Ward 3 Newsletter - 19th Edition


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Councilmember Mike Soubirous

June 14, 2017

Edition #19

Greetings to Ward 3 residents and all Riversiders!

Much has happened over the past few months. City Council adopted a first five-year spending plan for Measure Z monies. The Measure Z revenue (addition of the 1% sales tax) will be kept separate from the City’s General Fund budget. This affords better accountability and prevents this money from artificially growing the General Fund budget. Our residents, the Budget Engagement Commission and City staff were clear that spending priorities were the following: Hiring more police officers, infrastructure (roads and tree trimming), paying down the City’s debt (bonds of all kinds) and ensuring we have proper reserves for emergencies.

Homelessness, panhandling, vagrancy, vandalism and graffiti are still a huge problem that our City is trying to address. Recently, the City initiated “Ward Action Teams” comprised of a Deputy District Attorney, Deputy City Attorney, Public Works, RPU, Homeless Outreach Team, County Department of Mental Health, Caltrans, City management, Code Enforcement, Parking Enforcement, RPD and a few others. Each “team” has a Councilmember as its “Chairman.” The WAT meets once a month with the respective Councilmember and reviews any successes from the last meeting and receives new concerns to solve. City staff will be returning to Council in mid June to bring back a plan based upon Council’s input during two daylong workshops on homelessness.

In this newsletter you will find a copy of an OpEd I authored and was published in the Press-Enterprise. It outlines some of the reforms Riverside has undertaken over the past two years. I hope you enjoy it.

I have asked City management to consider a one-stop source for Riversiders to be better informed about its City government and what it is doing day by day. Management is working on developing a new user-friendly website with a news blog.  I hope to see this rolled out in the coming months. My goal is to connect Riverside residents and business owners with as much information as they wish to receive.

In the meanwhile, if you use Facebook, please stop by (and “Like”) my “Councilman Mike Soubirous” page. I try to post as much information about our City as possible.

Please utilize the City’s 3-1-1 call-in service or better yet, download the 3-1-1 mobile app on your cell phone. It’s very easy to use and fun too!

Should you have difficulty with City services, please do not hesitate to call me on my personal cell at (951) 515-1663, or email me at msoubirous@riversideca.gov. I am a phone call, text, email or Instant Message away. If you have a concern that needs addressing with City staff, it’s usually best to send me an email outlining the problem, who/what department you may have previously contacted, address and best contact information. As soon as I receive it, I’ll acknowledge I received it and send it on it’s way to the proper department head for action.

As your Councilmember, I’m here to help. I’m here to advocate for you. I do not work FOR City Hall – I work for YOU!  My job is to interact with City staff and find solutions to problems. Also, to propose or modify policy to better serve our residents and business owners.

As always, it is a pleasure to serve. We have come a long way over the past few years. Riverside is a better place and is positioned for great things. We’re in this together. I appreciate your support. I will always do my best for you.


Mike Soubirous

Councilmember – Ward 3


 Press-Enterprise article April 09, 2017

By Michael Soubirous




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The Streamline Riverside program is a collaboration of City of Riverside departments including Community & Economic Development, Fire, Public Works, Riverside Public Utilities, Parks & Recreation and Finance. In addition, City staff worked closely with a working group comprised of key stakeholders such as design professionals, developers, and business owners to solicit feedback on the development review process and to formulate recommendations to improve the process. The working group met on several occasions and their input and support was critical to the success of the program. The City also actively engaged with the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce to garner feedback and input on the proposed improvements. Collectively, the Streamline Riverside program has significantly reduced entitlement and building permit review times, as well as costs for our customers. Those positively affected by the Streamline Riverside program include property owners, business owners, developers, design professionals and contractors. In fact, nearly all customers who require development or business permits in the City have been positively affected by the Streamline Riverside Program.

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Riverside, Calif. – Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and the City of Riverside are aware of a growing number of fraud calls being made to customers and businesses. These fraud calls are coming from an outside company using a recording and our caller ID to contact customers demanding payment. It was reported that the caller ID showed (951)-782-0330, RPU’s Customer Service number, but were given a different number to call back. Customers and businesses are highly encouraged not to give out personal and financial information to scammers like these.

RPU contacts its customers only through paper billing statements, online billing emails, late payment reminders, and green “48-hour notification” tags placed at the customer’s address. RPU does not call customers to demand payment. RPU personnel out in the community drive clearly marked RPU vehicles, wear city uniforms and display proper photo identification.

“RPU takes fraudulent calls very seriously. We have a number of protection measures in place to safeguard against stolen information. Customers should be mindful of the situation and protect their personal information from being stolen or abused,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran.

Customers who have any questions about suspicious calls demanding payments are encouraged to hang up with the fraudulent callers and report them by dialing the City’s Call Center at (from landline) 311, or (951) 826-5311. Customers can also file a report with the Riverside Police Department at (951) 354-2007.

The Press Enterprise wrote a similar article here.




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