City of Riverside Ward 6 Update


Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

Spring is here and we continue to do outreach in Ward 6. Thanks to many residents, we have been able to address concerns in local neighborhoods including but not limited to graffiti removal, street light outages and even possible narcotic problems. We have also spent a significant amount of time visiting Alvord Unified Schools. A few highlights this past month include running with Mayor Bailey at Wells Middle School, listening to the Teen Domestic Violence Awareness presentations at La Sierra High School, cheering on the Hillcrest High School’s Girls Water Polo Team and reading Dr. Seuss at Myra Linn Elementary School. We spend a great deal of time in Ward 6. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of help in your neighborhood.


Jim Perry 

 Riverside: Top 10 for Job Growth

According to a report released by Arizona State University’s School of Business, Riverside ranked #1 for job growth. ASU analyzed figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile a list, comparing growth rates between 2012 and 2013. The top 10 cities and surrounding metro areas (with 1 million or more workers) for non-agricultural job growth are: 

* Riverside, Calif. – up 4 percent                      * Seattle – up 2.8 percent

* San Francisco – up 3.9 percent                      * Phoenix – up 2.7 percent

* Denver – up 3.6 percent                                * Dallas – up 2.6 percent

* Houston – up 3.5 percent                              * Los Angeles – up 2.6 percent

* Orlando, Fla. – up 3.2 percent                       * Miami – up 2.6 percent                    

We are very proud to see the City of Riverside at the top of the list. Click here for full article. 

Riverside School of the Arts 

The Riverside Community Services Foundation on behalf of the Riverside School of the Arts was selected as one of the nominees for Windermere’s Foundation Charity Challenge! To celebrate the Windermere Foundation’s 25th anniversary, they challenged their offices to nominate non-profit organizations to compete in a “charity challenge”. Between now and April 4, the public will be asked to vote via Facebook on which of the non-profits will receive a $25,000 donation from the Windermere Foundation.

Vote today on Windermere’s Facebook page, and encourage participants to do so as well!  Click here to VOTE. 


Tyler Street Widening Project 

Improvements proposed in the Tyler Street Widening Project will provide enhanced pedestrian safety and enrich corridor beautification on Tyler Street. The project will focus on Tyler Street between Wells Avenue and Hole Avenue. Planned improvements include asphalt paving, concrete curbs, gutter and sidewalk, a raised center median with landscaping, storm drain modifications, streetlight installation, traffic signal modifications and utility relocations. Construction is anticipated to begin in the latter part of Summer 2014. For more information contact our Public Works Department at 951-826-5311.  

 California Riverside Ballet  

Congratulations to the California Riverside Ballet. They received a grant to expand the ballet classes offered through the Riverside School of the Arts at the Arlanza Community Center.  Classes are offered monthly at a fee of $25.00 (including shoes and dance wear). Scholarships are available for low income families that qualify. Sign up your youth, ages 7-10 for this great experience.  Register today at the Arlanza Community Center (951-351-6135), space is limited.

Beginner I • Mondays • 4-5pm

Beginner II • Mondays • 5-6pm  

La Sierra/Collett Project

Reminder the next meeting regarding the La Sierra/Collett Housing Project is scheduled for April 3rd at 6:30pm. The meeting will take place at the La Sierra Community Center (5215 La Sierra Avenue, Riverside).  The Community Development Department will be presenting the draft Request For Proposal (RFP) created from the feedback gathered at the January Community Workshop.

Smart Riverside

More classes available!  SmartRiverside and Norte Vista High School have completed the first session of the Digital Inclusion Training. Parents successfully finished their 8 hours of training and happily took home their PCs. Thanks to SmartRiverside, they have offered to open another two classes at Norte Vista High School.  The SmartRiverside Digital Inclusion Program is a program designed for bridging the digital divide in our local community and low-income families.  For more information or to sign-up for the next session contact Diana Medina at 951-826-2528.

Indiana-Metro Project

A neighboring project is proposed to be developed in Ward 5 which will have an impact on residence and business bordering the La Sierra Avenue/Indiana Avenue area in our Ward 6. The developer has scheduled a community meeting to present the proposal and receive resident feedback. The housing project site is located on portions of two vacant lots on the northwest side of Indiana Avenue between Grande Vista Parkway and Vallejo Street.  The meeting will take place on March 31st at 7:00pm, Magnolia Police Station (10540 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside).

Board and Commissions

Thank you to Lorraine Saint for her time served on the Human Relations Commission representing Ward 6. “We greatly appreciate your time and dedication to addressing Human Relation issues facing the City.”

  • Interested in volunteering or getting involved in City issues?  Ward 6 currently has two open Board and Commission positions.  For more information, click here.

 Walk with the Mayor

Thank you to all of the residents who joined us for “Walk with the Mayor” in Ward 6. Residents had the chance to walk and talk with Mayor Bailey and received a short history lesson on Camp Anza. We hope to see you at the next Ward 6 event.

Walk with the Mayor

 Community Events
03/31 2nd Digital Inclusion Class Starts- prior registration required @ Norte Vista HS (8:00am)
03/31 MetroLink Project Meeting @ Magnolia Police Station/10540 Magnolia Avenue (7:00pm)
04/01 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
04/03 La Sierra/Collett Project Meeting @ La Sierra Community Center/5215 La Sierra Avenue (6:30pm)
04/08 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
04/11 BINGO LSHS Cross Country Fundraiser @ La Sierra High School/4145 La Sierra Avenue (6:00pm)
04/12 Walk to End Homelessness @ 2880 Hulen Place (Registration-7:30am; Walk begins-8:00am)
04/15 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
04/19 Tamale Festival @ White Park/3901 Market Street (11am-6pm)
04/22 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)