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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending July 23, 2021
July 24, 2021

Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending July 23rd, 2021.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27th , 2021.  Closed Session begins at 2:00 P.M., followed by the Special Meeting of the Richmond Housing Authority at 6:25 P.M. The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council starts at 6:30 P.M., and the agenda may be found by clicking this link: July 27th City Council Agenda.

  • COVID-19 Updates

Bay Area Health Officials Joint Statement: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear masks indoors

Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley Recommend Masking Indoors for Everyone as a Precaution Against Increased Circulation of COVID-19

As of July 14, Contra Costa’s reported new cases are averaging 93 per day and the daily case rate is now 5.7 per 100,000 and rising.

With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley recommend that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all.

In June, the Delta variants comprised 43 percent of all specimens sequenced in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that Delta variants are now responsible for 58 percent of new infections across the country.

Fully vaccinated people are well-protected from infections and serious illness due to known COVID-19 variants including Delta variants, and vaccinating as many people as possible, as soon as possible, continues to be our best defense against severe COVID-19 infection, and the harm it can do to our region. Vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available to everyone 12 and older. 

Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated as an added layer of protection for unvaccinated residents.

Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. Workplaces must comply with Cal/OSHA requirements and fully vaccinated employees are encouraged to wear masks indoors if their employer has not confirmed the vaccination status of those around them.

"The Delta variant is spreading quickly, and everyone should take action to protect themselves and others against this potentially deadly virus," said Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss. For masks to work properly, they need to completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and around your nose.

Bay Area Health Officers will revisit this recommendation in the coming weeks as they continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and increasing vaccination rates throughout the region. Contra Costa County data can be monitored here

“The highly infectious Delta variant is now the predominant strain in Contra Costa County,” said Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano. “While vaccines remain our best tool against COVID-19, masking in indoor and crowded outdoor settings will help us curb the spread of this latest wave of infection."

People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People with only one vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna are not fully protected. Completion of the vaccine series is necessary to provide full protection. 

Visit our website to learn where you can find a vaccination site near you or call 833-829-2626. If you missed your second dose, please find a vaccination clinic near you. 
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  • Upcoming Events


Rich City Rides: Sunday is National Parents Day

This Sunday is National Parents Day and Rich City Rides is celebrating with a special Sunday bike Ride! Bring your parents, we'll have free pedicabs!

¡Este Domingo es el día nacional de los padres y Rich City Rides lo festeja con un paseo en bicicleta especial! Trae a tus padres. Tendremos bicitaxis gratis!

  • Fire

NorCal Fire Prevention Officers Association - Public Education Monthly Newsletter - July 2021

As the month of July is upon us, please click on the link to find some additional information/resources for the following; Heat Safety Prevention Resources for heat strokes/dehydration/water safety around water (bathtubs/pool/natural water)/wildfire & defensible space resources/All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety resources/and of course 4th of July resources.

  • Internal Services


Public Works

Santa Fe Union Park Fence

Due: 7/27/21

Public Works

Tree Removals at 5574 Amend Road

Due: 7/27/21

Public Works

On-Call Emergency and Miscellaneous Repair Project

Due: 8/2/21

Human Resources

Executive Recruiter

Due: 8/3/21

Public Works

2021 Grade 5 RAA Line Replacement Project

Due: 8/5/21

Public Works

IFB for High Priority Sewer Line Replacement Work

Due: 8/5/21

City Attorney

City Attorney’s Office FY 2021-2024 – Request for Qualification (RFQ)

Due: 8/20/21

Information Technology

Website Statistics

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KCRT TV Channel 28 - New Episodes Of Current Programming

New Segment / Series Episode: 

  • NEW “NewsBytes” segment: BOLT Bike Sharing Program
  • New episode of ”The Jet Set”
  • Multiple new episodes of “Sidewalks Entertainment” during the week

Recent Segments:

  • “NewsBytes”: Revised Version of 2017 National Night Out” with graphics promoting upcoming event date.
  • A revised edition of GRIP Alternatives No-Cost Solar Workshop
  • Hacienda Groundbreaking
  • Diversity Flag Raising
  • RPD: Stop The Hate
  • Redesign Shields-Reid Park
  • Hope and Healing

You may find the full schedule at

  • Library and Community Services

Community Services (Recreation)

Flag Football

Join us for our Flag Football League Series! No experience necessary for all players ages 7-13! Call 510-621-1221 for more info.

Elevate After-School Program

Our Elevate after-school program starts Monday, August 16, 2021. Sign up today at

Recreation Swim at the Plunge and Swim Center

Check out the flyer for more details on our recreation swim program!

