Mayor Tom Butt’s Special Business Roundtable is just one week away! Register for his final Business Roundtable of 2017, taking place on October 26th at Noon at The Shops at Hilltop. The event will take place in the mall’s community room, located on the second floor near the old JC Penney store.
The event will feature a presentation by the new owner-group of The Shops, LBG Real Estate, a branding and marketing presentation by Mayor Butt, an introduction of new mall tenants and a tour of the shopping center. Join us as we take a look into the future of The Shops and the branding of the Richmond community.
Admission to the Business Roundtable is $15. All proceeds go towards the Mayor’s Community Fund. Lunch is included with your registration. Follow the link to RSVP:https://fundraise.richmondcf.org/richmond/events/mayor-tom-butts-business-roundtable-luncheon/e148482
See you at The Shops at Hilltop!
A lot of people don’t know what the mayor does or even what the mayor can do. Many think the position is like a czar (“You’re the mayor, aren’t you; make it happen!”). Many people who want to develop a project in Richmond or want to sell an idea or a product to the City think the mayor is where you start. Lots of people just have a complaints, usually about streets, potholes, weeds, trash, junk cars, squatters, barking dogs or roosters, and the mayor’s office is easy to find and always accessible – physically, by phone or by email. We also provide a Community Resource Guide to help people find the department or service they need.
After over two years, even I am still learning what the mayor does, could do and should do. I hope this sheds a little light for those who are interested enough to read it. (READ MORE)
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 email@example.com (510) 220-1577, (510)236-7435
Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles firstname.lastname@example.org (510)620-6568
Ben Choi email@example.com (510) 620-6565
Eduardo Martinez firstname.lastname@example.org (510)620-6593
Gayle McLaughlin email@example.com (510)620-6503
Jael Myrick firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 932-5715
Melvin Willis email@example.com (510)412-2050
Council of Industries
Save the date…
Shoreline and Bay Yacht Tour!!
Thank you to all Sponsors and Guests!
We had a wonderful 2016 Council of Industries Shoreline Cruise.
Your annual participation makes this event the number one networking event in West Contra Costa County every year. If you missed it, please plan ahead for 2017! It’s not too early to become a sponsor (contact Katrinka Ruk for details – firstname.lastname@example.org)
from Tom Butt’s e-Forum:
Mayor Tom Butt
Annual Golf Tournament
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Is getting around West County getting harder? Is traffic on I-80 at every hour of the day getting you down? If you’re interested in helping us design public transportation that works for you, join us at a community workshop to help shape the future of transit in West County.
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
San Pablo City Council Chambers
13831 San Pablo Avenue, San Pablo
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6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pinole City Council Chambers
2131 Pear Street, Pinole
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond
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If you can’t make it to one of the workshops, we still want to hear your opinion. One week before the April meetings, we’ll post a brief survey to learn more about your preferred travel methods and favorite destinations at www.WestCountyTransitStudy.com. Using your input, we’ll determine which transit options will make it to the next stage, and we plan to have a second round of workshops in the fall to find out what you think.
This is your chance to help shape the future of West County transportation. Get involved and make sure your voice is heard!
Richmond is proud to be a key partner in the West County High-Capacity Transit Study. This Study will evaluate public transportation options and identify funding opportunities to expand transit service and access for the more than 250,000 residents of west Contra Costa County. The Study’s final proposal will identify one or more projects to improve the quality and effectiveness of transit in West County, expand alternatives to driving on congested streets and highways, and improve regional air quality.
In addition to taking a fresh look at the origins and destinations of people who live or work in West County, the Study will also examine how to encourage transit use and improve service to underserved communities.
The Study is sponsored by the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC), the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Other key partners include the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit), the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA/Amtrak), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCAT).
RICHMOND, California – The City of Richmond continues its leadership in working towards health equity with the release of its first Health in All Policies (HiAP) Report. Health in All Policies, or “healthy public policy,” is based on the idea that health starts with where people live, work, learn, and play, and that community health is influenced by more than individual choices. One’s physical and social environments, along with local government decisions and actions that shape these environments, have an impact on health outcomes.
City Manager Bill Lindsay explains, “The ordinance provides city staff and me the opportunity to evaluate and prioritize services that promote health equity. It means that our employees who maintain the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. baseball fields are community clinicians. So are our librarians, firefighters, planners, finance team, and all other City employees and partners.”
The HiAP Report is a recap of the influence and progress of Richmond’s Health in All Policies ordinance and strategy and identifies how it will continue to grow over the next decade (R.M.C 9.15). It also tells three narratives of how the many efforts in Richmond – of the City, residents and organizations – are combining to impact core health concerns of residents. After a community development process that began in 2012, the first step for the City of Richmond in this process was to begin speaking the language of health equity and to understand the suite of City services, programs, data collection and policy development that could be coordinated to promote health equity.
According to Mayor Butt, “the report highlights the City’s health equity achievements to date while recognizing that there is still much to be done to fully institutionalize HiAP into all levels of government action.”
“Richmond is a national leader in implementation of policies that promote local health equity. This report ensures they are committed to meeting their goals, and willing to recognize how they can improve. It is unique among local governments,” noted Jason Corburn, UC Berkeley Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Public Health. Richmond’s HiAP focus strives to ensure that the opportunities and benefits of the Bay Area’s economic growth and investments are distributed equitably in the community. The HiAP Report illustrates how Richmond, including local government officials, City staff, residents and organizations, has and will continue to promote health equity by addressing structural racism and many place-based “toxic stressors.”
For more information on the City of Richmond’s Health in All Policies and the Report, visit the City’s Health Initiatives website at www.richmondhealth.org.