This message is being sent on behalf of City Manager Shasa Curl
Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:
This is the report for the week ending April 22nd, 2022.
- Meeting Notes
The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 26th, 2022. Closed Session begins at 4:00 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.
- 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.
Impact to City Services and Facilities
Health Information and Community Resources
Contra Costa County Coronavirus Updates
California Department of Public Health
- Upcoming Events
6th Cycle Housing Element and Housing Equity Roadmap Pop-Up Events Begin this Month!
The City of Richmond is inviting members of the community to participate in the pop-up events being held this month. These pop-up events will be a great opportunity for members of the community to learn about the Housing Element process, and to share their lived experiences. The City is planning to hold a few pop-up events per month throughout the year to ensure all community voices are heard.
For the month of April, the pop-up events will be held on:
April 23rd, 2022 – Earth Day Cleanup at Unity Park at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
April 30th, 2022 – Park Rx at Nicholl Park at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
¡Los Eventos Pop-Up del Sexto Ciclo de la Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda y la Ruta a la Equidad de Vivienda Empiezan este Mes!
La Ciudad de Richmond invita a los miembros de su comunidad a participar en los eventos pop-up que se llevarán a cabo durante este mes. Estos eventos serán una buena oportunidad para que los miembros de la comunidad aprendan acerca del proceso del Elemento de Vivienda, y para compartir sus experiencias vividas. La Ciudad planea llevar a cabo unos cuantos eventos pop-up durante el año para garantizar que se escuchen las voces de todos los miembros de la comunidad.
Para el mes de Abril, los eventos pop-up serán en estos días:
Abril 23rd, 2022 – Earth Day Cleanup en Unity Park at 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Abril 30th, 2022 – Park Rx en Nicholl Park at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Dia de los Niños – A Community Health Vaccine Fair
Saturday April 23rd, 2022, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Dia de los Niños (Children’s Day) Community Health Vaccine Fair at Nystrom Elementary School, 230 Harbour Way, Richmond, 94804. Free COVID Vaccines, Flu Shots, Music, Zumba Class, Games, Giveaways, and Community Resources.
Earth Day in North Richmond
Join us for the North Richmond Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 for morning of service and fun!
Call Victor Jimenez, CHDC’s Community Services Coordinator at (510) 221-2557 for more information.
Celebrate Earth Day on the Richmond Greenway with Urban Tilth!
The City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives encourages Richmond residents to attend the Richmond Greenway Earth Day Celebration on April 23rd, 2022 at 10:00 AM with Urban Tilth. This event is in partnership with the City of Richmond, Groundwork Richmond, Moving Forward, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District, and more.
Date: Saturday, April 23rd
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Unity Park on Richmond Greenway
Address: 16th & Ohio St., Richmond, CA 94804
Earth Day activities include mural painting, planting a flower garden, beautifying a playground, building a free fruit tree stand for the edible forest, and watershed swale planting and weeding. Please wear a mask and maintain social distance.
To learn more about the event, visit www.urbantilth.org/events or call (510) 232-0911. To register for this event please click here! Visit www.richmondenvironment.org to find other exciting Earth Day events!
Point Molate Earth Day Celebration!
Celebrate Earth Day at Point Molate Beach Park with BridgeMaker Art, Wholly H2O, Point Molate Alliance, Citizens for East Shore Parks, and the Sierra Club on Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM. Come enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly Earth Day celebration with art, a BioBlitz, hiking, poetry, music, plant walks, osprey viewings, and more.
Date: Saturday, April 23rd
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Point Molate Beach Park
Address: 2092 Stenmark Drive, Richmond, CA 94801
Learn more about the event and register HERE. Visit www.richmondenvironment.org to find other exciting Earth Day events!
The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Food Distribution
The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano is continuing the bi-monthly 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.
