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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending January 14, 2022
January 14, 2022

This message is being sent on behalf of Interim City Manager Shasa Curl

Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending January 14th, 2022.

  • Meeting Notes

The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18th, 2022. Closed Session Begins at 5:00 PM, followed by the Special Meeting of Richmond Housing Authority at 6:25 PM. The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council begins at 6:30 PM and the agenda may be found by clicking this link.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The following information is an ongoing list of resources and significant updates regarding COVID-19. Please click on the images or visit the hyperlinks below for further information.

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  • Upcoming Events

American Red Cross and the City of Richmond

The American Red Cross and the City of Richmond are teaming up to sponsor four blood drives in 2022 and the first one will be on January 15 at the Veterans Memorial Hall located at 968 23rd Street.

Blood drives are always important but right now the nation is experiencing its worst blood shortage on record and blood donations are desperately needed. If you can donate, click on the link below and sign up for the January 15 event right here in Richmond. You will make a very real and meaningful lifesaving influence on somebody’s life.

Go to:


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Supervisor Gioia’s MLK Day Events list for West County

El Sobrante MLK Day of Service and Cleanup

Meet us on Saturday, January 15th at the El Sobrante Public Library, 4191 Appian Way, at 10:00 AM to sign in, borrow cleanup and safety equipment and select a location for cleanup. Event lasts until 1:00 PM.

For more: Contact Mikki Norris, El Sobrante Green Team, at and click here.

El Cerrito Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 33rd Annual Celebration Rally & Car Parade (COVID safe) 

Monday, January 17th at 9:00 AM join us at Del Norte BART Station (Key and Knox Streets) 10:00 AM. Car Parade down San Pablo Ave. to EC Plaza BART Station (Decorate your vehicle!)  11:00 AM Program at EC Plaza BART Station

More: Click here or call 510.234.2518

33rd Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Flyer


Passion and Perseverance: A MLK Day Celebration at the Richmond Greenway, hosted by Urban Tilth

Join us for another day of wonderful service, community, gardening, and celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr! Monday, January 17th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 16th Street and Ohio Avenue, Richmond Greenway

More: Click here

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Contra Costa Board of Supervisors' 44th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Humanitarian of the Year Awards

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 11 am11:00 AM join us via live-stream here or here. Also broadcast live on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) channels, Comcast Cable 27, ATT/U-Verse 99, and WAVE 32. 

More: This year's theme is "One People, One Nation, One Dream."
To learn more click here.

Safe Practice Recommendations

Contra Costa Health Services recommends that those attending a gathering outside their own household:

  • Hold the gathering outdoors
  • Keep a safe 6' distance
  • Wear a mask

Reimagining Public Safety: Community Conversations

The Reimagining Public Safety Community Task Force presents Community Conversations to update the community on the status of implementation of the new programs approved by the City Council as recommended by the Task Force.

Upcoming topic and date:

  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Office of Neighborhood Safety

Each Community Conversation can be accessed by the same Zoom meeting link:
Or One tap mobile :
    US: +13462487799,,86844995369#  or +17207072699,,86844995369#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1 720 707 2699  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 301 715 8592
Webinar ID: 868 4499 5369
International numbers available:

For more information on the Reimagining Public Safety Community Task Force, visit the City webpage at:


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Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano: Food Box Drive-Thru Distribution

The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano in coordination with the Transportation Department is re-opening the Richmond Civic Center Drive-Thru Distribution. Each client will be able to pick up a box of non-perishable foods and fresh produce, all from within the safety of their car. These supplementary boxes include a balanced variety of proteins, vegetables, fruits, and milk.

Where: Civic Center-Barrett Avenue parking lot (located between 24th and 25th Street) 
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Distribution time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Clients will enter the Barrett Avenue lot on 25th Street and follow the traffic cones. Clients will remain in their vehicles the entire time.

Each vehicle can pick up for TWO families max.

Please wear a mask when arriving on site.

Walk-ups are not encouraged, limited quantities available

For more food resources in Richmond, Click Here. Questions? Email or call Transportation Services at (510) 621-1718.

