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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the week ending May 17th 2019
May 18, 2019

Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending May 17th, 2019.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st. Closed Session begins at 5:00 P.M. followed by the Special Meeting of 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: May 21st City Council Agenda.

  • Upcoming Events

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 to 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.

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.


Rent Program Community Workshop:
Security Deposits: Rights and Responsibilities for Richmond Landlords and Tenants

City of Richmond Rent Program Community Workshops are held one Saturday each month to inform community members about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance. The full schedule of 2019 Community Workshops may be accessed at

The next workshop will take place on Saturday May 18th, 2019:

10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Lawful security deposit amounts
  • Permitted security deposit deductions
  • Timeline to return or explain security deposit   
  • Legal recourse in the case of unreturned security deposits

Space is limited - RSVP today:


City of Richmond Community Budget Meeting

Members of the community are invited to attend the upcoming Community Budget meetings hosted by the City of Richmond Finance Department. The meetings will be taking place at the City Council Chamber (440 Civic Center Plaza) on Monday, May 20th, from 1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., and Tuesday, June 11th, from 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. Community members will receive an overview of the city’s budget process, information on the current annual budget, and will also have an opportunity to ask questions. All are invited to attend.

Community Budget Meetings Flyer

Block Captain Training

This month’s meeting will be a Block Captain training; this training is for those of you who may have just moved into the position of Block Captain, need a refresher course, or would like to start/restart a neighborhood watch in your area.  Please visit this link for registration details and further information. The first 20 registrants will receive a FREE Neighborhood Watch Toolkit.

Block Captain Training
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
7:00 P.M.
450 Civic Center Plaza (Richmond Room)
Richmond, CA 94804

  • Acknowledgments

Richmond Police Department Dispatcher Retires After 25 Years of Service

After 25 years of dedicated service with the Richmond Police Department (RPD), Supervisor Diane Hardin retired. She started with RPD in 1994, became a Dispatcher in 1995, and promoted to Supervisor in 2007. Throughout her career, Diane has taken thousands of phone calls. She has assisted our community fluently in English and Spanish. She is looking forward to more time for tennis, fitness and plenty of baseball! Congratulations Diane, and thank you for your service.

  • City Manager’s Office

2400 Nevin Spring Clean-up

On Friday, May 10th through Sunday, May 12th from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., the Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) and the City of Richmond hosted a Spring Clean-up event for tenants living at Nevin Plaza Apartments, located at 2400 Nevin Avenue. The residents were able to get rid of trash in a flash and dispose of any unwanted materials for free. Assistance was available upon request to remove heavy objects. In addition, event participants received a free reusable bag, stainless steel reusable straws, and water bottles.

In case the residents missed last weekend, they will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted materials again this weekend beginning Friday, May 17th, 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. There will be staff on site Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10:00 A.M. to assist.  Residents can also call ahead and request assistance during business hours on Friday at (510) 621-1300.

May 11 Clean Up Crew

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.

May- Recycling Tip of the Month

*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:

  • I participated in a Development and Disposition Agreement (DDA) kickoff meeting with City staff and legal counsel to discuss the structure of a forthcoming DDA with Winehaven Legacy LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of JNI LLC (SunCal/the Developer) for the development of Point Molate. We discussed interdepartmental logistics and coordination, external coordination with SunCal and consultants, and timing issues to meet the entitlement deadline of April 2020 in the Upstream settlement agreement.  Even though we are still within the Developer’s 60 days Due Diligence Period and far from entering into a DDA, the meeting was important to start shaping the DDA, and identifying all the terms for the development of the project, and the eventual transfer of the property to SunCal.  During the Exclusive Negotiating Period (180 days, with two 30 days extension options) we will be engaging exclusively with SunCal to define the project and the terms of a DDA.
  • I met with the Executive Director of Richmond Promise (RP) ( to discuss RP Board related matters including staffing, fundraising, board recruitment, and financial logistics.
  • Met with representatives of the Council of Industries (COI) to provide them an update on development projects going on in the City, the City budget and adoption schedule, and upcoming City events.  I was also invited to attend a COI sponsored luncheon to hear an update from East Bay Municipal Utility District Director regarding water supply, environmental protection and infrastructure programs.
  • Had multiple meetings with staff to review the City budget and explore ways to balance the current $7.5 million deficit, and to provide direction regarding the structure and schedule of future budget presentations to the City Council.
  • Today, I participated with City staff and consultants in a presentation to the rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) regarding the Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds for Point Potrero and the Civic Center.  The City team attending the presentation included the City’s Financial Advisor, Bond Counsel, and Lead Underwriters of the bonds: Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. and RBC Capital Markets.  We presented to S&P staff, the strength of the City’s economy and tax base, the City’s improved financial metrics, and stability of the City’s revenues and long term financial outlook to support the issuance of the bonds.  After analyzing all the information presented, next month S&P is expected to provide a credit rating for the bonds.

