Category Archives: Public Policy

UCR Physical Master Plan Study Is Complete

UCR CampusAfter receiving feedback from approx. 450 individuals, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members, a final report has been compiles to provide guidance regarding UC Riverside’s space needs, transportation, sustainability, safety, and aesthetics.

Below you will find a link to UCR Today’s feature article on the Physical Master Plan Study, as well as a link to the study’s website on UCR’s Capital Asset Strategies page and a link to the study itself.

UCR Today: Look Online for UCR’s Future Design<http://atu.cr/1NPX993>

Capital Asset Strategies – Physical Master Plan Study<http://cpp.ucr.edu/masterplan_study/>

Physical Master Plan Study – Full Report PDF<http://cpp.ucr.edu/masterplan_study/ucriverside_pms_full_report_05242016.pdf>

Also attached is a PDF of the Physical Master Plan Study presentation made at the Steering Committee meeting on May 18th.

Please note that we also have posted summaries of each chapter of the Physical Master Plan Study to the study website, at the URL below.

http://cpp.ucr.edu/masterplan_study/report.html

A PDF of these combined summaries also is attached for your ease of future reference.

A list of frequently asked questions and responses also is posted to the study website, at the URL below.

http://cpp.ucr.edu/masterplan_study/faq2.html

A PDF of these FAQs also is attached for your ease of future reference.

UCR Family Student Housing Complex to Be Closed in Summer 2017

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?

 

Mayoral Debate At RRR

Meet The Candidates PosterHere’s the link to last week’s very well attended Mayoral Debate.

Hosted by Riverside’s RRR Neighborhood Group – Riverside Residents for Responsible Representation at La Sierra High School., there are lots of snippets to choose from.

Thanks to the video crew for their excellent coverage and great community service. And a special thanks to Dan Bernstein who moderated with style and substance. Enjoy!

Preventing Violence Through Land Use

Community Safety by Design: Preventing Violence through Land Use

Description:

Street Art Image Of Man Lying On Ground With Trees Growing From HImDecisions about how land is used, by whom, and for what purposes hold immense potential to prevent violence before it occurs. Yet, despite the connection between land use and community safety, land use decisions are rarely made with violence prevention in mind. Developed with funding from The California Endowment, Community Safety by Design: Preventing Violence through Land Use explores the nexus of land use and neighborhood safety and analyzes the implications of the current state of practice. Using the Spectrum of Prevention as a framework, this publication offers recommendations for creating safer communities through a deeper understanding of the intersection of place and safety.

Environmental Protections at Risk as South Coast Air Quality Board Ousts its Leader

 

Clean Air World

Press contacts:

Kimiko Martinez, Natural Resources Defense Council, 310-434-2344 or kmartinez@nrdc.org

Shawn Dhanak, The Sierra Club, (213) 387-6528 x237  or shawn.dhanak@sierraclub.org

Environmental Protections at Risk as South Coast Air Quality Board Ousts its Leader

DIAMOND BAR, CALIF. (March 4, 2016) — Board members of the South Coast Air Quality Management District today ousted Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein after 18 years of service. Chief Financial Officer Michael O’Kelly was named interim Executive Officer.

The 7-6 vote was made after the closed session portion of a public hearing in Diamond Bar and  signals a potential shift in the Board’s priorities and political leanings, as well as interests that are influencing them. Many speculate that the move is a power grab by those with close ties to large polluters, like those in the fossil fuel industry.

The vote comes just a month after the Coastal Commission fired its Executive Director, Charles Lester, despite an overwhelming public showing of support for the leader by community members and environmental groups.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is set to vote on a vital clean air plan later this year.
Following is a statement by Morgan Wyenn, Staff Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council:
“We are concerned that today’s vote signifies that the Board’s new members are gearing up to undermine and weaken one of the nation’s most important air regulatory agencies. The role of Executive Officer is a difficult job. But its hugely important. Our region deserves someone who has the guts to adopt and enforce needed regulations to clean up the air. Communities across the air basin have the right to the clean air and we will fight to make sure the AQMD does its job to finally make good on the promise of the Clean Air Act.”

Following is a statement by Nidia Erceg, Deputy Policy Director Coalition for Clean Air:
“Now is a pivotal time for clean air. We need to hit the accelerator on our efforts to clean up deadly pollution and advance clean energy. This board has a history of nonpartisan cooperation, and this agency is recognized nationally as a science based leader in air quality protection, but its stature and effectiveness are now threatened by political maneuvering and oil industry influence.”

Following is a statement by Evan Gillespie, My Generation Campaign Director for The Sierra Club:
“The AQMD has been hijacked by big polluters, and Dr. Wallerstein’s ouster is a very troubling sign that the Board intends to roll back the clock on air quality and public health. It’s like they’ve kidnapped the agency, the getaway vehicle is a time machine, and they’re heading to 40 years in the past, when industry could run roughshod over the community’s health.  Over the last few decades, Southern California has made tremendous progress in reducing deadly smog by putting in place stringent air quality control measures. While we have a long way to go until the air is truly breathable, we must continue to go forward not backwards.”

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About the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 2 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us atwww.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club’s My Generation Campaign is working to power California with 100% clean energy. We organize communities across the state to demand local clean energy as a way to improve air quality, create jobs, and take action against climate change. Together, we can help build a stronger and more equitable California, in which all people can breathe healthy air, all energy is clean and renewable, and everyone benefits from a successful economy and a sustainable environment.

About the Coalition for Clean Air

Since our founding in 1971, we’ve seen remarkable strides in clean air. Gone are the days when you couldn’t see the mountains if you lived next to them, when your eyes burned and when you couldn’t go outside. The only thing is — our air is still very, very bad. CCA is California’s only statewide organization working exclusively on air quality issues. From creating the idea for California’s original Smog Check program in 1981 to ensuring the first national ban on the toxic dry cleaning chemical “perc” to helping pass legislation to put 1 million electric vehicles on California’s roads by 2025, CCA has paved the way for socially and environmentally responsible air policy nationally and worldwide.Today we maintain a small, dedicated staff with offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles working toward the goal of clean air throughout California.http://www.ccair.org/Twitter @CleanairCA

More Lawyers Or More Police In Riverside

Protester With Indict The System SignThose of you who are living in or adjacent to the University Neighborhood are familiar with the problems we face due to behavioral incidents

We are also familiar with the reasons the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET) can’t expand their service area into Canyon Crest, Sycamore Highlands and University Knolls. (Despite UNET’s efforts to cover the calls as best they can).

Because UNET is a hybrid UCR-RPD force, expansion requires more police from each department. UCR is budgeted for more officers than they currently have.

Every time we bring our ongoing behavioral issues to the police department, we’re told that the City is unable to provide more police. In fact, it was even suggested that we as neighbors set up a fund to finance adding an extra officer just to police our neighborhood.

Now we’re being told the City wants to hire 12 new attorneys instead of hiring 30 new police officers. Here’s your chance to say something about that.

The City of Riverside Can’t Afford to Hire 12 New Attorneys Instead of 30 Police Officers

The City is planning to put this on the June ballot with no further discussion. Every name that is added builds momentum around the campaign and makes it more likely for us to get the change we want to see.

So start collecting signatures. Share this with everyone. Let’s show them the folly of disregarding the residents and taxpayers.

Save Our Library Petition

Riverside Downtown LibraryHey,

I just signed the petition “Riverside Board of Library Trustees: Keep the Riverside Downtown Library Where it Stands” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/riverside-board-of-library-trustees-keep-the-riverside-downtown-library-where-it-stands?recruiter=27219442&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

Thanks!