A link to the workshop location is provided below:
For more information on this workshop, see the workshop notice
Richmond Build is offering free HAZMAT and construction classes to all Richmond and San Pablo residents.
Get trained and certified!
Prepare yourself for upcoming employment opportunities on the Solar One Project, the Chevron Modernization Project, and more!
Monthly Breakfast Meeting
Friday, June 23, 7:45 a.m.
Date: Friday, June 23, 2017
Time: 7:45 – 9:00 am
Location: Denny’s Restaurant, 1313 Willow Pass Road, Concord
Please forward this invitation to friends and colleagues.
To make reservations, go to: www.cocotax.org; reservations can also be made by replying to this email or calling 925 289-6900. If you have already registered, no need to respond to this email.
David Twa is responsible for the overall administration of our county government and serves at the will of the Board of Supervisors. The County Administrator Officer (CAO) insures that our million plus Contra Costa residents receive taxpayer supported programs from A to Z (Airports to Zoning). Prior to his appointment as CAO in September 2008, David served as the County Manager for Ramsey County, Minnesota, the state’s second largest county. David also served two terms as an elected county attorney.
The County Administrator’s Office is responsible for:
- Staffing the Board of Supervisors and Board committees
- Overseeing implementation of Board directives
- Planning, monitoring, and overseeing County operations
- Ensuring that Board policies are carried out in the most efficient, cost-effective, and service oriented manner
- Supervising appointed Department Heads and performing general administrative duties
- Preparing the annual budget
- Administering the County’s labor management relations program, including managing the collective bargaining process, grievance investigations, providing training and counseling to managers and employees, as well as problem resolution
At the June 6th Richmond City Council Meeting, the Council voted 6-1 (Mayor Butt – votes no) to:
CONSIDER extending the minimum wage phase-in period and increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour beginning on January 1, 2019 in Richmond and DIRECT staff to present draft amendments to Ordinance No. 11-14 N.S. at the first City Council meeting in July – Councilmember Melvin Willis (412-2050), Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin (620-5431) and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles (620-6568). THIS IS GOING TO CITY COUNCIL FOR A FIRST READING ON JULY 11TH = TUESDAY.
IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS – CONTACT YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS.
Following is the new language:
7.108.040 – Minimum wage.
(a) Employers shall pay employees no less than the minimum wage set forth in this section for each hour worked within the geographic boundaries of the City. The minimum wage shall be as follows:
(1) For a transition period beginning on January 1, 2015, and ending on December 31, 2015, the minimum wage shall be an hourly rate of nine dollars and sixty cents ($9.60). For a transition period beginning on January 1, 2016 and ending on December 31, 2016, the minimum wage shall be an hourly rate of eleven dollars and fifty-two cents ($11.52). For a transition period beginning on January 1, 2017 and ending on December 31, 2017, the minimum wage shall be an hourly rate of twelve dollars and thirty cents ($12.30).
(2) Beginning on January 1, 2018, the minimum wage shall be an hourly rate of thirteen dollars and forty-one cents ($13.41). Beginning on January 1, 2019, the minimum wage shall be an hourly rate of fifteen dollars ($15.00).
(3) To prevent inflation from eroding its value, beginning on January 1, 2020, and each year thereafter, the minimum wage shall increase by an amount corresponding to the prior year’s increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA metropolitan statistical area, or any successor index as published by the U.S. Department of Labor or its successor agency.
(4) The adjusted minimum wage shall be announced by October 1 of each year, and shall become effective as the new minimum wage on January 1.
7.108.080 – Implementation.
(d) Report. The City Manager or his designee shall present a report to the City Council regarding the effectiveness and implementation of this chapter on or about January 1, 2018, and on an annual basis thereafter.
Reasoning behind raising the minimum wage:
STATEMENT OF THE ISSUE: All working people deserve a living wage. In fact, our communities cannot sustain themselves without one. Per Ordinance No 11-14 N.S., the minimum wage is now $12.30/hour. Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will increase to $13.00/hour. There is clear support from voters and advocates to increase the minimum wage to at least $15/hour. The City Council should consider extending the phase-in period and increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr.