Friendly reminder:  Tomorrow, May 18, will be the Taste of Richmond event.
The event will be at Riggers Loft Wine Company: 1325 Canal Blvd. Richmond, CA 94804 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.

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!

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.

Have a GREAT weekend!

  • City Clerk’s Office

Election News!!!

Contra Costa Elections is now offering a super simple texting option for polling place voters to switch to Vote by Mail.  Simply text COCOBALLOT to 28683 (or 2VOTE).

The service was launched on Friday, May 10, 2019; see this East Bay Times article for more information.

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.


  • Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects

Construction of a new basketball court continues at Unity Park. The Contractor began grinding the pavement in preparation for resurfacing the area in the coming weeks. The project is continuing on schedule.

Work at Unity Park

The Contractor has completed resurfacing the new basketball court at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Park. The project is near completion.

New Basketball Court at JFK Park

Streets Division

Paving crews prepped the parking lot on 33rd Street and Macdonald Avenue, installed new crash barrels on 23rd Street, completed paving on Tewksbury Avenue, performed storm patrol, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Crash Barrel Installation on 23rd Street

Paving Work on Tewksbury Avenue

Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the second Monday and Tuesday and the third Wednesday through Friday in the May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I, Clinton Hill II, Clinton Hill III, Atchison Village, South Belding Woods, Santa Fe, Coronado, Marina Bay, and Point Richmond neighborhood council areas.

Signs and Lines staff installed 14 new signs and poles at various locations, fabricated 14 signs, and painted 106’ of curbs and zoning.

Knocked Down Sign Installation

  • Finance Department

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Budget Update

Staff continues work to close the budget gap of $7.5 million. Next week, City departments will be presenting their mission, accomplishments, goals, personnel, and proposed budget for FY 2019-20 at the City Council’s May 21st meeting.

April 2019 Business License Filings

The Finance Department is reporting that there were a total of 46 new Business License filings in the month of April 2019, with 145 jobs created as a result.





Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Inc.




Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Inc.




Javier Torres Maintenance Service




Montana Golden Hills, Llc

Business Services



Surenkhorloo Nayanton / Batjargal

Airbnb: Vacation Rentals



Nora I. Lopez

Rental Property



Michelle Keeton

Rental Property



Shanti Mala Beads Llc




Dharma Wholesale Llc




Samuel Davis

Rental Property



F.C. Plumbing




T.C. Catering




Leon Roytman

Rental Property



Yang Yu

Airbnb: Vacation Rentals



Reynoza Remodeling




Staffing Worldwide

Home Based



Rock A. Brown

Rental Property



Gabriel & Sandra Munoz

Rental Property



Zig-Zag Beauty Salon & Barber Shop

Beauty Salon



Johnny Fuentes




South 50th Cnc Machining Llc




Raudel Rodrigues




Jonathan Livingston

Professional Svs



Kw Quality Used Cars

Auto Dealer



Lashes And Beauty By Krystle

Beauty Salon



Senh Law, P.C.

Legal Svs



Jay & Karen Fenton

Rental Property







Xelaju Moon Coffee & Food




Brittany Crepes, Inc.

