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  December 18, 2018, Regular Richmond City Council Agenda/Packet - CLOSED SESSION BEGINS AT 5:30 P.M.
December 15, 2018

Sent on behalf of City Manager Carlos Martinez



Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending December 14th, 2018.

1.    Meeting Notes

The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18th. Closed Session begins at 5:30 PM, and the Special Meeting of the Richmond Housing Authority begins at 6:25 PM. The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council will begin at 6:30 PM, and the agenda may be found by clicking this link: December 18th City Council Agenda.

2.    Upcoming Events

Join us this weekend for the 21st Annual Senior Winter Ball on December 15th!
On Saturday, December 15th, in the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, join seniors and (not so seniors) in an evening of dancing, dining, and outstanding entertainment featuring Top Shelf Review. The Top Shelf musical singers and dancers have been dazzling the music scene for years. The cost of admission is $30. Dinner will be served from 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM.

The Ball affords seniors an opportunity to “dress up” in their finest, be served dinner at their tables, meet old friends, make new friends, and just enjoy themselves.

For additional information, please contact Chair Myrtle Braxton at (510) 233-0777 or Correspondence Secretary Naomi Williams at (510) 918-6955.

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Community Services Department Mini-Grant Program Now Open!

Grants of up to $5,000 are available up to provide support for organizations that serve the needs of community, youth, and youth sports. The Mini-Grant program is designed to support organizations that are Richmond-serving and that partner with and/or consistently utilize facilities managed by the Community Services Department.

The grant applications and all relevant attachments for the 2018-2019 fiscal year is must be submitted electronically to by 5:00 PM on December 31, 2018, with attention to Guadalupe Morales at the Community Services Department.

Find more information on how to apply available on the Community Services website.

3.    Acknowledgments

Miraflores Grand Opening

The City of Richmond, Community Housing Development Corporation, Eden Housing, and many other stakeholders came together to on December 14th to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Miraflores Senior Apartments located at 150 South 45th Street. This new development provides 79 affordable apartments to seniors and was made possible through a partnership between many financial, community, and affordable housing entities.

4.    City Manager’s Office

Innovative Community Solar Project Grant Award

The City of Richmond Environmental & Health Initiatives Division received a notification that the State’s Department of Community Services and Development is recommending a grant award of $2.4 million to construct a community solar project at the Port of Richmond automobile processing facility. This unique community solar project will allow CSD to pilot several approaches to provide energy cost savings to low-income families through community solar. The project, a collaboration between the City of Richmond and GRID Alternatives, will generate revenue from a feed-in tariff offered by MCE Clean Energy. Between 80% and 95% of the subscribers will be residents of affordable housing properties near the Port of Richmond that are unable to support sizeable rooftop solar systems. The City of Richmond and GRID will work with the affordable housing owners to provide direct financial benefits to the tenants that are equal to 75% of typical electricity costs for renters. The remaining 5%-20% of the subscribers will be local renters and homeowners that are not able to benefit from existing low-income solar programs.

Affordable Housing Free Solar Program

The City of Richmond hosted an informational workshop on Tuesday, December 11th, with GRID Alternatives Bay Area to learn more about the State’s $1 billion Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH) program. SOMAH is the largest investment in solar on multifamily affordable housing in California. The SOMAH program offers incentives that can cover all the costs of installing solar to benefit low-income tenants. More information about eligibility and participation can be found on the SOMAH website.

Community Air Monitoring Initiative

Groundwork Richmond, in partnership with the City of Richmond Environmental Initiatives Division, and environmental consultant Ramboll, was awarded a grant from the California Air Resources Board to deploy 50 air monitoring sensors throughout the Richmond community. The “Air Rangers” project is part of the State of California Assembly Bill 617 (AB617) Community Air Protection Program. The partnership is still seeking community input to recommend where the air monitors should be installed. Please submit location recommendations at

In the run up to their groundbreaking Air Rangers AB 617 Community Air Grant, the Groundwork Richmond Green Corps visited Clarity Movement air monitoring company at their Berkeley headquarters this week to learn more about the new solar-powered Node-S remote air sensors that will provide real-time air quality results across the City of Richmond.

