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  City Manager's Weekly Report for the week ending 2/1/19
February 1, 2019


Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:

This is the report for the week ending February 1st, 2019.

1.    Meeting Notes

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

2.    Upcoming Events

16th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration


Join us on Saturday, February 9, 2019 for an amazing night of performances, food, and more! Tickets are $20 per person and available to purchase through the Community Center. Call (510) 307-8087 for more information and where to purchase!

Black History Celebration

The City of Richmond Community Services Department will host its annual Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.  The doors will open for general seating at 12:30 PM.  Adult tickets cost $10 which also includes refreshments and children tickets for ages 5-12 cost $5.  We will have performances that include: Praise Dancing, Music/Song, Poetry, and Spoken Word.  This year, we will also feature a Q&A panel discussion on the achievement gap deficit of black students in the WCCUSD.

Refreshments will be provided by Main Avent Catering: cajun shrimp w/ creamy grits, buttermilk fried chicken & homemade belgian waffles, strawberry lemonade ice tea, lemon water and assorted cupcakes for dessert. More info: (510) 620-6789.

Upcoming Changes to BART schedules starting February 11, 2019

BART is making major schedule changes beginning February 11th to accommodate Measure RR funded improvements to their infrastructure to keep BART safe and reliable. Projects to upgrade BART’s electrical power system in downtown San Francisco and the Transbay Tube Seismic Retrofit require adjustments to their schedules. The Fleet of the Future roll out is also allowing BART to expand some service and run longer trains.

Riders are encouraged to check before you go. Download the official BART app or check the Trip Planner to see how these changes impact your trip.

Check Before You Go

The new schedule has been loaded into the Trip Planner on as well as the official BART app. Select a date Feb. 11th and beyond to see how these changes impact your trip.

Sunday riders are encouraged to check the Trip Planner or the app before each trip as it varies week by week based on single tracking weekends.

The extra Friday service will be reflected in the Trip Planner and in Real Time Departures.  However, these extra trains are not listed in the Schedule by Station or Schedule by Line sections of or the printed brochures.

Sunday’s new Red and Green line trains will be reflected in the Trip Planner, and Schedules by StationSchedules by Line and Real Time Departures. They are not listed in the printed brochures because they vary week by week.

AC Transit Local Fare Change Proposal

Over the past year, AC Transit has carried more than 53 million passengers while expanding service and introducing over 100 new buses to replace aging coaches and support our growing ridership.

In order to achieve operational objectives, and continue to provide safe and quality service, AC Transit created a plan that includes a fare change schedule and new rider incentive programs.
You can provide input by attending any of the scheduled Community Meetings or Public Hearings. You are encouraged to submit comments via email, phone, fax, and U.S. Mail no later than the close of the Public Hearing on February 13th, 2019.
Please send or address your comments to:
AC Transit Board of Directors
1600 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 891-7201
Spanish (510) 891-7291
Chinese (510) 891-7292 TDD: Call 711 and specify (510) 891-4700
TDD: Call 711 and specify (510) 891-4700
Fax: (510) 891-7157


Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Hearing to be held at 2:00 PM and at 5:00 PM
AC Transit General Offices, 2nd Floor, Board Room
1600 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the City of Richmond Transportation Division at (510) 620-6869.

3.    City Manager’s Office

New! Free Compost Giveaway Program for Residents

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The City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is pleased to announce that starting February 6th and each first Wednesday of the month thereafter, West County households can pick-up for free 2 cubic yards of compost from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Close the loop on your organics recycling by using the finished compost made right here in Richmond. This is self-service only, please bring your own bag, bin or bucket, and shovel to load the material. Valid identification is required.

For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.

New! Free Mattress Drop-off Program for Residents

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The City Manager’s Office, Community Development, Environmental and Health Initiatives Division is pleased to announce that Republic Services has teamed up with Bye Bye Mattress, A Program of the Mattress Recycling Council, to provide a collection site for old unwanted mattresses or box springs.  Starting February 1, 2019, households in the cities of Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, El Cerrito and unincorporated communities are eligible to bring 3 items per month to be recycled at no cost. Mattresses can be dropped off Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond. Please bring proper identification or utility bill with address of household generating the item(s).

