|City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week
Ending April 18th, 2008
April 19, 2008
Mayor and Councilmembers:
This is the weekly report for the week ending April 18th, 2008.
1. Meeting Notes
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd, beginning with a Closed Session at 5:30 PM, followed by a Redevelopment Agency meeting, and then the City Council meeting at 7:00 PM.
2. Wastewater Bonds Receive Credit Rating Upgrade
As you may recall, City staff has been pursuing credit rating upgrades, as part of bond restructurings that are a strategic response to the credit crisis in the municipal market. We are happy to report that Standard & Poor’s has upgraded the rating on the 2006 Wastewater Bonds, from “BBB” to “A+”; a four-notch upgrade. S&P cited the substantially improved financial performance of the wastewater system as a key credit factor. This rating upgrade should result in immediate savings through reduced interest costs on the 2006B bonds, as well as substantially lower financing costs for the restructuring and future bond issues. The Standard & Poor’s credit report is available on the City’s website.
3. RichmondBuild Continues to Receive National Recognition
The RichmondBuild Program offered by the City’s Employment and Training Department continues to receive national recognition. As recent examples:
publication, “Green-Collar Jobs in
featured in two presentations to a national audience at the Green for
All conference in
· RichmondBUILD will be featured in a documentary being developed by SLI on how Green Collar jobs can provide a pathway to prosperity.
· RichmondBUILD will be the backdrop for two upcoming documentaries. First, the Film Posse, LLC is doing a piece for the World Health Organization on the Roots of Health with an emphasis on Green Collar training programs. Second, NOVA, an affiliate with A & E, will be filming at the RichmondBUILD site for a feature on Green Collar Jobs.
4. City Attorney Louise Renne Receives Crystal Eagle Award
City Attorney Louise Renne
was awarded the Crystal Eagle Award at the
5. Volunteer Luncheon
Over 140 City residents
attended the volunteer appreciation luncheon on Thursday, April 17 at
the Hilltop Courtyard Marriott hosted by the City Council. Volunteers
that serve on City of
My thanks to Trina Jackson of the City Manager’s office, and to other City staff members, for their efforts in hosting this event.
6. Shimada Visitors
As you know, four Council
7. Recent Highlights from the Recreation Department
The following are noteworthy
items from the City of
· The after school program has now expanded to three WCCUSD sites, at Martin Luther King, Peres and Stege Elementary schools. Daily activities include art, crafts, low organized games and soccer.
· The Youth Activities division is collaborating with the management at Hilltop Mall to bring recreation program services to the Mall for elementary age school children.
department will be conducting Recreation Information Day on May 17, 2008
8. The City “Goes Live” with CRW’s TrakIT system
The City of
This past week, the Richmond Public Library celebrated the reopening of the its two branches, the Bayview Library, 5100 Hartnett Avenue, near Carlson & Bayview, and the West Side Library, 135 Washington Avenue, in Point Richmond. Events included the following:
· On Monday, award-winning magician Alex Ramon (Magic by Alex!) performed two shows, one each at the two reopened branches.
· On Tuesday, the Bayview Library hosted a story reading by the Reading Wizard, with cake and punch served to attendees.
· On Wednesday, author Priscilla Royal spoke about her series of medieval mysteries, with an informal reception and book signing at the West Side Library.
· Also on Wednesday, the Bayview Library showed a classic anime film about a mysterious forest spirit who befriends two young girls.
· On Thursday, the Bayview Library hosted an evening of challenging board games and activities.
· Also on Thursday, the Main Branch (325 Civic Center Plaza) hosted author Angelica Carpenter, who gave a presentation on becoming a writer, and shared slides and research from her biography of Oz books’ author L. Frank Baum.
10. General Plan Advisory Committee
The General Plan Advisory Committee met on Thursday, April 17 to select preferred activity levels (Options 1-3) for numerous ‘change areas’ identified in the General Plan update. The results of this effort will be presented to the Planning Commission in May and to the City Council in June or July.
11. Hilltop Drive Paving Completed
On Friday, the Public Works
Department, working in partnership with contractors, completed a
one-week project to resurface
12. Anti-Graffiti Project to be Launched During the Week of May 5th
As you recall, the City
Council recently approved a contract for technical assistance in
implementing an anti-graffiti program, modeled after the very successful
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!