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RUSD-STEM-Measure O And A Growing Backlash From Neighborhood Groups and Parents

Attention Please Sign 

We all know there is a lot at stake in how our school bonds are spent.

There is a breakdown in trust between taxpayers and school boards across the
State.  This is evident in the almost complete rejection of all school bond issues in our last election.

As taxpayers it’s our responsibility to become more aware of the behind-the-scenes practices that result in decades of disinvestment in certain neighborhood schools.

We can change that now for all. It starts by asking your questions in all our public comment forums.

As voters, we will once again be asked to approve bond measures or policies. If you’ve never considered the importance of this topic, this is the best time to start.

Read and share this with your neighbors, post everywhere and most importantly, start talking about what our dreams for everyone’s child’s educational opportunities look like.

The more vocal and public we have this conversation, the sooner our school board will understand what we are holding them accountable for. If not, they won’t keep their seat.

Luckily, we have neighbors in the UNA and all across the city who are following along  and asking public questions pointing out the systemic disenfranchisement of certain neighborhoods.

 

If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us. Your zip code shouldn’t determine your lifespan or equal opportunities to quality educational facilities and curriculum .

They say if you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together. That’s what’s finally happening as parents across the city unite in solidarity for educational equity.

Here are some recent updates and comments to help catch us up. Circulate freely.

Reported on August 27, 2021 From the Press Enterprise

It may take a village, but sometimes it takes a backlash. This is what it looks like when we’re winning.

This from Rich Davis, our eyes, ears and the interpreter who gives context for school board actions and alerts us to the costs and impacts.

Hi All. Hope this email finds everyone doing well.

At the last school board meeting, an updated lease agreement with RUSD and UCR was presented to the board for their approval.  The lease agreement can be found on the district’s website under board agenda, consent #10.

VOTING YES:Trustees- Hunt (stated he also has concerns with the lease but voted YES), Lee, Allavie and Farooq.   VOTING NO: KINNEAR

In short,

1.  Because the high school will be built on UCR property, UCR is the sole owner of the building with a lease agreement for 50 yrs with the option of two 10 year extensions, if agreed upon.

At a community meeting, a district manager stated that in 50 years the STEM building will be obsolete and will probably be demolished. Many of our schools in the district are over 50 yrs old-Highgrove is over 130 years old. Fremont over 100 years old,  Ramona nearly 65 years old, Poly and North High School are over 50 years old, schools that are fully operational todayWhen the lease ends, the building belongs to UCR.

2.  RUSD is solely responsible for all expenses, including:

  • design and construction.
  • purchasing of land rights owned by the city of Riverside
  • relocating all cell towers on the property.
  • paying for the fiber cables for UCR baseball field
  • environmental impact study ($300,000).
  • costs of resolving all issues found in the environmental impact study.
  • daily maintenance and upkeep.

3.  RUSD has racked up more than $1M dollars of billable hrs from UCR thus far.  This amount will continue to grow as UCR bills RUSD for any time spent by UCR employees working on this project.

4.  UCR assumes no liability in any future lawsuits.

5.  UCR to have access to the building with no charge for classrooms and labs.

6.  40 slots are guaranteed for UCR professors at this high school (total of 80 students including students at the STEM Academy).  These students are not required to live in the district, thus parents will not pay property tax, along with the other 300 students the district is allowing in who reside outside the district paying no property tax.

The Measure O property tax we voted for was to help remodel and renovate our needy schools, which is now going towards building UCR a new building at no cost to UCR,  RUSD allocates $32M of Measure O  funds and continues to rack up millions of dollars of additional fees.  RUSD will spend millions of dollars for yearly routine operational costs when the district’s student enrollment continues to decrease, costing RUSD millions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

Measure O Sign

It is truly disappointing that Trustees Allavie, Farooq and Lee with their strong ties to UCR continue to push this project to promote their own personal and political interests with our money.

This new STEM High School at UCR is not a comprehensive high school where students attend based on their address.  A comprehensive high school must accept any student who walks in to register.

This STEM High School is a specialized school where only students who meet certain high academic standards will be allowed in.

Instead of investing in our current high schools as a priority, the school board has made it clear in several board meetings that the STEM High School at UCR is their #1 priority.  The board sees no problem spending millions and millions of dollars to build a state of the art school in technology and innovation and infuse it with only the brightest students.

None of our high schools can compete with that. The board has turned its back on the thousands of students in the district who must sit everyday in deplorable classrooms and portables.

