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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending May 14, 2021
May 15, 2021

This message is being sent on behalf of City Manager Laura Snideman

Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending May 14th, 2021.

  • Meeting Note

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18th, 2021.  Closed Session begins at 4:30 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: May 18th 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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  • Upcoming Events

Virtual Financial Incentives Clinic for Electric Vehicles

Think you can’t afford and Electric Vehicle?  Think again! Drive Clean Bay Area Event is holding a virtual Financial Incentives Clinic on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.  Register at:

Electric Vehicle Financial Incentives Clinics can help you decide if you can afford an EV.  Learn about the many financial assistance programs available to income-qualifying consumers, including the Clean Cars for all grant, Clean Vehicle Assistance grant, and county-specific programs.  Afterwards, receive one-on one consultations for help completing your applications.  Note: to income-qualify, you must make no more than 300%-400% of the Federal Poverty Level.  For example, a single individual must make less than $51,000 and a family of four must make less than $105,000.  Spanish translation will be provided.

Taller de Incentivos Financieros Para EVs, Virtual

¿Crees que no te alcanza para comprar un vehículo eléctrico? ¡Piensalo otra vez! Las nuevas Clínicas de incentivos financieros para EVs profundizan en los muchos programas de asistencia financiera disponibles para los consumidores que califiquen por sus ingresos.

Las clínicas de incentivos financieros para vehículos eléctricos pueden ayudarlo a decidir si puede pagar un vehículo eléctrico. Conozca los numerosos programas de asistencia financiera disponibles para los consumidores que califican según sus ingresos, incluida la subvención Clean Cars for all, la subvención Clean Vehicle Assistance y programas específicos del condado. Luego, reciba consultas personalizadas para ayudarlo a completar sus solicitudes. Nota: para calificar por ingresos, no debe ganar más del 300% -400% del nivel federal de pobreza. Por ejemplo, una sola persona debe ganar menos de $ 51,000 y una familia de cuatro debe ganar menos de $ 105,000. Se proporcionará traducción al español.

Richmond Rent Program Community Workshop Webinar:
Resolving Landlord-Tenant Disputes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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 workshop:

Community Workshop Webinar:
Friday, May 21, 2021                      
4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Please Pre-Register:

This Community Workshop Webinar is designed for Richmond landlords and tenants who are interested in learning more about how to handle landlord-tenant disputes in light of current ordinances and moratoriums in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Questions? Visit to learn more about the Rent Program, or call or email the Rent Program at (510) 234-RENT (7368) or 

Join us in celebrating our welcoming our newest class of incredible Scholars!

You’re invited to attend this year's virtual Richmond Promise Scholars Celebration on Wednesday, May 26! We hope you will join us for an inspiring evening to celebrate and honor the 400+ Richmond Promise Class of 2021 scholarship recipients. 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 sixth class of Richmond Promise Scholars will be welcomed into the Richmond Promise family where they will join a growing number of 1300+ current Scholars representing Richmond at over 100 colleges and universities across the country! 

We will hear from Richmond Promise Alumni, Scholars and community champions! Reserve your ticket today at


Community Budget Meetings

Members of the community, you are invited to attend the City of Richmond’s Community Budget Meeting hosted by the Finance Department.  Come learn about the city’s budget process, an overview of the City’s finances, and how the American Rescue Plan impacts our city’s finances. City staff will be available for questions, and Spanish translation will be provided.

You are invited to participate in any of the meetings listed on the flyers below.  We’ll see you there!

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  • City Manager’s Office, Economic Development

Arts and Culture Division Survey

The Richmond City Manager's Office Economic Development, Arts and Culture Division invites you to share your opinion about the arts and culture in Richmond through filling out this Richmond Arts and Culture Survey:

Your input will be shared with the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission (RACC) and the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) and will be used to inform future planning.

American Pride and Purpose by Sargent Johnson​

Public Art Opportunity - Ornamental Metal Design and/or Fabrication

City Ventures is excited to create a paid public art opportunity in the City of Richmond. This is an opportunity for an artist to design a pedestrian trellis and decorative structure as part of a grand entry of the Cherry Blossom Row project located in the Southwest Annex Neighborhood of Richmond, CA. Artists that can design or design and build the structure will be considered. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please click here.

