This message is being sent on behalf of City Manager Laura Snideman
Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:
This is the report for the weeks ending January 31, 2020.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4th. Closed Session begins at 5:00 P.M., followed by the Regular Meeting of the Richmond Housing Authority at 6:25 P.M. The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council starts at 6:30 P.M., and the agenda may be found by clicking this link: February 4th City Council Agenda.
- Special Message from City Manager Laura Snideman
Having arrived just this week as the new city manager, I’m so appreciative of the City Council, staff, and community members who have so warmly welcomed me and helped me move quickly along on my learning curve. Clear confirmation of how fortunate I am to be here in such a great place, includes two terrific events in this first week: Recreation staff were formally honored at the City Council meeting with a Helen Putman award for Camp Achieve and a ribbon cutting was held for Rich City Apparel’s formal opening at our transit center in downtown. These are the results of everyone’s hard work and I’ll be honored to be a part of such continued success in the future. However, I am also hearing much about the need for increased revenue to address multiple challenges, even though we are still providing some really great and pioneering services. I look forward to working with everyone to figure out innovative ways to address these needs, continuing what I’m referring to as a “Renaissance in Richmond.” I’m meeting with as many people as possible, and in the meantime, I’m including my photograph so you can stop me and introduce yourself as I get out and about. I’m also available via the traditional ways (Laura_Snideman@ci.richmond.ca.us or 510-620-6512) or in City Hall. Meet you soon!
Richmond Rent Program Community Workshop: Rights and Responsibilities for Richmond Tenants
As part of its continuing outreach to landlords and tenants who would like to learn more about rental housing rules and regulations, the City of Richmond Rent Program is offering the following workshop:
Rights and Responsibilities for Richmond Tenants
Saturday, February 1, 2020
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
This workshop is designed for Tenants who would like to learn more about their rights and responsibilities under the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.
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 California Civil Codes
Space is limited - RSVP today: https://rentprogram.eventbrite.com
Only One More Week of Treecycling and Non-Compostable Tree Disposal
The Community Development, Environmental, and Health Initiatives division encourage residents to utilize one of the five ways listed on the flyer for disposing of holiday trees. The information and flyer is also available at www.richmondenvironment.org.
Please call Republic Services at (510) 262-7100 and see flyers below for more information.
Holiday Treecycling and Non-Compostable Tree Disposal
The Environmental and Health Initiatives Division encourages residents to consider the options below for disposing of Holiday Trees. Information about free treecycling, bulky item, and Household Hazardous Waste programs available to Richmond residents can be found by visiting www.richmondenvironment.org.
Below are the options available for Holiday Tree Disposal:
- Curbside Collection: Cut your tree to fit your organic waste container. Trees must be 6” or less in diameter and cut to 3’ in length. Natural trees go in compost. Remove decorations, plastic, cloth, ornaments and stand before composting. No flocked, painted, fireproofed, or artificial trees in compost. Artificial trees go in the trash container.
- On Call Bulky Pick-up: If you have not already used your allocated On-Call Curbside Bulky Clean-Up(s), call Republic Customer Service office at (510) 262-7100 to arrange for no cost curbside pick-up. Trees more than 6’ feet tall must be cut in half. Must be scheduled in advance.
- For Fee Curbside Collection: If you are unable to cut your tree to fit in your container, call Republic Customer Service office at (510) 262-7100 to arrange “For Fee” curbside collection $19.62/tree. Must be scheduled in advance.
- Self-Haul (Drop-off): With proof of residence (driver’s license or CA ID), Republic Services customers can take Christmas Trees to Golden Bear Transfer (#1 Parr Blvd, Richmond Monday - Friday, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sat-Sun, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) through the 1st weekend of February for compostable trees for free. There is a $11.55 disposal fee for non-compostable trees, or no proof of residency.
- Donate to Local Organizations: Local Boy Scouts and youth groups will pick up trees in exchange for a donation.
