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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending February 18, 2022
February 20, 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 February 11th, 2022.

  1. Meeting Notes

The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022. Closed Session begins at 5:00 PM followed by the Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council at 6:30 PM. The agenda can be found by clicking on this link.

  1. 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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  1. Upcoming Events

Transportation Services

The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano has returned to 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.

Listed below are the February 10th distribution statistics:

  • 77 Households served
  • 53 Households served for the first time  
  • 294 Individuals served
  • 198 Individuals served for first time
  • 75 Supplemental boxes distributed
  • 870 pounds of mixed produce distributed

Next Distribution Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2022
Distribution time: 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Address: Barrett Avenue & 25th Street, Richmond 94804

Clients will enter the lot on 25th Street and follow the traffic cones and 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 and limited quantities are available.

Looking to volunteer opportunities? The Food Bank is always looking for those in our community to feed our neighbors. Go to:

For more food resources in Richmond, go to Questions? Email (855) 309-FOOD (3663).

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Richmond Rent Program Community Webinar: Rights and Responsibilities for
Richmond Landlords and Tenants

This community webinar is designed for Richmond landlords and tenants who are interested in learning more about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance (“Richmond Rent Ordinance”).

Webinar Details

Friday, February 25, 2022
Pre-Recorded Video Available after 4:00 P.M. on the Rent Program Workshops page.

Community Workshop Update

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Richmond Rent Program Community Workshops will continue as online webinars to maintain the health and safety of our staff. All workshop webinars will be pre-recorded and posted on the Rent Program Workshops page on the last Friday of each month after 4:00 P.M.

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

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Love Your Block Mini-Grants: Now Accepting Applications 
DEADLINE: Friday, February 25, 2022

The FY 2021-2023 Love Your Block Mini-Grant application cycle has launched! Mini-grants will fund proposals that improve environmental quality by engaging community volunteers to clean-up and beautify Richmond.
A total of $80,000 is available for the mini-grant cycle. Grant awards can be up to $10,000. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or an organization using a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.

Check out the Mini-Grant guidelines, application, and more at, and contact Love Your Block staff at (510) 620-6563 or You can also schedule one-on-one office hours with Love Your Block for assistance with your application!

Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 25, 2022, at 11:59 P.M.

The Love Your Block Mini-Grant Program is funded by a partnership between Community Services and City Manager’s Office, Economic Development.

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From Africa to Richmond Presentation by Patricia Mapps
Special Online Event for Black History Month

Join us for a special zoom presentation by Patricia Mapps, From Africa to Richmond, on Monday, February 28th at 7:00 P.M. Through archival research, oral history, and DNA, Patricia has traced her ancestors to Africa and uncovered a story of enslavement, emancipation, the decision to purchase and live on the land they “tamed” when enslaved, their transition to farm laborers then to farmers, and Civil Rights activism in Richmond.

In this special online event, Patricia will share the story her research has uncovered in a presentation which will be followed by a Q&A session.


For more information contact Amy Spencer, Richmond Art Center,, (510) 620-6772.

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Community Air Monitoring Online Event

The City of Richmond, City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Environment and Health Initiatives Division in partnership with GroundWork Richmond and Ramboll Shair will host an online workshop on the City’s air quality on Monday, February 28, 2022, from 3:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. via Zoom. Groundwork Richmond has been working with the City and Ramboll to collect data on the City's air quality and will be presenting and discussing the community air monitoring results with interested community members in this free, interactive presentation. 

Learn about the results, what that means for your neighborhood, and hear from air quality specialists on how you can be an agent of change to improve the quality of air in Richmond!  For questions, contact or call at (510) 463-1345. For more information visit us at

When: Monday, February 28th 
Time: 3:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Register here:

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Join our On-Site Recruitment

RichmondWORKS will be hosting an On-Site Recruitment. Please forward information
to all Job Seekers.