Food Vendor




Internet Sales



Longshore Handyman




Martinez Maintenance And Painting




Arturo & Maria Vindell

Rental Property



The Hookup

Barber Shop



Fab Glam Cosmetics Dba Fabiolita Makeup

Internet Sales



Ms Delivery




Tacos El Tucan




Hunnu Kitchen




Sarad Marahatta

Rental Property



Karen Wargo

Rental Property



Eco-Friendly Cleaning

Janitorial Svs



Alvs Cleaning Services

Janitorial Svs



Hermes Express





Professional Svs



Richmond Community Acupuncture

Professional Svs



Open Requests For Bids/Request For Proposals   



Date Due

Engineering and CIP

Traffic Signs & Line Materials


City Manager

Notice of Development Opportunity:  Historic Anitas Building


Information Technology

Technology Related Hardware, Software and Services


Water Resource Recovery

On-Call Sanitary Sewer & Storm Water Plan Check and Inspection Services



Emergency and Routine Hazardous and Bio-Hazardous Waste Removal Services



Public Safety Data Integration Services RFP


Engineering and CIP

Nevin Senior Housing Elevator Modernization


Housing Authority

Vacant Unit Turnover Services RFQ 


  • Information Technology

City Information Technology Business License Online payment process

Improvements are underway to create a simplified Business License process that will allow for new applications to be made online. City staff subject matter experts continue to refine the process to help develop workflow and a streamlined online application in the City’s TRAKiT system. These planned improvements are targeted to go live in July 2019.  Please stay tuned.

Website Statistics for the week of May 17, 2019


0601 - Minecraft 2019

0522 - RPD Block Captain Training

Using COR Connect to search for permits
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.

Select the COR Connect icon from the front page of the City website.

This will take you to the COR Connect webpage

Select Search for Permit under the Permit Application section. This will bring you to the Permit Search screen where you can specify the criteria for your search.

The available search criteria for permits are;

  • Permit Number
  • Description of work
  • Site Address
  • Parcel Number (APN)
  • Permit Type
  • Permit Subtype

The available modifiers for each criteria are;

  • Contains
  • Equals
  • At Least
  • At Most
  • Begins With

The last field is where you enter the values for the criteria you have chosen.  One thing to be aware of is that this search engine looks for an exact match so entering less is often better than entering more information.  For example, if you chose Site Address as the criteria do not enter the suffix.  COR Connect is connected to the TRAKiT system database.  TRAKiT is the City’s Community Development system and is the system used for issuing permits.

For permit search the most useful criteria is Site Address and the most useful modifier is Begins with.  I would start by using these options and entering the address number and street name in the value field.  This should bring up a list of all the permits for this address.

To see more information on a particular permit double click on the line.

There are three tabs with more information.  To see the relevant inspections for this permit select the Inspections tab.  As you can see on the Inspections tab for this permit there are three inspections.

To see more on a particular inspection select the More Info link.

  • Infrastructure and Maintenance Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews participated in the Parchester Village & May Valley Neighborhood Clean-ups, assisted 20 seniors, installed ‘No Dumping’ signs at illegal dumping hot spots, abated a homeless encampment requested by the Fire Department, abated private property upon a Code Enforcement request, abated weeds, and removed trash and graffiti throughout the City.

Parchester Village Neighborhood Clean-Up
May Valley Neighborhood Clean-Up

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DSCN1404May Valley
Seniors Assistance for Neighborhood Clean-Ups


Signs Installation



Weed Abatement

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Homeless encampments

Illegal Dumping


5538 Carlos Ave (3)5538%20Carlos%20Ave%20(6)
Private property abatement

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement responded to a complaint about debris in public view.  Staff sent a Notice of Violation letter and the property owner complied.

Before                                           After

Code Enforcement responded to a complaint about garbage and debris in a lot behind a building. Staff sent a Notice of Violation letter and the property was brought into compliance.

Before                                        After

Code Enforcement responded to a complaint about a vehicle parked on an unapproved surface.  Staff sent a Notice of Violation letter for the vehicle and also for overgrown vegetation.  The property owner complied.

