Recent Press Releases

City of Riverside Closes Marijuana Dispensary on Busy Central Avenue

A marijuana dispensary that had been operating illegally on Central Avenue not far from Highway 91 was closed recently after Riverside officials removed the operators and boarded up the building because of multiple fire/life/safety violations. Read More...

City of Riverside Names Stephanie Holloman Human Resources Director

Stephanie Holloman, who has spent the past dozen years in key positions at the City of Los Angeles, has been selected as Riverside’s new Human Resources Director. Read More...

City of Riverside Recognized For Excellence in Budgeting by Peers Statewide

For the first time, the City of Riverside has received the Excellence in Budgeting Award from the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers, a statewide organization devoted to promoting best practices among California municipal finance professionals. The award recognizes the work of the City in preparing the 2016-2018 biennial budget, which was approved by the City Council in June. Read More...

City of Riverside Forging Bonds With Ensenada on Local Jobs, Deaf Education

Riverside, which for years has worked with its Sister City of Ensenada, Mexico, on trade, economic development and art exchanges, is exploring ways to implement Mayor Rusty Bailey’s initiative to connect the deaf communities in both cities and the institutions that serve them. Read More...

Business Tax Certificate Application Now Available Online

New business owners in Riverside now can join existing businesses in obtaining and renewing their business tax certificate requests online, eliminating the need to do the work in person at City Hall. The new option is designed to help new business owners fulfill the business tax requirement quickly and efficiently. The process can be started at https://www.riversideca.gov/finance/license.asp using an automated system and, where necessary, through emails with City staff. Read More...

Measure Z Spending Priorities Topic of Special City Council Meeting Jan. 31

The City of Riverside will devote a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, to reviewing priorities for how best to utilize an estimated $51.5 million per year in additional revenue that will begin entering city coffers later this year as a result of the passage of Measure Z. Read More...

City of Riverside Selected to Join National What Works Cities Initiative

The City of Riverside has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, one of the largest-ever national philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Riverside will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to better use data to address homelessness. Read More...

New Website Answers Questions, Provides Information About Measure Z

The City of Riverside has created a new website to provide information to residents and business owners about the Measure Z sales tax and will hold a special meeting on Jan. 31 to conduct a workshop on how to spend those funds. The website – www.RiversideCA.gov/MeasureZ -- explains why Measure Z was placed on the ballot, including information on cuts that were made last summer to City services and a backlog of unfunded critical needs. Read More...

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey to Deliver State of the City Address Jan. 19

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will emphasize the power of partnerships when he delivers the 40th annual State of the City address at the Riverside Convention Center on Jan. 19. The State of the City event, produced by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the City of Riverside, combines a review of the prior year’s accomplishments with an outline of major issues facing Riverside in 2017. Read More...

Independent Audit Gives Riverside Highest Marks for Financial Accountability

The City of Riverside has received a clean bill of health from the City’s independent auditors, who recently reviewed all the City’s financials, including federal and state grant funds, as well as a system of internal controls. Read More...

With Railroad Quiet Zones Coming Online, Riverside Urges Safety at Crossings

With one railroad quiet zone already reducing the noise from train whistles through much of Riverside and another quiet zone on the way in the coming weeks, city officials are reminding motorists and pedestrians to stay off the tracks when crossing arms are down. The city’s first quiet zone encompasses 12 railroad crossings along seven miles of railroad track between Buchanan and Mary streets. A second quiet zone is expected to launch by the end of 2016 between Mt. Vernon and Marlborough avenues. Read More...

Railroad Track Improvements to Close Iowa Avenue Dec. 28-30

Union Pacific Railroad is planning a three-day closure of the railroad crossing at Iowa Avenue later this month, which will require the closure of Iowa between Spruce Street and Marlborough Avenue. That section of Iowa Avenue will be closed from Wednesday, December 28, at 6:00 a.m. until Friday, December 30, at 6:00 p.m. Read More...

Fires Near Riverside Neighborhood Spur Effort to Reduce Flammable Vegetation

Recent fires in the Santa Ana River bottom that threatened the Bubbling Wells neighborhood adjacent to Fairmount Park have spurred a multi-pronged approach by the City of Riverside to create a larger fire break between the river and the neighborhood. Read More...

