Recent Press Releases

Grant Opportunity Announced for Owners of Historic Riverside Properties

Owners of historic properties in Riverside have an opportunity to apply for a grant for historic rehabilitation, restoration or other projects. The deadline to submit complete grant applications is 5 p.m. February 26. Read More...

City of Riverside Recognizes Nancy Melendez at State of the City Event

The 2016 State of the City Address on Thursday included a new recognition this year as Nancy Melendez, President of the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, was awarded the Dr. Carlos Cortés Award for Championing Diversity and Inclusivity. Read More...

City Councilman Paul Davis Represents Riverside At League of California Cities Policy Committee Meetings in Sacramento

City Councilman Paul Davis represented the City of Riverside this week at the League of California Cities’ first policy committee meetings in 2016. Councilman Davis, who is Vice President of the Riverside County Division of the League, has served since 2013 on the League’s Revenue and Taxation Committee, which is integral to the League’s policy-making process. Read More...

Mayor Rusty Bailey to Deliver State of the City Address Jan. 28

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will deliver the 39th annual State of the City address at the Riverside Convention Center on Jan. 28. Mayor Bailey’s fourth such address will focus on how Riverside is turning “Opportunity Into Action.” Read More...

Public Input Sought Through Local Hazard Mitigation Survey

The City of Riverside is conducting a survey seeking the public’s input on hazards faced by local residents and businesses and ways to reduce the risks associated with those hazards. The survey will be conducted online at the City of Riverside Office of Emergency Management Local Hazard Mitigation Plan webpage -- https://www.riversideca.gov/fire/oem/hazard.asp Read More...

City of Riverside Successful in Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness

Six months after Mayor Rusty Bailey accepted the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness from President Obama, Riverside has successfully housed 89 homeless veterans within the city who had been identified as needing housing. The effort kicked off in June after Riverside joined the nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness. Riverside set a very ambitious goal to house 86 homeless veterans by the end of 2015, then ended up housing 89 veterans, with City staff getting the last veteran into housing the afternoon of Dec. 31. Read More...

Riverside Encourages Residents to Adopt a Drain, Volunteer to Remove Debris

After working overtime and on weekends to clear storm drains, the City of Riverside is partnering with residents and businesses to keep the drains clear during El Niño-related storms. The Adopt-a-Drain Program provides a Web-based program where volunteers can sign up to remove debris and report problems at drains in residential and commercial areas. Users can log on at www.adoptadrainriverside.com to see which drains are available, and then choose a drain to adopt. Read More...

City of Riverside Continues Preparations for El Niño Storms With New Website

With the El Niño storm season arriving, the City of Riverside has completed a new website designed to provide residents and business owners with information on what to do before, during and after a storm. The website -- http://riversideca.gov/elnino/ -- outlines what El Niño is, how it is expected to affect our weather locally and how residents and business owners can prepare for potentially heavy amounts of rainfall. The website also provides locations where residents can obtain sand and sandbags, and includes information about the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” educational effort. Read More...

City of Riverside Makes Requesting Public Documents Easier Than Ever

A new online public records portal makes requesting public documents from the City of Riverside easier than ever. The portal is available by clicking on www.engageriverside.com and then clicking on the “Open Records” button. Visitors can file a records request, check the status of a request and see other requests that have been made, as well as the results of those requests once documents have been posted. Read More...

Riverside Festival of Lights Named Best Holiday Festival by USA Today/10Best

It’s official: Riverside is the place to be during the holidays. The 23rd Annual Festival of Lights has been named “Best Holiday Festival” by USA Today/10Best.com. The honor comes one year after the event centered around the 4 million twinkling lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa was named “Best Public Lights Display” by the same publication. Read More...

The Art of Giving Gala Raises More Than $98,000 for Riverside Arts Academy

The Riverside Arts Academy, which offers free and low-cost lessons in art, music, dance and the arts to young people across Riverside, received a financial boost recently from “The Art of Giving Gala,” which raised more than $98,000 for the program’s ongoing operations. Read More...

Riverside Takes Next Step As Culinary Hub of Inland Southern California

Riverside is stepping up its culinary game through the development of two new downtown dining destinations — Chow Alley@Courthouse Piazza and the Mess Hall on Market —that will dramatically increase the number of eating options in a downtown area that already has seen a food revolution in the past few years. Read More...