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Place: 330 25th Street, Richmond, CA 94804

For more information and to reserve a spot contact (510) 307-8014
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    4. City Manager’s Chronicles

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

  • Participated in a meeting with Councilmember McLaughin, Fire Chief Angel Montoya, and community members Soheila Bana and Jon Kaufman to receive an overview on the formation development efforts of the East Bay Wildfire Joint Powers Agency (JPA)
  • Introduced myself to Richmond’s Caliber Beta Academy students and answered questions about the importance of honoring and celebrating Black History Month
  • Met with Councilmember McLaughlin and the Friends of the Public Bank East Bay, to learn about their viability study and a potential cooperative venture that would include cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond and Alameda County
  • Along with Finance, City Manager’s Office, and other staff, I attended the following department hearings in preparation for adoption of the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 budget:
    • Public Works
    • Public Works, Water Resource Recovery
    • Police
    • Fire
    • Community Development
    • Library and Community Services
  • Met with Christopher Whitmore, the new executive director of the Richmond Promise
  • Received an update during the monthly financial meeting on the status of the city’s finances as of December 31, 2021

Continued one-on-one weekly meetings with members of the City Council, community members, Management Leadership Team, and met with Department Heads in our bi-weekly one-on-one check-ins and finalized the City Council agenda packet with the City Clerk’s Office, City Attorney’s Office, and various City staff members.

5. City Manager’s Office Economic Development

Measure U – Business Resources

Starting January 1, 2022, the City of Richmond began implementing the voter-approved Measure U, which changed the Business Tax calculation methodology. The new progressive tax methodology is based on Gross Receipts in Richmond instead of the number of employees. As businesses begin to complete their Business Tax renewal, the City has established a website dedicated to supporting businesses through this process: This website includes:

  1. Business Tax Calculator – Use to calculate your current and proposed tax rate under Measure U
  2. One-on-one session with Finance Department – Schedule a 15-minute call with Finance staff to answer your questions and/or support your business complete the renewal process
  3. Business Activity Code and Measure U Business Class – Determine your businesses' class under Measure-U to determine your businesses tax rate based on Gross Receipts
  4. Frequently Asked Question


If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Measure U staff by emailing or calling (510) 620-5555.

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Caltrans Reporting Form

The City Manager’s Office, Economic Development division 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. 

6. Internal Services

Human Resources

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.

To view our most current job listings please visit our Current Job Opportunities, 510-620-6602

Job Title 

Job Type



Full Time


Building Trades Worker I New

Full Time


Business Analyst I/II (Open Until Filled)

Full Time


Business License Field Investigator

Full Time


Communications Dispatcher I

Full Time


Communications Dispatcher II-Per Diem

Part Time


Equipment Mechanic IV

Full Time


Learner Coordinator

Part Time


Lifeguard (Part-Time)

Part Time


Maintenance Aide II New

Part-time Hourly


Office Aide New

Part Time


Office Specialist New

Full Time


Parks Construction and Maintenance Worker New

Full Time


Payroll Coordinator New

Full Time





Police Officer Academy Grad (Direct)

Full Time


Police Officer Lateral

Full Time


Police Officer Trainee



Police Property Technician

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

Part Time


Rent Program Services Analyst I/II New

Full Time


Resident Housing Manager - Open/Continuous

Full Time


Senior Assistant City Attorney (Open Until Filled)



Senior Employment Program Specialist

Full Time


Senior Library Assistant New

Full Time


Senior Resident Housing Manager New

Full Time


Volunteer Tutor/Learner Coordinator

Full Time



Information Technology

KCRT Datanet for the week

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KCRT TV Channel 28 Programming

New Segment / Series Episode

  • A limited showing of Police / Fire Toy Drive on “NewsBytes.” “Redistricting Workshop” continues to air.
  • 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: Coffee with the Chief, 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

7. Library and Community Services

Community Services (Recreation)

MLK Turf and Field Temporary Closure: February 1, 2022–April 15, 2022

The entire field and track will be closed from Tuesday, February 1, 2022, and tentatively re-opening in mid-April 2022. Thank you for your patience while improvements are being made. For more information, contact Recreation at (510) 620-6793.

Hula Classes at the Annex Senior Center

Come join us for Hula class at the Annex Senior Center on the first and third Wednesdays from 12:00 NOON to 1:00 P.M. Join us in person or on Zoom. Class is $2.00 per class. Register here:

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Upcoming Sports Programs for 2022!

Register today online at or visit us in-person at our registration office! Questions? Call (510) 620-6793.