Please call Republic Services at (510) 262-7100 for more information.
Opening of Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists
The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa (HACCC) is announcing the opening of project-based voucher waiting lists. Beginning Monday, February 10, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. until Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 4:00 P.M., pre-applications will be accepted for the properties listed below.
Pre-applications can only be submitted online at: www.contracostahousing.org. Please note there will not be any on-site applications and HACCC office locations will not be distributing pre-applications. Incomplete pre-applications or partially completed pre-applications will not be accepted. Pre-applications received after the February 13, 2020, 4:00 P.M. deadline will not be accepted.
Eligible families will be referred to units subsidized with Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa in partnership with non-profit housing owners. The housing assistance is only available at the designated properties for families meeting the property restrictions as indicated above. After twelve months of residency, families will be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher, subject to availability.
Pre-applications are available in various languages. For more information, contact (925) 957-7081 or visit www.contracostahousing.org. Para más información en español, contacte al (925) 957-7081 o visite www.contracostahousing.org.
Fiscal Year 2020-2021 ECIA Grant Program Applications are Available!
In 2014, the Richmond City Council approved the Chevron Environmental and Community Investment Agreement (ECIA), which invests $90 million dollars into the Richmond community over 10-years. $6 million of those dollars have been set aside for a competitive grant program, designed for non-profits who serve Richmond in the areas of community, youth, and youth sports. The ECIA has grant awards that range from $5,000, up to $50,000.
Important changes have been made to the grant guidelines, especially the eligibility criteria, so please read them carefully. Of special note, organizations awarded grants of more than $10,000 in FY 19-20 are ineligible to apply in FY 20-21.
Please click this link to view the live recording of the last ECIA Grant Information Workshop.
The ECIA Grant Application is due on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 5:00 P.M.
To access the ECIA Grant Application, Guidelines, and more check out the ECIA Grants webpage: www.ci.richmond.ca.us/eciagrants
33rd Annual Freedom Fund & Life Membership Awards Banquet “The Power of the Black Vote
On Saturday, February 15, 2020, the Richmond NAACP is celebrating its 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Gala and their commitment to serve the Greater Richmond Community.
We want YOU to come and support "The Power of the Black Vote."
With the March primary two months away, the NAACP is stressing the importance of not just the black vote, but the right to vote for everyone.
Additionally, we will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 15th Amendment (Men's Right to Vote), and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment (Women's Right to Vote).
Tickets for the event are $100.00 and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. No Host Cocktail
7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Dinner & Awards
9:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Dancing
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact event chair Linda Whitmore at email@example.com or (510) 221-6880 or President Willie Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** Disclaimer contributions and gifts are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes; however, they are deductible as an ordinary business expense.
Ready Together! Organize your Block for Disaster Preparedness Class
We can build community and resilience at the same time and have fun doing it. Join CERTRichmond for a free class called Ready Together! Organize Your Block for Disaster Preparedness.
In this 4-series class you’ll learn how to support your community to be better prepared for a disaster. After an earthquake, people will come out in the street, and by taking this class, your block will have a plan of what to do next. This investment in your time will create community and can possibly save lives!
Meeting #1: Overview & Team Size
Overview of the program
Building community on your block
Deciding the size of your team, block gathering area, & area for special needs
Discussing a block map, including gas shutoffs
Meeting #2: Connecting with Neighbors
Ideas to connect with neighbors
Identifying neighbors with special needs
Getting neighbors involved
Meeting #3: Get your Team Together
Preparing for a block meeting or party
Reviewing & distributing resources for household preparedness
Creating a contacts, teams, & special needs list
Meeting #4: Incident Command Structure
Connecting to your Neighborhood CERT
Explaining the Incident Command Structure
Reviewing resources to get your block team trained
All people who sign-up will get a packet of resources to help their block get organized. It will include steps on how to get individualized households prepared and a block emergency toilet plan. Your block will create a map of gas shut offs, know how to support community members with special needs, and have a plan of what to do after you have made sure your family is safe. We encourage people to take this course with a household member or other neighbor.
