Hon. Mayor and Members of the City Council:
This is the report for the week ending February 21st, 2020.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th. Closed Session begins at 5:30 P.M., followed by the Special Meeting of the Richmond Housing Authority at 6:25 P.M.. The Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council begins at 6:30 P.M., and the agenda may be found by clicking this link: February 25th City Council Agenda.
Gotcha bike share to launch at a location near you early Spring 2020
The City of Richmond in partnership with Gotcha is launching a bike share program this spring. We need your input to help our electric bikes find their homes at 22 city locations.
Where would you like to see bike share in Richmond? Before we get bikes on the ground, help us decide where we should place hubs by contributing to this short survey http://bit.ly/GotchaRichmond or by attending one of the events listed below.
- 2/26 North & East Neighborhood Council Meeting 7:00 P.M.
- 2/28 Atchison Village Neighborhood Council Meeting 7:00 P.M.
- 3/5 Richmond BART Station Outreach 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.*
Would you like Gotcha to join your upcoming meeting or event? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, or Denee.Evans@ci.richmond.ca.us. For more information, visit ridegotcha.com/locations/Richmond.
Richmond Art Center: Current Exhibition and Upcoming Events
The Richmond Art Center is proud to share information on their current exhibitions with the community, and welcomes everyone to enjoy their upcoming events that are highlighted below.
Art of the African Diaspora - On view until March 13
The Future is Fluid - On view until February 29
Right Here, Right Now, Richmond - On view until March 6
See & Make Art! Free and Open to the Public
Every 4th Saturday, 1:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Artist Talk: Right Here Right Now, Richmond: Saturday, February 29th- 3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Summer Art Camp - June 10 - August 1, Registration opens April 5, 10% Discount before May 1
Youth Art Tours - Open to all K - 12 Schools
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 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Richmond 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.
CERT Richmond offers other classes including the CERT training at CERTRichmond.org.
Black History Celebration: Saturday, February 29th
A cultural celebration of the African American community in Richmond to enjoy! The City of Richmond Community Services Department will host its annual Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Enjoy a meal and entertainment from local artists and an honoring of community members who have contributed positively to the City. We will have performances that include: praise dancing, music & song, youth choir, spoken word, and the Black Inventors Traveling Museum. Tickets are $10 and include refreshments. They can be purchased at the Richmond Rec Complex at 3230 MacDonald Ave. Richmond, CA 94804.
Estate Planning and Advanced Health Care Directives
This event is presented by the Richmond Commission on Aging. Join us on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bermuda Room inside the Richmond Auditorium for this presentation about estate planning and pre-planning for seniors. We will have speakers Michael Broad, founder of East Bay Probate and Trust Administration and Paul Hall from Wilson and Krazter Funeral Services.
Refreshments will be served.
Drop-off boxes return to Contra Costa City Halls this month
Residents can save postage and time with this vote-by-mail program!
Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming March 3rd Presidential Primary Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide provide convenient Vote By Mail drop off locations, prior to and on Election Day.
The secure drop-off boxes will be in place at Contra Costa city halls, the county Administration Building in Martinez and some select community centers, senior centers and libraries starting the week of February 10th – just days after voters receive their permanent vote-by-mail ballots.
New to the drop off program is the addition of a dozen permanent drop off boxes that will be located outdoors. These secure boxes will be conveniently available to voters beyond normal business hours, including nights and weekends.
A full list of drop-box locations is available at https://www.cocovote.us/ballot-drop-off/.
The City of Richmond’s permanent drop off box is located between 450 and 440 Civic Center Plaza, under the overpass in front of the Council Chamber’s parking lot.
Voters may also drop off ballots to a secure drop-off box in the City Clerk’s Office, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 300, from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
The distinguishable boxes inside buildings will be available during normal business hours. Postage is not required for any Vote By Mail return method.
City of Richmond Launches Transparent Richmond
The City of Richmond is excited to announce the launch of Transparent Richmond (www.transparentrichmond.org), a city-wide open data and performance reporting system. The open data platform currently spans 11 city departments and contains over 300 datasets, visualizations, and performance measures, many of which feature monthly, weekly or daily updates.
Transparent Richmond aims to accomplish the following:
- Improve the collective understanding of all city services
- Automate performance data to help track and meet budget and service goals
- Leverage evidence-based analysis to develop innovative solutions that improve the quality of city services
The city plans to add more datasets and visualizations over time and invites the community to propose additional information for the site. To nominate new data and visualizations, visit https://www.transparentrichmond.org/nominate.
- Community Development Department
Contra Costa Census 2020 Training Workshops
The future of your community starts with Census 2020. The Census count comes once a decade, to account for every person in the United States. Not only does the count determine congressional districting, it also allocates critical funding for our communities including roads, affordable housing, schools, and parks.
