City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

Jim Perry

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

We are happy to hear and see our families in Ward 6 staying active and involved in the community. I’ll like to share information on two family friendly events taking place in the city.

 

The Long Night of Arts & Innovation will take place on October 8th from 5:00pm to midnight. This event was inspired by our German sister city, Erlangen who conducted an annual Long Night of Science to promote the power of knowledge in their community. This year the Long Night of Arts & Innovation will include over 400 presentations, an Instrumental Petting Zoo and a Curuious Kids Zone for children ages 3 to 10 years old. Students from AUSD, RUSD, RCCD, LSU, UCR and CBU will participate in math and art contests, booth displays and as volunteers for the event.

 

Another family friendly event will be the annual Hometown Heroes Honor Run sponsored by the Riverside Police Officers’ Association. The HHH Run will take place on October 3rd from 7am-11am at the Arlington Sports Complex. This honor run is dedicated to families of injured or fallen officers, ensuring they have the financial support necessary to recover or adjust to their new lives. The run was developed as a tribute to honor Officer Andrew Tachias, a UCR alumni, Division 1 runner shot and wounded in the line of duty for the Riverside Police Department.

 

We hope you will join us and represent your community for these fun events!

Jim Perry

JPerry@Riversideca.gov 


 

10th Annual Community Health Fair

 

The Riverside Community Health Foundation along with Borrego Health invites you to join them for their 10th Annual Community Health Fair on October 3rd from 11am-3pm at Bryant Park.   Free health screenings will be available along with fun activities for children to enjoy and tasty food demonstrations. Receive free giveaways and enter for a chance to win prizes. Our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will have a Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) “Champions for Change” booth. Other community information booths will include topics such as health coverage, mental health, higher education, senior support services and family guidance counseling.

Graffiti Reward Program

Our Graffiti Rewards Program provides a $1,000 reward to residents who report information that leads to the arrest of anyone who commits graffiti vandalism. This program increases the City’s ability to arrest graffiti offenders by rewarding witnesses who report graffiti vandalism. Here is some useful information for the $1,000 reward:

 

How to Report Graffiti in Progress

  • Be Alert: If you see suspicious activity or graffiti in progress, report it immediately.
  • Call: Go to a safe location and call the police. Dial 951-354-2007.
  • Provide Details: Tell the police what you saw, where the graffiti is located, what the tagger looked like, what they were wearing, and describe the graffiti. You may request to remain confidential if you do not wish to be contacted by the police department. You will need to provide your name in order to obtain a police report number and to receive a reward.
  • Be Safe: Do not make contact with the tagger. Listen to the instructions from the police department and do not do any investigation work.

 

How to Claim a $1,000 Reward

  • Follow Up: Call the police department 3-5 days later to determine if an arrest was made. If an arrest was made from your call, then you are eligible for a reward. Request the police report number (i.e. P12-000000).
  • Reward: Contact the 311 Call Center and request a graffiti reward. They will ask for the police report number, incident date and your name. Once the information is verified, a cash reward can be issued.

Reward Program Requirements

  • There must be a graffiti offense arrest.
  • The graffiti must have been located in the public right of way or a location visible from the public right of way.
  • Reward must be requested as soon as possible.
  • You must provide the police report number: i.e. P12-000000.
  • City employees are not eligible for the reward.

 

Provide as much detail as possible when reporting graffiti in progress. Doing so increases the chance that your call will lead to an arrest and possible award.

 

Kids Produce Market

 

The launch of the Kid’s Produce Market at Arlanza Elementary School was a huge success! Feeding America provided 20,000 pounds of fresh produce not only to all the students in attendance, but also to parents, community members and AUSD staff as well. Students were very happy to receive the fresh produce and to be able to share the healthy food options with their families at home. Many took home watermelons, tomatoes, baby carrots, juice pouches, lentils, rice, and seed pods so they may start their own gardens.

