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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020

This message is being sent on behalf of Acting City Manager Steve Falk

Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending October 23rd, 2020.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th, 2020. Closed Session begins at 5:00 P.M., followed by the Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council at 6:30 P.M. The agenda may be found by clicking this link: October 27th City Council Agenda.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The following information is an ongoing list of resources and significant updates regarding COVID-19.

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Outdoor Dining, Curbside Retail and Special Event Permits

  • Upcoming Events

Read With Me: Richmond Police Department Virtual Storytime & Halloween Costume Contest!

Calling all kids and young people! Halloween is a little different this year and we wanted to make things a little bit more fun for everyone! We'll be hosting a Halloween Virtual Storytime with officers on October 30, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. In addition, we'll also be having a Halloween Costume Contest with winners announced during the live webinar!

Please see further costume contest details below and we can't wait to see your costumes!

Contest Rules

Photos must be submitted to  by Monday October 26, 2020.

• Category #1: 0-5 years old
• Category #2: 6-11 years old
• Category #3: 12-17 years old
• Category #4: Best Homemade Costume

A total of five submission contestants will be accepted from each category for community judging (first come, first accepted). When submitting please let us know which category your child is in.

• No inappropriate costumes (i.e. cultural appropriation, racist, sexist, homophobic, too gory, sexualized etc.)
• No weapons of any kind (i.e. guns, knives, swords, bow and arrow, stars, Nunchucks etc. )
• Please no retouching or enhancing of photos.


Community led judging: On Tuesday October 27, 2020 photos from each category will be posted onto the Richmond Police Department’s Facebook page for voting. The photo from each category which gets the most likes, wins that category! Votes will be tallied and closed at 10:00 A.M. on October 30th. The winners will be announced on the live webinar on Friday October 30th at 4:00 P.M.

If there is a tie, webinar attendees will vote live for the winner.

A prize will be awarded to the winners from each category.


Ballot Drop Box Closing at 8:00 P.M. on Election Night

Election Night is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  The Vote by Mail box will be locked at 8:00 P.M. sharp – not before, not after.

Voters waiting in line to deposit their ballot at 8:00 P.M. will be permitted to do so.  However, no new voters may join the line after 8:00 P.M.; they must deposit their ballot in the U.S. mail.

  • Acknowledgements

A Message from Acting City Manager Steve Falk

I am pleased to be back and again serving as the Acting City Manager for the City of Richmond while the Real City Manager Laura Snideman takes care of some business.  I enjoyed my time here last year, and continue to be impressed by the commitment and dedication of Richmond residents and employees to making this City the very best version of itself.  I expect to be here through the first week of November, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you feel I can be helpful.


AC Transit Launches the All-New Mobile App in Beta

AC Transit is excited to announce the launch of the beta version of its Mobile App.  The beta AC Transit Mobile App features real-time arrival predictions, allows riders to locate bus stops, bookmark favorite bus lines, submit lost and found claims, and more.  Click here for details.

AC Transit

  • City Clerk’s Office

Consider Voting By Mail

The Contra Costa County Elections Division is reaching out to voters who are currently registered as polling place voters. They are encouraging voters to consider the merits of requesting their ballot at home, as this may be a more convenient option for you due to COVID-19.  Register to Vote

Voting early and voting at home is the most cautious and securest way to keep everyone safe. Outdoor, non-contact drop boxes will be available across the county for returning ballots if voters do not want to drop them in the mail.  The City of Richmond's permanent Vote-by-Mail box is located at 450 Civic Center Plaza under the overpass just off the Council parking lot on 27th Street.  More information

Please be advised that the orange cones, balloons, and signs are displayed during normal work hours only – Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The large feather flags will be displayed continuously until 8 p.m. November 3, 2020.

Key Dates:

  • October 22, 2020            Supplemental Voter Info guide mailed
  • October 27, 2020            Last day to request a vote by mail ballot
  • November 3, 2020         Last day to return or mail a vote by mail ballot
  • November 3, 2020         Election day

Help represent Richmond on the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees!

