Community Services Building
440 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA 94804
  • 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, Vice Mayor, District 5
  • Claudia Jimenez, Councilmember District 6



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Unless otherwise noted in an agenda description, all actions taken by the Council include a determination that CEQA does not apply (i.e., the action is not a project and therefore exempt from CEQA).


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.







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CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Government Code Section 54957.6)


•    Agency Representatives: Sharrone Taylor and Jack Hughes

Employee organizations:
1.    SEIU Local 1021 Full Time Unit and Part Time Unit
2.    IFPTE Local 21 Mid-Level Management Unit and Executive Management Units
3.    Richmond Police Officers Association RPOA
4.    Richmond Police Management Association RPMA
5.    IAFF Local 188
6.    Richmond Fire Management Association RFMA

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED LITIGATION (initiation of litigation pursuant to paragraph (4) of Subdivision (d) of Government Code Section 54956.9)


•    Two Cases



•    Title: City Manager

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - EXISTING LITIGATION (paragraph (1) of Subdivision [d] of Government Code Section 54956.9)


•    Winehaven v. City of Richmond
•    Guidiville Rancheria of California, et al. v. United States of America, et al.
•    North Coast Rivers Alliance et al./Point Molate Alliance et al. v. City of Richmond



•    Property: 1324 Canal Boulevard (General Warehouse, Port of Richmond) 
     Agency negotiator: Dave Aleshire, Lizeht Zepeda, and Nannette Beacham
     Negotiating parties: Richmond Grown 
     Under negotiation: Price and terms of payment




6:30 p.m.











(public comment on items that remain on the Consent Calendar or items not on the agenda - limited to 2 minutes unless otherwise specified - Back and forth dialogue with the Council is prohibited)



(All items placed under the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and noncontroversial.   These items will be enacted upon together with a motion and second, without discussion, of any member of the City Council, and each item shall be deemed to have received the action recommended.)



APPROVE the minutes of the Special City Council meeting on April 3, 2023, and the minutes of the April 4, 2023, regular meeting - City Clerk's Office (Pamela Christian 510-620-6513).


  • PROCLAMATION recognizing May as National Bike Month and encouraging residents to participate in biking events - Councilmembers Claudia Jimenez (510-620-6565), Doria Robinson (510-620-6593) and Mayor Eduardo Martinez (510-620-6503).

  • DIRECT staff in the City Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance within 45-60 days that includes strategies to deter catalytic converter theft by imposing required actions of recyclers who purchase catalytic converters - Councilmember Cesar Zepeda (510-620-6593).

  • ADOPT a resolution opposing California Senate Bill 423, as introduced (Wiener) Streamlined housing approvals: multifamily housing developments: SB 35 (Chapter 366, Statutes of 2017) expansion – Councilmember Soheila Bana (510-620-6743). This item was continued from the April 4, 2023, and April 18, meetings.  


  • DIRECT City staff to initiate procurement of a new solid waste collection service agreement through a competitive procurement Request for Proposals (RFP) process; and RECOMMEND RecycleMore proceed with an RFP process for the Post-Collection Solid Waste Franchise Agreement – Economic Development Department (Shasa Curl/Samantha Carr 510-620-5407).


  • INTRODUCE an ordinance (first reading) amending Chapter 13.45 [Tax, Fee, and Charge Adjustments] of the Richmond Municipal Code to change the frequency of the fee updates from quarterly to yearly – Finance Department (Nickie Mastay/Mubeen Qadar/Antonio Banuelos 510-620-6741).


  • APPROVE the Production Agreement Contract with Pyro Spectaculars North Inc., in the amount of $65,000, to provide a fireworks display show for the City of Richmond on July 3, 2023, at the Marina Bay Park – Community Services Department (Ranjana Maharaj/Kymberlyn Carson-Thrower 510-620-6789).

  • ADOPT a resolution to ACCEPT and APPROPRIATE $210,720 in grant funds for the Student Training and Employment Program (STEP) from the California Employment Training Panel, in conjunction with the California Department of Rehabilitation, passed through the Foundation for California Community Colleges; and APPROVE a third contract amendment with the Foundation for California Community Colleges for the administration of the STEP grant, in the amount of $375,000, for a new total contract amount of $1,375,000, with a term ending June 30, 2023 – Community Services Department (Tamara Walker 510-307-8006/Bouakhay Phongboupha 510-307-8050).


