Category Archives: Open Government

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:

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.

6. Boards and Commissions Vacancies                                          10 min  Vacancy List 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

April 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 Apr 21                                     10 min.

3.  UCR Update – Jeff Kraus                                                                      10 min.     

4.  Community Asset Mapping                                                             15 min.

5.  Parks                                                                                                               20 min.

 Complete Survey

951-826-2000 Email

Hours of Operation: 
Monday – Friday : 8am – 5pm

6927 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92506

6. Moratorium Update – Data Request Committee               10 min.

7. Boards and Commissions Vacancies                                          10 min

Budget Engagement Commission

8. 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: May 10, 2018

UNA Meeting Agenda June 2017

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Every Second Thursday

1. Welcome – Introductions                                                                              5 min.

2.  UCR Update – Jeff Kraus                                                                            10 min. 

3. Santa Ana Bike Ride & Festival Jacqueline Rodriguez                           10 min

4. UNET Report                                                                                                 10 min.   

5. Council Update – Andy Meledrez                                                                10 min.

6. Next Steps: __??                                                                                           45 min.

7.   Next Meeting: Thursday, July13 th, 2017      

8.   Northside Specific Plan Meetings  June 7, 10, 12th.                                                                        

Thank you for creating the neighborhood of your dreams.

Measure Z Community Meetings

Flushing Tax Revenue AwayThis is the only resident sponsored forum being held on this measure.
It’s Wednesday, Oct. 12. Here’s the link:

Still time to ask questions at these upcoming meetings:

Measure Z Community Meetings

The No On Measure Z Facebook page plus Dan Bernstein’s Video.

It’s a teachable moment and a good place to start asking questions at the upcoming meetings.

Budget Presentation to the Community

You are invited to attend a 2 year budget presentation to the community for May 5, 2016 at 6pm at the St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church on Canyon Crest Drive.

Budget BlocksPlease share the following information with your neighbors and neighborhood groups.

Presenter of 2 year budget:       Adam Raymond

Where:  St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church

                                                                                                                                               4700 Canyon Crest Drive

Riverside, CA  92507

When:     Thursday May 5, 2016       6:30pm – 9:00pm


Proposal To Disband UNET?

Indict The System Sign Held By Man Protesting Next Tuesday, April 26th  at noon, the City Council is having a public meeting to discuss the proposed budget cuts for the Police.

All departments are being asked to  cut their budgets by 4%.

One area they have included is the termination of UNET.

Please inform your neighbors to attend and express their opinions about the need for the Police presence that UNET provides and any other issues they may have.

Since this meeting is a noon ‘workshop’, our best option is to use eComment. Send your thoughts, comments, ideas or concerns about the wisdom of this proposal.

Here’s a link to the agenda.

Police, Fire Public Utilities and Public Works are justifying their proposed budgets. Nobody wants to give up any money. Every department wants to keep operating the way they have.

Threatening to cut services to the neighborhoods is a sure fire way to drum up public comments and hopefully, public support for the departments. After all, we are talking about essential public health and safety services here.

What we don’t ever seem to talk about is how those essential services are being delivered. Take the fire department for example. Most of their calls are medical emergencies. Yet they roll the big equipment with full crews to answer calls that could be more appropriately addressed by a two man paramedic crews. Lots of unnecessary wear and tear on very specialized and expensive equipment.

I’m sure the voters don’t appreciate the prospect of a cut in services. After all, wasn’t it just a year or so ago when we were told that if we didn’t pass Measure A, an armageddon of lost public services would result?

The voters passed it and two weeks later, the Parks Department was threatening to reduce hours or close the City’s pools at the start of Summer. Fortunately, neighbors showed up and embarrassed the Council and we avoided a long hot, dry Summer.

The Police got an extra boost that year as well. We got to see really fast response times for rousting the homeless from the Blaine Street off ramp. In the meantime, the types of service calls the University Neighborhood has, are now coming from Sycamore Highlands, Canyon Crest, University Knolls, and parts of unincorporated Riverside County as well.