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Middle School Volleyball League

This program starts in March 2022. Registration is open now at or visit us in-person at our registration office! Questions? Call (510) 620-6793.

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Adult Women’s Volleyball League

This program starts in February 2022. Registration is open now at or visit us in-person at our registration office! Questions? Call (510) 620-6793.

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Youth Tennis

This program is going on now! Registration is open at or visit us in-person at our registration office! Questions? Call (510) 620-6793.


Aquatics Update

Staring in March, swim classes for adults and teens will be offered at the Richmond Swim Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Registration is now open and space available in the Beginner and Intermediate classes. Check out the flyer for registration and other information.

We also have a Water Comfort Class for those who might not be ready for a traditional swim class setting, due to fear, past trauma, or something else. The focus of this class is about learning to overcome what has kept you out of the pool so you can enjoy the simple pleasures of being at ease in the water. The tentative start date of this 5-week session is April 16th. See the flyer for more information.   

If you are interested in any of these classes, but not sure which class is right for you, please contact Aquatics Coordinator Paula Cooper-Tipton at or call (510) 620-6793.

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City-Wide In-Person Presidents’ Week Camp!

Join us Tuesday, February 22nd through Friday, February 25th for our fun-filled Presidents’ Week Camp! Sign up today using the following link: Richmond Recreation Activities Registration

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Spring Break Camp Flyer

Join us Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8, 2022, for our fun-filled Spring Break Camp! Sign up today at

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Tiny Heroes Training Camps

Begin your training at our Tiny Heroes Training Center! This program is for ages beginning as infant through five years old and is going on now! Sign up today at
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2022 Spring Egg Hunt

It’s back! Join us for our in-person Spring Egg Hunt event on Saturday, April 9, 2022. from 10:00 A.M.–12:00 NOON at Nicholl Park. Call (510) 620-6793 for more information.

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2022 Park Rx Day

Save the Date! We are hosting Park Rx Day again this year on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Call (510) 620-6793 for more information.

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Employment and Training Division


Are you interested in a career in construction? Now accepting applications for the Charge Up Contra Costa – Electric Vehicle Equipment Installation and Maintenance Training Program.


Are you a youth between ages 16-24 years of age and need to complete your high school diploma? Are you interested in a college or a career in construction? Learn and earn $$ while participating in their intensive, hands-on training community projects, and earn valuable industry-recognized certifications. If so, YouthBUILD continues to accept applications.

For more information contact Fred Lucero, Program Manager at or call (510) 621-1780 or visit the RichmondBUILD website.

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

Located at 330 – 25th Street, Richmond, CA 94804, RichmondWORKS 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 Program

The RichmondWORKS English Language Learner (ELL) 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:

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Prison to Employment Career Training Program

RichmondWORKS Prison to Employment (P2E) 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 support 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 $5,000.  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 or Shi Carter, (510) 412-2041 or

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Business Solutions

RichmondWORKS coordinates and delivers resources and assistance to local businesses. Partners include the City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Employment & Training Department, local educational and business organizations. RichmondWORKS is an extension of your human resources department. We can help you save time and money. For more information, please contact a Business Services Representative at (510) 307-8014.

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Local Employment and Training Opportunities

Electrical (Inside wireman) Apprenticeship Program

The Alameda County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee is recruiting for their electrician apprenticeship program (inside wireman).  This is a rare opportunity to access a union career in the electrical trades.  Starting wage: $25.32.  Additional details on the application are available at the following link:  Minimum requirements to apply: Be at least 18 years of age; High School Diploma or GED; successfully completed one full year of High School Algebra with a passing grade of “C” or better; Must submit an Official High School Transcript.  You must apply in-person at Alameda County Electrical JATC; 14600 Catalina St., San Leandro, CA 94577.  There are four application deadlines: 1/28, 4/29, 7/29, and 10/28. (Applications are only accepted between 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.).  If you need assistance completing the application, please feel free to contact Cinthia Hernandez at RichmondWORKS (510) 307-8019 or