The application process is now open to represent the City of Richmond on the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees. The Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District is a tax-funded office that provides free services to all county residents for mosquitoes, rats and mice, ground-nesting yellowjackets, ticks, and skunks. The Richmond representative on the District’s Board of Trustees will represent the city’s interests on matters related to mosquito and vector control.  The first term of service will be two years and additional terms of service will be two or four years.  Regular board meetings are held on the second Monday of every other month starting in January. Meetings are held at the District office, 155 Mason Circle in Concord at 7:00 p.m., and the meetings are open to the public.  Trustees are not compensated for service but will be paid up to $100 per month for official business expenses.  Mayor Butt has been tasked with nominating an applicant for the trustee position and that individual must then be confirmed by the Richmond City Council.  Applicants must be a City of Richmond resident and at least 18 years of age.  Please use this link to complete the online application. Please submit your completed application via email to

  • City Manager’s Office, Economic Development

Contra Costa County Housing Authority Announces Opening of the Listed PBV Waitlist

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa (HACC) announces the opening of the listed Project-Based Voucher (PBV) waiting list. The waiting list will be open from Monday, November 2, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. through Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 4:00 P.M.  From November 2nd through November 5th, pre-applications will be accepted for the property listed below only. Completed pre-applications must be submitted by 4:00 P.M., Thursday, November 5, 2020.  Please note that this is not for the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List.

Note: There will not be any on-site applications and HACCC office locations will not be distributing pre-applications. All pre-applications must be submitted online.

Incomplete pre-applications or partially completed pre-applications will not be accepted.  Pre-applications received after the 11/05/2020 deadline will not be accepted.

Eligible families will be referred to units subsidized with Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa in partnership with non-profit housing owners.  The housing assistance is only available at the designated properties for families meeting the property restrictions as indicated in this notice.  After twelve months of residency, families will be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher, subject to availability.
All requests for Reasonable Accommodation will be considered.  Pre-Applications are available in foreign languages. All questions can be directed to (925) 957-7081.

  • To apply, you must be 62 years of age or older.
  • Large households for three and four bedroom units are highly encouraged to apply.
  • All non-elderly applications will be rejected.

NOTE:  After November 5, 2020, the waiting list for 3 and 4 BR units only at The Terraces will remain open on an on-going basis until further notice. Applicants will need to contact the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa at 925-957-7055 for an application.

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The Terraces Senior Apartments

2300 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA  94801






Senior - 62 or older


Call for Artists/Request for Qualifications at Hacienda Heights: 1300 Roosevelt Ave

Mercy Housing California (MHC) in partnership with Community Housing Development Corporation (CHDC) invites professional artists residing in the nine Bay Area Counties with a preference given to Richmond artists to submit their qualifications for the commissioning of artworks for a residential development in the Iron Triangle Neighborhood of Richmond, California. The development will consist of housing and related social services. The residential component of the project will include 150 units for seniors. The project is required to provide art equal to 1% of that portion of the development’s construction cost as per an Ordinance of the Council of the City of Richmond Municipal code Article 12.62. The art is to be installed and maintained in areas on the site of the building and clearly visible from the public sidewalk or open space feature.

The goals of the selected artworks will be to enhance the neighborhood, celebrate the residents, complement the building architecture, and speak to the cultural diversity of the surrounding community.

Located near the downtown BART Station and in the area known as the Iron Triangle, the building has been vacant since 2014. Mercy Housing and CHDC are collaborating with the Richmond Housing Authority to rehabilitate and bring new life to the building and surrounding area. While the units will be preserved, the main entrance has been reoriented to face the nearby BART station. The surrounding neighborhood is composed of mixed-use commercial and government buildings as well a diverse mix of residents that make up the Iron Triangle and downtown community.

Deadline for submission of qualifications is November 6, 2020.

Link to RFQ:

Under consideration as locations, the red lines, for the commissioned art are the large wall (the green wall with “Hacienda” in the rendering) and the fence along the side walk to the new entrance.

