City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

 

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

National Night Out (NNO) is scheduled to take place on August 5th. NNO is a community-wide crime prevention program sponsored locally by the Riverside Police Department and many local businesses. NNO is recognized nationally and sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and TARGET.  

 

The Riverside Police Department invites you and your neighbors to be part of National Night Out this year on August 5th. NNO events are designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that Riverside neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Neighborhood social events are being held throughout the City from 6:00-9:00 P.M. I look forward to visiting several of these NNO sites within Ward 6. Police personnel will be out in force and visiting events that are registered with the department. Fire and City personnel will also be participating in the activities.

  

A NNO Kick-Off Celebration will be open to the public on August 2nd from 9am to 12pm in the Target lower parking lot located at 3333 Arlington Avenue in Riverside. For more information on registering your neighborhood for NNO click here. 

  

 

Jim Perry

JPerry@Riversideca.gov 


Water Conservation from Riverside Public Utilities  

  

In response to the call for increased conservation by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Governor’s office, Riverside’s City Council has voted to activate mandatory water conservation restrictions for Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) water customers starting August 1. 

 

The council made changes to existing water supply planning and management documents in order to modify current municipal code on water conservation and meet the state’s emergency requests for mandatory water reduction measures, especially those limiting outdoor watering. Changes include: no water waste run off; no irrigation between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; the application of water to streets and sidewalks is prohibited; and washing of autos, trucks, boats, etc. during the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. only with a hand-held bucket and a hose equipped with an automatic shutoff nozzle. 

 

To assist customers in cutting back, RPU will continue to fund all of its residential and commercial water conservation rebate and incentive programs, which help offset the costs of being water wise. Rebates are available to install high efficiency toilets and clothes washers inside, and Weather Based Irrigation Controllers and high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles outside.    

 

Complete details on the mandatory water conservation restrictions for Riverside Public Utilities’ customers, as well as information on all available residential and commercial water reduction rebate programs, can be viewed at www.BlueRiverside.com or by contacting the city’s 311 call center. 

 

Public Ethics and Conduct Meeting 

 

The City Council Governmental Affairs Committee is holding an annual meeting to formulate recommendations for the City Council at 4 p.m., September 3, 2014, in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, Seventh Floor (3900 Main Street). The committee will ask for suggestions from board and commission chairs as well as from the public.

 

As required by an amendment to the charter approved by voters in 2004, the city adopted a code of ethics and conduct. The Mayor, City Council, and members of city boards, commissions, and committees are subject to the code. Annually, this code is reviewed for its effectiveness and application.

 

The City Council will hear those recommendations at 7 p.m., September 23, 2014, in the Art Pick Council Chamber. The public is invited to attend.

 

For more information, visit the City’s Web site at www.riversideca.gov or call the City Clerk’s Office at (951) 826-5557 for a brochure and a copy of the code. 

 

Neighborhood Leadership Academy 

 

Are you an up and coming leader? Know someone who is? Want to get involved in your community? The City of Riverside is offering FREE training to all Riverside residents interested in developing the skills needed to become an effective neighborhood leader. This free 6-session course is designed to develop participants’ knowledge of our community, and sharpen personal leadership skills and abilities. Participants in the training learn how to become effective community organizers by learning about the various personality types and how to improve on their own interpersonal skills to be able to garner support to build a strong team of neighbors.

 

The aim of training is to empower people to build and foster community. The combination of resident participation and active neighborhoods contributes to the improvement of the quality of life in the City of Riverside. As we continue to meet the challenges of today’s society, residents and neighborhoods play an important role in preserving and improving what is best about our city. The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a valuable resource for all neighborhood leaders. The academy provides the following knowledge and tools it takes to organize their neighborhood by:

  • Developing potential neighborhood leaders in the community;
  • Increasing the formation of networks among neighborhood leaders;
  • Enhancing the ability of neighborhood to resolve problems on their own or in cooperation with other neighborhoods and/or institutions;
  • Teaching residents how to effectively and efficiently run community meetings, build support and consensus around neighborhood issues and various options that can be taken to achieve neighborhood goals.
  • Connecting residents to community resources by providing information on how to stay engaged in the community.

Qualifications:

  • A Leadership Academy application must be filled out and returned to the Community Development Department of the City of Riverside.
  • Applicants must live or work in the City of Riverside.
  • Applicants must not have filed for or announced that they are a candidate for public office.
  • Attendance to all sessions is necessary in order to receive a certificate of completion.

The 2014 Leadership Academy will be held at the La Sierra Community Center (5215 La Sierra Avenue) from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the following Thursdays:

September 4th, 11th, 18th, and October 2nd, 16th, and 30th

 

For more information about the program, and/or a program application contact Yvette Sennewald at (951) 826-5168 or e-mail: YSennewald@RiversideCa.gov.

 

Termination of Red Light Cameras

 

Riverside’s Photo Red Light Enforcement Program will end on September 15th, 2014. 

In response to requests from the public to end the program, the City Council took action to cancel the contract for red light enforcement.  Cameras that are currently in place will remain in operation through September 15th and citations will be issued for any violations occurring through this date. 

Residents can contact Photo Enforcement Operators with any questions or concerns by calling (951) 826-2277 or coming to City Hall at 3900 Main Street on the 4th floor Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

 

 

Community Events

08/01 Sumi’s House Play @ The Box/3635 Market Street (7:00pm)

08/02 National Night Out Kick-Off @ Target/3333 Arlington Avenue (9am-12pm)

08/02 Sumi’s House Play @ The Box/3635 Market Street (7:00pm)

08/05 National Night Out @ various locations (6:00pm-9:00pm)

08/12 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

08/11 National Health Week Kick-off @ Arlanza Family Health Center/8856 Arlington Avenue (10am-2pm)

08/16 ARTlanza: Community Garden Event @ Challen Avenue & Cypress Avenue (4:30pm-7:30pm)
08/26 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)