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 July 8th, 2022.
The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday July 19th, 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.
Impact to City Services and Facilities
Health Information and Community Resources
Contra Costa County Coronavirus Updates
California Department of Public Health
Virtual Community Forum: Monday, July 11th, 2022
ARPA Covid-19 Relief Funds – Community Needs Assessment
We want your input!
Help us decide how to invest $17.2 MILLION in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to help us address the immediate and long-term needs of Richmond residents and businesses.
Join us at the last virtual community forum on Monday, July 11, 2022 - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Meeting Link: https://ci-richmond-ca-us.zoom.us/j/94503049794
For more information visit our webpage at www.ci.richmond.ca.us/ARPA
Also, take our survey and be eligible to win a $25 gift card.
See you there!
Emergency Services Data Study
The City has hired a consultant to produce a report that examines the current workloads and service delivery of the Richmond Police and Fire Departments. The goal is to conduct an analysis of emergency calls for service and operations, as well as provide strategies to achieve the best use of existing resources. A comprehensive assessment of the types of emergencies residents report and our city’s response to calls for service would help our city improve service delivery and determine where resources are needed. To learn more about the study, visit our website .
Public input is important to this process. You are invited to attend an open town hall session with Matrix Consulting on July 14, 2022, at 6:00 PM. We will be discussing a wide range of topics related to police and fire services in Richmond. Your input is essential.
The forum will be held via Zoom. To register, please click here . Please download our flyer and share the word with your fellow neighbors and community groups!
New Public Records Request Portal
The Clerk’s Office is happy to announce the launching of NextRequest for electronic processing of public records requests.
Link to the portal: https://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/4331/Public-Records-Request
- City Manager’s Chronicles
Meetings and events of note in the past week include the following:
- Met with Human Resources staff to discuss financial modeling to support the implementation of the Classification and Compensation Study
- Met with Interim Deputy City Manager Anil Comelo, Finance Director Delmy Cuellar, Henry Gardner, and consultants to discuss pension obligation bonds
- Toured the city and documented several locations with blight and illegal dumping concerns
- Attended the July 5th, 2022 Regular Closed Session and City Council meeting
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.
Recycling and Compost Refresher Webinar!
The City of Richmond, Environmental Initiatives Division and Republic Services hosted an informational webinar about recycling and composting in Richmond on Thursday, July 7th.
Attendees learned about:
- What is allowed in compost and recycling bins, and what should be thrown in the trash
- How to dispose of household hazardous waste
- Important resources for sorting your trash and getting rid of bulky items
To view the recording in both English and Spanish, and to learn about other recycling resources and news, visit Richmond Recycling and Compost Services .
If you have questions about recycling or composting, contact Republic Services Recycling Coordinators at email@example.com or call, (510) 262-7140. For more information, visit, www.richmondsanitaryservice.com .
To stay up-to-date with community events and volunteer opportunities, sign up for the Environmental and Health Initiatives listserv and follow us on Facebook !
Free Capoeira Community Basics Classes at Rich City Rides!
Every Thursday from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM RICH CITY Gallery is hosting free classes of the Afro-Brazilian art of capoeira. Come learn movement, music, and culture in community. Axé
Classes are free, and Rich City Rides welcomes donations from participants.
Rich City Gallery
1500 Macdonald Ave Unit C, Richmond, CA 94801.
Ph: (510) 288-0944
¡Clases básicas de Capoeira gratis en Rich City Rides!
Todos los jueves de 6:00 PM a 7:00 PM RICH CITY Gallery ofrece clases gratuitas del arte afro-brasilero capoeira. Ven a aprender movimientos, música, y cultura en comunidad. Axé
Las clases son gratuitas, y Rich City Rides aceptará cualquier donación de los participantes.
Rich City Gallery
1500 Macdonald Ave Unit C, Richmond, CA 94801.
Ph: (510) 288-0944
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa (HACCC) Announces the Opening of the Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Waiting List
EXTENDED DEADLINE - Project-Based Voucher Wait List open from Monday, June 13, 2022, at 10:00 AM through Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 4:00 PM. Pre-applications will only be accepted for the properties listed below and can only be submitted online at www.contracostahousing.org . Please note that after July 21st, the waiting lists will be closed except for the Terraces Senior Apartments in Richmond.
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
Acceda al Folleto que Anuncia la Disponibilidad de la Lista de Espera del PBV - ESPAÑOL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at (925) 957-7085. Include your name, phone number, and a description of the issue in your message.
