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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending May 6, 2022
May 7, 2022

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 in May 6th, 2022.

  • Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17th, 2022. Enjoy the next week off!

  • 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

Sound the Alarm Program

Home fires claim seven lives every day in the U.S. The Richmond Fire Department and the Red Cross are leading a Sound the Alarm free smoke alarm installation and home fire safety event on Saturday, May 7th as part of a national Red Cross initiative in May to install free smoke alarms in the City of Richmond. In addition to installing free smoke alarms, firefighters and volunteers will also provide home fire safety information to help residents know how to prevent and respond to home fires. In a home fire, you may have less than 2 minutes to escape. When every second counts, this community education and prevention can save a life.

Of all the ways the Richmond Fire Department protects our community, none are more important than the events at which our firefighters, professional staff, volunteers, and external partners collaborate to promote fire education and prevent tragedy. 

In addition to smoke alarms installed during the May 7th event, Richmond residents who need smoke alarms can call (510) 307-8038 or email to schedule an appointment for a free smoke alarm installation in their home at any time. During a 20-minute home visit, Richmond Firefighters and community partners will install free smoke alarms and share information on the causes of home fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an escape plan.

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Community Park Clean-Up Day

Join us on Saturday, May 14th, 2022 for our Community Clean-Up! Supplies and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. We recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes.

Funded by the Love Your Block In-Kind Sponsorship Program from the City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, and Community Services Department.

Questions? Call (510) 620-6793 for more information.

Santa Fe Neighborhood Council and Bridge Storage Art Space and Café Present: An Afternoon of Sip and Paint

You are invited to join the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council and Bridge Storage Art Space and Café for the first Sip & Paint: The Love Bird Edition! The event will take place at Bridge Storage, 23 Maine Avenue, on Saturday, May 14th from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Tickets are $40, and all attendees will receive a canvas, paint brushes, paint and a charcuterie box.  Visit the Bridge Storage website to reserve your tickets today!

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Provide your input about roadway safety and share your concerns at a Community Open House on May 18th!

The City of Richmond is inviting residents to attend a Community Open House on Wednesday, May 18th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This open house will be a chance for Richmond’s community to learn more about the City’s two-pronged approach to improving roadway safety for all users: people walking, biking, rolling, and driving. Input from the community members is a critical component of this effort. 

This outdoor community open house will be located outside of City Hall in the Civic Center Plaza at 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804. Learn more about the project by visiting Travel Safe Richmond or by scanning the QR Code in the flyer. We also take community input on the website through our Interactive Map.

For more information, please visit the Travel Safe Richmond site and stay up to date by signing up to receive email updates on our webpage. Please reach out to Lydia Elias at with any questions.

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Willie Mays Day

Please join us on Saturday, May 21st, 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 11th, 2022 or find out more by visiting:  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!

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LEAP is Cooking!

The months of May and June will include some exciting programming at the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP).  Families are invited to attend plant-based cooking classes that will start on May 21st , 2022, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM and then continue every Saturday in May and June from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  These online cooking classes are sure to be a big hit as the participants will have demonstrations of how to prepare tasty plant-based meals.  Participants will get recipes, a shopping list, and more as a part of the sessions.

If you are interested in learning more about the many opportunities at LEAP, feel free to contact LEAP staff at (510) 307-8084.
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Primary Election

Primary election date is Tuesday, June 7th, 2022. Polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on election day! Vote-by-Mail Drop Boxes Open May 10th.

Every registered voter in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the Primary Election.  County elections officials will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots on or before May 9th.

The City of Richmond's permanent Vote-by-Mail box is located at 450 Civic Center Plaza under the overpass just off the Council parking lot on 27th Street. 

Please see the following link to read how vote-by-mail works

In-person voting options will be available in all counties.

Get Registered to Vote

Register to vote online or update your current registration. Register to vote by May 23rd, 2022.

Voting Eligibility

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony, and
  • Not currently found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

You need to update your registration if you:

  • Move to a new residence,
  • Change your name, or
  • Want to change your political party affiliation.

You may have a voter registration form mailed to you by calling the Secretary of State’s toll-free Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).  You may also pick up a voter registration form at Contra Costa County Elections Office – 555 Escobar Street, Martinez, California 94553 or Richmond City Hall – 450 Civic Center Plaza lobby.

For more information visit:

Join Us for the Richmond Promise Fun Run 5k

Richmond Promise is throwing a 5k race, and all are invited! Join us on Saturday, June 11th for a little friendly competition and a whole lot of fun. Celebrate the community that raises our Scholars and invite friends new and old to meet the heart behind our Promise!