Clients will enter the 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
Listed below are the 4/14/2022 distribution statistics:
- 175 Households served
- 621 Individuals served
- 5,622 Pounds of total food distributed
- 178 Supplemental Boxes
- 1,155 Pounds of fresh produce
- 551 Pounds of bread
Next Distribution Date: 4/28/2022
Distribution time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Address: Barrett Avenue & 25th Street, Richmond 94804
Looking to volunteer opportunities? The Food Bank is always looking for those in our
community to feed our neighbors: https://volunteer.foodbankccs.org/
For more food resources in Richmond, Click here: https://www.foodbankccs.org/map-city/richmond/ | Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Work Readiness Workshops
Work readiness workshops are being offered at RichmondWORKS in English and Spanish
- Work Etiquette: April 26th from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
- OSHA Work Safety: April 27th from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM presented by UC Berkeley Staff (UC Berkeley will provide OSHA participation certificate)
- Money Management: April 28th from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
For more information and to register for the workshops, please email: Elisandro Garcia at email@example.com, Ivis Andrade at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Marisol Del Rio at email@example.com
2022 Park Rx Day
Save the Date! We are hosting Park Rx Day again this year on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Call (510) 620-6793 for more information.
Willie Mays Day – Saturday, May 21, 2022
SAVE THE DATE! Please join us on Saturday, May 21, 2022, as we rename our baseball diamond at Nicholl Park in honor of the Baseball Hall of Fame legend, Willie “The Say Hey Kid” Mays. Mr. Mays participated in Richmond’s Annual March of Dimes events in this park during the 1960s and 1970s to assist our youth in need. Sign up for the parade by May 11, 2022 or find out more by visiting: tinyurl.com/williemays2022 or call 510-620-6793 for more information.
The parade begins at 10:00 AM event starts at 11:00 AM and we hope to see you all there!
Save the Date for Juneteenth 2022!
Call (510) 620-6546 for more information.
Save the Date for the 3rd of July
It’s back! Join us in person this year for the return of the annual 3rd of July fireworks celebration! The community will be enjoying music, food, and the stunning view of the bay at Marina Bay Park while enjoying fireworks. Please see the flyer for more details or call 510-620-6793.
*Please note that the event may be cancelled due to COVID-19 developments.
- City Manager’s Chronicles
Meetings and events of note in the past week include the following:
- Met with Finance and City Manager’s Office Staff to discuss draft vacancy savings analysis;
- Met with Julia Metraux from the Richmond Pulse for an interview on my recent appointment to city manager;
- Attended the April 19th Richmond City Council meeting;
- Met with Interim City Attorney Dave Aleshire, Deputy City Manager Anil Comelo, Henry Gardner, and other consultants regarding financial matters;
- Reviewed and discussed financial and budget updates with Finance and City Manager’s Office staff, including the upcoming FY 2022-23 department budget hearings that will continue to be presented during City Council meetings;
Continued one-on-one weekly meetings with members of the City Council, community members, the Management Leadership Team, Department Heads in our one-on-one check-ins, City Attorney’s Office, and various City staff members.
- Community Development
Apply to be part of the Resident Advisory Council to Help Shape the 6th Cycle Housing Element and Housing Equity Roadmap!
The City of Richmond is inviting residents to apply to be part of the Richmond Resident Advisory Council (RAC), a group which will help shape the City’s 6th cycle Housing Element update and Housing Equity Roadmap. This effort will help guide the City’s policies and actions to meet the current and future housing needs of Richmond residents.
A Richmond Resident Advisory Council member’s role is to identify major housing challenges in Richmond and advocate for solutions and policies to advance equitable housing. Members of the RAC will attend 6 meetings, from April to August 2022 which may occur during weekday evenings or on weekends. A stipend of $50 per meeting will be offered to each participant.
To be considered for the council, please fill out the online application at bit.ly/richmondrac or send the paper application bit.ly/richmondracpaper to Kelly via firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due May 8th, 2022.
The City of Richmond 6th Cycle Housing Element is Underway. For more information, please visit the Housing Element Update site and stay up to date by signing to our listserv.”
¡Aplique para ser parte del Consejo Asesor de Residentes para Ayudar a Formar el Sexto Ciclo de la Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda y la Ruta a la Equidad de Vivienda!