Not Accepted:

  • Half mattresses or box springs
  • Excessively wet, damaged, partial or soiled mattresses or mattresses with bed bugs
  • Car beds
  • Fold out sofa beds and futons,
  • Waterbeds
  • Air mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, mattress toppers or other furniture

For a fee, businesses can dispose of mattresses at the Golden Bear Transfer Station. For questions or additional information please call Republic Services at (510) 231-4200.

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

4.    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 the Planning Director, and staff from the City Attorney’s Office to discuss status and next steps related to Point Molate Development.
·         Along with Mayor Tom Butt and the directors of the Planning and Port departments, met with representatives of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to discuss the Richmond Port operations and infrastructure, implementation of Assembly Bill 617, Ocean Going Vessel (OGV) emissions and reductions, and options for grant funding.
·         Met with City Attorney’s Office, Finance, and Waste Water staff to discuss and develop additional internal controls for approval of Task Authorizations.
·        Met with Jessie Stewart and Grace Peter from the Richmond Promise to discuss the development of the Richmond Promise, opportunities for fundraising, and continued partnership between the City and Richmond Promise.
·        Along with Planning Director Lina Velasco, I received a historical overview of Point Molate from Don Gosney and learned about geographical landscape, safety concerns, and the status of the buildings in the area.
·        Attended the Laurel Park Neighborhood Council meeting and heard and responded to residents’ concerns related to city services in their neighborhood.  Among the concerns expressed included broken street signs at Ohio and Carson St., dangerous conditions due to lack of lighting at the intersection of Bayview exit and 580 East, the need to improve paving conditions on South 47th St., and overgrown eucalyptus trees on private property.
·        Participated in recurring meetings with the executive directors of the Library and Cultural Services Department, Human Resources Department, the Port of Richmond, Infrastructure and Maintenance Department, Water Resource Recovery, and Finance Department to receive updates related to their staff, current projects, and provided direction for future implementation of their assigned responsibilities.
·        Attended a tour of Levine terminal to learn more about their business model, staffing levels, permitting requirements, facilities maintenance and operations.
·        Met with the President of the Richmond Police Officer Association to discuss issues of concern to the RPOA, and agreed to meet, to develop a plan and mutual understanding to systematically start resolving these issues to improve the performance of the department and the delivery of services to the community.
·        I met with Henry Gardner, facilitator for the upcoming City Council Strategic Planning Session, and discussed the format of the session, logistics, and goals and expectations for the meeting.

5.    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

Passport Information Flyer 8.5 x 11 - At City Hall

6.    Community Services Highlights

Lifeguard Training

Plan now for a summer (or year-round) job as a Lifeguard! Registration is now open for the next Lifeguarding class offered by the City of Richmond. The class will be held the weekends of February 8th-16th, 2019 at the Richmond Swim Center. Those who pass the class receive an American Red Cross Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid & AED certificate, making them eligible to apply for a Lifeguard job.

Pre-course information and advanced registration is required to be sure all participants are qualified to take the Lifeguard course. For more information, please call (510) 620-6654 or email the Aquatics Coordinator at

Richmond Parks Community Workshop

On Saturday, January 26th, the Community Services Department teamed up with First 5 Contra Costa, Healthy and Active Before 5, and West County Regional Group for the Richmond Parks Community Workshop. Participants reviewed data from the September Richmond Parks Assessment in order to identify parks that are in need of improvement, and areas of improvement for the identified parks.

Following a group activity, residents identified Boorman and Atchison parks as the priority parks. On March 9th from 9:30 PM - 1:30 PM at Nevin Community Center, we will host another workshop to draft recommendations for park improvements.

Thank you to all participants and to key partners such as City of Richmond Parks Division and Richmond Recreation and Parks Commission for leading the way!

Youth Basketball League

The Community Services Department started a 10-week youth (11 to 14 years old) basketball league on Friday January 18th, at the Recreation Complex from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  There are six (6) teams registered to participate in this league: Manzanita, Caliber, Making Waves, Richmond College Prep, Summit 1 and Summit 2. There are twelve (12) players registered on each team and it cost $380 to play in this league. The opening games held on Friday January 18th attracted about 150 parents, fans, and spectators into the gym. This league is to teach youth the fundamentals of the game of basketball.

8th Annual McKinley Williams-John Easterling Community Chess Tournament

On Saturday, January 26th, the 8th Annual McKinley Williams-John Easterling Community Chess Tournament was held at the Richmond Recreation Complex.  The tournament was well attended, attracting 44 players of all ages from 6 to 78 years old.  The tournament was co-sponsored by the West Coast Chess Alliance (WCCA) and the City of Richmond Community Service Department. 

