Recent Press Releases

Riverside to Celebrate Two Newest Hometown Recipients of Medal of Honor

Two Riverside servicemen, Jesus S. Duran and Salvador J. Lara, who were honored at the White House last month as posthumous recipients of the Medal of Honor will be celebrated at a special meeting of the Riverside City Council on Tuesday (4/29). Two days prior, on Sunday (4/27), the two men’s names will be among 26 names that will be read aloud at the National Medal of Honor Memorial at Riverside National Cemetery. Read More...

Read with the Mayor Comes to Casa Blanca Library

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will bring the popular “Read with the Mayor” event, in which he reads to pre-kindergarten children and discusses the importance of early reading, to the Casa Blanca Library, 2985 Madison Street, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (4/17). Children who attend will receive free books from the non-profit organization, A Foundation for Kids.

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There Are Plenty of Ways to Celebrate Earth Month with RPU

April is Earth Month, and there are a variety of programs, activities, and events that Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) customers can take part in to save water, save energy, and the environment in an effort to create a more sustainable community to live and work in. Read More...

Riverside Ranked in EPA's Top 25 Cities in Nation With Most Energy Star Certified Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Riverside is ranked number 22 in their top 25 list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. Read More...

Riverside Public Utilities Receives American Public Power Association’s Highest Honor with Diamond RP3 Designation

The American Public Power Association (APPA) honored Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) with its highest award today, designating the California municipal utility as a Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) at its 2014 Engineering & Technical Conference Read More...

Grant Funding Could Reduce Neighborhood Traffic; Public Input Sought

The City of Riverside is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday (4/9) at the Dales Senior Center in White Park to gather input on ways the City could use potential grant funds to improve traffic in neighborhoods. The Active Transportation grant could fund projects like adding sidewalks, adding bike lanes both on and off the street and installing traffic calming measures like roundabouts, possibly in place of stop signs. Click here to view Transportation Map Read More...

Riverside Accepts Cool California City Challenge, Jumps Out to Early Lead

Riverside is encouraging residents to get involved with the Cool California City Challenge, a statewide contest designed to save energy, reduce the state’s carbon footprint and determine the “Coolest California City.” Residents can help Riverside gets its share of $100,000 in prize money by signing up for the challenge by May 30 and participating through Aug. 31. Read More...

Riverside Public Library to Celebrate National Poetry Month With Nikki Grimes

The Riverside Public Library will celebrate National Poetry Month on April 18th by hosting the “After Hours” Poetry Festival featuring best-selling author Nikki Grimes, who will be accompanied by local friends and poets who will share some of her work. The free event is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 18th at the Casa Blanca Library community room. It will include free refreshments, books giveaways and raffles.

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Mayor Rusty Bailey to Join Nation’s Mayors in Recognizing National Service

Mayor Rusty Bailey will join mayors from across America on Tuesday (4/1) to recognize the efforts and impact of volunteer service organizations such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in our cities. Mayor Bailey will thank volunteers at a reception and officially recognize their service at the City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Art Pick Council Chamber at Riverside City Hall.

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Library Director Tonya Kennon to Serve as Interim Parks Director

Riverside Library Director Tonya Kennon will serve as Interim Director of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, effective Monday (3/31). Kennon will provide executive leadership at the Parks Department for several weeks while the City of Riverside seeks a replacement for retiring Director Ralph Nunez, whose last day is Friday (3/28). Read More...

Riverside Receives State Approval for Development of Important Properties

The City of Riverside’s long-term plan for dealing with property and other assets of its former Redevelopment Agency has been approved by the state, clearing the way for Riverside to sell and/or redevelop property now controlled by its Successor Agency. Read More...

Lightning Causes Widespread Outage for Thousands of RPU Customers

Power was interrupted for more than twenty-one thousand customers, including Kaiser Hospital early this morning due to lightning strikes from this weekend's storm.

At around 2:30 a.m. Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) experienced the sudden loss of three sub-transmission lines. Concurrently, Riverside's Fire Department was called to contain a fire at the Harvey-Lynn substation located in the La Sierra area of the city.

Initially RPU crews worked quickly to restore both the transmission lines and power to the hospital, which was completed by 4:25 a.m. By 6:30 a.m. service was restored for more than 17 thousand customers and power for all remaining customers was restored before 8 a.m. Read More...