  • Department of Children and Youth

Richmond Fund for Children and Youth FY 2021-24 Request for Proposals and Grant Application Now Available! 

On June 5, 2018, Richmond voters approved Measures E and K, known as the Richmond Kids First Initiative, which approved a City of Richmond Charter amendment (Article 15) to require that a portion of the General Fund be set aside to fund youth programs and services. The total projected amount available for FY 2021-2022 grant awards is approximately $1.5 million in the initial year. Per the City Council’s direction on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, staff has extended the grant application deadline.
The RFCY grant application is due on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. To access the amended RFCY Request for Proposals and grant application, please visit the RFCY Grants webpage at

To make sure you are notified of additional updates, please subscribe to our Richmond Fund for Children and Youth E-News Sign-up. Should any questions arise, please contact

  • Fire

Fire Crews Practice Confined Space Rescue

This week, Fire department personnel completed the third phase of confined space refresher training. This training involved a simulated confined space rescue into a below-ground pit at the fire training center.  This drill required staff from multiple disciplines, including fire rescue companies, the hazardous materials team, and support personnel to work collaboratively to complete all the major components of an effective rescue of a victim from a confined space.

  • Internal Services

Information Technology

Transparent Richmond - Highlights For The Month

Since 2007, the City has completed 445+ low-income solar installations. The City will be hosting a workshop with GRID Alternatives in June so Richmond residents can learn about and participate in the no-cost solar program. Workshop details will be posted in the City Manager’s Weekly Report and on

Check out Transparent Richmond (

Social Media Statistics for this Week

KCRT Datanet For The Week

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KCRT TV Channel 28 - New Episodes Of Current Programming

All-new episodes of “Colour in Your Life”; “Creature Features”; “The Jet Set”; and multiple episodes of “Sidewalks Entertainment.”

You may find the full schedule at

  • Library and Community Services

Community Services (Recreation)

CSD Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up here to receive our newsletter and stay up-to-date with all of our programming!

Zumba with Oscar

Have you heard? We have outdoor Zumba classes on Saturdays now! Join us at the tennis courts next to the Rec Complex (3230 Macdonald Ave. Richmond, CA 94804) from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. for a fun-filled power workout! Register here.

3rd of July Fireworks Update

Pool Re-Opening for the First Week

The opening week at the lovely indoor Richmond Swim Center brought out many of our returning swimmers who were happy to return to the pool. Most were prepared for the new operations, including check-in procedure and mask-wearing until getting in the water. All swimmers must pre-register for lane time, but it’s still possible to find lanes through the end of May- especially on Thursday evenings (5:00 P.M., 6:00 P.M., and 7:00 P.M. swim times). More information about what to expect and how to register can be found on the City’s Aquatics webpage.  

AARP Tax Preparation Update

The Richmond Senior Center completed their annual collaboration with AARP providing free tax preparation services for seniors. This six-week program provided free tax preparation for 163 seniors from March 23, 2021 through April 27, 2021. This annual collaboration was successful during the pandemic and provided a needed service to the seniors of Richmond.

Employment and Training Division

The RichmondWORKS AJCC is open for various career services by appointment.  Career Planners are available to provide weekly One-on-One Career Counseling sessions, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment.

Call RichmondWORKS now at 510-307-8014 to make your appointment for job search and career counseling assistance: 

To learn more about RichmondWORKS Career Services, please visit our website at:


RichmondWORKS Career Pathway Spotlight

Local Employment Opportunities Include

  • Express Employment Professionals has Fill-Time positions for immediate hire in the Richmond, CA area. Hourly pay rate: $16 per hr.; overtime rate: $24hr. Available shift: Sunday – Thursday, 2:00pm-10:30pm.  For more information visit their website at:; Telephone: 510-662-5100; Email:   
  • The Gardeners’ Guild have immediate openings for Full-Time gardeners reporting to their Richmond location.  Hourly pay rate: $15.25 to $17. Per hour, depending on experience, including benefits. For more information, please email or call/text 415-225-4019.
  • Bio-Rad is Hiring!  Come join a company where what you do really makes a difference!  Bio-Rad has multiple opening in their Richmond, Hercules and Santa Rosa, California locations.   For complete job descriptions and to apply, please 
  • Homebridge is hiring Home Care Providers; they are looking for experienced family or independent caregivers that are interested in additional training and career advancement opportunities. Location: San Francisco. Full-time/Day Shifts are available. Starting Salary - $19.25 per hour with a benefits package. For more information, please submit your resume to:

