Ward 1 - January Update

Happy New Year, Ward 1!
Councilmember Edwards touring Santa Ana Riverbottom

Happy New Year, Neighbors!

I started the year on horseback (pictured on the right) in the river bottom in the City of Norco to learn more about how we can make the river bottom safe and enjoyable throughout the region. This work continues via the River Side Gateway Project (keep reading for important engagement opportunities) and the hot-off-the-press report from Mayor Lock Dawson's Santa Ana River Bottom Economic Development Working Group that I co-chaired with Councilmember Hemenway (coming to Council on Feb 1). 

While work on these (and other) important issues is full-steam-ahead, the latest surge in COVID-19 cases is taking us virtual. All public meetings are virtual for the month of January, with the library, RPU, and the One-Stop-Shop serving online, as well. Your patience is appreciated. Join me in my office hours (linked below) to stay connected, even in this challenging time.

To keep us focused on the future, see below for a sneak peek of new businesses coming to Downtown Riverside and upcoming topics for discussion on the dais. 

Be well, and get tested at any of the Curative locations across Riverside. Tip: Curative opens more testing slots around 6PM, so that is a good time to book your test.

In service,


Office Hours

I am hosting January Office Hours via Zoom. Join me on January 27th from 6:30-7:30 to share your inquiries and ideas. 

Feb. 1: A Bright Future For Our River

Big Dreams at the shores of the Santa Ana River

On February 1st, I will join Mayor Lock Dawson and Councilmember Hemenway in presenting ideas for economic development along the Santa Ana River

As the co-chair of the Santa Ana River Working Group, I was excited to dream toward "an innovative built environment—integrated with the natural setting—that is a nod to the City of Riverside’s story.”

San Antonio Riverwalk

The River is more than just Riverside's namesake, it is a part of our future.

  • What if our river looked more like the San Antonio River Walk? Or Tempe Town Lake? Or the Napa Riverfront. What would it take and how could we build upon what makes Riverside unique? 
  • How do we grow and sustain stakeholder support over time? 
  • What can we do NOW (pop up events, public art) to bring people to the river? 
  • What is the right balance of future public and private use? 

Share your ideas at the February 1st City Council meeting at the 6:15 session, where we will explore next steps. We want to hear from you!  

Riverside Gateway Parks

The October virtual workshop helped us envision the future of parks along the Santa Ana River. Now, tune into the second virtual workshop on February 2nd to share your ideas on the Riverside Gateway Project.

Riverside Gateway Virtual Workshop #2

February 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The deadline to provide input for Martha McLean Park and Jurupa Avenue Trailhead is Saturday, February 5th at 8pm.

2022 Business Update

Here's what's coming to Downtown this year. 

Arcade Roasters food option: farro bowl

This winter, Downtown welcomes Arcade Coffee Roasters on the Main St. Mall. Expect delicious coffee drinks and a vegan-friendly food menu.

Every Table food options

Every Table will take the place of the former Subway space. Their mission? Making nutritious food accessible to our communities. We can expect them to open in early summer. 

Fuego Hibachi Grill

Look out for Fuego Hibachi Grill opening this summer. Brought to us by the owners of Fire Up Grill, Fuego will be located on the ground floor of the Imperial Hardware Lofts. 

Feedback Needed For Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

We value your input and feedback regarding Festival of Lights. Please take a moment to complete this 4-minute survey. For questions, please contact specialevents@riversideca.gov

Mayor's BIG Tent Tour

Mayor's Big Tent Tour

Thank you to the neighbors that joined for the Mayor's Tent Tour on January 8th in the Wood Streets. We hope to see you at the next Big Tent Tour on February 5th at the Main Library from 9:30-11 AM.  

Coming to the dais

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