Category Archives: Social Capital

Graffiti Tips Courtesy Of The Historic Wood Streets

Information sent out from the Historic Wood Streets Group.  Please share with those that do not have computer access.  Have a great weekend.  Nancy

Graffiti – Info from Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful:
Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful says this (on their website about reporting graffiti:
Report Graffiti
With all that Riverside is doing to prevent and clean up graffiti, you may be wondering, “What can I do?”  (The City of Riverside spends over $1 million annually.)
The answer is REPORT, REPORT, and REPORT.  Dial 3-1-1 from a Riverside home phone or (951) 826-5311 from cell phones to report graffiti. If you are witnessing graffiti crime in progress calls 9-1-1. For more information about graffiti and how it hurts our community please visit”
The operator at the 3-1-1 (826-5311) phone number will ask these questions:

1.    Address and where the graffiti is located on the property.2.    What kind of surface is the graffiti is painted on? (I.e. Block wall, wooden fence, stucco)3.    What color is the graffiti?4.    Is the graffiti legible?  If so, what does it say or what letters/numbers are legible?

Also, there is an “app” you can get for your I-phone, android, smart phone, etc. That will send a photo and your information to the 3-1-1 call center.  They prefer that you let city crews come photograph the graffiti, but if you take a digital photo of it you can e-mail it to the 3-1-1 call center too.
The city crews respond as quickly as they can because graffiti is not “art” it is “a crime, punishable by law.”
Nearly all information on the Internet about graffiti prevention says that the graffiti should be removed or painted-over soon, if it is left visible it may attract more graffiti.
Graffiti-Prevention information is available at Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful
If you are a victim of graffiti, please report it; if you see someone in the process of committing this crime call 9-1-1, it may be dangerous to confront the person on your own, as it is often a gang-related crime.

A Library That Serves A Captive Audience

The Prison Library Project responds to hundreds of requests a week from inmates around the country, and beyond, seeking a little relief from the boredom through reading.

December 04, 2009|By Corina Knoll

Penned inside a stark world of concrete and steel, the messages are often congenial, the words soft.

“Greetings from the other side. I hope this letter finds you in good health, achieveing all your heart’s desire.”

“Looking at things from a positive outlook helps you see the beauty in life.”

“You all will always be in my prayers knowing that thy are truly servants of our God.”

The authors are inmates writing to the Prison Library Project, a program run by a Claremont nonprofit that provides reading materials free of charge to hard-core criminals.

Each week, the project receives hundreds of letters — some written in careful cursive or intricate calligraphy, others scrawled with confused grammar. Whether writing a couple of lonely lines on a scrap of paper or a discourse running several pages, someone is always asking for something good to read.

The project has been fulfilling that request since 1987, when Claremont resident Rick Moore took over a program begun by spiritual gurus Bo Lozoff and Ram Dass in Durham, N.C. Starting with used books stored in the closet of a friend’s yoga studio, Moore eventually established the Thoreau Bookshop, where he could house the project as well as operate a store to fund it. From that evolved the nonprofit Claremont Forum, of which the Prison Library Project is the nexus.

Publicized by word of mouth, the project receives inquiry letters from corrections facilities across the country, with a handful arriving from overseas.

Men tend to ask for westerns and anything by Louis L’Amour or Stephen King. Women lean toward romance novels.

Because inventory is limited, the volunteer staff often must root around for a comparable piece of literature. The program’s main purpose, however, is self-help. So the inmate who receives “Hondo” or “Misery” may also find that his package includes a philosophy text and parenting resource.

“We keep trying to bring people around to what’s going to serve them and the community at large,” said Moore, 58. “Nothing racy. Nothing political. Everything’s so polarized in the prison system. We don’t want to stir more controversy. We’re trying to get people to turn inward.”

Homeless Outreach Center Resources

It was just a few short months ago we were talking about cooling centers to beat the heat. Now it’s extremely cold and even more dangerous for our homeless population. Here’s some information to pass on to those who may be in need.

If you are currently homeless, know someone in need of help or need assistance with a homeless situation in Riverside, please call :


or email:

Monday – Friday, 6 a .m. – 9 p.m.

Service connections include:
• Housing Referrals • MedicaI Services
• Employment Referrals • Psychological Issues
• CA Identifications • Bus Rides Home
• Social Security Benefits • Other Services
• Substance Abuse (Please Ask!)
Treatment Placements

Police Commit to Community Outreach

Date: Friday, January 14, 2011
Contact: Lt. Guy Toussaint, Community Services Bureau
Phone: 951-826-5902
Contact: Assistant Chief Christopher O. Vicino
Phone: 951-826-5522

Police Commit to Community Outreach

Riverside, California – Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz is pleased to
announce the creation of the Community Services Bureau (CSB) to
strengthen the relationship between the community and the police
department. The CSB will provide a proactive and innovative approach to
problem solving, personal safety and crime prevention. The Bureau will be
under the command of Lieutenant Guy Toussaint and will report directly to
Assistant Chief Christopher Vicino.
“Community Policing is not a goal in and of itself; the purpose of Community
Policing is to help achieve a safer and more livable city. The CSB has been
tasked with developing and delivering Riverside Police Department programs
to enhance our Community Policing efforts thereby making our
neighborhoods safer and better” said Chief Sergio Diaz.
Personnel in the CSB will coordinate the Police Department’s community
programs including the Citizen’s Academy, Crime Free Multi-Housing,
Neighborhood and Business Watch, Teen 2 Teen, Traffic Education, the
Volunteer Unit and Youth Court. In addition, several new programs are in the
planning stages including a Teen Internship Program and a Police Mentor
The CSB will coordinate and track all community programs, facilitate media
events, and assist staff in other divisions with community measures. The
Bureau will be managed by Sergeant Dan Warren and Supervisor Karen
Haverkamp and is staffed with five Police Officers and three Police Service
For more information about the Community Services Bureau or the programs
offered, contact Supervisor Karen Haverkamp at 951-826-5644 or