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November 2018 UNA Meeting Agenda

Meet Your Neighbors

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church
3431 Mt Vernon Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Every Second Thursday (Except August)

1. Welcome – Introductions                                               5 min.

2. UCR RUSD STEM Project                                           15 min.

3. Big Springs – Watkins Multi Story                          15 min.

  P18-0781 (DR) and P18-0782 (VR)

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4.  UCR Update                                                                       15 min.

5.  UNET Update                                                                    15 min.

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

Next Meeting: Dec 13 , 2018 Holiday Potluck

Save The Dates This Week

A full house attended RUSD UCR’s STEM High School Project meeting last Thursday.

The neighbors all agree STEM is great and everyone should have access to STEM classes.

Neighbors and students comprised most of the crowd. The  questions asked were articulate and from perspectives that clearly were never imagined by staff in the planning process for this educational collaboration.

None of the School Board Members were in attendance at this meeting. That’s why we need to show up again on Monday night.

If you think School Bond Money IS Being Misspent on STEM HS on UCR Campus,
Show Up For November 5, 2018 RUSD SCHOOL BOARD MEETING and COMMENT!

The RUSD School Board’s ONLY November meeting is Monday, November 5, 2018, beginning at 4:30 p.m. It begins with “Public Input on Closed Session Matters” followed by an Open Session at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Presumably 6:30 begins the Open Session at which public comments can be made. Come with 6 copies of any written comments for board members and staff, or just come with oral comments.

SHOW UP TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM ABOUT WATKINS DRIVE BEING THE WRONG LOCATION FOR A THREE-STORY STEM SCHOOL GOING! All meetings will take place at the Riverside Adult School, Board Room, 6735 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, unless otherwise noted.

There’s no note the November meeting is somewhere else, so that’s the location.

Please, once more, tell them what we love about living in the neighborhood of our dreams.

Don’t forget, Thursday November 8 is the UNA monthly meeting. Watch for the agenda.

Mt. Vernon Median Make Over Phase 1

Love Riverside 2018 brings another instant green space in the neighborhood.

University Neighborhood gardeners are not deterred by a little rain. They’ve been know to exclaim, “hell yes, let’s plant something!”

So we did. Thanks to all the volunteers who proved once again, many hands make short work.

Here’s Before:

Here’s After. Check it out.

Guerilla Gardening Love Riverside Day 2018

Join us Saturday, October 12, 2018. We’re doing a Metrolink fence makeover. We’re planting along the Metrolink Fence on Mt. Vernon Dr.

Mt Vernon Guerilla Gardening Love Riverside 2018 Park on Linden St.  Bring gloves, water, wear shoes.  We have shovels and tools.

Here’s a maplink,

We have some cactus and firesticks to plant along the fence. We’re digging holes, planting and admiring our instant neighborhood greenspace.

Start 9 a.m.  We’ll finish before noon.

Volunteers can sign up at LoveRiverside 2018

 

October 2018 UNA Meeting Agenda

Meet Your Neighbors

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church
3431 Mt Vernon Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Every Second Thursday (Except August)

1. Welcome – Introductions                                               5 min.

2.  Love Riverside Day Sat Oct 13, 2018

Greenscaping the Metrolink Fencing on Mt. Vernon

                                                                                                  10 min.

3.  Special Guest City Manager Al Zelinka Visit to UNA

4.  UCR Update                                                                       15 min.

5.  UNET Update                                                                    15 min.

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

Next Meeting: Nov 8, 2018

Riverside Garden Oasis Group Meeting

Hello Garden Lovers! The Riverside Garden Oasis is meeting this Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:00 am at Scott’s & Michele’s beautiful garden!  

2750 Orange St.  Riverside, 92501

Riverside  Garden Oasis Meeting Location Map Sep 22 2018

Garden open at 8:30 am for light refreshments. Everyone is welcome, bring a friend and enjoy the beautiful gardens.

We will learn what we should be doing to prepare a winter veggie garden and see how beautiful a water-wise garden can be at the end of a very long hot summer! Hope to see you there.

The Riverside Garden Oasis meets on the 4th Saturday every other month. Next meeting November 24, 2018; location to be announced! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram

September 2018 Meeting Agenda

Meet Your Neighbors

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church
3431 Mt Vernon Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Every Second Thursday (Except August)

1. Welcome – Introductions                                                                                                                                                                          5 min.