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  • Michael’s Transportation Services, Inc. (MTS) is a company that has been providing school bus transportation to the greater Bay Area since 1982. The company has experience continuing growth in providing school bus transportation and currently seeks a full time human resources generalist. If interested, please fax a cover letter and resume to (707) 563-8609.
  • Michael’s Transportation Services, Inc. (MTS) are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our IT / Marketing Department. The position we are looking to fill is a “hybrid” role and we are seeking someone who is flexible and adaptive. The IT & Marketing associate will report to our IT Director and will support our entire organization and specifically our MTS Training Academy arm. You will have basic administrative duties as well as basic IT functions including desktop support, troubleshooting, and Helpdesk related tasks. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Brandon Rodegeb at
  • Tax Preparation Assistance Lao Family Community Development has started its free tax program for low-income families. Please be aware that to utilize their services your income must be below $57,000 and you must go to Lao Family at 1865 Rumrill Blvd, San Pablo, CA 94806 to pick up the tax forms when all forms are completed, they can return all forms on Fridays and Saturdays ONLY. For more information call (510) 215-1220.
  • Urban Tilth is excited to announce new job opportunities. They are currently three available positions: (1) Part-Time approx. 20/hr. per week- CSA Coordinator with a starting wage of $18/hr.; (2) Full-time- 2021 North Richmond Farm Community Engagement Coordinator with a wage scale of $20/hr.-$25/hr. based on experience with benefits after 60 days probationary period; and (3) Part-Time approx. 20/hr. per week- Farm Stand and Added Value Products Coordinator. **Low income, people of color, women, LBGTQ, Richmond/San Pablo, and West Contra Costa County residents are encouraged to apply. ** How to apply: Send resume, cover letter, and a current copy of driver’s license and 2022 DMV driving record and references via mail or email to: Urban Tilth 323 Brookside Dr. Richmond, CA 94801 or Please note you will need to include in your subject heading the name of the position you are applying for. For more information, please call (510) 232-0911 or visit Urban Tilth – Grow your own. Richmond CA
  • West Contra Costa Adult Education is offering a variety of classes and FREE Career Training Opportunities. For a list of classes offered at WCC Adult Ed please visit:
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has current jobopenings for the week of February 14, 2022. For detailed information and application materials, go to:
  • Gardeners’ Guild has open recruitment for a Front Desk Reception/Data Entry and Accounts Payable Clerk. These are full-time non-exempt positions, starting wage $17/per hours DOE, benefits available include medical, dental, vision, FSA, HSA, 401k plan & Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). To apply for either position please submit your resume to:
  • Welder/Fabricator Position in Fremont, welder, fabricator, shop worker- a small, non-union shop in South Fremont that specializes in the design, fabrication, and installation of small structural steel projects. Looking for an entry-level welder with a certification in 232/Dual Shield Wire in all positions or some experience so we can assist in getting you certified. Experience a plus in hardwire welding (GMAW) and stick welding (7018, 6010) Pay is determined by experience, $18-25/hr. and up, DOE with full benefits, 401k, Vacation, and Holiday Pay. Opportunity for moving up quickly in pay and training. The position is full-time, with overtime when needed, working 6:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.  Still in school until this Summer?  We are willing to hire you part-time around your school schedule with full-time available as soon as school ends.  Our owner started out as an ROP/Community College Welding Student, worked his way up for 22 years, and bought the company.  The owner wants to allow this opportunity to another hard-working person ready to learn.  For more information, please contact Tony Guiomar,, (510) 490-8881.

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

Library Updates

Kid Engineers at the Library

Come and celebrate National Engineers Week (February 20th through February 26th) with us at the Library!  We are so excited to invite you to our first live group gathering in over two years! The Library will host an in-person event for kids interested in building structures.  The American Society of Civil Engineers will host a bridge building activity using only paper and pennies.  Meet us in the courtyard next to the Children’s Room at the Main Library on Thursday, February 24th from 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  This program is great for all age groups!  Please call the Children’s Room at (510) 620-6557 for more information.

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Visit us at the Branches!