     Questions? Email:

Equal opportunity employer/programs
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities

Library Updates

Main Library In-Person Services

The Richmond Public Library’s Main/Civic Center Branch is providing RPL Express in-person service from 1:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 3:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. on Wednesdays.  RPL Express provides patrons with up to an hour to browse; use a computer, printers, and copiers; request books; and get reference or account help.  Masks and social distancing are required; there is no seating except while using a library computer.

Contactless Tableside Service is available at the Bayview and West Side Branch libraries, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.  For more information about RPL Express service, please go to

Spring Into Reading Challenge

Join the Richmond Public Library’s Spring Into Reading challenge and earn badges on our Beanstack reading program site!  Participate as an individual, family, class or group; complete and share reading progress, reviews, and activities.  You can send Share Codes to invite friends to play along and see your progress.  Learn how to sign up and participate at

Wireless Printing at Main/Civic Center Library

Submit print jobs from any device – upload to the Printing Portal or send as an email attachment, then pay at the Print Release Station during RPL Express hours.  Learn more at

Children’s Department: Read-Alouds

We had a wonderful year partnering with Community Services’ Achieve and Elevate afterschool programs since the fall.  On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, students took turns reading aloud with an eBook shared on the Librarian’s computer screen.  Whether they were comfortable reading a lot or a little, all participated.

We hope to continue our collaboration with Achieve and Elevate in the future.  In addition, we are planning for read-alouds during the summer – by Zoom or in person – with the Community Education Partnership program for unhoused youth at Hilltop Mall.

The Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) reports Literacy and Numeracy Levels in Contra Costa County

The National Center for Education Statistics surveyed 12,330 U.S. adults ages 16 to 74 living in households from 2012 to 2017 for the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an international study involving over 35 countries. Using small area estimation models, indirect estimates of literacy and numeracy proficiency have been produced for all U.S. states and counties. In 2020, by using PIAAC survey data in conjunction with data from the American Community Survey, reliable estimates of adult literacy and numeracy skills in all 50 states, all 3,141 counties, and the District of Columbia were provided.

Using the 2020 PIAAC Assessment of Adult Literacy and Numeracy, LEAP was able to take a data snapshot of the current levels in literacy and numeracy in our county. What we’ve learned so far is that more than half of adults in Contra Costa County are at a proficient level in literacy but are less than proficient in numeracy.

LEAP will be comparing statistical information about the county, state, and nation to address the challenges that adult learners face specific to our city’s needs. With the help of partnering organizations, LEAP expects to provide a full report of data analysis and compilation in the summer of 2021. For more information about adult education statistical data, please visit these links:

U.S. Skills Map:
U.S. Skills Map videos:
How to find the State Reports:
Literacy Gap Map:
County Health Rankings:

Literacy and Numeracy in Contra Costa County

Data Snapshot: How does Contra Costa County Compare?

Note: Percentages may not total to 100% due to rounding.

Source: U.S. PIAAC Skills Map, estimates rely on data from 2012, 2014, and 2017


City of Richmond employee and resident Jonny Hill shares reasons why you should consider owning an electric vehicle. Click on or go to the video links below to learn more.

Short version:
Long version:

Free Ferry Rides on the Richmond Route!


  • Public Works


Abatement crews continued weed abatement along the Richmond Parkway, completed abatement of the Hacienda property, removed illegally dumped debris from multiple locations and removed graffiti from various sites.

Richmond Parkway Weed Abatement

Hacienda Development

Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Abatement


Richmond Wellness Trail Project

Construction for the week of May 17th will have the contractor tentatively start work on the storm drains along Marina Way South from Maine Avenue to Cutting Boulevard. Traffic along this segment will be reduced to one lane in each direction without parking. Please make sure to follow parking signs! The contractor also anticipates marking street trees that will be removed because they conflict with the new improvements. Groundwork Richmond, a local nonprofit that provides workforce training to youth, will be planting 113 new trees as part of this project in the Fall.


