Category Archives: Economic Development

Smart Code Development Plans

Created by Dana Outreach Committee


This is where you can find information on City and neighborhood planning in the Downtown area

Location: Riverside
Members: 3
Latest Activity: Feb 26, 2011

Riverside 2.0 Strategic Plan 4.28.15.pdf



Andres Duany April 16, 2014 on SMART CODE RIVERSIDE



DANA – Form Based Planning Overview.pdf



PE Article – Soccer league’s fate cloudy under one-year contract 5.08.15



Karen_Renfro_Letter_Land_Use_Policy 7.10.14.pdf

City Council Agenda Item #16 4.28.15

Development Cmte Agenda 04.17.14.pdf

Staff Report-Northside Vision 04.17.14.pdf

Northside – OPTICOS Draft Scope of Work and Budget.pdf

Project Area Map.pdf

Specific Plan Areas.pdf

SMART CODE-presentation-01-15-14.pdf



6-14-2012 (Item 18) Oversight Board for the City of Riverside as Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Riverside

6-12-2012 (Item 46) City Council & Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Riverside –

1-25-2011 (Item 19) City Council/Redevelopment Agency Memorandum –


CCRPT Report-1 7.08.14.pdf

Protect Riverside 

Citizens for Balanced Growth


Imperial Hardware Presentation Files

Ratkovich Properties web site

Planning Commission  Item #2 May 21,2015

CCRPT Item 7 – 7.22.14.pdf

Imperial Hardware Project Map.pdf

Ratkovich Properties Agreement.pdf


Van Owen Holdings

Monte Vista Concept Drawings City Council 5.05.15

PE Article – Fire at Monte Vista Terrace 11.18.14

Monte Vista project – Aug13 Planning Cmte Mtg.docx

Fairmount Lofts – 2007 project.pdf

ZION PROJECT – 1st to 3rd on Market Street

Zion Project -Centerpointe Apts. Market 1st to 3rd street.pdf

P14-0183 Initial Study-1 Nov2014.pdf


Development Cmte Agenda 2.20.14.pdf



AG Park-Neighborhood Update 5.22.15.pdf


City of Riverside AG Park Report 11.20.14.pdf

CCRPT 2 – 4.28.15

Community Facilities District No. 2015-2 (Arroyo Park) CCRPT 5 – 3.03.15

City of Riverside – Finance Department

Mello – Roos (CFD) definition – history


Riverside Police Department


RPD Press release Community Service Bureau.pdf


2010 Riverside Strategic Vision ~ Seizing our Destiny
Riv Destiny Pub_FINAL.pdf

SOD web site

City Arts & Culture Plan Updates
Creative Riverside Cultural Plan (9-23-08).pdf
Arts and Culture Plan update 2.19.09.pdf

Downtown Development

City Council Redevelopment Action 1.25.11

Downtown Specific Plan


Cultural Heritage and Historic  Neigbhorhoods

Downtown Riverside

Riverside Historical Society
Old Riverside Foundation
Riverside Renovators
City of Riverside Historic Resource Division
Modern RIverside Blog

Heritage Square Lime Street Development street map 2.25.09
Housing Project on Lime Street.pdf

Historic Preservation Program CC Report 1.27.09 Item# 15

Events and Happenings

New City Manager Completes Team

John Russo and Alex Nguyen

City Manager John Russo Completes Executive Team With Hiring of Alex Nguyen

Nguyen joins Al Zelinka and Deanna Lorson as Assistant City Managers in Riverside RIVERSIDE, Calif. –


Nguyen’s hiring completes the team of three Assistant City Managers who will work closely with Russo and supervise the operations of all City departments. Responsibilities have been divided up thusly:

Nguyen – Police, Fire, Library, Museum, and the Parks, Recreation and Community Services departments.

Lorson – Administration, Communications, Finance, General Services, Human Resources, Innovation and Technology

Zelinka – Community and Economic Development, Riverside Public Utilities, Internal Audits, Public Works

Read the full press release.

