Ward 1 - April Update

Ward 1 update

CM Edwards with Fair housing Council and Electeds for fair housing month

Dear neighbors,

New art and eateries have bloomed in the Downtown, and once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunities are available for artists. Your local housing leaders and I kicked off Fair Housing Month at a roundtable (pictured left)--learn how our community is addressing housing issues during Fair Housing Month and find out more about Earth Month Celebrations in our Downtown. Read on to get a redistricting update, get the details on the Inclusionary housing workshop next week, and mark your calendar for the Downtown Parking Rate Discussion and for my first ever Weekend Office Hours at the Insect Fair this month. 


Office hours with CM Erin Edwards at the Main Library on April 22nd

Join me at my first-ever weekend office hours on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:30-11:30 AM at the Main Library. The Insect Fair will be happening right outside--I hope you come "bug" me! Little ones are always welcome at office hours.

A New Look For Ward 1

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After over 20 public meetings on redistricting Riverside, the City Council approved a map that reimagines the boundaries of each ward. Watch this 2-minute video to find out how this affects Ward 1 neighborhoods. The new map will affect the next election cycle in March 2024. 

Fair Housing Month Spotlight: Inclusionary Housing Workshop

Inclusionary Housing Workshop on April 11th @ 6:15 PM

Fair Housing Month celebrates the 55 years since the Fair Housing Act was passed--but we still have much to do. Honor Fair Housing Month by tuning into the Inclusionary Housing Workshop happening on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:15 PM. Take a deep dive on the elements of the policy: what could it look like in Riverside? who benefits from an inclusionary housing policy? How will the City incentivize developers to join in on this effort? Learn more by joining the meeting, and take a look at the report, presentation, and public comment page here

Artist Paints Ode to Mother Earth

Artist Denise Silva paints an ode to Mother Earth on the Main Library

Artist Denise Silva's recently completed "Grandmothers" is an ode to “totems – spiritual guardians – for those who respect the divine feminine and ultimately, Mother Earth, who is our oldest ancestor.” This mural, on the side of the Main Library, is a symbol of togetherness and unity for the Riverside Community. This mural is one in a series of murals by Silva at 4 other libraries in Riverside. Find more of Denise's work here.  

Once-In-A-Lifetime Artists Grants

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Artists, don't miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime grant opportunity from Creative Corps. The grants will provide artists with unrestricted funding from $5,000 – $50,000 to support the artists of any discipline’s creative work. The Individual Artist Fellowship grant application will be closing on April 14th and grants from $10,000 – $150,000 will be available for artists, arts and cultural organizations and arts adjacent organizations to apply for in order to address community health issues, such as environmental, social justice, pandemic recovery, and civic participation. There are technical assistance workshops, online and in-person networking sessions in addition to office hours, so check out the guidelines and sign up for the available opportunities here.

Coming to the Dais


*For meeting information, videos, agendas, and e-comment submissions, visit us here.

Councilmember Edwards In the Community

Councilmember Edwards in the community in March

Riverside insect fair April 22nd at Riverside Main Library 10AM - 4PM
Tamale Festival April 29th in White Park