Castro Ranch Road Project

This week the construction contractor, Ghilotti Bros., Inc., continued the work of placing the 14 new sidewalks and curb ramps.  They completed the work of lowering the utility boxes and manholes to below the roadway grade so they would be clear of pavement recycling grinders that are planned in a couple weeks.  There are many locations throughout the project where the roadway has settled and/or shows extensive cracking.  These are signs that the base material below the roadway is failing and needs to be repaired.  The contractor, Design Engineer and Construction Manager, walked the project and identified the locations that need to have base repair using pink paint.  The Contractor began excavating those base repair areas to a depth of 8”.  Each of those areas are being filled with compacted asphalt concrete.  The work of repairing the base material is expected to last through the week.  The traveling public should expect minor delays during this time.

Citizens with additional questions or concerns can utilize the information below with those requests:

Brandon Bell, Ghilotti Bros. Superintendent – (415) 760-0891
Jason Miniello, Ghilotti Bros. Project Manager – (415) 710-1743
Scott Buckley, Ghirardelli Assoc. Construction Manager – (925) 989-3806

Curb Ramp Replacement

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance and Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the water tower sump pump on the air conditioner unit on the 450 Civic Center Plaza roof, installed a new microwave in the mechanics break room at the Corporation Yard, inspected apparatus door #5 at Fire Station #64, replaced a wax ring for a toilet at Fire Station #67 and replaced the filters and fan belts on the air conditioning units at the Senior Center.

Sump Pump Replacement

Utility workers cleaned the Main Library courtyard, removed boxes from the Planning Department, replaced bulbs in the Employment and Training building, cleaned windows and the Transit Center, assisted the Housing Authority with maintenance, sanitized common areas and cleaned 29 City-owned facilities.

Window Cleaning Transit Center

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews mowed parks in the south side of Richmond, removed debris from central area parks and right of ways, irrigation repairs along the Greenway and right of ways, performed weed abatement at multiple parks, mowed turf in various locations, performed maintenance along Berk Avenue, weeded at community center parking lots, repaired irrigation at the Bay View Fire Station, median maintenance along Carlson Boulevard, weeded and mowed at the Huntington Senior Center,performed maintenance at the Harbor Way Garden, repaired irrigation at Civic Center Plaza, repaired fencing along the Greenway and weeded various areas of the May Valley Neighborhood.

Irrigation Repair       Weed Abatement Amend Drive   Bay View Fire Station

Tree crews cut or trimmed trees in the following locations:  Grove Street, Lowell Avenue and Marina Way South.

Marina District crews installed irrigation pipes on the corner of Marina Way South and Regatta Boulevard, watered newly planted shrubs on the Marina Way South medians, performed weed abatement along the Bay Trail, removed debris from concrete beach, hand pulled weed on Marina Bay Parkway medians, performed maintenance around the restroom at Shimada Park, weed abated along the Esplanade Trail, refilled dog waste bags and emptied all refuse cans throughout the district.

Weed Abatement

Hilltop District crews weed abated at Hilltop Lake Park, continued installing irrigation at Hilltop Lake Park, cleared overgrown vegetation on Atlas Road, removed graffiti in various locations and removed debris throughout.

Weed Abatement at Hilltop Lake

Pavement Maintenance

Streets crews grinded and paved on Florida Avenue and filled potholes from the outstanding list.

Paving on Florida Avenue

Street Sweeping crews swept the first Monday through Friday in the following neighborhood council areas; May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I – IV and Richmond Heights. Please note that some locations may have had decreased service levels due to maintenance of machinery and low staffing levels.

Signs and Lines crews fabricated 11 new signs, installed nine signs in multiple locations, fixed three downed signs, installed 10 new poles for signs, placed five “Stop” messages, installed white pavement markings, painted green curbs and 310’ of red curbs in various locations.

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Water Resource Recovery Division

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.

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.

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.

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Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) System Upgrade Project

The SCADA project (an acronym for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) will standardize, replace and configure the existing SCADA Network communication, the majority of which is outdated, failing and has exceeded its useful life. An upgraded SCADA system is crucial to allow for Veolia Staff at the City of Richmond’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to monitor and control processes locally and at remote locations, including remote telemetry of the City’s lift stations.

