Because the RPA City Council members are wasting so much money on litigation (Point Molate, Campus Bay, suing the mayor), fewer resources are being devoted to maintaining streets. Richmond’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) continues to decline from 64 in 2019 to 63 in 2020 to 62 in 2021.
For a press release from MTC, see https://mtc.ca.gov/news/bay-area-pavement-quality-stuck-doldrums-despite-smoother-ride-some-communities.
This is not just an issue for Richmond drivers. The City routinely pays claims for damage and injuries caused by damaged streets.