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2022 Contra Costa Point-in-Time (PIT) Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers to help identify people experiencing unsheltered homelessness for the 2022 Contra Costa Point-in-Time (PIT) Count are needed for Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Contra Costa Continuum of Care is requesting volunteers sign up in teams of two or three people to walk/drive their assigned route from approximately 5:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Similar to previous years, the PIT Count will be observation only and data collection will take place on your smart phones using a downloaded app. Due to safety considerations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all trainings will be conducted virtually and volunteers will be self-deploying to their assigned routes on the morning of February 24th.

For more information about the PIT Count and to register as a volunteer, please fill out the short survey using the link "Register." More information about safety considerations, training materials, and your route assignment will be emailed to you after registering.

We appreciate your support! For questions about volunteer participation, please contact


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  • City Manager’s Chronicles

Meetings and events of note in the past week include the following:

  • Attended the Meeker Creek/Slough discussion regarding trash build-up that has accumulated in Meeker Creek and how to protect the wetland moving forward.
  • Provided general remarks at the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council meeting
  • Provided information to the City Councilmembers that serve on the RecycleMore Board pertaining to post-collection solid waste
  • Met with the Laconia development team, Community Development and City Manager’s Office, Economic Development staff members, and Land Econ Group representative to discuss the proposed Terminal One development
  • Met with SAA/EVI representatives and Lina Velasco, Community Development Director regarding the status of the proposed 12th & Macdonald development project
  • Met with RHA and City staff on Asset Repositioning and Debt Repayment
  • Met with staff from Finance, Information Technology, and City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, on the Measure U business license tax implementation
  • Attended an Ad-Hoc Committee meeting on Homelessness
  • Attended the weekly Incident Action Plan (IAP) with internal staff where we discuss the pandemic’s impact on services, our colleagues, and the community, as well as ongoing policy development requirements.
  • Continued one-on-one weekly meetings with members of the City Council, community members, and met with Department Heads in our bi-weekly one-on-one check-ins, as well as the Management Leadership Team weekly meeting.


  • City Clerk’s Office


City Of Richmond Redistricting


Public Participation Map Kits are available under the "Draw Map" tab on the webpage. Blank paper maps are available in the lobby of the City Hall Building located at 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. Find your current district using the Interactive Mapping Tool

City of Richmond Redistricting Process

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.

What is redistricting?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Richmond, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around March 31, 2021. For the City of Richmond, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022.

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember. 
The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. 
You can contact the City Clerk via email to or at (510) 620-6513 to find out more about how the process works.

What do the existing council districts look like?

You can find a map of the City’s current council districts here: Interactive Mapping Tool

What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

1.     Federal Laws 

  • Equal Population (based on total population of residents as determined by the most recent federal decennial census and adjusted to reassign incarcerated persons to the last known place of residence)
  • Federal Voting Rights Act
  • No Racial Gerrymandering

2. California Criteria for Cities (to the extent practicable and in the following order of priority)

  • Geographically contiguous (areas that meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous.  Areas that are separated by water and not connected by a bridge, tunnel, or ferry service are not contiguous.
  • Undivided neighborhoods and “communities of interest” (Socio-economic geographic areas that should be kept together for purposes of its effective and fair representation)
  • Easily identifiable boundaries
  • Compact (Do not bypass one group of people to get to a more distant group of people)
  • Prohibited: “Shall not favor or discriminate against a political party.”

How will our City Council notify the public about redistricting?

The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings or workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings or workshops, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.

How can I get involved?

The City Council will be holding hearings or workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those hearings or workshops will be held on:








7:00 PM


1st post-draft hearing



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2nd post-draft hearing


  • City Manager’s Office Economic Development

Potential Vacant Property Tax Community Meeting #3

On Wednesday, January 12th, the City of Richmond, in partnership with SCI Consulting, hosted a third community meeting to receive input on a potential Vacant Property Tax (VPT). At the workshop, residents and community members had a chance to learn more, ask questions, and give feedback. Approximately 16 community members attended the workshop.
Comments and questions can be sent to or you can call (510) 620-6512, 8:30AM-5PM, Mon-Fri. For more information or to view the presentation visit,

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Holiday Tree Recycling and Disposal Options

The Environmental and Health Initiatives Division encourages residents to consider the several options below for disposing of Holiday Trees. Information about free treecycling, bulky item, and Household Hazardous Waste programs available to Richmond residents can be found by visiting

  1. Curbside Collection:

On any of your regular organic waste collection days, cut your natural, unflocked tree to fit in your organic waste container. Trees must be 6” or less in diameter and cut to 3’ in length. Remove stand and all decorations. Artificial, flocked, ornament contaminated trees are not compostable. Cut or trim to fit in brown trash container and set out on any regular trash collection day.




  • Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, nails and stands.
  • No flocked, painted, fireproofed, artificial or trees contaminated with decorations, stands, or plastic or cloth wrappings.
  1. On-call Bulky Pick-up:

If you have not already used your allocated On-Call Curbside Bulky Clean-up(s), call Republic Services Customer Service office (510-262-7100) to arrange for no cost curbside pick-up. Trees 6’ tall or more must be cut in half.

  1. For Fee Curbside Collection:

If you’re unable to cut/trim your compostable tree to fit in your organic waste container or non-compostable tree (artificial, flocked, contaminated with ornaments, stands, plastic, cloth wrapped) in the brown container, call Republic Services Customer Service office to arrange “For Fee” curbside collection approximately $20.44 / tree. On-Call and “For Fee” pick-ups must be scheduled in advance—call 510.262.7100.

  1. Self-haul (Drop-off):

With proof of residency (driver’s license or CA ID), Republic Services customers can take Christmas Trees to Golden Bear Transfer (#1 Parr Blvd, Richmond M-F, 7:00AM-5:00PM; Sat-Sun, 9:00AM-5:00PM) thru the 1st weekend in February at no cost for compostable trees; approximately $13.13 (subject to change) disposal fee for non-compostable trees, or no proof of residency.

  1. Donating to local Organizations:

In addition to the above services, some local Boy Scout troops and youth organizations in Richmond collect Christmas Trees in exchange for a donation.

To learn more, call Republic Services: 510.262.7100

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EVENT CANCELED! No-Cost Solar Program for Qualifying Richmond Homes 1/15/22 & 1/20/22

Due to Covid-19, the City of Richmond, Economic Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives is canceling the remaining in-person office hour events on January 15th and 20th for the "No-Cost Solar Program for Qualifying Richmond Homes" program. While the City is still dedicated to bringing free solar to low-income Richmond residents in partnership with GRID Alternatives, the safety of our attendees and staff members comes first. Interested residents are encouraged to sign-up for the virtual office hours. To schedule a virtual one-on-one appointment, call (866) 921-4696 or register online at, (Spanish Translation Available).

CANCELED- In-person office hours:
- Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 AM
- Thursday, January 20th at 5:00 PM

Funded by the City of Richmond and the State of California, GRID Alternatives provides no-cost solar systems and electric vehicle charging infrastructure assistance to qualifying Richmond and North Richmond homeowners. Participants can save 60-90% on their electric bill with solar and save even more when paired with an electric vehicle. 

To qualify for the no-cost solar program: 
(1) Live and own your home in the City of Richmond or North Richmond
(2) Your 2020 household income is at or below the following amounts listed at  

Apply now! Visit or call (866) 921-4696. 


Spark the Inspiration for Nevin Plaza’s Public Art

With the renovation of 2400 Nevin Ave, EAH Housing along with SLATE Art Consulting are looking for community input and engagement to help inspire the development, curation, and delivery of public art at Nevin Plaza.

To participate, take a short survey and/or submit your images!

Image Submission:
Project Website:

For questions or more information, contact Karen Eichler at or 510-652-4085.

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Ayude Con La Inspiración Para El Arte Público del Edificio Nevin Plaza

EAH Housing junto con SLATE Art Consulting están buscando el aporte y la ayuda de la comunidad para inspirar el desarrollo, la curaduría y la entrega del arte público en la Plaza Nevin después de su renovación.

¡Para participar, complete una breve encuesta y/o envíe sus imágenes!