Riverside Public Utilities Popular FREE Tree and Sprinkler Nozzles Programs Are Back!

Attention Riversiders! Grab your mulch, your shovel, and your March 2014 Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) bill and prepare to plant your FREE shade trees! Read More...

Public Invited to Tour Renovated Riverside Convention Center

The newly-renovated Riverside Convention Center will be officially re-opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public tours on Saturday, March 1. The City of Riverside will hold the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Convention Center at Fifth and Main streets. Read More...

Riverside Prepares for Rainstorm; Offers Personal Preparedness Tips

A strong low-pressure system approaching from the Eastern Pacific is forecasted to bring long overdue rain to Riverside beginning Friday. This storm is expected to bring with it the first significant rainfall of the year. As a result, Riverside City officials are making final preparations to insure the city’s readiness to respond to storm related emergencies. Read More...

Riverside Public Utilities Encourages Preparation For Heavy Rains & Wind That Could Disrupt Energy Services

As the National Weather Service has issued alerts and a winter storm warning for a weather front expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to the Inland Empire over the next several days, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is encouraging customers to be prepared in the event that energy delivery services are disrupted due to storm activity. Read More...

Riverside Municipal Airport Joins National Adopt-A-Watt Program

The Riverside Municipal Airport is working with the National Adopt-A-Watt Program (NAAWP) to retrofit about 20 parking lot lights with new, energy efficient, induction fluorescent lighting systems. These lights will reduce electricity consumption by 60% while reducing the Airport’s operating costs and carbon foot print. Read More...

Jury Decides in Favor of Riverside, Three Police Officers, in Use of Force Case

An eight-member jury reached a unanimous verdict today in favor of the City of Riverside and three of its police officers in connection with a 2012 use-of-force case. The jury deliberated less than three hours before reaching the verdict in Riverside Federal Court, finding that the officers’ use of force was reasonable under the circumstances.

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Riverside Public Utilities Encourages Customers to Conserve & Participate in Available Water Programs

In the wake of a recent state of emergency from Governor Jerry Brown regarding the state's dwindling surface water supplies, lack of Sierra snowpack, and continued dry weather, water independent Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) still encourages its customers to practice wise water use and conservation techniques. Read More...

Riverside Officials Address Utility’s Water Quality

A four-year-old, erroneous, and much refuted report on water quality in Riverside, which has spurred further, incorrect blogs and articles, has surfaced again, prompting City of Riverside and Utilities (RPU) officials to assure customers that Riverside’s water is clean. Read More...

Community Police Review Commission has opening for a resident representing Ward 6

Applications are now being accepted for a Ward 6 vacancy on the City’s Community Police Review Commission. The Community Police Review Commission consists of nine members who act in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council on all police and community relations issues, conduct public outreach to educate the community on the purpose of the Commission, receive, review, and investigate, through its manager, complaints of alleged police employee misconduct; and conduct hearings and make findings to advise the Police Department in matters pertaining to police policies and practices. Read More...

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey to Discuss Healthy Community Initiatives

Mayor Rusty Bailey will discuss efforts underway in Riverside to improve community health as part of the 2013-2014 College of Allied Health Distinguished Lecture Series presented by The Press-Enterprise at California Baptist University. Mayor Bailey, who has made health and fitness a key part of his mayoral platform, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at California Baptist’s Wallace Theater, 8432 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside. There is no admission charge.

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Riverside Uses Online Survey to Gather Public Input on New Parks Director

Riverside residents have the opportunity to tell City Hall what qualities they would like to see in the City’s next Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director. Riverside is seeking public opinion through a survey that can be found online at http://survey.riversideca.gov

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College Students Discover Downtown Riverside in a Race for Scholarships!

Sunday, February 9th marks the date of the 3rd annual Amazing College Race: Riverside Edition! The scavenger hunt style race is a fun way for students to experience some of Riverside’s treasures while they interact with other students from the city’s four college campuses. Read More...

Riverside Tour Guide Brings Local History to Life on Mobile Devices

A new mobile application now available in the Apple Apps Store uses innovative technology to bring to life Riverside’s heritage for anyone with an Apple smartphone or a tablet.

The “Riverside Tour Guide” uses advanced “geofencing” technology to push photos, audio and text to any device equipped with the free app. Read More...

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