So maybe we should all do ourselves a favor and take a look at the budget proposals for Tuesday’s workshop. They’re easy to read. Most of them are going to be power points for the Council. Then share your thoughts via  eComment.

Everybody’s suddenly talking about fiscal responsibility. I say that starts with us. After all, we own it, don’t we?


Our Downtown Library Needs Your Help

About Our Historic Main Library

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This Tuesday, February 23, our City Council will vote on moving the Main Library to a new location and to authorize the City Manger to enter a contract to negotiate with Discovery Science Foundation to establish a Discovery Cube children’s science center the old Main Library location. We believe these proposals are flawed and need your help in opposing them.


Riverside Downtown LibraryRiverside has had a Main Library at the current location for 114 years. Over the last 8 years there have been discussions to either remodel the current building, demolish and build new on current location, or move to a new location altogether.  The current building was actually solidly built and in such a way to accommodate future expansion.

The city has neglected the Main Library for years.  Public meetings held to discuss the Main Library have been well attended and the overwhelming sentiment has been to keep the Main Library at its current location.

The need for a new building has been driven by the Library Director and city staff.     

The proposal being considered Tuesday is to move the Main Library to a small lot at Mission Inn and Chestnut.  City staff has been promoting this because the property is Redevelopment Agency which must be disposed of by June or it reverts to State control. It would have limited parking and any future expansion would require taking adjacent residential properties.

The second proposal, which comes from the new City Manager, is to allow him to start negotiations with the Discovery Science Foundation from Orange County to occupy the old library building at a cost to the city of up to $10 million. The Discovery Cube model is for daily school buses children and the Main Library is not suited to this use.  This proposal was only made public 10 days ago and has not been vetted by any board or committee. We are only being offered one choice. How do we know this is the right fit for Riverside?


The public has, at meeting after meeting, stated a desire to keep the Main Library at its current historical location. The city should honor the wishes of the community.

The addition of a science center or museum is a worthy concept but should be thoughtfully developed in a committee. We should examine several examples and consult with our local Universities. Careful consideration should be given to location, needed facilities, and the compatibility with adjacent uses.

Actions to take:

Call and email each of the Council members and the Mayor. We are including direct cell phone numbers.  Also email a copy of your comments to the City Clerk so they can be included in the official record.

Mayor:   Rusty Bailey               

Ward 1: Mike Gardner  951-941-7084 c          

Ward 2: Andy Melendrez       951-453-5371 c 

Ward 3: Mike Soubirous  951-515-1663 c

Ward 4: Paul Davis     951-453-1625 c             

Ward 5: Chris Mac Arthur      951-990-9719 c 

Ward 6: Jim Perry 951-741-8239 c       

Ward 7: John Burnard  909-262-0753 c

City Clerk:  Colleen Nicol                    

Talking Points:

Here is what to say:

  1. Please keep the Main Library in its current historical location. The public has asked this many times.The least expensive action to take, is to clean and restore the current building. The current building has more than enough room so there is no reason to build a new building. (The Director has actually stated they have too much room)
  1. Do not authorize the City Manager to enter into a Exclusive Negotiating Agreement.
  1. Ask that a committee be convened to developed the concept of a Science Center/Museum for the City of Riverside.We should seek participation from the local school districts and Universities.

Most Important Action- Attending and Speaking at the Council Meeting!

We need you to come to the City Council meeting and give public comments.  This is important. The Council pays close attention when a large number of people show up and speak.  The Main Library is at one of the most historical and sensitive locations in our city.  It is surrounded by the jewels in the crown.

Please join us at City Hall this Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 PM at 3900 Main St., Riverside.

There will be two opportunities to speak. Once during regular public comments, and then again during the public comments for this specific item.  You will have 3 minutes per public comment. There are Comment Cards in the back of the Chamber. You must fill one out for each item you wish to speak on, putting your name, ward, and item number on the card, and then hand it to the city clerk at the front right of the dais. Then you wait to be called.

You may also submit an e-comment (which is limited to 1000 words) and find the full proposal attached to the agenda here:


Kevin Dawson