Post-race food, music, and entertainment will take place at our Craneway Pavilion start/finish line in partnership with our friends at Assemble Marketplace and the Richmond Ferry Festival. Snag your early bird ticket today through May 6th at

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Save the Date for Juneteenth 2022!

Call (510) 620-6546 for more information.

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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 the monthly financial reports for the month of March 2022;
  • Participated in the May 3rd Richmond City Council meeting;
  • Listened to the monthly Contra Costa Mayor’s Conference;
  • Met with Republic Services General Manager Shawn Moberg and Community and Government Affairs Manager Bielle Moore;
  • Along with City Manager’s Office Intern Nia Williams, I met with Larry Lewis, Executive Director of Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) to discuss our continued partnership, the upcoming fundraiser for RPAL’s new culinary center, and other items of mutual interest;
  • Lead a walk-through of Civic Center Plaza to review the landscape plans and discuss improvements around the plaza with Public Works Director Joe Leach; Manil Bajracharya from Mack5, John Gibbs from WRT Design, and Public Works Superintendents Greg Hardesty, Mark Maltagliati, and Jose Urquilla;
  • Discussed Measure U implementation and business classifications with Council of Industries Executive Director Katrinka Ruk, Revenue Manager Antonio Bañuelos, and members of the business community
  • Reviewed and discussed the maintenance staffing at the Richmond Housing Authority (RHA) with RHA Executive Director Nannette Beacham;
  • financial and budget updates with Finance and City Manager’s Office staff, including the upcoming FY 2022-23 department budget hearings that will be presented at City Council;

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.

  • City Manager’s Office, Economic Development

Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa Announces the Opening of the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Waiting List 

Project-Based Voucher Wait List open from Monday, June 13, 2022, at 10:00 AM through Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 4:00 PM. Pre-applications will only be accepted for the properties listed below and can only be submitted online at  
Note: There will not be any on-site applications and HACCC office locations will not be distributing pre-applications. 
Please be advised, this is not for the housing voucher waiting list.
Access the Flyer Announcing the Opening of the PBV Waiting List- ENGLISH 
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Eligible families will be referred to units subsidized with Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa in partnership with non-profit housing owners. The housing assistance is only available at the designated properties for families meeting the property restrictions as indicated below in the last column of the chart. After twelve months of residency, families will be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher, subject to availability.
All requests for Reasonable Accommodation will be considered. Pre-Applications are available in foreign languages. If you need technical assistance with the online pre-application portal, please email or leave a voicemail at (925) 957-7085. Include your name, phone number and a description of the issue in your message.

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  • 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 or send the paper application to Kelly via 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.”

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¡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 o mande una aplicación de papel Kelly por correo electrónico 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 Eleento de Vivienda, y para estar actualizado regístrese en nuestro listserv.

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Environmental Justice Element Community Outreach Begins this Month!

A new General Plan Element is being prepared to address and lay out a roadmap to achieve Environmental Justice. As a first step in preparing the Environmental Justice Element, we need to hear from you about what the priorities for it should be. Please take this brief survey to share your thoughts. Note, this survey is the first of several opportunities for people who live or work in Richmond to provide feedback and share ideas about Environmental Justice and how our community should address it. This survey will remain open until May 12th.

English Survey
Spanish Survey

Alcance Comunitario para el Elemento de Justicia Ambiental Empieza este Mes! 

Un nuevo elemento del Plan General se está preparando para abordar la Justicia Ambiental y para delinear una nueva trayectoria para conseguirla. Como primer paso en la preparación del Elemento de Justicia Ambiental, necesitamos que usted nos diga cuáles deben ser las prioridades para este elemento. Por favor, complete esta breve encuesta para compartir sus ideas. Recuerde que esta encuesta es la primera de varias oportunidades para que las personas que viven o trabajan en Richmond compartan sus opiniones e ideas acerca de la Justicia Ambiental y cómo debería ser implementada en nuestra comunidad. Esta encuesta permanecerá abierta hasta el 12 de Mayo.

