City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

Happy Holidays! Join us for a special Christmas Tree Lighting on the west end of Riverside- December 4th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at La Sierra University (4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside 92515). Stay warm with hot chocolate and apple cider. Take pictures with Santa Claus. Kids can create holiday crafts. Enjoy a carriage ride. Guests can sing-along to their favorite Christmas tune. Bring an unwrapped gift for a local toy drive. Invite friends and neighbors to this FREE community event in effort to make this an annual ritual for our neighborhood.   


Jim Perry 

Spark of Love 


The Spark of Love program is a collaborative effort between with the Riverside Fire Department (RFD) and Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department (PRCSD), in conjunction with KABC Channel 7. Toys will be distributed to those who have pre-registered for the program by December 12. Gift quantities are limited, so register today!


***Ward 6 residents in need this holiday season may register at La Sierra Community Center, Arlanza Community Center or Hunt Park.***

  1. Residents are required to complete Spark of Love application  
  2. Resident must show proof of residency for children receiving toys (Child must live in City of Riverside)  
  3. Parents must bring child’s birth certificate or be accompanied by child at time of registration 


Mobile Fresh 


Aiming to promote healthy eating habits and ease of access to quality produce, the Family Service Associations is rolling out Mobile Fresh, the new grocery store on wheels. This innovative program aims to combine the convenience of a corner store with the selection and freshness of a farmers market. Low cost fruits and vegetables will be available at the Arlanza Family Health Clinic (8856 Arlington Avenue) every other Thursdays (12/4 & 12/18) from 2:30pm-3:30pm. More locations coming to Ward 6 & 7! 


Project H.O.P.E. 


The Arlanza Community Center is lucky to be the hub for a youth group that is Helping Our Peers and Community Exceed. The youth members participate in multiple volunteer activities throughout Riverside County. As an incentive, the members will have the opportunity to attend various fieldtrip activities. Do you know anyone in between the ages of 15-20 years old that likes to make a difference in the community? Do you know of a youth that interested in making friends and meeting new people? Ask them to join the next meeting! Tuesdays from 5pm-5:45pm at Arlanza Community Center (7950 Philbin Avenue). Questions, please call (951) 351-6135. 


Sales are Up


Receipts for Riverside’s April through June sales were 12.0% higher than the same quarter one year ago. Recent additions contributed to in­creases from used car dealers, elec­trical equipment, department stores, family apparel and the restaurant group. City reserves also benefited from gains in multiple categories of business-to-business sales, but business and industry group results were understated by adjustments that affected both quarters. The transportation group out-performed both county and state averages al­though auto lease comparisons were inflated by accounting events.


Sales increased from the build­ing and construction sector and the food and drugs group. Multiple deviations overstated service station gains; receipts were actually 3.9% higher. The allocation from the countywide use tax pool was also a factor for the overall increase. A current quarter adjustment exaggerated losses from consumer elec­tronics/appliances. Adjusted for onetime reporting anomalies, taxable sales for all of Riverside County rose 6.8% over the same period; the Southern Cal­ifornia region as a whole was up 4.8%.


Ward 6 Demographics


We thought it would be enlightening to share some 2014 demographics recently requested for the Ward 6 area (all # approximate):


Population- 46,777                               Educational Attainment                         Employed by Industry

Households- 12,749                             Less than 9th Grade- 17.5%                    Agriculture- 0.7%

Average Household Size- 3.62               9th-12th Grade, No Diploma- 17.9%       Construction- 10.5%

Median Household Income- $46,901      High School Graduate- 24.4%                Manufacturing- 16.4%

Median Household Value- $199,904      GED/Alternative Credential- 2.6%          Wholesale Trade- 3.3%

Median Age- 29.5                                 Some College, No Degree- 21.8%          Retail Trade- 12.5%

                                                            Associates Degree- 6.3%                       Transpiration/Utilities-6%

                                                            Bachelor’s Degree- 6.1%                                    Information- 1.9%

                                                            Graduate/Professional Degree- 3.4%      Finance/Real Estate- 3.6%

                                                                                                                        Services- 43.2%

                                                                                                                        Public Administration-1.9%


Town Hall Meeting


Join us in January/February for a community meeting co-hosted with Supervisor Kevin Jeffries. Get updates on projects in the area or answers to neighborhood questions. More details to follow in the January newsletter.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Groundbreaking Event for Home Front at Camp Anza. We look forward to the renovation of this veteran project and appreciate all partners that have helped bring this to fruition. We also want to thank all the donors who participated in the Give Big Riverside online event. Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation was successful in raising over $13,000 on November 13th. Thank you for all your support! Groundbreaking

Above: Congressman Mark Takano, Council Member Jim Perry and Senator Richard Roth at Home Front at Camp Anza Groundbreaking on November 15, 2014.

Community Events

12/01 Public Meeting: Riverside Neighborhood Partnership Elections @ Orange Terrace Park/20010 Orange Terrace Pkwy (6:30pm)

12/02 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

12/04 Christmas Tree Lighting @ La Sierra University/4500 Riverwalk Parkway (5:30-7:30pm)

12/06 ASB Pancake Breakfast @ Hillcrest High School’s MPR/11800 Indiana Avenue (8am-12pm)

12/09 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

12/10 Latino Network “Nuestra Navidad” Breakfast @Stratton Center/2008 Martin Luther King (7:30am)

12/16 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
12/25 Merry Christmas!