La Ciudad de Richmond esta invitando a sus residentes a unirse con el Consejo Asesor de Residentes, un grupo que va ayudar a formar el sexto ciclo de la Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda (Housing Element Update) y la Ruta a la Equidad de Vivienda (Housing Equity Roadmap) de la ciudad. Este esfuerzo ayudara a guiar las pólizas y acciones de la ciudad para cumplir con las exigencias de vivienda actuales y futuras de Richmond.
La función de los miembros del Consejo Asesor de Residentes es identificar grandes problemas de vivienda en Richmond y promover soluciones y pólizas para avanzar la vivienda equitativa. Miembros del consejo atenderán 6 reuniones, de abril hasta agosto 2022. Estas reuniones ocurrirán durante la semana en la tarde o en los fines de semana. Un incentivo de $50 por reunión será ofrecido a cada participante.
Para ser considerado como miembro del consejo, por favor complete la aplicación en línea bit.ly/richmondrac o mande una aplicación de papel bit.ly/richmondracpapera Kelly por correo electrónico email@example.com. La aplicación debe enviarse a mas tardar el 8 de mayo 2022.
El Sexto Ciclo del Elemento de Vivienda de la Ciudad de Richmond esta en Camino. Para más información, por favor visite la pagina de internet Elemento de Vivienda, y para estar actualizado regístrese en nuestro listserv.
HOME-American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP)
Contra Costa County needs your input on homelessness needs within your community.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 appropriated $5 billion to assist individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing rental housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability. In September 2021, HUD awarded the Contra Costa County HOME Consortium (which consists of Contra Costa County and the Cities of Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek) $12,090,215 in HOME-ARP funds.
We invite you to share your thoughts by taking a survey.
The HOME-ARP survey is designed to gather information from stakeholders, affordable housing developers, and community members about homelessness needs in Contra Costa County and HOME-ARP projects being planned. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and will be available until June 1st, 2022.
La encuesta del programa HOME-ARP (en sus siglas en inglés) está diseñada para recopilar información de partes interesadas, los desarrolladores de viviendas asequibles y los miembros de la comunidad sobre las necesidades de las personas sin hogar en el Condado de Contra Costa y los proyectos de HOME-ARP que se están planificando. La encuesta tardará aproximadamente 10 minutos en completarse y estará disponible hasta el 1 de junio de 2022.
Encuesta en Español
For more information, please visit our webpage at http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/HOME-ARP
- Internal Services
KCRT Spotlight Video of The Week
Featuring the Marina Bay waterfront and park https://youtu.be/y5QxBXEGyQE
KCRT Datanet For The Week
KCRT TV Channel 28 - New Episodes Of Current Programming
New Segment / Series Episode
- Weekly Video of the Week airing the segments on the TV channel.
- New episodes of “The Jet Set” and “Creature Features”.
- Multiple new episodes of “Sidewalks Entertainment” during the week.
- “NewsBytes” Segments: City Manager Swearing In Ceremony, Highlights of the Richmond Poetry event (piece provided by and edited by Doug Harris), Tibetan Flag Raising, Women’s Day segments, Mayor’s State of the City, Police / Fire Toy Drive, 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.
You may find the full schedule at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/3176/Schedule
- Library and Community Services
Swim lessons are coming this summer to the Richmond pools. Saturday morning classes will be offered at the Richmond Swim Center (registration for the first session will begin May 23rd). Weekday evening classes will be offered at the Richmond Plunge (registration for the first session will begin June 1). See the lessons grid and description to find the right class in the link below.
Check out the schedule at tinyurl.com/richmondrecreation.
Mahjong and Bridge for Seniors
Do you enjoy playing Mahjong or Bridge? We are looking for groups or individuals who want to play at the Richmond Annex Senior Center (located at 5801 Huntington Ave., Richmond, CA 94804). Currently, we have Bridge on Mondays from 12:30 P.M. to 3:00 PM Beginning Mahjong is on Thursdays from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM and Advanced Mahjong on Tuesdays from 11:15 AM to 3:00 PM. Please come by or call us for more information at (510) 620-6812.