Encuesta en Ingles
Encuesta en Español

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.
English Survey

La encuesta del programa HOME-ARP (en sus siglas en inglés) está diseñada para recopilar información de personas u organizaciones 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

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Rydin Road Ambassador Announcement

Collaborising is looking for a few good men (and women) to serve as Rydin Road Ambassadors.  Rydin Road is currently home to 25 plus individuals living in RV’s or cars along the .25 mile stretch of Rydin Road on the way to Point Isabel.  Our Clean Rydin Road Program seeks to match unhoused Rydin Road Residents with Ambassadors from the community to breach the gap between the housed and unhoused communities in Richmond.  Our goal is to build relationships and to create understanding among groups that have been pitted against one another to demonstrate that we all belong in Richmond.  Please reach out to Lea Murray, Executive Director of Collaborising at (954) 736-8343 or for more information on how you can be the answer to a problem that has divided our community.  A small stipend is provided for your participation.

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  • Internal Services

Human Resources

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




Accounting Assistant II

Full Time


Administrative Student Intern (OPEN/CONTINUOUS)

Part-time Hourly

Building Inspector

Full Time


Code Enforcement Officer I/II

Full Time


Communications Dispatcher I

Full Time


Communications Dispatcher II-Per Diem

Part Time


Deputy Director of Public Works - City Engineer



Learner Coordinator

Part Time


Library Aide

Part Time


Lifeguard (Part-Time)

Part Time


Maintenance Aide II

Part-time Hourly


Neighborhood Change Agent (Open Until Filled)

Full Time


Office Aide

Part Time


Office Clerk - Cashier (Part-Time)

Part Time





Police Officer Academy Grad (Direct)

Full Time


Police Officer Lateral

Full Time


Police Officer Trainee



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


Senior Assistant City Attorney (Open Until Filled)



Senior Environmental Compliance Inspector

Full Time




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Information Technology

KCRT Spotlight Video Of The Week

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Featuring Point Isabel-Bay Trail

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KCRT Datanet For The Week

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KCRT TV Channel 28 - New Episodes Of Current Programming


  • New Segments: NewsBytes: National Drive Electric and RichmondMOVES.
  • Flashback: Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival 2019 (re-digitized in high-definition HD).

New Segment / Series Episode: 

  • New episodes of “The Jet Set,” “Classic Movies,” and “Creature Features”.
  • Multiple new episodes of “Sidewalks Entertainment” during the week.

Recent Segments:

  • “NewsBytes” Segments: Easter Egg Hunt, 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 

  • Library and Community Services

Community Services

Aquatics Update

Registration will begin soon for swim lessons at the Richmond pools this summer. Classes will be available for children (ages 3-12), teens and adults. Saturday sessions will be at the Richmond Swim Center and weeknight sessions will be at the Richmond Plunge. See flyers for details or (510) 620-6793 for more information.

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North Richmond Mobile Tool Library

After the fun and success of our Earth Day soft launch, the North Richmond Mobile Tool Library is now ready to take on other beautification events happening in North Richmond!

Our team has dedicated the last several months to prepare for Earth Day at Verde Safe Route to School’s Community Clean-up event on Friday, April 22nd  and the Wildcat Creek Clean-up on Saturday, April 23rd. These events were organized through a collaborative effort with Verde Elementary School, Shields-Reid Community Center, Urban Tilth, The Watershed Project, Contra Costa County Public Works and Health Services, Community Housing Development Corporation, Office of Supervisor Gioia, Recyclemore, Republic Services, and more!

We showed the public our trailer for the first time, shared information with residents and organizations, and gave out Mobile Tool Library goodies to volunteers. Our tools assisted in clearing blocks of garbage and growth along Giaramita Street as well as cleaning up Wildcat Creek.

Lastly, the Office of Mayor Butt and Supervisor John Gioia each awarded the North Richmond Mobile Tool Library and other organizations for our public service! We are proud of this eventful weekend and looking forward to continuing our service to the community!

Sign ups for non-profits and public agencies that serve North Richmond are open. Email us at for more information! Our city webpage and inventory are now also available for viewing. We are not yet open for individual members and loans. We hope we will be able to open our service to North Richmond residents in the summertime.

Get in touch and stay up to date:

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Advanced Spanish at the Annex Senior Center

Come join our advanced Spanish class on Fridays at 10:00 AM at the Annex Senior Center (5801 Huntington Avenue, 94804). They were so happy to meet in person again for the first time since the pandemic. They learned new Spanish songs and danced to celebrate. For more information please call (510) 620-6812

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, and contact Love Your Block staff at (510) 620-6563 or 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.

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

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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 5 years and is going on now! Sign up today at or call (510) 620-6793 for more information. See pictures and flyer below to get an insight into the program!

