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Richmond City Council Highlights — April 20, 2021
- Roll Call – All present
- Conflict of Interest – None
- Agenda Review:
- K-7 Pt. Molate lawsuits; McLaughlin asked to table and put in closed session. Vote: McLaughlin motion/Martinez second -Passes with Bates, Johnson and Butt voting no.
- H-17 Consent Calendar; Design Review Board appointment; Martinez pulled; Butt removed from agenda
- H-20 Consent Calendar; Boards, Commissions, Committee Handbook; Martinez pulled to be reviewed at end of meeting.
- K-9 Sea Level Rise presentation by Dr. Kristina Hill, UCB – Martinez asked to place after Consent Calendar. Butt stated that not most important item on agenda. Vote: Martinez motion/ McLaughlin second – Passes with Bates and Johnson abstaining, Butt no.
- City Attorney Report – Council voted to defend both lawsuits related to Pt. Molate. Vote 6-1 (Martinez voting against). First was SPRAWDEF vs Richmond, second North Coast Rivers Alliance vs. Richmond & Wine Haven. (NCR included Andres Soto as signatory).
- Consent Calendar – Vote: Johnson motion/ Willis second; Passes unanimously
- City Manager requested to move K3 presentation on Police Strategies contract to consent calendar to save time. Martinez raised that not originally part of Consent Calendar. Martinez motion/ McLaughlin second to keep on agenda as is; vote Passes with Butt voting no. Butt moved item to after K-9
- Butt: council meetings running long and looking for ways to shorten meetings and complete city business; there is no provision regarding council invitation for speakers; Mayor can limit speakers, limiting speaker to 3 mins presentation; if want more time make a motion.
- Martinez motion/ McLaughlin second to extend to 10 mins; vote: passes with Butt voting no. / fyi, her presentation went beyond 10 mins. In fact with discussion, this item approached one hour/
- Presentation – expect 3-10’ sea level rise by 2100; ½’-2’ by 2040, 1’-3’ by 2050. BCDC map shows flooding in W. Richmond with inflow on contaminated sites. Issues with toxic soil pollution, liquefaction, vapors from sanitary pipes. Levies and sea walls will not prevent.
- Mayor Butt asked questions about the speaker’s knowledge of sanitary piping and safety measures/back flow to control and prevent vapor releases.
- Bates pointed out that her focus was on the Zeneca site when other areas such as Marina Shores are on formerly remediated sites, “if 10’ waves occur, all of Richmond South will be affected.”
- Martinez to invite back for full presentation; Climate Action Plan needs to be updated to include this, not following precautionary principle
- Vote: Martinez motion/ McLaughlin second to accept resolution “in support of addressing the potential impacts to Richmond from impending sea level rise.”
- Butt raised questions about presentation, noted that he was on BCDC which reviews this.
- Jimenez stated that the Mayor was “in climate denial”
- Butt- Climate Action Plan needs update but don’t have money or staff to do it.
- Motion- Passes unanimously, language to be added to Climate Action Plan: “all scientific information to be included.”
- Martinez – good investment
- Jimenez – compare with resident reports for accuracy
- Chief – review body cam footage w/ reports for accuracy
- Vote: Jimenez motion/ McLaughlin second; Passes unanimously
- Vote: Willis motion/ McLaughlin second; Passes unanimously
- Council as a Whole
- Bates wants to re-instate committees to streamline issues brought to Council
- McLaughlin – City Manager doesn’t have staff to assist; maybe a quarterly meeting
- City Manager – don’t have capacity and will slow down city council meetings, duplicate process
- Vote: Bates motion to reinstate/Martinez second; Fails with Jimenez, McLaughlin and Butt voting no, Johnson and Willis abstain, Bates and Martinez vote yes. Willis suggested bringing back after budget sessions over.
- Jimenez- community governess; hold government accountable
- Willis -last year city of Vallejo organized around homelessness, COVID under this. Not establishing a committee. Just to support the peoplese strike assembly.
- Butt- ?what does this mean? “upend Biden Campaign”?
- Jimenez- be vigilant, foreign policies effect people
- Butt – you didn’t answer my question
- Martinez – issue is imposing austerity on world
- McLaughlin – protects first amendment rights; holds elected officials and Biden accountable.