Envío de imágenes:
Sitio web del proyecto:

Si tiene preguntas o desea más información, contacte a o 510-652-4085 y pregunte por Karen Eichler

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Caltrans Reporting Form

The City Manager’s Office, Economic Development encourages residents to use the Caltrans Customer Service reporting form to notify Caltrans of blight or dumping on State Freeways and roads. Please use the map to report the location of your concern. To set the marker on the site of your concern within the California State Highway System, click anywhere on the map or drag it. To submit a report visit, or call 916-654-2852. 


Fiscal Year 2022-2023 ECIA Grant Program Applications are Available!

In 2014, the Richmond City Council approved the Chevron Environmental and Community Investment Agreement (ECIA), which invests $90 million dollars into the Richmond community over 10-years. $6 million of those dollars have been set aside for a competitive grant program, designed for non-profits who serve Richmond in the areas of community, youth, and youth sports. The ECIA has grant awards that range from $5,000, up to $50,000.

To kick-off this opportunity, the City will be scheduling two (2) Information Workshops in January 2022 to be held virtually via Zoom. To make sure you are notified of these and other capacity-building training dates, please subscribe to the ECIA Competitive Grant E-News Sign-up!

The ECIA Grant Application is due on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at 11:59 PM.

All grant applications must be submitted online at This process is aimed to increase ease of use and minimize risk related to COVID-19.

To access the ECIA Grant Application, Guidelines, and more check out the ECIA Grants webpage:

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  • Community Development

eTRAKiT Portal Help Guides Launched for Community Development!


The eTRAKiT Portal Help Guides assists the homeowner, developer, and contractor in the process for applying and paying for planning projects online, submitting building permits and business license applications electronically, scheduling and locating the results of inspections as well as checking plan review statuses.

This help guide page includes how-to guides from, how to set up your account, to how to apply for the different application types. We also have these 8 how-to guides translated in Spanish. This page is designed to help navigate the eTRAKiT Portal as more applications are being processed and submitted online due to safety considerations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on how to use eTRAKiT, access to the how-to guides for various application types, forms and frequently asked questions, you may navigate to the Community Development page on the City of Richmond’s site using the link “eTRAKiT Portal Help Guides.”

For questions about planning projects reach out to and for questions regarding building permits reach out to

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¡Se Lanzaron Guías de Ayuda del Portal eTRAKiT Para el Desarrollo de la Comunidad!

Las Guías de Ayuda del Portal eTRAKiT ayudan al propietario, desarrollador y contratista en el proceso de solicitud y pago de proyectos de planificación en línea, presentación de permisos de construcción y solicitudes de licencias comerciales electrónicamente, programación y ubicación de los resultados de las inspecciones, así como verificación de los estados de revisión de planos.

Esta página de guía de ayuda incluye guías prácticas desde cómo configurar su cuenta hasta cómo solicitar los diferentes tipos de aplicaciones. También tenemos estas 8 guías prácticas traducidas al español. Esta página está diseñada para ayudar a navegar el Portal eTRAKiT a medida que se procesan y envían solicitudes en línea debido a la seguridad en medio de la pandemia de COVID-19.

Para obtener más información sobre cómo usar eTRAKiT, acceder a las guías prácticas para varios tipos de solicitudes, formularios y preguntas frecuentes, puede navegar a la página de Desarrollo Comunitario en el sitio de la Ciudad de Richmond utilizando el enlace “Guías de ayuda del portal eTRAKiT.”

Si tiene preguntas sobre proyectos de planificación, comuníquese con y si tiene preguntas sobre permisos de construcción, comuníquese con

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  • 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 second round FY 2022-2023 grant awards is approximately $1.6 million.

To access the RFCY Request for Proposals and grant application, please visit the RFCY Grants webpage at

Please subscribe to our Richmond Fund for Children and Youth E-News Sign-up. Should any questions arise, please contact  or (510) 620-6523.

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  • Internal Services

Human Resources Department

City of Richmond Job Opportunities

The Human Resources Management Department’s mission is to support our customers in accomplishing their missions by attracting and retaining a highly skilled and diversified workforce that is compensated and rewarded for its effort in an equitable, safe, and responsible work environment.

