Ward 7 Update

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City of Riverside 

Ward 7 Update

Council Member John Burnard

• January 17, 2017 •

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Ag Park Update:

Through a cooperative agreement with the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is undertaking public health activities at the Riverside Agriculture Park located at 7000 Rutland Avenue.

Working collaboratively with ATSDR and the Riverside Agricultural Park Off-Site Community Work Group, CDPH will assist the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop an environmental sampling plan to determine the extent of Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination beyond the Riverside Agricultural Park.

CDPH will analyze available environmental data to determine if there is a risk of exposure to contaminants, what levels of contaminants people may be exposed to and whether such exposure might represent a public health hazard.

CDPH will work with individuals and community-based organizations to collect and document community health and exposure concerns. Outreach methods may include telephone interviews, in-person interviews, group interviews, mail, e-mail, and public notices in the newspapers depending on the community’s preferences.

The Health Consultation will undergo review and certification by ATSDR and will be released for public comment later this year. Depending on the community interest public meetings may be held to inform the community of the HC results and recommendations.

Should you have any questions related to the Riverside Agriculture Park, please contact Nancy Villasenor at (510) 620- 5845/ nancy.villasenor@cdph.ca.gov or Russell Bartlett at (510) 620- 3671/ Russell.bartlet@cdph.ca.gov

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To register please visit: www.riverside-chamber.com

Please RSVP directly to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce at (951) 683-7100 if you only want to attend the COMPLIMENTARY Mayor's State of the City Address 2017.


Tax Update: 

The City of Riverside will have some sales tax changes during the 2017 year due to state changes and Measure Z.  Riverside's 1% sales tax increase (Measure Z), which passed in the November 2016 General Election, will take effect on April 1, 2017.   The Measure Z sales tax increase is expected to raise between $48 and $50 million annually to potentially pay for a number of City services.  These services are expected to include but are not limited to safety services such as police and firefighter protection, renovating Riverside's roads and infrastructure, and modernizing local parks, among other City programs.  Below is some information regarding the current passage of Measure Z and other sale tax changes.  We hope this information will be helpful for your budgeting in the upcoming months:

• January 2017 Sales Tax Decrease: Riverside now has a 7.75% sales tax rate that became effective January 1. Riverside's sales tax rate was 8 percent. As of January 1, 2017, the City's sales tax rate was reduced to 7.75 percent. This 0.25 percent reduction is due to the expiration of a temporary tax approved by voters on Proposition 30 in 2012. 

• April 2017 Sales Tax Increase: Riverside will have an 8.75% sales tax rate effective April 1 reflecting the Measure Z increase.

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Upcoming Events:

  • 2017 Mayor’s State of the City- Thursday, January 19th | 5:30 p.m. at Riverside Convention Center, 
  • Ward 7 Community Meeting- Wednesday, January 25th| 6:30-8:00 p.m. at La Sierra Senior Center, 5215 B. La Sierra Avenue
  • Teen Anime Club- First Wednesday of the month | 4:00 p.m. at La Sierra Library, 4600 La Sierra Avenue

Ward 7 Highlights: 

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Rite-Aid at Five Points

Contact Information:

3900 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92522

(951) 826-5991