City of Riverside Ward 6 Update

Jim Perry

Jim Perry
City Council Member - Ward 6

A Message From Your Council Member… 

I am very proud and humbled to have been re-elected by the voters of Ward 6 to continue to represent you for four more years.  We look forward to great projects in the coming years and will carry on in bringing abundant opportunities to the residents of Ward 6.  We look forward to continue working with you and all our partners to enhance our community.


Very excited to share that the City of Riverside made Business Insider’s “Top 10 US cities where everyone wants to Live” list as #7! This is great exposure for our City and we will continue to work hard to keep the quality of life as our highest standard for our residents.

Jim Perry 

Book Con Amigos


Our planning team for Book Con Amigos, which includes the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation is gearing up for this special event to be held again in Ward 6.  It is tentatively scheduled to take place on a Saturday during the early weeks of August, so be on the lookout for the date announcement in our next newsletter. We had over 700 attendees last year leave with books, so please plan to bring your family to this great literacy event. 


Magnolia and Pierce Construction


This 14 acre site is being turned into a business park, consisting of seven individual manufacturing/warehouse buildings, totaling approximately 252,000 square feet.  This proposal includes landscape and the installation of sidewalks on Magnolia Avenue and Pierce Street.  The developer has obtained their grading permit and this work has begun.  This developer will be invited to attend a community meeting later this summer.



4th of July


The City has taken steps in an attempt to reduce the use of fireworks.  This includes a public awareness campaign and increasing the fines from $500 to $1,000.  In addition, the violators will be charged $250 for disposal of seized fireworks and can potentially be billed for the response time of our police and fire departments.  During this time, a Task Force consisting of police and fire personnel will be working to enforce our state and local ordinances.   The City will continue with its annual Fireworks Shows at La Sierra Park and Mt. Rubidoux.  Both are free and open to the public.


La Sierra/Collett Project

The Housing Authority of the City of Riverside is seeking proposals from for-profit and non-profit developers for creative and innovative affordable housing and vocational developments.  This proposal would provide an opportunity for residents to live in affordable housing and obtain state of the art services including education and training.  As in the past, this process will take several months to complete.  After the qualified developers have completed their interviews with the Housing Authority, they will be invited to a community meeting.  This will provide you with an opportunity to review the proposed project, ask questions and provide your input.  This RFP document will be completed and made public by August 1st.


Senior Scam Stopper


Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes, in conjunction with the Contractors State License Board, invite you to attend a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar on Tuesday, June 20th from 2:30pm-4:30pm at La Sierra Senior Center (Ballroom). Come learn how to protect yourself from fraud.  Discuss state legislation relating to scams concerning home improvement, auto repair, insurance, telemarketing, real estate and more.  To RSVP or for more information, please call951-371-6860.


Housing Element Rezoning Program


State law requires all local governments to prepare a Housing Element to address their local housing needs and their share of the region’s need for new housing.  As part of the implementation of the Housing Element, local governments are required to identify adequate sites for a range of housing. This state law also requires these rezone properties to meet regional housing needs, which include low income housing.  Please note that properties are NOT being taken through eminent domain; the property will remain under their current owner and will not be taken for public use. It is also VERY IMPORTANT to understand that if the City of Riverside does not comply with this state mandate, the state of California will limit our access to state funds, potential litigation will be taken against the City, force us to go through a court approval process for housing projects and suspend our local control of building matters which will restrict permits from being issued.  The City must be in compliance with this mandate by the end of this year.  There will be multiple public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council.  The first one will take place before the Planning Commission in August.


On July 26th at 6:30pm, Council Member Burnard and I are holding a Joint Community Meeting for the residents of Ward 6 and 7.  We will discuss and explain the establishment of the newly formed Ward Action Teams.  Staff Members from our Planning Department and City Attorney’s Office will provide a full presentation on the Housing Element Rezoning Program.  There will be time to answer questions.  This is an important subject and is being held just prior to the first public hearing.  It’s very important for residents to learn more about this Rezoning Program and actively participate in the public hearings.  Please attend these meetings, so you can learn firsthand the history, specific details and how this program will affect our neighborhoods.  Again, the Community Meeting will be held on July 26th at 6:30pm, La Sierra Senior Center.


Activities at the Park

Ward 6 is scheduled to have two Movies at the Park this Summer. Please join us on Friday, June 30th (Trolls Movie) and Saturday, August 5th (Secret Life of Pets) at dusk to enjoy this year’s movies. 

Great job to Council Member John Burnard and Sandy Garcia for hosting A Day in the Park in May.  There were many great organizations that participated including the La Sierra Dance Team, the Riverside Youth Judo Club and the La Sierra University school of music.
Day in the Park


Community Events

06/20 Senior Scam Stopper @ La Sierra Senior Center (2:30pm-4:30pm)

06/20 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:15pm)

06/27 City Council @ Council Chambers/3900 Main St. (6:15pm)

06/30 Movies at the Park @ Myra Lynn Park (Dusk- appx. 7pm)

07/04 4th of July @ La Sierra Park (9pm)

07/26 Joint Ward 6 & 7 Meeting @ La Sierra Senior Center (6:30pm)

08/5 Movies at the Park @ Myra Lynn Park (Dusk- appx. 7pm)