Job Title 

Job Type



Full Time


Business Analyst I/II (Open Until Filled)

Full Time


Communications Dispatcher I

Full Time


Communications Dispatcher II-Per Diem

Part Time


Communications Shift Supervisor (Open/Promotional)

Full Time


Equipment Supervisor

Full Time


Information Technology Manager

Full Time


Learner Coordinator

Part Time


Lifeguard (Part-Time)

Part Time


Maintenance Aide II New

Part-time Hourly





Police Officer Lateral/POST Academy Graduate

Full Time


Police Officer Trainee

Full Time


Public Services Support Librarian

Part Time


Recreation Program Aide (Part-Time/Summer)

Part-time Hourly


Recreation Program Leader (Part-Time)

Part Time


Recreation Program Specialist (Permanent Part-Time)

Part Time


Resident Housing Manager - Open/Continuous

Full Time


Senior Assistant City Attorney New



















To view our most current job listings please visit our Current Job Opportunities


Information Technology

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KCRT Datanet For The Week

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KCRT TV Channel 28

New Segment / Series Episode: 

  • New episodes of “The Jet Set,” “Eat Well Be Happy,” “Classic Movies,” “Colour in Your Life,” and “Creature Features”
  • Multiple new episodes of “Sidewalks Entertainment” during the week
  • New PSAs in HD added to the station’s lineup

Recent Segments:

  • “NewsBytes” Segments: Transgender Flag Raising, Fire Chief Swearing-In Ceremony, Clean Air Day, National Night Out 2021, Ookwe Park Celebration, Yellow Brick Road, Transit Re-Grand Opening and BOLT Bike Sharing
  • ”Your Future, Your Choice: Life after High School,” six short presentations that cover options and resources for four-year colleges, community colleges, and the building trades (video courtesy of Library and Doug Harris).
  • Revised edition of GRIP Alternatives No-Cost Solar Workshop
  • Hacienda Groundbreaking
  • Diversity Flag Raising

You may find the full schedule at


  • Library and Community Services

Community Services (Recreation)

Senior Chess Club

Join us for a round of chess on Fridays, from 10:00 AM. to 2:00 PM. at the Richmond Senior Center. We accept all types of players!

Call A.J. at 510-932-2072 to sign up today!

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Little Splashers

Little Splashers is a Parent-Tot Aquatics class with a new session beginning this January. Parents or caregivers can bring children to a fun learning experience at an indoor pool under the guidance of an instructor who leads songs and dances with a focus on water safety. Registration is open now for sessions available at either the Richmond Plunge (Thursdays) or Richmond Swim Center (Mondays). Maximum of 6 children per class.

*Proof of Vaccination (with ID) required for parents/caregivers
Advanced registration required - No drop-ins
Late registration accepted if space available (no prorated fees)

Register online at here. Questions? Email

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We’re Hiring Tennis Instructors

Join the City of Richmond family! This position is housed in the Community Services Department, Recreation Division. More details and application are available at here.

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Employment and Training

The RichmondWORKS, America’s Job Center of Californiasm (AJCC),

Is located at 330 – 25th Street, Richmond, Ca. 94804 is open for various career and job search services by appointment, walk-ins are also welcomed.  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.


RichmondWORKS, English Language Learner Grant Program

The RichmondWORKS English Language Learner (ELL) Grant Program offers Richmond and West Contra Costa County residents, who speak English as a second language, the chance to work to receive training and support required to prepare for quality jobs with sustainable wages. For more information regarding the ELL program, please contact a Program Navigator at (510) 307-8045 or email:


Prison to Employment Career Training Program

RichmondWORKS Prison to Employment (P2E) grant program will provide training, education and career opportunities to individuals who are/or have been justice involved. Supportive services are available to ensure individuals receive the necessary resources and supports for success in attaining permanent employment. For more information regarding this grant program, please call 510-307-8014 or contact Emmanuel Njome at


YouthWORKS – Work Experience and Training Opportunities for Richmond Residents

Richmond YouthWORKS has several programs to provide Richmond youth, ages 16- 24, with job search, work experience, and training assistance. For more information, visit the YouthWORKS Homepage, Facebook, Instagram, or call 510-412-2044.