The tournament recognizes the contributions of Dr. McKinley Williams and the late Mr. John Easterling’s efforts to promote chess in the City of Richmond.  The initial tournament was started by Mr. James “Jim” Goins, former Finance Director of the City of Richmond. To honor retiring Contra Costa President Dr. Williams, during the planning meetings for the tournament, it was decided to include Mr. Easterling.  Mr. Goins played in the first tournament 8 years ago.

The next years, Jerry Anderson and Troy Porter approached the WCCA about continuing the tournament and the rest is history. The tournament also created the partnership between the WCCA and the City of Richmond Community Service Department to promote chess in Richmond.

The tournament was in a Quad format, with 4 players per table.  The top Quad featured 3 US Chess Federation Expert rated: 2085, 2044 and 2022 respectively. This was a very strong field of players.  A chess Master is a rating over 2200.  We had several players from the Richmond Senior Center on Macdonald Avenue competing along with several members of the Kennedy High chess team.  Our community chess tournaments are truly unique because they included rated, unrated, young and old all playing together. Causal or unrated players normally do not get an opportunity to play competitively in chess tournaments. 

Big thanks to Tetteh Kisseh and the staff at the Richmond Recreation Complex for their excellent support in making the 8th annual tournament a success.



Adult Tennis

Our Richmond Adult Tennis teams did Richmond proud under the tutelage of the Richmond Tennis Association (RTA). They closed out the 2018 regular season in fantastic fashion as every one of our five teams won their matches on the last weekend of the season, and all five teams qualified for their respective League Championship Playoff Series!

These teams were:
3.5 Women's Singles
6.5 Women's Combo
7.5 Men's Combo
6.5 Men's Combo
7.0 Mixed

The teams played home matches at Nicholl Park and away matches at a number of locations against teams from The Claremont Resort and Spa, Oakland's Davie Stadium, Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Berkeley Tennis Club, Laney College/College of Alameda, San Lorenzo/Mervyn Morris Park, Salesian, El Cerrito, Claremont Country Club and Chabot Canyon Racquet Club. 

Our first round of playoffs will occur this coming weekend (weather permitting).


7.    Employment and Training Department

City of Richmond Summer Youth Employment Application Opens

Online Applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program will be available beginning Friday, February 1, 2019. Only 200 Applications will be accepted, and the program is open to Richmond residents only or students with IEP/504 in West Contra Costa County (proof of residency or IEP will be required).

**Must be Aged 16 – 21 to Participate**

Richmond youth interested in a Career Path Summer employment experience may apply online at

Training slots and employment placement will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for completed applications is Thursday, February 28th at 5:00 PM or when the first 200 completed applications are received.

For More Information Call (510) 412-2044 or visit us at YouthWORKS, 330 25th Street, Richmond, CA 94804.

8.    Engineering & Capital Improvement Department (ECIP)

Engineering Projects

Construction is continuing on the Wall Avenue Storm Drain Improvements Project. This project is funded through the Successor Agency to the City of Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency utilizing state and local funds. The system is being built to receive the outfall from the newly day-lighted Baxter Creek at the Miraflores Housing Development Site along with storm water runoff from the I-80 Freeway.

Pictured is the installation and placement of the individual precast concrete segments.

Wall Avenue Storm Drain Improvements Project

Streets Division

Paving crews completed paving on 39th Street, replaced a damaged Ferry Terminal sign on Harbour Way at the I-580 east on-ramp, and installed a new sign and pole on Hensley Street and Willard Avenue.  In addition, crews installed new parking signage at the Richmond Senior Center, reset signs on 7th and Hensley Streets, installed new commercial vehicle signs on 7th and Castro Streets, and worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City.

Paving on 39th Street

Sign Replacement on Harbour Way

New Sign and Pole Installation on Hensley Street

New Parking Signage at Richmond Senior Center

New Sign Installation on 7th and Castro Streets

Street sweeping staff performed residential sweeping services for the fourth Monday and Tuesday in Santa Fe, Point Richmond, Marina Bay, Coronado, Metro Richmore Village, Pullman, Cortez/Stege, Park Plaza, Laurel Park, and City Center neighborhood council areas.