Some people are just discovering that the Bayview and West Side branches are open for in-person service, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.  Since we reopened in June of 2021, we have had lots of people renew their cards and check out materials.  We demonstrated how to access eBooks on Libby and stream movies on Hoopla.  Also, some new residents discovered us and received their first library card!  For more information on the Library, you can always visit us at

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Online Resources for Learners and Job Seekers

Do you need help formatting a résumé, getting help with a difficult homework problem, or accessing Veterans’ benefits?  The Richmond Public Library offers online access to Brainfuse’s JobNow & VetNow and HelpNow.  JobNow & VetNow can help you with job searches and skill-building, while HelpNow offers live tutoring (and more) for learners from elementary through high school.  All you need is a Richmond Public Library card (FREE!) and we can even lend you a WiFi hotspot, laptop or Chromebook to get connected!

To access JobNow & VetNow, go to

To access HelpNow, go to

Mobile device borrowing, go to

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8. Public Works

Abatement Division

Abatement crews abated a private property at the request of Code Enforcement, abated weeds and debris from alleyways, abated debris from homeless encampments, performed maintenance on Rydin Road medians, removed illegally dumped debris and removed graffiti from various locations throughout the City.

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Private Property Abatement

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Rydin Road Abatement

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Encampments Debris Removal

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Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Removal


Building Maintenance

Stationary engineers performed daily pool maintenance and Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, repaired the sliding gate at Fire Station #67, cleared the women’s restroom at Fire Station #68, replaced the flame sensor on a heater at the Corporation Yard, fixed the chlorine feeder hose at the Plunge, replaced the flushometers in the Riggers Loft restrooms, repaired the doors in the Community Development area of City Hall, and fixed a toilet in the jail of the Police Department.

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Heating Repair

Utility workers assisted the Housing Authority with maintenance, power washed the entrance and picnic area of the Nevin Center, re-lamped the Nevin Community Center, changed the water filter in the Information Technology breakroom, sanitized and disinfected various locations including all common areas, and cleaned and maintained 27 City-owned buildings.

Window Washing


Richmond Wellness Trail

Construction of Phase 1 of the Richmond Wellness Trail is continuing after some delay due to underground utility coordination.

This week, the general contractor began boring holes along the east side of Marina Way South to provide irrigation line connections below existing driveways and walkways.

For more information or questions, please contact Annie Youngerman, The Trust for Public Land, at

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Boring on Marina Way South

Via Verdi Slope Stabilization Project

Construction of the Via Verdi Slope Stabilization project continued this week.  The 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. 

Activity for the next week will include the cement treatment of the roadway subgrade in preparation for asphalt pavement. 

The project is scheduled to complete in April 2022.  Construction questions can be directed to the Construction Manager, Tony Fuentes of mack5, at or (510) 595-4725.

Yellow Brick Road Project

Last week, Ghilotti Bros, Inc. (GBI) continued to remove concrete, prepare subgrade, form curb ramps and sidewalks, and place concrete curb ramps and sidewalk along Pennsylvania Avenue at 9th and 8th Street intersections. 

They also removed the bus pad at 7th Street near Pennsylvania Avenue, formed and placed a new bus pad.  The electrical subcontractor continued to locate and pothole existing utilities along 8th Street north of Ripley Avenue, restored concrete sidewalks at locations with newly installed streetlight boxes from Ohio Avenue to Macdonald Avenue, and continued to excavate for streetlight pole bases in the Schedule B areas. 

This week, GBI is continuing to remove asphalt pavement and concrete, prepare subgrade, install formwork, and place concrete at the new traffic circle at Elm Avenue. 

Their electrical subcontractor is potholing and locating existing utilities along Pennsylvania Avenue and performing horizontal boring (installing conduit) at 5th and 7th Streets and Pennsylvania Avenue for the traffic signal modifications. They will also continue to place concrete foundations for the streetlights and traffic signal poles at various locations. 

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Elm Avenue Traffic Circle

Pavement Maintenance

Street crews worked from the outstanding pothole list and installed speed humps on Nevin Avenue.

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Speed Humps

Street Sweeping crews swept the following neighborhood council areas on the second Monday and second Tuesday through Friday in:  May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I, North Richmond, Iron Triangle, North Belding Woods, Atchison, South Belding Woods, Sant Fe, Coronado, Marina Bay and Point Richmond neighborhoods.

Signs and Lines crews fabricated nine new signs, installed 18 new signs, installed thermoplastic “STOP” messages, and placed 186’ of white traffic paint.

