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UNA July 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.  Updates – RPD – City                                                     20 min

3.   UCR – Jeff Kraus’ Position Eliminated                15 min.

4.  Comment Cards for Regents                                    10 min.

5.  Islander Pool Closed                                                      15 min.

6. Elections – General Fund Transfer                          10 min.

7.  Updates

Raincross Gazette               https://www.raincrossgazette.com

RTRP Update  Contact our mayor. She needs to hear that no one wants this to be a part of Riverside’s legacy.

City’s Engagement Policy Update

Gage Canal Trail Update

News-Updates-Events

Riverside’s Little Free Pantry Program Finalist Neighborhoods USA 2021 Conference FT Worth, TX

One more reason Riverside is the City of Our Dreams. One of us is going to come up with another good idea. What’s yours gonna be?

Riverside Little Free Pantry Program NUSA Finalist Award
Riverside’s Little Free Pantry Program Finalist Neighborhoods USA 2021 Dallas, TX Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California Redistricting Basics

Wedrawthelines.ca.gov

California Redistricting Basics

Redistricting is drawing (and redrawing) the boundaries that determine which voters are represented by each electoral district.
You do have a say. This guide will inform your say. The more voices weighing in, the more opportunity to create districts that work for all residents and interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redistricting-Basics-Long-15H_CRC-2020_Final

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Community Garden Plots

Community Garden Plots Launched at Crest Community Church

 

 

 

 

 

Crest is starting a small community garden and is hoping to make a few plots available to interested neighbors. If you know of anyone who might be interested, feel free to connect with Pastor John Dixon.  johndixon5@gmail.com 951-776-6140

Should have the first gardening day in a month or so.

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Mayor’s Big Tent Tour Coming To All Neighborhoods

Mayor's Big Tent Tour Logo

 

 

 

 

For the complete schedule click

https://riversideca.gov/press/MayorsBigTentTour

Spoiler Alert!!! UNA is the last stop.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 9:30-11am RUSD STEM Academy
4466 Mt Vernon Ave, Riverside, CA 92507
  • University
  • Hunter Park

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Northside Heritage Meadows Project Launch Brings Out 200 +

Northside Heritage Meadows Project Launch Notice

 

 

 

 

It’s official! Project planning is underway. In addition to growing food and developing an urban forestry program, research will be done on crop production with vs without solar panels present in the field. Potentially groundbreaking research for competing land uses.

Stay tuned. Get involved. Go here for more info: https://riversidefoods.org/

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Trujilo Adopbe  Most Endangered in 2021 According to National Trust for Historic Preservation

Trujilo Adobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Constructed in 1862 by the Trujillo (pronounced true-HEE-yo) family, and today the oldest known building in Riverside, the Trujillo Adobe tells the story of migration and settlement in inland southern California.

Lorenzo Trujillo, who originally settled in the area when it was still part of Mexico, was a Genízaro—one of many Native Americans who were captured, sometimes held in slavery, sometimes baptized and raised by Spanish colonists.

Trujillo led many expeditions as a scout across the Old Spanish Trail, enabling immigrants to settle inland California, and his home became the beating heart of a community known as La Placita de los Trujillos, Spanish Town, and Agua Mansa.

The Adobe is now deteriorated and fragile, protected only by a wooden structure (also in need of repair) that hides the Adobe from view.

Local advocates hope to transform the Adobe into a cultural and educational site to recognize and take pride in the multiple cultures that shaped and continue to define the region.

Add your name to urge Congress for additional support.

 

All Aboard? Street Car Survey

Street Car Gallery

Passing along from Yvette Sennewald, Project Manager of the City’s Neighborhood Engagement Division:

“The team from Tig/m is making their final push on the data collection on their [streetcar] surveys.  They would like to be done with the surveys,” in the next few days.  

Here’s the survey link:

www.riversideca.gov/streetcar

Here’s a link to TIG/m the company doing the feasibility sturdy.

https://www.tig-m.com/home.html

June 2021 Meeting Agenda – First Post Covid-19 In Person Meeting

Meet Your Neighbors – In Person!

Bring a Lawn Chair We’ll be Outside

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.  How Are We – Reconecting                                       20 min

3. Small Sparks Grant – Median Makeover             15 min.

Mt. Vernon

4. UCR Update    Jeff Kraus                                              20 min.

5.  Public Safety UNET MOU                                          15 min.

6. Elections – General Fund Transfer                           5 min.

7.  Raincross Gazette      https://www.raincrossgazette.com/

Our latest and only local media hope.

