Ward 1 - August Update

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Erin at the Illumination Foundation Meeting

Dear Neighbors, 

My office got even busier as July temperatures went up! The City is working hard to keep the pulse on the rise in COVID-19 cases. To keep our community safe, City employees and the public must wear masks in City buildings. Getting vaccinated can help keep our City and community safe and open. It's free and easy to schedule an appointment, and you can even sign up for a slot at the Main Library's vaccine clinic on September 4th. 

Read on for updates on past events, ways to give input on housing, and to learn about what's coming to the dais. Bring your questions and concerns to our office hours on August 18th near the Carousel Playground in Fairmount Park--I will be there from 6:30-7:30 PM. 

Stay safe and cool,


NEW Mini Office Hours with Council Assistant Montes; August 26th 5:30-6; Zoom ID: 828 4874 9287

Have additional questions on particular issues this month but can't make our office hours? Join Ward 1 Assistant Paloma Montes for mini-office hours on Thursday, August 26th, from 5:30-6 PM via Zoom. 

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The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Housing Update has been published, and we need your input. Read here for a crash course on how to read an EIR. Your input will help our staff make the best informed decisions on this project. Send comments and questions to staff here.

Fairmount Park Clean Up on August 28, 8 AM-11; Click to sign Up

It's up to all of us to make sure our communal spaces are well taken care of. Join us for an opportunity to beautify Fairmount Park on Saturday, August 28th.  Sign up through this link

Coming to the dais

Note: Dates and meeting times may change. Please always check Engage Riverside for the latest. 

Addressing Health Disparities in Ward 1

Illumination Foundation Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

Ward 1 is now home to the Illumination Foundation's Recuperative Care Facility, which creates a hospital-to-housing connection for homeless Riversiders after they've had a medical crisis. In addition to providing respite care for patients, the staff at this 50-bed facility will connect people with wrap-around services. This is good news as we add more beds for people experiencing homelessness and close a critical gap in services to reduce the number of people living on the streets. 

Neighborhood Care Facility in Northside

New to Ward 1's Northside Neighborhood, Neighborhood Healthcare provides holistic services to patients across income levels and needs. This facility boasts primary care, as well as elderly, dental, and prenatal care. They are taking clients now--spread the word to get your neighbors connected to affordable and high-quality care. Find out more about what they offer our community here

A Place Where Everyone Can Thrive

Councilmember Edwards at various community events

Thanks to all the community organizations that put on events this summer. Evergreen Historical Cemetery put on a Founders' Day celebration before the fireworks at Ryan Bonaminio Park. It was also great to see neighbors at the Oakwood Place Block PartyTippy's Tow hosted their 8th annual Sandlot Baseball Camp at Hunter Park for 75+ children of varying experience levels. Miracles and Dreams Foundation helped families prepare for back to school season with a free backpack giveaway. Our office had a blast at three National Night Out parties in Ward 1. Thank you to DANA, Neighbors of the Wood Streets, and the Historic Wood Streets Association for hosting such great gatherings.

Santa Ana River Trail behind Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park

I am the co-chair of the Mayor's Santa Ana River Taskforce, which had its third meeting in August. We are exploring What Is, What If, What Wows, and What Works -- with presentations from the San Antonio River Walk, Napa, Tempe, and Anaheim for inspiration. 

Also: In May of this year, the City Council discussed the River-side Gateway Project. This fall, the consultant for this project will reach out to the community for input on how you think we can transform opportunities for recreation around the Santa Ana River. This is exciting news for generations of future Riversiders that will get to embrace the Santa Ana River as a part of their home. Read more about the River-Side Gateway Project here.

Trujillo Adobe

In July, I was proud to support a ceremonial renaming of a portion of N. Orange St. to Spanish Town Rd. to commemorate the contributions made by the Trujillo family since their settlement in Riverside in the late 1800s. The Trujillo Adobe was recently named one of the nation's most endangered sites of 2021 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, reaffirming its cultural importance at the local and National levels. 

Councilmember Edwards and others at check presentation for Harada House rehabilitation

Just blocks away from the Trujillo Adobe, the Harada House is waiting for much-needed rehabilitation. Thanks to Assemblymember Jose Medina's advocacy efforts, the State recently allocated $7 million from its budget towards the Harada House rehabilitation--an investment that signifies the importance of telling the stories of crucial moments in our Nation's history through the lens of our local efforts to uphold civil rights and liberties.

Ward 1 is a leader for diversity and inclusion. This investment in the Harada House, the construction of the Civil Rights Institute, the Peace Walk, the Cheech, RCCD’s Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties, and plans for improvement around the Trujillo Adobe will have ripple effects around our community and nation. 

Summertime Tree Care

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The City and our partners are always working on ways to nurture the trees that make our city beautiful. Learn how to take better care of your trees this summer by a look at this Water-Wise Tree Care Guide for tips on how to effectively water your trees during the summer. Watering your trees does more than just keep them hydrated--it prevents them from growing diseases and keeps their branches intact. You can also watch this video from the Inland Urban Forest Council to learn more on the benefits of watering. 

E-waste and shredding event at 8095 Lincoln Ave. on 8/28/21 from 8AM-1PM
PICK Group Board Development Training Program

The Pick Group Board Development Training Program (BDTP) is designed to educate participants on the responsibilities of serving on nonprofit boards. Find out more here.