Ward 2 Update



 Ward 2


Andy Melendrez
City Council Member - Ward 2

A Message from Your Council Member:


Season’s Greetings!


Tis’ the season for holiday cheer, merriment and a friendly informative Ward 2 update to ring in the New Year!


To KICK OFF, do we have any soccer fans out here in Riverside!? I am excited to share that I have had the pleasure of meeting and greeting with several individuals within and outside the City of Riverside, who would very much like to see the Riverside Sports Complex come to life. The complex would take the place of the old Riverside Golf Course and I will continue to provide the community with updates on this important discussion item. In addition, there are plans for a friendly international exhibition game to be held at Ramona High School, with Riverside getting a visit from Chivas USA and the New Zealand Men’s Soccer Team. This game will be hosted in January or February and will share more event information as it becomes available. I hope to see you there!

The Riverside Library is located in the heart of Downtown Riverside, but still needs and requires the TLC (tender, love and care) that it has yet to receive. I have addressed the needs of completing the library with the Council and placed this item on the agenda for discussion; keep your eyes and ears open to see if we can make improvements to this important component of the Downtown area.

Touching back on the topic of the City, has anyone ever wondered how we manage and oversee all the City’s various departments? What do these departments do and what is their purpose? Well how would you feel about attending an annual City conference where you can learn about all the resources, efforts and responsibilities that encompass each department? I will be asking the City to host in the future, a large conference where the community can gather and ask the various departments what their goals and objectives are, so we can ensure and provide a better understanding of what they do for you. If you like this idea, please email me and share your thoughts at asmelendrez@riversideca.gov 

Ward 2 is very proud (and loud) when it comes to sharing the exciting news and happenings that surround the UCR School of Medicine. I will be working to help create an inviting atmosphere surrounding the School of Medicine that will appeal for more medical and pharmaceutical industries to visit and stay in Riverside.

Moving down University Ave. you can expect to see expansion and development on both sides. We will have the delicious and infamous In N Out Restaurant moving in on University and Iowa, and in the future can expect to see the implementation of brand new multilevel student housing. If you continue down University Ave into the Eastside neighborhood, you will pass by the City’s Riverside School of the Arts! I want to thank every single individual who came out for this year’s GIVE BIG event and to all those who made a contribution for the School of the Arts.

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!

                                             Andy Melendrez 


  Community Events

 11/29/2013: Festival of Lights Switch on Ceremony

Experience the Joy of the 21st Annual Riverside Festival of Lights

Thank you for visiting the Festival of Lights Web site. If you are here to submit your photo for the U.S. troops, please check back on Friday, November 5. Thank you for interest and we look forward to receiving your photo.

The 21st Annual Riverside Festival of Lights on Main Street Riverside is your chance to experience the holidays at their best right here in Downtown Riverside! Bring your families out to enjoy the Inland Empire’s first outdoor ice skating rink; holiday-themed vendors; family-friendly live entertainment; and of course, Santa Claus. It all begins with festive activities at noon and the flip of a switch on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. during the “Switch-On Ceremony” presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. The Festival of Lights will run from November 29th, 2013 - January 4th, 2014.


       12/02/2013: 9th Annual Chanukah Festival

Kindle the lights of freedom, hope and joy at the ninth annual Chanukah Festival sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Community Center of Riverside

The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at its traditional location on the steps of the county’s Historic Court House in downtown Riverside. The festival will include traditional foods like matzah ball soup and latkes, arts and crafts, entertainment and – most importantly – the lighting of the candles of the 8-foot-high Menorah!


12/07/2013: “Nuestra Virgen": Lady de La Caminea”

The Annual Pilgrimage to Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside Ca.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Riverside, was built in 1927, but from 1927-1935 was known as a Mission of St. Francis de Sales. Going by the name of St. Francis of Assisi from 1957-1961, the parish name was changed to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, as the pioneer parishioners had intended. Over the 75 years of its existence, the church community experienced a beautiful transition, becoming a parish of diverse, yet compatible, ethnic nationalities. During this time of year, this community expresses their love and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe by conducting the annual Pilgrimage to Mt. Rubidoux, Riverside, California. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. with spectators and participants gathering at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine to walk and reach the peak of Mt. Rubidoux Mountain. Transportation will be provided back from Mt. Rubidoux. Address of church & meeting location: 2858 Ninth St., Riverside CA 92507


12/07/2013: “Las Posadas”

Hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

Las Posadas (Spanish for "the inn") is a traditional Mexican festival which re-enacts Joseph's search for room at the inn. Each Christmas season, a processional carrying a doll representing the Christ Child and images of Joseph and Mary riding a burro walks through the community streets. The processional stops at a previously selected home and asks for lodging for the night. The people are invited in to read scriptures and sing Christmas carols called villancicos. The doll is left at the chosen home and picked up on the next night when the processional begins again. This continues for eight nights in commemoration of the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Refreshments are provided by the hosts, where free pan dulce (sweet bread) and coffee will be available for attendees. For further information or questions, please contact the church at the following number: (951) 684-0279.


   *All events listed are open to the public*