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Contra Costa County Micro-Enterprise Relief Fund Grants

Renaissance Richmond is administering the Contra Costa County Micro-Enterprise Relief Fund, funded by the Contra Costa County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The program aims to provide relief to micro-enterprises impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • No more than 5 employees,
  • Maximum of $100,000 in annual revenue,
  • Registered and operating in Contra Costa County cities (except for Walnut Creek, Concord, Pittsburg, and Antioch)

Grants of $1,000 - $10,000 are available to cover costs such as COVID-19 precaution supplies (PPE), safety remodeling (plexi-glass, spacing tape, construction labor), facade improvements and signage, online platform fees and social media marketing, commercial rents, employee salaries, and other operating costs.

For more information on eligibility criteria and the application, visit Applications are due Wednesday, November 11th at 12 MIDNIGHT PST. 


  • Community Development Department

Code Enforcement responded to a complaint of a blighted vacant property.  Staff issued a Notice of Violation and Demand to Abate Vacant Structure and the property owner registered the property and abated the violations.  The property was then placed on a vacant property list that required it to be registered annually.  Upon the following annual inspection, it was observed that the property had been completely renovated and placed on the market for sale.

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2020 Annual Vacant Property Inspection

  • Information Technology

Transparent Richmond

Check out Transparent Richmond (, the City of Richmond’s citywide open data and performance reporting system. The open data platform currently spans 11 city departments and contains over 300 datasets, visualizations, and performance measures, many of which feature monthly, weekly or daily updates.

Transparent Richmond aims to accomplish the following:

  • Improve the collective understanding of all city services.
  • Automate performance data to help track and meet budget and service goals.
  • Leverage evidence-based analysis to develop innovative solutions that improve the quality of city services.

The city plans to add more datasets and visualizations over time and invites the community to propose additional information for the site. To nominate new data and visualizations, visit


Social Media Statistics for this Week


KCRT Datanet for the Week

KCRT TV Channel 28 – New Episodes of Current Programming


Current recent specials are “Virtual National Night Out,” “National Electric Drive Week”; eight specials derived from the Richmond Revolution / NAACP Youth Council Forums; San Pablo and El Cerrito City Council Forums (produced by CCTV), “Chat with Chief French,” ”NAACP Policing Forum,” the GRID Alternatives’ and City of Richmond’s “No-Cost Solar Workshop,” John Gioia’s video on two Census-related pieces, and the City’s Mask Videos.

New episodes of series programming are “The Jet Set,” ”Creature Features,” and “Sidewalks Entertainment.”

You may find the full schedule at

  • Internal Services


Public Works

Corp. Yard Fencing Project

Due: 10/28/20


Request for Proposal - Sea Scouts Berth Improvements

Due: 10/29/20


Interview Room Equipment

Due: 10/29/20


Request for Proposal To Provide Security Services

Due: 11/6/20

City Clerk

RFP for Agenda and Document Management System and Implementation Services

Due: 11/6/20

Public Works

WWTP Critical Improvements Project

Due: 11/23/20

  • Library and Community Services

Community Services (Recreation)

CSD Virtual Halloween Contests!

We have some spooktacular fun contests for you this Halloween! Participate in one or both of the CSD's Halloween contests!

Jack-o-Lantern Contest: Color in or carve your own Jack-o-Lantern and share your gourd-geous creations with us on either our CSD Facebook or Instagram by tagging @richmondcsd, using #RichmondVirtualHalloween. Find a coloring page here, draw your own, or carve a real pumpkin! Please tag us in your photo/post and also Direct Message us your post if your profile is private to make sure we can see it! Ten people will be randomly selected to win Halloween treats!

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Guess the Halloween Theme Challenge: If you're up for a challenge, visit some of our community centers to guess what our theme decorations are. The list of participating community centers is here. Submit your guesses on the Google form here or direct message us your guesses on Facebook or Instagram by tagging @richmondcsd). Guess at least three correctly and you will be entered for a chance to win one of 10 of our Halloween treat bags!

Contest begins today and ends, Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. One submission per social media account per day. Winners will be announced on our social media accounts on Thursday, October 29 by 5:00 P.M. Ten people will be randomly selected to win Halloween treats for the Jack-o-Lantern Contest. Ten people who guess at least three themes correctly will be randomly selected to win a Halloween treat bag for the Guess the Halloween Theme Challenge (a total of 20 treat bags for both contests).