Recycling and Bulky Item Disposal Options during the Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, the City Manager’s Office Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division encourage residents to consider the options below for disposing of bulky items, bagged items, and household hazardous waste (HHW). Information regarding all of the programs can be found by visiting, Thank you for taking the time to properly dispose of bulky items, HHW, and other materials in an environmentally responsible manner.

Richmond Bulky Item Pick-up

Richmond Single-family, Duplex and Multi-Family (3-19 units) residents can receive a free Bulky Item pick-up. A limited number of items can be collected.
Please contact Republic Services, (510) 262-7100, at least one week in advance to reserve your Clean-up day. Multi-family property owners or managers must call to schedule a collection. Due to space limitations of our waste collection vehicles, Clean-up day scheduling will be on a first-come, first-serve basis

Household Hazardous Waste

Richmond residents have two locations for disposing of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) conveniently and for free. Please bring proof of residency. For more information on acceptable items, visit or call (888) 412-9277.

1)    West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801
Open Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Closed: Noon - 12:30 PM)
(888) 412-9277

2)    El Cerrito Recycling Center
7501 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Open every Tuesday for HHW Disposal
8:00 AM - 5:45 PM 
(510) 215-4350

Holiday Tree Disposal and Recycling Options:

Visit to view the options for properly disposing of holiday trees. For more information please contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100.

5.    City Manager Chronicles

I have listed below some of the topics for meetings that I attended during the past week in the hope that it provides an idea of the varied issues with which our organizations deals routinely.

Meetings and events of note during the past week included:

·         Met with representatives from Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) to discuss their priorities, environmental health concerns, and their strategies around youth engagement and community empowerment.
·         Was introduced to the Richmond Public Library Foundation board members and learned about their current fundraising efforts and needs of the library as well as the needs and assessment for a new library.
·         Attended the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council (RNCC) annual holiday party and was introduced to many neighborhood council board members and other resident leaders. I enjoyed the group… and dinner.
·         Along with staff members from the City Manager’s Office, the Richmond Housing Authority (RHA), and the Mayor’s Office, Mayor Butt and I met with representatives of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to discuss our continued collaboration to improve the performance of RHA and implement the direction received from the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
·         Introduced myself to City staff at the final All Hands meeting on Friday to provide an overview of the City’s financial position, challenges ahead, and the great number of development projects under construction, entitled, under review and at the conceptual stage. The message in a nutshell: the City is fine, we have challenges that need to resolve but together we can overcome, and the future looks bright.

  • Met with staff from Information Technology Department and the City Attorney’s Office to review the city’s electronic retention policy, discuss best practices, and our implementation plan.

6.    City Clerk’s Office

Apply for Your U.S. Passport at Richmond City Hall!

The City of Richmond City Clerk’s Office is accepting passport applications on behalf of the United States Department of State. United States citizens planning international travel may apply for their passport at 450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, during the following hours by appointment only:

Monday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(Closed 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM – days of operation only)

Please recognize that the area is an operational executive office, and a quiet zone. No drop in service for same day appointments or scheduling future appointments is available at this time; you must call (510) 620-6786 to schedule all appointments.

For application forms, information on documentation required, fees, and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information –

For more information about the City of Richmond Passport Acceptance Facility, please visit

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7.    Community Services Department

Family Volunteer Day Recap

On Saturday, December 8th, we hosted Family Volunteer Day at the Recreation Complex. Volunteers joined us to clean-up around the Recreation Complex as well as Nicholl Park. Afterwards, Richmond Tool Library led a “Build Your Own Planter Box” workshop for participants, providing soil and seeds as well. We are grateful for all of our volunteers for helping beautify the community!