Eren, Community Services Recreation Specialist, coordinates playtime and crafts with Tiny Heroes participants. (Shields-Reid and Nevin Community Centers)

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9th McKinley Williams - John Easterling Community Chess Tournament

The 9th McKinley Williams-John Easterling Community Chess Tournament is this Saturday, May 7th, 2022. Presented by West Coast Chess Alliance and hosted at the Shields-Reid Community Center.  See pictures below for an insight on how Chess Master T.C. Ball teaches the game of chess to our Richmond young people.

Chess Master T.C. Ball sharing his vast knowledge of the game.

T.C. showing Nevin youth participant how to think ahead use her most logical options to compete in this royal game. 

Iron Triangle Beautification Project Kick-Off Event

City Council members Gayle McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Demnlus Johnson III were present during this wonderful event which called attention to community concerns and resolves involving Richmond parks.

Displayed was a prototype framework of a proposed small living unit to aid the unhoused.

Employment and Training

Paid Internship Opportunity

Learn more about your local government. YouthWORKS offers an administrative aide position for Richmond residents ages 18-24 and a paid internship with the City of Richmond department.

To apply, click on the link 

For more information, contact Cinthia Hernandez (510) 307-8019 or
Or visit our City of Richmond website:

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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, 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, or call (510) 621-1780; visit the RichmondBUILD website

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RichmondWORKS, America's Job Center of California

The RichmondWORKS, America's Job Center of California (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. 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.


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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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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. Support Services funding is available for up to $800.

For more information, please contact: Cinthia Hernandez at (510) 307-8019, or Shi Carter at,  (510) 412-2041,

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Business Solutions

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.

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Employment and Training Opportunities Include

Administrative Career Training

Looking for a career in an office, need to learn computer skills.  Opportunity Junction is offering free training and job placement assistance.

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Optical Assistant Training

Martinez Adult School offers free Optical Assistant Training. If you are interested in an entry-level position as an optical technician, attend the virtual information session on May 11th, 2022, at 3:00 PM.

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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 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: 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

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  • 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:
  • 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. 


Meet two recent LEAP graduates – Class of 2022

Mary and Maya are two students who started LEAP but had to stop to address other areas in their lives.  While they were with us, both made great strides and accomplishments.  Because of their dedication, and persistence, they both returned to LEAP to continue their studies.  Today we are so proud to announce that they earned their high school diploma while attending the library’s Career Online High School program offered through LEAP. Take a few minutes to read their stories and understand why LEAP is such an important program in this community.

Mary Castle

I wanted to finish my high school diploma so I can go to college, to get a degree for a career I want and not just working for a company that I have no interest in but to get by the day. I gained a lot from the program like learning how it is to be back in school, managing my time, multitasking better, and last but not least is to not give up. Thanks to the coaches for pushing me through it! I'm still working full time, still deciding on college and what career I want. Feels good I've accomplished this and I'm excited to see what I can do next.

Maya Perkins

I wanted to get a high school diploma for a better paying job, a brighter future and to give my mom a high school diploma before she passes away. I'll be her only child of 3 to graduate high school. From this program I've gained confidence that I can do all things. In terms of work and school, I'm caring for my terminally ill mother so work will be put on hold for a while and as for school I plan to go to a community college in the fall or next semester.

If you are interested in learning more about the many opportunities at LEAP, feel free to contact LEAP staff at (510) 307-8084.

May Adult Craft Kit

Springtime is a time for flowers. May’s adult craft kit celebrates flowers by making flowers with tissue paper.  Each kit comes with enough tissue to make two flowers.  Kits are available at the Main Library while supplies last.  For more information, please contact the Main Library Reference Desk at (510) 620-6561.

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Kids’ Craft Kit: Kites and Cards

The Children’s Department will provide one more take-home craft kit for May. Make a card using beautiful handmade paper –for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, or any occasion. Also, create a colorful kite to decorate your window for spring.
For more information, visit us in the Children’s Room, or call us at (510) 620-6557.

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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 Main’s 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 Wi-Fi hotspots, Chromebooks and laptops for patrons to borrow for one-week periods.  The California State Parks Pass is now available, 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

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  • Public Works

Abatement Division

In collaboration with Contra Costa County, Richmond Republic Services and Sims Metal, Abatement crews hosted the Shields Reid/North Richmond Community Clean-Up; staff assisted 26 seniors/disabled citizens, abated weeds from city owned vacant lots and alleyways, removed illegally dumped debris and removed graffiti from various locations throughout the City.

