City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

 

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

 

The City of Riverside continues to see a climb in economic development, sales tax and real estate property. In effort to keep the momentum going, the Riverside City Council has selected Lee McDougal to serve as our Interim City Manager. He served as City Manager of Montclair for 18 years before retiring in 2010. Mr. McDougal’s role in the City will provide steady leadership as we search for a new City Manager. “

 

“I look forward to working with all elected officials, business leaders and Riverside residents to ensure that Riverside continues moving forward during this transition period.” 

          -Lee McDougal

Lee McDougal

 

McDougal graduated from UC Riverside in 1974 with a B.A. in Urban Studies and a B.A. in Black Studies. In 1988, he was inducted into the UC Riverside Athletics Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as a member of the UCR basketball team.

 

 

Lee McDougal brings a wide range of talents to the City of Riverside. His background in Montclair and his familiarity with Riverside made him the best fit for this leadership position.  

 

Jim Perry

JPerry@Riversideca.gov 


 

Magnolia Grade Separation

 

In January, the Riverside County Transportation Department (RCTD) made the difficult decision to close Magnolia Avenue- both directions from Lincoln Street to Buchanan Street in Riverside. There have been a number of recent incidents of cars stopping on the railroad tracks when the traffic signals at either Lincoln or Buchanan streets turn red during peak traffic hours. Safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians require Magnolia Avenue to be fully closed for approximately one year in order to complete the construction project. Safety is the number one priority; therefore, to ensure public safety the road has closed. Business access will be maintained for businesses during this closure period. Appropriate signage will be installed informing the public that all businesses will be open. Detours will remain in place until the new bridge opens. For more information contact: Dennis Green www.rcprojects.org/magnolia or (909) 800-0451.

Town Hall Meeting

 

Join us February 19th for a community meeting co-hosted with Supervisor Kevin Jeffries and Council Member Jim Perry. Updates will be given on current projects in the area. We will also have government offices on-site to answer specific questions. We look forward to seeing you February 19th at 6pm, Hillcrest High School’s MPR (11800 Indiana Avenue, Riverside).

 

RYJC Presents: Contest of Courage

 

We would like to express our gratitude to the Riverside Youth Judo Club located in Ward 6 for hosting the first California Scrimmage for Developmentally Disabled Judo Competitors. The RYJC has over 20 Judo students with developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. The club has seen incredible results with these students who study and practice Judo. The Riverside Youth Judo Club welcomes developmentally disabled Judo competitors to the scrimmage. Volunteer competitors will be on-site to work with our developmentally disabled competitors in a safe environment where students can enhance and practice their Judo skills. The event will take place February 21st from 10am-1pm at the RYJC Studio (10530 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505). Contact Info: Brian Money at 951-353-7118

 

Sales Tax Update

Receipts for Riverside’s July through September sales were 11.6% higher than the same quarter one year ago. The city experienced a strong sales quarter for new car dealers as low interest rates and easy financing. Recent additions helped boost rev­enues from casual-dining restau­rants, used auto dealers, depart­ment stores, electrical equipment and contractors. A late payment in the year-ago period exaggerat­ed lumber/building material returns. Receipts from grocery stores with li­quor were inflated by the double-up of a previously late payment.

The city’s allocation from the coun­ty use tax pool increased overall re­sults.

Adjusted for aberrations, taxable sales for all of Riverside County in­creased 6.9% over the compara­ble time period, while the Southern California region as a whole was up 5.1%. In December 2014, the Riverside unemployment rate fell to 7.5%.

 

La Sierra/Collett Project

 

The next meeting regarding the La Sierra/Collett Housing Project is scheduled for February 4th at 5:30pm. The meeting will take place at Collett Elementary School (10850 Collett Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505). The Community Development Department will be updating the residents on the responses received from the Request For Proposal (RFP).

 

5 Points Update
On February 9th, Council Member Steve Adams will be giving a brief update on the current status of the “Site B” Project located at 5 Points. The City of Riverside Community Development Department will also be present to listen to feedback and answer questions on the current projected plans for the site. Please attend this meeting to provide your input. Meeting: Residents Responsible for Representation, February 9th at 7pm, Magnolia Police Station (10540 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505).

 

5 Points Update

 

Community Events

02/03 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

02/04 La Sierra/Collett Project Update @ Collett Elementary/10850 Collett Avenue (5:30pm)

02/09 5 Points Update @ Magnolia PD/ 10540 Magnolia Avenue (7:00pm)

02/10 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

02/19 Town Hall Meeting @ Hillcrest High School/11800 Indiana Avenue (6:00pm)

02/21 RYJC’s Contest of Courage @ 10530 Magnolia Avenue (10:00am-1:00pm)
02/24 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)