Family Volunteer Day was sponsored by ServiceWorks Richmond, Richmond Tool Library, Richmond Love Your Block, and The Energy Coalition’s Climate Leaders in Action Grant.

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A Christmas Lunch

The Richmond Annex Senior Center held its annual Christmas lunch on December 7th. The Contra Costa Community College Culinary Arts Department catered the event and provided delicious food. The Richmond Firefighters went above and beyond their duty and helped served 55 seniors their meal. Even Santa came with a present for everyone! Fun was had by all & they are already looking forward to their New Year Celebration on January 15th, 2019.

Thank you to the Richmond Firefighters for helping us out and all of our participants!

Candy Cane Classic Basketball Tournament

The Community Services Department’s annual Candy Cane Classic Basketball Tournament was held on December 7th-9th at the Recreation Complex, Booker T. Anderson Community Center, and Richmond Police Activities League gyms. Twenty teams (12 players on each team) participated in this tournament separated into 5 different divisions; 10U, 12U Green, 12U Red, 14U Boys and 14U Girls. Approximately 250 parents, fans and spectators came to cheer and support the kids in this tournament. The winners and runner ups in each division were awarded team trophies and individual medals. Richmond Friends of Recreation (RFOR) sponsored 8 teams that participated in this tournament.


8.    Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects
Construction of pedestrian improvements continues on the 37th Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvements Project. This project is funded by a federal grant and local funds and includes installation of: bicycle facilities and curb ramps along 37th Street from Center Avenue to Cerrito Avenue; pedestrian count-down timers at the signalized intersections at Macdonald and Barrett Avenues; a new left turn arrow for both directions of travel for Barrett Avenue traffic at 37th Street, and pedestrian bulb-outs at the intersection with Macdonald Avenue.

The Richmond City Council awarded the construction contract to W. R. Forde, and construction management and inspection services are being provided by Ghirardelli Associates.

This week the contractor compacted soils, placed forms, and poured a concrete bulb-out on the southeast corner of the intersection with Macdonald Avenue, and demolished the concrete at the southwest corner of the intersection in preparation for installation of another bulb-out.

37th Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvements Project

Crews have completed the slurry and striping for the Harbour Way South (HWS) Project from Wright Avenue down to the Ferry Point Terminal.


Harbour Way South (HWS) Project

Streets Division

Crews continued paving the tennis court at Nichol Park, installed new signs at the Police department, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Paving Work at Nicholl Park Tennis Court

New Sign Installation at Richmond Police Department

Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the second Monday through Friday in May Valley, Vista View, Clinton Hill I- IV and East Richmond neighborhood council areas.

Signs and Lines installed 24 new signs and poles, and painted 20’ of curbs and zoning.

Electrical Division

Crews repaired signal lights at San Pablo Avenue and Barrett Avenue, and performed camera cleaning on Richmond Parkway and Atlas Road.

Signal Light Repairs on San Pablo Avenue

Camera Cleaning on Richmond Parkway

9.    Fire Department

Holiday Safety Message from Richmond Fire Prevention
With fall in full swing and winter on the way, temperatures will drop. Using appliances such as ovens as heaters is dangerous. Firefighters have responded to numerous fires caused by people using ovens and hair dryers to keep themselves warm. If you will be using a space heater, please take note of the following reminders, as space heaters are responsible for 79% of deaths in fires involving heating equipment inside homes (source: National Fire Protection Association).
·         Do not leave your space heater unattended, or fall asleep with it on.
·         Inspect your space heater for cracked or damaged cords and broken plugs. Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
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Place portable space heaters on a solid, flat surface and at least three feet from anything that can burn, including paper materials, clothes, curtains, etc.
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Lastly, always remember to make sure all the smoke detectors and fire alarms in your home function properly.