Line Dancing Classes
Come join our new line dancing class at the Richmond Senior Center (located at 2525 Macdonald Ave., Richmond, CA 94804) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. Class is $2.00 per class. For more information call (510) 307-8087
MLK Turf and Field Temporary Closure: Re-opening May 2022
The entire field and track is currently still closed and tentatively set to re-open towards mid-May 2022. Thank you for your continued patience while improvements are being made!
For more information, contact Recreation at (510) 620-6793.
Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program: Supplies for Volunteer Events
The Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program is now accepting requests for sponsorship! The sponsorship program aims to make supplies for volunteer clean-up and beautification projects available to residents and groups that want to make a difference in Richmond. There is a total of $15,000 available for FY2021-2022. Sponsorships are limited to $1,000 of supplies only.
Examples of supplies that can be sponsored include trash bags, gardening and landscaping supplies, painting supplies, personal protective equipment, and drinks, snacks, and refreshments for volunteers.
Check out the program guidelines, application, and more at www.richmondloveyourblock.org, and contact Love Your Block staff at (510) 620-6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
The Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program is funded by a partnership between Community Services and City Manager’s Office, Economic Development.
After-School Instructional Youth Basketball
Learning the fundamentals of the game and developing basic basketball skills in a non-competitive FUN environment is what it's all about! Staff will lead small groups of children in basketball drills that will teach important hand-eye coordination, foot work and the game rules.
Note: COVID-19 protocols will be maintained. Participants will need to wear a mask at all times while in the building. Registration is open at tinyurl.com/richmondrecreation or visit us in-person at our registration office! Questions? Call (510) 620-6793
Tiny Heroes Training Camps
Begin your training at our Tiny Heroes Training Center! This program is for ages beginning as infant through 5 years and is going on now! Sign up today at tinyurl.com/richmondrecreation or call (510) 620-6793 for more information.
Adventures at the Nevin Community Center
Chess Master Extraordinaire T.C. Ball (a.k.a. The Black Knight) has been collaborating with the Recreation Division teaching chess workshops for many years. He has been teaching at Shields-Reid Community Center and the Recreation Complex. Mr. Ball recently expanded his services to teach chess to youth participants at Nevin Community Center. T.C.’s successful, and engaging, method creates a desire within young participants to play chess as young as 4 years old.
The Tiny Heroes Tiny Tots program (Shields-Reid and Nevin Community Centers) picked up speed during the months of March and April with several new attendees. Little ones can play in the mini-inflatable jumper, find their inner Bob Ross while creating a work of art on the easel or dive into a fun, messy craft project while monitored by their parents. ABCs, 123s, singing, dancing and other various activities are led by Mrs. Eren, our amazing Recreation Program Specialist!
Some of the Tiny Heroes participants attended an art installation at Nevin Center which featured projects they created using black light reactive paint. Little art connoisseurs were treated to snack bars and top shelf fruit juice while critiquing their work.
This well known, professional, artist has big plans to exhibit her work. Her previous master pieces have auctioned for millions of dollars.
Shields-Reid Little League 2022
Another day of practice for Shields-Reid T-Ball Team #4 crossing their fingers! The weather offered a sunny day for their next game. Coach Anthony and Coach Travis showing the little all-stars how to play baseball without using a PlayStation 5.
Shields-Reid Egg Hunt 2022
On Friday, April 15th, Shields-Reid Community Center was the hot spot for a treasure trove of candy-filled eggs and other surprises!
Hershey the Bunny joined the kids for the egg hunt!
Hershey Bunny and one of the attendees in charge of Egg Quality Control.
Steve, founder of Desks for Students, donated specially handcrafted wooden study tables for several participants.
The tables will aid kids in transforming their room into an organized, practical area for study, hobbies or even enjoying a TV dinner.
Richmond Fire and Police Departments made time to visit the Shields-Reid Egg Hunt.