If you have questions, Contact: Phil Pitchford Intergovernmental and Communications Officer 951-826-5975

Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Wine and music the perfect combination to celebrate and support the work of two local treasures: The Riverside Neighborhood Partnership – Neighbors Working Together To Make Where They Live Awesome Places, and the Riverside Concert Band.

Tickets are limited
Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Community Meeting Redevelopment Corridor University Ave.

This meeting is back on schedule and ready for your careful input.

University Ave Design CharetteThursdays May 14th and June 4th at Stratton Community Center at Bordwell Park 6:30 p.m. For more Info contact: Kaitlyn Nguyen 951-826-2430  or



Randall Lewis Seminar Series:

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required:

Note that the place of the seminar has moved. We will be meeting at the University Extension Center-Room E 1200 University Avenue, Riverside.

Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Neighbor Fest

If you didn’t make Neighborfest 1 when at Bobby Bonds last October, here’s your next closest chance to experience what hundreds of neighbors have been a buzz about.

Check out Neighborfest.


Grow Riverside

Buy Your Tickets Here

Grow RiversideSave the Date. Grow Riverside and our sustainable, local agricultural future is open for discussion. Join us for this community conversation about a possible future for Riverside.

Second GrowRIVERSIDE “Dinner in the Grove” set for Saturday, May 16; to Deliver Farm-to-School Twist

15 Data Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial

This report from the Huffington Post Black Voices by  and , puts together a series of data graphs that paint an interesting picture of wealth, race, income and opportunities. 

15 Charts That Prove We’re Far From Post-Racial

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On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities.

Fifty years removed from that milestone, it’s apparently easy to think that we’re over racism.

Here are 15 facts that prove that’s not the case.

1) Affluent blacks and Hispanics still live in poorer neighborhoods than whites with working class incomes.

An analysis of census data conducted by researchers at Brown University found that income isn’t the main driving factor in the segregation of U.S. cities. “With only one exception (the most affluent Asians), minorities at every income level live in poorer neighborhoods than do whites with comparable incomes,” the researchers found.

“We cannot escape the conclusion that more is at work here than simple market processes that place people according to their means,” their report stated. Along with residential segregation, the study notes, comes access to fewer resources for those in minority neighborhoods.

2) There’s a big disparity in wealth between white Americans and non-white Americans.

White Americans held more than 88 percent of the country’s wealth in 2010, according to a Demos analysis of Federal Reserve data, though they made up 64 percent of the population. Black Americans held 2.7 percent of the country’s wealth, though they made up 13 percent of the population.

Much has been written explaining that the racial wealth gap didn’t come about by accident. Among other factorsFHA redliningrestrictive covenants, andexploitative contract selling practices that capitalized on black families’ inability to get conventional mortgages all prevented African-Americans from generating wealth through home ownership for much of the 20th century.

3) The racial wealth gap kept widening well after the Civil Rights era.

It nearly tripled between 1984 and 2009, according to a Brandeis study.

4) The Great Recession didn’t hit everyone equally.

Between 2007 and 2010, Hispanic families’ wealth fell by 44 percent, and black families’ by 31 percent, compared to 11 percent for white families.

5) In the years before the financial crisis, people of color were much more likely to be targeted for subprime loans than their white counterparts, even when they had similar credit scores.

The Center For Responsible Lending came to that conclusion after analyzing government-provided mortgage data for the year 2004, supplemented with information from a propriety subprime loan database.

“For many types of loans, borrowers of color in our database were more than 30 percent more likely to receive a higher-rate loan than white borrowers, even after accounting for differences in risk,” the authors of the report wrote.

This wasn’t a new phenomenon. HUD data from 1998 also showed that predominantly black neighborhoods at every income level had a much greater share of subprime refinance mortgages than predominantly white neighborhoods.

