Recent Press Releases

Public Workshop on Riverside Reconnects Streetcar Study Scheduled for July 31

The Riverside Reconnects Streetcar Feasibility Study, which is examining what a streetcar system could mean for Riverside, will be the subject of a community update and question/answer session at a workshop Thursday (7/31) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the César Chávez Community Center, 2060 University Avenue. Read More...

Tickets Now On Sale for Mayors Celebration for Arts and Innovation

Tickets now are available for the Mayor’s Celebration for Arts and Innovation, a newly-retooled event that will raise money for both the Riverside Arts Council and SmartRiverside.

The Celebration, scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, will feature exhibitions, demonstrations and performances by Riverside arts organizations, technology firms and colleges and universities. Read More...

City of Riverside Names Brenda Diederichs Human Resources Director

Brenda Diederichs has been named as the City of Riverside’s new Human Resources Director. She replaces Rhonda Strout, who retired earlier this month. Diederichs, an attorney with more than 20 years of human resources experience, had been the City’s Assistant Human Resources Director since April.

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Riverside Prepares for High Temperatures, Opens Cool Centers

With triple-digit temperatures forecast for the next two days and only minor relief expected through the weekend, the City of Riverside is urging residents to take advantage of Cool Centers that are available to the public. Temperatures in Riverside are forecast to reach 104 degrees today and 100 degrees on Friday and remain in the high 90s through the weekend.

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Riverside City Council Moves to Activate Mandatory Water Conservation Measures For Riverside Public Utilities Customers

In response to the call for increased conservation by the State Water Resources Control Board and the Governor’s office, Riverside’s City Council has voted to activate mandatory water conservation restrictions for Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) water customers starting August 1.

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Riverside To Celebrate July 4th with Bike Parade Along Historic Victoria Avenue

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will join the Inland Empire Biking Alliance for a “Fourth of July Bike Parade” down historic Victoria Avenue at 10 a.m. Friday, July 4th. The 7-mile family fun ride will kick off at Washington Park, at Victoria Avenue and Mary Street, and include a rest stop and prizes at Arlington Heights Sports Park at Victoria and Van Buren Boulevard. More information can be found at www.iebike.org

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City of Riverside Launches New Website to Improve Access to Information

The City of Riverside has expanded its effort to connect with residents and provide a more open and transparent government through the creation of a new website, www.EngageRiverside.com, which offers easy access to reams of data about city government. Engage Riverside is the City’s first foray into the realm of social engagement through the use of an innovative tool called MindMixer, which allows Riverside residents to interact with their government like never before. Read More...

City of Riverside Invites Public to Ethics and Conduct Meeting

The public is invited to recommend amendments to the code of city government ethics and conduct. The City Council Governmental Affairs Committee is holding an annual meeting to formulate recommendations for the City Council at 4 p.m., September 3, 2014, in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, Seventh Floor. The committee will ask for contributions from board and commission chairs as well as from the public.

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To Encourage Increased Water Conservation Riverside Public Utilities Extends Free Sprinkler Nozzles Program

Riverside, Calif. – To ensure that as many of its residential and commercial customers take advantage of its free water conservation program as possible, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) has chosen to extended its free high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles giveaway. Read More...

2014 Back of Bill Free Shade Tree Coupons From Riverside Public Utilities Expire June 30

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) customers only have until Monday, June 30 to redeem their 2014 Free Shade Tree Coupons on the backs of their March utility bills. Read More...

City of Riverside Hires Kim Ellis to Manage Riverside Municipal Airport

The City of Riverside has hired Kim Ellis, who has 26 years of experience in Southern California aviation, to manage Riverside Municipal Airport. Ellis, who starts work June 30, has been involved in airport management since 1988, most recently in the Training/Emergency Management Section of Los Angeles International Airport’s Operations Division.

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Riverside Tops Participation In Cool California Contest; Battling for Overall Title

Riverside led 10 California cities in signing up the most residents to participate in the Cool California City Challenge, winning nearly $18,000 to bolster efforts already underway in Riverside to help the city go green. Riverside’s next challenge is to use its advantage in sign-ups to win the “Coolest California City” designation by reducing Riverside’s carbon footprint the most.

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Free Concerts at City Hall Event Runs June 24 to Aug. 12 in Riverside

The summer Concerts at City Hall series kicks off at noon Tuesday (6/24) at the clock tower fountain in front of City Hall at 10th and Main streets in downtown Riverside. The free event featuring music and theater continues through Aug. 12 with different acts each week. The concerts are presented by the City of Riverside and the Riverside Downtown Partnership. Read More...