- Bates concerned with “potshots” against presidency as city depends heavily on government for funds; impolite
- McLaughlin – friendly amendment to change North Bay to East Bay; change Biden campaign to Biden administration. – accepted by maker of motion
- Willis motion/ McLauglin second
- Butt – dumbest thing ever seen; incomprehensible; typos, errors, don’t reflect well on council
- Jimenez – you (Mayor) use your time to attack us; you took it off consent calendar; engages community on political issues w/ city; committed to support groups committed to this.
- Vote: Passes with Bates and Butt voting no.
- Johnson- unprofessional for chairman to use such language
- Butt – sometimes you need to tell the truth
- City Manager asked for Council members to pause on putting items on agenda until budget done
- Bates- if urgent issues and can’t delay need to put on agenda
- Willis – ok with prioritizing budget session, cannot support blocking items from agenda; a lot of time spent on arguing and calling people out especially if something shady said as seen on previous item.
- McLaughlin – don’t support hold on putting on agenda items; prioritize budget items, time items, no additional Monday or Tuesday meetings.
- Jimenez – separate meeting to review stimulus money
- Martinez – won’t give up ability to add item; take too much time because of personality issues; stop attacks; continue as are with mindfulness as guidance
- City Manager – looking for consensus (on extra meetings)
- Butt – don’t like any ideas; partly staff partly council problem. Reports can be done in writing, don’t need presentations. Council needs to do less micromanaging. Frivolous items on agenda- last item doesn’t impact anyone in Richmond. More items on consent calendar. The Mayor and City Manager are supposed to meet to review agenda and thi you have never invited me to participate. Less talk in council, don’t need long comment onhow you vote. No Monday meetings.
- City Manager – need to schedule a retreat, labor meetings, litigation, required bond meeting – how to schedule?
- Martinez – need facilitator, you belittled community; you pulled item from consent (Peoples Strike), you are doing what you say is a problem.
- Willis – Mayor you are guilty of many things you mentioned. I’m ok with Mondays.
- McLaughlin – don’t need three separate 3 hour meetings for workshops
- Johnson – we all made a commitment
- Discussion followed by councilmembers to add extra meetings – Mondays and/or Saturdays, different times. McLaughlin said no to Mondays and Tuesdays.
- City Manager stated 2 extra meetings no sufficient time. Will put an agenda item on next week.
- Willis recommend Sat 05/01 1pm and 2nd Tuesday for budget meetings.
- Vote: Willis motion/Johnson second; Passes with Bates, Jimenez and Butt voting no.
- Butt - Measure K; shouldn’t be on agenda; staff screwed up, misunderstood process
- Willis – frustrated for confusion on this too
- Jimenez – thank you for this, misinformation (was given)
- Vote: Willis motion/ Jimenez second – Passes with Bates absent, rest ayes.
- Jimenez presented financial policies for administration of budget; she started to make changes to the language
- Butt – confused, bring back next week with your changes.
- City Manager – have practical concerns; implementation concerns
- Vote: Martinez motion/Jimenez second – Passes with Bates absent, rest aye.
City Council Walks Back Previous Direction to City Attorney — April 22, 2021
Richmond City Council Highlights — April 7, 2021
Richmond City Council Update — April 6, 2021
Richmond City Council Meeting — March 23, 2021
- McLaughlin presented information that evictions in Richmond were higher than other cities. The Richmond moratorium had ended – this would fill the gap. Richmond had 28x the number of evictions than Oakland impacting the Black and Brown communities. This results in homelessness which increases death. 51% of Richmond residents rent. This would provide for no evictions during the current emergency except for health/safety risk. Through SB91 renters and property owners can receive financial support.
- Mayor Butt questioned the numbers McLaughlin quoted and he calculated that there were only 2 evictions/month.
- Willis stated that numbers came from KTVU which had a report on this, the Sheriff’s office, and notices to the Rent Board.
- Bates questioned if the City’s ordinance was stronger than State and County’s would this put the City in a liable situation
- McLaughlin – county not as strong as Berkeley/Oakland/SF
- Johnson – we need to do a better job of keeping data; embarrassing; highest # of writs and evictions during pandemic; we need to look out for each other.
- Public speakers – 17 were in support, the majority stating they were representing ACCE, Eviction Defense Center and APEN, 6 callers were opposed.
- Following public speakers, there was continued discussion with Attorney commenting on the need to add language regarding writ of possession entered before the ordinance took effect.
