City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

Jim Perry

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

An update on a few road projects:


The widening of Tyler Street continues to make progress.  Currently, Riverside Public Utilities, AT&T and Charter are in the process of moving their utility lines.  We hope this project will be completed in the fall.


How many of you have been caught in traffic westbound on Diana Avenue at La Sierra? Well, good news! We have added an additional left turn lane to ease traffic congestion.

We are also in the process of adding mulch to the Magnolia center median between Golden and Banbury, in efforts to beautify this section of the roadway.


We are currently, evaluating a few engineering proposals to ease the traffic congestion and stacking of vehicles on Tyler Street at the 91 Freeway.  I hope to share more information about this project in the coming months.


As always, if there is anything I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to call me or email.

Jim Perry 

Books Con Amigos


The “Books con Amigos” Books with Friends event will be this Saturday, August 6th from 9am-1pm at Bryant Park.  Books Con Amigos is a Bilingual Literacy Event for children living in the surrounding communities of Arlanza and La Sierra. Bring your children, grandchildren and neighbors to join us on August 6th to listen to local authors read stories, receive free books and enter to win one of 100 backpacks with supplies that will be raffled off that day. Alvord Unified Child Nutrition Services will be assisting parents with their Free and Reduced Meal Applications for the new school year and children will also be able to receive FREE eye exams on-site.  Mark your calendar and visit our booths that will be helping us promote literacy in Riverside’s Ward 6.

Water Restrictions Lifted


Riverside’s City Council voted to follow recommendations by Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) to return to Stage 1 of the city’s Water Conservation Ordinance, which will eliminate mandatory outdoor watering restrictions.  The change in status of the ordinance means that once mandatory restrictions, like those limiting the number of days that customers could use outdoor irrigation, are now voluntary.  Wise use of water by the city, the utility, and its customers are the reasons Riverside was able to return to this level of its ordinance. To help customers keep usage and water bills low, RPU is continuing to offer several water conservation rebate programs that can offset costs of making homes and businesses water wise inside and out. These include: rebates for installing high efficiency clothes and dish washers; free low-flow sprinkler nozzles; rebates for installing Weather Based Irrigation Controllers (WBICs); and the popular water wise landscape program which encourages removal of thirsty turf areas.


Additional changes to the drought ordinance included: new definitions and language updates to match the state’s new regulations; elimination of duplicate standards and language; and clarifications of certain exemptions for gray and recycled water, use of drip irrigation, and splash pads. Meanwhile, prohibitions by the state on water wasting practices like: watering that causes runoff; washing vehicles without a shutoff valve; washing of sidewalks, roadways, and driveways; and failure to repair leaks are still illegal and can carry fines for failure to comply with conservation rules.  Unreasonable use restrictions are now effective at all times, even without any drought conditions or if any stage of Riverside’s water conservation ordinance is in effect.  For details on available programs offered, and for updated information visit or call (951) 826-5485.


Pink Parade


The annual Pink on Parade, Riverside’s walk against breast cancer, will be back in 2016 on October 15th from 7:30am-12:00pm at Ryan Bonaminio Park! Last year there were over 800 participants. Participants were able to raise over $45,000 for The Pink Ribbon Place.  In turn, 100% of these dollars went directly into the center’s diagnostics program which provides free ultrasounds, mammograms, and diagnostic services to uninsured men and women under the age of 40 with breast health concerns.  The Pink on Parade Walk is a fun way to support The Pink Ribbon Place, breast cancer awareness and your community!  Check out the Pink on Parade website to learn even more and to sign up to be a Team Captain, Sponsor or Vendor!

Stay Cool


Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is reminding customers to prepare to stay safe, stay cool, and conserve energy when they can to help maintain local and state energy grids.  That means you should set your thermostats to 78 degrees or higher (health permitting); keep those window blinds and/or curtains closed; turn off unneeded lighting, computers, and electronics; and wait until the evening or early morning hours to use appliances like dish and clothes washers. The City of Riverside also offers Cooling Centers available to residents looking to escape the heatwave. Log on to the City’s web site at a list of all the local Cooling Centers, their hours of operation and rules.


