Community Services Building
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
Members Present
  • Eduardo Martinez, Mayor at Large
  • Melvin Willis, Councilmember District 1
  • Cesar Zepeda, Councilmember District 2
  • Doria Robinson, Councilmember District 3
  • Soheila Bana, Councilmember District 4
  • Gayle McLaughlin, Councilmember District 5
  • Claudia Jimenez, Vice Mayor, District 6

Councilmember Doria Robinson will be joining the meeting via Zoom from the following location:

Moxy Washington, Downtown DC 

1011 K St NW

Washington, DC 20001. 


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Disclaimer:  The City Clerk's Office translates agendas to enhance public access.  Translated agendas are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute legal notice of the meeting or items to be discussed.  In case of discrepancy, the English agenda will prevail.











  • ADOPT a resolution in support of Richmond San Rafael Bridge Trail - Councilmember Doria Robinson (510-620-6568) and Mayor Eduardo Martinez (510-620-6503).

  • PROCLAMATION recognizing May as National Bike Month and encouraging residents to participate in biking events – Councilmember Doria Robinson (510-620-6593) and Mayor Eduardo Martinez (510-620-6503).

  • PROCLAMATION recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month in the City of Richmond - Mayor Eduardo Martinez (510-620-6593), Councilmembers Gayle McLaughlin (510-620-6636), and Melvin Willis (510-412-2050).

  • APPROVE a budget increase for the remaining City-sponsored festivals for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 in a total amount not to exceed $24,000 (Cinco de Mayo Parade budget increase of $5,000 for a total budget of $7,500, Cinco de Mayo Festival budget increase of $5,000 for a total budget of $7,500, Richmond Rainbow Pride budget increase of $4,000 for a total budget of $5,000, and Juneteenth Parade and Festival budget increase of $10,000 for a total budget of $15,000) – City Manager’s Office (Shasa Curl/LaShonda White 510-620-6828).

  • DIRECT the city manager to appropriate funds in the Fiscal Year 24-25 budget for finance manager and maintenance manager positions for the Port of Richmond; to consider all increased costs associated with these two staff positions and incorporate them when setting future fees, tariffs, and lease rates; and work with all City departments referenced in the Recommendations List of the Port of Richmond Audit to return in September of 2024 with action plans and timelines for the listed recommendations - Mayor Eduardo Martinez (510-620-6502), Vice Mayor Claudia Jimenez (510-620-6565), and Councilmember Cesar Zepeda (510-620-6593).


  • DIRECT City staff to review and modify the City of Richmond Investment Policy, eliminating the investment of City funds into industries that facilitate violence, war, oppression, and apartheid - Mayor Eduardo Martinez (510-620-6502), Councilmembers Gayle McLaughlin (510-620-6636) and Councilmember Soheila Bana (510-620-6743).

  • RECEIVE a presentation on Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) from Cal RCV and DIRECT the City Attorney’s Office to draft 1) language for an IRV ballot measure and 2) ordinance language to allow City Council to place that IRV ballot measure language on the 2024 General Election ballot —  Mayor's Office (Mayor Eduardo Martinez 510-620-6502).