6) Minority borrowers are still more likely to get turned down for conventional mortgage loans than white people with similar credit scores.

An Urban Insititute data analysis found that mortgage denial rates from government-sponsored servicers are higher for black applicants with bad credit than for white applicants with bad credit:

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7) Black and Latino students are more likely to attend poorly funded schools.

“A 10 percentage-point increase in the share of nonwhite students in a school is associated with a $75 decrease in per student spending,” a 2012 analysis of Department Education data by the Center For American Progress found.

8) School segregation is still widespread.

80 percent of Latino students attend segregated schools and 43 percent attend intensely segregated schools — ones with only up to 10 percent of white students. 74 percent of black students attend segregated schools, and 38 percent attend intensely segregated schools.

9) As early as preschool, black students are punished more frequently, and more harshly, for misbehaving than their white counterparts.

“Black children represent 18 percent of preschool enrollment, but 42 percent of the preschool children suspended once, and 48 percent of the preschool children suspended more than once,” a Department of Education report, released in March, noted.

10) Perceptions of the innocence of children are still often racially skewed.

A study published this year in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that participants estimated black boys to be older and less innocent than white boys of the same age.

When participants were told that the boys, both black and white, were suspected of crimes, the disparity in perceptions of age and innocence became more stark:

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Separate research by Stanford psychologists suggests that these kinds of racialized perceptions of innocence contribute to non-white juvenile offenders receiving harsher sentences than their white peers.

11) White Americans use drugs more than black Americans, but black people are arrested for drug possession more than three times as often as whites.

This contributes to the fact that 1 in 3 black males born today can expect to go to prison in their lifetimes, based on current incarceration trends.

12) Black men receive prison sentences 19.5 percent longer than those of white men who committed similar crimes, a 2013 report by the U.S. Sentencing Commission found.

13) A clean record doesn’t protect young black men from discrimination when they’re looking for work.

Young white men with felony convictions are more likely to get called back after a job interview than young black men with similar qualifications and clean records,a 2003 study published in the American Journal of Sociology found.

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14) Black job seekers are often turned away by U.S. companies on the assumption that they do drugs.

The presence of drug testing may actually help to correct this and increase black job seekers’ chances, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study released in May.

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15) Employers are more likely to turn away job seekers if they have African-American-sounding names.

Applicants with white-sounding names get one callback per 10 resumes sent while those with African-American-sounding names get one callback per 15 resumes, according to a 2003 National Bureau of Economic Research report. “Based on our estimates,” the researchers wrote, “a White name yields as many more callbacks as an additional eight years of experience.”

Neighborhood Real Estate Update, Open House

Neighbor Open House Invitation

Dear Neighbors,
As a long-term University Hills resident, I strongly believe in sustaining
neighborhood property value.
In a collective effort among University Neighborhood Association and local activists,
we have witnessed a faster increase in home value, compared with the greater Riverside area.
Following my recent sales (425 Maravilla Dr. for $350k and 3224 Celeste for $350k),
I foresee the rising prices have reached a plateau, and should remain stable throughout the next 18 months.
I look forward to seeing you at the open house:
 3355 Santa Cruz Dr.
June 28 tSat. 11am-3pm
Offered at $369,500
This would be a great opportunity for you to invite someone who would make
the perfect new neighbor for you!
Laura Peng
Realtor, UCR Graduate
Bre: 01928774
7545 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 250
Irvine, CA 92618


Number Of Single Family Rentals In Riverside Elusive

Homeowners near UC Riverside say they’re concerned the character of their neighborhood is irreparably changing as more homes become rentals. But how many homes actually are rented?

It’s hard to say. So far, information on how many of the homes are owner-occupied and how many are rentals has been either anecdotal or conflicting. But one way to check is business tax certificates, which the city requires anyone who owns rental property to get.

The owner of this house on Knox Court in Riverside was cited in 2009 for having more than four tenants, according to city records.

