7 thoughts on “Just One Question”

  1. The ratio of investment property to owner occupied homes appears to be changing in favor of investors with all the associated problems of renters and mini-dorms and people not vested in the community.
    My dream would include finding financing options to enable single family homeowners to purchase in the community. UCR could offer employee perks to encourage staff to purchase in the neighborhood.

    On a separate note: I’d like to see a par course in Highlander Park for residents of all ages.

  2. I’d like to see our undeveloped parkland managed for trails, wildlife, and native plants. This would be a positive change for everyone from the current practice of treating them like vacant lots which are farmed for weeds through bad land management, such as discing.

  3. I would like our neighborhood to be a neighborhood. In my neighborhood it is predominantly UCR students and now we have a drug rehab house too. I feel the City Council needs to stand up for us . I’m sure they will want to develop every piece of available land to housing . I would love to see more green landscaping , a dog park . I love my house and I do have a few neighbors that really care . It has deteriorated in the last several years and it seems that our Council let it happen. I appreciate all the good people who head up the neighborhood meetings and keep us informed.

  4. Clean up our neighborhood. I continually call 311 to report trash cans left out, lack of landscaping, trash piled on the curb. The city used to require that trash cans be out of sight, as Corona and Moreno Valley do. Now the trash cans just need to be off the sidewalk/street. I have requested that the requirement be at least to place your trash cans on the side of your house. Of course, it has been months since I spoke to someone at the City, and still nothing. Cleaning up our neighborhood would certainly increase the value of our homes. As we know, the investors just collect their rent money and could care less about the neighborhood. We have lived here since 1972 and it breaks our hearts to see what as happened to our neighborhood. I will continue to report to the city problem areas. I have called and found out that a referral was closed, but the yard is still a mess, so I ask to reopen the case, and then follow up again. Some of the homes I have reported have no improvement, but the case it closed. So frustrating!

  5. Hi Laura, trash cans are the bane of the neighborhood. It makes us look trashy. I’d recommend downloading the City’s 311 app to photo the offenders. You will get a case number. Be sure to CC yourself so you can follow up. You will most likely have to follow up. If we all did this, and started a public conversation, at City Council, we’ll get some relief. We can aso copy our councilman on those requests. Then there is no reason for them to be unaware of what our issues are. When we were being inundated with bad student behavior 4 or 5 years ago, the only thing that worked was united, public pressure. We got some improvement but it takes vigilance to keep up neighborhood standards.

  6. Hi John,
    We’re working on our undeveloped parklands. One of the ideas being explored is having Islander Park (not the pool), be designated as a Regional Park. If we can get that distinction, we may have multiple options for attracting grant money for trails and restoration. The Friends of Riverside’s Hills commissioned a master trails plan for the Box Springs Mountain. The trails go all the way around the base and at top between Riverside and MoVal. There are multiple neighborhood loops joining the trail from multiple neighborhoods. To make Islander part of the plan, we need to build a tunnel or bridge to connect to the trail system now that RCTC has fenced us off. This is progressing.

  7. Hi Debra,
    The pressure for affordable housing is not going away. We will not succeed if we look for ways to stop it or to separate residents based on their status – student, homeowner or parolee.
    There have been numerous successful examples of communities forming community development corporations to manage their housing stock. They have been able to rehab and provide affordable housing that avoids gentrification. We could do the same in our neighborhood. How many of the student rentals could our CDC eventually acquire, refurbish and manage for services and or small scale food production? This could happen and we could reinvest in our community’s physical and social assets.

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