DISCUSSION: We have seen working people and families facing increased rent and cost of living. And, the Bay Area is one of the most expensive places to live. The Richmond City Council should consider raising the minimum wage to $15/hr and remove the exemptions that are currently mandated by Ordinance No. 11-14 N.S. AGENDA REPORT June 6, 2017 Page 2 of 2 Exemptions, generally, are unfair to workers in terms of valuing their labor. Also, exemptions inherently require interpretation and enforcement. As we do not have capacity to enforce complicated nuances in the ordinance, they are mostly left up to employers to follow and employees to know whether they are being fairly paid. Finally, exemptions make policy at the regional level more complicated by both creating “quirks” to each jurisdiction and also weakening overall standards by setting precedent that those who seek to weaken local efforts to raise wages can site. I believe we are in a crisis now. Housing costs have skyrocketed, largely eating up the gains we made in the 2014 increase. As I understand it, the proposed increases are within the threshold of what can reasonably be done without potentially harming businesses or workers. I am supportive of staff exploring optional language of a “phasein” period for small businesses. The language should have the same definition of a small business as the current ordinance and would simply change the timeline and increase schedule. I would not want to delay it more than a year more (meaning, in 2018, they might go to $13.41, then maybe $14.00 in 2019 and $15 in 2020). I am open to having staff come back with a recommendation (with community and council input) on this specific provision. Taking action now is important. We have seen not only a willingness of municipalities and other jurisdictions to act to the need of a living wage, but also that an increase in one area is likely to empower other areas to follow suit. This has been the case with the reverberating of increases in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and Richmond.
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Mayor Tom Butt firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 220-1577, (510)236-7435
Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles email@example.com (510)620-6568
Ben Choi firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 620-6565
Eduardo Martinez email@example.com (510)620-6593
Gayle McLaughlin firstname.lastname@example.org (510)620-6503
Jael Myrick email@example.com (510) 932-5715
Melvin Willis firstname.lastname@example.org (510)412-2050
Council of Industries
March 23, 2017
Address: Martinez Chamber of Commerce
603 Marina Vista Ave, Martinez, CA 94553
Date and Time: March 23 from 6:45pm to 8:45pm
For Richmond and Oakland members, free tickets will be provided to your members, but must be capped at 30 and 40 respectively. We will need chamber members to RSVP with their names in order to get a complementary ticket, and will have to have the final list of names by March 10.
BREAKFAST FOR BUSINESS
March 29, 2017
Mix, Mingle, and Become Inspired at the March Breakfast for Business!
Come and hear an inspiring story of how Kenyatta (featured on Ted talk) went from serving a lifetime sentence to an entrepreneur. This anticipated event will be sold out. Register today to ensure a seat at this incredible event.
Address: Contra Costa College, Fireside Building
2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo, CA 94806
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 29 from 8:00am to 9:30am
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East Bay’s 2017 Employer Recognition Breakfast and Campaign Kick-Off!
Friday, March 3, 2017
Chamber President, James Lee and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce have been selected to receive an award at this year’s Earn & Learn East Bay’s 2017 Employer Recognition Breakfast and Campaign Kick-Off for our commitment to work-based-learning and transforming the lives of youth and young adults. Mingle with the partners of Earn & Learn East Bay and learn how your company can support local youth today!
Address: Concord Hilton,1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA 94520
Date and Time: Friday, March 3 from 7:30am to 9:30am
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 8, from 7:00pm-8:00pm
Address: West Contra Costa Public Education Fund
217C W Richmond Ave, Richmond, CA 94801
You are cordially invited to join Chamber President, James Lee at the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund “Ed Talks” on Wednesday, March 8th. Ed Fund business partners and community supporters are critical to the education of our local children and their families.
Small Business Day on the Bay – March 14, 2017
Presented by: UC Berkeley, UCSF & Partners
The UC Berkeley/UCSF Supplier Diversity Program Office proudly presents Small Business on the Bay. The free event will offer a wealth of information about resources and services for small businesses, as well as opportunities to hear from small businesses which have benefitted from them. Register today as attendance is limited to 65 participants!
Address: 1275a Hall Ave at Marina Way South, Richmond, CA 94804
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Ed Fund Business Partnership Program
Support Public Education in West Contra Costa Today!
Ed Fund’s business partners play an essential role in advancing the work of the community based organizations who serve local students – the business leaders and innovators of tomorrow. Partnering with Ed Fund is a fantastic opportunity to support our children’s growth and development, providing critical resources and support to help strengthen their growth and development. Successful students help strengthen the entire community, including the business community.
As a friend and supporter of the Ed Fund, we invite you to become a stakeholder in our children’s education by becoming a Business Partner.
Richmond Chamber of Commerce BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Fadhila Holman (Chair), Amit Patel (Past-Chair), Jacqueline Majors (Chair-Elect), Raul Ramirez (Chair of Operations), Chuck Carpenter, Micheal Davenport (Former Chair), Joe Fisher, Jerrold Hatchett, David Leighton, Joe Lorenz (Former Chair), Joshua Mallory, Malcom Marshall, Ed Reyes,
David Schoenthal, Janet Silva, Sharla Sullivan, Julie Waters, Vernon Whitmore (Former Chair),
John Ziesenhenne (Former Chair)
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS
James Lee (President/CEO)