Council hears presentation on School Resource Officers and wastewater

Richmond Confidential

On Tuesday, the Richmond City Council heard presentations on wastewater infrastructure and School Resource Officers—or SROs—among other items... The presentation comes on the back of a settled lawsuit by the environmental nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, who sued the city in 2006 for underfunding sewage infrastructure repair and polluting the bay with hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage each year. A 2018 settlement agreement, reached by Richmond violating the terms of a 2006 settlement agreement, forces the city to follow an infrastructure improvement plan. If the council votes down the rate increase, Baykeeper will likely invoke the court’s authority to force a 10 percent annual rate increase—which the group believes is necessary to complete the series of infrastructure projects, according to Smith.