City of Riverside Ward 6 Update


Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

The school year has begun and we continue to move forward with business. We have seen great changes in Ward 6 over the past year. Graffiti reports are down by over 70% in Ward 6 thanks to our joint efforts with several City departments: Public Works, Code Enforcement, the 311 Call Center, the Police Department, and most important, you-the community. Please continue to contact us if we could be of assistance in your neighborhood. We wish all students a successful school year.  


Jim Perry 

City’s New Transparency Portal 


The City of Riverside’s new transparency portal is an option for residents specifically interested in financial information. The City Council’s Finance Committee at a special meeting on July 29th reviewed and approved an online “Ask Finance” portal for citizens to have their questions about City finances answered directly by our Finance Department staff. Answers to questions submitted at the website will be posted by the Finance Department staff as soon as they can be researched and addressed. Visitors to the site will also be able to submit documents along with their questions. Finance staff will be able to provide supporting information when answering questions. The City Council’s Finance Committee will review all questions and answers quarterly at their regular meeting, beginning in September 2014. Citizens can attend those meetings to ask follow-up questions as well.


The Finance Department already provides cutting-edge access to financial information, including monthly financial reports, investor relations information, and most recently, the City’s online checkbook and budget tool powered by OpenGov. All of these user-friendly tools are available at The “Ask Finance” website; however, enables interested citizens to submit detailed questions directly to the Finance Department. Residents can pull public records on any topic at, the citywide transparency portal unveiled earlier this month. Information can also be gathered by reading the City budget and/or financial statements and through Public Records Act requests.


Hometown Heroes Honor Run 


Mark your calendar for October 11th. RPOA will be hosting their annual Hometown Heroes Honor Run from 7am-11am at the Arlington Sports Complex. Fueled by volunteerism, the Hometown Heroes Honor Run Committee is dedicated to families of injured or fallen officers, ensuring they have the financial support necessary to recover or adjust to their new lives. The run was developed as a tribute to honor Officer Andrew Tachias, a UCR alumni, Division 1 runner shot and wounded during the line of duty for the Riverside Police Department. Every penny of the revenue generated from the Hometown Heroes Honor Run is put into the Riverside Police Officers’ Assistance Fund. Money is equally divided to support youth and elderly community based programming and families of officers injured in the line of duty or those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Click here to register now! 


Honor Riverside Residents


The Human Relations Commission is looking to honor Riverside residents who have given selflessly of their time for the well-being of the community, thus enhancing and enriching this great City we proudly call home. If you know of someone who has made a difference in our city submit a nomination form.   The Human Relations Commission members will select ten people who will be honored as “Riverside Heroes” at an awards ceremony on November 13, 2014.  


Nominations can be made online or by contacting Darlene Elliot at the Mayor’s or 951-826-5897. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on October 1, 2014.  Please feel free to share the nomination form with others.


To submit using the online form click here.


RPD Recruiting for Citizen Academy


The Riverside Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Academy, which begins Thursday, October 2, 2014, and continues through December 18, 2014.   Recruitment is open through September 26, 2014. Most sessions will be held in the Riverside Police Department’s Community Room, 10540 Magnolia Avenue, Suite B, on Thursday evenings from 6:00p.m.-9:00p.m. The Citizen Police Academy is designed to form a stronger partnership between the community and the Riverside Police Department through education.  Participants will learn about patrol procedures, use of force, community services, gang and narcotic investigations, general investigations, firearms familiarization, S.W.A.T., traffic safety, and much more. 


The class size is limited and seats will be given to the first candidates that apply via the Department’s website and who pass an informal background check. All sessions are in a classroom setting and do not require any physical training. Applicants must live, work, or attend school in the City of Riverside. Applications must be submitted by September 26, 2014. To apply for the Citizen Academy or for more information, please visit the RPD Website at and click on the box for Citizen Academy or contact Supervisor Jones at 951-826-5232.

ArtLanza Event


We would like to acknowledge the Child Leader Project for all their hard work put into our Arlanza Community Garden. Earlier this month, they hosted an art event (ArtLanza) at the garden to showcase work from local artists and also to share some great news!  
Community Garden June 2013  The Arlanza Community Garden has reached its max capacity for plot adoption and has opened a waiting list!! Stop by the garden to support their efforts and to see the elementary school pumpkin patch that is thriving for an October Harvest.  Community Garden August 2014
(June 2013)  

(August 2014)

Community Events

09/08 Riverside Neighborhood Partnership @ La Sierra Community Center/ 5212 La Sierra Ave. (6:30pm)

09/09 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

09/20 Drive Electric Riverside by La Sierra HS @ LSHS/4145 La Sierra Avenue (10am-2pm)

09/20 9th Annual Mariachi Festival @ Fairmount Park/2601 Fairmount Blvd (9am-9pm)

09/23 Public Ethics and Conduct Meeting @ Council Chambers/3900 Main Street (7:00pm)

09/23 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

09/27 Paint the Town Pink Celebration by RCHF @ Riverside Community Hospital (6pm)

10/11 Hometown Heroes Honor Run @ Arlington Sports Complex/2595 Gibson St. (7am-11am)