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In-person and Virtual Zumba at Community Services Department

The Community Services Department started an in-person and virtual Zumba program simultaneously on Saturday, October 10. The Zumba program is held as follows:

Saturdays, 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Cost: $5 per person per class*
*In-person or virtual, online prepaid participants ONLY

In-person class held at: 3230 Macdonald Avenue
Register and pay online at:

All County and City COVID-19 guidelines are followed during this program: proper face mask covering, 6 feet social distancing, hand washing, temperature checks, among others. Please see below a link to our first Zumba class:

Virtual Sports Programs

Join us for our first ever virtual sports programs! Find a spot outdoors, and you’ll be able to master all the skills you need in soccer, tennis, or basketball! For more information, contact the Recreation staff listed in the flyer.

Virtual After-School Camps - ACHIEVE and ELEVATE

After-school camps are happening now! You can still join us! We’ll have lots of fun and games with your favorite recreation staff and fellow campers. Register online at

New Adopt-a-Senior Program to Serve Residents Over 55

After all of the interest and support we received from residents in May, Richmond Love Your Block is excited to present: Adopt-A-Senior! We are connecting community volunteers and seniors in Richmond and North Richmond.

If you are over 55 and would like to receive FREE maintenance services for your property, go to to be adopted! Services may include: cleaning up debris and litter; removing weeds and tall grass; trimming and pruning plant; painting; and more. Eligibility requirements apply.

If you would like to BE a volunteer and adopt a senior to help them maintain their property go to (The Adopt-A-Senior program does not provide any home repairs or other services that take place inside of the home.)

Help us spread the word so we can connect as many seniors and volunteers as possible!

Senior Centers on Zoom

Visit for more information!

Instructional Soccer Program at Nichol Park

The Community Services Department (Recreation) started a 5-week Instructional Soccer Program at Nichol Park on Saturday October 17, for Kindergarten to 3rd grade students.  A maximum of 12 participants are allowed to participate in each grade level. Currently, there are 44 students registered to participate in this program. The cost to participate in this program is $25 per student. Participants were introduced to the fundamentals of soccer; trapping, dribbling, shooting, and throwing among others.

Program Schedule

Kindergarten: 9:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.
1st Grade: 9:35 A.M. to 10:05 A.M.
2nd Grade: 10:10 A.M. to 10:50 A.M.
3rd Grade: 10:55 A.M. to 11:35 A.M.

County and City of Richmond COVID-19 guidelines are strictly adhered to during instructions; social distancing, face covering at all times and each participant uses his or her labeled soccer ball at all times. No sharing of equipment is allowed.



New Resources for Job Seekers!

Brainfuse JobNow & VetNow offers assistance with job skills, resume preparation, live tutoring, and live interview practice, all accessible with a library card!  Go to

(Need a library card?  Apply online at or call 510-620-6559.)

New Resources for Homework Help!

ProQuest Homework Central offers resources for K-12 homework, from social studies to research skills.  All accessible with a library card:

(Need a library card?  Apply online at or call 510-620-6559.)

Tableside Service Update

The Richmond Public Library began its Tableside Service on June 15th in an effort to make library materials available to the community while our buildings themselves remain closed.  Since this service has been available, the Richmond Public Library has had 1,248 successful appointments, getting thousands of books, magazines, DVDs, craft kits, and more into the hands of our community.

Remember: our Tableside Service is available by appointment 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, at the Main Library and 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the Bayview and West Side branches.  Call us at 510-620-6561 for more information or visit us online at

Below are representations of our running total of appointments and the weekly totals for the first 18 weeks with a 4-week running average.

Tableside Service Statistics

Art Classes for Kids!

Do your kids need some enrichment while your family is at home?  Do you want a way to express yourself creatively in the middle of daily life?  In past years, the library offered Art in the Library for kids.  Great News!  This year, the Library can promote all the online art classes for youth and teens at the Richmond Art Center.  Some classes have already begun, but you can start now.  Attend individual class sessions as you are able.

Go to the Children’s Facebook page for a promo code for free classes for youth and teen library users.

