National Night Out 2018 Best Yet

University Neighborhood National Night Out 2018

The 2018 UNA Potluck and Pool Party was the best National Night Out to date.

Anna S. and her crew of lifeguards were the pinnacle of community service and good cheer. Flyers were distributed to all swim lessons parents which helped to bring a great crowd.

A generous supply of pizza from Antonious Pizza along with lots of chicken, potato salad, chips, beans, pasta and fruit salads from the neighbors made it a  healthy and tasty event.

Our UNET team, officers from both RPD and UCR were on hand hanging in the heat.

The amazing crew of lifeguards helped with the set up and clean up which was a pleasing step beyond the usual for these events.

It was  a great example of a community organized affair. Already looking forward to next year.

National Night Out 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Swim Started at 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset In the UNA

Islander Park Lifegurards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna and her amazing crew of lifeguards.


National Night Out 2018 Poltluck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yummy Treats For All. Perfect for hungry swimmers.

UC Riverside Fall 2018 Admissions Show Surge in Transfer Student Numbers

In two years, UCR transfer applications have climbed by 23 percent.

By  On JULY 11, 2018

Two years ago, UCR’s ratio of freshmen students to transfers was 4.5 to 1. In the 2018-19 academic year, UCR is expected to reach 2.4 to 1.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – UC Riverside has again registered big strides in meeting California’s transfer student threshold, according to numbers released July 11 by the University of California Office of the President.

UCR Growing Student Popluation
Two years ago, UCR’s ratio of freshmen students to transfers was 4.5 to 1. In the 2018-19 academic year, UCR is expected to reach 2.4 to 1.

UCR has admitted a total of 33,218 students for fall 2018, including 24,993 freshmen and 8,225 transfer students. It’s an increase over 31,067 admissions for fall 2017.

Since 2016, the number of transfer students admitted – primarily from California community colleges –- has climbed from 6,298 to 8,225. That’s a key number for UCR, given the state’s mandate that UCs enroll one transfer student for every two freshmen.

Two years ago, UCR’s ratio of freshmen students to transfers was 4.5 to 1. In the 2018-19 academic year, UCR is expected to reach 2.4 to 1.

“UCR is very excited to welcome this new cohort of transfer students and proud that students are choosing to further their education at our campus,” said Cynthia K. Larive, provost and executive vice chancellor.

Systemwide, admission of California Community College transfer students grew by 8 percent over fall 2017.

UCR’S freshman acceptance rate went from 57 percent in fall 2017 to 51 percent in fall 2018.

The systemwide admissions numbers show increases in offers to students from historically underrepresented groups and among California freshmen and transfers who would be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college, or 46 percent of the total. Systemwide, among freshman applicants, Asian American students remained the largest ethnic group admitted at 36 percent, followed by Latinos at 33 percent, whites at 22 percent, and black students at 5 percent. American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and applicants who did not report a race or ethnicity made up the remainder of admitted students.

UCR admitted more African American students than any university in the UC system.

UCR’s Chicano/Latino representation held strong at 34 percent of students admitted, while the percentage of Asian American students admitted to UCR increased for the second consecutive year, from 41 to 44 percent.

UCR admitted 14,919 first-generation college students, the most of any UC school. Riverside also admitted the most low-income, Pell Grant-eligible students among the nine UC undergraduate campuses, with 13,612 freshman and transfer students.

The university will release its fall 2018 enrollment numbers in December 2018.

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Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

A Message From New City Manager Al Zelinka

Al Zelinka, Riverside City Manager
Al Zelinka, Riverside City Manager

  Dear City Team Colleagues,

Good afternoon. I am writing to convey gratitude to you, as well as to convey some information.

First, thank you. Thank you for the service you provide every day to the Riverside community and to your colleagues across the City organization. Thank you, too, for your patience and support of your City management team as we have endeavored this past month to transition, adjust and get settled while striving to problem solve, add value, and serve. The City Manager’s Office is close to having its “sea legs” and will hit our stride together with you by August. I am grateful to you for who you are and what you do each day.

Second, I want to share an update on the reorganization of the City Manager’s Office, make you aware of opportunities that are becoming available within our organization, remind you of the 5-by-5 dimensions of my role as your City Manager, and to remind you of the Acting City Manager schedule for July.

