Category Archives: City Of Our Dreams

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New Changes To Riverside’s Parking Program

Having a parking program acknowledges that cars have a major impact on city life. We design streets to handle various flows of traffic at optimal speeds.

Too bad we never seem to be able to get enough traffic lanes to keep things moving smoothly.  When all those cars  get home, they park somewhere. Sometimes that’s a problem.

Knowing how to solve that problem on your street is contained in Riverside’s New Parking Program Details.  See links below.

Transportation is a part of our daily lives. It’s important that it works well for everyone.  For those who remember the series of conversations with UCR and the City about how catering to cars, particularly at student rental units, caused the first neighborhood wide restricted parking opt-in zone to be created.

This basically leaves it to the neighbors to discuss and agree on what if any parking restrictions they might want to have posted on their streets. That included days, times, etc.

Our Neighborhood Specific Plan addressed these concerns as documented in the Circulation Element. It’s worth a review.

Watkins Dr Circulation Plan
Neighborhood Specific Plan Watkins Dr Valencia Hill North and South Section

Watkins Drive neighbors immediately banned day time parking. The City posted signs and the problem was solved. That’s how it was crafted to work. It was resident friendly and FREE,

After all, we the residents are the impacted parties. Charging residents for permits is pennywise and pound foolish. Neighbors coming together to solve their problem shouldn’t be penalized for doing so.

It’s as if no one saw a campus growing to 23,000 wouldn’t have an impact. Cars in traffic, cars parked on our streets and in our driveways.

UCR has been working to reduce on campus parking by banning freshman from parking on campus unless necessary for work or care giving  duties.

They are also building a Mobility Hub on camps to integrate multi modes of transportation which will help reduce car trips considerably. Bus runs every 15 minutes, some with express stops will keep ridership numbers rising.

See also: The 10 Best Car Sharing Programs In the US

RUSD is proposing a STEM High School on campus. This is going to cause a  major increase in the already dense daily traffic volume at peak times.

Transportation will continue to impact our daily lives. It’s in our best interests to be paying attention to what’s being proposed for our neighborhood.

Check out the New Parking Program details. The devil’s in the details but here are some relevant public record resources: Traffic Review Board MinutesGranfathered Permit LettersPermit Issuance LetterCouncil PresentationCouncil Report

Don’t be shy about asking questions or sharing comments with your Councilman and city staff.

 

UCR North District Notice Of Preparation EIR

UCR is giving notice of preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the North Campus Redevelopment Project.

UCR North Campus Development Plan Area
Save the Bungalows for affordable housing, workforce development and agricultural production opportunities.

Here’s the link to download the NOP and Initial Study for your comments. Let’s all do a review. Anything at all that comes up, make a note and share.

http://cpp.ucr.edu/environmental/ceqadocs.html

July 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.  National Night Out August – Tue Aug 7

Islander Park Pool Picnic from 6 pm Free Swim 7 pm.  Party Til  8:30.

3.  Special Guest City Manager Al Zelinka Visits UNA

4.  UCR Update

North District Notice Of Preparation EIR

Mobility Hub 

5.  Community Asset Mapping                                                             15 min. Project Mitigation Measures

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

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: Sept 13, 2018

June 2018 Meeting Agenda

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.  National Night Out August – Tue Aug 7

3.  New City Manager Al Zelinka Visits UNA July                  Meeting

4.  UCR Update

5.  Community Asset Mapping                                                             15 min.

6. Moratorium Update – Data Request Committee               10 min. 

https://riversideca.gov/transparency/results/

7. Boards and Commissions No Vacancies Ward 2               RNP Board Seats 10 min  

https://riversideca.gov/city_clerk/commissions.aspBudget 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: July 12, 2018

May 2018 Meeting Agenda

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.  Watkins Dr Trash Clean Up Success                                             5 min.

3.  UCR Update10 min.     

Hays Press Enterprise Lecture by Frank Bruni Friday May 18 Univ Theatre 4 pm

North District Campus Community  Project Review Thurs May 17 6-7 pm

UCR will be holding the a community meeting the evening of Thursday, May 17th, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm to discuss an upcoming construction project – the large North District Project.  You are invited to come to learn about these projects, ask questions, and provide feedback. The meeting will be held in the Pentland Hills Bear Cave –  (1 Pentland Hills Way, Riverside, CA 92507 Room B107  – located near the eastern terminus of Linden. Parking will be free for attendees and directional signage will be present around campus and at the Pentland Hills complex).

The North District Project, slated to encompass the 50 acre area currently occupied by Crest Family Housing, surrounded by Canyon Crest Drive, Blaine Street, Watkins Drive, and Linden Street. The North District Project is anticipated to provide approximately 4,000 to 6,000 new beds upon completion of the final phase of development. The Project is envisioned to be constructed in multiple phases and is  intended to provide residence hall housing for first year students, and apartment housing for second year students, transfer students, upper division undergraduate students, and graduate students. The Project will also deliver new dining facilities, one (1) NCAA Division I competition field, one (1) Field House facility, functional open spaces, multiuse spaces that can alternate from classroom, meeting space and study areas. There will also be other student support amenities such as  a mix of retail and commercial services, adequate utility capacity, parking, and supporting infrastructure to support all phases of the Project.

Here is a link to a recent article about the North District Project, which has additional information about the North District project:https://medium.com/ucr-magazine/into-the-north-43b57eff030a

If you have any questions, please call Jeff Kraus at (951) 827-7073. Feel free to pass along this information to anyone that might be interested in these projects..

