Recent Press Releases

City of Riverside To Observe First Citywide 9-11 Day Of Service

The City of Riverside will host its first 9/11 Day of Service on Sept. 11 to remember the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and to honor our local first responders. The citywide event will include a breakfast at City Hall that will raise funds for the local police and fire foundations, a recognition ceremony outside City Hall at 9:11 a.m., as well as a clean-up event, blood drives and CPR demonstrations across the city throughout the day. The day will conclude with a 6 p.m. closing ceremony at La Sierra University that will feature musical performances, partner and sponsor recognitions, and reflections on the day. Read More...

Rafael Guzman Named Director of Community and Economic Development

Rafael Guzman, who has 15 years of planning and community development experience, most recently as Planning Director in Bellflower, has been named Community and Economic Development Director in Riverside. He starts on Sept. 28. Read More...

Riverside Receives the American Heart Association Platinum Fit-Friendly Award

The City of Riverside received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 2015 Platinum Fit-Friendly Award for promoting a Health and Wellness culture among employees and implementing efforts to become a Fit-Friendly organization. Read More...

Grant Opportunities Available for Owners of Historic Homes in Riverside

The City of Riverside is accepting applications through Aug. 28 for grants of as much as $25,000 that are available through the Historic Preservation Fund, which helps individuals, corporations, non-profit organizations and public agencies improve historic properties within the City limits. Read More...

Riverside to Conduct All Harassment Training in Live Classroom Setting

Citing the seriousness of harassment in the workplace, City Manager John A. Russo has directed that all anti-harassment training for City employees be conducted in a live, classroom setting instead of in a combination of live and online training. In the past, some have taken the training live, while others have completed online training. Read More...

Riverside Named 3-STAR Community in Sustainability

The City of Riverside has been named a 3-STAR Community by the national STAR Communities program for its social, economic, and environmental leadership in sustainability. Read More...

City of Riverside Invites Public to Ethics and Conduct Meeting

The public is invited to recommend amendments to City of Riverside’s Code of Ethics and Conduct, which will be discussed at a City Council committee meeting Sept. 2 and by the entire City Council later next month. Read More...

City of Riverside Winner in National StartUp in a Day Competition

The City of Riverside has been named a winner in the national “StartUp in a Day” competition from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which encourages local governments to cut red tape that can slow business development. Riverside, one of four cities in California to win funding, will use the $50,000 to streamline the process business owners go through to determine how property within the city can be used. Read More...

Riverside Government, Education and Business Leaders Visit Ensenada

Mayor Rusty Bailey and business and education leaders from Riverside recently concluded a three-day Sister Cities trip to Ensenada, Mexico to discuss possible cross-border business and educational ventures and to look for ways to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of this important city-to-city relationship. The July 29-31 trip was spearheaded by Mayor Bailey’s office and Ramon Alvarez of Alvarez Lincoln and Alvarez Jaguar in Riverside. The delegation of about 15 people assembled at Riverside City Hall Wednesday afternoon, drove to Ensenada in vehicles provided by Alvarez and the City, and returned Friday afternoon. Read More...

Neighborhood Postcard Project Spurs Creativity, Community Connections

Riverside residents who are proud of their neighborhoods can speak out through the Neighborhood Postcard Project, an endeavor blossoming across town through the efforts of the Unified City pillar group of Seizing Our Destiny. The Neighborhood Postcard Project is a global participatory art project that fosters community connection through a storytelling exchange. The Project builds community connections, awareness and pride in our neighborhoods by sharing personal, positive stories on printed or virtual postcards. Read More...

City of Riverside, State Agency Outline Potential Next Steps Regarding Ag Park

The City of Riverside and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have outlined potential next steps for dealing with concerns about possible contamination at the property known as Ag Park. The agreement came after a recent meeting at Riverside City Hall. City Manager John A. Russo and DTSC Director Barbara A. Lee co-chaired the Friday (7/24) meeting, which also included city executive staff and representatives from the City Attorney’s Office, as well as DTSC experts in environmental science, environmental justice and environmental law. Read More...

City of Riverside Plans Audits of All Departments on Rotating Basis

City Manager John A. Russo is proposing to systematically audit all city departments on a rotating basis as part of a program headed to the City Council for its endorsement on Tuesday (7/28). Read More...

Riverside Welcomes Flame of Hope Sunday On Way to Special Olympics World Games

The City of Riverside will welcome the Flame of Hope, the official torch of the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles, with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sunday (7/19) at Ryan Bonaminio Park. Read More...

Riverside Encourages Residents to Apply for Seats on Advisory Groups

The City Clerk is accepting applications from residents who would like to serve on Boards and Commissions in Riverside. Openings include: • Mayor's Commission on Aging (Ward 3 seat) • Metropolitan Museum Board (Ward 6 seat) • Board of Public Utilities (Ward 6 seat) Read More...

City of Riverside Launches Education Roundtable Award

The Seizing Our Destiny movement’s Education Roundtable is seeking nominations for an award to recognize Riverside residents, businesses or organizations that lead or initiate programs or projects to advance educational opportunities in Riverside. Read More...

Riverside Restorative Growthprint Available for Review and Comment

Riverside residents are invited to review and comment on the Riverside Restorative Growthprint – Economic Prosperity Action Plan and Climate Action Plan, which outlines how Riverside can tie economic development activities to a strategy for reducing the community’s greenhouse gas emissions. The draft RRG – available for download at http://www.riversideca.gov/planning/rrg Read More...

City of Riverside Unveils Transparency Measures, Makes Government More Open

The City of Riverside today unveiled a host of new measures designed to increase transparency in local government by providing residents with easier and faster access to documents and meeting agendas, as well as more live, online broadcasts of government meetings. The changes should give residents more time to digest upcoming issues, a greater ability to find information about how their government is being run and the option to view meetings of some city boards and commissions without having to drive to City Hall. Read More...

Public Works Director Tom Boyd Announces Retirement

Public Works Director Tom Boyd, who led Riverside’s effort to ease traffic congestion by revamping freeway interchanges and building an unprecedented six railroad grade separations around the city, is retiring. Read More...

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...

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