City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 


In mid-April we welcome our new City Attorney, Gary Geuss. Gary is a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office who supervises legal operations for some of that city’s largest departments, including the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport and the Department of Water and Power. He will lead the Riverside City Attorney’s Office, which includes 23 people, of which 12 are attorneys. Gary Geuss received his B.A. in political science from California State University Northridge and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles. After working as a litigation associate at a Los Angeles firm and as an arbitrator, he joined the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 1989.




“The Riverside City Attorney’s Office enjoys an excellent


reputation in the legal community, and I am excited about the


opportunity to lead such a fine organization.”


-Gary Geuss



I would also like to thank Interim City Attorney Kristi Smith for her commitment to the City and leading the team during this selection process. We look forward to the transition in the coming weeks. 

Jim Perry 


Power to the Youth


Parents join us on April 9th at 5:00pm for the event, Power to the Youth. This meeting is intended for middle/high school students and their parents. The Norte Vista’s Lady Brave Leaders will be hosting this event in effort to supply our youth with knowledge and empower our community. We will be co-hosting this community forum to discuss the many challenges faced by our incoming high school youth. Come early to visit our community booth and to participate in our raffle giveaways.


La Sierra/Collett Project


I would like to thank the residents who attended and provided input at our recent community meeting. The next Request for Proposal (RFP) is scheduled to be released on April 1st. It can be found and reviewed on the Riverside Housing Authority website: As this proposal moves forward, I will continue to involve the community in the decision making process.


 Salute to Veterans Parade

On April 18th at 10am The Salute to Veterans Parade will take place to honor veterans of all ages and eras. This FREE, fun, family parade includes marching bands, fly-overs, equestrian units, color guards, marching units, antique cars, military vehicles, floats, and of course, Veterans. This year's Grand Marshal is Stan Sniff Jr., Riverside County Sherriff-Coroner, Riverside resident, Army veteran, and public servant. The Parade is in Downtown Riverside from Riverside Community College at Magnolia and ending at the Historic Riverside County Courthouse on Main at 12th St. Join us for the Parade!


RPU Programs

As a reminder, we continue to be water wise in the City of Riverside. To help you meet new water conservation goals, Riverside Public Utilities will continue to fund all of our water conservation rebate programs that provide incentives for installing water-saving sprinkler nozzles and weather-based sprinkler timers, installing high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers, and more.  We have also increased incentives on our two lawn removal programs:

  • Residential incentives for our Waterwise Landscaping turf removal program have been increased to $2.00 per square foot of turf removed or up to 100% of the project’s cost, whichever is lower.  There are no minimum project size restrictions.
  • Residential incentives for our Artificial Turf installation program have been increased to $2.00 per square foot, up to 2,000 sq. ft. for a maximum rebate of $4,000 to replace lawn areas with artificial turf.


Conservation program information and applications are available at

Ward 6 Reads 
This past March, I had the pleasure of reading to many of our young children in Ward 6. We visted the Arlanza Library along with Mayor Bailey for his annual Read with the Mayor event. I was also invited to Collett Elementary School to participate in Read Across America. Parents please continue to read and encourage reading to our young future leaders. Arlanza Library annual Read 


Community Events

04/07 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

04/09 Power to the Youth @ Norte Vista High School/ 6585 Crest Ave. (5:00pm)

04/11 Walk to End Homelessness @ 2880 Hulen Place (6:30am)

04/14 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

04/18 Salute to Veterans Parade @ Downtown Riverside (10:00am)

04/21 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

04/23 Victims Right Vigil @ Downtown Historic Courthouse (7:00pm)

04/25 Spring into Health @ Bryant Park (10:00am-1:00pm)
04/28 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)