4.  Community Asset Mapping                                                             15 min.

5. Moratorium Update – Data Request Committee               10 min. 

https://riversideca.gov/transparency/results/

6. Boards and Commissions Vacancies                                          10 min  Vacancy List

https://riversideca.gov/city_clerk/commissions.aspBudget 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: June 14, 2018

Earth Day 2018 Watkins Dr Trash Clean Up

Thanks to the army of UCR student volunteers and neighbors that made our Earth Day efforts a huge success.

The Interfraternity Council  (IFC) helped recruit and organize students with an appreciation for place and willingness to contribute some sweat equity to the neighborhood.

Early arrivals getting caffeinated.

 

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful supplied the tools, bags, gloves and safety vests.

 

 

Thanks to Jimmy Rodriguez from Riverside Public Works who loaned us a “Road Work Ahead” sign to help slow traffic on Watkins.

Thanks to Jimmy Rodriguez from Riverside Public Works for the safety sign to slow Watkins Dr traffic.

 

And last but perhaps most important, thanks to Jamie from Starbucks at UCR’s Glenmoor Market for providing some highly caffeinated fuel to get us started for the day.

UCR sherpa going the distance to clean up the hillsides

 

We filled over 50 trash bags including 4 Brown cans we had to borrow from neighbors because we ran out of bags.

Trailer load of trash

We pulled out 7 tires, 3 mattress and box springs, a car bumper, one refrigerator and a small mountain of dumped construction demo wood and one needle.

Long shot of a long morning’s work. Plus 4 borrowed brown cans. We were short bags.

 

Hats off to the student sherpas who climbed the hills and navigated the arroyos to recover the  illegal dumping and massive amounts of trash tossed from car windows.

Illegal Dumping

 

7 tires, construction demo, refrigerator and more

 

Sometimes it takes more than a village.

We could name all the establishments who probably don’t realize their good name is being literally trashed, but that’s for another time.

A herculean effort by UCR students and neighbors.

Right now, we’re all beat, happy and proud of the community spirit behind making the University Neighborhood the neighborhood of our dreams.

News, Updates February 2018

State of The City 2018

Greetings loyal public servants,

Last week I was honored to deliver the City’s 41st annual State of  the City Address in front of a sold out crowd at the incredible Riverside Convention Center. Following the event, I have received a lot of positive feedback on both the direction and results of our city. Each of you have contributed to these results in a meaningful way. Thank you for your good work and ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional customer service. If you were not able to attend the event, here is an online version and the videos we also shared with participants.

State of the City Address — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-2Ymv3MlRs

Year in review — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0YjAMSgaMg

Police app video — https://youtu.be/datXFjwW5B8

Riverside Pride!
Rusty

Save Citrus

Dear Neighbors,

A few weeks ago I told you that I was going to share more about citrus!  This is so important to Riverside and to California.  The growers know about this and are vigilant in looking for the disease, BUT it is the home grower who NEEDS TO BE INFORMED and vigilant.

Do you have even ONE citrus plant in your yard?  If yes, YOU MUST LOOK FOR THE SIGNS, monthly (even twice a month).  It only takes a moment and you can do it while picking and enjoying the fruit or while watering….no special trip to the back yard required! Open the link below for important information.

http://californiacitrusthreat.org/

What to look for:  http://californiacitrusthreat.org/pest-disease/

This is a very big deal. Be on the look out and help save citrus in Riverside.

Small Sparks Grants

Get the details here.

Grow Riverside 4

Join us for our fourth annual local food and agriculture conference.
This year our keynote speaker, Curtis Stone will also present a two day workshop teaching how he earns $100,000 per year on an urban lot in only 9 months of growing.  Get the details and register here. 

February 2018 Meeting Agenda

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.  Watkins Dr Trash Clean Up Sat Feb 17                                     10 min.

3.  UCR Update – Jeff Kraus                                                                      10 min.                                                       

4. Council Update – Andy Meledrez                                                  10 min.     

5.  Open Discussion                        

Next Steps: __Open Forum  

                   Just One Question

Announcements – Reminders  

Small Sparks Applications

   Updated “Who Do I Call” List

 Next Meeting: March 8, 2018

November 2017 Meeting Agenda

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.  Meet Your Neighbors Update                                                          10 min.

3.  Love Riverside Day Sat Oct 21st                                                   10 min                      Valencia Hill Dr Median Make Over                                                     

4. Lynn Carmen-Diaz RUSD                                                                    30 min.                               STEM Program 

5.  Council Update – Andy Meledrez                                                 10 min

6. UCR Update – Jeff Kraus                                                                         10 min.

Next Steps: __Open Forum  

                   Just One Question

Announcements – Reminders  

RPU Rate Increase Public Outreach Request

Small Sparks Applications

   Updated “Who Do I Call” List

 Next Meeting: December 14, 2017  Holiday Potluck   

Love Riverside UNA Valencia Hills Dr Median Make Over

 We’re planning to add a few cactus and some drought tolerant plants to this forgotten focal point.

A morning make-over. Looking for a few volunteers.

We can use a few with shovels, and a pick up would make quick work of transporting  plant starts.

Start the day at Sherman Indian School, have some coffee and rolls.

Photos and off to an morning make-over.

Contact Gurumantra 951-640-3868

Here’s the project page link for more details:

https://loveriverside.vnexttech.com/communityservice/projectdetails/59d3fe8876a4a2a91cb5aa3a