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UCR MEDLEY: Med School funding, crime & student louts

UCR MEDLEY: Med School funding, crime & student louts

June 4, 2013 by

Strictly from a PR standpoint, last week started out just ducky for UCR.

At long last, the Legislature has (supposedly) located $15 million per year to make UCR Med an up-and-running concern. Next: Gov. Tightwad’s autograph? We’ll see. But what a relief for UCR and the med school grinders. Then came a Saturday letter to the editor and a Sunday opinion piece. We read that:

– Thoughtless UCR students alienate adult neighbors who have real jobs and need real sleep.

– Some UCR students don’t feel safe.

The letter, written “after midnight” on a weekday by Riverside resident Jill Johnson-Young, complained (putting it mildly) about loutish students who “think we’re a giant frat row.” They’re loud, they litter, they pee on other people’s yards. Pure Highlander class.

UCR has responded with good-neighbor policies, codes of conduct, etc. Do they work? To a point. Until the breaking point. One big problem: absentee landlords rent their homes to packs of unrelated students. “Dormitory row,” says one resident. A proposed city law would limit some rentals to two unrelated jerks in the same house. The city could take violating landlords to court.

The opinion piece, written by graduating senior Lindsay Cabreros, recounts a tense evening encounter with a “young, lanky man” who seemed to have designs on her iPhone. Lindsay stared him away, but uses the incident to discuss what she calls “increasingly rampant” crime at UCR and the surrounding area: “In January, February, and March, there were 225 reported crimes at the UCR campus.”

UCR’s latest figures: Jan.-April: 372 reported incidents: 106 “non-criminal” (i.e. traffic accidents); 266 criminal.

Spokeswoman Kris Lovekin: “… (O)ur police officers are being highly successful in making arrests… More security cameras are being installed… We have a campus safety escort program for people who are walking on and around campus in the evening.”

Lovekin links much crime to the ease with which phones and tablets can be converted to cash. She attached a photo of an “EcoATM” at the MoVal Mall that swallows the gadgets and coughs up money.

But these kiosks photograph the seller, scan his/her ID, require a thumb print and store the phone’s serial number. Step right up, stupid thieves!

Councilman Andy Melendrez, who represents the area, attributes some crime to students in crowded areas (Starbucks, U-Village) who leave their electronics within easy swiping distance.

Maybe they could be more careful, but let’s try not to blame the victims.

Melendrez also laments that crime reporting is not uniform among universities, making UCR seem more crime riddled than it is.

Upside? UCR and the city know what’s going on and are trying to tamp it down.

Downside? It’s not working well enough to satisfy furious neighbors and frightened students. It tarnishes UCR’s image just as its fortunes seem to be rising.

Councilman Melendrez: “When you emphasize safety, they say there must be a lot of crime.”

They sure do.


Reach Dan Bernstein at 951-368-9438 or

Tell UCR What Kind Of Chancellor The Neighborhood Wants

UNA University Neighborhood News Jan 4, 2013

Happy New Year!

News, Events, Opportunities To 
Connect, Contribute and Collaborate
Chancellor’s Search Committee Seeks Neighborhood Feedback 
What Qualities, Initiatives, Programs, Practices or Policies do you want?
Send any thoughts to:
before Jan 10th.
City Boards and Commissions
Ward 2 Openings

There are openings for a Ward 2 representative for the Disabilities Commission, Police Review Commission, Airport Commission and the Museum Board. If you or anyone you know might have an interest or skill in these areas, please pass the word.

If you don’t want to serve on these currently open seats, you can still put you name in the pool for any other board or commission. Get a form at:
Request For Speaker Suggestions
 With elections behind us, we have an opportunity to invite speakers to future neighborhood meetings.
Who would you come to hear and tell your friends and neighbors about?
You’re invited to test out our very own exclusive social network. Only our neighbors can join the University page.

Transportation Now Meeting Thus Jan 10th.

This is the meeting for anyone who has a passion for transportation issues, particularly buses.
Meet at 3:30 p.m, Zaceteca’s  Cafe, 2472 University Avenue.
Grassroots contribution changes everything.
Future Neighborhood Agenda Items
Next Year’s Goals For the Neighborhood  
Community Vision and Crest Community Church

Next Meeting: January 10th  

6:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
3431 Mt Vernon Rd
Riverside, CA 92507
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UCR Research Projects To Build Boomtown?

Let’s hope it happens sooner than later. Our neighborhood could use a boost in several areas, rental units not among them however. With the percentage of owner occupancy in the University Neighborhood at 35%,  some are saying we’re in a perfect position to attract more of those researchers who are likely to be found in their labs rather than in the classroom and off to Orange or LA County.

We have the perfect neighborhood to give “Live-Work” some vitality and flavor. After all, that’s how a lot of our neighborhood started – live work at UCR and March Field.  Here’s to the University Neighborhood Becoming Ground Zero for the next Silicon Valley.

Legally Poisoned

There’s a rule about losing weight that everyone who is successful, obeys. It’s called “if you track it, it moves”. In other words, if you don’t measure something, you won’t know if you’ve lost weight or not.

Our cost based risk assessment for chemicals contrasts with Europe where the focus is on health based risk assessment.

We get to experience the added costs and impacts from increased risk exposure  from products, processes or policies calculated to be cheaper to litigate than eliminate.

Europe insists products, processes and policies promote health outcomes based on health risk assessments. They also have better health outcomes in many categories.  Coincidence? Or do you really get what you measure for?