Recent Press Releases

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...

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...

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