|City Manager's Weekly Report for the Week Ending January 7th, 2011
January 8, 2011
Mayor and Councilmembers:
This is the weekly report for the week ending January 7th, 2011.
The next City Council meeting is the swearing-in ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM in the Richmond Auditorium. The next regular City Council meeting is on January 18th. A joint meeting of the City Council and the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25th in the Richmond City Council Chambers.
On Saturday, December 18th, 2010, community collaboration was at its best for the Parchester Village neighborhood clean up. Volunteers from the Parchester Village neighborhood, Operation Richmond, and Sweeping the City/Healthy Richmond Communities joined the City of Richmond City Manager’s Office, Code Enforcement Division, Recreation Department, Richmond Sanitary Services, Sims Metal Management and Hi-Tech E-Waste Recycling to host a free disposal drop off and neighborhood clean up for the Parchester Village community.
Prior to the event, volunteers from Parchester Village, Operation Richmond, and Sweeping the City/Healthy Richmond Communities canvassed the Parchester neighborhood. They distributed flyers and identified seniors needing assistance disposing their items. On the day of the clean up, volunteers staffed dumpsters and worked closely with city staff assisting residents during the clean up. As a result of this collaborative effort:
153 participants disposed of unwanted items
All told for 2010, the Neighborhood Clean Up Program yielded 247 tons of debris servicing 13 neighborhoods. In total, Sims Metal Management contributed nearly $2,600 from recycled metal to the participating neighborhoods to support neighborhood council sponsored activities and events. Special recognition goes to the crew of our Code Enforcement Division and the drivers of Richmond Sanitary Services for helping make this year’s program a success. Thanks also to Rochelle Monk, Community Affairs Coordinator in the City Manager’s Office, for her terrific work on this program for a number of years.
This week, the media reported rumors that the new Governor Jerry Brown is planning to "end redevelopment" as part of his January budget proposal. It has not been confirmed by his administration, but if it is true, as summarized by the League of California Cities, “…the idea smacks of gimmicks and desperation with insufficient legal, technical or political forethought.” The League made the following specific points, among others, in reaching this conclusion:
You will undoubtedly hear more about this in future weeks. Hopefully, you will hear that this idea doesn’t get off the ground.
To recycle Christmas trees, Richmond residents may:
In the last week of December 2010, Internet Archive (the Archive) completed its purchase of a 45,000 square foot building at 2512 - 2514 Florida Avenue in Richmond. Internet Archive is a San Francisco-based company that was founded in 1996 to build an internet library, offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The Archive has more than 192 library partners, including the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institute, Harvard University, the University of California and the National Library of Scotland.
Economic Development, Planning and Information Technology staff all contributed to the Archive’s decision to move forward with this acquisition. Initial plans call for data collection and warehousing with an eye towards development of enhanced technologies to better preserve cultural artifacts for future generations. The Archive is also keenly interested in working collaboratively with RichmondWORKS to create a local employment and training program for aspiring digital archivists.
On December 22nd, the Bond Finance Team completed the issuance of the Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) and the Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds (RZEDBs), at interest rates of 2.73% and 3.58%, respectively. These two transactions were sold to Bank of America in a “private placement,” where the city negotiated directly with Bank of America, and did not sell the bonds on the open market. Proceeds from these bonds will be used to fund various energy efficiency upgrades to city street lights and city facilities, as well as structural improvements to certain fire stations.
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30th, is available on the city’s website at:
This report presents the financial position and the results of the city’s operations for the fiscal year ended June 30th, and the cash flows of its proprietary fund types for the year then ended. Highlights from this year’s report include:
On Saturday, December 25th, the Recreation Department hosted the annual “Christmas in Richmond” charity event, directed by Richmond Resident Edna Campbell. Over 200 less fortunate community members were able to enjoy a free meal, music and other festivities. New clothes, toys and 100 bikes were distributed throughout the day.
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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