Ward 3 Newsletter - #16


From Outside Riverside
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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

Report Panhandlers

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(951) 354-2007


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

Stray Shopping Carts

Shopping Cart

REMEMBER:   You can reach our City’s Shopping Cart removal program at our Call Center at (951) 826-5311 or simply dial “311”.

You can also send an e-mail to: callcenter@riversideca.gov

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

March 7, 2016

Edition #16

Hello to all!

Much has been going on at the City of Riverside. Our City is catching-up on much needed road repaving, aging water pipe repair/replacement, and much needed sidewalk, curb/gutter repair.

Council is poised to place an item on the June ballot to seek voter approval for a Community Prosecutor Program. This City Charter amendment, if approved, will allow our City Attorney’s office the ability to prosecute some misdemeanor violations occurring within the City of Riverside. This is seen as an important tool in combating crimes that affect our resident’s quality of life, such as panhandling, graffiti, vandalism and other crimes that touch our daily lives.

City Council recently hired an investigator to look into why approximately $19.4 million was spent on outside attorney help during a recent 5 year span. This was undertaken by council to learn how council approval – as required by our City Charter – was bypassed. We should have the results of this investigation in a few months.

Our City’s executive management team, consisting of the City Manager, Assistant City Managers, City Attorney and City Clerk have been busy developing innovative ideas and a practical approach to providing residents, business owners and investors with tools to find documents and more on our City’s Explore Portal. Openness, transparency and accessibility is the goal. This is in keeping with the Council’s Strategic Plan of World-Class Customer Service.  

I invite you to attend any upcoming City Council meeting. They usually start at 2 pm (afternoon session) and 6:15 pm (evening session) most Tuesdays.  See meeting calendar here.  There is always open Public Comment at the afternoon session and always at 7 pm for the evening session. You can speak during Public Comment or on any Discussion Calendar Item or both. Speaker time is limited to 3 minutes. You can also view meetings at riversideca.gov. Look up Council Agenda and search for the day of the meeting. They are webcast live and are archived for later viewing. Charter Cable Channel 3 also broadcasts the meetings live and replays them throughout the week. Council welcomes your comments by phone, mail or email. You can email all councilmembers by sending your comments to our City Clerk at: city_clerk@riversideca.gov. Our City Clerk will forward emails to all members upon receipt.

This month's newsletter is packed full of information - so be sure to keep on scrolling!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me on my personal cell at (951) 515-1663 or email at msoubirous@riversideca.gov.

I look forward to continued partnership in building a better Riverside!


Mike Soubirous

Councilmember – Ward 3

West Nile Virus


West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

More in depth information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/WESTNILE/


Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will spread to new countries.

For further information on the Zika virus, click here.


what we know


Zika can be spread from a mother to her fetus during pregnancy.


Infection during pregnancies may be linked to birth defects in babies.


Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.  These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters.  They can also bite at night.


Zika is not currently found in the continental US.  The mosquitoes that can carry Zika are found in some areas of the US.


Because the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the tropics, outbreaks will likely continue. 


There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.



If there's a safe time during your pregnancy to travel to an area with Zika.


If you do travel and are bitten

* How likely you are to get Zika

* How likely it is that your baby will have birth defects from the infection


Two-Year Budget & Five-Year Plan

Representatives from the City Manager's Office and the Finance Department will make a presentation relative to the current status of the development of the 2-Year Budget and 5-Year Plan.  These meetings are not ward specific and anyone can attend any meeting that fits best with their schedule. 

The meeting being held on March 24, 2016 at the Janet Goeske Senior Center - 5257 Sierra Avenue - is  located in Ward 3.  We hope to see you there!  

Community Meeting Schedule

Community Meetings

Street Maintenance and Paving Update


On March 1, 2016 the Council approved a construction contract with All American Asphalt in the amount of $7,330,678.  Among other items, this project includes resurfacing 3 miles of arterial streets and 2.2 miles of local streets; application of ARAM and/or slurry seal to 15.8 miles of local streets; reconstruct damaged concrete curbs, gutters, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, and driveways. 

The important item for Ward 3 residents is that Riverside Avenue and Central Avenue will finally be repaired! 

This project is on top of and separate from the City's on-going repair of residential streets and is funded through RCTC by the .5 cent sales tax associated with Riverside County's Measure A. 

Adopt a drain

The City of Riverside is seeking volunteers to help keep storm drains clean and free from debris. Through the new “Adopt-a-Drain” program, residents can help keep one of about 4,800 storm drains free of leaves, palm fronds, trash, and other debris

Why should I adopt a drain?

By adopting a drain you:

Help prevent flooding in your neighborhood by keeping drains free of debris

Prevent pollutants from entering local waterways and the Santa Ana River

Help the city maintain our infrastructure, especially during the rainy season, when leaves and debris can increase the likelihood of flooding

For more information go to: 

How do I adopt a drain?

Which Drain Should I Adopt?

Quiet Zone Update

Our long awaited and hopefully mostly quiet - "Quiet Zone" railroad crossing equipment is just about complete along the BNSF line.

These are being installed at RR grade crossings from Jackson Street to Mary Street.

What makes the signals different is 4 crossing arms and signal (instead of two), fencing and raised medians.

Once installed the train warning horns will stop – UNLESS – the engineer sees an encroaching pedestrian, vehicle or other intrusion on RR property right-of-way.

quiet zone

airshow banner

The 24th Annual Airshow!

Air Show

24th Annual Airshow

April 2, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Riverside Airport

6951 Flight Road - Riverside, CA 92504

The City of Riverside proudly  presents the Riverside Airport Open House & Airshow 2016!

Now in its 24th year, the Riverside Airshow continues to be one of Riverside’s two largest family entertainment events.

  • Military Aircraft
  • Warbirds/Replicas
  • Classic Car Show
  • Military Vehicles
  • Aerobatics
  • Helicopter Displays
  • Aviation Vendors

This one-day show attracts 90,000 spectators from Riverside and the Inland Empire to see the most exciting aerial performers in the airshow business today.

With more than 200 acres of aircraft displays, fun for the kids, food and refreshments, helicopter displays and community group exhibits your family will be thrilled to be part of this very unique entertainment opportunity. And the best part is the admission is FREE!

Arrive early for breakfast at D & D Airport Cafe or Pancake Breakfast to start your day right!

For more information go to:  http://www.riversideca.gov/Airshow/

Another Air Show!

March Field AIRFEST 2016

Thunder Over the Empire


Santa Ana River Trail Cleanup & Restoration Event!

Santa Ana

Walk To End Homelessness

For more information please click here.

Walk to End

salute to veterans

Coming April 30, 2016!

10:00 a.m. to Noon

Downtown Riverside


For more information, please visit:  http://asalutetoveterans.com/