Greetings and Happy Holidays from Fire Marshal Govan

As we enter the holiday season, the Fire Prevention Division wants to ensure yours is joyous and safe. Your family and loved ones can enjoy the season by safeguarding against hazards. For many, decorating the tree with lights and ornaments is a family tradition. Festive items associated with the holiday season such as trees, lights, and candles can present fire risks that can turn this festive time of year into a devastating one.

Here are some recommendations to prevent fire risks in your home:

Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.

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Always unplug your Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving your home.

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Water your Christmas tree every day. Keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles, and heat vents.

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10. Information Technology

Facebook Statistics for the week ending December 14, 2018

ü  Total page LIKES increased by 167%
ü  Total PAGE previews increased by 138%

Website Statistics for the week of December 14, 2018


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11. Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews removed trash and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.

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Illegal Dumping

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Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement staff received complaints about appliances and debris on the front yard of a residential home. A Notice of Violation was sent to the property owner and the debris was removed.

Before and After

Code Enforcement responded to complaints of illegal dumping in front of an apartment complex. The Code Enforcement Officer sent a Notice of Violation to the owner of the property. Shortly thereafter, the debris was removed.

Before and After

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the ignition module and fan belt on one of the furnaces in the Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) building, repaired the furnace at the K9 Building, fixed the air conditioning unit on the roof of 450 Civic Center Plaza, replaced a urinal at Lucretia Edwards Park, serviced the boiler at the Senior Center, fixed the furnace and replaced the thermostat at the Port Administration building, unclogged sinks at the Library, and repaired the apparatus door at Fire Station #67.

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Air Conditioner Repair at 450 Civic Center

Utility Workers continued with weed abatement around Civic Center Plaza, set up a Christmas tree in the City Hall lobby, relocated a pool table from the Nevin Community Center to the Shields Reid Community Center, waxed floors at the Recreation Complex, set-up tables for meetings, and maintained 29 City-owned facilities.

Floor Waxing at the Recreation Complex

Parks and Landscaping

General Maintenance crews trimmed trees at the Main Library, replaced broken boards on the bleachers at Nicholl Park, trimmed shrubs at LaMoine Park, cleared drains at Mira Vista Park, weeded and trimmed pathways, picked up trash on the Greenway, weeded medians on Castro Ranch Road, replaced signs in various locations, removed graffiti at Huntington Park, and removed fallen leaves and palms from Janice Park.

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Maintenance at Mira Vista Park

Hilltop Districtcrewscontinued general maintenance around the business area, restarted weed abatement at Country Club and Bay Vista Parks, continued mulch installation on medians at Hilltop Drive and Hilltop Mall Road, and continued weed abatment on Atlas Road.

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Mulch Installation

Marina District crews continued with the Esplanade Landscape Project, performed general maintenance throughout district, and mowed and maintained lawns.

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Esplanade Landscape Project


12. Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS)

Tammi Edwards and Sam Vaughn, ONS Senior Program Management Staff, City of Richmond Councilmember Jael Myrick, Kanwarpal Dhaliwal and Kimberly Aceves, co-founders of RYSE attended the 2018 Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Policy Summit on December 10th at The California Endowment in Oakland, CA.  The Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Policy Summit is an annual convening of network partners to enhance advocacy strategies, build solidarity, and determine policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session.   This years’ summit included a conversation with Senator Nancy Skinner on SB 1421 (Skinner) and AB 2605 (Gipson) - Police Transparency & Accountability; discussions on campaign strategy, action planning and policy implementation updates that included the 2018-2019 California Policy Wins: Advance Healing Justice (AB 1639 E. Garcia), Securing the Right to Work (AB 2138 Chiu; AB 2293 Reyes) and Schools Not Prisons (AB 2944 Jones-Sawyer).

13. Police Department

Cocoa with a Cop

It was a great day of cocoa, community and conversation at Unity Park. On Saturday, December 8th, RPD officers and command staff had a chance to meet with and engage in dialogue community members. Officers also took the opportunity to play soccer and basketball with some of the kids in attendance.