Employment and Training
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. Please see the East Bay Express article- Rosie’s Redux: Union trades revive as suitable jobs for women for the expanding opportunities for women. For more information, contact Fred Lucero, Program Manager, at email@example.com, or call (510) 621-1780; visit the RichmondBUILD website
Are you a youth between ages 16 and 24 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (510) 621-1780; visit the RichmondBUILD website
Paid Internship Opportunity
Learn more about your local government. YouthWORKS offers an Administrative Aide position for Richmond residents ages 18-24 as a paid internship with the City of Richmond department.
To apply, click on the link https://youthworks.formstack.com/forms/syep_2021_app_form_
For more information, contact Cinthia Hernandez (510) 307-8019 or email@example.com or visit our City of Richmond Website: https://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/662/YouthWORKS
The RichmondWORKS, America's Job Center of California (AJCC),
RichmondWORKS 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. In addition, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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. Support Services funding is available for up to $800. For more information, please contact: Cinthia Hernandez, (510) 307-8019 or Chernandez@richmondworks.org or Shi Carter, Phone: (510) 412-2041/ Email: email@example.com
RichmondWORKS coordinates and delivers resources and assistance to local businesses. Partners include the City of Richmond Office of Economic Development, Employment & Training Department, and 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.
Employment and Training Job Opportunities
Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
Please see the flyer below for opportunities to join a program to receive electrical training! For more information, or to apply, call (925)228-2302 or visit www.norcal-jatc.com
California Building Inspection Job Fair
Diablo Valley College (DVC) is hosting the California Building Inspection Job Fair on April 27th from 3:30 PM-5:30 PM.
Join DVC for this free virtual event to learn about career opportunities in Building Inspection Technology. California Building Officials (CALBO) will discuss the Inspection Technology program, current and future job openings, and industry trends. In addition, this is an excellent opportunity to talk with industry professionals about the benefits of pursuing a career in this industry.
Career paths include: Permit Techs, Plans Examiners, Building Inspectors, Building Officials, Code Enforcement Officers
Visit www.CALBO.org to learn more about California Building Officials.
Tesla Apprenticeship At Diablo Valley College
Please join Diablo Valley College (DVC) to learn about career opportunities with Tesla.
Tesla is hiring for the Manufacturing Development Program (MDP) and many other entry-level opportunities. Students can work full-time for Tesla through the MDP program while concurrently enrolled in DVC's Industrial Automation and Robotics Certificate Program. To learn more about the benefits of working for Tesla, join us at one of our two virtual info sessions this semester.
Wednesday, April 27th, 6:00 PM– 7:00 PM
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. For additional details on the application, visit the following link https://www.595jatc.org/application-announcement. Minimum requirements to apply: be at least 18 years of age; high school siploma 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: 4/29, 7/29, and 10/28. (Applications are only accepted between 1 PM-5 PM). If you need assistance completing the application, don't hesitate to contact Cinthia Hernandez at RichmondWORKS (510) 307-8019 or Chernandez@richmonworks.org.
- West Contra Costa Adult Education offers a variety of classes and FREE Career Training Opportunities. For a list of the courses provided at WCC Adult Ed, please visit: https://www.wccadulteducation.com/classes
- The state of California offers a wide variety of careers and jobs. For a list of job opportunities, visit CalCareers
- 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.
Equal opportunity employer/programs; Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
LEAP Into the Community!
LEAP will have an informational booth at the Día de los Niños Community Health Vaccine Fair on April 23rd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event will be held at Nystrom Elementary School located at 230 Harbor Way in Richmond. As the library has returned to in-person services with the community, LEAP is engaging in community events that will help us to spread the word about the many wonderful services being offered at the main library and its branches. LEAP is offering increased English as a Second Language (ESL) services and we want to inform our public about the chance to learn how to read and write better in English. Our ESL service is only one of the many opportunities that LEAP offers to the public. We are planning a series of online plant-based cooking classes for families to promote healthy eating. We are also planning a series of civic engagement classes for community members that want to get involved.
If you are interested in learning more about the many opportunities at LEAP, feel free to contact LEAP at (510) 307-8084.