Case in point.    STEM High School at UCR will be less than a mile from North High School.  Why didn’t the board consider North High School as a STEM school?  Because the school board knows North High is not marketable in bringing students in from outside the district.

As we know, North High is in an industrial area on the Eastside, not surrounded by beautiful homes and landscaped yards, thus certainly not appealing when you drive around the school.  And when you walk the campus and see how deplorable the conditions are and how unappealing it looks, the board knows newcomers will go elsewhere.

We cannot change the location of North High nor should North High have to look like the depressed areas that surrounds it. The school board has the power to transform North’s campus appeal that can be stunning in its beauty.  Perhaps this is just reminiscent of a school board member back during Measure B when discussing North’s stadium referenced that poor kids don’t know how to take care of good things.

Instead of investing all of Measure O to renovate and beautify our schools of 40,000 students, this board’s #1 priority is to spend millions and millions of our dollars to cater to a select group of privileged students who many will not pay property tax.

The school board will once again be asking us to vote to increase our property tax to “supposedly” renovate and modernize our schools.  We need to remind the board that siphoning off millions of dollars to fund UCR a new building was not appreciated and will vote NO on any local school bond or state school bond measure as long as they continue to pursue this project.

It is time to elect new board members that have our 40,000 students as their 1st priority, not for a selected few.

Will keep you posted.

 

This From Yolanda Esquivel who is voicing the concerns of parents in the Eastside
Hello LULAC Members/Friends,
Hope everyone is doing well.  Below is a message from our good friend, Rich Davis, giving us the notice that the RUSD Board meeting that was to take place September 16, 2021, has been moved to October 7, 2021.  It will begin at the same time of 5:30 p.m.  We will let you know of the location later.

Eastside Alleyway

Again, we would like to sincerely thank all of you who helped organize or attended this past meeting in August 19th.  Your support for our Eastside Elementary and North High School is crucial, nothing can be accomplished without the help of each one of you.

There is still much work ahead for all of us.  Though the results from the previous meeting were hopeful, we cannot be confident our Eastside students will actually benefit or receive educational equity.  Therefore, we are going to continue this very worthwhile struggle for justice in our Communities.
The fact that so many organizations have come together to plead for the same goal of educational equity in our Eastside and North High communities demonstrate an awakening of a reality which had been ignored for generations.
We Are Just Getting Started Signit is imperative that all of us continue to plan, organize and be ready for the October 7th RUSD Board Meeting. I will continue to send you information provided to us by LULAC members Rich Davis and Mary Figueroa.
In Unity,
Yolanda Esquivel
 Past President
LULAC OF RIVERSIDE
COUNCIL 3190
From Mary Figueroa

Good Morning my Team and Task Force members:

Below please find an informative piece by none other than our community friend Rich Davis.

We need to realize how important it is that we pay attention to what is happening quietly behind the activity of the RUSD Board and how it impacts our community.

Once again, we are facing decisions made on behalf of and for the benefit of other communities, to the detriment of our children.

Please read the following, although lengthy it provides all you need to know about why you should be involved in being the voice for the Eastside.

We will talk later.

Mary

Public Comments On UCR 2021 Long Range Development Plan

We Are Just Getting Started SignThe closing date for public comments on UCR’s LRDP was Friday, Sept. 3rd, 2021.

Here are three of the public comment letters submitted.

One is from the City of Riverside, one is from lawyers hired on behalf of the UNA, and one letter from UNA Co Chair Gurumantra Khalsa.

The City really stepped up their game compared to previous planning projects.  It’s almost a text book case study for public comments.

Thanks go out to Kevin Dawson for alerting the City of Riverside to Berkeley being awarded $84 million over 14 years for mitigation.

Here are links for your review of the comments.:

City of Riverside Comments

Delano & Delano Comments

UNA Co Chair Comments

UNA September Meeting Agenda

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church
3431 Mt Vernon Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

1. Welcome – Introductions                                               5 min.

2.  Updates – RPD – City                                                     15 min

3.   Nathan Mustafa – New Signal & Wattkins Dr

Parking                                                                                         40  min.

4.  UCR LRDP  Update                                                         10 min.

5.  RNP Neighborhood Awards

https://drive.google.com/file/d      /1jhApR8oxc1IyClpZv5d6IUcuDs5AA6Dt/view                                                                                                                                                  5 min.

6. Mt. Vernon Median Makeover                                  10 min.

7.  Updates – Announcements – New Bus.

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.

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):

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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.