Recent Press Releases

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...

City of Riverside Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The City of Riverside is partnering with UC Riverside and the California Department of Rehabilitation to promote three events in October as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which highlights the benefits of recruiting employees with disabilities and celebrating their contributions in the workplace. Read More...

City of Riverside, Local Churches to Host Healing and Unity Service Sept. 29

The City of Riverside will partner with local churches and law enforcement organizations to hold the Riverside Healing and Unity Service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 on the Benjamin Franklin Stage in the breezeway of Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street. Read More...

Riverside Residents Encouraged to Apply for Openings on Advisory Groups

The City of Riverside is accepting applications from residents who want to serve on Boards and Commissions that help shape policies and practices at City Hall. Riverside’s 14 Boards and Commissions offer advice and guidance on important policy decisions for the city which affect daily life in the city. Read More...

City of Riverside Launches Informational Website on Measure Z

Riverside residents who want more information about the sales tax measure known as Measure Z on the Nov. 8 ballot can find answers at a new website -- riversideca.gov/measurez – that launched this week. Read More...

Riverside City Council Advances Citywide LED Streetlight Upgrade Project

Nights will be getting brighter on the roadways of Riverside over the next few years after the Riverside City Council approved the planning and design work necessary to implement a multi-phased plan by Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) to switch out older High Pressure Sodium (HPS) street lights with new, brighter, energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting citywide. Read More...

Riverside Citywide Day of Service on Sunday, Sept. 11, to Honor First Responders

The 9/11 Day of Service in Riverside will provide a forum for the community to gather and remember the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks while honoring our first responders and giving Riverside residents an opportunity to participate in community service projects. The annual event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in the Ronald O. Loveridge Plaza at City Hall on Sunday, Sept. 11. Read More...

Riverside Athletic Leadership Clinic to Feature Bill Walton as Keynote Speaker

Bill Walton, an NBA Hall of Fame member and one of only five people to win multiple championships in both the NCAA and NBA, will deliver the keynote address at the third annual Riverside Athletic Leadership Clinic on Aug. 13th at the Riverside Convention Center. Read More...

Bonds Issued by City of Riverside, Riverside Public Utilities Earn High Ratings

Sound financial management and a comprehensive approach to long-term planning by the City of Riverside have resulted in Standard & Poor’s upgrading the City’s sewer revenue bonds from an A to an A+ while also affirming the stable outlook for the bonds. Read More...

Imperial Lofts Construction to Require Sidewalk, Alley, Street Closures

Site preparation for the Imperial Lofts project on the Main Street Mall in downtown Riverside is scheduled to start early next week, which will require the full or partial closure of a nearby sidewalk, alley and street. The project from Ratkovich Properties on the east side of Main Street, north of University Avenue, will include retail stores on the ground level, 91 apartments and underground parking for residents. Read More...

Repairs to Street, Sidewalks and Curbs Close Part of University Avenue

Repairs to University Avenue and nearby sidewalks, curbs and gutters will require a partial street closure between Park Avenue and Orange Street for the next month. Read More...

Riverside Residents Willing to Support a Sales Tax Measure, Survey Finds

About 63 percent of Riverside residents surveyed recently said they see a need for additional funding to continue the level of services that Riverside residents need and want, and 64 percent said they would support a one-cent sales tax measure to provide those funds. The survey results come as the Riverside City Council is contemplating whether to place a sales tax measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. The Council will discuss the survey results on July 26. Such a measure, if placed on the ballot, would require approval of more than 50 percent of voters. Read More...

Community Forum to Discuss Progress of Downtown Parking Study

The City of Riverside is holding a second community forum on Monday (7/18) to gather feedback on the future of parking in the downtown area from residents, business owners and others who live, work, and shop or do business in downtown Riverside. The City is gathering input through a series of poll questions that are posted at www.EngageRiverside.com. Poll questions are being posted every Monday up to and including on July 18. Read More...

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