8 . RTRP Update                                                                       5 min.

Contact our mayor. She needs to hear that no one wants this         to be a part of Riverside’s legacy.

9. City Engagement Policy Task Force                         5 min.

Meet Ward 2 City Council Candidates

Ward 2 Riverside City Council Candidate Forum Pics

Now that you have your ballots, you might be wondering who’s who.

Well, here’s your chance to meet the candidates vying for our vote.

So get comfortable, sit back, relax, pour yourself a cup or glass of something strong to see you through an hour and a half.

If you do, you’ll know your vote is informed. You’ll be the judge who counts. Here’s a link to the video courtesy of the League of Women Voters.  Enjoy before it’s too late.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t1b9kUAi_dUIXw1DQUckxX9XIMC5P7-r/view?usp=sharing

This Week In The UNA

Meet Your Neighborhs SignREMINDER:  Ward 2 Candidate Forum

CANDIDATE FORUM

Riverside City Council Election June 8, 2020

Sponsored by:  League of Women Voters Riverside

Conducted via Zoom and free of charge. Registration is required. See below and join us. Riverside City Council Ward 2 Wednesday, April 28th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Event Candidates: Aram Ayra, Clarissa Cervantes, Tony Huerta, Joe Paredes, Austin Skipper, Anthony Tyson

Register for the Webinar

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Citizens University Committee Meeting:

Riverside Mayor Patricia Locke Dawson

Matt Barth Dir. CE CERT and Mayor Patricia Locke Dawson

Wednesday, April 28th  7:20 am (Program at 7:30)

There Will Be No Charge to Participate in This Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting (Preferred):

https://ucr.zoom.us/j/93264741413?pwd=UzJSdXZqbUxBSE1NelB6cEdRaUJyZz09

Meeting ID: 932 6474 1413
Passcode: CUC

Join Zoom Meeting (Preferred):

https://ucr.zoom.us/j/93264741413?pwd=UzJSdXZqbUxBSE1NelB6cEdRaUJyZz09

Meeting ID: 932 6474 1413
Passcode: CUC

 

Ward 2 Candidate Forum

CANDIDATE FORUM

Riverside City Council Election June 8, 2020

Sponsored by:  League of Women Voters Riverside

Conducted via Zoom and free of charge. Registration is required. See below and join us. Riverside City Council Ward 2 Wednesday, April 28th 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Virtual Event Candidates: Aram Ayra, Clarissa Cervantes, Tony Huerta, Joe Paredes, Austin Skipper, Anthony Tyson

Register for the Webinar

Questions are being taken in advance

Submit questions at the LWV Riverside website

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Watkins Dr Clean Up Event March 21, 2021

Save The Date: Sunday March 21, 2021

8:00 a.m. -11:00  Meet Watkins & Piccacho Dr.

Our first official, socially-distant, neighborhood event of the Covid era. Trash. The perfect activity for pandemic conditions.

We’ll be spread out and staggered. We’ll have gloves, safety vests, bags and trash tools. Plus a waiver for you.

Wear shoes and long pants. Sherpas required for some trash retrieval — hillside, arroyo. Nothing but fun for the housebound.

Join us but please RSVP on Nextdoor or Facebook. We need to reserve enough tools.

Watkins Dr  is the Gateway to the University Neighborhood. It’s looking for some love and attention. Join us, Sunday, March 21st.

UCR STEM Update

After last November’s resounding defeat of nearly all school bond measures, we have some firsthand account of board reactions because of committed community members willing to serve as watchdogs or oversight advocates.

Here’s what your should know according to Rich Davis:

Hope this email finds you well.  I apologize for this lengthy email.

As much as the public was lead to believe that the project of building a STEM High School at UCR on the corner of Baine and Canyon Crest was over, behind closed doors the RUSD and UCR have been moving forward with the project.

Board directive on May 5, 2020 stated…The STEM High School at UCR has had a few challenges that are delaying the design and approval process; therefore, the board of education has directed staff to move other prioritized projects from Measure O ahead of schedule in order to stay compliant with IRS regulations for the prompt expenditures of bond funds. We will resume the “planning “ for STEM High School project as state facility funds are received.

