Ward 7 Update


City of Riverside 

Ward 7 Update

Council Member John Burnard


•May 10, 2017•


Ward 7 Community Meeting Summary:

Thank you to all who were able to attend April’s Ward 7 community meeting. We were fortunate to have Kim Mullins from the 311 Call Center in attendance promoting the 311 app and our Call Center and Teresa Rosales from RPU with a Utilities 2.0 informational booth.

As always I appreciate the time and effort of our attendees and presenters. We had an evening full of guests with valuable information. Please see below for a summary of the items discussed:  

Update from Lieutenant Townsend:

Lieutenant Townsend was present at the meeting and provided an update on recent activities he has been conducting. In an effort to reduce auto theft, the Riverside Police Department is piloting the H.E.A.T. program (Help Eliminate Auto Theft) on the West end. The program is suitable for cars that are not driven between the hours of 1:00-5:00 am as cars that have signed up for the H.E.A.T. program authorizes Police officers to stop and verify the ownership of the car if seen being driven between those hours.

In addition to offering the H.E.A.T. program, RPD is offering VIN etching into the windows of vehicles as a deterrent for ‘professional’ thieves as it makes your vehicle easier to identify and more difficult to ‘part out.

Both programs are free for City of Riverside residents, if interested please contact Police Service Representative Antoinette Alexander at (951) 353- 7969 or aalexander@riversideca.gov or attend the upcoming Arlanza Safety Event taking place Thursday May 11th from 1:30-4:30 pm at Rutland Park- 7000 Rutland Avenue. Please see flyer below for additional information.


Update from Deputy District Attorney Samah Shouka:

Deputy District Attorney Samah Shouka introduced herself and talked about collaborate efforts between the District Attorney’s office and the City to try to combat issues taking place within the wards. There is currently one District Attorney liaison assigned for each ward in the City of Riverside that will work collectively with Councilmembers and the community to discuss and address issues and concerns.

Update from Budget Engagement Commission Chairperson Robert Mendez:

Robert Mendez- Ward 7 Budget Engagement Commission (BEC) member and chairperson, provided an overview of the BEC. The Budget Engagement Commission was formed as a result of the passing of Measure Z- a 1% sales tax increase. The Commission is comprised of 18 members- nine resident members and nine business members, who will advise the Mayor and City Council on spending and policy priorities based on information received through quarterly financial and performance reports. Members have been meeting these past four months and will present their recommendations to the Council. Their recommendations will be discussed in detail on Tuesday, May 16th during the City Council meeting.

City Attorney Thomas Chisum:

City Attorney Thomas Chisum provided an overview of the new Ward Action Teams (WAT) made up of representatives from City Departments such as Police, Fire and Code to name a few and representatives from the District Attorney’s office. The WAT will meet regularly and discuss issues/concerns taking place in the Ward. One of those concerns include Medical Marijuana dispensaries that are appearing throughout the Wards. The City Attorney’s office is working in collaboration with RPD and City departments to close dispensaries that appear throughout the city.

Utility 2.0 Presentation:

Riverside Public Utilities General Manager Girish Balachandran provided a presentation on Utilities 2.0- a plan to address aging infrastructure and demand. Many of our utilities equipment can be dated as far back to the 40’s and 50’s. The aging infrastructure that exists today needs to be repaired or replaced to suit today’s needs. With Utilities 2.0, the goal is to address those needs and improve the overall operations of RPU.

 Update from David Santillan- Field Representative for Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes:

The office of Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes is a one-stop shop for state information and services. Her staff can assist constituents with state agencies such as the DMV, State Taxes, Veteran Benefits and much more. Over the last 5 months Assembly Member Cervantes has introduced 14 pieces of legislation that have been a result of meetings with constituents, elected officials and community leaders.


In preparation of the upcoming 4th of July celebration, I would like to take an opportunity to remind residents Fireworks are ILLEGAL in the City of Riverside. This year fines have increased to $1,000 dollars and additional expenses may be incurred if found in possession of fireworks.

I encourage residents to report any firework activity as it can assist our public safety officers to focus on particular areas.

Councilman Perry and I have worked to secure the La Sierra Park Firework show for this year and more.


A Day in the Park:

As a reminder, on Saturday May 20th Sandy and I will be hosting our inaugural “A Day in the Park” Event. Our goal is to bring parents and kids to interact with recreational/volunteer opportunities that exist in the City in which enrich their lives socially and physically. We will have an instrument petting zoo, obstacle course, a monkey bridge and many more fun activities. Please see flyer below for additional information. Hope to see you there!


The Great American Clean-Up:

The Great American Clean-Up is taking place this Saturday, May 13th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. throughout the city. There are still some available spots, if interested in participating please contact:

John Sanger at jsanger@riverside-chamber.com.

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Upcoming Events:

• Arlanza Community Safety Event- Thursday, May 11th | 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Rutland Park, 7000 Rutland Avenue

• Great American Clean Up- Saturday, May 13th | 9:00-11:30 a.m. City Wide

• A Day in the Park- Saturday, May 20th | 9:00am-12:00pm at La Sierra Park, 5215 La Sierra Avenue

Ward 7 Highlight: 

Story Time at La Sierra

Story Time at La Sierra Library

Contact Information:

3900 Main Street

Riverside, CA 92522

(951) 826-5991