Two cohorts are forming now:
Richmond Public Library - Community Room, 325 Civic Center Plaza
2. First Tuesdays: March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th, & June 2nd from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Richmond Public Library - Community Room, 325 Civic Center Plaza
If you are able to print out a flyer and share with others, that would help. Sharing this email with others or posting on social media is very much appreciated.
The Ready Together! class is taught in English. Bilingual community members are encouraged to take the course to help reach more of our community and, hopefully, some will go on to become trainers of this course. The block resources are available in English and Spanish. Please share with people in your community. We need your help to reach everyone.
CERTRichmond offers other classes including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at CERTRichmond.org.
Recycling and Bulky Item Disposal Options
The 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 about all of the programs listed can be found by visiting, www.richmondenvironment.org. 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.
Free Mattress Drop-off
Richmond residents are eligible to bring three mattresses per month at no cost to the West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 101 Pittsburg Ave, Richmond. Please bring proof of residency.
Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off:
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 http://www.recyclemore.com/content/local-hazardous-waste-collection-facility or call 1-(888)-412-9277.
- West Contra Costa County Household Hazardous Waste Facility
101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801
Open Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Closed Noon - 12:30 pm)
- El Cerrito Recycling Center
7501 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Open every Tuesday for HHW Disposal
8:00 A.M. - 5:45 P.M.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Spring 2020 Training Academy Open for Registration
The Richmond Fire Department conducts CERT training classes twice a year in English and Spanish. CERT training provides participants with basic skills and knowledge to safely respond to emergencies within their neighborhoods.
The CERT training topics include disaster preparedness, fire safety, basic disaster medicine, light search and rescue techniques, team organization, disaster psychology and homeland security information. The training culminates in an all-day drill giving CERT students the opportunity to apply their newly learned skills.
Registration is now open for the Spring 2020 CERT Training Academy. To earn a training completion certificate, participants must complete all CERT modules and the CERT Drill Day. Training dates are:
- Saturday, March 14th – Sunday, March 15th
- Saturday, April 18th – Sunday, April 19th
- CERT Drill Day is Saturday, May 9, 2010 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
Class times are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day unless otherwise noted.
Location: City of Richmond, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA
To register for CERT Spring 2020 Academy:
Need more information: Call Richmond Fire, Office of Emergency Services, (510) 620-6866.
Website and Social Media Statistics for the week of January 31, 2020
KCRT DATANET FOR THE WEEK
KCRT TV Channel 28 - NEW EPISODES OF CURRENT PROGRAMMING
KCRT aired Council and West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) meetings.
“Classic Movies” (Classic Hollywood Movies)
“The Kamla Show” (Talk Show)
“Car Guy Channel” (Auto series)
“Sidewalks Entertainment” (Celebrity, Music, Lifestyle and Arts)
“The Jet Set” (Travel)
“Creature Features” (Horror Movies)
All of the above shows have encore runs throughout the week.
You may find the full schedule at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/3176/Schedule
- Library and Community Services
Community Services Division
The Shields-Reid Community Center Early Childhood Reading Room is its final phase of completion. In 2013, partners from the West Contra Costa County Library, Richmond Library, and the Community Services Department began to meet to plan for ideas for a mini-library in the north wing of Shields-Reid. After years of perseverance and a generous grant in 2016, the new Early Childhood Reading Room will be set to open in February 2020! The reading room will host weekly story times and house a new Tiny Heroes program.
Employment & Training Division
City of Richmond Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Application Opens
Online Applications for the Summer Youth Employment Program are now available. 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 https://youthworks.formstack.com/forms/syep_2020_app_form or check our website for more information: http://ca-richmond2.civicplus.com/662/YouthWORKS
Training slots and employment placement will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline for completed applications is Sunday, March 1st 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.
Transportation Services Division
Are you interested in learning more about what services the City of Richmond’s Transportation Services Division is working on for you?
