Calculate Your Business Tax Today

Attention local business owners — there are some major changes to your tax rates this year.

To find out how much you will be paying, download this calculator.

All you have to do is enter your business classification and gross receipts.

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Compare your current tax rate with the proposed tax rates using the document below. Please note that Class G also includes warehouses.

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Richmond voters should end labor unions’ grip on the city

Reject Measure U. Elect council candidates for change: Eleanor Thompson, Ahmad Anderson, and Vinay Pimplé

If there was any doubt that municipal employee labor unions are running Richmond, consider the business tax measure the City Council placed on the Nov. 3 ballot.

In December 2019, the council directed city staff to examine possible “revenue enhancement” measures. But instead of doing the work themselves, the staff effectively outsourced the job to a coalition led by labor unions.

Businesses that would be paying the tax learned the details in a video briefing by city staff only eight days before the council voted to put Measure U on the ballot. When asked during that briefing how rates in the ordinance were established, LaShonda White, acting deputy city manager, had to defer to a union representative to explain.

Measure U is a significant tax increase for many businesses. How many is unclear. That’s because there was no analysis of the effect of the measure on companies, the potential loss of jobs when they leave the city or the effect on rents when landlords pass on the costs to tenants.

It’s a shameful abdication of professional responsibility by city staff — enabled by a City Council majority that’s more concerned with revenues for municipal government employees than the greater good of the city.

Voters should reject Measure U. And they should elect council members who care more about preserving Richmond businesses that are struggling and the jobs they provide residents than placating labor union supporters.

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New Police Chief

Bisa French named Chief of Police

Bisa French is no longer Richmond’s interim police chief. Now, she’s simply police chief. On Thursday afternoon, the city announced French’s appointment. She is the first woman with African American and Latina heritage to serve as police chief. Chief French has spent her entire law enforcement career with RPD. She was a single mother when she started out as a police officer in 1998. She rose up the ranks including detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and assistant chief.

Richmond City Council Highlights


June 30, 2020

7:15pm meeting started

A.    Roll Call: All present

B.    Conflict of Interest: None

C.   Agenda review: Vice Mayor removed for discussion consent Item#F13 professional service contracts

D.   City Attorney Report: None

E.   City Manager Report:

·         No date to reopen offices

·         City received $1.3M from CARES

F.    City Council Consent Calendar: Johnson motion/Willis second – passes with #F13 removed for discussion; Bates absent from vote.

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Richmond City Council: June 30, 2020.

Make sure to tune-in to tonight’s city council meeting at 6:30 pm where they will review and accept final budget projections for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Annual Operating Budget and consider an item by Council Members Jael Myrick and Demnlus Johnson III to direct staff to prepare a plan to transition from Richmond’s current “community policing” model to a plan conducive to the reduced police force. Online: TV: KCRT (Comcast Channel 28 or AT&T Uverse Channel 99) Agenda/Submit Public Comment: SIRE Public Access

AGENDA REVIEW / DISCUSSION: The City of Richmond continues to face a long-term structural deficit. While we’ve found ways to close the $29.9 million budget gap for the coming fiscal year, we know that more substantial decisions will need to be made to bring our budget into structural balance. In addition, a recent movement of people nationally and residents locally are calling on municipalities to reevaluate how we prioritize funding for public safety. This movement correctly asks municipalities like Richmond to consider how large police budgets take resources away from more preventative programs and how some percentage of the services police provide can be provided more efficiently and compassionately through community based programs.

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Workers’ Compensation Premium Savings

Commissioner Lara issues Order resulting in workers’ compensation premium savings for California businesses affected by COVID-19

News: 2020 Press Release

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Commissioner Lara issues Order resulting in workers’ compensation premium savings for California businesses affected by COVID-19
Commissioner’s action mandates workers’ compensation carriers reflect reduced risk of loss in premiums due to “stay-at-home” orders

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara today issued an Order adopting emergency workers’ compensation regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These new regulations will mandate insurance companies to recompute premium charges for policyholders to reflect reduced risk of loss consistent with Commissioner Lara’s April 13 and May 15, 2020 Bulletins, and will result in savings for many policyholders as businesses continue to struggle financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CA Department of Insurance

Racial Justice Oversight Body

We are seeking applicants to fill a vacant Community Representative seat on our County Racial Justice Oversight Body (RJOB). The applicant should have had some justice system involvement, either as a juvenile or an adult.
This RJOB works to identify disparities in the justice system and to oversee strategies to reduce those disparities.
It meets quarterly with its subcommittees meeting monthly.  Full details on the RJOB are here.
The deadline for applying for this vacant seat is July 21 at 5pm.