Reorganization

As you know, the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, June 19th, to reinstate the classification and salary range for the position of Deputy City Manager. As I previously reported to you, I have asked Carlie Myers and Moises Lopez to fill these two posts. (Please congratulate both of them when you see them.) They report directly to Assistant City Managers Lea Deesing and Rafael Guzman, respectively, to ensure we provide a high level of customer service to the Mayor and City Council, the public and one another. Further, Valerie Castro, Sarah Varela, Kristina Clabaugh, and Donna Finch are incredibly talented and gifted colleagues who provide the City Management Team with the wherewithal to perform at our very best. They are passionate about public service, consummate professionals, and wonderful people. I am very proud of this whole team and know they are dedicated to working with you to do the most public good.

On a practical level, with this new organization of the City Manager’s Office, the following changes to department leadership and agenda report review are now effective.

Department

CMO/ACM

Legistar Agenda Report Reviewer

Community & Economic Development

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Finance

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Fire

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

General Services

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Human Resources

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Innovation & Technology

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Library

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Museum

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Parks, Recreation & Community Services

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

Police

Lea Deesing

Donna Finch

Public Utilities

Al Zelinka

Carlie Myers

Public Works

Rafael Guzman

Donna Finch

CMO – Office of Homeless Solutions

Rafael Guzman

Moises Lopez

CMO – Office of Organizational Performance & Auditing

Al Zelinka

Carlie Myers

CMO – Office of Communications

Al Zelinka

Carlie Myers

Also, with the elevation of Lea Deesing to the role of Assistant City Manager, Chris Tilden is filling the role of Interim Chief Innovation Officer, and George Khalil is the Interim Deputy CIO. David Welch is our Interim Director of Community & Economic Development, filling the shoes vacated by Rafael Guzman when he became Assistant City Manager. Chris Christopoulos is Interim Deputy Director of Community & Economic Development. Please congratulate Chris, George, David and Chris when you see them. Many thanks to everyone for stepping in and showing leadership in their respective roles. 

Books By Al Zelinka

 

Opportunities

Because of these changes, and because of movement that already has occurred in various jobs, we have opened, or soon will open candidate searches for the following positions: Chief Innovation Officer, Community & Economic Development Director, Library Director, Public Utilities General Manager and Principal Management Analyst. Please encourage those you know – both within and outside of City Hall – to apply.

5 by 5

I have been sharing publicly 5 attributes of Riverside that I appreciate most and that provide me with the confidence needed to serve alongside you on this journey to accomplish important things for the benefit of the public:

·         Leadership: Our elected leaders care about this community and strive to represent the diverse viewpoints of Riverside in their decision-making and interaction with each of us. Likewise, City departments care about this community and deliver services, solve problems and open doors to Riverside’s promise every day.

·         Community: Riverside as a diverse community is complete with hard working residents who are largely proud of living here and who want to do better for themselves and their families. It is a place with innumerable points of pride in the built and natural environments. It is also a place with heritage that people cherish and question, and build upon for the future.

·         Partnership: Riverside is a community with unlimited potential and networks of social strength that can accomplish anything – think about the Cheech and CARB. While people in Riverside may not always agree, they – by and large – stay at the table with one another with an eye to realizing the good for Riverside.

·         Mindset. It is inspiring to be part of a City where so many residents and businesses do things together and for one another. This community admits mistakes, learns from them, and becomes better as a result; likewise, this community celebrates is successes and its assets. The Riverside community, while not perfect, has a collective mindset that is largely outward facing and wanting to do good.

·         Elevating the Conversation. The questions of “what can be?” and “what if?” are at the root of Riverside. Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote that includes “Great minds talk about ideas….” well represents what is most natural to this community. While there will always be aspects of criticism and negativity, Riverside is entrepreneurial and can-do by nature.