Additional tips that can cut summer energy use but still keep you cool include: cooling off with fans, ceiling fans, and room air conditioners. Don’t have any ceiling fans or room air conditioners? No problem. RPU offers rebates for its electric customers who install qualifying ceiling fans and room air conditioners that can help you save money, save energy, and lower your energy bills. Visit for complete details or call (951) 826-5485.


Digital Storytelling


Riverside Public Library joins the California State Library to invite you to share your story about life in California. In libraries across the state, Berkeley-based StoryCenter’s Staff will bring a special two-day intensive workshop to help you make a short film using your personal and family images, videos or archival material. Your video will be part of a statewide local story archive. The Digital Storytelling Workshop will be held Wednesday-Thursday, August 17-18, from 9am-5pm at the Riverside Main Library.  The Workshop includes: How to Make a Great Story, Group Script Sharing, Hands On Video Editing and Production Support.  There is a limit of 10 participants.  To apply via email, contact Tonya Kennon, or apply at .


9/11 Day of Service


Police and Fire Association September 11, 2016 marks the 15th year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Last year, the City of Riverside, together with various organizations put together the 1st Annual Riverside Citywide 9/11 Day of Service to thank our fire and police personnel for the commitment to our community.  We hosted 6 blood drives, 4 CPR trainings stations, served meals for over 400 fire and police personnel, raised over $2,000 for our police and fire association and had over 300 residents volunteer for the 9/11 Day of Service.  This year in preparation for the upcoming 15th anniversary of 9/11, a coalition of 15 organizations will rekindle and reinforce the important lessons of empathy, service and unity for our Riverside residents to come together to thank our First Responders. We plan to serve meals to fire and police personnel once again, but have added 9-1-1 ambulance responders, a military component, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  Support our efforts by attending the public Opening Ceremony on Sunday, September 11th 9:11am, Riverside City Hall.  The UCR Pipe Band will play at 8:30am for guests prior to the official ceremony.  Our public Closing Ceremony will be held on the west side of the City on September 11th at 4pm, La Sierra University- Glory of God’s Grace Plaza.  


9/11 Ground Zero Clean-upWe will also be honoring our 9/11 Ground Zero Clean-up Personnel by asking residents to organize a clean-up in their neighborhood, school, or street.  Ask family, friends, and co-workers to volunteer with you for one hour between September 5-11, 2016. Be a team leader! Organize supplies and choose a day you want to clean. Determine an area in need of a cleanup in your neighborhood or workplace. Be recognized – share your photos on social media and use the hashtag #Riverside9-11DayofService!  Businesses and residents can also purchase tickets to attend the association fundraising brunch hosted on behalf of 88iMPACT and AT&T, visit for more information. The Riverside Citywide 9/11 Day of Service is intended to bring together the community and honor those that provide service to our residents.  


All Girl Judo Tournament
The Riverside Youth Judo Club, Police Activities League will be hosting a sanctioned regional Charity Judo Tournament for all Female Judo Competitors on Saturday, October 15th at the Grove Community Church in Riverside.  100% of the funds raised at the event will be donated to The Pink Ribbon Place to help those affected by Breast and Ovarian Cancer.  If you would like to learn more about the Riverside Youth Judo Club visit or to sponsor a trophy for a young girl contact Detective Brian Money at 951-353-7118 or Diana Medina at The Riverside Youth Judo Club




Community Events

08/04 Alvord Unified Child Nutrition Services @ 7377 Jurupa Ave. (11am-1pm & 5pm-7pm)
08/06 Book Con Amigos @ Bryant Park/7950 Philbin Ave. (9am-1pm)
08/09 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:15pm)
08/19 Senior Citizen Day @ Villegas Community Center/3091 Esperanza St. (Various Times/Locations)
08/23 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
08/31 Grand Opening of Walmart @ 5200 Van Buren Boulevard (7:30am)