July 7, 2014
A big hello to all Ward 3 residents and friends! I hope this Newsletter finds you well and enjoying the summer season. Remember to keep hydrated, protect your pets and have fun. We are working on many projects around the Ward. Some of these include tree issues, new storm drains, pothole repairs, freeway construction, railroad grade separations and more. Have you been to the Riverside Plaza lately? A lot of activity going on. More to come!
I communicate with Ward 3 residents each day, either by phone, text, email or meeting up in person. I enjoy meeting you and discussing your concerns. I value your ideas and comments about how well Riverside is doing and - working together - we can make our City even better. I am up to the challenge, but need your help. Please report stray shopping carts, panhandlers, potholes or other issues and problems using our 3-1-1 system. Better yet, download the Riverside 3-1-1 app on your smartphone. It's free and a lot of fun to use. Either way, get involved. Report these problems so we can help make Riverside a great place to live, work or play.
As always, if you have any questions, need help, or just want to share ideas, please call my personal cell - anytime - at (951) 515-1663. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm here to serve.
Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful
Ward 3 Project - August 1, 2014!
To date eight children this year have lost their lives due to hyperthermia
Temperatures are rising and summer is officially here, so the Riverside Police Department wants to remind parents and caregivers about the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. This year, eight deaths have been reported in the U.S. due to hyperthermia.
August is Purple Ribbon Month. The Riverside Police Department will be recognizing and participating in the campaign to remind parents about the dangers of leaving children in vehicles by distributing purple ribbons throughout the City of Riverside. These ribbons will be available at any of the three Riverside Police stations throughout August.
During the summer months, temperatures spike and children are left in vehicles where the temperature inside can reach up to 120 degrees, even on a moderately cool day. A child’s body heats up 3-5 times faster than an adult’s body and can rise 106 degrees within 10-15 minutes of being left in a hot vehicle.
Law Enforcement officials recommend these prevention tips:
- If you see a child unattended in a vehicle, call 911.
- Make “look before you leave” a routine and check the back seat every time you get out of the vehicle.
- Never let children play inside a vehicle.
For more information, contact PSR DeFries at email@example.com or 951-826-5674.
The Riverside Police Department has received several reports recently regarding door-to-door salespeople selling alarm security systems and/or alarm system upgrades.
The Riverside Police Department would like to offer the following tips to consider for your alarm security system:
· Make sure the sales person is properly registered. You can verify the registration by going to the Bureau’s website at http://www.bsis.ca.gov/ .
· Some door to door companies may pose as your existing alarm company or say they have taken over your alarm company. Ask to see their specific company credentials.
· Make sure you read the contract carefully. “Free” systems usually make up their money by factoring in the costs in the monthly monitoring charges.
· Know the company that will be monitoring your system.
· Don’t feel pressured into buying a system you don’t need or want.
· If you are a renter or plan on moving make sure you find out what happens to your contract after you move.
· Make sure you have proper contact information.
· For consumer information regarding alarms visit the False Alarm Reduction Association site at alarmuser.org.
In the city of Riverside, all alarm security systems are required to be registered and have a permit with the Riverside Police Department. You may download and print a copy of an Alarm Permit Application at www.rpdonline.org/alarms ; or contact the Riverside Police Department Alarm Enforcement Unit at 951-826-5600.
For more detailed information click here.
As of June 9, 2014, our Livability Plan Task Force has been operational for a total of eight weeks. During this time, officers have produced the following crime reduction activity focusing on aggressive panhandling, vagrancy crime and those considered homeless who commit crimes in our city:
74 Felony Arrests
1294 Misdemeanor Arrests
1418 Citations Issued
1270 Field Interview Cards
1221 Police Reports
Riverside County Animal Services has produced a short, Spanish-language video public service announcement (Web link is below) to communicate a message to our Spanish-speaking pet owners about their Integrated Canine Licensing Program.
One of the key messages that they want to convey to the public is that a citation for failing to license your dog is a 100 percent correctable offense. They are similar to “fix-it” tickets. The intent of citations is to get dog owners compliant with state law and to help our communities become safer and promote responsible dog ownership. Also, getting an extension after you are cited is very easy. NOTE: Riverside County Animal Services grant 100 percent of all first-time requests for those needing extensions.
Here is the link to the Spanish PSA:
“4 out of 5 car seats are installed improperly”
The Riverside Police Department will host free monthly car seat fitting stations at the Downtown Orange Street Station, located at 4102 Orange Street in Riverside, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., by appointment.
Certified technicians will be on hand to check child restraints for proper usage, proper fit for the child, and any recalls.
Parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers are encouraged to make an appointment. To schedule your free 30 minute car seat fitting appointment, contact PSR DeFries at firstname.lastname@example.org or (951) 826-5674. You can also visit our website at www.rpdonline.org for more information. Or click here to view the Press Release on this subject.
The California Employment Development Department recently released the May 2014 employment figures for the City, County and the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The unemployment rate for the City 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% and the MSA’s unemployment rate also 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, when compared to April 2014.
Between May 2013 and May 2014, total nonfarm employment increased by 29,300 jobs, a 2.4% increase over the year. Agricultural employment declined by 100 jobs over the year.
Between April 2014 and May 2014, total nonfarm employment increased to 1,254,600 total jobs (up 300 jobs) in the two-county region. Agricultural employment grew by 1,600 jobs.
Trade, transportation and utilities posted the greatest month-over gain, adding 1,100 jobs. Transportation, warehousing and utilities was responsible for all of the job growth in this industry, adding the 1,100 jobs. Retail trade gained 300 jobs over the month, while wholesale trade declined by 300 jobs.
Other industries posting gains were leisure and hospitality (up 700 jobs), government (up 400 jobs), information (up 100 jobs) and other services (up 100 jobs).
Professional and business services reported the greatest month-over drop, down 1,300 jobs. Professional, scientific and technical services accounted for all the job loss in this sector.
The Office of Economic Development has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to offer FREE educational opportunities for our local businesses. These workshops will be hosted in libraries and other facilities throughout the community every quarter.