2.  Love Riverside Day Sat Oct 13, 2018

Greenscaping the Metrolink Fencing on Mt. Vernon                                                                                 10 min.

3.  Special Guest City Manager Al Zelinka Reschedules         Visit to UNA for October 11, 2018

4.  UCR Update                                                                       15 min.

5.  UNET Update                                                                    15 min.

Community Asset Mapping                                                               Upcoming Projects Mitigation Measures:  STEM School Traffic,  Moreno Valley Warehouses          20 min.

6. Moratorium Update – Data Request Committee            https://riversideca.gov/transparency/results/   10 min.

Follow The Money:  Budget Engagement Commission

7. Council Update – Andy Meledrez                                                10 min.

Next Steps: __Open Forum

Just One Question

Announcements – Reminders

Small Sparks Applications  (Blaine Watkins Beautification)

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

Next Meeting: Oct 11, 2018

Love Riverside 2018 Project

Save the Date. Love Riverside Day of service will be Saturday, October 13, 2018.

This year’s project is greenscaping the Metrolink fence on Mt. Vernon Ave. We have some yucca, firesticks and agave to plant. Guerilla Gardeners welcome.

Bring a shovel, water, gloves and wear shoes.  Park on Linden St.

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You can register for this project here:  https://www.loveriverside.org/communityservice

National Night Out 2018 Best Yet

University Neighborhood National Night Out 2018

The 2018 UNA Potluck and Pool Party was the best National Night Out to date.

Anna S. and her crew of lifeguards were the pinnacle of community service and good cheer. Flyers were distributed to all swim lessons parents which helped to bring a great crowd.

A generous supply of pizza from Antonious Pizza along with lots of chicken, potato salad, chips, beans, pasta and fruit salads from the neighbors made it a  healthy and tasty event.

Our UNET team, officers from both RPD and UCR were on hand hanging in the heat.

The amazing crew of lifeguards helped with the set up and clean up which was a pleasing step beyond the usual for these events.

It was  a great example of a community organized affair. Already looking forward to next year.

National Night Out 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Swim Started at 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset In the UNA

Islander Park Lifegurards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna and her amazing crew of lifeguards.


National Night Out 2018 Poltluck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yummy Treats For All. Perfect for hungry swimmers.

A Message From New City Manager Al Zelinka

Al Zelinka, Riverside City Manager
Al Zelinka, Riverside City Manager

  Dear City Team Colleagues,

Good afternoon. I am writing to convey gratitude to you, as well as to convey some information.

First, thank you. Thank you for the service you provide every day to the Riverside community and to your colleagues across the City organization. Thank you, too, for your patience and support of your City management team as we have endeavored this past month to transition, adjust and get settled while striving to problem solve, add value, and serve. The City Manager’s Office is close to having its “sea legs” and will hit our stride together with you by August. I am grateful to you for who you are and what you do each day.

Second, I want to share an update on the reorganization of the City Manager’s Office, make you aware of opportunities that are becoming available within our organization, remind you of the 5-by-5 dimensions of my role as your City Manager, and to remind you of the Acting City Manager schedule for July.

Reorganization

As you know, the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, June 19th, to reinstate the classification and salary range for the position of Deputy City Manager. As I previously reported to you, I have asked Carlie Myers and Moises Lopez to fill these two posts. (Please congratulate both of them when you see them.) They report directly to Assistant City Managers Lea Deesing and Rafael Guzman, respectively, to ensure we provide a high level of customer service to the Mayor and City Council, the public and one another. Further, Valerie Castro, Sarah Varela, Kristina Clabaugh, and Donna Finch are incredibly talented and gifted colleagues who provide the City Management Team with the wherewithal to perform at our very best. They are passionate about public service, consummate professionals, and wonderful people. I am very proud of this whole team and know they are dedicated to working with you to do the most public good.

On a practical level, with this new organization of the City Manager’s Office, the following changes to department leadership and agenda report review are now effective.

Department

CMO/ACM

Legistar Agenda Report Reviewer

Community & Economic Development

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Finance

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Fire

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

General Services

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Human Resources

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Innovation & Technology

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Library

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Museum

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Police

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Public Utilities

Al Zelinka

Carlie Myers

Public Works

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

CMO – Office of Homeless Solutions

Rafael Guzman

Moises Lopez

CMO – Office of Organizational Performance & Auditing

Al Zelinka

Carlie Myers

CMO – Office of Communications

Al Zelinka

Carlie Myers

Also, with the elevation of Lea Deesing to the role of Assistant City Manager, Chris Tilden is filling the role of Interim Chief Innovation Officer, and George Khalil is the Interim Deputy CIO. David Welch is our Interim Director of Community & Economic Development, filling the shoes vacated by Rafael Guzman when he became Assistant City Manager. Chris Christopoulos is Interim Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development. Please congratulate Chris, George, David and Chris when you see them. Many thanks to everyone for stepping in and showing leadership in their respective roles. 