- McLaughlin motion/Willis second- with the amendment Attorney recommended; vote: No Bates, Butt, rest ayes; passes. As this was an “emergency” agenda item it required 5 votes to pass.
- LaShonda White – information item, not seeking action; will review how the fiscal model dashboard works and have the consultants review the long-range financial model
- The dashboard allows for manipulation of various factors – increasing revenue items, decreasing expense items to predict budget balance.
- Management Partners Consultants presented the overview but due to the lateness of the meeting, they shortened the presentation. (The full presentation is attached). Comments included:
- Q/A by Councilmembers – Councilmember Jimenez states that the City has been proactive in creating new revenue – property transfer tax, business license tax, progressive taxes. “Ones who have more money need to support those that don’t have money.” She proceeded to ask about the amount of money Chevron pays in utility tax. The response from Antonio Banuelos was that they pay the cap amount but don’t know the specifics for proprietary reasons. Finance Director responded to her question about the business license tax stating that $5.3Mil is above what they currently receive, therefor the total would be $9.3Mil. Jimenez asked for more ideas to increase revenue, asked for a list of the 55 FTE positions that are vacant and the length of time that the positions have been vacated. She commented that if the positions were filed that would result in reduction in OT to which the consultant responded that there would always be OT due to vacations, training, etc. He also noted that if the City chooses to unfreeze positions, they can use the dashboard to forecast the OT impact.
- 11pm – Councilmember Jimenez stated that she had 2 more questions and made motion to extend meeting to 11:30pm. There was no second. Meeting adjourned.
Bid Alert: Rumrill Complete Streets (0700)
City Council highlights (not for distribution) — February 16, 2021
- ROLL CALL: Councilmember Bates started the meeting but due to technical issues, he dropped out of the meeting before Item D. All other councilmembers present.
- ELECTION OF THE VICE MAYOR FOR 2021
- D-1 ELECTION of Vice Mayor for 2021: Willis motion/Martinez second; Demnlus Johnson III appointed Vice Mayor with Councilmember Bates absent.
- CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR
- Consent items passed with Councilmember Bates absent.
- General Fund Revenue Increase: $10.7M
- General Fund Expenditures Increase: -$6.3M
- Mid-year Surplus 2.3% $4.4M
- Unmet Needs: COLA, frozen positions, negative fund balances, backlog of deferred maintenance, unmet policy on reserve levels, OPE liability, unfunded CalPERS liability, one-time expenditures
- Unknown Items: placeholder items (contractual issues), COVID budget impacts, changes in CalPERS costs, results of classification and compensation study, Reimagine task Force recommendations.
- COUNCIL AS A WHOLE
- Willis motion/McLaughlin second, passes with Butt voting no and Bates absent.
- Chevron, BayKeeper, Randy Sauer, Fish and Wildlife, Hazardous Materials Commission – several of these agencies were available to answer questions regarding the incident and response.
- These representatives will return to Council on 02/23.
- Councilmember Jimenez added to the item directing staff to study just transition of the refinery.
- Mayor Butt stated that this was not part of the agenda item and therefore should be placed on future agendas.
- Jimenez and Martinez stated that this would be a request of staff to study. McLaughlin added that this should include compensation to the City for loss of revenue.
- Martinez motion/Jimenez second “Direct staff to research case studies from other cities that have had transitions from fossil fuel industries and engage local partners in putting together a set of recommendations to counsel on how to plan for a just transition.”
- Vote: Passes with Bates absent, Butt voting no stating that this needs to be studied but there are more important items to focus on.
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Physical Address:440 Civic Center Plaza Richmond, CA 94804 Phone: 510-620-6581 Fax: 510-620-6824 Link: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/CityCouncil
Mayor Tom Butt firstname.lastname@example.org (510)620-6503 Mayor’s office (510)236-7435 work#
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Ben Choi Ben_choi@ci.richmond.ca.us (510)620-6565
Demnlus Johnson, III Demnlus_johnson@ci.richmond.ca.us (510)620-6568
Eduardo Martinez Eduardo_martinez@ci.richmond.ca.us (510)620-6593
Jael Myrick Jael_myrick@ci.richmond.ca.us (510)620-6636
Melvin Willis Melvin_willis@ci.richmond.ca.us (510)412-2050
City Council Liaison: Trina Jackson Trina_jackson@ci.richmond.ca.us (510)620-6581
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