Recent Press Releases

Riverside Recognized by Audubon International for Sustainability Efforts

Audubon International presented the City of Riverside with recognition for its ongoing efforts as a member of the Sustainable Communities Program, and its continuing commitments in making Riverside a better place to live and work. Read More...

City of Riverside, Firefighters Reach Agreement on 5½-Year Contract

The City of Riverside and the Riverside City Firefighters’ Association have reached an agreement on a 5½-year contract that, for the first time, calls for all employees to pay a portion of their pension premiums and ties future raises to the City’s overall financial performance. Firefighters also agreed to defer a 2.5 percent raise that was to take effect July 1 in order to help the City balance its 2016-18 budget. The agreement calls for raises of varying amounts in years 2-5 of the contract, starting Jan. 1, 2018. Read More...

City Council Members Redirect Funds to Preserve La Sierra Park Fireworks

The annual 4th of July fireworks show at La Sierra Park, which had been recommended for cancellation this year due to budget constraints, will go forward after all. In an effort to preserve the show, City Council members Jim Perry and John Burnard offered to donate money from their respective council budgets to make up roughly half of the $28,000 cost of the show. City staff took them up on the offer and are working to find the other half of the required funds. Read More...

MakerSpace at Riverside’s Main Library to Celebrate Grand Opening June 7

The new MakerSpace at the Main Library in downtown Riverside will celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7. The free event is open to everyone. A MakerSpace is a “do-it-yourself” area where library patrons can use computers, innovative software, crafts and other high-tech tools to create everything from jewelry to clothes to art. Read More...

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...

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