Thank You Volunteers: The Recreation Complex is Looking Lovely!

On Saturday, July 17, the Community Services Department, Parks & Landscaping Division, Richmond Love Your Block, and Richmond Tool Library hosted a community clean-up at the Richmond Recreation Complex! 26 volunteers and 5 staff participated in picking up/removing 28 bags of litter and weeds, pruning rose bushes, installing weed fabric, and spreading a truckload of mulch.

We are grateful to our volunteers and staff who made the event a great success! Check out more photos from the event on our Flickr page!

Want to organize a volunteer clean-up? E-mail or call 510-620-6563. Also, “like” the Richmond Love Your Block Facebook and Instagram or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay updated on our latest events!

Elevate Summer Camp – Week 6

This is our sixth week of our in-person Elevate summer camp at the Recreation Complex.  The main program hours are 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. We also offer before care, which is 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. and extended care, which is 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. Masks are continued to be worn by campers and staff. We have two pods of 14 campers and daily temperature checks.

This week, the campers played different games and activities such as steal-the-bacon, creative writing and drawing, tug of war, potato sack race, capture the flag, man from mars, workout Wednesday, and many other engaging activities. They ended the week with swimming at the Richmond Swim Center.

If you are interested in this great opportunity to keep your kids active and make new friends this summer, then reserve your spot today!  You can sign up in person at the Richmond Recreation Complex (3230 Macdonald Ave. Richmond, CA 94804) or online at

Re-Opening at the Annex Senior Center

The Richmond Annex Senior Center reopened its doors to the public on July 19, 2021. We were so happy to see everyone after the long shutdown. We are excited to serve the seniors and the Richmond community once again.

We have a variety of programs in person and on Zoom. Please check out our schedule For more information you can contact us at 510-620-6812. 

Library Updates

Adult/Teen Craft Kits

The Richmond Public Library has a free adult/teen craft kit available for you to pick up at the Main/Civic Center branch.  This paper craft makes a 3D hot air balloon.  The various colored sheets of paper, string and instructions are included in the kit.  All you provide are glue and scissors.  Get your kit soon before they run out.  For more information call the Main Adult Reference Desk at 510-620-6561.  Happy crafting!

The Literacy for Every Adult Program Promotes Project Impacto

The Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) along with Richmond Works, Weigh of Life, and West Contra Costa Adult Education are partnering for a second year to implement an English Language Learner (ELL) program that will help develop critical job skills that English language learners need to enter careers in expanding local industries.
LEAP helped many participants in the first year of co-enrollment and now some of those participants have improved their English, earned a GED, and found employment.  We found that with our combined services, participants were able to navigate the community and open doors to employment opportunities that once seemed inaccessible.

If you are searching for employment, career training, and/or needing to improve your English please consider joining Project Impacto! Services are offered for free and include but not limited to: English as a Second Language (ESL) services, Workforce career coaching/training, employment search/placement assistance, High School Diploma/GED classes, multiple level computer classes, construction pre-apprenticeship, and immigration services navigation referrals. You can also help us by spreading the word about these great services as it can make the difference for many who want to be more engaged in their community and remove barriers to employment.

For more information, please contact program Navigator Elisandro Garcia Jr. at 510-307-8045 or visit the One-Stop Career Center at 330- 25th Street, Richmond, CA 94804.

  • Public Works


Abatement crews abated weeds from Terminal 1 and from public right of ways, abated homeless encampments blocking sidewalks, removed illegally dumped debris throughout the City and removed graffiti from various locations.

Weed Abatement

Encampment Removal


Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Removal


Building Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance and Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the dishwasher at Fire Station #64, fixed the air conditioner in a computer room in 450 Civic Center Plaza, replaced the exhaust fan motor in a restroom at the Corporation Yard, replaced a sink faucet in a men’s restroom at the Police Department and realigned and extended a cubicle in the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) office area.

Dishwasher Replacement

Utility Workers cleaned vents at the Senior Center, scrubbed floors at the Police Station, cleaned the courtyard and repaired the carpet at the Main Library, removed furniture from the Recreation Complex, disinfected common areas and maintained 29 City owned buildings.

Furniture Removal                                                     Carpet Repair


Richmond Wellness Trail Project

Construction of Phase 1 continues with the general contractor finishing installation of the storm drain main line on Marina Way South from Cutting Boulevard to Ohio Ave, and they have moved on to starting the rain gardens. The contractor will be excavating for the rain gardens and installing irrigation sleeves through the rain gardens this week. Additionally, the contractor will be making improvements to the sidewalk on Marina Way South near Cutting Boulevard.