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Breakfast with Santa

On December 8th, our Explorer Post #110 youth and their advisors hosted a pancake breakfast as a fundraiser for the Explorer program which introduces youth aged 14-20 to law enforcement by exposing them to many of the duties, skills and teamwork of the police profession. The Explorers seated, served, and interacted with the guests, while Santa and Mrs. Claus were available to take photos and gather wishes for the holiday season. It was a successful event with smiles and good cheer shared by all.

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Hug-A- Bear

Santa got some help from the Santa Fe Neighborhood Council and some very special fuzzy friends. Each year the neighborhood council holds their Annual "Hug a Bear Dinner" to collect stuffed animals for children who have experienced crisis.

RPD DVSU Sergeant Kris Tong spoke to the attendees of the dinner to thank them for their continued support and remind us all of the importance of something as small as a stuffed animal for children in times of need.

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Detectives in Action

Richmond Narcotics Detectives served a search warrant in the southern district. Upon searching the residence, 2 shotguns, 1 rifle, various ammunition including 3 AR-15 magazines, marijuana, and cocaine were recovered from the residence.

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Annual Crime Prevention Holiday Potluck and Toy Drive

On Wednesday, December 12th, the Crime Prevention Executive Board and the Richmond PD hosted their annual potluck and toy drive.  Guests brought their favorite holiday dish and new unwrapped toys which are donated to the Fire and Police Holiday Toy and Food Program. After dinner and great conversation, everyone enjoyed listening to and singing some favorite holiday favorites with the St. Johns Men’s Choir.

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Santa Needs a New Sleigh Fundraiser

Santa Needs a New Sleigh, is an annual fundraising event at the Eastbrother Beer Co. put on by the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) for one of their many community events in Downtown Richmond.  Attendees purchased tickets for prizes, enjoyed music, food and drinks, and took selfies with Santa. Many even brought a new unwrapped toy (all toys were donated to the Fire and Police Holiday Toy and Food Program). This event raised funds for RMSI’s annual Downtown Holiday Festival which brought the community together to celebrate the yuletide cheer through a partnership with the East Bay Center for Performing Arts, hosting another visit with Santa, “A Richmond Nutcracker”, and a holiday street lighting and caroling on December 12th. 

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14. Richmond Promise

Richmond Promise is Hiring 2 Americorps VISTAs!! Start Date - February 19th!

Are you passionate about supporting the college success of students from Richmond? Are you responsible, hard-working, and organized? You could be a Richmond Promise Americorps VISTA Fellow!

The Richmond Promise is seeking two (2) awesome individuals who are passionate about the mission of the Richmond Promise and equitable access to higher education to join our team as Americorps VISTA Fellows February 2019-January 2020. The two roles are:

·         College Success Coordinator
·         Scholarship Operations & Data Coordinator

Learn more here. The ideal candidate for this role is someone who believes deeply in doing whatever it takes to help our students succeed, has relentless and rigorous attention to detail, enjoys efficiency and improvement of systems, and is excited about supporting a college going and graduating culture in Richmond, CA! S/he should thrive in a fast-paced and multifaceted environment, have experience and demonstrated success in balancing multiple priorities, enjoy building relationships with students and adults, and proactively solving challenges. Please share widely!

1.    Applications are due January 11th
2.    Visit the VISTA homepage:…/americorps/americorpsvista
3.    From there, click the red Apply Now button.
4.    Click the My.AmeriCorps.Gov link and search "Richmond Promise."
5.    Questions? Email

2019 Richmond Promise Scholarship Application is now open! Our Early Scholarship Deadline is December 21st

Our 2019 Richmond Promise Scholarship application is now available to complete at our website,

To be eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship, a student must:

·   Be a resident of Richmond or North Richmond (i.e. have a Richmond home
·   Have graduated from an eligible High School within the West Contra Costa Unified School District boundary area or received your General Educational Development/High School equivalency between June 2018-19
·   Have attended an eligible High School at least 9th-12th grade consecutively
·   Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid/Dream Act by the March 2nd California Grant deadline

All students who submit their application by the early deadline on December 21st, will be entered into a raffle to win FREE PRIZES! These include either Apple Air Pods or Beats Headphones.