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Or Go To: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2876/Transportation
Zip Car is now in Richmond
Throughout 2020, residents of Contra Costa County can join Zipcar and receive the first year of membership free as well as qualify for up to a $100 driving credit after joining. It is simple to join, reserve vehicles, and drive.
Go to www.zipcar.com/richmondca for more details and to sign up!
For more information please contact Denée Evans at (510) 621-1718.
Attention existing Neighborhood Parking Permit Holders!
Transportation Services is now accepting online renewals for the 2020 Permits! If you live in an area that has already submitted a signed community petition to opt into the program, and currently have permit parking signs posted on your street(s), you are eligible to purchase your 2020 annual permits through your existing online accounts.
Online Registration is Easy:
- Go to: https://richmond.getapermit.net
- Enter your email address and password
- Update your vehicle registration information
- Pay online for your 2020 residential parking permits.
Are you interested in adding permit parking to your street?
Abatement crews performed weed abatement and debris removal along the Richmond Parkway, boarded-up a private property per warrant, and removed illegal dumping and graffiti from various locations throughout the City.
Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced a shower handle cartridge at Fire Station #61, replaced the thermocouple on the furnace at Fire Station #62, replaced a side gate operator at Fire Station #64, repaired the side door at 440 Civic Center Plaza, repaired the restroom partition door lock on a stall in 450 Civic Center Plaza, cleared the kitchen sink at the Nevin Plaza Senior housing, installed wiring for video monitoring system within the Employment and Training building, and adjusted switches in the Auditorium for the main floor.
Partition Door Repair
Utility Workers cleaned sidewalks at the Transit Center, replaced light bulbs at Fire Station #64, removed debris and a cabinet from the Planning Department, replaced light fixture covers, refilled a soap dispenser in the City Manager’s kitchen area, cleared restrooms of clogs on the first floor of 450 Civic Center Plaza, removed trash from the City Manager’s conference room, relocated City staff, disinfected the courtyard of the Main Library, setup meeting rooms, and serviced 29 City-owned facilities.
Light Fixture Cover Replacement
Parks and Landscaping
General fund crews removed trash and debris from the west side Richmond Parks and right of ways, mowed the parks on the west side, repaired potholes at Hilltop Green Park, completed pest control at three parks, assisted in weed removal on the medians of the Richmond Parkway, weeded and trimmed the sitting area of South 55th Street and Creely Avenue, removed graffiti from two parks, replaced basketball nets at multiple parks, removed trash on the Greenway, and repaired a trash receptacle at Nicholl Park.
Debris Removal from Richmond Greenway
Tree crews removed, cut or trimmed trees on: Clinton Avenue, Downer Avenue, Fred Jackson Way, San Pablo Avenue and Washington Avenue.
Tree Trimming on Washington Avenue
Marina Districtcrews performed weed abatement on the Marina Bay Trail near the tennis courts, pruned shrubs, emptied trash receptacles throughout, pruned roses near the Marina Bay Trail, mowed along the Marina Bay trail, pulled weeds along the Marina Bay Parkway, removed dead plants on Marina Bay Parkway and Regatta Boulevard, and fixed the irrigation backflow near the tennis courts.
Hilltop District crewscontinued general maintenance around the business area, mowed turf of the parks in the district, continued the v-ditch cleanout at Hilltop Lake, abated weeds on the median of Hilltop Drive, removed shrubs at Hilltop Lake, and abated a homeless encampment on Minor Road.
Paving crews worked from the outstanding pothole list in various locations around the City, attended Annual Safety Training, and hauled illegal dumping and sweeper spoils to the West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill.
Street sweeping staff performed commercial and residential sweeping services for the fourth Monday and Tuesday and the fifth Wednesday through Friday in the Santa Fe, Point Richmond, Marina Bay, Coronado, Metro Richmore Village, Pullman, Cortez/Stege, Park Plaza, Laurel Park, and City Center neighborhood areas. Staff also swept commercial routes, and attended annual training.
