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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending July 23rd, 2010
July 24, 2010

Mayor and Councilmembers:

This is the weekly report for the week ending July 23rd, 2010.

  • Meeting Notes


The final City Council meeting prior to the August hiatus will be on Tuesday, July 27th beginning with a Closed Session at 5:00 PM, the Employee and Manager of the Year presentations at 6:00 PM, and the regular City Council agenda at 6:30 PM.  While the fourth Tuesday meeting of each month is generally reserved for study sessions, this meeting contains regular business items as well because of the August break.  Following the meeting on July 27th, the next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 7th.

  • Mediation of Dispute Regarding Chevron Hydrogen Renewal Project


Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Vice-Mayor Jeff Ritterman, Councilmember Maria Viramontes, City Attorney Randy Riddle, and the City Manager attended a mediation session regarding the Chevron hydrogen renewal project this past Thursday in Sacramento.  Assemblyman Mike Feuer presided over the mediation, which also included representatives from Chevron and from Communities for a Better Environment and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network.  Other than the fact that this meeting took place, there is nothing to report at this time and we will keep you informed.

  • Via Verdi Sinkhole Project


The construction of the emergency temporary two-lane bypass road around the Via Verdi sinkhole began on Monday, July 19th.  The bypass road will include:  1) two lanes for traffic, 2) a three-way stop sign on El Portal Drive, 3) temporary street lights, and 4) a four foot wide pedestrian path separated from the vehicular lanes by bollards.  The path will include accessible curb ramps on El Portal Drive and on Via Verdi.  The bypass road will be routed through the neighboring cemetery property and is expected to open to traffic in one month.

Via Verdi access to the impacted Sobrante Glen neighborhood will remain uninterruptedduring construction.  When the bypass road is completed, traffic will be shifted from Via Verdi to the bypass road.  Then the sinkhole area and adjacent portions of Via Verdi will be excavated to initiate the investigation phase, to determine the cause of the sinkhole.

  • Recreation Highlights


  • Jr. Giants Baseball:  The Recreation Department’s Jr. Giants team, ages 7-10, plays against the Richmond PAL team at 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 22nd at Nicholl Park.
  • Basketball:  The Men’s under 21 basketball league continues Friday, July 23rd, for the second week of the season.  A newly formed “Nevin Center” team, coached by Nevin Center staff member, Jacque Robinson, father of NBA player Nate Robinson of the Boston Celtics, will join the league this week.


  • Kids ‘n Motion Summer Camp:  The Kids ‘n Motion summer camp programs are participating in a variety of activities:
  • May Valley enjoyed an ice cream social;
  • Shields-Reid will go to Berkeley Ironworks for a day of rock climbing on 22 different walls of varying difficulty;
  • Richmond Recreation Complex –
  • 16 participants went on a special trip to Treasure Island for a 2-hour excursion;
  • 3 participants went on a 6-hour white water rafting excursion at the American River on Saturday, July 10th; 
  • A naturalist from the East Bay Regional Park District gave a presentation about reptiles and wildlife to the entire camp of over 90 participants.


  • No Drugs Down the Drain Campaign

A local neighborhood clean-up will be held this weekend at John F. Kennedy High School, which is open only to those neighborhoods in that particular location.  In conjunction with the event, the Engineering Services Department’s Source Control Program will host a “No Drugs Down the Drain” at which residents may bring their medications in for proper disposal.

  • “One Richmond” Service Collaborative Meeting


As you may recall from back in January and April, the City, in conjunction with the YMCA of the East Bay, the Richmond Community Foundation, and Supervisor John Gioia’s office, helped convene meetings of representatives of various community collaborative efforts.  At the two past meetings, spokespersons for these efforts had the opportunity to present their projects and share their experiences, key learning outcomes, and best practices.  One specific outcome of these meetings was a grant application from a broad cross section of non-profit agencies in Richmond for the federal Promise Neighborhoods program.  This means that only one consolidated Promise Neighborhoods grant application came out of Richmond, which, we believe, causes it to be more desirable for this highly competitive program.

The third “One Richmond” collaborative meeting took place today (Friday), at which there was an interest in continuing this effort, adding perhaps some additional structure around data sharing, building a service directory, and building technical capacity.  We will continue to keep you informed as these efforts continue.

  • City Transfers $1.5 Million to School District


This past week, the Finance Department processed a payment of $1.5 million to the West Contra Costa Unified School District.  This payment represents the City’s efforts to prevent the closure of schools in Richmond for the 2010-2011 academic year.

  • Adult Summer Reading


Whether community members are just looking for something good to read, or trying to complete the Adult Summer Reading Program Bingo card to win prizes, the Richmond Public Library has added some hand-selected book lists to its website (www.richmondlibrary.org) to help locate the perfect book.  Interested community members simply need to scroll over Book Lists on the library’s home page, scroll over Adult Summer Reading Book Lists, and then click on the list that they want.  Each list includes links to the library catalog and a printer-friendly version of the list.  Library staff has also added Book Lists for children, to help them find books similar to some of the more popular children’s series, such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter.

  • Music on the Main


The Richmond Main Street “Music on the Main” concert series continues at the FoodsCo Shopping Center at Macdonald Avenue and Marina Way on Wednesday, July 28th with Andre Thierry.  The Richmond Police Athletic League (RPAL) Empowering Youth Through Music’s Youth Ensemble will also be featured.  The program, which will run from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, includes gospel, R&B, soul and youth jams.  The event offers great music, games, food and fun for free.

  • Public Works Updates


  • Crews completed the resurfacing of 26th Street from Macdonald Avenue to Broadway in front of the Rosie the Riveter National Park offices, and Broadway from Carlson Boulevard to Macdonald Avenue in front of the Post Office this week.
  • Crews will grind and pave 16th Street from Portola to Pennsylvania Avenues next week.


  • On July 16th, the Equipment Services Division received the delivery of the new Public Works paver and roller, which were put in service on Monday, July 19th.  The equipment was utilized this week with the paving of the aforementioned areas of Broadway and 26th Street.  The purchase of this equipment will result in considerable equipment rental savings on an ongoing basis.
  • A Parks and Landscaping Division contractor started working this week at Nicholl Park to replace four old and damaged lighting poles, two at the skate park and the other two along the main walkway. This lighting repair work will increase safety at the park and night time usage of the park.


  • The Parks and Landscaping Division will continue working on vegetation management and weed abatement along the eight miles of the Richmond Parkway from I-580 to I-80 this week.
  • East Bay Center for the Performing Arts Concert in the Civic Center Plaza


Talented musicians from the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts provided the community with a free noon time concert in the Civic Center Plaza today (Friday), reminding all of those listening of what remarkable potential there is in this transformed Civic Center area.  Hopefully, more such outdoor concerts are on the way.


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!


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Bill Lindsay
City Manager
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804-1630
Phone:  510-620-6512
Fax:  510-620-6542
E-mail:  bill_lindsay@ci.richmond.ca.us