In addition to the 5 attributes of Riverside, I have also been sharing publicly 5 areas of focus our whole City Team and the community need to advance to ensure a promising future for Riverside – these areas are not “wants”, they are “needs” and we need to draw from the above attributes to advance them together:

·         Riverside and the Region. We need to: 1) Advocate for the Inland Empire’s Equitable Share of Scarce Public Resources and Do Our Part to Uplift the Capacity of the Region’s Non-Profit Ecosystem to Secure Its Share of Philanthropic Resources; and, 2) Do Our Part to Grow Riverside’s Local Economy and Work in Partnership to Facilitate Opportunities for Improved Quality of Life for All.

·         The Riverside Brand. We need to: 1) Tell the Riverside Story Better than Ever to Heighten Riverside’s Brand throughout the World; and, 2) Communicate and Engage More Effectively than Ever with Riverside Residents and Businesses.

·         Resilient Riverside. We need to: 1) Elevate the Entire Community’s Preparedness for Natural and Human Caused Conditions and Events; and, 2) Ensure the Financial Health of the City and Stretch Measure Z Dollars for Maximum Public Benefit Locally.

·         Self-Reliant Riverside. We need to: 1) Align and Leverage the City’s Utilities to Maximize Local Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production; and, 2) Realize a Second Connection to the Electrical Grid and Prepare for Our Electric-Based, Information-Driven Future.

·         Riverside Serves. We need to: 1) Demonstrate Continual Improvement to the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Providing Public Services; and, 2) Improve the Volunteerism Infrastructure in Riverside to Benefit All of Riverside.

Building upon the above 5 attributes and 5 areas of focus, I am confident our City Team will continue to excel in providing a responsive, engaged and innovative local government to the residents and business community of Riverside.

In closing, I am looking forward to our journey together and what our team will do to advance public good in the years ahead. I am proud of the services you and our 2,500 colleagues deliver every day – you make a difference.  And, I am here for you – if you have an idea, a question, a suggestion or a comment, please let me know – we are each other’s greatest resources.

Thank you,

Al

Al Zelinka, FAICP, CMSM

City of Riverside

Office of the City Manager

Direct: (951) 826-5771

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New Changes To Riverside’s Parking Program

Having a parking program acknowledges that cars have a major impact on city life. We design streets to handle various flows of traffic at optimal speeds.

Too bad we never seem to be able to get enough traffic lanes to keep things moving smoothly.  When all those cars  get home, they park somewhere. Sometimes that’s a problem.

Knowing how to solve that problem on your street is contained in Riverside’s New Parking Program Details.  See links below.

Transportation is a part of our daily lives. It’s important that it works well for everyone.  For those who remember the series of conversations with UCR and the City about how catering to cars, particularly at student rental units, caused the first neighborhood wide restricted parking opt-in zone to be created.

This basically leaves it to the neighbors to discuss and agree on what if any parking restrictions they might want to have posted on their streets. That included days, times, etc.

Our Neighborhood Specific Plan addressed these concerns as documented in the Circulation Element. It’s worth a review.

Watkins Dr Circulation Plan
Neighborhood Specific Plan Watkins Dr Valencia Hill North and South Section

Watkins Drive neighbors immediately banned day time parking. The City posted signs and the problem was solved. That’s how it was crafted to work. It was resident friendly and FREE,

After all, we the residents are the impacted parties. Charging residents for permits is pennywise and pound foolish. Neighbors coming together to solve their problem shouldn’t be penalized for doing so.

It’s as if no one saw a campus growing to 23,000 wouldn’t have an impact. Cars in traffic, cars parked on our streets and in our driveways.

UCR has been working to reduce on campus parking by banning freshman from parking on campus unless necessary for work or care giving  duties.

They are also building a Mobility Hub on camps to integrate multi modes of transportation which will help reduce car trips considerably. Bus runs every 15 minutes, some with express stops will keep ridership numbers rising.

See also: The 10 Best Car Sharing Programs In the US

RUSD is proposing a STEM High School on campus. This is going to cause a  major increase in the already dense daily traffic volume at peak times.

Transportation will continue to impact our daily lives. It’s in our best interests to be paying attention to what’s being proposed for our neighborhood.

Check out the New Parking Program details. The devil’s in the details but here are some relevant public record resources: Traffic Review Board MinutesGranfathered Permit LettersPermit Issuance LetterCouncil PresentationCouncil Report

Don’t be shy about asking questions or sharing comments with your Councilman and city staff.