Traffic Signs and Lines
Traffic Signs and Lines staff installed 16 new signs and poles, repaired three signs, fabricated 22 new signs, reset three poles, and painted 200’ of curbs and zoning.
Street Name Sign Installation Pedestrian Crossing Sign Reinstallation
Rent Program 2020 Community Workshop Calendar
Community education is a core component of the services provided by the Richmond Rent Program. In 2020, the Rent Program will continue to host monthly Community Workshops on Saturday mornings to educate tenants, landlords, and other community members on the requirements of the Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance.
Dates and topics for all 2020 Community Workshops are listed in the table below.
Rent Program 2020 Community Workshop Calendar
City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Space is limited – RSVP today: https://rentprogram.eventbrite.com
Career Coffee Chats – Mentor a Richmond Promise Scholar!
Richmond Promise invites you to become a part of our new career-exploration program, Career Coffee Chats! This program provides Richmond Promise Scholars and alumni access to professionals in their perspective fields to conduct informational interviews in order to gain industry knowledge, build a professional network, and discover potential internship and employment opportunities. In order to formally launch the program in December, our goal is to recruit at least 30 professionals who are interested in becoming available for informational interviews. There is no long-term commitment and individuals choose their own availability.
The application can be found at bit.ly/RPcoffee
Feel free to share company-wide and with your networks!
For questions, email email@example.com
Interested in applying for our 2019-20 Scholarship Application?
If you are interested in applying or learning more about the 2019-20 Richmond Promise Scholarship, please visit our home website at richmondpromise.org or click on the following link to begin your application ---> bit.ly/RPScholarship2020
The Richmond Promise Scholarship is a $1,500 college scholarship, renewable for up to 4 years, with an additional 2 years available for students who want to petition for extra funding. Students may attend a 2-year or 4-year college, and/or pursue a Career Technical Education Certificate at any not-for-profit institution in the United States.
To be eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship, you must:
- Be a resident of the City of Richmond, North Richmond, or Point Richmond (i.e. have a Richmond home address)
- Have graduated from an eligible high school within the West Contra Costa Unified School District boundary area or received your GED/high school equivalency this academic year or the year prior
- Have attended an eligible high school at least 9th-12th grade consecutively
- Complete the FAFSA/Dream Act by the March 2 Cal Grant deadline (unless not AB 540 eligible)
- Submit a Richmond Promise Scholarship application by the application deadline
*Our 2019-2020 Richmond Promise Scholarship will be open from December 1st, 2019 – March 14th, 2020!
Contact us at (510) 230-0422 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
Macdonald & Virginia Wet Weather Improvement Projects
The contractor is continuing to excavate to replace defective pipes.
Local Richmond contractor is The contractor is connecting a service
installing new sewer main on 31st St. lateral to the new sewer main at 31st St.
The contractor is installing
new sewer pipe at 31st Street.
Cutting/Carlson & Hoffman Wet Weather Improvement Project
The majority of the project work has been completed. The contractor is working to complete the easement portion of the project.
The contractor is preparing for Final result of trench patch.
paving easement trench patch.
Sewer Lateral Grant Program
The City of Richmond’s Water Resource Recovery Department administers the Sewer Lateral Grant Program. The program reimburses eligible homeowners in the Richmond Municipal Sewer District (RMSD No. 1) for some of the cost to replace their sewer lateral.
The program is open and accepting applications for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year.
For more information about the Sewer Lateral Grant Program, please visit www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2130/Sewer-Lateral-Grant-Program or call (510) 620-6594.
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.
City of Richmond
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, California 94804
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Connecting with the City of Richmond
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.
We welcome your comments at email@example.com
To contact us by phone:
The City’s website (http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/) provides a department and staff directory at http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/Directory.aspx.
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 (http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Assistant to the City Manager
City Manager’s Office
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804