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Employment Impacted by COVID-19

Were you impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and lost your job? Are you receiving or
exhausted your unemployment?  If your answer is YES, RichmondWORKS/YouthWORKS is here to help!  RichmondWORKS offers career counseling, on-job-training, occupational training, work readiness, & community resources to job seekers.  We have FUNDS to assist in upgrading your current skills to help you get the job, career, and wages you desire! We will pay for your State of California approved industry training up to $5000.  Check out the State of California approved training list: CalJOBS - ETPL Approved Programs.  Support Services funding is available up to $800. For more information, please contact: Cinthia Hernandez, 510-307-8019 or

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The RichmondBUILD and YouthBUILD Construction Training Programs

Continues to accept applications for their construction pre-apprenticeship training programs. Interested applicants may sign up at the RichmondWORKS America’s Job Center of California (AJCC), located at 330 - 25th Street, Richmond CA 94804; visit the RichmondBUILD website or call (510) 621-1780 for more information.



Local Employment and Training Opportunities Include:

  • RichmondWORKS has an Internship Opportunity, Case Management Navigator, available for the right candidate!  This position is a temporary (18 month) paid learning experience provided through State/Federal grant programs. Hours: 30-40 hours/ week.  Salary:  $21-24/hr. DOE. This position is open until filled. For more information, please contact Marisol Del Rio at or call 510-307-8008.


  • Contra Costa County Contra Costa County has a FREE Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Program Richmond & Contra Costa County Workforce Development Boards, in conjunction with Contra Costa College and the Emergency Medical Service Corp of Alameda County, will be presenting a FREE 4-month training program for eligible participants. For more information, please contact Cinthia Hernandez at:; or call: 510-307-8019.


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



New Online Resources

The Richmond Public Library, in partnership with the California State Library, now offers additional online resources for learning and living. Find these and more online resources at!
Develop new skills and passions with Skillshare. Online classes with expert instructors and a supportive community will keep you motivated whenever and wherever you’re ready to learn.
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LearningExpress Library offers targeted learning centers — each with a collection of practice tests, tutorials, e-books, articles, and flashcards — to help you achieve your goals.
Career Preparation – High School Equivalency Center – Grade 4-8 Educator Resources – High School Students – College Students – College Admissions Test Preparation – Adult Core Skills – Computer Skills – Recursos Para Hispanohablantes

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GetSetUp provides free virtual classes for older adults taught by peers - ask questions, make friends, learn new things, and have fun.
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January 2022 Adult Craft Kit – Vision Boards

Start thinking about your goals for the new year then in January pick up your free Vision Board Adult Craft Kit at the Main Library.

Vision boards have also been called dream boards or visual goals.  This kit has magazines, a piece of cardboard, a glue stick, and instructions on creating your own vision board.  There are a few sample vision boards, focus words and phrases you can cut out and glue onto your board.  Have fun creating your 2022 vision!

Adult Craft Kits are available at the Main Library while supplies last.  For more information, call the Main Adult Reference Desk at 510-620-6561.

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January Kids’ Craft Kits: Winter Scenes

Happy New Year!  Make a winter scene with your handprint, and use your creativity to make a beautiful symmetrical snowflake.  Ask for a kit from the Children’s Department. Call 510-620-6557, or request one when you come in.

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Braille and Talking Book Library

A new service for at the Library!

  • Do you find it hard to comfortably read standard print material due to low vision, learning differences or other health issues?
  • Does someone you know have this challenge?


You may qualify to borrow thousands of audiobooks for free!  Audiobook players and materials are sent directly to your home through the California State Library’s Braille and Talking Book Library.  You can also download books directly to your mobile device through a mobile app, if that is more convenient.  If you have questions about the service or how to apply, talk to a Librarian!  Call the Main Adult Reference Desk at 510-620-6561 or contact Susan White at 510-620-6590.

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New Audiobooks

The Richmond City Council has accepted a $10,000 Public Library Partnership grant on behalf of the Richmond Public Library for the purchase of children’s audio books and tablets from the Findaway Company.  Findaway is an audio technology company which manufactures and markets audio books in several formats including Playaway, a self-contained preloaded audio book player, and Wonderbooks which pairs a printed book with its audio book partner in one package.  They also market sturdy computer tablets, Launchpad Academy tablets that come preloaded with engaging educational games.  The purpose of the grant is to extend the Richmond Library community’s access to technology which can be used outside of the Library.

