Recent Press Releases

UTC Aerospace Systems Wins Riverside Green Business Program Award

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and City of Riverside officials were on site recently at the UTC Aerospace Systems facilities, located in the 8200 block of Arlington Avenue, to present the company with the city’s first Green Business Award. Read More...

Riverside Community Leaders Examining Innovation District for Riverside

More than a dozen community leaders from business, education, government and other fields today kicked off an extensive effort to examine how and where Riverside should create an innovation district that could serve as a launching pad for future businesses and job growth. The Innovation District Working Group, assembled by Mayor Rusty Bailey, is tasked with developing recommendations for the City Council regarding how to create a specific location where Riverside can meld its most creative and powerful institutions to foster a 21st century economy. Read More...

City of Riverside Institutes Hiring and Purchasing Freeze to Manage Budget

City Manager John A. Russo on Thursday (5/12) directed all department heads in the City of Riverside to freeze hiring and purchasing through June 30 as the City continues to work through an estimated $7.2 million budget deficit in the existing fiscal year ending June 30 and an estimated $11 million deficit in the next fiscal year. Read More...

Doors Open Riverside Event Offers Peek Into Historic Downtown Buildings

An international movement known as “Doors Open” is coming to Riverside. The City of Riverside, in partnership with the Old Riverside Foundation, the Riverside Arts Council, the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and the Mission Inn Museum and Foundation, is hosting the city’s first Doors Open event Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in historic downtown Riverside. Read More...

Third Street Under Highway 91 to Close for 6-8 Weeks Starting May 9

Third Street between Vine and Mulberry streets will be closed starting Monday (5/9) as Caltrans continues its effort to clean and preserve the underbelly of Highway 91 where it crosses major streets in Riverside. Read More...

City of Riverside Bonds Receive High Marks From Credit Rating Agency

Bonds issued by the City of Riverside have received high marks from the rating agency Fitch Ratings Inc., reflecting an approval of the City’s financial strategy to address short-term and long-term budgeting issues. Read More...

City of Riverside Seeking Applicants for Board of Ethics

The City of Riverside invites registered voters to apply for appointment to the Board of Ethics. The Board includes at least one representative from each of the seven City Council wards and two at-large seats from around Riverside for staggered terms of four years. Read More...

Mayor Rusty Bailey to Join Nation’s Mayors to Recognize National Service

Mayor Rusty Bailey will join nearly 3,000 city and county leaders across America on Tuesday (4/5) in recognizing the efforts and impact of volunteer service organizations such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps in our cities. Mayor Bailey will host a reception on the Grier Pavilion at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the work and dedication of more than 100 AmeriCorps, National Civilian Community Corps, Senior Corps, and Energy Corps volunteers that serve throughout the City Riverside. Read More...

Riverside Hosts Cesar Chavez Mini Film Festival Friday-Saturday

The Cesar Chavez Mini Film Festival, a two-day event in downtown Riverside, kicks off tonight (4/1) with a free 7 p.m. screening of “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle” at the Culver Center, 3834 Main Street. Read More...

College Students to Discover Downtown Riverside in Race for Scholarships

The Amazing College Race: Riverside Edition! returns April 10, offering students from the city’s four colleges and universities the chance to compete in a scavenger hunt for scholarship money while experiencing some of downtown Riverside’s top attractions. Read More...

Third Annual Walk to End Homelessness Saturday at Fairmount Park

The third annual Walk to End Homelessness, which raises money for programs that help people get off the streets, is coming up this Saturday (4/2) at Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Boulevard in Riverside. Read More...

Insect Fair To Invade Downtown Riverside

Get a little bugged out as you touch a tarantula, buzz by the bees, or smell a stink bug. The Riverside Metropolitan Museum and the UC Riverside Entomology Graduate Student Association will host the 2nd Annual Riverside Insect Fair April 30 to give our community the opportunity to learn how insects impact our lives. Read More...

California Air Resources Board Chooses Riverside for $366 Million Facility

The California Air Resources Board voted 8-3 today to relocate its motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility from El Monte to an 18-acre site at the University of California, Riverside, which represents a $366 million investment into the community and 400 high-paying jobs. Read More...

City of Riverside Names Scott Miller Interim Finance Director

Scott Miller, who has worked at a variety of high-level finance positions in the public and private sectors during the past 31 years, has been named Interim Finance Director in Riverside. Miller, who started work today, is expected to direct the daily activities of the Finance Department for 4-6 months, while the City conducts a national recruitment for the job. Read More...

City of Riverside Announces Changes in Financial Leadership

The City of Riverside’s Finance Director, Brent Mason, is retiring effective April 1. An interim replacement will soon be named to ensure an effective transition and management of the Finance Department during the next four to six months. The City of Riverside will conduct a national recruitment for a new Finance Director. Read More...

SmartRiverside TechHire Named Partner in White House TechHire Initiative

A consortium of Riverside area governments, educational institutions and private businesses has been named a partner in the White House’s national TechHire Initiative and seeks to connect 4,000 local people to technology jobs in the next five years. Read More...

Political Scientist Robert Putnam to Speak in Riverside March 11

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam, dubbed “the most influential academic in the world” by the Times of London for his research on social capital, will present a free talk on March 11 in Riverside. The event is sponsored by the Riverside Public Library in collaboration with the UCR School of Public Policy. Free copies of the book are available. Putnam, author of the critically-acclaimed “Bowling Alone,” which chronicled increasing isolation in society, will speak on his most recent book, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” The book examines America’s growing inequality gap, why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility, and what communities, parents, families and schools can do about it. Read More...

GrowRIVERSIDE Local Food Policy Conference March 21-22

GrowRIVERSIDE, the annual conference that ties together Riverside’s local food movement, farms and other businesses, and the city’s culinary community, returns for a third year on March 21-22, this time on the campus of UC Riverside. Read More...

Residents Give Riverside High Marks for Livability and Educational Opportunity

Riverside residents see their city as a good place to live that offers ample opportunities for getting a quality education, according to the latest Riverside Community Quality of Life Survey. An overwhelming majority of residents -- 85.5 percent – agreed that Riverside “is a place where I can realize the goals I have for my future,” which is five percent points higher than in 2013, when 80.5 percent of respondents agreed with that statement. An even higher percentage -- 87.6 percent – agreed that there are good schools in their neighborhood. Read More...

City of Riverside Encourages Residents to Avoid Highway 91 This Weekend

Riverside residents are encouraged to avoid Highway 91 this weekend and enjoy local restaurants and entertainment venues instead of braving the impacts of a full closure of the freeway between Interstate 15 and Highway 71. Read More...

City of Riverside Explores a Possible Children’s Science Museum

The City of Riverside and the Discovery Science Foundation, operators of highly-respected Discovery Cube interactive children’s museums in Santa Ana and Los Angeles, are exploring the possibility of opening a similar museum in downtown Riverside, should the Main Library move to a new location. Read More...

Riverside and Jurupa Valley to Discuss Mutual Concerns in Joint Meeting

The cities of Riverside and Jurupa Valley will hold a joint City Council meeting on Feb. 25 to discuss items of mutual interest. Residents from both cities are invited to attend the meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Crestmore Manor, 4600 Crestmore Road in Jurupa Valley. Read More...

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...

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