Before                                          After

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, cleaned the fountain at Civic Center Plaza, replaced air handler filters at the Senior Center and Main Library, repaired the front doors at the Senior Center and Booker T. Anderson Community Center, cleared clogged kitchen sinks at Fire Station 63 and 68, and repaired the drinking fountain at the Westside Library.  Staff also started installation of a hydronic EVO boiler for area-heating at the Plunge, pulled inoperable sewer pumps for service at Marina Green Park, and started installation of condensate pumps at the Auditorium and Main Library.

Utility Workers scrubbed floors at the Parks and Corporation Yard, removed debris and trash for the Bart Transit Tour route, deep cleaned the City Attorney’s area, unclogged a drain in the men’s shower at the Plunge, and hung pictures in City Councilmember’s office.

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews weeded the following locations:  Tiller Park, Nicholl Park Tennis Courts, Humphrey Playlot, Carlson Boulevard median between South 37th Street and Cutting Boulevard, East Richmond Avenue, Ocean Avenue Overlook, Judge Carroll Park, Macdonald Avenue underpass, Barrett Avenue, Market Square, Nevin Plaza and Steward Playground. Crews also removed hazardous play equipment from Martin Luther King Jr. Park, removed a hazardous wooden bench from Market Square, repaired play equipment at Wendell Playground, completed a fence at Richmond Swim Center between outdoor pool and play area, removed illegal dumping, project debris, and litter along Richmond Greenway between San Pablo Avenue and 2nd Street, and pruned trees.

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Weeding on Barrett Avenue


Wendell Playlot_Playground Repair
Repairing play equipment at Wendell Park

3525 Garvin tree pruning
Pruning trees on Garvin Avenue

Hilltop District crewsmowed turf at Country Club Vista and Bay Vista Park; completed weed abatement at the Bloom Drive sound wall, Canal Street medians, Richmond Parkway/Interstate 80 off-ramp hillside, and right-of-ways; continued weed abatement at Country Club Vista Park and Hilltop Lake; and started weed abatement on Atlas Road.

Marina District crews continued with debris removal, mowed turf at all parks, and performed weed abatement and shrub pruning along Esplanade Drive, Shimada Friendship, Barbara & Jay Vincent and Lucretia Edwards Parks.


Shrub pruning along the esplanade

  • Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS)

On May 10th, 2019, ONS Administrator Tammi Edwards, Program Coordinator James Houston, Peacekeepers Charles Muhammad & Michael Hasan, and an ONS Operation Peacemaker Fellow (OPF) attended the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) 2019 Graduation Ceremony in the City Council Chamber.  Ms. Edwards spoke “Words of Wisdom” to the graduates during the ceremony. ONS partners with LEAP to provide literacy services to its target population, and provides grant funding to the general program for services to community.

  • Planning & Building

West Contra Costa County Express Bus Study Identifies Potential Routes and Stops for Public Review

In fall 2018, the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC) asked for community input on potential additional express bus service that would connect commuters from West Contra Costa County to destinations in west Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and San Francisco. The expanded express bus service would travel primarily along Interstate 80, to help reduce congestion along this busy corridor and improve direct connections to job centers.

WCCTAC incorporated public feedback and the results of a travel market analysis of existing commute trends to generate potential express bus stop locations. To determine preferred route(s) for implementation, WCCTAC wants input from all potential riders on their preferred bus stop locations. The ultimate express bus route(s) will be designed to serve the greatest number of riders with a minimal amount of pick-up and drop-off locations.

To share your ideas and learn more about this project please visit: Help choose the future express bus stops! Take the online survey.

Help Spread the Word! Tell your friends and family about these opportunities to share your ideas.

To learn more about WCCTAC, please visit To contact the project manager, Leah Greenblat, email

El Estudio de Autobuses Exprés del Oeste de Contra Costa Identifica Rutas y Paradas Potenciales para su Revisión Pública

En el otoño de 2018, el Comité Asesor de Transporte del Oeste de Contra Costa (WCCTAC, por sus siglas en inglés) solicitó la opinión de la comunidad sobre un posible servicio adicional de autobús exprés que conectaría a los pasajeros del oeste del Condado de Contra Costa con destinos en Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland y San Francisco. El servicio expandido de autobuses exprés transitaría principalmente a lo largo del I-80 para ayudar a reducir la congestión en este corredor y mejorar las conexiones directas a los centros de trabajo.