Signs and Lines staff repaired 5 signs and poles, installed 21 new signs, and painted 654’ of curbs and zoning.

Electrical Division

Electricians replaced a damaged traffic controller cabinet at 44th Street and Macdonald Avenue due to a vehicle accident involving city property.

Traffic Controller at 44th Street and Macdonald Avenue

9.    Information Technology

Website Statistics for the week of January 31, 2019

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10. Infrastructure Maintenance and Operations (DIMO)


Abatement crews removed homeless encampments from public view and sidewalks, abated I-80/Central Underpass, abated debris from the encampment adjacent to Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), and removed trash and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.

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Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement staff responded to complaints about debris and overgrown vegetation blocking the public right-of-way.  Code Enforcement made contact with the property owner and sent a Notice of Violation letter.  Code Enforcement then sent an Administrative Citation and the property was brought into compliance.   
Before and After

Code Enforcement officers received a complaint about an illegal fence.  The fence was in violation of the height and corner lot visual restrictions.  Staff contacted the property owner who was very cooperative in bringing their fence down to 4 feet in height.

Before and After

Facilities Maintenance

Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, repaired a pipe to boiler #4 in 440 Civic Center, cleared a sink in the Police Department, repaired a toilet at the Museum, replaced the shower heads at the Plunge, fixed the flush-o-meters at the Auditorium, replaced and adjusted fan belts at the Senior Center, repaired leaks at the Housing Authority, repaired the furnace at Pogo Park, and fixed the restroom in the Council Chambers.

Machine Repair

Utility Workers hung new Council photos, scrubbed restroom floors, removed furniture from the Plunge, delivered furniture to the Main Library, attended training, set-up tables for meetings, and maintained 29 city-owned facilities.

Hanging of Council Photo

Parks and Landscaping

General fund crews removed overgrowth from sidewalks, cleared graffiti in various parks, mowed all parks on the Southside, removed litter and debris, completed repairs at the Belding Garcia Playlot, continued with gopher control at multiple parks, inspected the Veteran’s Memorial Park, weeded Civic Center Plaza, replanted annuals around the marquee sign, repaired irrigation at multiple locations, repaired the fencing at Nicholl Park, and weeded the Main Library grounds.

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Annuals Replanting

Tree crews removed or trimmed trees on Morningside Drive and at the Richmond Ferry location.

Tree Pruning on Morningside Drive
Tree Trimming

Hilltop District crews continued general maintenance around the business area, completed weed abatement on Hilltop Drive medians and around the Auto Plaza monument, and started weed abatement on Auto Plaza and on the Blume Drive medians.

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Blume Drive Maintenance

Marina District crews continued with the Esplanade Landscape Project, removed debris from the parks and parking lots, abated the medians along Regatta Boulevard, removed weeds from City, and monitored lots and pruned trees at Sheridan Point.

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Regatta Boulevard Medians

11. Library and Cultural Services

Immigration Lawyer at the Main Library

Speak with an immigration lawyer for free on the 4th Monday of each month from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.  Sign-in at the Adult Reference Desk at 4:15 PM on the day of.

Space is limited. This free program is sponsored by the Contra Costa County Bar Association and takes place at the Richmond Public Library Main Branch located at 325 Civic Center Plaza.

Call (510) 620-6561 or visit for more information. 

Richmond Library Teens SAT Preparation Workshop

Richmond Public Library Teens division is offering the 23rd annual SAT Preparation Workshop, March 2nd – April 30th, 2019.  The seven-week program consists of a pre-
test, five weeks of live instruction by Princeton Review, and a post-test. High school students who live in Richmond and those that attend schools in the West Contra Costa Costa Unified School District are eligible to apply to the program.  The cost of the workshop is $50 and includes a student manual and online supplemental practice for two months. Registration forms and additional details can be downloaded from the library website at  Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.


New Library Service - Knowledge City

Knowledge City offers exclusive online training in five categories: business, computer, safety, compliance, and finance. With over 13,000 online videos, this resource offers up-to-date skills training.  Modules are crafted by experienced instructors, college professors and industry experts from around the world.  Users have unlimited access from any internet-connected device 24/7. Certificates of Completion are offered at the end of each course as tests are designed to ensure users fully grasp the key take-aways of each course. Knowledge City is also available in Spanish.  Best of all, Knowledge City is free and accessible with a Richmond Public Library card. 

