City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

Jim Perry

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

A Message From Your Council Member…

In October, we welcomed Marianna Marysheva-Martinez as our newest Assistant City Manager for the City of Riverside. Marianna is overseeing several key departments, including Finance, Human Resources, General Services and Internal Audit. She has served in high-level management posts at cities around California. For the past two years, she has worked as Managing Director of FTI Consulting, where she advised government agencies on a range of public financing matters.


Marianna is respected across the state for her extensive financial management skills. She served as Budget Director in Oakland, overseeing a $2 billion budget, from 2000-2005. She was Assistant City Manager of Lynwood from 2005-2006 and Interim Manager of Maywood from 2007-2008. She returned to Oakland as Assistant City Manager in 2008-2011 before becoming the Town Manager of Mammoth Lakes from 2011-2013. Marianna graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Urban Studies. She obtained her Master of Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.


“Riverside is a dynamic and growing community, and it is known around California as a leader in providing innovative approaches to municipal government. I look forward to joining the management team at City Hall that is charged with taking Riverside to the next level.”

-Marianna Marysheva-Martinez


I would also like to thank former Assistant City Manager Deanna Lorson for her years of dedication to the City of Riverside. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.  


Jim Perry 


SmartRiverside Empowerment


Smart Riverside and the Alvord Unified School District-Office of Parent Engagement continue to partner in addressing the needs of education and technology in our communities. Computer classes are being held at various schools to teach parents the basics of technology and to provide free refurbished computers to families in need!


*To qualify, you must complete a free eight hour computer training course (the course is made up of four, 2 hour classes and courses are in English & Spanish); have children registered and attending Alvord schools; and attending Alvord schools; and make an annual household income of less than $45,000.

  • Advance registration is required
  • Call the office of Parent Engagement to register: 951-509-5136. Do not call the schools to register.
  • Free childcare will be provide for children 3 years and older. Children must be potty trained
  • Please bring ID to class.


Community Participation Meeting


It’s that time of year again to participate in our annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) meeting. Help us shape the future of community development projects geared towards the needs of low and moderate- income neighborhoods. The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. This is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that works to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities.


Attend the Ward 6 CDBG Community Meeting being held at the Arlanza Library (8267 Philbin Avenue) on November 2 at 6pm to receive information and provide input. Your participation is important as it will help to develop the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan. For more information contact the Community & Economic Development Department at (951) 826-5649 or visit


City of Riverside Explorers


Parents and students 14-21 years of age, we invite you to learn more about the City of Riverside Explorers Programs. The City of Riverside is a proud supporter of the Fire and Law Enforcement Explorer Programs. The Explorer Program is governed by learning for life, which is a division of Boy Scouts of America. The program is intended for young adults, both males and females to explore the field of fire and law enforcement.

Our Explorer Programs are designed to build character and develop leadership skills that will help Explorers as they advance within the post and prepare for academies as well as other career opportunities. Students interested in participating in the Fire Explorer Program will gain personal confidence, learn to use firefighting equipment, develop mechanical skills, and increase their physical fitness level as well as their knowledge of the Fire Service. Students interested in participating in the Law Enforcement Explorer Program will learn about the law, court procedures, police patrol techniques and organizational skills.  Both our programs are under the close supervision of highly dedicated advisory staff members. For more information on our Fire Explorer Program email: or For more information on our Law Enforcement Explorer Program call: (951) 351-6159.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be of ages 14 to 21 and at least in the 9th grade
  • Have no serious arrests or convictions.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA and provide a copy of most recent grade report
  • Must be able to arrange transportation to the weekly meetings and or events
  • Complete the Recruitment Process (first two Wednesdays)
  • Pass the Written Exam and the Physical Ability
  • Be free of any physical or medical conditions that could cause injury to themselves or others


AB109 Compliance Sweeps


AB109 has shifted the burden of supervision responsibilities for many offenders released from state prison from state parole to the probation department. In an effort to improve oversight and accountability for this population, Riverside County is working in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies to enforce the terms of supervision and actively pursue offenders who are non-compliant with their terms of release with the goal of reducing crime in our local communities. The mission of the West Post-Release Accountability and Compliance Team (PACT) and assisting agencies is to conduct compliance checks on designated Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), subjects on Split Sentence and Mandatory Supervision.


On October 8, 2015 West PACT hosted a probation and parole compliance sweep in the City of Riverside and surrounding areas. Law enforcement personnel from the following teams and agencies assisted with the sweep: West PACT, Central PACT, East PACT, Gang Task Force Region 7, Riverside Problem Oriented Policing Team, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, The Riverside County Probation Department, California State Parole, The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Moreno Valley Police Department, The Riverside Police Department METRO Team and The Riverside Police Department Cadet Unit.   In total, 32 probation, parole and AB109 compliance checks were conducted. Eleven felony arrests and eight misdemeanor arrests were made for a variety of charges to include weapons violations, drug possession and possession of stolen property. Thank you to all the teams and agencies that came together for this effort.



Water Conservation Reminder

 Less WaterMore Color On June 16, 2015, the City Council approved an Urgency Ordinance to comply with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Mandatory Emergency Drought Regulations.  As part of the Council action, outdoor watering was limited to three (3) days per week through October 31st and two (2) days per week beginning November 1st.   Beginning November 1st, the restriction will now be a maximum of two days per week.  The Riverside Public Utilities will continue to provide periodic updates to customers telling them how the City is doing in reaching our overall mandated goal of 28%. 


Community Events

11/02 CDBG Meeting @ Arlanza Library/ 8267 Philbin Avenue (6:00pm)

11/03 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

11/05 Brotherhood of Veterans @ Cesar Chavez Community Center/2060 University Ave. (1pm-4pm)

11/10 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

11/17 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)

11/26 Happy Thanksgiving!