WCCTAC incorporó la opinión pública y los resultados de un análisis del mercado de las tendencias de viaje existentes para generar las posibles ubicaciones de las paradas. Para determinar la(s) ruta(s) preferida(s) a implementar, WCCTAC desea saber las ubicaciones de las paradas preferidas de todos los pasajeros potenciales. La ruta (o rutas) final se diseñarán con el fin de brindar servicio a la mayor cantidad de pasajeros posible con un número mínimo de paradas.

Para compartir sus ideas y obtener más información sobre este proyecto, visite: ¡Ayúdenos a pasar la voz! Avíseles a sus amigos y familiares sobre estas oportunidades para compartir sus ideas. Tome la encuesta.

Para aprender más de WCCTAC, visite Para contactar la directora del proyecto, Leah Greenblat, envíe un correo electrónico a

San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project: Please provide your input!

The San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project seeks to develop a long-term vision and near-term improvements for San Pablo Avenue that will allow it to function better and be safer for people who walk, bike, drive, and take the bus. To provide input, go to the "Provide Your Input" tab on this page for the SURVEY and/or attend a workshop.

Upcoming Workshop:

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Francis Albrier Community Center (at San Pablo Park)
2800 Park Street
Berkeley, CA 94702

The San Pablo Avenue Corridor
San Pablo Avenue is the heart of a critical travel corridor that carries tens of thousands of people every day and connects multiple communities to job and activity centers. The corridor provides north-south connections throughout the Inner East Bay. San Pablo Avenue:

  • Carries local, rapid and express buses;
  • Includes high-activity pedestrian areas and commercial districts;
  • Is a bicycle route in many local jurisdiction plans;
  • Serves as a reliever route for freeway traffic during incidents on I-80.

Jurisdictions are concentrating growth along the corridor, with several higher-density, mixed-use developments recently completed and numerous others under consideration.

Project Approach
Alameda CTC is currently developing a long term vision for the corridor and identifying short-term projects to improve the safety and experience of all users. The project spans two counties; the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee have contributed funding to the initial phase of analysis.

It is a multi-year effort that includes seven cities along the 12-mile-long corridor (Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo), Caltrans, and AC Transit. The project is taking a detailed look at what can fit within the existing roadway and what the trade-offs are between different types of improvements. It is looking to support current and future businesses and residents along the corridor to ensure we keep up with the number of people who will live in the East Bay in the coming years.

For questions on the project, email Please check the project website for latest information:

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)

Release of Community Briefing Video

On May, 13th the Richmond Police Department released a Community Briefing regarding the Richard Perez case, which took place in 2014. You can view the video on the RPD Youtube page or by clicking this link.

Traffic Stop in Northern District

In our Northern District, Officer Purcell contacted a driver of a vehicle while conducting traffic violation enforcement. During this traffic violation stop, Officer Purcell saw the barrel of a shotgun protruding out from under the front passenger seat of the car. A search of the suspect's car revealed a loaded shotgun-with a pistol grip, a pepper spray gun, and a machete. Officer Purcell placed the suspect under arrest.

Bicycle Safety Class
On May 15th, the Richmond Police Department participated in a bicycle safety workshop at Benito Juarez Elementary School. Students learned important safety tips to follow when riding a bicycle.

  • Richmond Promise

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:

  • Scholarship Operations & Data Coordinator
    • Application due in Americorps Portal May 31st
    • Start date July 8th


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, infiltration, 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.


The Contractor is finishing up paving after replacing 417 lf of 6” defective
sewer pipe with larger, 8” new pipe along 28th Street at Cutting Boulevard.

The Contractor continues to pave at 28th St. and Cutting Boulevard.

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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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.

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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

Carlos Martinez
City Manager
450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 620-6976
Fax: (510) 620-6542