The owner of this house on Knox Court in Riverside was cited in 2009 for having more than four tenants, according to city records. however, it’s not listed as having a business tax certificate.

Business tax certificates (often called business licenses) are required for owners of apartments and condos, but also for people who rent out single-family homes, unless they also live in the home. The statistics I got from the city are interesting, but mostly for what they don’t include.

A spreadsheet the city provided showed 196 business tax certificates for single-family home rentals on file as of mid-July. (That’s citywide, not just in the University neighborhood.)

Who’s not on the list? For starters, the five addresses that have gotten citations since 2009 for having more than the four renters the city allows.

Likewise, no certificates were on file for any of eight UCR-area houses I found advertised for rent on on Tuesday.

And – though the connection gets a little thinner here – I didn’t see business tax listings for 18 houses on nine streets where the city has given building permits to add extra bedrooms since mid-2011.

(The caveat to that one is that the building permits don’t say whether the home is rented, so the owner could be adding bedrooms for their own large family, but that seems unlikely in most cases.)

Glynnis McKinley, who owns a rental house on West Campus View Drive, said the city ought to do more to educate people about business tax filings. She and her husband created a holding company for their business, which includes rentals elsewhere in the city, so the Campus View house is covered by that business tax certificate, she said.

But the McKinleys moved out of the Campus View house because of noise from UCR (the house backs up to an athletic field), and the business license “was something that I wasn’t aware that we should have,” she said. “If we didn’t have the business I would have never thought to do that.”

Riverside Assistant Finance Director Scott Catlett said the city does compliance checks to see if those who should have business licenses indeed have them, but those tend to focus on companies that sell products or services or can otherwise be tracked through sales.

“The challenge with home rentals is it’s not really something that someone pays sales taxes for,” he said. “That’s not something that there’s a database somewhere that we can access.”

If just a quick internet search and some cross-referencing of city data showed that as many as 31 homes, mostly in the University area, may need business licences and not have them, I imagine there are more around Riverside.

Not all tenants or landlords cause problems, but if Riverside is ever to get a handle on issues with the ones that are irresponsible, it would help to have accurate data on how many rental homes they’re dealing with.

I’ll be writing more on this topic, as there are other sources of data on owner-occupied vs. rented homes. Stay tuned.

Collective Consumerism In A Neighborhood Near You

A new consuming philosophy: Reuse, remake, refrain

San Francisco : CA : USA | Jun 29, 2013 at 8:08 AM PDT
Source: Los Angeles Times
Sharing Unwanted Shoes Make for Happy Feet Each year, Andy Ruben bought his daughter new shin guards for soccer, stashing the old gear and waiting for the replacements to labor through the delivery system to his door. But as he watched local girls outgrow their own sports equipment, Ruben realized that the items he wanted were gathering dust… FULL ARTICLE AT Los Angeles Times

Thirty Miles Of Corruption Presses Forensic Audit of City Books

With the search on for a new city manager, it seems like a very sensible public request to have a full  forensic audit of exactly where we stand. And by we,  I mean the taxpayers who are on the hook and a city council accountable for how deep that hook goes.

Matrix Destroyer BotsThe limited scope of the  audit requested by former city manager Brad Hudson brings up all sorts of scary thoughts. The City of Bell comes to mind.

Moving forward with a search for a new city manager without knowing exactly where we stand is unfair to resident taxpayers and sets the stage for failure no matter who takes the job.

The city is very good at paying for expertise. There is a lot of agreement that this is one of those times. It would be money well spent.

If we’re going to have a Renaissance   or Seize Our Destiny, we’re going to have to make it happen.

Food Truck Fest Finds It’s Way To Riverside



I’d say it’s about time. Many have been pressing for alternative ways of drawing crowds and producing events with high degrees of relevance to our community. Food trucks are a good way to ensure successful fund raising events. As if there was ever any doubt.  Too bad the City of Arts and Innovation came in second when innovation was called for.