Expanded Library Hours
The Richmond Main Library is now open Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Thursday and Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
In addition to expanded hours, we have expanded the number of public desktop computers available. We offer access to the AllData car repair database! The Library also offers WiFi hotspots, Chromebooks and laptops for patrons to borrow for one-week periods. The California State Parks Pass is now available (see below), as well as Community Science kits that can help you contribute to scientific research while exploring a park!
The Bayview and West Side Branch Libraries are open on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
For more information on Library Services, visit us at www.richmondlibrary.org
California State Parks Passes at your Library!
In partnership with the California State Library and the First Partner’s Office, California State Parks are providing free vehicle day-use entry to over 200 participating state parks to library-card holders. We have now received our first batch of parks passes!
Come to the Main Library to check out a hang tag parking pass. If you don’t have a library card yet, you can get one when you come in. For more information, call the Main Reference Desk at (510) 620-6561 or the Children’s Room at (510) 620-6557.
Richmond Public Library is going to Point Pinole!
Join us for a family ramble at Point Pinole Regional Park in Richmond. On Thursday, April 28th from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Richmond Public Library Children’s Services librarians and an East Bay Regional Park naturalist will meet you at the Atlas Road Staging area for a naturalist led nature walk, followed by story time and naturalist led activities. This program is ideal for families with children from infant through elementary school. We also have rambles planned for May 26th at Miller Knox Regional Park, and June 23rd at Alvarado Regional Park. All programs are one hour and begin at 11:00 A.M. For more information, directions to the park or to register, please call the Children’s Room at (510) 620-6557 or telephone librarian Deborah Bonet at (510) 620-6521. You can also email Deborah_bonet@ci.richmond.ca.us. Registration is not required but is appreciated. Hope to see you there!
You are invited to a Download Party!
Join us on April 26th at noon PDT for an online book talk from 2021 Indie Author of the Year Amy Rivers, followed by a walkthrough of how to check out titles from The Palace Project, the new e-reader app available at the Library.
Download the Palace app in advance (instructions below) and have your library card number easily available. We’ll be showing you how to go through the Palace app to download a book (and you can choose Amy’s if you want!).
Register in advance here:
When: Apr 26, 2022 03:00 P.M. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Here’s how to prep so you’re ready to download a book:
1) Download the Palace app on your device.
Apple App Store
Google Play for Android devices
2) Make sure you have your library card handy.
- Public Works
Abatement crews deployed a Flash Cam on 5th and Bissell (one of the hot spots) to battle illegal dumping, abated weeds from various locations, repaired fencing along the Bay Trail at Richmond Parkway and Freethy Ct. area, removed illegally dumped debris and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.
Flash Cam Deployment
Freethy Ct. Fencing
Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Removal
Traffic Signs & Lines crews fabricated 52 new signs and installed 8 new signs, 12 new street name signs, 60 linear feet of red curb paint, five new thermoplastic STOP markings, and over 200 linear feet of 12” white thermplastic for new high visibility crosswalks. In addition, pavement maintenance crews worked on the outstanding pothole list and performed base repairs on Regatta Blvd at Melville Square.
Street Sweeping crews sept in the following neighborhood areas: on 3rd Monday & Tuesday in North Richmond, Iron Triangle, and North Belding Woods; on 3rd Wednesday and Thursday in Atchison Village and South Belding Woods; and on 4th Friday in Richmond Annex, Parkview, Panhandle Annex, and Eastshore.
High-visibility crosswalk and approach lines and chevrons at speed bump on Hartnett Ave
STOP message installation
Repair work on multi-use path between Target and I-80
Base repairs on Regatta Blvd
Engineering & Capital Projects
Yellow Brick Road Pedestrian & Bicycle Improvements Project: Last week Ghilotti Bros, Inc. (GBI) began to grind existing pavement and place new HMA overlays at the following locations: Chanslor Ave & 8th Street, Bissell Ave and 8th Street, and Macdonald Ave and 8th Street. The electrical subcontractor continued to install traffic signal modifications at 5th Street and Pennsylvania Ave and at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. This week GBI has continued to grind existing pavement and place new HMA pavement overlays at Macdonald Ave, Barrett Ave, Nevin Ave and Hawthorne Ave.
