Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Regular Meeting of the Richmond City Council

CITY COUNCIL – CLOSED SESSION

 

CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Government Code Section 54957.6):

 

Agency Representatives: Jack Hughes

Employee organizations:

1.     SEIU Local 1021 Full Time Unit

2.     SEIU Local 1021 Part Time Unit

3.     IFPTE Local 21 Mid-Level Management Unit

4.     IFPTE Local 21 Executive Management Unit

5.     Richmond Police Officers Association RPOA

6.     Richmond Police Management Association RPMA

7.     IAFF Local 188

8.     Richmond Fire Management Association RFMA

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Series of PG&E Webinars Keeps Customers and Communities Informed About Ongoing Safety Work to Prevent and Mitigate the Risk of Catastrophic Wildfires

From April through August, PG&E will host a series of county webinars to detail the progress of the numerous actions that are part of the Community Wildfire Safety Program and to share how any needed PSPS events in 2020 are expected to be smaller in scope, shorter in duration and smarter for customers. These webinars, even amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, will keep customers and communities informed about PG&E’s ongoing safety work to prevent and mitigate the serious risk of catastrophic wildfires and to keep them healthy and safe.

The webinars take place on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from April through August. Upcoming webinars include:
  • May 27: For customers in El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties
  • June 3: For customers in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
  • June 10: For customers in Alameda, Contra Costa and Marin counties
  • June 17: For customers in Mendocino and Lake counties

PG&E will share the web address and phone number closer to each event. The full webinar schedule, along with more information about PG&E’s Community Wildfire Safety Program, can be found at www.pge.com/wildfiresafety.

A Message from Supervisor John Gioia

We now have an effective way to help our most vulnerable families. A new Richmond Rapid Response Fund (R3F) was recently established to provide financial support to residents in need, stabilize small businesses and community-based organizations, and support needs assessment work to ensure that funding goes to our community’s greatest needs.
This fund was born out of the West Contra Costa COVID Community Care Coalition, which includes over 100 agencies and programs that have met every week since the Shelter in Place to coordinate and advocate for communities most burdened by the pandemic. Leading organizations include The RYSE Center, EdFUND West, Richmond Promise, and Building Blocks for Kids (BBK).
This fund has already raised $340,000 in the last few weeks, and that’s a great start.

For the details about the Richmond Rapid Response Fund and how to donate: https://www.richmondresponsefund.org

CONGRATUALTIONS TO COI MEMBER EDDIE ORTON, owner of the Historic Ford Building and Craneway Pavilion and a supporter of the Arts and food security efforts, who has just committed $25,000 to the Fund. It would be great to see others match his generous contribution.  

Workplace Health & Safety

Contra Costa County Health Services – www.coronavirus.cchealth.org
NEW May 18 Health Order: Allows for some retail businesses to reopen via curbside pick-up only (interior of store must remain closed) and implementing all necessary safety protocols appropriate for their industry as set by the State of California, starting May 19.

GO TO: https://813dcad3-2b07-4f3f-a25e-23c48c566922.filesusr.com/ugd/84606e_c3612936c20c4f659e34b6c5cb8008ef.pdf

Reopenings TO-DATE

Returning California to Work COVID-19 STATE FUND Safety Protocol Fund

To support California businesses during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and through the return to work process , State Fund established the $50 million Returning California to Work COVID-19 Safety Protocol Fund to help policyholders defray the costs of protecting workers from COVID-19.

If you are a State Fund policyholder who has already returned to re-open your business, or you are planning to return, you may be eligible for a grant to help with safety-related expenses.
Individual grants can total up to twice the policyholder’s estimated annual premium (EAP) up to a maximum of $10,000, whichever is less. They can be applied to expenses incurred as early as March 1, 2020 or to future expenses related to protecting the workforce from COVID-19. To find your EAP, go to your Policy Declarations Page document, or log into your State Fund Online account.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Guide

Under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the CARES Act, loans may be forgiven if borrowers use the proceeds to maintain their payrolls and pay other specified expenses.
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration recently released the application form and instructions for loan forgiveness. The forgiveness forms, instructions, and worksheets can be downloaded here:
Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

PPP borrowers must apply for loan forgiveness with the lender that processed the loan.
This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.
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City of Richmond / Budget Balancing 101/ From Mayor Butt

For those who missed the budget discussion at the May 5 City Council meeting, I am providing the following:

You can click on the hyperlink ACKNOWLEDGE receipt of the first draft of the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Annual Operating and Capital Improvement Budget, and establish the review process and schedule for City Council review and adoption – Finance Department (Belinda Brown 620-6740/Markisha Guillory 620-5434). to access the documents provided at the meeting.

Like all cities in California, Richmond will be hit hard by the economic impacts of COVID-19 as tax revenue related to shrinking economic activity.

The current projections include:

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Richmond City Council – Items of Interest

NOTE:  At the May 12th special meeting of the Council, they reviewed options to reduce expenditures.  No decisions were made. 

MAY 19, 2020 – RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL

CLOSED SESSION:

CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Government Code Section 54957.6):

Agency Representatives: Jack Hughes

Employee organizations:

1.     SEIU Local 1021 Full Time Unit

2.     SEIU Local 1021 Part Time Unit

3.     IFPTE Local 21 Mid-Level Management Unit

4.     IFPTE Local 21 Executive Management Unit

5.     Richmond Police Officers Association RPOA

6.     Richmond Police Management Association RPMA

7.     IAFF Local 188

8.     Richmond Fire Management Association RFMA

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Statewide industry guidance to reduce risk

COVID19.CA.GOV go to: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/
As California moves into stage 2 of our Resilience Roadmap, every business should take steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers.
Below is statewide guidance for businesses to follow, if they’re permitted to open per county health rules. Learn more and find industry guidance for counties that have received state approval to move faster into stage 2 on the County Variance page.
Businesses may use effective alternative or innovative methods to build upon the guidelines. Review the guidance that is relevant to your workplace, prepare a plan based on the guidance for your industry, and put it into action.
When complete, you can post the industry-specific checklist (below) in your workplace.
Before reopening, all facilities must:
1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
4. Implement disinfecting protocols
5. Implement physical distancing guidelines
It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19.