Micro Business Grant $2,500 – Application is OPEN
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has awarded funding for a Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Grants are available for businesses located Alameda, Amador, Contra Costa, and El Dorado counties. This program will provide grants of up to $2,500 per microbusiness. To be an eligible business, your business must have fewer than five (5) employees and earn less than $50,000 per year. The website includes additional information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Applications are OPEN.
For more information visit: https://sites.google.com/swccd.edu/clpccd/home
Grants will be given on a first come first serve basis with priority given to minority, women, or Veteran businesses.
Summer Youth Bus Pass
The Summer Youth Pass offers kids a great way to get around town, all summer long. For just $30, passholders ages 6-18 can take unlimited bus rides on County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, and WestCAT from June through August. On sale now at 511cc.org/youthpass
These programs encourage the use of sustainable transportation options and are funded by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and BAAQMD’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air.
Richmond Summer Bike Challenge 2022
The City Manager’s Office, Economic Development Department is excited to announce the launch of Richmond’s 2022 Summer Bike Challenge! Looking for FREE summertime fun? Explore Richmond on two wheels with 511 Contra Costa’s Summer Bike Challenge. Simply bike to each destination on Richmond’s gameboard (see flyer below), and cross off the squares as you go. Pick up free prizes on select dates, take weekly Bonus Challenges, and enter the iPad Grand Prize drawing just by signing up. All ages are welcome to play! Ready to roll? Visit 511cc.org/sbc/ to get started.
West Contra Costa School District (WCCUSD) Summer Meal for Kids 2022
The WCCUSD Summer Food Service Program provides FREE HEALTHY meals to children and teens 18 years of age and younger when school is out. Meals are available at parks, libraries, community centers and other locations throughout West Contra Costa. All children and teens 18 years and younger eat free. NO SIGN-UP OR PAPER REQUIRED!
Link to WCCUSD Food Services and locations:
KCRT Newsbyte of the Week
KCRT TV Channel 28 - New Episodes Of Current Programming
Regular Series Episode:
- New episode of “Creature Features” and “The Jet Set”.
- Multiple new episodes of “Sidewalks Entertainment” during the week.
- “NewsBytes” Segments: RFD Fire Alarm installation, CoBiz spotlight on Downtown Richmond, Juneteenth Underpass Mural, National Drive Electric and RichmondMOVES, 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, 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
Become a Lifeguard!
Join our Aquatics Team! Lifeguards are still needed for year-round shifts. Certified Lifeguards or strong swimmers of all ages with flexible schedules are encouraged to apply. Apply here ! We can train those who are qualified and available when we need it.
Hula Classes at the Senior Center
Now ongoing! Hula classes will be at the Richmond Senior Center from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM every Friday! Come out and learn the art of storytelling through Hula Dance. We are located at 2525 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond 94804. For more information, call (510) 307-8087.
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 email@example.com 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.
Week 4 Nevin Achieve Summer Camp Recap
We are nearing the halfway mark of our Nevin Achieve Summer Camp experience. This week the campers learned of the history of Rosie the Riveter. The campers were shocked that our beloved Richmond area was the blueprint for making ships for the war by women and minorities.
On Tuesday, the campers were introduced to the game capture the flag with a twist: there were three teams instead of two. Also, the campers were excited to play chess because they were able to play with all the chess pieces. The Practice Space was also with us on Tuesday, and our 5th and 6th graders were practicing debating and public speaking (top photo: camper answering a question).
Our field trips are on Wednesdays, and this week we went to the Antioch Water Park. The campers had so much fun on their field trip, which made it delightfully challenging to get them out of the water to head back to Nevin.
On Thursday, the campers did tie-dye shirts to represent our community and the Nevin Community Center to wear on our remaining field trips this summer! We also had Youth Code NOW classes and the East Bay Pickleball Association came to teach pickleball to the 4th and 5th graders. The Bay Area Creative came to teach us some fun stuff as well!
On Friday, we took the Nevin Squad to the Richmond Plunge to end week 4! Stay tuned to see what happens next!
Knitting Preemie Baby Hats with Our Seniors
Our knitting group at the Richmond Annex Senior Center was asked by Ms. Bess Anderson to help with a special project. They have been making preemie baby hats & booties to be donated to the hospital. Each one is made with love.
If you would like to volunteer to make them, please contact us at (510) 620-6812 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hey Batter, Batter! Children’s Services at the Richmond Public Library has Oakland A’s Tickets for you!
Stop by the Children’s Room at Richmond Main Library to receive a ticket voucher good for one A’s game. Each voucher can be redeemed for one ticket. The vouchers are valid for 2022 regular season games and are subject to availability/blackout date restrictions. The quantity is limited. Thank you to the Oakland Athletics organization for this generous donation. This is a family friendly activity. Please call (510) 620-6557 for more information.