Riverside Ranked Highly Among U.S. Cities in 2016 Digital Cities Survey

The City of Riverside has been recognized for its success in using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement. The Center for Digital Government (CDG) ranked Riverside fifth in its 2016 Digital Cities Survey among governments with at least 250,000, but less than 500,000 residents. Read More...

New rides, attractions added to award-winning Riverside Festival of Lights

New rides and attractions will be featured during the 24th Annual Riverside Festival of Lights holiday program, which kicks off Friday, Nov. 25 with a spectacular fireworks display and continues through Jan. 7 in beautiful downtown Riverside. Read More...

City of Riverside Seeking Applicants for New Budget Engagement Commission

The City of Riverside invites registered voters to apply for appointment to the newly-formed Budget Engagement Commission. The 18-member Commission will advise the City Council on spending and policy priorities based on information received through quarterly financial and performance reports, including revenues from the transaction and use tax, known as Measure Z, that was approved by voters on Nov. 8. Read More...

Riverside City Councilman Paul Davis to Provide Leadership on Regional Board

Paul Davis, a Riverside City Council member for nearly eight years, has been named President of the Riverside County Division of the League of California Cities. Read More...

City of Riverside to Honor Medal of Honor Recipients with Library Re-Namings

Two Riverside residents who were posthumously named recipients of the Medal of Honor in 2014 will be honored Thursday (11/10) by the City of Riverside, which will rename a library in honor of each man. The Staff Sergeant Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library at 2985 Madison Street will be officially renamed at 9:30 a.m. The Specialist Jesus S. Duran Eastside Library at 4033-C Chicago Avenue will be renamed at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Read More...

Railroad Crossing Closure Nov. 7-11 at Chicago and Marlborough avenues

BNSF Railway is planning a five-day closure of the railroad crossing at Chicago Avenue in northeast Riverside so the railroad can improve the tracks there. The crossing will be closed from Monday, Nov. 7 at 6:00 a.m. until Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. including when night work is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. each night. Motorists should follow detour signs or avoid the area entirely, if possible. Read More...

Riverside Project Wins Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation

The State of California will bestow its highest honor to Home Front at Camp Anza, a unique project that reinvented a dilapidated old Army building as a historic centerpiece for a thriving new community designed for veterans and their families. The Home Front at Camp Anza project will be presented with the 2016 Governor’s Historic Preservation Award at a special ceremony in Sacramento on November 10. Read More...

State Agency Agrees to Provide Health Assessment Requested by City of Riverside

Responding to a written request from the City of Riverside made in March, the state Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to conduct an assessment of potential health impacts of the Ag Park project on the surrounding neighborhood. Read More...

Mess Hall on Market Aims to Provide Artisanal, Organic, Handcrafted Foods

The Mess Hall on Market project, approved this week by the Riverside City Council, aims to bring 14 independent eateries, experimental menus, food-themed events, cooking demonstrations, guest chefs and live entertainment to downtown Riverside. Riverside Food Hall LP, an affiliate of Arteco Partners of Pomona, said the Mess Hall on Market will specialize in locally-grown, artisanal, organic, and handcrafted foods with communal tables both inside and outside. The project at 3605 Market Street is part of the Fox Performing Arts Center and is immediately adjacent to the historic Fox Theater. For a look at what the project could look like, go here: http://riversideca.gov/gallery/ Read More...

City of Riverside to Devote Oct. 11 Meeting to Examining Homelessness

Residents and business owners who want to know what the City of Riverside is doing, and could do in the future, to reduce homelessness in the city are invited to an all-day City Council meeting Oct. 11 devoted almost exclusively to that topic. The meeting includes sessions at 2 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the Art Pick City Council Chambers at City Hall, 3900 Main Street in downtown Riverside. The sessions can be viewed live or watched later on www.watchriverside.com. All documents that will be discussed at the meeting are at: http://bit.ly/RiversideHomelessWorkshop Read More...

Riverside to Vote on Creating Exciting New Culinary Destination for Downtown

Gourmet food stalls, upscale grocery items and creative dining options could be coming to downtown Riverside under the terms of an agreement headed to the Riverside City Council Tuesday evening for a project dubbed “Mess Hall on Market Street.” Read More...

National Voter Registration Day Noted in Riverside

City Clerk Colleen Nicol joined election officials across the state today (9/27) in celebrating National Voter Registration Day, urging Riverside residents to get registered so they can be ready to vote on Nov. 8. Read More...

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