Trenching and paving north of Barrett Ave
Richmond Wellness Trail
The Phase I construction project is nearing completion. The general contractor has finished asphalt paving on Marina Way South including striping of the driving lanes, intersections, and parking. The contractor is installing planting and plan to finish the planting by end of the month. Also, on Saturday April 23, Groundwork Richmond will be planting all the trees on Marina Way South.
Median planter between roadway and cycle track
37th Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvement Project has finished! Community members can enjoy a new traffic signal at 37th Street and Barrett Ave. Contractors WR Forde and Mike Brown Electric have finished installing pedestrian countdown timers and new traffic signal poles with mastarms that support new signal heads for a dedicated left phase for turns from Barrett to 37th. The improvements were activated this past week on April 19. The 37th street intersections with Barrett and MacDonald are also now monitored by a traffic video detection system. Other improvements in the project feature new striping up and down 37th street between McBryde and Carlson including wayfinding signs for bicyclists and reconstructed curb ramps for pedestrians.
New signal poles, mastarms, signal heads, and left turn phase on Barrett at 37th
37th & Macdonald, new pedestrian countdown timers
Stationary Engineers performed daily routine rounds in Civic Center Plaza buildings and at three swimming pools; drained the pool at Richmond Swim Center to do repairs; repaired front door at Planning Department; replaced condenser fan motor at Police Department; removed play structure for corrosion treatment and painted at the Swim Center; and did fire extinguisher inspection and replaced an exhaust fan motor at 440 Civic Center Plaza.
Replacing exhaust fan motor in 440 Civic Center basement
Utility Workers assisted the Housing Authority with maintenance; did power washing at the Richmond Transit Station and Recreations Center; helped set up the Drive Electric Event; and sanitized and disinfected various locations including all common areas and cleaned/maintained 27 City owned buildings.
Setting up Drive Electric in front of Main Library
Parks and Landscaping
General fund abated weeds at 37th & Cutting Circle, on May Rd, Amend Rd, Valley View Rd, and at Mendocino, Abraham Braxton, John F. Kennedy, and Boorman Parks. Crews removed graffiti at Hilltop Park and picked up trash on the Greenway, at all South Side Parks and right-of-ways, at 55th St & Creely Ave, and other parks. Crews also prepped Nicholl Park for Easter activities; removed ivy and shrubs and pruned ornamentals at Boorman Park; and repaired a broken quick coupler pipe at JFK Park. Tree trimming crews trimmed trees at seven locations and cleared fallen branches at three locations.
Marina District started weed abatement and shrub trimming on Marina Way medians; did graffiti maintenance throughout the Marina; abated weeds by hand on Regatta Blvd and Melville sq corner landscape; edged lawns at Lucretia Edwards Park; trimmed shrubs, raised tree canopies, and removed weeds on Moody Underpass; pruned trees in front of PG&E along Marina Bay Pkwy; picked up litter and trash from all parking lots and lawns and emptied all trash receptacles; and replenished doggie stations with new bags.
Hilltop District abated weeds on Richmond Parkway at the Giant Rd off ramp; completed weed abatement at Country Club Vista Park and Bay Vista Park; and did bollard replacement and repair at Hilltop Lake Park.
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 www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2130/Sewer-Lateral-Grant-Program or call (510) 620-6594.
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 on the Pista Grit structure, pouring concrete for Wall 1A. They also continued working on the storm drain system by constructing manholes 8 and 9 (pictured below). Shimmick resumed working on the electrical system to power the future equipment; they also worked on the Aeration Basins installing new slide gates (GAT-1341) while continuing concrete repairs.
Yard piping: Shimmick is completing the manhole 9 installation by topping the manhole with a concrete barrel.
Pista Grit: Shimmick during an early morning concrete pour of the new structure wall.
Pista Grit: Shimmick during an early morning concrete pour of the new structure wall.
Pista Grit: Shimmick doubling up the forms in preparation for the next concrete placement.
Yard piping: Manhole 8 is being installed by Shimmick as their project engineer (top R, left hand side) oversees the work.