Books By Al Zelinka

 

Opportunities

Because of these changes, and because of movement that already has occurred in various jobs, we have opened, or soon will open candidate searches for the following positions: Chief Innovation Officer, Community & Economic Development Director, Library Director, Public Utilities General Manager and Principal Management Analyst. Please encourage those you know – both within and outside of City Hall – to apply.

5 by 5

I have been sharing publicly 5 attributes of Riverside that I appreciate most and that provide me with the confidence needed to serve alongside you on this journey to accomplish important things for the benefit of the public:

·         Leadership: Our elected leaders care about this community and strive to represent the diverse viewpoints of Riverside in their decision-making and interaction with each of us. Likewise, City departments care about this community and deliver services, solve problems and open doors to Riverside’s promise every day.

·         Community: Riverside as a diverse community is complete with hard working residents who are largely proud of living here and who want to do better for themselves and their families. It is a place with innumerable points of pride in the built and natural environments. It is also a place with heritage that people cherish and question, and build upon for the future.

·         Partnership: Riverside is a community with unlimited potential and networks of social strength that can accomplish anything – think about the Cheech and CARB. While people in Riverside may not always agree, they – by and large – stay at the table with one another with an eye to realizing the good for Riverside.

·         Mindset. It is inspiring to be part of a City where so many residents and businesses do things together and for one another. This community admits mistakes, learns from them, and becomes better as a result; likewise, this community celebrates is successes and its assets. The Riverside community, while not perfect, has a collective mindset that is largely outward facing and wanting to do good.

·         Elevating the Conversation. The questions of “what can be?” and “what if?” are at the root of Riverside. Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote that includes “Great minds talk about ideas….” well represents what is most natural to this community. While there will always be aspects of criticism and negativity, Riverside is entrepreneurial and can-do by nature.

In addition to the 5 attributes of Riverside, I have also been sharing publicly 5 areas of focus our whole City Team and the community need to advance to ensure a promising future for Riverside – these areas are not “wants”, they are “needs” and we need to draw from the above attributes to advance them together:

·         Riverside and the Region. We need to: 1) Advocate for the Inland Empire’s Equitable Share of Scarce Public Resources and Do Our Part to Uplift the Capacity of the Region’s Non-Profit Ecosystem to Secure Its Share of Philanthropic Resources; and, 2) Do Our Part to Grow Riverside’s Local Economy and Work in Partnership to Facilitate Opportunities for Improved Quality of Life for All.

·         The Riverside Brand. We need to: 1) Tell the Riverside Story Better than Ever to Heighten Riverside’s Brand throughout the World; and, 2) Communicate and Engage More Effectively than Ever with Riverside Residents and Businesses.

·         Resilient Riverside. We need to: 1) Elevate the Entire Community’s Preparedness for Natural and Human Caused Conditions and Events; and, 2) Ensure the Financial Health of the City and Stretch Measure Z Dollars for Maximum Public Benefit Locally.

·         Self-Reliant Riverside. We need to: 1) Align and Leverage the City’s Utilities to Maximize Local Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production; and, 2) Realize a Second Connection to the Electrical Grid and Prepare for Our Electric-Based, Information-Driven Future.

·         Riverside Serves. We need to: 1) Demonstrate Continual Improvement to the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Providing Public Services; and, 2) Improve the Volunteerism Infrastructure in Riverside to Benefit All of Riverside.

Building upon the above 5 attributes and 5 areas of focus, I am confident our City Team will continue to excel in providing a responsive, engaged and innovative local government to the residents and business community of Riverside.

In closing, I am looking forward to our journey together and what our team will do to advance public good in the years ahead. I am proud of the services you and our 2,500 colleagues deliver every day – you make a difference.  And, I am here for you – if you have an idea, a question, a suggestion or a comment, please let me know – we are each other’s greatest resources.

Thank you,

Al

Al Zelinka, FAICP, CMSM

City of Riverside

Office of the City Manager

Direct: (951) 826-5771

RiversideCA.gov