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  1. Public Works

Abatement Division

Abatement crews abated debris from the areas around homeless encampments, abated walkways/gutters, removed illegally dumped debris, removed abandoned trailers and removed graffiti from various locations.

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Encampments Debris Removal

Walkway/Gutter Clean-Up

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Illegal Dumping and Trailer Removal

Graffiti Removal


Building Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, repaired the furnace and installed and ignition module retrofit kit on the furnace at Fire Station #64, replaced an exhaust fan belt and fan belts on the furnaces of at the Swim Center, cleared a toilet in the restroom of Fire Station #68, secured a leak at 450 Civic Center Plaza, and replaced the pilot light assembly on the furnace at the Washington Fieldhouse.

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Furnace Repair Fire Station #64

Utility Workers assisted the Housing Authority with maintenance, removed old signage from the front doors of City Hall, pressure washed the entrance of the Main Library, removed graffiti from the courtyard of the Main Library, sanitized various locations, disinfected common areas and maintained 27 City owned buildings.

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Sanitizing at City Hall



37th Street Traffic Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Project – The contractor W.R. Forde, is completing the final sidewalk work at 37th Street and Barrett Avenue. They have completed the installation of new electrical wiring and signal poles, as well as the sidewalk repairs associated with the installation. The subcontractor, Mike Brown Electric, has “pulled” new wiring for the new signals and removed the old signal pole.

Next week, W.R. Forde will complete the final curb ramps and all new signal lighting will be in place.

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Pole Installation


Via Verdi Landslide Project

This week crews installed fencing around the skylights to the new culvert. The skylights were installed to assist with the passage of wildlife through the culvert. Next week crews will begin with the installation of new telecommunication conduits and lines. Lines for the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) gas and electrical lines will also be installed.

The project is scheduled to be completed in March of 2022.

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

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Yellow Brick Road Project

Last week Ghilotti Bros, Inc. (GBI) was onsite for laying, installing formwork and the pouring of concrete for the American Disability Act (ADA) curb ramps on the corners of Barret Avenue and 8th Street. Demolished pavement at the intersection of Ripley Avenue and 8th Street to prepare for the installation of a roundabout/traffic circle. The electrical sub-contractor is continuing to locate utility lines in preparation for electrical conduit installation.

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ADA Curb Work

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Preparation Traffic Circle Installation


Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews removed debris from John F. Kennedy and Booker T. Anderson Parks, weed abated the Ells Pathway, removed vegetation from the Baxter Creek area, completed maintenance on equipment and tools, installed plywood on a trailer, removed graffiti from benches and applied new paint at South 55th Street and Creely Avenue, maintenance at the Family Justice Center, removed debris from the Greenway, prepared a location at Nicholl Park for a community planting project, continue to service trash receptacles throughout and repaired fencing on the Greenway.

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Family Justice Center Maintenance

The tree crew cut or trimmed trees on/at:  6th Street, Burlingame Avenue, Mariposa Street, San Pablo Avenue, John F. Kennedy Park and Marina Green Park.

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Tree Trimming Burlingame Avenue


Marina District

Crews removed debris from parks, replaced dog waste bags, removed graffiti throughout, installed new signs along the Bay Trail, cleaned and remove debris from the Regatta Boulevard medians, removed weeds and filter fabric from the northeast corner of Regatta Boulevard and Marina Bay Parkway, weed abated by hand at Marina Bay Park parking lots, trimmed shrubs and performed maintenance on the Regatta Boulevard small median and weed abated along the Marina Bay Trail.

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Weed Abatement Regatta Boulevard


Hilltop District

Crews performed maintenance throughout, weed abated at Country Club Vista Park, pest control at Bay Vista Park and hand pulled weeds on the medians of Atlas Boulevard.

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Weeding Atlas Boulevard


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.

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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 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.

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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.