Electrical duct banks: Shimmick, along with their rebar subcontractor Conco (below L), is working on rebar and electrical conduit installation. In the top-R photo, Shimmick’s electrical foreman is instructing the apprentice (blue hardhat) of the installation process.
Electrical duct banks: Shimmick installing the electrical manhole; then they backfilled with CLSM as the space was impractical to compact with AB. After that, the electricians completed the electrical conduit installation and finalized the activity by pouring red concrete to encase and protect the duct bank.
Aeration basins: A new slide gate (GAT-1341) is being installed in Aeration Basin 4-A.
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 and Associates team started in February 2022. Currently, post CCTV video production and review continue.
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 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. On March 16, 2022, Right of Entry/Easement Access Authorization letters were finalized by the City Manager’s Office for the next (2) sewer mainline replacement segments located at 550 Key Blvd and 415 Dimm Street. Investigational pre-CCTV is scheduled for 550 Key Blvd the week of April 25th. Sewer mainline replacement will be accomplished via the “Pipe Bursting” method after access points (manholes and/or cleanouts) and all lateral connections have been identified.
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.
W.R. Forde has completed installations at 21st Street and Potrero; Rheem and 23rd Street; 4925 Macdonald (“Planet Fitness”); Virginia and 22nd Streets, 1600 Chanslor; AC Transit / 21st Street between Bissell and Carlson and 403 McLaughlin. NASSCO level Post CCTV and As-Built Drawings for all replaced mainline segments were hand delivered to Housen Associates on 3/29/22. As of April 15, 2022, review of As-Built Drawings and Post CCTV are underway.
Marina Bay Parkway Force Main Extension Project
The Marina Bay Parkway Force Main Extension Project extends the existing Marina Bay Parkway forcemain to a new manhole at the intersection of Pierson Avenue and Marina Bay Parkway and installs a new gravity sewer pipeline from the Pierson/Jetty Drive intersection, across Marina Bay Parkway. This piping reconfiguration will eliminate sanitary sewer overflows that occur from depressed manholes located at the intersection of Marina Bay Parkway and Pierson Avenue. Richmond-based, local contractor W.R. Forde Associates was the lowest, responsive bidder at $357,200.00.
The project work was initially completed in December 2021. The Contractor returned recently to install a bolt down manhole frame and cover on the new manhole at the termination of the Force Main. The material for the manhole frame and cover were a long-lead item and were installed in early March 2022. The TA for additional scope to alleviate future SSO’s by adding 991 LF of 8” gravity sewer main and three (3) new manholes with bolt down covers along 27th Street was submitted to the City on 3/14/22.
Sodium Bisulfite (SBS) Facility Improvements 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 constructed the rebar cages for the duct banks. They also installed the electrical conduits and finalized the activity by pouring red concrete to complete the conduit protection.
Myers & Sons installing the rebar cages for the electrical duct banks under the electrical room of the new SBS building.
Myers & Sons pouring red concrete for the conduit protection of the electrical duct banks under the electrical room of the new SBS building.
Myers & Sons digging a trench for the electrical duct bank from the new SBS building location towards the SW corner of the disinfection building to power future equipment.
Electricians assembling and placing encased electrical duct bank conduits. New SBS building location is to the left of the electricians. Photo looking NW with DAFT 2 in background at right.
Myers & Sons are working on the installation of catch basin 1 as part of the new storm drain system.
SCADA Upgrade Project
The SCADA project (an acronym for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) will standardize, replace, and configure the existing SCADA Network communication, the majority of which is outdated, failing, and has exceeded its useful life. An upgraded SCADA system is crucial to allow for Veolia Staff at the City of Richmond’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to monitor and control processes locally and at remote locations, including remote telemetry of the City’s lift stations.
The contractor is Calcon Systems, Inc. The project is approximately 98% complete, and the contractor is installing roughly 300+/- field instrumentation tags throughout the WWTP facilities which correspond to SCADA system program identification labels. Equipment tagging is approximately 90% complete.
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.
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