Go directly to the Richmond Art Center web site for the full catalog, including adult and multi-age classes!

Adults can apply for need-based scholarships to take classes here:

We are excited to connect to creative opportunities in the community in these times!

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Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) Partnerships

As you well know, LEAP is among the community services offered in the Library and Community Services Department. We are uniquely able to form partnerships which allow us to work closely within our department to offer a wider range of services to the community and also allow our program to extend our reach into different sectors it hasn’t reached before. Historically, LEAP has worked closely with many organizations including SparkPoint, an institution that has helped Richmond residents overcome financial challenges, Richmond Rescue Mission, Office of Neighborhood Safety, Richmond Adult School, and Richmond Promise, just to name a few. LEAP believes these partnerships and collaborations will continue to solidify the foundation of our program and grant an opportunity to extend ourselves to the best of our abilities in helping our Richmond residents.

Most recently LEAP has joined the Economic Justice Action Team (EJAT) with the goal to create an employment and business environment in Richmond that brings growth and economic vitality to the region, while residents build their capacity and financial stability and take advantage of employment and other economic opportunities. LEAP is also looking forward to working with Richmond PAL and the Richmond Main Street Initiative to provide resources and help promote for their meal-giveaways to the community.

If you are interested in partnering with LEAP please don’t hesitate to reach out! Learn more about volunteering with us and getting involved in community services by contacting us at (510) 307-8084 or by visiting our website at Also check out LEAP’s revamped Facebook page at

  1. Public Works


Abatement crews hosted the Coronado Neighborhood Clean-up event where they collected 14 40-yard dumpsters of debris, provided assistance for seniors and disabled citizens, staff boarded up a private uninhabited property per Code Enforcement request, abated homeless encampments from public sidewalks, removed illegally dumped debris and graffiti from various locations.


Abatement crews hosted the Coronado Neighborhood Clean-up event where they collected 14 40-yard dumpsters of debris, provided assistance for seniors and disabled citizens, staff boarded up a private uninhabited property per Code Enforcement request, abated homeless encampments from public sidewalks, removed illegally dumped debris and graffiti from various locations.

Neighborhood Clean-Up/Senior Assistance


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Property Board-Up

Homeless Encampment Abatements


Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Abatement


Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance and Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the control board on the freezer in the property vault of the Police Department, repaired the sliding gate at Fire Station #62, replaced window glass at Fire Station #63, installed a new exhaust fan belt at 440 Civic Center Plaza, replaced pressure gauges on 3 boilers at 440 Civic Center Plaza, installed new air filters at the Main Library and the Parks Field office and installed a new duct detector in 440 Civic Center Plaza.

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Sliding Gate Repair

Utility Workers performed carpet cleaning at in the Main Library Administrative office, assisted the Housing Authority, pest control for ants in the Fire Administration office, disinfected cells at the Police Department, cleaned windows at the Shields Reid Community Center, performed daily disinfecting protocols and maintenance of 29 city owned facilities.

Window Cleaning

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews mowed South side of Richmond parks, removed debris from right of ways on the West side of Richmond, performed irrigation repairs at Parchester Park and South Side Parks, performed maintenance at Parchester Park for an Arbor Day event, performed pest control at multiple parks, continued along the San Luis Sound Wall from Van Fleet to Sacramento Avenues, performed general maintenance at Booker T. Anderson Park, abated weeds at John F. Kennedy Park, mowed turf at multiple locations, drug the baseball fields and cleared an easement area behind Nicholl Park, and assisted the Tree crew.

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Tree crews cut or trimmed trees at/on; South 13th Street, Carlson Boulevard, Clinton Avenue, Fran Way, Garrard Boulevard, Lincoln Avenue, Ripley Avenue, San Joaquin Sound Wall, Booker T. Anderson Park, Boorman Park, Corporation Yard and Crescent Park.

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Ripley Avenue Trimming

Marina District crews continued maintenance of all parks and parking lots, manually removed weeds on the planters at Sand Beach, trimmed plants at Barbara J. Vincent Park, removed graffiti at various locations, performed irrigation repairs along the Bay Trail, raised the tree canopies throughout the district, mowed lawns at Marina Bay Park, performed planting around the restrooms at Lucretia Edwards Park and raised and leveled the irrigation boxes at Lucretia Edwards Park.