For more information visit and click the Knowledge City icon. You may also call the Main Library Reference Desk at (510) 620-6561 for more information.

12. Police Department

Learn the Signs

On Thursday, January 24th, Richmond Police Department alongside committed community partners collaborated during National Human Trafficking Awareness month. Thursday night was one of many events where our Domestic and Sexual Violence Unit (DVSU) detectives and Community Violence Solutions (CVS) members walked the 23rd street corridor to spread awareness about resources for human trafficking victims. Several people and businesses in the area were contacted and informative fliers were put up in the area.

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Disruptive Behavior

On Sunday, January 27th, officers responded to the area of 15th Street and Visalia Avenue in reference to several people breaking alcohol bottles on the street. Once RPD officers arrived on scene, they noticed six subjects drinking alcohol inside and around a parked vehicle. Officers contacted the group and found that one of the passengers in the vehicle was on probation for possession of firearms. During a search, Officer Guzman located a loaded firearm inside the vehicle. This was another great collaboration between the community and the Richmond Police Department. With a quick phone call to RPD dispatch, officers were able to stop a car party nuisance and take a gun off the streets. Great work!

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Health and Safety Presentation at Richmond Kaiser

Mayor Tom Butt and Chief Brown were invited to speak to physicians at the Richmond Kaiser Permanente to discuss topics that pertain to the overall health and safety of the city such as safe parks, violent crime, homicide rates, neighborhood policing, access to grocery stores, and healthy parks and staffing. The presentation was in front of a live audience as well as a live conference video for doctors at other Kaiser sites.

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Point in Time Count

Richmond Officers assist the Coordinated Outreach Referral Engagement program (CORE) Team with conducting the Point-in-Time count.

The CORE Team works to engage and stabilize homeless individuals living outside through consistent outreach in order to facilitate and/or deliver health and basic need services and secure permanent housing. CORE teams serve as an entry-point into Contra Costa’s coordinated entry system for unsheltered persons, and work to locate, engage, stabilize and house chronically homeless individuals and families.

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. The purpose of the PIT count is to assist with determining how to allocate resources throughout the county.

As this crisis continues to grow, officers are trying to assist the CORE team in reducing the number of homeless individuals in Richmond.
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Registration Sticker Theft Prevention

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13. Rent Program

Rent Program Community Workshops: Rights and Responsibilities for Richmond Tenants and Landlords

City of Richmond Rent Program Community Workshops are held one Saturday each month to inform community members about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance. The full schedule of 2019 Community Workshops may be accessed at

The next workshop will take place on February 23, 2019: 

Landlord-Oriented Workshop
Saturday, February 23, 2019                    
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM                        
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza    
Richmond, CA 94804                                   

Topics for discussion will include:

·                     Overview of the Rent Ordinance 
·                     Properties subject to the Rent Ordinance
·                     Rent Control overview
·                     Just Cause for Eviction requirements
·                     The Rent Adjustment process
·                     Overview of Important California Civil Codes

Space is limited - RSVP today:

14. Richmond Promise

2019 Richmond Promise Scholarship Application is now Open! Application Deadline is March 8th!

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

If you meet the following eligibility requirements you can receive a max amount of $1,500 each year for up to 4 years of college.

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

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

If you have any questions feel free to contact our college access coordinator, Miguel Molina, at (530) 794-8326 and/or

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

Scholarship Flyer

15. Water Resource Recovery

Cutting/Carlson & Hoffman Wet Weather Improvement Projects

In October 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 collector sewer pipelines in neighborhoods upstream of the Cutting Blvd., First Street, and 23rd Street Interceptors; the goal is to reduce inflow and infiltration and associated surcharging and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). The Contractor, WR Forde, has three crews working to accomplish the project which is expected to be completed in September 2019.
S. 38th Street – Crew trenched and installed 175 linear feet of pipe
replacement and 8 laterals

Cutting & Carlson Boulevards – 2nd crew excavated and are installing
359 linear feet of pipe
Hoffman at S. 32nd Street – 3rd crew installing 260 lateral feet of pipe
and 7 laterals reinstated; downstream manhole also reinstated
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.

Thank You!

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

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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.

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We welcome your comments at

Carlos Martinez
City Manager
450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 620-6976
Fax: (510) 620-6542