Ward 7 Update


City of Riverside 

Ward 7 Update

Council Member John Burnard


• August 4, 2016 •


Councilman Burnard’s Update from Last Community Meeting

In summary,   


Lt. Townsend was present and addressed concerns from our guest regarding Fireworks. We appreciate your comments and your diligence in reporting the issues as they occur. As most of us know, Fireworks are illegal in the City of Riverside. We will continue looking for solutions through community outreach, increased awareness and public safety.

Hole Lake:

On June 29th and 30th, a work force consisting of Public Works, Code Enforcement, Homeless Outreach Team, Police Department, Sheriffs Probation Office and Health in Motion team joined efforts to clean Hole Lake. Over the last few years Hole Lake has become a popular destination for homeless/transient encampments due to its hidden and shaded location. The goal of the clean-up effort was to not only restore Hole Lake to its natural state, but it was an opportunity to provide assistance to the transient population.

Hole Lake

Ag Park:

Clean-up continues to take place at Ag Park. DTSC is providing lead oversight in the removal of soil contaminated with PCBs. The offsite Work Group continues to meet on a monthly basis. The following meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Arlanza Elementary school multipurpose room- 5891 Rutland Avenue, Riverside 92503.

Hidden Valley Ponds:

The regional work group continues to have the conversation of the replenishment of the ponds. We are currently working on solidifying a plan that outlines the intent of the work group. Soon after, our goal is to search for grant money that can help fund the project.

Recent Survey:

During the July 26th Council Meeting, we heard a presentation from Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates regarding their recent survey that asked Riverside voters for their opinions on a potential sales tax increase. The potential 1% sales tax is a general tax that will fund all departments. My priorities are public safety, roads, reserves and local quality of life needs.

The overall response of the survey indicated that 65% of voters would support a one cent tax increase. The break down below indicates the overall support and opposition of a tax increase by ward. It is likely that the tax measure will be presented to voters this November to decide.


National Night Out:

The purpose of National Night Out is to build a strong partnership between our public safety officers, communities and neighbors to promote crime awareness and watch out for our neighbors. The nationwide event is held on the first Tuesday of August however many communities organized kick-off events.

Kicking-off the celebration on Saturday, July 30th, the Riverwalk community held their celebration at the Montecito estates subdivision. There were various vendors and participants present at the event. 


On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to stop by various National Night Out celebrations hosted throughout the Ward. It was a very busy night for my colleagues, our Police Officers and our Firemen, as they visited the neighborhoods. 


Many thanks to all residents and city staff who attended and participated, your contribution and outreach to the community is greatly appreciated.

Love Riverside:

I had the opportunity to sit down with the ladies of Love Riverside-a non-profit organization premised on the idea and vision of creating a spirit of volunteerism in the City of Riverside. The goal of Love Riverside is to collaborate with community groups throughout the city and lead community wide Serve Days.

This year, Love Riverside is looking into hosting Serve Day on Saturday, October 22nd. The event will be city-wide and it will be in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day. If you would like to volunteer in the upcoming Serve Day or if you are interested in sponsoring or submitting a project, please visit www.loveriverside.org. We are looking for a Ward 7 project. Please share ideas with us!




Riverside Police Department is Now Recruiting for Citizen Academy

John Pedroza
Police Program Supervisor
(951) 826-5232


RIVERSIDE, CA – The Riverside Police Department is accepting applications for Citizen Academy, which begins September 15, 2016 and continues through November 17, 2016.  Recruitment is now open through August 31, 2016.

Most sessions will be held in the Riverside Police Department’s Community Room, 10540 Magnolia Avenue, Suite B, on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This course is designed to give citizens an overview of the department's operational methods. It will provide insight as to how police personnel perform their duties.

Class size is limited, and seats will be given on a first come first serve basis. Applications will only be accepted via the RPD website. Applicants also must be able to pass an informal background check. All sessions are in a classroom setting and do not require any physical training. Applicants must live, work, or attend school in the City of Riverside.

To apply for the Citizen Academy or for more information, please visit the RPD website at www.rpdonline.org or contact Police Program Coordinator Jennie Pauli at 951-826-5235. 


Ward 7 Highlight: 


National Night Out at Doty Trust Park

Contact Information:

3900 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92522

(951) 826-5991



Twitter: @JohnBurnard7