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Rich City Biz – May 1, 2017

Business of the Month (May 2017) - Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union

As an offshoot of Consumers' Cooperative of Berkeley Inc., Cooperative Center FCU's roots are intertwined with those of the communities we serve. Whether it's responding to the thorny issues of the '60s and '70s (redlining) by creating home loan programs, or combating today's predatory lending practices (payday loans) by offering emergency cash infusion loans; partnering with schools and nonprofits to develop financial literacy, i.e., Community  Financial Resources (CFR), and credit-builder loan programs. Read More

Featured Member - Tideline

Tideline is an official Port of San Francisco water transportation service offering public and private commuter service, Bay cruises and private charter trips around the San Francisco Bay. Founded by local Marin County residents, Tideline is committed to serving our community and its visitors while respecting the environment.

Use promo code RICHMOND CHAMBER to get 50% off a round trip Tideline Ticket for the Commuter Service! Reserve today:

2 for 1 Giants Shuttle: Simply purchase a ticket and in the notes section let us know you are bringing a guest! Reserve space on the Giants Shuttle:


Rich City Biz Blog - Highlights from the Richmond City Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017



PROCLAMATION celebrating and honoring Oscar López Rivera and proclaiming May 31, 2017, as Oscar López Rivera Day in the City of Richmond - Councilmember McLaughlin (620-5431).

Puerto Rican community organizer and independence activist Oscar López Rivera is welcomed to the Bay Area. Rivera has spent almost thirty-five years as a political prisoner for his involvement with Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN).



PROCLAMATION declaring May 2017 as Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Richmond - Office of the Mayor (Mayor Tom Butt 620-6503).

33.8 million adults in the US are mentally ill according to  NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Engaging in early prevention, early intervention, and supporting awareness and reform efforts of community-based organizations can effectively reduce the burden of mental illness and other chronic conditions. Richmond is a part of the Cities Thrive Coalition - which leads local and regional drives to reform the programs and policies that support mentally ill individuals.



PROCLAMATION declaring April 2017 as National Donate Life Month in the City of Richmond - Office of the Mayor (Mayor Tom Butt 620-6503).

More than 870 individuals are on Contra Costa’s organ donor list. Donor Network West is an organ procurement organization which has saved thousands of lives. Black, Latino, and Asian populations are in most need of life saving tissue and organ donations. Californians can sign up at their local DMV when renewing their driver's license or ID card.



PROCLAMATION declaring Thursday May 11 to Sunday May 21, 2017, as Affordable Housing Week "Together for Housing Justice" in the City of Richmond - Office of the Mayor (Mayor Tom Butt 620-6503).

Quality housing is vital to diverse, economically resilient communities. Housing provides solution to homelessness and supports families, the elderly, mentally ill, and disabled in attaining the means to maintain their community roots. Richmond is a city that celebrates diversity and inclusion, taking leadership to raise resources to invest in affordable housing.

Nikki Beasley, Executive Director at Richmond Neighborhood Housing Inc. - Neighborhood Housing Services of the East Bay announced a groundbreaking ceremony at Miraflores Senior Housing Facility on May 15 and a Homeownership Event at Kennedy High School. RNHS is actively engaging with the mayor’s office to ensure that all ideas and resources for affordable housing are being explored.



ANNOUNCE recent resignations from City of Richmond Boards, Commissions and Committees; ANNOUNCE vacancies on City of Richmond Boards, and Commissions as of April 25, 2017, and ask that interested individuals send applications to the City Clerk - Office of the Mayor (Mayor Tom Butt 620-6503).

Residents are urged to apply.



RECEIVE a presentation from the Commission on Aging highlighting the 2016-2017 senior activities and events for the seniors living in Richmond and the neighboring cities - Community Services Department (Rochelle Monk 620-6511).

The Commission on Aging’s mission is to enhance quality of life and improve the programs and resources used by our local seniors. Senior Night out is May 20th at the Richmond Auditorium from 6-10PM.



RECEIVE a presentation from the Citizens Police Review Commission regarding the ongoing operations of that commission and its continued challenges - Councilmember Jael Myrick (620-6636).

The Citizens Police Review Commission is an independent civilian body which investigates complaints along the lines of excessive force and racial discrimination. They review and evaluate the policies and practices of the Richmond Police Department as well as advise local officials on policies related to effective community policing. The CPRC was established in 1984.

The CPRC will be tabling at Richmond’s Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth celebrations.



RECEIVE presentation from Richmond Promise Executive Director Jesse Stewart regarding the current status of that program, its recent successes, challenges and strategies to increase participation and support student persistence - Councilmember Jael Myrick (620-6636).

Financial literacy and planning support, transitional resources, peer mentoring, and targeted advising are opportunities for improvement for the Richmond Promise college readiness and scholarship program. Richmond Promise Scholars represent over 55 colleges and universities across the US. Ninety-percent are students of color.



RECEIVE a presentation on the Richmond Wellness Trail Vision plan, and ADOPT a resolution adding the Richmond Wellness Trail Vision plan as an appendix to the Richmond Pedestrian Plan - Planning and Building Services Department (Richard Mitchell 307-8159).
The Richmond Wellness Trail provides multi-modal accommodations from downtown Richmond to the growing attractions of the Richmond waterfront.

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