City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

Jim Perry

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

The 9/11 Riverside Citywide Day of Service provides a forum for the community to gather and remember the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks while honoring our first responders.  The annual event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in the Ronald O. Loveridge Plaza at City Hall with music from the UC Riverside Pipe Band, presentation of the colors from the Riverside Police and Fire Honor Guard and welcoming remarks from Mayor Bailey. First Responder luncheons are scheduled at participating restaurants or at their assigned stations during the noon hour. 


A major part of the event is the service component. LifeStream will be set up at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. so people can give blood. The American Red Cross will have a blood donation station and demonstrate how to perform CPR at Riverside Community Hospital, 4445 Magnolia Avenue, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For details, visit and use the code RCH. To make an appointment to give blood, contact LiveStream at 800-879-4484 or Other service opportunities include helping the American Red Cross to install smoke alarms at the Riverside Meadows Mobile Home Park, 4000 Pierce Street. Register to volunteer at or by calling 888-831-0031, ext. 2013. Volunteer clean-up teams are encouraged by Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful to organize an hour of service with friends and co-workers, then connect with the event at and share photos with the hashtags #Riverside9-11DayofService and #ILoveRiverside.


The event will conclude at 4 p.m. with a closing ceremony at La Sierra University with musical performances by the university’s Music Department and the Alvord Unified School District. Event partners and sponsors will be recognized, and the event will close with reflections on the day. Having the closing ceremonies on the west end of town really demonstrates what a unifying event this is each year.  By the end of the day, the spirit of this event will have reached from one end of the city to the other, and that’s a real tribute to the many organizations, like Kleinfelder, Alvord Unified School District and Bank of America, that work all year to make this event happen.

Jim Perry 

College and Career Fair

The Riverside Greater Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 12th Annual Riverside College & Career Fair, presented by Bank of America. This event gives thousands of students a one-stop access to future career and educational opportunities. Businesses are encouraged to register for exhibitor space to educate and highlight career pathways to Riverside's youth. Over 150 booths will host representatives from numerous public and private colleges, universities, and local businesses. The fair takes place on October 6 from 4pm-8pm at the Galleria at Tyler.  The event is FREE and open to the public.


Measure Z

Measure Z is a ballot measure that, if approved by a majority of voters, would amend the Riverside Municipal Code to enact an increase of one percent (1%) to the transactions and use tax.  The Measure, placed on the ballot by the City Council, is a “general” tax, which means that the City of Riverside may use the tax revenues for any governmental purpose (for example, repairs of streets, potholes, and infrastructure, as well as maintaining the City’s long-term financial stability).


Currently, the total retail sales tax in Riverside City is 8% of the purchase price. All of the proceeds of the tax increase proposed in Measure Z would go only to the City to be placed into the general fund, and would not go to the State or County. If approved, the transaction and use tax increase will take effect on April 1, 2017, and the City will begin receiving revenues in July 2017. 


The above statement is a portion of impartial analysis of Measure Z provided by the City of Riverside. For more information, please visit the City’s website at or contact the City Clerk at 951-826-5557.  A meeting is scheduled for October 20th with the location to be determined.


C.U.R.E. Incredible Bulk Items


C.U.R.E. is a program that promotes the value of having a clean City, raises consciousness of litter habits and improves overall community pride and involvement. As part of its C.U.R.E. campaign, the City will host a bulky item and electronic waste collection event at Bryant Park on October 15th, from 9am-2pm for items too large to fit into residential trash containers. Residents need to show their utility bill in order to dispose of their bulky trash and yard waste for free.  All items are collected free of charge for City residents.  Help us keep our City clean and well-maintained as we continue to discourage vandalism, graffiti, littering and crime.  Below are all the locations for the CURE Bulky Items Event on October 15th from 9am-2pm: 

  • Riverside Municipal Airport
  • Bordwell Park
  • Bryant Park
  • Grove Community Church Parking Lot
  • Collett Ave. between Golden Ave. and Stonewell Dr.

Magnolia Square


The Magnolia Square lot located on Magnolia Avenue and Banbury Drive moves forward in the planning stages.  The developer is proposing a 380 unit mixed use housing component with some retail on the street frontage.  The developer must do its due diligence and present its concept to the community in particular to the immediate surrounding neighbors.  I-Star will soon start their community outreach. A community meeting should take place next month.  This proposal will require approval by the planning commission and City Council.  Currently, those dates have not been scheduled, so we will keep you posted in the upcoming newsletters.


Books Con Amigos

WBooks Con Amigose would like to thank our community partners for making our 1st Annual Book Con Amigos Event a total success!  We had over 375 children participate and over 700 attendees.  Thanks to all the generous sponsors, we gave away over 1,000 books Books Con Amigosin various languages, 200 backpacks, 6 tablets, 25 LeapFrog Toddler Readers and 300 drawstring bags. We would also like to thank the Books Con Amigos Committee, which included Spanish Town Heritage Foundation members.  We look forward to the planning of next year’s event!


Community Events

09/06 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (3pm)
9/11 Citywide 9/11 Day of Service @ various (all day)
9/13 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
9/20 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:30pm)
9/24 Second Annual Let's Walk I.E. @ Parkview Community (8:30am-12:30pm)