Shimmick continued working in the Pista Grit structure installing the rebar for the sumps and the forms for the lower footing; they also worked on the electrical duct banks that go below the footing of the blower building and continued their work in the aeration basins by doing selective demolition and pressure washing the walls.

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Shimmick is working on the interior form for the Pista Grit sumps.

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Ironworkers completing and putting in place the rebar cage for the drainage sump at the Pista Grit.

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Shimmick’s carpenter is forming the footing along the south edge of the Pista Grit.

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Shimmick is placing the inside form for the sump reinforcing cage.  Also visible are the forms for the lower footing of the Pista Grit (work in progress).

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Shimmick putting a concrete plug into the east end of the abandoned 54” by-pass pipeline.

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Shimmick working on the electrical duct banks at the blower building. First, they excavated for the trenches, then the ironworkers construct and put in place the rebar cages, so that finally the electricians can place the electrical conduits; all prior to the concrete pour schedule for next week.

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Shimmick removing old brackets and hangers from Aeration Basin 3, as part of their selective demolition contract work and pressure washing the walls of Aeration Basin 3-A to remove surface grit & sludge; note that no exposed rebar was visible.


First Street Relief Sewer Project

The First Street Relief Sewer and Pipeline Rehabilitation Project is the final of four design projects from the comprehensive 2016 Collection System Design Project, which also included the construction of the Cutting/Carlson and Hoffman Project (originally two projects), and the Macdonald and Virginia Wet Weather Improvement Project. The Project consists of approximately 3,743 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 6-inch sewer, approximately 1,696 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 8-inch sewer, approximately 631 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 10-inch sewer, and approximately 125 lineal feet of open cut replacement of existing 18-in sewer.

To date, D’Arcy & Harty Construction have completed replacement of the entire 6,195 total lineal feet of sewer main line piping included in the project scope. Pipe replacement work was completed 12/10/21; the final segment was First Street between Nevin and MacDonald. Currently, the Contractor and Veolia CPM are coordinating final street restoration with the City of Richmond Public Works Department.   

High Priority Sewer Line Replacement Project
The High Priority Sewer Line Replacement Project replaces (8) pipelines with a combined length of around 2,700 lineal feet. Scope of work includes reconnection of existing laterals at mains, connection to existing manholes and hardscape and pavement restorations.

To date, D’Arcy & Harty Construction have completed sewer main replacement installations at Potrero and 41st as well as 12277 San Pablo Ave and 1903 Garvin Avenue. “Pipe bursting” methods (see below) were utilized to minimize disruption to driveways, sidewalks, and other hardscape above the sewer lines. Their most recent installation was 311 to 341 E Richmond completing full line replacement of the failing sewer main, reconnection of lateral lines and surface restoration.

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On E. Richmond, D’Arcy & Harty utilized “pipe bursting” methods to replace the failed red clay pipe with new HDPE Sewer Main. Remnants of the “burst” red clay pipe are viable in the trench adjacent to the new sewer main line which is being pulled through the same space the old pipe was in. These lines are shallow: 18” below grade.


2021 Grade 5 RAA Line Replacement Project

The 2021 Grade 5 RAA (Risk Assessment Analysis) Replacement Project replaces seven sewer pipelines with an approximate combined length of 760 lineal feet. The work includes replacement of deteriorated sewer pipe segments within the collection system using pipe bursting or open cut methods. This project was competitively bid to be performed on a "design-build" basis: the Contractor is responsible for engaging the services of an engineering firm to issue design drawings for lines with utility conflicts and other constructability issues and prepare final, as-built drawings.

Forde has completed installations at 21st Street and Potrero; Rheem and 23rd Street; 4925 Macdonald (“Planet Fitness”); Virginia and 22nd Streets and 1600 Chanslor. The most recent installation completed is 21st Street between Bissell and Cutting, replacing the failed sewer main line at the AC Transit.  

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Final pavement restoration and concrete replacement were the last construction work activities performed by W.R. Forde crews at AC Transit. All work was coordinated closely with transit personnel to keep the buses moving on schedule.

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W. R. Forde crews wrap up the installation at AC Transit. Concrete is placed into an abandoned manhole after the frame and cover are demolished.


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!
Shasa Curl
Interim 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