffic signal at La Puerta Road;
  • Modification of existing traffic signals at Rivers Street and Robert H. Miller Drive; and
  • Construction of soil nail and concrete retaining walls to allow the roadway to be widened sufficiently to accommodate the new facilities for non-motorized roadway use.

Last week, the Contractor finished the paving and striping work, and is currently working on punch list items.

Project information is available on the following website:

Construction questions can be directed to the Construction Manager, Jaemin Park, at or (925) 818-3756.

San Pablo Avenue Complete Streets Project

Streets Division:

Paving crews repaired a pothole on 37th Street and Nevin Avenue, installed a speed hump on Upland Drive, worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City, and performed storm patrol.

Pothole Work

Speed Hump Installation

Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the first Monday through Friday in Parchester Village, Hilltop Bayview, Hilltop Green, Fairmede/Hilltop, Carriage Hills north side, El Sobrante Hills, Greenbriar, Hansford Heights, Via Verda, San Pablo Dam Road, Bristole Cone, May Valley, Vista View, and Clinton Hill I neighborhood council areas as weather permitted.

Signs and Lines staff installed 15 new signs and poles at various locations, fabricated 29 signs, painted 60’ of curbs and zoning, and performed storm patrol.

  • Finance Department

Open Requests For Bids/Request for Proposals:   








Video Production, Online Recruiting, Social Media Management - Marketing Campaign RFP


Engineering and CIP

2019 Slurry Seal Project



Network and Low Voltage Cabling for CCTV Security System


Engineering and CIP

Cutting Boulevard Crossing Improvement Project


City Manager

Richmond Themed Retail Store





Water Resource Recovery

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


City Manager



City Manager

Notice of Development Opportunity:  Historic Anitas Building


  • Fire Department

Volunteers needed for Smoke Alarm Installation in Parchester Village

On Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM, 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 Live 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.

American Red Cross Shelter Management Training

Twenty-five Community Services Department and Contra Costa College staff took part in a two-session Shelter Management Workshop on Wednesday, March 27th and Thursday, March 28th to learn about shelter resource needs, opening, operating and closing a shelter.

The purpose of the workshop was to prepare staff on how to operate a Red Cross shelter facility that provides disaster services in a safe environment for its clients and workers. With the frequency of disaster events in the state of California, it behooves the City of Richmond to be in an emergency readiness stage.

The workshop provided processes on developing a plan for setting up shelter space and getting supplies; staffing and job orientation, communicating with shelter guests, partners, staff and key community members; and, accommodating the diverse needs of clients in shelters.

A shelter exercise is being scheduled in April to implement the processes learned with the Recreation Center serving as the facility. Also, we will conduct another separate shelter fundamentals workshop to include the Richmond Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members who, after addressing their primary responsibilities in their neighborhoods, can assist by being shelter support volunteers.

A huge thank you to Community Services Director Rochelle Monk, Ranjanah Maharaj, and Hope Lattell for embracing their emergency response roles and responsibilities for Mass Care and Sheltering. Thank you to our American Red Cross instructors: James Leeper, Peter Liddell, and Patricia Nichols for lending their shelter management experience to the workshop.

To learn more about the City of Richmond’s emergency readiness activities, please contact Genevieve Pastor-Cohen, Manager-Office of Emergency Services, Richmond Fire Department at or (510) 620-6866.

  • Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of April 5, 2019

Facebook and Twitter Highlights

Page previews are up by 125%
Page LIKES are up by 60%
Followers are UP!

KCRT Datanets for the Week

0407 - RAC - Gel Printing Addiction

0413 - Spring Egg Hunt and Recreation Info Day

0413 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Hercules 3

0413 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Hercules 2
0413 - Household Hazardous Waste Collection - Hercules 1

  • Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)

Code Enforcement:

Code Enforcement staff responded to a complaint of graffiti along a fence. Staff issued a Notice of Violation to the property owner along with a Demand to Abate allowing the owner ten days to abate the violation. A compliance inspection was conducted and the property owner was found in compliance.