City of Riverside Seminar to Answer Questions About Drone Use

The popularity of drones – and the potential for conflict with public safety agencies and local aviation – has spurred the area’s first free public education seminar on private use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Riverside Municipal Airport, in cooperation with the City’s Police and Fire departments, is holding the seminar from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Wallace Theatre on the campus of California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Avenue. The event is free, but seating is limited. Registration is strongly encouraged. To register, go to www.riversideca.gov/airport and click on the flyer. Read More...

Riverside Unanimously Adopts Landmark Food and Beverage Rules

Ambitious new nutrition guidelines in the City of Riverside will help ensure that healthy foods and beverages will be served or sold within city-managed facilities and at publicly-hosted events and programs. Riverside is one of the largest cities in the nation, and the first in Riverside County, to embrace such a policy to fight obesity, type 2 diabetes and chronic disease. Read More...

City of Riverside Names Kris Martinez, Carl Carey to Top Administrative Posts

The City of Riverside has named Kris Martinez as its new Public Works Director and Carl Carey as General Services Director. Read More...

Riverside Takes El Niño, Fire Message to Homeless Individuals

The City of Riverside conducted its latest outreach effort to homeless individuals living in the Santa Ana River bottom this morning and strongly encouraged people living there to leave the area to reduce the risk from El Niño-related storms and recent fires. Read More...

Ted White Brings Strong Background in Planning, Customer Service to Riverside

Ted White, an 18-year veteran of the Anaheim Planning Department who streamlined the development review process there and developed an award-winning customer service program, joins the City of Riverside today (11/2) as City Planner. Read More...

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez Joins City of Riverside Management Team

Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is joining the City of Riverside as an Assistant City Manager, overseeing several key departments, including Finance, Human Resources, General Services and Internal Audit. Her first day is Monday, Oct. 19. Read More...

City of Riverside Asks Residents, “How’s It Going?”

People who live and work in Riverside have an opportunity in the month of October to sound off on how they feel about their quality of life. The Riverside Survey gathers, analyzes and shares data about the opinions that Riversiders have about living and working in the city. Phone polling has been completed, but feedback also can be provided at the survey’s online home -- www.RiversideSurvey.com – through Oct. 31. Results will be released in January. Read More...

SunSpark, Manufacturer of Solar Panels, Bringing Jobs to Riverside

SunSpark Technology Inc., a U.S. firm with roots in China, has announced plans to open a solar panel manufacturing and assembly facility in Riverside, which is expected to create about 100 jobs. Read More...

City of Riverside Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

The City of Riverside has proclaimed Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate and commemorate the contributions of all Riverside residents of Hispanic/Latino descent and to recognize the importance of promoting and preserving that heritage. Read More...

Long Night of Arts and Innovation Returns to Downtown Riverside Oct. 8

Riverside’s signature event, the Long Night of Arts & Innovation, will fill the streets of downtown on Oct. 8 with seven hours of dazzling programs for young and old, including science, art, music, medicine and engineering. The event, which draws speakers and performers from local school districts, all four of Riverside’s colleges and universities, the city’s most innovative high-tech companies and a variety of local non-profit organizations, runs from 5 p.m. to midnight on and around the beautiful Main Street pedestrian mall in historic downtown Riverside. Read More...

City of Riverside Celebrates Latino Health Awareness Month

The City of Riverside is celebrating Latino Health Awareness Month in September and recently joined with community members and the County of Riverside to bring attention to the negative role that sugar plays in obesity. Promoted by the California Champions for Change campaign, Latino Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote health as part of the community’s rich cultural heritage and traditions. Read More...

City of Riverside Names Moises Lopez Intergovernmental Relations Officer

City Manager John A. Russo, who has emphasized the need for increased communication and cooperation with regional agencies and neighboring cities, has named Moises Lopez as the City of Riverside’s new Intergovernmental Relations Officer. Read More...

City of Riverside to Guarantee 12 Days Public Notice of Upcoming Meetings

The City of Riverside, which earlier this summer announced plans to require 12 days of public notice before City Council and other public meetings, rather than the state-required three days, is set to cement those changes in its government culture through the creation of a “Sunshine Ordinance.” The ordinance, which is scheduled for City Council consideration on Sept. 22, would require by law that agendas be available 12 days prior to meetings of the City Council and the City Council’s standing committees, as well as the citizen-led Planning Commission, Board of Public Utilities and Community Police Review Commission. Read More...

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