Local Happenings: January 2017

Richmond Increases Minimum Wage

Sunday, Jan. 1

The next increase in Richmond’s minimum wage goes into effect on January 1, 2017. Richmond’s minimum wage will increase to $12.30/hour.

The ordinance, which was approved by the Richmond City Council in 2014, applies to adult and minor employees who work two or more hours a week. In 2018, the city will adjust the minimum wage to $13.

For questions and concerns, please contact Gina Baker at (510) 307-8011.


Richmond Rent Office Opens

Tuesday, Jan. 3

The Richmond Fair Rent ordinance went into effect on Dec. 30, 2016. The ordinance establishes a rent program in Richmond, directed by a five-member Richmond Rent Board.

A rent program office opens on Jan. 3, 2017 on the second floor of City Hall at 440 Civic Center Plaza.

For more information, renters can call (510) 620-6576, email rent@ci.richmond.ca.us or visit www.RichmondRent.org. Rental unit enrollment and annual adjustment rent increase forms are available for online submission.

New Councilmembers Take Office 

Tuesday, Jan. 10

The Richmond City Council will be on recess until Tuesday, Jan. 10. At that meeting, the newly elected councilmembers will be sworn into office. The first city council business meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17.

MLK Day Celebration in El Cerrito

Monday, Jan. 16

The City of El Cerrito, St. Peter Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the El Cerrito Branch NAACP and the West Contra Costa County Unified School District will sponsor the 28th annual El Cerrito Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan 16.
The theme for this year’s event is: “Enhance the Dream- Make It Real!” There will be a parade starting at 9:30 a.m. in front of El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. The parade will be followed by rally.

For more information, contact event coordinator Patricia Durham at (510) 234-2518. Individuals and groups are welcome to help make parade signs, march in the parade, and attend the rally.

S.A.T. Prep Workshop

Saturday, March 19-April 16

The Richmond Public Library is offering a six-week S.A.T. Preparation Workshop for college bound students.

The workshop is open to high school sophomores and juniors who are Richmond residents and a limited number of students who attend West Contra Costa County schools. The workshop includes a pre-test and a post-test, three manuals and access to three months of supplemental online practice from Princeton Review.

The workshop will be held each Saturday from March 19 through April 16.

Applications are available at www.richmondlibrary.org. For more information, contact Angela Cox at angela_cox@ci.richmond.ca.us.

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