City of Riverside Ward 6 Update


Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

It’s time for Fireworks! Plan to stop by La Sierra Park at 9p.m. to watch this year’s beautiful firework display for the 4th of July. Tune in to KOLA 99.9 for the musical broadcast. Here are a few announcements for the month of July that are worth celebrating:

  • Home Front Camp Anza groundbreaking- Coming Soon
  • Buffalo Wild Wings coming to the Galleria at Tyler
  • LA Fitness to begin construction on Park Sierra Drive
  • 7-Eleven® opening at La Sierra Avenue and Magnolia Avenue


Note: The City of Riverside Supports Fourth of July Celebrations with Caution - Residents Urged to Celebrate Safely. The City of Riverside Fire Department welcomes this upcoming Fourth of July by encouraging safe celebrations and reminding residents that all fireworks are illegal in the City of Riverside. The Fourth of July is a day for celebration, but not at the expense of safety. Residents are encouraged to attend the City's 4th of July Spectacular Aerial Fireworks Shows at La Sierra Park or Mt. Rubidoux. 

Jim Perry 

Youth Summer Reading Program 


The Library’s Summer Reading Program has begun at Arlanza Library and will run through August 2nd.  The Summer Reading Program encourages and enables children, teens, and adults to set reading goals, engage in activities that extend the reading experience, and connect with librarians who can help guide their reading selections.    


This year’s theme, Paws to Read, celebrates all things Animalia!  The program provides endless opportunities for learning about animals and their interconnection with humans.  Participants earn cool prizes for every five hours or five books read.  Why five?  Reading just five books over the summer can prevent summer learning loss.


The Library extends appreciation to the following program sponsors: City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, City of Riverside Public Utilities, County of Riverside, Cove Waterpark, A Foundation for Kids, Adams Motorsports Park, Marie Callendar’s, Provident Bank, Roller City 2001, Shakey’s Pizza, Starbucks, Riverside Public Library Foundation, Rubio’s and the Friends of the Riverside Library.

Adult Summer Reading Program 


Why let the kids have all the fun? Interested in registering for Adult Summer Reading Program? Welcome to the 2nd Annual Online Summer Reading Program for Adults! (This year’s theme honors our animal friends with Paws to Read.)  


The program will run through 16 August–with a chance for you to win a prize each week. Here’s how it works: for every book or eBook you read (or audiobook you listen to) from the Riverside Public Library’s catalog, you’ll submit a rating and a short review to the Summer Reading Program website. Your name will then be entered into our weekly random prize drawing one time for each of your submissions. Participants who read (or listen to) 5 or more books during the 9 weeks of the program will also be entered into our Grand Prize drawing for a Kindle Fire 7″ 8GB. 


Registration for the adult program is entirely online, and all reviews will be posted online, as well. All you need is a valid Riverside Public Library Card to get started.

Find out more by clicking here.


Community Livability Task Force 


Over the last several years, Riverside residents have seen an increase in criminal and nuisance activities that impact the City’s quality of life. This includes aggressive panhandling, vagrancy, unpermitted camping, vandalism, illegal vendors, abandoned property and the like. In order to address this situation, the City Council approved in April 2014 a task force including the City Attorney’s Office and all City departments with responsibility for the enforcement of livability laws. This Community Livability Task Force was charged with reviewing existing City ordinances and establishing a roster of enhanced staffing to bring about visible and sustained change.  


Staff has provided the following update for the first eight weeks of implementation:

  • 74        Felony Arrests
  • 1294    Misdemeanor Arrests
  • 1418    Citations Issued
  • 1270    Field Interview Cards
  • 1221    Police Reports


Employment Update 


Unemployment rate for the City has declined 0.3% over the last month to 8.1%The number of employed residents increased by 700 last month to a record high of 152,800. The unemployment rate for the County decreased 0.3% to 8.0%.  This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.1% for the State and 6.1% for the nation during the same reporting period; this represents a decrease of 0.2% for the state and a 0.2% increase for the nation.

Home Front at Camp Anza
The Home Front at Camp Anza Project
The Home Front at Camp Anza Project has been approved for funding!
Camp Anza Project

Congratulations to the

entire team! 


Ground Breaking Ceremony

Camp Anza Team


Community Events

07/07 Buster Balloon (Comedy Magic) @ Arlanza Library/8267 Philbin Avenue (4:00pm)

07/08 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

07/10 Game Truck (For Teens) @ Arlanza Library/8267 Philbin Avenue (3:00pm-5:00pm)

07/14 Franklin Haynes Marionettes (Puppet Show) @ Arlanza Library/8267 Philbin Avenue (4:00pm)

07/21 Reptacular! (Live Reptiles) @ Arlanza Library/8267 Philbin Avenue (4:00pm)

07/22 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
07/28 Wacko Show (Magic Show) @ Arlanza Library/8267 Philbin Avenue (4:00pm)