  1. Why the directive?  Elections.  Many community members now feel this directive was simply a political ploy.  In May, then Trustee Lock-Dawson was running for mayor and Trustees Hunt and Farooq’s were campaigning for reelection.  Because of the controversies over the STEM project and questioning the spending of Measure O, these politicians did not want these hot topics to be campaign issues for them.  As soon as the Nov elections were over, with trustees Hunt and Farooq reelections, RUSD and UCR met in January to strategize moving the project forward.  Evidence that the directive was a political ploy.
  2.  No state facility funds:  The directive states the project will resume as state funding is received. There hasn’t been state facility funding for some time.  In the Nov elections, the voters of CA defeated Prop 13 (school funding), so there will be no state facility funding until another proposition is placed on the ballot and passes perhaps in 2024.  If state funding has not been received, then the board is violating their own directive.  Evidence that the directive was a political ploy.
  3.  In a League of United Latino American Citizen (LULAC) zoom meeting  this summer, then Pres Kathy Allavie was questioned about the directive and rumors that RUSD and UCR was still moving forward with the project.  As president of RUSD board, Allavie strongly and loudly stated STEM project is dead.  However, after the election, during the January board operation subcommittee, Trustee Allavie reminded district managers that the STEM High School at UCR is still the district’s #1 priority.  Evidence that the directive was a political ploy.

Measure O Sign

  1. Measure O funding: The board approved spending $35 million dollars of Measure O for the $60 million dollar project in hopes that the remaining $25 million would come from state funding.  With no state funding, the board’s plan from the very start was to bank the $35 million Measure O funding until future funding was available.  The additional $25 million dollars needed will have to come from the board asking us to vote for another local bond measure being talked about in 2022 or the passing of a state proposition perhaps in 2024. In the meantime, because STEM High School at UCR continues to be the board’s #1 priority, the $35 million dollar banked from Measure O money will just sit there instead of helping our children who now must sit in deplorable classrooms.

Attention Please Sign

 

  1. Thursday, March 18 Board Meeting: The board will be discussing STEM High School at UCR and will then vote whether to move the project forward.  If the board approves the project, UCR, by court order, must hold its last community meeting perhaps sometime in April.  How UCR will conduct this community meeting due to COVID restrictions is unclear.  In the last three in-person community meetings held, hundreds of community members, including UCR students, attended voicing strong opposition.  Again, because of COVID restrictions, board meetings have been done through Zoom on the internet.  In the coming days, information will be sent with instructions on how to participate in the board meeting.

Please share this email to friends and neighbors.

In addition,

I was able to listen in on the STEM Academy PTA zoom meeting last night.  Take aways:
  • I thought  the zoom meeting for a STEM parents was well presented.  Starting March 5, they will begin their campaign by getting people to sign a petition, write letters and emails to the school board, speak either in person or on zoom.
  • Not only a high school but they are really pushing that it is a STEM Center where students from all over can come and explore.
  • Because RUSD has received a $1.5M career tech grant from the state for STEM, the school should be built.
  • Most important message when contacting the board is getting CEQA done and no more delays
  • Fields on Blaine/Canyon Crest aren’t used much
  • Stated that they are not against STEM for everyone, but feel there are specials kids that need a special place to learn.
  • Reported that at the last UCR community 66 people voiced in favor of the school, while 25 people spoke out against it.
  • The fields on Blaine and Canyon Crest are not used much, only a ten minute walk to labs, students are already walking that far.
  • 3 story school to built for 800 students
  • With decreasing enrollment, this project will bring needed students to RUSD
  • Only big opposition is the use of Measure O funds to build the school; stated two bond lawyers have given approval.
  • When a caller asked what other issues are used to oppose the school, the moderator couldn’t/wouldn’t respond, simply replied we have to stay positive.
  • Moderator shared how wonderful it will be for their students to be on the UCR campus and sit at the Cafe Bean
  • If board votes to move forward with the project, UCR has tentatively set April 21.
The March 18 board meeting is very critical as it will decide the fate of STEM, so we need to push people to contact the board..email, speaking on zoom or going in person; in person would be best.  I will be sending out an email to community members with instructions on how to proceed.
Allavie has stated once again the STEM school is #1 priority and the district has made it very clear publicly now they need to pass another bond measure or passing a state proposition to build the school.  Knowing now $ in the next bond measure will go to building the school, I will fight hard to defeat it.  That means depriving $ for needy schools, but the board made that decision on March 18 when it voted that a STEM school was more important than 40,000 students, parents and staff.
Rich