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Shields Reid/North Richmond Clean-Up Day

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Lot/Alleyway Weed Abatement

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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 the Richmond Fire Department Training center, replaced a 6” coupling set on the backwash filters at the Swim Center, repaired the badge reader in the basement of 440 Civic Center Plaza and replaced the flushometer in the restroom of Fire Station 67.

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Flushometer Replacement

Utility workers assisted the Housing Authority with maintenance, cleaned carpets and waxed floors in the Information Technology department, pressure washed at the Richmond Transit Station and in the courtyard of the Main Library, replaced bulbs in the Office of Neighborhood Safety, sanitized and disinfected various locations including common areas and maintain 27 city owned buildings.

Bulb Replacement


Yellow Brick Road Pedestrian & Bicycle Improvement Project

Ghilotti Bros, Inc. (GBI) continued to grind existing pavement and place new Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavement at the following locations: Lincoln Avenue and 8th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue and 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th Street intersections. 

GBI then continued to work towards Turpin Court, 5th Street and 6th Street along Pennsylvania Avenue. Also, crosswalk stamping and coloring began at Chanslor and Bissell Avenues along 8th Street. 

The electrical subcontractor continued to install traffic signal modifications at 5th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.  The electrical subcontractor also continued to investigate existing utilities along the east side of 8th Street from Macdonald to Barrett Avenues in preparation of installing streetlight conduits. 

This week GBI will continue to grind existing pavement and place new HMA pavement at Turpin Court, 4th Street, 7th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street from Ripley to Acacia Avenues.  Crosswalk stamping will continue at Macdonald, Barrett, Hawthorne and Maple Avenues along 8th Street. 

The electrical subcontractor will install streetlight conduit at the east side of 8th Street from Macdonald to Barrett Avenues. 

Paving on 7th Street

Crosswalk Coloring

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews removed debris from Pt. Molate and Pt. Richmond, removed trash from all parks, trimmed shrubbery at the Southside Park, performed maintenance on the baseball field and raised the tree canopy at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, weed abated at State Court Park, removed graffiti from equipment at John F. Kennedy Park and Hilltop Green Park, cleaned areas around the Corporation Yard, cleaned the parking lot of Booker T. Anderson Park, removed debris from Baxter Creek, abated weeds at Tiller Park, trimmed redwood trees at Nicholl Park, performed lawn maintenance at Solano Playlot, abated weeds along Cutting Boulevard and Macdonald Avenue medians, remove debris from the Greenway and repaired irrigation at Civic Center Plaza.

Baseball Field Maintenance

Tree crews cut or trimmed trees along Atchison Village Park, Booker T. Anderson Park and on Railroad Avenue.

Marina District crews removed debris from parks and parking lots, replaced dog waste bags, manually removed weeds from the medians on Regatta Boulevard medians, performed general maintenance on the medians of Marina Bay, abated weeds at the parking lot island and edged the lawns of Marina Bay Park,  performed general maintenance on the planters by Concrete Beach and Esplanade, abated weeds along the Bay Trail, the Esplanade Trail, and the planters near Meeker Slough, finished installing new signage along the Marina Bay Trail, began maintenance of the tree wells in Marina Bay Park and edged lawns at Marina Way and Regatta Boulevard corners.

Marina Way Median Maintenance

Hilltop District crews performed general maintenance, debris removal, and abated weeds along on the Richmond Parkway.

Pavement Maintenance

Paving crews hot mixed patched in Point Molate and worked from the outstanding pothole list.

Pt. Molate Hotmix Patching

Street Sweeping crews swept in the following neighborhood council areas on the first Monday through Friday:  Parchester Village, Hilltop Bayview, Hilltop Green, Fairmede/Hilltop, Carriage Hills north side, El Sobrante Hills, Greenbriar, Hansford Heights, Via Verdi, San Pablo Dam Road, Bristole Cone, May Valley and Clinton Hill I. Staff also swept city owned parking lots.

City Lot Sweeping

Signs and Lines crews fabricated 13 new signs, installed or repaired 10 signs, painted 90’ of red curb and placed 2 new “Stop” messages.

Crosswalk Sign 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 continued working on the Pista Grit structure, pouring concrete for walls 1C, 1D and 1E and stripping forms of the previously poured walls. They also continued working on yard piping by installing the new 3W (service plant water). Shimmick continued working on the electrical system to power the future equipment by core drilling the new conduit path into the aeration basins. They also worked on the blower building by installing the CMU (concrete masonry unit) block and continued working on the Aeration Basins by doing concrete repairs.