Before and After

Facilities Maintenance:

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, adjusted the thermostats in the Art Center’s display area, repaired toilets in the Police Department lobby restrooms, fixed the air conditioning unit in the Employment and Training building, adjusted the doors at 450 Civic Center Plaza, replaced the seal gasket at the Plunge, and cleared the chlorine line feeder to one of the pools at the Swim Center.

Parks and Landscaping:

General fund crews mowed the ballfields, cleaned the parking lot and completed improvements that included a new pathway at Booker T. Anderson Park, fixed metal fencing along Carlson Boulevard, performed encampment removal along the Greenway Trail, repaired bleacher boards at Nicholl Park, removed debris from Unity Park, weeded and fixed play equipment at Wendell Park, installed new park signs at Judge Carroll Park, repaired a bench at Mira Vista Park, grinded four tree stumps in Atchison Village Park, performed maintenance of the grounds at Nystron Village, removed debris from the right-of-ways, fixed the flag pole at Veteran’s Memorial Park, performed edging at Civic Center Plaza, replaced broken bench boards at Hilltop Park, cleaned all parks of debris, and emptied trash receptacles.

Booker T Anderson_Bioswale Maintenance
Booker T. Anderson Improvements

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Stump Grinding Atchison Village Park

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Edging at Civic Center Plaza

Tree crews cut or trimmed trees on 24th Street and Wendell Avenue.

Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued weed abatement on Atlas Road, mowed turf at Country Club Vista and Bay Vista Parks, and completed preparation of the baseball and soccer fields at Country Club Vista Park.

Marina District crews performed weed abatement on the medians of Marina Way South, removed debris throughout the Marina area, replaced park benches at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial, and performed maintenance at various parks.

  • 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 PM 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

Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) Basketball Camp

On April 1st - 4th, Officers assisted with a basketball camp at RPAL.  The camp provided basic fundamentals, exercise, and plenty of competition between the officers and youth.  It was a great turn out and program over the spring break. 


Dr. Kevin Gilmartin

On April 1, 2019, the author of “Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement”, Dr. Kevin Gilmartin, was at the Richmond Police department.  He was invited to the Department by Chief Brown, and provided two very informative and helpful sessions to officers, not only from the Richmond Police Department, but local neighboring agencies as well. Dr. Gilmartin covered topics ranging from family, emotional support, and mental outlets to physical fitness.  His sessions were well received and attended. 
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Community Safety Academy

We have begun our fifth community safety academy here at the Richmond Police Department.  In the academy, Richmond residents will learn from and interact with officers from all different assignments throughout the department.  The participants will be learning about the multiple facets of the police department, ranging from crime scene investigation and K-9’s to S.W.A.T. and our Marine unit.  The community safety academy is a great opportunity for the community to interact with officers while educating themselves as to what the Richmond Police Department can provide to them, and how they can assist the Police Department.
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On April 4, 2019, officers responded to 4100 Leke Way on the report of a robbery.  Officers responded and contacted the victim.  After speaking with victim, the investigation led to 505 Banks Drive.  Once at Banks Drive, two suspects were taken into custody and robbery detectives were notified.  After further investigation, a search warrant was obtained by detectives for the residence, and an illegal AR pistol with a 30 round magazine was recovered from the residence.



Scam Alert

Richmond Police received several calls from citizens reporting a call from someone falsely claiming they are a representative of PG&E and threatening to turn their power off. The call is an automated recording that is the exact message from PG&E.

The scammers tell the PG&E customer that their electricity will be shut off and the meter will be removed because they have not paid their bill. They then will give you a toll-free number to call and arrange payment in an attempt to steal personal identifying information.

If you believe you’ve been a victim of this scam, please report it by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (510) 233-1214.
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  • 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

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.
Carlson Blvd. at Center Avenue
The Contractor is compacting the soil after installing 125 linear feet
of new PVC pipe and a new upstream manhole.

Hinkley Ave. near Foothill
The Contractor is replacing 8” clay pipe with new 10” PVC pipe

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.
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.

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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