 

The day went without a hitch thanks to the 13 parent volunteers and the Arlanza Elementary School entire staff. We also want to acknowledge the cooperation from the Alvord Child Nutrition Services and The Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch who provided the necessary furnishings to set-up the produce market. The next Kids Produce Market is on Monday, October 19. We anticipate the next event to be even bigger! And we of course would like to give another special and truly heartfelt THANK YOU to Feeding America and their remarkable staff!

 

Brotherhood of Veterans

 

The Riverside County Mexican American Historical Society will host an event on November 5th to express gratitude for individuals from Riverside who served in our military. Riversiders to be honored that day will include Medal of Honor awardees Staff Sergeant Salvador Lara, WWII; Staff Sergeant Ysmael Villegas, WWII; and Sergeant Jesus Duran, Vietnam War. We will also honor Sergeant Andrew Melendrez, WWII. We will pay tribute to these individuals for serving our Country. The public will also have a rare opportunity to view Congressional Medals of Honor on display.

 

Resource booths will be available for the community to become familiar with veterans projects gearing up in the community. I will be hosting a booth to present the Home Front at Camp Anza Project in the Arlanza neighborhood. Senator Richard Roth’s Office will be hosting a booth to introduce Senate Concurrent Resolution 38 which will designate a portion of State Highway Route (SR) 91 in the County of Riverside as the Staff Sergeant Salvador J. Lara, Staff Sergeant Ysmael R. Villegas, and Sergeant Jesus S. Duran Memorial Highway. Residents will have the privilege to visit a representative from The American Indian & Alaska Native Veterans Monument Committee committed to honoring the unparalleled dedication of American Indian & Alaska Native military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans, dependents and survivors will also have the opportunity to visit the Riverside County Department of Veterans’ Services booth for information and assistance with local, state and federal veterans’ benefits.

 

The public is invited to join the Riverside County Mexican American Historical Society on Thursday, November 5, 2015, 1:00-4p.m., at the Cesar Chavez Center Auditorium, 2060 University Avenue, Riverside, 92507 to celebrate these Riverside veterans and to become more familiar with veteran projects in our community. This is a free public event. 

9/11 Day of Service Update   

 

The Citywide 9/11 Day of Service was a great success. Here is some information on the impact we made as a community:

  • Adult Volunteers- 115+
  • Student Volunteers from Alvord Unified School District, Riverside Unified School District, La Sierra University and Riverside Community College- 200+
    • Including: Hillcrest High School Choir (50 students), La Sierra High School Band (44 students), La Sierra HS Culinary (4 students), Norte Vista High School (1 featured singer) and La Sierra University (25 students)
  • Prepared 428 meals for fire and police personnel
  • These meals were delivered to all 14 fire stations within the city limits of Riverside. 
  • Meals were delivered to every police station in the City including campus police at RCC (Riverside Community College) and UCR (University of California, Riverside).  We also provided baked goods to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department; to both the Administration staff and to deputies on duty at the jail.
  • Meals were provided by 28 Lunch Sponsors
  • There were 6 blood drives and 4 CPR training sites across the city. 
  • Students and parent volunteers participated in a street clean-up with Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful.
  • Funds were raised for both fire and police associations in the amount of $1,159.11 EACH, for a total donation of: $2,318.22

$300 in donations were collected for the City of Riverside’s Urban Search and Rescue Squad. 

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Community Events

10/03 Annual Community Health Fair @ Bryant Park/7950 Philbin Avenue (11:00am-3:00pm)

10/03 Hometown Heroes Run @ Arlington Sports Complex/2595 Gibson St. (7:00am-11:00am)

10/06 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

10/08 Long Night of Art & Innovation @ Downtown Riverside (5:00pm-12:00am)

10/20 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

10/27 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

10/31 Halloween Carnival @ Arlanza Community Center (inside the basketball gym) 7950 Philbin Avenue (5:00pm-8:00pm)