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Pista Grit: Beginning at dawn and continuing through the morning, Shimmick conducted a concrete pour of some of the walls of the new structure.

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Pista Grit: Wall 1-C during early morning concrete pour.

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Pista Grit: Shimmick during concrete placement of walls 1-D & 1-E.

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Pista Grit: Shimmick stripping (removing) the forms of the walls that were previously poured.

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Pista Grit: Shimmick’s carpenters installing the forms of wall 1-B.

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Yard piping: Shimmick excavated, backfilled and compacted a thin layer of AB, and installed 3W (service plant water) piping that will provide water to the new building.

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Blower building: Stoney Masonry (Shimmick’s CMU subcontractor) mobilized and started to lay block. Shimmick’s carpenters previously set the door frames on wall lines.

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Blower building: CMU block continues to be placed by Stoney Masonry Crew. Shimmick’s electricians were setting boxes and conduits that run through the wall.

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Blower building: Shimmick’s carpenter is installing the forms for the equipment pad inside the Blower Room.

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Blower building: Internal and perimeter CMU installed and ready for the first grout pour. The block has been laid to a pour height of 13'4”. The holes above the windows (above) were drilled to install future pipe support anchors.

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Aeration basins: Shimmick continued to drill, clean and patch, as directed by Carollo in the structural report to complete the concrete repairs.

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Electrical: Shimmick drilling cores into the aeration basin channel for conduit runs, into aeration basins 3 & 4, to power the future equipment in the basins.

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 was conducted for 550 Key Blvd the week of April 25th. Sewer mainline replacement and addition of strategically placed manholes for future access and maintenance will be accomplished via the “Pipe Bursting” method is scheduled for May 16th - May 27th, 2022.

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.

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 May 3, 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. This is targeted for inclusion on the Agenda for the 5/17/22 Regular City Council Meeting. 

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 installed the electrical duct bank from the new SBS building to the existing chlorine contact basins. Activity included digging the trench, installing the rebar and the electrical conduits; they finalized the activity by pouring red concrete to complete the conduit protection. Myers also started the installation of the reinforcing steel of the new building footings and sump.

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Electrical duct banks: Myers & Sons excavated the trench, installed rebar, conduits and then finished with encasing the duct banks in red concrete.

Electrical duct banks: Myers & Sons excavated the trench, installed rebar and the conduits and then finished with encasing the duct banks in red concrete.

New SBS building: Myers excavated for the new building’s foundation footing.

Myers & Sons started forming the slab for the containment area of the new SBS building.

Myers & Sons in the process of installing the reinforcing steel of the new building’s sump.

Myers & Sons in the process of installing the reinforcing steel of the new building’s footing.

Myers & Sons in the process of installing the reinforcing steel of the new building’s footing. 

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 100% complete. One outstanding item is the headworks PLC upgrade.

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The SCADA equipment tagging is 100% complete. 

Trash Capture Project, Bayview (currently in design)

In 2017, Caltrans and the City of Richmond collaborated to implement the Trash Capture Project. The Contech Engineered Solutions CDS system is a below-ground, flow-through treatment device that uses multiple treatment processes including swirl concentration and continuous deflective separation (CDS) to screen, separate and trap trash, debris, sediment, hydrocarbons and other pollutants from stormwater runoff. Veolia Water, in conjunction with the City of Richmond, successfully installed four such devices in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021; another device is being installed in 2022 on Bayview. Subtronics Corporation (under direction of Project Engineer, Harris & Associates) conducted an investigation of the 20’ deep junction box to confirm if creek and storm water flows co-mingle and verify conditions which could impact constructability.

Subtronics safely perform Confined Space Entry to confirm conditions 20’ below. Access was made via the manhole.

  • Richmond Promise

Now Open: Richmond Promise 2022-23 Mentor Initiative:

Calling all career enthusiasts and passionate life professionals! Are you looking for an amazing volunteer mentor opportunity? Interested in mentoring, guiding, and making an impact alongside young people in Richmond? Sign up for our 11-month Mentor Program today!

Starting July 2022 through May 2023, you can share knowledge, skills, best practice, and perspective with a Richmond Promise Scholar. Complete the follow interest form to receive the application via email:

Mentors and mentees will attend monthly, one-hour virtual meetings during the entirety of the program. Questions? Concerns? Contact Dariana Zermeño ( or Brenda Trujillo ( Application deadline is May 15th , and there are a limited amount of spaces available, so don’t wait too long!

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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
 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