Recent Press Releases

City of Riverside, State Agency Outline Potential Next Steps Regarding Ag Park

The City of Riverside and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have outlined potential next steps for dealing with concerns about possible contamination at the property known as Ag Park. The agreement came after a recent meeting at Riverside City Hall. City Manager John A. Russo and DTSC Director Barbara A. Lee co-chaired the Friday (7/24) meeting, which also included city executive staff and representatives from the City Attorney’s Office, as well as DTSC experts in environmental science, environmental justice and environmental law. Read More...

City of Riverside Plans Audits of All Departments on Rotating Basis

City Manager John A. Russo is proposing to systematically audit all city departments on a rotating basis as part of a program headed to the City Council for its endorsement on Tuesday (7/28). Read More...

Riverside Welcomes Flame of Hope Sunday On Way to Special Olympics World Games

The City of Riverside will welcome the Flame of Hope, the official torch of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles, with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sunday (7/19) at Ryan Bonaminio Park. Read More...

Riverside Encourages Residents to Apply for Seats on Advisory Groups

The City Clerk is accepting applications from residents who would like to serve on Boards and Commissions in Riverside. Openings include: • Mayor's Commission on Aging (Ward 3 seat) • Metropolitan Museum Board (Ward 6 seat) • Board of Public Utilities (Ward 6 seat) Read More...

City of Riverside Launches Education Roundtable Award

The Seizing Our Destiny movement’s Education Roundtable is seeking nominations for an award to recognize Riverside residents, businesses or organizations that lead or initiate programs or projects to advance educational opportunities in Riverside. Read More...

Riverside Restorative Growthprint Available for Review and Comment

Riverside residents are invited to review and comment on the Riverside Restorative Growthprint – Economic Prosperity Action Plan and Climate Action Plan, which outlines how Riverside can tie economic development activities to a strategy for reducing the community’s greenhouse gas emissions. The draft RRG – available for download at http://www.riversideca.gov/planning/rrg Read More...

City of Riverside Unveils Transparency Measures, Makes Government More Open

The City of Riverside today unveiled a host of new measures designed to increase transparency in local government by providing residents with easier and faster access to documents and meeting agendas, as well as more live, online broadcasts of government meetings. The changes should give residents more time to digest upcoming issues, a greater ability to find information about how their government is being run and the option to view meetings of some city boards and commissions without having to drive to City Hall. Read More...

Public Works Director Tom Boyd Announces Retirement

Public Works Director Tom Boyd, who led Riverside’s effort to ease traffic congestion by revamping freeway interchanges and building an unprecedented six railroad grade separations around the city, is retiring. Read More...

Catch Riverside’s Free Fireworks

Enjoy the professional fireworks displays on the 4th of July at the following locations: Riverside Mount Rubidoux Fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. La Sierra Park 5215 La Sierra Fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. Read More...

City of Riverside Encourages Residents to Enjoy July 4th Without Illegal Fireworks

Riverside residents are encouraged to celebrate the July 4th holiday with free fireworks displays at Mount Rubidoux and La Sierra Park and refrain from buying their own fireworks, which are illegal within the city limits. To increase safety and reduce the possibility of fire in the neighborhood at the base of Mount Rubidoux, additional traffic controls are being instituted this year. Read More...

Riverside Named American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

The City of Riverside has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce. The program helps worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority. Read More...

Riverside’s Third Annual Restaurant Week Starts Today

The third annual Riverside Restaurant Week kicks off today with 84 restaurants participating across the city, providing a unique opportunity to showcase Riverside and its great dining choices for residents and visitors. Many of the restaurants featured are locally owned and operated. Supporting these local business contributes to the growth and development of the City of Riverside. Read More...

City of Riverside Issues Stop Work Order At Ag Park Site

The City of Riverside issued a “Stop Work” order today at the property known as Ag Park, suspending development at the site while a state agency reviews an earlier environmental clearance it issued for the land. Read More...

June 30 Deadline Fast Approaching for Mills Act Applications

The City of Riverside is accepting applications through June 30 for the Mills Act program, the single most important economic incentive program in California for the restoration and preservation of qualified historic buildings by private property owners. Read More...