Summerfest Kicks Off Picnics in the Park Free Lunch Program for Youth

The Picnics in the Park series in Riverside, which offers free lunches and activities to young people under age 18, kicked off Wednesday with the celebration of Summerfest at Don Lorenzi Park. Picnics in the Park features the Riverside and Alvord Unified School Districts’ Summer Food Service Program, which provides free lunches for all children age two to 18 at parks and community centers throughout the City of Riverside weekdays through Aug. 22, excluding July 4th. Read More...

Wyland Foundation Water Exhibit Kicks Off “Summer Concerts in the Park”

The popular Summer Concerts in the Park series kicks off Wednesday (6/18) at Fairmount Park with live entertainment from Latin Society, family activities and a special visit from the Wyland Foundation Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, which uses the latest technology to demonstrate the connections between a community and its water supply.

The popular concert series, which is free for the entire family, will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Blvd. in Riverside. Read More...

Riverside Human Relations Commission Addresses Human Trafficking Issues

The City of Riverside’s Human Relations Commission will address the issues surrounding human trafficking in Riverside County and how such exploitation can be prevented to keep our communities safe. The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (6/19) in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room on the 7th floor of City Hall, 3900 Main St.

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Riverside Public Library Urges Veterans to Document War Memorial Tattoos

The Riverside Public Library is part of an innovative drive to create an online exhibit of how California veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are using tattoo art to commemorate their experiences at war. “War Ink” is a multimedia exhibit that will feature 30 veterans from throughout the state explaining the significance of their wartime tattoos to the StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative, a nationally acclaimed platform for veterans, service members and military families. Read More...

Debbi Guthrie Presented Riverside’s 2013 City Spirit Award

Riverside business and civic leader Debbi Guthrie was presented with Riverside’s 2013 City Spirit Award on Tuesday (6/10) in recognition of her decades of work on behalf of city residents, including the last several in which she has brought world-class sporting events to Riverside. Read More...

Riverside Government TV wins video awards

The City of Riverside’s government television station recently won three notable video awards. The staff of GTV received two gold awards and one honorable mention from Hermes Creative Awards, an international marketing and communications professional competition.

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Riverside Fire Captain Named Chairman of State Earthquake Commission

Tim Strack, a Captain in the Riverside Fire Department, has been named chairman of the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission, which recommends how the state can better prepare for earthquakes and reduce the risk of injury and property damage. He succeeds Riverside City Councilman Mike Gardner, who previously served as commission chairman. Read More...

Riverside Public Utilities Warns Customers About Telephone Utility Payment Scam

Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) water and electric customers should be aware of a telephone scam that has surfaced in the City of Riverside where customers are being told that RPU needs to change out their meters or their next month’s bill will be extremely high. The customer is then asked to pay the scammer several hundred dollars to enable the fictitious meter change out. Read More...

2014 Anti-Graffiti Video and Poster Contest Winners Announced in Riverside

The Riverside City Council recognized and gave cash awards to creative and artistic middle and high school students who were selected as winners of the 2014 Anti-Graffiti Video and Poster Contests. The Riverside Public Works Department developed the contests to increase peer interest in anti-graffiti awareness and education while also communicating the importance of respecting our community.

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Local Businesses Invited To Participate in Citywide Riverside Restaurant Week

The City of Riverside is offering all Riverside restaurants a chance to benefit from more than $25,000 in paid advertising by participating in the first citywide Riverside Restaurant Week.

The June 20-29 event, which is being held in collaboration with the Riverside Downtown Partnership and the Arlington Business Partnership, is open to Riverside restaurants that agree to offer a special menu, discounted pricing or an exclusive item during the 10-day event.

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Riverside to Pursue Better Internet Service In Fewer Locations

Riverside will begin winding down its large, expensive and aging Wi-Fi network and instead begin testing the effectiveness of localized “hot spots” that could provide much faster and more reliable Internet service in fewer places around the city. The Riverside City Council voted to begin removing the Wi-Fi equipment in July and bring back to the Council an agreement to implement the first of what could be several “hot spots” around the city.

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Riverside Public Utilities Asks Customers to Conserve Water While Pipeline Repairs Underway

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is asking that all water customers reduce their water use and conserve as crews work to repair a water transmission main pipeline serving the city.

“During construction, an unexpected issue with a water main was discovered that requires immediate repairs,” said RPU Assistant General Manager Kevin Milligan. “So we are asking water customers to reduce their water usage to avoid any system supply problems.”

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