  • APPOINT Sara Cantor, Tomasa Espinoza, and Karina Guadalupe to the Rent Board to fill three open positions with a term ending March 21, 2025 - Mayor’s Office (Mayor Eduardo Martinez 510-620-6503).


  • APPROVE a purchase order with All State Police Equipment, in an amount not to exceed $98,485, to allow the Richmond Police Department to acquire replacement service weapons – Police Department (Chief Bisa French 510-621-1802).

  • RATIFY and APPROVE a sole-source contract with Contra Costa County for Coordinated Outreach Referral Engagement (CORE) services retroactive to July 1, 2022, with a term expiring June 30, 2023, for a total contract compensation amount not to exceed $144,333 – Police Department (Chief Bisa French 510-621-1802).


  • APPROVE a contract with Silverado Contractors Inc. for the Terminal Four Wharf Removal Project, in an amount not to exceed $5,297,926, including Base Bid and Alternate “A”, and authorize the Public Works Director to approve change orders, if necessary, for up-to a contingency amount of $529,800 to be funded by the State Coastal Conservancy grant, EPA Grant, and other funds appropriated to this project – Public Works Department (Daniel Chavarria 510-620-5478 / Robert Armijo 510-620-5477).

  • APPROVE a contract with Swinerton Management & Consulting, in the amount of $639,882, for a term extending through December 31, 2025, to provide construction management services during the bid and construction phase of the Terminal Four Wharf Removal Project, to be funded by the State Coastal Conservancy grant – Public Works Department (Daniel Chavarria 510-620-5478/ Robert Armijo 510-520-5477).


  • ACKNOWLEDGE receipt of the first draft of the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Annual Operating Budget and Fiscal Year 2023-2028 Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan Budget; ESTABLISH the review process and schedule for their review and adoption; and RECEIVE Government Finance Officer Association (GFOA) General Fund Fund-Balance Guidelines as part of City’s Corrective Action Plan – City Manager’s Office/Finance Department (Shasa Curl/Nickie Mastay/Mubeen Qader 510-412-2077).


  • HOLD a public hearing to APPROVE and APPROPRIATE $200,000 in revenue for Fiscal Year 2023-24 per the Settlement Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E); INTRODUCE an ordinance (first reading) amending Ordinance 1579 which granted a franchise for the transmission and distribution of electricity within the City to PG&E to revise the franchise fee and add a franchise fee surcharge; and INTRODUCE an ordinance (first reading) amending Ordinance 1580 which granted a franchise for the transmission and distribution of gas within the City to PG&E to add a franchise fee surcharge - City Manager’s Office/City Attorney’s Office (Shasa Curl 510-620-6512/Samantha Carr 510-620-5407/Dave Aleshire 510-620-6509).


  • RECEIVE a presentation from The Latina Center and RCF Connects in recognition of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month – City Manager’s Office (Shasa Curl 510-620-6512). This item was continued from the March 28, 2023, and April 4, 2023, meetings.

  • APPROVE a contract with the Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) to provide workforce training and employment services to 20 youth, for a term commencing April 5, 2023, and ending March 31, 2024, for a total amount not to exceed $73,700 funded by the California for All Youth grant – Community Services Department/Employment and Training (Tamara Walker 510-307-8006).This item was continued from the April 4, 2023, and April 18, 2023, meetings.

  • APPROVE the purchase of four 2023 BMW R 1250 RT motorcycles from Long Beach BMW, in an aggregate amount not to exceed $160,000, including a contingency of $10,158.44 – Public Works Department (Daniel Chavarria 510-620-5478/Dee Karnes 510-231-3044). This item was continued from the April 18, 2023, meeting.                   

  • APPROVE the purchase of a new Elgin Crosswind 1 Regenerative Air Street Sweeper from Owen Equipment in an amount not to exceed $430,000, including a contingency of $38,708.32 – Public Works Department (Daniel Chavarria 510-620-5478/Dee Karnes 510-231-3044).This item was continued from the April 18, 2023, meeting.    

ADOPT the draft Homelessness Strategic Plan; and RECEIVE a presentation of current and planned programming in support of the City’s unhoused residents – Community Development (Lina Velasco/Jesus Morales 510-620-6649).

  • APPROVE a contract with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. to provide a workforce analysis, in alignment with a state audit recommendation, in an amount not to exceed $200,000, with a term beginning June 1, 2023, and ending March 31, 2024; and APPROPRIATE the necessary funding – Human Resources Department (Nickie Mastay 510-620-6609/Sharrone Taylor 510-620-6803).


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