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•October 6, 2015•


City of Riverside 

Ward 7 Update

Councilmember John Burnard

Long Night of Arts and Innovation

Long Night of Arts and Innovation:

The 2015 Long Night of Arts and Innovation will take place this Thursday October 8th from 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. at Downtown Riverside. Back by popular demand, the event will showcase the best that Riverside offers in the arts and sciences from our universities, companies, and community art groups. With engaging exhibits, presentations, demonstrations, and artistic performances in downtown venues, this event is one for the books! For more information and for an event guide please visit www.longnightriverside.com.


Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot Campaign:

 It’s that time of year again! Members of The Riverside Firefighters Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will kick off the firefighters annual Fill the Boot Campaign. Throughout October 8, 9, and 10, members of The Riverside Firefighters Association, Local 1067, will fan out across city intersections with boots in hand. The drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information please visit http://riversideca.gov/fire/. Please support our Firefighters and MDA!


Fraudulent Fire Inspections:

Beware of scam artists posing as Fire Department personnel who are targeting businesses claiming they are there to inspect fire extinguishers, alarms, fire sprinklers, etc. Criminals, impersonating Fire Department staff, wear official looking blue shirts and trick employees to sign service agreements to bill the business for services rendered. Don’t be fooled! Fire inspectors and Firefighters DO NOT perform maintenance to fire extinguishers or fire sprinklers. Firefighters and Fire Inspectors WILL NOT ask for payment on the spot. Actual Firefighters and Fire Inspectors in the City of Riverside wear a Fire Department uniform with a badge, name tag, and Fire Department patches. If you suspect you’re being scammed please call the City of Riverside Fire Department at (951) 826-5737 during business hours or the Fire/Police dispatch center at (951) 354-2007.


Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting:

The Vietnam Veterans of America will be hosting an Agent Orange Town hall Meeting on October 17, 2015 at Orange Terrace Community Center-20010 Orange Terrace Parkway, Riverside, CA 92508, from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Come learn about the health effects exposure to Agent Orange has on Veterans and their families. Agent Orange is a mixture of chemical defoliants used by the military during the Vietnam War as an effort to eliminate forest cover. It was later revealed that many diseases such as muscular dysfunction, inflammation, birth defects, nervous system disorders, and development of cancer can be associated with exposure to Agent Orange. Join the Vietnam Veterans of America in this important meeting where they will also focus on the faces of Agent Orange with personal stories from veterans and their families. For more information please contact Zack Earp at (951) 352-1278, (951) 522-5091 or via email at wyatt48@att.net.

Seizing our Destiny

Seizing our Destiny Survey:

“Seizing our Destiny is the Movement for Riverside’s prosperous future.”


On its mission to creating a prosperous future, the City of Riverside is asking, what do you think of Riverside? Be a part of the conversation, let us know at www.seizingourdestiny.com/survey and share your opinion regarding the quality of life in Riverside.


Community Meeting Regarding La Sierra Hills:

On November 4, 2015 I will be hosting an informational meeting regarding development plans in the La Sierra Hills area. The meeting will take place at Loma Vista Middle School’s Multipurpose Room- 11050 Arlington Avenue from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information please contact my assistant Sandy Garcia at (951) 826-5024 or via email at sgarcia@riversideca.gov


Community Meeting at Doty Trust Park:

Join Councilmember John Burnard and Lieutenant Julian Hutzler-West Area Commander, on October 28, 2015 at Doty Trust Park to address questions and concerns you may have of the area. The meeting will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Doty Trust Park-5410 Golden Avenue, Riverside 92505. Contact Sandy Garcia at (951) 826-5024 or via email at sgarcia@riversideca.gov for additional information.


California Drought: 

As we head in to cooler weather, it is important to be reminded of our efforts to reduce the use of water throughout the city. To all the residents who continue their efforts to moderate water usage, we thank you for contributing to city wide goals. Due to the drought, Riverside Public Utilities customers must achieve the 28% mandated water conservation goal. As of August 2015 we are at a 23% of reduction compared to August 2014.

In an effort to reach the goal, RPU is partnering with Western Municipal Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer a free training class on water wise landscaping. The California Friendly Landscape Training Workshop is a three hour class that will be held on November 7 at Stratton Community Center at Bordwell Park- 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd. Riverside 92507. Space is limited so make sure you reserve your seat by registering at www.riversidedrought.com/landscaping-workshop.


I want to hear from you!

In an effort to remain engaged in the community and to maintain open lines of communication I want to hear from you! If you are interested in hosting a community meeting at your home let me know! I would love the opportunity to share information with neighbors and hear what you have to say. For more information or to set up a community meeting, contact my assistant Sandy Garcia at (951) 826-5024 or via email at sgarcia@riversideca.gov.


Upcoming Events:

Long Night of Arts and Innovation- Thursday, October 8| 5:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. at Downtown Riverside


Chamber Recital: Tao Ni, Cello | Jiayi Shi, Piano- Saturday, October 10| 7:00 p.m. at La Sierra University


Pierce Street Jazz- Wednesday, October 14| 7:00 p.m. at La Sierra University


Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting- Saturday, October 17| 12:00 p.m.-3:00 pm. at Orange Terrace Community Center 20010 Orange Terrace Parkway, Riverside, CA 92508


Community Meeting at Doty Trust Park- Wednesday, October 28 | 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Doty Trust Park 5410 Golden Avenue


Community Meeting Regarding La Sierra Hills- Wednesday, November 4 | 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at Loma Vista Middle School- 11050 Arlington Avenue


Contact Information:

3900 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92522

(951) 826-5991