 

UCR North District Notice Of Preparation EIR

UCR is giving notice of preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the North Campus Redevelopment Project.

UCR North Campus Development Plan Area
Save the Bungalows for affordable housing, workforce development and agricultural production opportunities.

Here’s the link to download the NOP and Initial Study for your comments. Let’s all do a review. Anything at all that comes up, make a note and share.

http://cpp.ucr.edu/environmental/ceqadocs.html

July 2018 Meeting Agenda

Meet Your Neighbors

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.  National Night Out August – Tue Aug 7

Islander Park Pool Picnic from 6 pm Free Swim 7 pm.  Party Til  8:30.

3.  Special Guest City Manager Al Zelinka Visits UNA

4.  UCR Update

North District Notice Of Preparation EIR

Mobility Hub 

5.  Community Asset Mapping                                                             15 min. Project Mitigation Measures

6. Moratorium Update – Data Request Committee               10 min.  https://riversideca.gov/transparency/results/

Follow The Money:  Budget 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: Sept 13, 2018

June 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.  National Night Out August – Tue Aug 7

3.  New City Manager Al Zelinka Visits UNA July                  Meeting

4.  UCR Update

5.  Community Asset Mapping                                                             15 min.

6. Moratorium Update – Data Request Committee               10 min. 

https://riversideca.gov/transparency/results/

7. Boards and Commissions No Vacancies Ward 2               RNP Board Seats 10 min  

https://riversideca.gov/city_clerk/commissions.aspBudget 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: July 12, 2018

Noise Technology Monitor For Local Ordinances

Noise Aware Monitoring System

Just when you’re  becoming resigned and cynical that nothing can be done to monitor and perhaps moderate neighborhood noise disturbances, NoiseAware may have a solution. Born from experience from both sides of noise complaints, this smart home app is ideal for property owners and managers to better monitor their assets.

It’s also a helpful tool for renters wary of violating local noise ordinances. You can now self-monitor to avoid those nasty and unnecessary fines.

Sounds like a useful tool to consider. For more information visit: https://noiseaware.io/buy/noise-monitoring-system

 

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:https://medium.com/ucr-magazine/into-the-north-43b57eff030a

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. 

https://riversideca.gov/transparency/results/

6. Boards and Commissions Vacancies                                          10 min  Vacancy List

https://riversideca.gov/city_clerk/commissions.aspBudget 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

Earth Day 2018 Watkins Dr Trash Clean Up

Thanks to the army of UCR student volunteers and neighbors that made our Earth Day efforts a huge success.

The Interfraternity Council  (IFC) helped recruit and organize students with an appreciation for place and willingness to contribute some sweat equity to the neighborhood.

Early arrivals getting caffeinated.

 

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful supplied the tools, bags, gloves and safety vests.

 

 

Thanks to Jimmy Rodriguez from Riverside Public Works who loaned us a “Road Work Ahead” sign to help slow traffic on Watkins.

Thanks to Jimmy Rodriguez from Riverside Public Works for the safety sign to slow Watkins Dr traffic.

 

And last but perhaps most important, thanks to Jamie from Starbucks at UCR’s Glenmoor Market for providing some highly caffeinated fuel to get us started for the day.

UCR sherpa going the distance to clean up the hillsides

 

We filled over 50 trash bags including 4 Brown cans we had to borrow from neighbors because we ran out of bags.

Trailer load of trash

We pulled out 7 tires, 3 mattress and box springs, a car bumper, one refrigerator and a small mountain of dumped construction demo wood and one needle.

Long shot of a long morning’s work. Plus 4 borrowed brown cans. We were short bags.

 

Hats off to the student sherpas who climbed the hills and navigated the arroyos to recover the  illegal dumping and massive amounts of trash tossed from car windows.

Illegal Dumping

 

7 tires, construction demo, refrigerator and more

 

Sometimes it takes more than a village.

We could name all the establishments who probably don’t realize their good name is being literally trashed, but that’s for another time.

A herculean effort by UCR students and neighbors.

Right now, we’re all beat, happy and proud of the community spirit behind making the University Neighborhood the neighborhood of our dreams.