For more information on construction, please visit:

Via Verdi Slope Stabilization Project

This week work includes construction of a culvert in San Pablo Creek, earthwork, utility work, reconstruction of the damaged portion of Via Verdi Drive and removal of the temporary detour road.  Until the new road repairs are complete, safe access for traveling in both directions along Via Verdi Drive will be maintained at all times.  Activity for the next week will include continuing the formwork and rebar installation for the walls of the new culvert. 

Construction questions can be directed to the Construction Manager, Ben Kellman of mack5, at or (510) 595-4725.

Yellow Brick Road Project

The contractor, Ghilotti Bros, Inc. (GBI) continued the layout for sidewalk, curb and gutters and demolition limits last week.  Swinerton Management & Consulting has been onsite with GBI to mark out the layout and demolition limits.  The layouts have also been reviewed by the City and design team to ensure desired demolition, sidewalk and curb & gutter replacement.  Saw cutting began this week and demolition will begin next week.  Preconstruction tasks are ongoing, such as contractor submittal reviews, including the colored, stamped concrete, and landscape materials.  Coordination and regular meetings with POGO Park staff are ongoing as well.

Saw Cutting on 8th Street

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews continue to aerate soccer fields and removed debris at Booker T. Anderson Park, mowed turf at multiple parks, performed weed abatement and debris removal at Boorman Park, trimmed vegetation on Carlson Boulevard medians, cut vegetation on Plumas Street, abated weeds at the Bayview Library, removed debris from John F. Kennedy Park, replace the door on refuse bins at Crescent Park, repaired the irrigation in multiple locations, weed whipped Wendell Park and Macdonald Avenue medians and underpass, and trimmed shrubbery at the Main Library.

                                                                                     MacDonald Avenue Maintenance                        Irrigation Repair

Tree crews cut or trimmed trees on; 17th Street, 20th Street, 24th Street, South 18th Street, South 20th Street, South 47th Street, Carlson Boulevard, Marina Way South, Pennsylvania Avenue, Santa Cruz Avenue and Wilson Avenue.

Tree Trimming

Marina District crews performed weed abatement on Marina Bay Trail from the bridge to Shimada Park, manually watered medians, abated weeds and pruned other shrubbery at Marina Bay Park, abated weeds on Bayside Drive medians and Marina Way South medians, prepared for new tree planting on Esplanade, added mulch to medians, repaired irrigation valves, manually watered lawns while awaiting controller repairs, refilled dog waste bags and emptied all refuse cans throughout the district.

Tree Well Preparation

Hilltop District crews performed weed abatement on Hilltop Drive medians, completed irrigation for trees at Hilltop Lake Park, abated weeds on Blume Drive hillside, abated a homeless encampment at Hilltop Lake Park, removed graffiti and abated debris throughout the district.

Irrigation Installation

Street Maintenance

Paving crews grinded and paved 6th Street from Ohio Avenue to MacDonald Avenue.

Paving 6th Street

Street Sweepers swept in the following neighborhood council areas on the third Monday through Wednesday and the fourth Thursday and Friday:  North Richmond, Iron Triangle, North Belding Woods, Atchison Village, South Belding Woods, Richmond Annex, Parkview, Panhandle Annex and Eastshore.

Signs and Lines crews painted a total 806 linear feet of various color curbs in multiple locations, fabricated 8 signs, installed 4 new poles and repaired 4 poles.

Street Markings

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 Division 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 Fiscal Year 2021-2022 for sewer lateral work completed between 7/1/2021-6/30/2022.

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

  • Rich City Rides

Rich City Rides Unity Park Makeover

This past Saturday July 17th, Rich City Rides hosted a clean-up, weed, and mulch volunteer event at Unity Park Plaza, co-hosted by Urban TilthMoving ForwardS.O.S., and supported by 43 volunteers who came out to transform and beautify the park.

We planted flowers in the mosaic planters, weeded & mulched in front of the park along Ohio Ave and also around the playground, so that our kids will have a beautiful place to play.

Thank you to Republic Services for donating the 20 cubic yard dumpster, which was overflowing after two hours of gathering all the trash that was illegally dumped on the park, and thank you to San Francisco Pizza for donating pizzas for everyone to enjoy at the end of the event.

Great projects like these wouldn’t be possible without the financial support of the Love Your Block Mini-Grant from the City of Richmond City Manager's Office, Economic Development and Community Services Department. THANK YOU for supporting our work.


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

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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