Once again, the application can be found on the Richmond Promise website:

Please share this opportunity with eligible students in your life!

The FAFSA application for financial aid can be found at, and
Dream Act application can be found at

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15. Water Resource Recovery

Cutting/Carlson & Hoffman Wet Weather Improvement Projects

On October 1, 2018, construction began on the pipeline replacement projects at Cutting/Carlson & Hoffman Boulevards in the City of Richmond.  These $8.8 million projects will replace 4.5 miles of aging and damaged sewer pipe and are expected to be completed in September 2019. 

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Line replacement work along 25th and Maine

The line replacement project replaces collector sewer pipelines in neighborhoods upstream of the Cutting Blvd., First Street, and 23rd Street Interceptors, in order to reduce inflow and infiltration and associated surcharging and sanitary sewer overflows (SSO’s).

Rehabilitation of Wastewater Treatment Plant Primary and Secondary Process Tanks

As part of the $6.7 million High Priority Plant Projects to address aging infrastructure and improve Wastewater Treatment Plant reliability and operating efficiency, both Primary Sedimentation Basins and all three Secondary Clarifiers are being rehabilitated this year prior to the rainy season. This project is expected to be completed by the end of this month.


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Secondary Clarifier #3 - installing modern technology to
improve the wastewater treatment process.

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Secondary Clarifier #3 returned to service December 7, 2018.

For additional information on any capital projects, please contact the Veolia Capital Program Management team at (510) 412-2001, ext. 33106.


Thank you for keeping up with the activities in the City of Richmond.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about these or any other items of interest to you.

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Thank You!

Carlos Martinez
City Manager
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
(510) 620-6512

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Connecting with the City of Richmond

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To contact us by phone:

The City’s website ( provides a department and staff directory at

If you’re not sure which department you need to contact, we encourage you to phone the City Manager’s office at (510) 620-6512.

Using the CORConnect Application on the City’s Website:
You can use the CORConnect button on the City’s website ( to report any comments, questions or concerns regarding the work being done by City staff.  The CORConnect issues go directly to the responsible department, and the city manager reviews reported issues on a regular basis to determine if City staff members are responding appropriately.  If you do not feel that you have received a satisfactory response, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (510) 620-6512.
To access CORConnect select the CORConnect button on the homepage of the City website.

Alternatively, you can select the COR Connect button on any other webpage on the left hand side of the page.

On the next screen under Report an Issue select Report Issue/Concern to create a report or Search Issue/Concerns to look up a previously reported issue.  You can also look up previously submitted issues to check on the current status if you provided you name, phone number or email when you submitted it. 

On the page, you can also look up information on a parcel, see permits issued and look up business license information.  If you have a current business license you can pay to renew it online with a credit card.

The recommended browsers are: Microsoft Edge, or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 using the compatibility mode. It can be found in the upper right corner of Internet Explorer: click on the "gear" icon and select Compatibility View Settings, then add the site to the list and click "Close."

The City of Richmond is looking forward to feedback from the community on CORConnect. We welcome your comments at

Using the City of Richmond Mobile Application:

The City of Richmond mobile app provides Richmond’s community members with one-stop access to City services and information via mobile devices. The app allows quick and real-time reporting of neighborhood-related issues; viewing the City’s events calendar; finding addresses and phone numbers of local businesses, city departments and council members.  The City of Richmond’s mobile phone app is available on the Apple App store and Google Play store. 
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We welcome your comments at

Irene Perdomo
Executive Assistant to City Manager Carlos Martinez
City Manager’s Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA  94804
Direct: 510-621-1264
Main: 510-620-6512