The contractor is Calcon Systems, Inc. The project is approximately 78% complete and the contractor is working on plant system programming upgrades and Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs).

Calcon (SCADA subcontractor) and Veolia O&M are working on the installation of a flush line valve to upgrade the shared leachate system.

High Priority Critical Improvements Projects

The City of Richmond and Veolia Water (Veolia) are implementing High Priority Critical Improvements Projects at the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP), which is managed and operated by Veolia. The purpose of the projects is to replace aging and unreliable infrastructure, improve treatment operating efficiency, comply with future discharge regulations and improve the functionality of the existing WWTP. The improvements were identified through previous planning efforts, including the 2010 WWTP Master Plan and the 2016 WWTP Facility Plan, to construct the following elements of the WWTP Critical Improvements Projects: (1) New screening and grit removal facilities; (2) Aeration upgrades; and (3) Demolition of existing facilities and site clearing in preparation for future WWTP Facilities. The projects are expected to take approximately 2 ½ years to complete.

The contractor is investigating the facilities prior to beginning construction on this project. See pictures and description below.

Shimmick’s subcontractor, MPS, is performing site investigation of the bypass operation prior to commencing construction.

Trash Capture Project, Cutting Boulevard and S. 3rd Street

In 2017, Caltrans and the City of Richmond collaborated to implement the Trash Capture Project. The Contech Engineered Solutions CDS system is a below-ground, flow-through treatment device that uses multiple treatment processes including swirl concentration and continuous deflective separation (CDS) to screen, separate and trap trash, debris, sediment, hydrocarbons and other pollutants from stormwater runoff. Veolia Water, in conjunction with the City of Richmond, successfully installed three such devices in 2017, 2018, and 2019; another device has been installed on Cutting Boulevard and S. 3rd Street.

The project is complete. The contractor is removing barricades and grouting manhole interiors as part of the demobilization process. See pictures below.

Local contractor W.R. Forde has completed installation of the trash capture device and is demobilizing.

  • Richmond Main Street

The Pandemic Can’t Stop Art! Art In Windows 2021 Exhibition & Reception

Art In Windows, the annual storefront exhibitions program pioneered by Richmond Main Street Initiative, returns this year through a pilot collaboration with Richmond-based NIAD Art Center. Funded by the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission’s Neighborhood Public Arts Mini-Grant, the collaboration includes 2 exhibitions in Downtown Richmond windows, a free online opening reception on May 13 featuring participating artists and family-friendly workshop kits to accompany the exhibition, and a small business development workshop in June for up to 25 artists.

Richmond Main Street and NIAD invite the community to enjoy the show in 2 ways:
Enjoy the exhibitions on display through May 22, on view from the street 24/7! Visit NIAD at 551 23rd Street to see works by Sarah Waite Chase, Robin D. Lopez, Elmarise Owens, and Karin Turner; and visit RMSI at 1600 Nevin Plaza to see art from Mireya Betances, Eddie Braught, Deatra Colbert, and Esmeralda Silva.
Attend the virtual Thirsty Thursday reception on May 16, 6:00 P.M. ! Free to attend, registration is required. Plus: the first 25 ticket holders will receive a make-and-take art workshop kit that includes some of the materials that the 8 artists used to make their artwork during the reception.

For more information and to RSVP for the reception, visit

  • Richmond Promise

Help Local Students Break Into the Field of their Dreams: Mentor a Richmond Promise Scholar!

Professionals and Scholars alike are invited to submit applications through May! Mentors invest time and expertise into nurturing the personal and professional growth of Richmond Promise Scholars through and beyond their higher education journey. Pairings are intentional, meant to connect mentees to relevant and relatable professionals. Those interested may apply today at, respectively or can reach out to program manager, Cynthia Ramirez Parra at

Special COVID Vaccine Informational Session for the Richmond Promise Community

Contra Costa Health Services has generously offered to host an informational session to address questions and concerns around the currently available Covid-19 vaccines. The webinar will be open to Scholars and the wider Richmond Promise community, and will take place on Tuesday, May 18th at 4:00 P.M. (Pacific Time). Those interested may RSVP at

May College Success Workshop: Affordability & Savings

See registration details in the flyer below! We invite the wider community to attend and share! RSVP at

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

Thank You!

Laura Snideman
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:

Irene Lozano
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