Ward 7 Newsletter


• May 13, 2016 •

City of Riverside 

Ward 7 Newsletter

Council Member John Burnard


Councilman Burnard’s Update from Last Community Meeting

Thank you to all who attended my April community meeting at La Sierra Senior Center. As always, it is a privilege to serve and engage with the community.

I understand there will be occasions when you are unable to attend our community meetings, for that reason the purpose of this newsletter is to recap the items that were discussed.

In summary,                                                  


We are currently looking at a $7-8 million budget deficit for the year 2015/2016.

Fiscal Year 2016/2017 is forecasting to fall short 4%, approximately $11 million dollars. Council and City Leadership is currently reviewing budgets thoroughly in an effort to close the 4% gap.

Crime Statistics:

We have seen an increase in property crime the last few years. I believe the increase is directly related to AB 109 and Proposition 47 which have put offenders on the street of every city in California. I urge you to contact your State Assembly Members and Senator and ask them to change the States policy on early release and realignment.

Assembly Member Jose Medina: (951) 369-6644

Assembly Member Eric Linder: (951) 371-6860

State Senator Richard Roth: (951) 680-6750


June elections are right around the corner. In addition to the Mayoral election, there are two important measures on the ballot-Measure A, which will allow the City Attorney’s office to prosecute misdemeanor cases, and Measure B, which is a pay increase for City Councilmembers that will bring our salary up to 80% of the Mayors pay.

Both measures were placed on the ballot due to a Council vote. Measure A- which is estimated to cost $2.3 million dollars, was passed on a 4 to 3 vote. Measure B was passed on a 4 to 2 vote. I did not vote in favor of either measures. Please make sure you read and understand the subject you will be voting on. For more information on the election please visit http://www.riversideca.gov/city_clerk/elections-muni.asp


Boards and Commissions:

Residents in Riverside are encouraged to participate in serving on the City’s Boards and Commissions. Applications are accepted year round and vacant positions are filled when available. Ward 7 currently has a vacancy in the Cultural Heritage Board and the City Clerk’s office is currently accepting applications for the Board of Ethics. For more information or to pick up an application please visit the City Clerk’s Office- 3900 Main Street, 7th Floor- (951) 826-5557. You may also download an application at www.riversideca.gov/city_clerk.

Wells Street Improvement Project:

Funds are available to build a multipurpose trail on the North side of Wells Avenue. We are in the process of planning a community meeting with the residents of Wells street and will continue to provide updates as the project progresses.

Ponds at Hidden Valley:

Several months ago I shared my interest in getting water to the currently dry ponds at Hidden Valley. From that comment, a working group was formed and is currently looking for State and Federal grants for environmental projects. The process is moving forward and continues to spark interest among our neighboring cities, sewer districts and conservancy agencies.

Hole Lake:

The area is a diverse wetland that can be a great asset to the community. It has become littered over the past year and we are working with City departments and local businesses to address issues and the cleaning of the area.

Engage Riverside:

In an effort to engage in conversation, we invite you to share your thoughts and provide input on the budget and City Council matters at Engageriverside.com. Engage Riverside is an online portal intended to make information available to the public. There you will find vast information on all city matters and an opportunity to provide your thoughts. Please visit engageriverside.com and join the conversation.

As always, I invite you to share your thoughts and input.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community,

Your Representative to the City,

John Burnard 


Great American Clean-Up

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful is hosting the Great American Clean-Up tomorrow Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.. The clean-up event will be followed by lunch and award presentations. For more information please visit www.krcb.com


Homework Tutors at 
La Sierra Library

La Sierra library is offering free tutoring for children in elementary to 8th grade until June 10th. Tutors are from UCR, please come early as the sessions are on a first come first serve basis.


Connect with the Mayor

When: Saturday, May 21st at 8:00 a.m.

Where: Meet at the intersection of Jurupa Avenue and Tyler Street

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Dork Diaries Event at 
La Sierra Library!

La Sierra Library will be hosting a Dork Diaries event on Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. Come down to the library and celebrate one of children’s beloved book series.


La Sierra University Church Resource Fair


Coding Classes at La Sierra Library!


Upcoming Events:

• Great American Clean-Up- Saturday, May 14th | 9:00 -11:30 a.m. –City Wide

• Riverside Sport Hall of Fame Induction Celebration- Monday, May 16th | 5:30 p.m. – Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th Street

• Connect with the Mayor- Saturday, May 21st | 8:00 a.m.- Meet at the intersection of Jurupa Avenue and Tyler Street

• Dork Diaries Event at La Sierra Library- Saturday, May 21st | 2:00 p.m.- La Sierra Library, 4600 La Sierra Avenue

• La Sierra University Church Resource Fair- Sunday, May 22nd | 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. - 4937 Sierra Vista Avenue

Contact Information:

3900 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92522

(951) 826-5991