City of Riverside Works With State Agency Toward Resolution of Contamination Debate

A public hearing on whether to create a community facilities district for the proposed Arroyo Park development has been delayed while the City of Riverside works with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control as it investigates complaints of tainted soil on the site. Read More...

Proposal for Community Facilities District in Arroyo Park Moved to June 16

The City of Riverside has delayed to June 16 a public hearing on whether to create a community facilities district for the proposed Arroyo Park development near Jurupa Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard. Read More...

City of Riverside Remains Committed to Strong Financial Reserves for Utilities

Riverside Public Utilities’ strong financial reserves have helped ratepayers avoid large rate increases in the face of a historic drought while saving the utility and its ratepayers millions of dollars in borrowing costs in recent years, General Manager Girish Balachandran said Thursday. Read More...

2015 Anti-Graffiti Video and Poster Contest Winners Announced

The City Council recognized and gave cash awards to creative and artistic middle and high school students who were selected as winners of the 2015 Anti-Graffiti Video and Poster Contests. The Public Works Department developed the contests to increase peer interest in anti-graffiti awareness and education while communicating the importance of respecting our community. Read More...

City of Riverside Wins Battle With State Over $17 Million In Disputed Funds

Riverside will receive full repayment of $17 million in loans it made to its former redevelopment agency after the state finally conceded the legitimacy of the loans made over several years. The state Department of Finance had previously disputed whether the loans were eligible to be repaid, but it reversed itself as part of Gov. Brown’s May Revise to the state budget. Read More...

Riverside a Host City for Special Olympics World Games 2015

The City of Riverside will serve as a host city for a delegation of Special Olympics athletes as part of the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles July 25-Aug. 2. An official announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday (5/19), including information about which European country will be sending athletes to Riverside. Read More...

It Rained, So Give Your Irrigation System the Week Off

With rain coming to Riverside on Thursday night and more rain expected tonight, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is asking customers to give their irrigation systems the week off. “As our customer-owners know, we’ve got to take proactive steps now to conserve water resources,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran. “Shutting off irrigation systems is the easiest thing we can do that can save thousands or even millions of gallons cumulatively each day when it is done citywide.” Read More...

City Manager John Russo Completes Executive Team With Hiring of Alex Nguyen

City Manager John A. Russo, who started work today, immediately completed his executive leadership team with the hiring of Alex Nguyen as Assistant City Manager. Nguyen joins Assistant City Managers Al Zelinka, who was promoted by Interim City Manager Lee C. McDougal in mid-February from his job as Community Development Director, and Deanna Lorson, who has been in the post for four years and previously served two years as Development Director. Read More...

Riverside Public Utilities Warns Customers About ‘Pay Immediately’ or have Utilities Shut off Phone Payment Scam

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is once again warning all of its water and electric customers about a telephone payment scam which threatens to shut down utility services immediately, unless a payment is made. “All commercial and residential water and/or electric customers of Riverside Public Utilities must know that we would never call them and ask for personal payment information, nor request payment in person at a customer’s home or business,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran. Read More...

It Rained, So Give Your Irrigation System the Week Off

Rain finally came to a parched Riverside on Saturday and Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is asking customers to give their irrigation systems the week off. “As our customer-owners know, we’ve got to take proactive steps now to conserve water resources,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran. “Shutting off irrigation systems is the easiest thing we can do that can save thousands or even millions of gallons cumulatively each day when it is done citywide.” Read More...

SmartRiverside Adding Coding Classes, Moving Away From E-Waste Recycling

SmartRiverside, the non-profit organization that aims to narrow the digital divide through its digital inclusion program, is discontinuing the e-waste collection portion of its fundraising effort. Funding will continue to be provided by grants, donations and SmartRiverside’s annual golf tournament. The shift, which was approved recently by the organization’s Board of Directors, reflects market changes that make e-waste collection less attractive as a fundraiser for SmartRiverside. By focusing instead on more sustainable revenue sources, SmartRiverside aims to cut expenses and increase revenue. Read More...

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