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Farewell to Councilmember Nancy Hart; draft budget presented in the afternoon

We said goodbye to Councilmember Hart last night- I think everyone has favorite memories of time spent with former Councilmember Hart- I know I do. Nancy represented her ward and the city so well over the years, and I personally will miss her smile, candor, and wit.  We also welcomed newly elected Councilmember Jim Perry, as well as [...]

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CITY EARNS FINDING OF COMPLETION FROM DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE

This press release is just too good to not include in my blog… Riverside, California – On April 17, 2013, Riverside received a Finding of Completion from the State Department of Finance. The Finding of Completion was awarded to Riverside after the Department of Finance confirmed that the City as Successor Agency had fulfilled requirements [...]

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Refuse Rate Questions

Recently during public comment, questions were raised by some members of the public regarding the appropriateness of charges that go into our refuse rates.  Given these questions, I thought it might be helpful for me to address Proposition 218 in general and these charges specifically.  Proposition 218 applies to water, sewer, refuse and other property-related [...]

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Forbes Article – the 10 dirtiest cities in America

Riversiders, you may have read or heard about a recent Forbes article listing Riverside among “The 10 dirtiest cities in America” (link provided). http://homes.yahoo.com/news/the-10-dirtiest-cities-in-america-193222121.html   Cindie Perry, our Intergovernmental and Communications Officer, prepared the following response to Forbes that I want to share with those who read my blog.  I think it is well written and I hope that it is [...]

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Thank you for a great first year!

To all of our residents, I just wanted to say “thank you”!  It’s been just over one year since I had the honor to be selected as the 18th City Manager for Riverside (I was appointed December 6, 2011), and as you might guess, it has been a very busy year in every department of [...]

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Reductions in staffing- update

Correction from my previous blog: Reductions in staffing: During the Council meeting yesterday (7/24/12), one our frequent commenters mentioned that she had heard that there were layoffs in Code Enforcement here in the City of Riverside.  While the issue of layoffs is always painful for all individuals involved, I do think it is good to [...]

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Updates on City of Riverside activities

Riversiders, my apologies for not blogging recently (my last blog was June 26th)… but here we go- lots of information to share with you! Pledged Assets in the Public Realm- Update from my May 4th blog: With the Council’s approval of the refinancing of our 2003 Certificates of Participation on July 24th, along with the [...]

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Recap of my remarks at Good Morning Riverside

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with some of Riverside’s finest business leaders at Good Morning Riverside hosted by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce; here is a recap of my remarks: It’s been a short six months since I was named as the City Manager and I’m excited to provide an update [...]

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First round of appeals on Redevelopment ROPS- Riverside’s costs confirmed by the State DOF!!

Riverside_May26_ROPS_Approval_Letter Our great team of staff from Development and the City Attorney’s Office worked diligently to put together an excellent appeal letter to the Department of Finance’s (DOF) first round determination that some of our debts were not “enforceable obligations” - that letter, and a rather lengthy telephone call to DOF, created the first round of results that [...]

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Did the City recently enter into new Pension Obligation Bonds- and if we did, why??

In 2005, the City issued $60 million in Pension Obligation Bonds (POBs) to reduce the cost of meeting our unfunded pension obligation with the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) for non-safety City employees.  The rate available on that transaction was substantially better than the rate used by PERS to amortize the City’s obligation for unfunded pension costs.  [...]

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