Contra Costa County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee has been building a network of trusted messengers to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. In order to get a complete count, it will require strong collaboration between the County, cities, and community partners. As part of this effort, the Committee has awarded Census Outreach and Assistance Grants totaling $280,000 to about 55 organizations to ensure a complete and accurate count, and an additional $70,000 in Phase II mini-grants that are available on a rolling basis through May 2020.
The Committee is hosting a series of Regional Census Training Workshops to better understand the importance of the Census, learn about outreach resources and tools, and how to help our community members complete the Census form. The Training Workshops are mandatory for Contra Costa County grantees and open to anyone interested in volunteering as a Census Ambassador to assist in census outreach and education in Contra Costa County.
The County’s Census effort also focuses on “hard-to-count” Census Tracts, which amounts to 212,356 people in Contra Costa. Every person missed in the Census count is estimated to cost $2,000 a year in lost federal funds. If Contra Costa County undercounts by 5%, we would lose $1.1 billion over the next ten years.
Please join us at one of the workshops to become a trusted 2020 Census Ambassador:
- February 24, 2020, 3:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
West County 2020 Kick-off & Training Workshop
City of Richmond Civic Center, Multi-Purpose Room (Basement Level), 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804
Register for West County Census 2020 Kick-off & Training Workshop
- February 25, 2020, 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
South County Census 2020 Kick-off & Training Workshop
Civic Park Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Register for South County Census 2020 Kick-off & Training Workshop
- March 2, 2020, 11:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
East County Census 2020 Kick-off & Training Workshop
Oakley Senior Center, 215 2nd Street, Oakley, CA 94561
Register for East County Census 2020 Kick-off & Training Workshop
Spanish translation services provided upon request. Light refreshments available. Sign up to be a partner or learn more at www.cococensus.org
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 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.)
Class times are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. 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 February 21, 2020
Page LIKES are up by 100%
People Reached is up 252%
Post Engagement is up 454%
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
FY2019-20 Mid-Year Budget Review
The mid-year budget was adopted by the City Council at its meeting on February 18, 2020. An important part of managing the City’s budget performance is through the presentation of the mid-year budget review which includes a financial forecast through the end of the fiscal year. Staff conducts a detailed analysis to determine if the original budget is still viable, or if revenue and/or expenditure adjustments will be necessary. As an on-going practice, staff reviews all line items and compares actual results against budgeted expectations on a monthly basis. At December 31st, the expectation is that most budget categories will be at 50%, although this may fluctuate based on timing of certain receipts and expenditures.
With adjustments, the budget is balanced with General Fund revenues and expenditures totaling $176.4 million and a small surplus of $190. The estimated ending cash balance is $19.4 million, which is 11% of total expenditures.
- Library and Community Services
Contra Costa Elections Divisions at LEAP!
The Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) would like to thank Eren Mendez from the Contra Costa County Elections Division for her wonderful and informative presentation on how to vote. Our students had the opportunity to learn about the steps in checking registration information, requesting a ballot, finding a polling place and discovered beneficial services for the upcoming elections.
If you have more questions about the upcoming elections and where to vote please contact Eren Mendez at Eren.Mendez@vote.cccounty.us or 925-335-7821.
Sign up to work for the US Census at LEAP!
The Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) will be hosting the United States Census this month. We encourage local residents, organizations, school groups, neighborhood councils, businesses, and coalitions to stop by LEAP to sign up if interested in working on Census 2020 outreach and awareness. The Census is looking to fund those committed to ensuring a complete count of residents with an emphasis on hard-to-reach populations (unhoused, low income, people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, and/or children under 5 years old). The next date is Monday, February 24th: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
For more information about our event please contact Yvette Williams at (510) 307-8165 or by email at Yvette_Barr@ci.richmond.ca.us.
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?
Subscribe to receive updates: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/list.aspx?ListID=374
Or Go To: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/2876/Transportation
Get rewarded for trying a Green Commute! Get up to $50 in cash rewards!
Do you currently drive alone? Are you tired of sitting in traffic? Looking to jump start your New Year with a green commute?
The Challenge is a fun and exciting opportunity to explore alternative modes of transportation to get to/from work.
Text START to 925-905-TRIP (925-905-8747)
You will get daily texts at 10am and 7pm asking you about your commute for the next three weeks.
Respond by texting your commute mode for three weeks. If it’s a green mode (transit, carpool, vanpool, bicycling), you’ll tally up points for cash rewards – up to $50!
Visit www.511cc.org/TYC for full program rules
Participants must currently live or work in Contra Costa County and be 18 or over.
Recreation Services/Community Services
Community Services Mini-Grants Available Now!
Our 2020-2021 CSD Mini-Grant Application Cycle is now open! Apply now for grants up to $5,000. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 13, 2020. Visit the website for more information!
Adult Soccer Sign-Ups
Join the Adult Soccer 8V8 league series! There is plenty of space for this league!
Teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Teams will be allowed to have a roster of 14 players. Team trophy and medals will be awarded to the 1st place and 2nd place teams. All teams must submit team roster, government ID, and a picture. This must be turned in when payment is made. Practice space is available on Wednesday to paid teams once registered.
Games take place on Fridays from March 6 – May 29, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park (1300 Virginia Ave.). Cost is $650 for residents or $675 for non-residents. Registration deadline is February 29, 2020.
Contact Christian Tirado at email@example.com or (510) 621-1821 for more information.
Park Rx Day Coming Near You!
Save the date for Saturday, April 25, 2020 for our annual Park Rx Day event! This year’s event will take place at Martin Luther King Jr. Park from 10:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. There will be lots of fun and free activities like free fitness classes, sports clinics, free lunch, raffles, and more! Details to come!
We are seeking vendors that promote healthy living in Richmond! Contact Tetteh Kisseh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 620-6919 to join us!
City-Wide President’s Week Camps
Children representing Shields-Reid, Nevin, May Valley, Booker T. Anderson, and Parchester Village Community Centers gathered at the Richmond Recreation Complex to partake in the Community Services Department city-wide President’s Week Camp. Close to 40 children attended the first day of camp and we expected that number to grow throughout the week. Campers are making new friends with children throughout all Richmond through fun games, arts and crafts activities, trips to the park, and story time tales. The camp ran through Friday, February 21, 2020.
Stationary Engineers performed daily pool maintenance, daily Civic Center Plaza boiler inspections, replaced the hose and nozzle on the exhaust extraction equipment at Fire Station #68, replaced filters on the furnace at the Main Library, cleared a clogged shower drain at Fire Station #66, repaired the sink drain at the Transit Center, fixed the main water backflow at the Main Library, restored the hot water supply to a sink in the Family Justice Center and cleared sewer lines in the jail at the police department.
Filter Replacement at the Main Library
Parks and Landscaping
General fund crews repaired damaged fencing along Carlson Boulevard, removed debris from parks and right of ways on the west side of Richmond, mowed the parks on the west side of Richmond, removed picnic tables at Judge Carroll Park, repaired the benches at Shields-Reid Park, replaced a damaged valve on the Greenway, weed whipped the medians along Cutting Boulevard from South 23rd Street to Carlson Boulevard, repaired irrigation at Nicholl Park, replaced signage at LeMoine Park, removed debris from the Greenway, performed ballfield maintenance at Booker T. Anderson Park, trimmed the brush at Crescent Park, performed general maintenance at the Annex Senior Center, pruned shrubs at Crescent Park, performed median maintenance at Cutting Station and pest control at multiple parks.
Fence Repair on Carlson Boulevard Mowing at Braxton Park
Debris Removal on Greenway
Tree crews cut or trimmed trees at: Berk Avenue, Garvin Avenue, Marina Way and State Court Park.
Marina Districtcrews continued with weed abatement along the Marina Bay Trail from Esplanade to the sailing school, weed removal at Marina Bay Park, removed debris and emptied trash receptacles throughout, removed leaves from the area, removed debris from Concrete Beach, continued with irrigation start-ups at Barbara J. Vincent Park, installed new signs at the tennis courts and removed graffiti throughout.
Edge Trimming Leaf Removal
Hilltop Districtcrewscontinued general maintenance around the business area, continued upkeep at district parks, repaired irrigation at Country Club Vista Park, removed debris throughout, trimmed roses and removed weeds and from the median on Hillview Drive, and performed weed abatement on Hilltop Drive.
Paving crews continued with replacing sections of guardrail along the Richmond Parkway, performed base repair on 39th Street and Banks Drive, patched raised sidewalks and worked from the outstanding pothole list.
Sidewalk Patching: Before and After
Street Sweepingcrews swept the following Neighborhood Council districts on the third Tuesday through Friday in; North Richmond, Iron Triangle, North Belding Woods, South Belding Woods, Atchison Village, Santa Fe, Coronado, Marina Bay and Point Richmond. Please note, there is no sweeping on City observed holidays.
Traffic Signs and Linesstaff fabricated 17 signs, installed three signs, repaired a damaged sign, reset a pole, painted red and white curbs and placed holiday ornaments in storage.
Water Resource Recovery
Macdonald & Virginia Wet Weather Improvement Projects
The contractor is continuing to excavate and replace defective pipes.
Local Richmond contractor is connecting a lateral to newly installed sewer main of the Macdonald and Virginia Project.
Local Richmond contractor is installing a manhole as part of the Macdonald and Virginia Project.
Local Richmond contractor is compacting backfill after sewer installation on 32nd Street.
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.
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 or North 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!
We’re Hiring -- Communications & Development Coordinator: Americorps VISTA:
The VISTA Richmond Promise Communications & Development Coordinator will build capacity to help us build the identity of the Promise, tell our story, and raise funds. This is a 12 month term of service.
Applications due March 13.
To apply, visit: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/publicRequestSearch.do
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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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