Recent Press Releases

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...

Riverside Residents Oppose Legalizing Marijuana Dispensaries, Poll Finds

A majority of Riverside residents – as high as 67 percent – said they oppose legalizing marijuana dispensaries via a measure placed on the June 2 ballot by dispensary operators, according to a poll commissioned by the City of Riverside. Opposition to legalizing dispensaries grew as residents who were polled learned more about the measure. Read More...

City of Riverside to Name Gary Geuss City Attorney

Gary Geuss, a 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office who supervises legal operations for some of that city’s largest departments, including the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport and the Department of Water and Power, has been named City Attorney in Riverside. The Riverside City Council, which selected Geuss from six finalists, is scheduled to approve a contract with him at a City Council meeting on Tuesday. He is scheduled to start in Riverside on April 13. Read More...

Chris Christopoulos Named Building Official in Riverside

Chris Christopoulos, who has extensive experience in the construction industry and local government, is the City of Riverside’s new Building Official. Christopoulos, who has spent the past nine years as Assistant Building Official in Bellflower, will begin work in the City of Riverside’s Building and Safety Division on March 2. Read More...

Festival of Lights at Mission Inn Hotel and Spa Wins Top Spot in National Contest

After weeks of voting by communities from all over the country, the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has been named America’s Best Public Lights Display by the USA TODAY/10Best.com Readers’ Choice contest. To get a glimpse of the magic, visit www.RiversideFestivalofLights.com The full list of winners is available at: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/ Read More...

Festival of Lights at Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Wins Top Spot in National Contest

After weeks of voting by communities from all over the country, the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has been named America’s Best Public Lights Display by the USA TODAY/10Best.com Readers’ Choice contest. To get a glimpse of the magic, visit www.RiversideFestivalofLights.com The full list of winners is available at: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/ Read More...

City of Riverside Names John Russo City Manager

The City of Riverside has concluded a nationwide search by selecting John A. Russo as Riverside’s next City Manager, citing his legislative and executive management experience as well as his commitment to fiscal responsibility, responsiveness and transparency. Russo, who has spent nearly four years as City Manager of Alameda, previously served as the City Attorney of Oakland for 11 years and was a City Council member there for five years prior to that. His 27 years in California’s legal and government communities give him an extensive professional network in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Read More...

Deadline Fast Approaching for Riverside’s 25 Most Remarkable Teens

The Riverside Youth Council is accepting nominations through Feb. 13 for the “Riverside’s 25 Most Remarkable Teens” program, which is available to Riverside residents in grades 8-12. Read More...

Grow Riverside Conference Examining Local Agriculture Set For June 11-13

The second annual Grow Riverside conference, which unites farmers, restauranteurs, business people and others interested in developing the local food scene in Riverside, is scheduled for June 11-13. The event, entitled “The Future of Local Food,” will examine the economic and community benefits of local sustainable agriculture in an urban area. The City of Riverside is presenting the event at the Riverside Convention Center with Seedstock, its partner in organizing Grow Riverside. Read More...

Riverside Area Ranked 103 Worldwide For Economic Performance

The Riverside area has been ranked 103 worldwide in economic performance by the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase, which examined 300 areas around the globe that are home to 20 percent of the world’s population and jobs and almost half of the global gross domestic product. Read More...

Historic Preservation Grants Up To $25,000 Available in Riverside

Owners of historic properties in Riverside have an opportunity to apply for a grant for historic rehabilitation, restoration or other projects. The deadline for grant applications is 5 p.m. Feb. 26. The Historic Preservation Fund Committee can award as much as $25,000. The City Council can authorize larger grants. Any individuals, corporations, non-profits and public agencies that own historic properties within the city limits of Riverside are eligible to apply. Read More...

Statement Regarding Sister City Relationship with Can Tho, Vietnam

The City of Riverside released the following statement today in reference to concerns that have been expressed regarding the Sister City relationship with Can Tho, Vietnam: "The City of Riverside respects all viewpoints and the rights of everyone to express themselves. Many diverse views were expressed and taken into account during the robust discussion that occurred in our city in March, 2014 prior to the vote to establish a Sister City relationship with Can Tho. The Sister City relationship provides a venue for direct, person-to-person conversations on issues of mutual interest to people all over the world, including education, public health, technology and commerce. The City of Riverside, working with Riverside residents who brought forth the idea of this Sister City relationship, looks forward to further developing those bonds with the people of Can Tho." Read More...

City of Riverside To Name Kristi Smith Interim City Attorney

The City of Riverside is concluding its agreement with a local law firm that has provided interim leadership of the City Attorney’s Office and will name a 13-year veteran of the Office to handle those duties until a full-time City Attorney is selected. The City Council intends to name Kristi Smith, one of two Supervising Deputy City Attorneys in the office, as Interim City Attorney. Smith has been a Supervising Deputy City Attorney, the second-highest position in the office, since 2006. Read More...

Mayor Rusty Bailey to Deliver State of the City Address Jan. 22

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will deliver the 38th annual State of the City address at the Riverside Convention Center on Jan. 22. The address, Mayor Bailey’s third, will revolve around the theme of Exceeding Expectations Since 1883. The State of the City event, produced by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the City of Riverside, recaps highlights from the prior year and provides Riverside residents and business owners with a preview of upcoming issues in 2015. Read More...

Lee McDougal Named Interim City Manager in Riverside

Lee McDougal, who served as City Manager of Montclair for 18 years before retiring in 2010, has been named Interim City Manager in Riverside. McDougal started work today, shortly after the Riverside City Council approves his contract at a special meeting at 9 a.m. Read More...

Festival of Lights at Mission Inn Hotel and Spa Wins Top Spot in National Contest

After weeks of voting by communities from all over the country, the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has been named America’s Best Public Lights Display by the USA TODAY/10Best.com Readers’ Choice contest. To get a glimpse of the magic, visit www.RiversideFestivalofLights.com The full list of winners is available at: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/ Read More...

Annual Day of Inclusion Event to Feature Reflective Celebration on Inclusivity

The Riverside City Council’s annual celebration of Dec. 17 as the official Day of Inclusion for the City of Riverside will include an added feature this year. To further explore what inclusivity means for our communities, Mayor Rusty Bailey and members of the Mayor’s Multicultural Forum will convene a Reflective Celebration on Inclusivity at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 on the Grier Pavilion on the 7th floor of City Hall, 3900 Main Street. Read More...

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