|City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week
Ending March 28th, 2008
March 29, 2008
Mayor and Councilmembers:
This is the weekly report for the week ending March 28th, 2008.
1. Meeting Notes
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st, beginning with a Closed Session at 4:30 PM.
2. City Manager’s Schedule
I will be out of the office beginning Monday, March 31st and returning Monday, April 7th. Leslie Knight will serve as the Acting City Manager during my absence, including directing staff coverage for the City Council meeting on April 1st.
3. Point Molate LDA Status Report (Click Here)
Attached is the annual Point Molate LDA Status Report from Upstream Point Molate LLC. The report covers EIR/EIS activities, federal permitting activities, and negotiations with the Navy regarding the required site remediation, among other issues. The report concludes with the statement from the developer that they are proceeding as planned, in accordance with the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) of 2004.
4. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Year Ended June 30, 2007
On February 28th, the City issued its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Year Ended June 30, 2007. This document reflects a continuation of the City’s financial strengths, including maintaining a balance of $30 million in General Fund cash, and strong increases in property taxes and sales taxes. This is a good position for the City to be in as it heads into what appears to be an economic downturn, at least at the state and national levels. The City’s business-type funds also demonstrate strong financial performances, with the Richmond Housing Authority and Port both reporting an increase in fund balance. The CAFR is available for review on the City’s website at:
5. Departmental Budget Hearings
Finance staff along with the City Manager and the Assistant City Manager, concluded the budget hearings with departments to review the first draft of their FY 2008-09 budget submissions on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. Finance staff members are in the process of compiling all information into the Proposed FY 2008-09 Operating and Capital Improvement Plan Budgets in preparation for distribution to the City Council, in compliance with the recently-adopted ordinance, on May 6, 2008.
6. Recreation Department Highlights for the Month of March
· On Saturday, March 4th, Recreation Administration staff, along with Parks, Vallier Design, and the Recreation and Parks Commission, conducted a day long workshop concerning the re-design of Nichol Park. Participants walked the park and recorded impressions, worked in team groups to discuss design possibilities and future programs. Each work team presented their ideas at the conclusion of the workshop. Recreation staff will take the Commissioners on a tour of Sycamore Valley Park in Danville on Saturday March 29, 2008, to tour their modern recreation, park and athletic facility.
· The Richmond Senior Center held the 1st Annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, March 8, 2008. There were 130 participants in attendance for the displays, entertainment, and traditional southern food.
· United States Youth Games – Richmond Youth Sports attended meetings on March 13th and 14th at Lake Merritt for the Youth Games, which will be held in Oakland in July this year. Representatives from New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Florida and Atlanta came together to finalize the details for this year’s games. The City of Richmond Youth Sports has been invited to participate in the 15 and under and 13 and under events, which include basketball, soccer, chess, volleyball, swimming, flag football and tennis. Richmond youth sports highlights can be found on the web at:
· Additional activities:
o Richmond Little League commences Saturday March 29, 2008, at 9:00 AM at Nichol Park, (collaboration with PAL, YMCA and National Little League) - 150 participants.
o Easter programs last week included: Recreation Complex, breakfast with the Bunny, 80 participants, Booker T. Anderson egg hunt, 300 participants, Country Club Vista egg hunt, 40 participants.
o Monterey Bay Aquarium, 90 participants,
o Golden State Warriors, 25 participants,
o SF Giants Playball Luncheon, 13 participants.
o DPRC participants performed for the “You Make a Difference Awards Ceremony” at De Jean Middle School and were featured in the West County Times news article on March 7, 2008.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.
Have a great week!
City of Richmond
1401 Marina Way South
Richmond, CA 94804