Ward 1 - November Update

Ward 1 November Update Header with pictures from events through out October

CM Edwards holding up the Homelessness Action Plan after its passage in October

This November, I'm looking forward to Riverside traditions like Day of the Dead and the switch-on ceremony for the 30th Anniversary of the Festival of Lights. I am grateful to address important issues in our community: passing a comprehensive plan to address homelessness, funding infrastructure improvements in our neighborhoods, and supporting partnerships so no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving

Read on to learn about where to find fun in Ward 1 and when to chime in to conversations about: American Rescue Plan Act funding, Riverside's Community Engagement Policy, the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project, and more. Check out the photos below of Riverside Community Hospital's new NICU, saving lives with cutting-edge technology right in the heart of our Downtown. 

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving,


P.S. Today is going to be an amazing day. If you need a reminder, watch the Affirmations music video in the Content Corner at the end of this newsletter. 

Animated hands reaching in the air with Vote signs

It's election season. Mail in your ballot, drop it off in-person, or go to your poll place by November 8th--just make sure you VOTE. Find out where and when you can drop off your ballot here

Councilmember in the Community 

CM Edwards in the community

From top left: The grand opening of Virtue Built in Hunter Park; the Halloween Spooktacular in Reid Park; Councilmember Edwards teaching UCR Political Science students in Professor Ron Loveridge's class; the grand opening of 72 units of affordable housing for veterans and families at Mission Heritage Plaza & the Civil Rights Institute; and kicking off the Mission Inn Run bright and early with the Mission Inn Foundation.

Sewer Upgrades in the Wood Streets

Rubidoux Ave and Palm Ave signs

Investing in neighborhoods is one of Councilmember Edwards' top three priorities. In October, she approved a $3.3 million sewer project along Rubidoux and Palm to better equip the neighborhood's drain systems. View the project map here

More Bang For Your Box

Food Drive Box Image

Councilmember Edwards recently supported a new partnership between the City of Riverside and Riverside Unified School District to donate dairy and produce boxes to at-risk teens, the elderly, and young people living with disabilities. Boxes are distributed monthly at areas such as the Dales Senior Center and Reid Park. 500+ kids, families, and neighbors will be nourished thanks to this program. Stay tuned to learn more.

Spotlight on Riverside Public Utilities

Save Water. Save Money 

 Riverside Public Utilities and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California are teaming up to provide rebates for high-efficiency toilets, clothes washers, irrigation controllers, and many other water-saving devices. Find out how to participate here

RPU Logo

Current and Former Riverside Public Utilities electric customers may have recently received correspondence from JND, a City of Riverside settlement administrator consultant.

As the result of a recent legal settlement, the City of Riverside must issue credits to qualifying individuals who were Riverside Public Utilities electric customers between January 1, 2019 - November 4, 2021. Current qualified electric customers will soon begin receiving credits on their bill and former customers will receive information on how to apply for reimbursement. Learn more here

Thankful for a New NICU

Riverside Community Hospital opening NICU in January 2023

Riverside Community Hospital's new NICU will open by the end of 2023. with 35 new patient beds, nursing rooms, and 24-hour neonatologists, respiratory therapists, and case managers. Additionally, Riverside Community Hospital recently added a transplant center and upgraded their cancer treatment program. Riversiders need look no further than our own backyard to care for our most vulnerable family members. Now that is something to be thankful for. 

Reid Park Turkey Giveaway on November 21st

Coming to the Dais


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Content Corner

  • Celebrate Indigenous People's Month and check out some books by Native authors from the Main Library. Library Director Erin Christmas recommends "There There" by Tommy Orange and We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade.
  • Set your smallest Riversider up for success with some positive affirmations sung by Snoop Dogg himself--and filmed in our very own Downtown. Watch the video to catch Mariposa Alley in the background!

Festival of Lights November 2022
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