Check out a California State Parks Pass at the Library!
We now have 21 California State Parks Passes that can be checked out with your library card. They provide free vehicle day-use entry to over 200 participating state parks to library-card holders. Visit the coast at McLaughlin Eastshore, Tomales Bay or hike Mount Diablo or Mount Tamalpais. Patrons have already used the passes to enjoy the woods at Samuel P. Taylor State Park and the coast near China Camp.
With so many more passes available, there is currently no wait to request one. Just come to the Library to check one out! If you don’t have a library card yet, you can get one.
For more information, call the Main Reference Desk (510) 620-6561, the Children’s Room (510) 620-6557, or call (510) 620-6566 for the Bayview Branch or (510) 620-6567 for the West Side Branch.
We hope to see you soon!
Have You Considered Owning an E-bike? Rebates are available for Richmond Residents!
E-bikes are fun, fast, and easy to ride. The electric motor makes going up hills a breeze. Using an e-bike will also help you save money on gas and avoid wear and tear on your car. Richmond residents with limited income may qualify for $500 E-Bike Rebates, for those with higher incomes, $150 rebates . Visit ccta.net/ebikeRebate to learn more and apply for your rebate.
Testimonials about E-Bikes from Richmond residents
- “With gas prices going up, and Bart being expensive, budget was a large consideration on buying an e-bike.” – Shifra, Richmond resident
- “As a 74-year-old senior it has got me cycling again! Love it! Love it Love it!” -James, Richmond resident
- “I love it! It has changed the game for me, and I really enjoy cycling” -Phillip, Richmond resident
Richmond Carshare and E-Bike Rebate cross promotion
Buy an e-bike and share an EV : the perfect modern lifestyle combo for affordable, reliable, and clean transportation that gets you where you need to go. Charge Up Contra Costa makes it easy and inexpensive. Learn more at ci.richmond.ca.us/ChargeUpContraCosta .
Abatement crews abated weeds from the Richmond Parkway, removed weeds from the Bay Trail, performed maintenance on alleyways and vacant lots, removed illegally dumped debris and removed graffiti from various locations throughout the City.
Richmond Parkway/Bay Trail Maintenance
Illegal Dumping & Graffiti Removal
Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance and daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, repaired toilets at Fire Station #68, fixed a toilet in the women’s restroom at the Main Library, repaired a urinal at the Parks Yard, replaced a sink drain separator at the Sign Shop at the Corporation Yard, replaced the safety edge on the apparatus door at Fire Station #62 and installed a new water supply for a hose bib at the Disabled Peoples Recreation Center.
Hose Bib Installation
Utility workers assisted the Housing Authority with maintenance, removed debris from parking lots, moved unused furniture from the Main Library to the storage area, power washed all common areas at Civic Center Plaza, cleaned the front of the Recreation Complex, power washed the Children’s Library quad and cleaned the Richmond Transit Center. Staff also provided services for 27 City owned buildings on a daily basis and disinfected common areas.
Furniture Removal Power Washing
Parks and Landscaping
General fund crews removed debris from Point Molate and Point Richmond, repaired irrigation at Booker T. Anderson Park, abated weeds at seven baseball fields and on Valley View Road, removed debris from the Greenway, performed maintenance along the South 55th and 56th Street sound walls as well as Cutting Boulevard, installed two gates on the Greenway, repaired irrigation on Hellings Avenue, and repaired fencing at Nicholl Park.
Irrigation Repair Ballfield Maintenance
Tree crews trimmed trees on Esmond Avenue, Solano Avenue and at Burg Park. Staff also responded to fallen tree branches on South 49th Street, Fran Way, Sonoma Street and at Marina Green Park. Tree remnants were chipped and turned into mulch.
Trimming at Burg Park
Marina Districtcrews removed debris from parks and parking lots, replaced dog waste bags, removed graffiti from various locations, performed maintenance along Esplanade Avenue, hand pulled weeds at the Moody Underpass, along the planters of Sand Beach, and Marina Bay Parkway and Bayside Drive, mowed and edged all lawns, manually watered medians on Marina Way and maintained the tree wells at Marina Bay Park.
Weed Abatement Esplanade
Hilltop District crews completed weed abatement on the Richmond Parkway medians, weed abated the right of ways on the Richmond Parkway, abated a homeless encampment at Vista Del Mar Park, continued irrigation repairs and repaired the banner at Country Club Vista Park.
Richmond Parkway Maintenance
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.
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
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City Manager’s Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804