Stop Message Installation

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 conducted two concrete pours on the blower building foundation last week. Shimmick also began construction of electrical duct banks to power the blower building and continued working on the Aeration Basins - removing old gates and installing blanking gates.

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New Blower Building: Shimmick during the concrete pour of the foundation of the building.

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New Blower Building: Shimmick conducting a concrete pour on the south half of the footing.

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Shimmick is in the process of constructing ductbank Z from the blower building to an existing electrical manhole to provide power to the new facility. Below (left) is the beginning of the floating form for the new transformer pad.

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Aeration Basin 3B-C: Shimmick is removing old gates as part of the selective demolition.

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Aeration Basin 3A: Shimmick is continuing construction of the new gate by installing rebar and dowels.

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Pista Grit: Shimmick continues working on stripping forms, cleaning up subgrade, rearranging rebar, sandblasting construction joints, etc. 

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. This project began in July 2021 and is expected to be completed well ahead of the Baykeeper due date of July 2023.

To date, D’Arcy & Harty Construction has 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 in December 2021. Currently, the Contractor is completing filming of the last few segments of NASSCO compliant CCTV video documenting all newly replaced pipes prior to scheduling final street restoration. The first set of post CCTV videos was provided in January 2022. Review by V.W. Housen Associates team started in February 2022.

High Priority Sewer Line Replacement Project

The High Priority Sewer Line Replacement Project replaces eight (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 has completed sewer main replacement installations at Potrero and 41st, 12277 San Pablo Ave, 1903 Garvin Avenue, 311 - 341 E Richmond, Dimm Street (right of way in street) between Barrett & Humboldt and 1460 Rifle Range Road. Right of entry easement documents have been distributed for resident signatures for two other segments, near 550 Key Boulevard and 415 Dimm Street. More signatures will be required for an additional pipeline segment North on Key to Roosevelt.

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City of Richmond Public Information Officer, Jacqueline Majors (J Majors Associates) notifies residents regarding upcoming sewer main line replacement in their neighborhoods.

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 also prepare final, as-built drawings.

W.R. Forde has completed installations at 21st Street and Potrero; Rheem and 23rd Street; 4925 Macdonald (“Planet Fitness”); Virginia and 22nd Streets, 1600 Chancellor and AC Transit at 21st Street between Bissell and Carlson. Their next work area is in the vicinity of 403 McLaughlin. Easement document signatures have been collected to provide access necessary behind businesses and in backyards to replace this broken line. The Contractor has completed Pre-CCTV investigation and even utilized Drones to locate the upstream manhole needed to finalize the design. They will be starting sewer line replacement work and adding a manhole the week of February 21st.

Sodium Bisulfite (SBS) Facility Improvement Project

The City of Richmond (COR) and West County Agency (WCA) entered into a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) on July 27, 2020, to share the design and construction costs associated with the new Sodium Bisulfite Facility construction and system upgrade. During the design of the new SBS Facility, WCA and the COR agreed to upgrade the SHS mechanical, electrical, plumbing, instrumentation, and SCADA system, as well. Myers & Sons Construction, LLC is the Contractor. The SBS Facility Improvements Project includes the following major elements:

  • New sodium bisulfite and sodium hypochlorite chemical metering and instrumentation systems to replace the existing chemical metering and instrumentation systems.
  • Sodium bisulfite and sodium hypochlorite improvements include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and SCADA system and facility improvements.
  • Demolition of existing facilities for project improvements.

Myers & Sons placed and compacted the aggregate base (AB) per the project specifications and built the interior form for the new building sump pump (see photos below).
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Myers & Sons built the interior form (above) for the new building sump pumps.

Myers & Sons placing and compacting AB per the specifications of the project in preparation for the foundation of the new building.

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Myers & Sons placing and compacting AB per the specifications of the project in preparation for the foundation of the new building.

SCADA Upgrade Project

The SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) project 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 98 percent complete, and the contractor is installing roughly 300+/- field instrumentation tags throughout the WWTP facilities which correspond to SCADA system program identification labels (see photo below).

The contractor, Calcon Systems, has installed about 150 of the 300 +/- field instrumentation tags throughout the WWTP facilities which correspond to the SCADA system program identification labels.

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