Ward 3 Newsletter Edition #15


Time Change

Check Your Smoke Detector Batteries When You Turn Your Clocks Back On Sunday, November 1, at 2:00 a.m.

El Nino Expected

El Nino

Predictions from the National Weather Services indicate this year's weather will be an "abnormal" El Nino year. Weather experts claim the ocean water near the equator is warmer than any on record and what that can bring is anyone's guess. Some have dubbed this year's weather to be the "Bruce Lee" of El Ninos. All agree that it is best to prepare now for what could be record breaking rainfall. Get those loose roof tiles fastened down, trim this overgrown trees or shrubs, tie down loose wires, umbrellas, trampolines, outdoor tables, clean those landscaping drains or secure other items that could blow away. Better to be prepared than to find yourself fighting what may be an El Meano!

Riverside Avenue To Open Soon!

Riverside Ave. Grade Separation

Great News! Providing weather remains cooperative, Riverside Avenue is expected to be open to through traffic by Thanksgiving. If you would like to learn more about the project, click here.

Mission Accomplished!

Rumsey - Central

Finally, after a few delays, the traffic signal light is up and running at the intersection of Rumsey and Central!


Recent changes have been made throughout the City's website with the purpose of making it easier to find and navigate to various departments.  

Several links have been added to the main page under the "New & Noteworthy" heading, including to the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk's pages. 

Links to those same pages, as well as the City's Organizational Chart, have been added to the City Council's main page. 


Updates on Freeway Construction Projects can still be found under the heading above on the City's website or you can also follow these links:

For the State Route 91 HOV Project Updates

For the State Route 91 Project Updates

For the 215 Bi-County HOV Project Updates

Mail Theft


If you are the victim of a mail crime such as mail theft, mail fraud and other criminal activity, please call:  


There is also an option on this line to report delivery problems.  

Center Location:

5257 Sierra Street
Riverside, CA 92504
Tel: (951) 351-8800
Fax: (951) 351-9731

Center Hours:

Monday - Friday
7:00AM - 9:00PM

9:00AM - 5:00PM

1:00PM - 5:00PM

Councilmember Mike Soubirous

September 29, 2015

Edition #15

Greetings to all Ward 3 residents and beyond!

I hope you have had a great summer and are ready for cooler weather. Looks like we may be in store for rain this year with the promising El Nino predictions. We need the rain. Problem is, we'll probably get it all at once!

Our new City Manager, John Russo, is settling in his new position. So is our new City Attorney Gary Geuss (pronounced Gice). Both of these men, along with our City Clerk Colleen Nicol proposed a "Sunshine" ordinance, which was passed by the City Council this past week. This ordinance requires, with few exceptions, that all City Council Agenda Items be posted 12 days in advance of a City Council meeting. This may slow down our City government a bit, but it will allow greater openness and transparency. More notice time than what our State law requires (three days notice). Many staff proposals/reports are quite lengthy, and often require much study to fully understand. The added time will allow Council and the public more time to review and ask questions should they have them. 

Our Riverside Avenue railroad underpass is almost complete. Hopefully, by Thanksgiving, you will be able to use it - something to be thankful for!

The long awaited traffic signal light at Rumsey and Central Avenue is finally up and running. Those living in the "Cowboy Streets" can now safely negotiate that intersection. There are eight traffic lanes on Central at Rumsey to contend with - far too many without the help of a signal light. It took a lot of push at City Hall - but the residents got the green light.

The Plaza continues to grow and grow. More shops, more stores and more places to eat. Vestar, the Plaza owner, is working hard to bring new business to Riverside. Commercial land around the Plaza is also seeing increased value and interest. This is all good for Riverside's bottom line. Increased tax revenues mean more dollars available for much needed road paving, tree trimming and sidewalk repair.

West Nile Virus infected birds and mosquitos are here in Riverside. The birds carry the virus and any mosquitos (only female mosquitos) that bite then carry the virus to you. The mosquitos cannot pass the virus to their larvae. The Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District (you pay about $9.10 a year - on your property tax bill for this service) is the responsible organization tasked with managing these critters. Due to recent Ward 3 resident concerns, I met with NMVCD management, County Health Department staff and County Environmental Health staff to help develop better hospital reporting of those infected with the virus, better spray warning signs and longer spray notification times. NMVCD has promised to better communicate with the community and better advertise their service, so that residents are aware NMVCD is the agency to call for mosquito and vector (rats, rodents other similar infestations) control.

Don't forget to check your smoke detector batteries when you turn back your clocks to Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, November 1st., at 1 am. Remember "Spring Forward - Fall Back." This is the time of year when you get that much needed extra hour of sleep!

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you. Much is being accomplished in order to help improve your quality of life. We still have much more work to do, but with your support, we can get it done. 

Please call me on my personal cell anytime at (951) 515-1663 or email me at msoubirous@riversideca.gov.

My very best to you and your family.


Mike Soubirous

Northwest Vector Control

Be on the lookout for these new and improved signs notifying of spraying in your area.

Vector Control

With Riverside County reporting 21 human cases of West Nile virus this year – more than all of 2014 – the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District and Riverside County environmental health officials have stepped up public education and spraying to kill adult mosquitoes.

Vector control officials say they’re not seeing a larger mosquito population than usual, but a higher percentage of those they trap are testing positive for carrying West Nile. They’re also finding more dead birds with the virus.

“Within the last two weeks we’ve had a serious uptick in West Nile positives,” said Doug Osborn, supervising environmental health specialist for Riverside County’s vector control program.

Experts said people should try to avoid mosquito bites, but there’s no cause to panic about either West Nile virus or the pesticides local vector districts are spraying.

The active ingredient in the Northwest district’s spray is a chemical called permethrin. The small amount used in a mosquito spray isn’t toxic to people or pets, and doesn’t linger in the environment, said Robert Krieger, an entomologist and expert on pesticides with UC Riverside’s Cooperative Extension program.  Permethrin is harmful to honeybees and fish, but vector officials spray in the early morning hours – usually between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. – when bees aren’t active, Krieger said. Mammals are less susceptible to the pesticide because their bodies can process and eliminate it more quickly. 

West Nile virus can be life-threatening or fatal to very young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, but “it’s important for people to realize that not everyone that gets exposed becomes infected,” said Barbara Cole, disease control director for the riverside County Department of Public Health.  Some people who get the virus will have mild, flu-like symptoms, and the World Health Organization estimates up to 80 percent of infected people will show no symptoms.

Vector control officials said people should check their property and dump out any standing water, such as in plant pots or trash cans.  Cole reminded people to avoid going outside when mosquitoes are most active, around dawn and dusk, or to wear long sleeves and pants and use an insect repellent containing DEET.  To read the entire article from the Press Enterprise, click here. 

For further information on Northwest Mosquito & Vector Control District, click here.

Water Restrictions Continue

Residents to Cut Irrigation Use


Boards & Commissions

50 or Better

Fire Department Conducting Strategic Planning Survey & Meetings

Fire Strategic Plan



Fire - Strategic Plan Meetings

Long Night of Arts and Innovation

Important Reminder!