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Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, continued the replanting project at Bay Vista Park, continued shrub removal at Hilltop Lake, repaired the irrigation system on Blume Drive, removed debris along the Richmond Parkway, and debris from all parks.

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Pavement Maintenance

Paving crews installed speed humps in multiple locations, addressed complaints and worked from the outstanding pothole list.

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Speed Hump Installations

Street Sweepingcrews swept the following Neighborhood Council districts on the third Monday through Wednesday and the fourth Thursday and Friday in North Richmond, Iron Triangle, North Belding Woods, Richmond Annex, Parkview, Panhandle Annex and Eastshore neighborhoods.

Traffic Signs and Lines crews fabricated seven signs, installed 18 signs, repaired two signs, installed seven poles, painted white pavement markings and installed white pavement delineators.

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Water Resource Recovery

Wastewater Treatment Plant – Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG)

Please do not put grease down the drain! Heavy grease has been reported at Richmond's sewer treatment plant. Grease clogs pipes and can be detrimental to the function of the plant.

For more information about Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), please call 510-620-6594.

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Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales – Aceites y Grasas (FOG)

¡Por favor no ponga grasa por el drenaje! Se ha reportado grasa pesada en la planta de tratamiento de alcantarillado de Richmond. La grasa obstruye las tuberías y puede ser perjudicial para la función de la planta.

Para obtener más información sobre aceites y grasas (FOG), llame al 510-620-6594.

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Sewer Lateral Grant Program

The City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department administers the Sewer Lateral Grant Program. The program reimburses eligible homeowners in the Richmond Municipal Sewer District (RMSD No. 1) for some of the cost to replace their sewer lateral.

The program is open and accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year for sewer lateral work completed between 7/1/2020-6/30/2021.

For more information about the Sewer Lateral Grant Program, please visit or call 510-620-6594.

Macdonald & Virginia Wet Weather Improvement Projects

Local contractor is continuing work on this project. See pictures and descriptions below.

Local contractor is installing a new manhole at the public housing development on 13th Street between Virginia & Maine Avenue.

  1. Richmond Main Street Initiative

Richmond Main Street Meal Giveaway Program

Richmond Main Street Initiative and Richmond PAL, with support from many community partners, are distributing free, healthy meals to Richmond residents. Anyone in need of a meal for themselves or family members are invited to visit the RPAL parking lot (entrance on 23rd Street) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Drive-thru and walk-in visitors OK; Face coverings are required. For updates and more info, visit or call (510) 621-1221.

Anyone interested in volunteering must sign-up ahead of time. More info and links to the sign-up form are available at

  1. Richmond Promise

"Meeting the Moment & Raising the Bar": Richmond Promise Guest Authors in College Promise Campaign Brief

The Richmond Promise was invited by the College Promise Campaign to guest author their most recent policy brief, "Meeting the Moment & Raising the Bar, Applying Lessons Learned from the Fight to Curb Summer Melt through the COVID-19 and Beyond." Educators and organizations for educational justice around the country have been hit hard by the question of how to best support our students through intensified components of summer melt. This latest issue of the National College Promise Campaign's policy brief explores The Richmond Promise's own response to this call to action - specifically through addressing the urgent needs of our students, leaning into virtual innovation of traditional programming, and using this moment of crisis as an opportunity to adapt our policies/programs for our scholars' long-term success.  Read more at

College Access Office Hours Now Open for All WCCUSD 12th Graders

Are you a Richmond high school senior that needs help with the college application or financial aid processes? Or do you know a student that might? Sign up for one-on-one counseling with Richmond Promise’s College Access team at


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!

Steven Falk
Acting City Manager
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
(510) 620-6512

You can sign up to receive the City Manager’s weekly report and other information from the City of Richmond by visiting:

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

Connecting with the City of Richmond

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
COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 1
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COR Connect Service Concern and Issues 4

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

Irene Perdomo
Executive Assistant to the City Manager
City Manager’s Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA  94804
Direct: 510-621-1264
Main: 510-620-6512