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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.

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.

RTA Vine St Mobility Hub Survey

RTA Vine St Mobility Hub Survey

RTA is requesting community feedback on their conceptual mobility hub plan for Vine Street.

Mobility hubs consist of major transit stations and the surrounding area. They serve a critical function in the regional transportation system as the origin, destination, or transfer point for a significant portion of trips. They are places of connectivity where different modes of transportation – from walking to biking to riding transit – come together seamlessly and where there is an intensive concentration of working, living, shopping and/or playing.

A survey is being circulated about ideas around this new transit hub.
The survey is the latest community engagement process for this idea. Some years back there was a big concept charette requesting community participation.

One idea has been to link the hub and the Eastside Lincoln Park Neighborhood directly to downtown with a linear bike and pedestrian parkway over the 91 freeway. Not unlike the Highline in New York.

NYC Highline Walkway
Such a parkway would  open up access to some amazing Lincoln Park Neighborhood assets. I think this time around we should explore how we could use the mobility hub as a catalyst for connecting the EastSide directly to the Downtown without an added traffic burden.

As it stands right now, air quality impacts from the mobility hub traffic will affect their neighborhood the most. Any increase in density as a multi-use destination will also be felt. There must certainly be some creative ways we can use this new mobility hub as a catalyst to actually improve the neighborhood for the neighbors.

Eastside Alleyway

 

The Eastside Heal Zone Collaborative has been doing great work in the EastSide.  They have built a powerful, community based focus on health in their neighborhoods.

They hosting their 6th Annual Walk By Faith. There’s clearly some irony and disconnection here. Some unconventional mitigation to address the added air pollution burden that a successful mobility hub will necessarily bring, is certainly worth a look.

What would it be like if we planned for active transportation in a way that benefited the neighborhoods rather than accommodated more cars and traffic?

It’s the same for the desperately needed pedestrian/bike walkways from UCR along University Avenue under the freeway.

We should be looking at separating the pedestrians, bikes, boards, and scooters from the University Avenue traffic at the 215/60 ramps.  Long approach ramps emanating from the now stalled, on-campus mobility hub, made from structural steel would be a safe, inexpensive, immediate solution.


With some integrated lighting and artwork, it could become the start of a workable, alternative transportation corridor all the way to downtown.


Now that CARB is nearing completion and Iowa Ave is scheduled to become four lanes from University to Martin Luther King Drive, maybe it’s worth considering.  We’re sure  making it easier for cars to get around. How about everyone else?

Don’t get me started on the  negotiated  trail access along the entire Perris Valley MetroLink Line. Metrolink even has trail specs already on the books. Other communities have trails along Metrolink lines.

What would it be like if we could bike and/or hike along the entire route?

Sunset Box Springs Mountains
The Friends Of Riverside’s Hills has donated nearly 900 acres of open space to the Box Springs Mountain Preserve.

Most critically, it includes the parcels necessary to build a tunnel and a bridge for safe trail access.

That’s the only safe option that thousands of residents and students have to regain their access to our neighborhoods’ best natural resource:  Our trails.

The Friends commissioned a Master Trails Plan for the Box Springs Mountain Preserve, including a trail head at Islander Park.

The trail plan ringed the mountains at the base and at the top connecting dozens of Riverside and Moreno Valley neighborhoods with a variety of trail loop options.

The plan needs updating, but could be used to leverage transportation grant funding to develop alternative transportation networks. That’s taking mobility to a whole new level.

Northside Visioning Session

The Northside has been clear and vocal about preserving and restoring their Springbrook Wash trail.

That’s a key trail link to Fairmont Park and the Santa Ana River Trail.


What can we learn from a mega dense urban population like NYC?  What can we apply in Riverside?

Aren’t we already feeling the impacts of increasing density? More traffic, longer delays, degrading roadways, boring vistas are all part of the daily commute we’re being forced to live with.


We’ve sold our soul and best natural assets to warehousing and we didn’t even have a designated truck route planned for the city. Go figure.

What would it be like if getting around was fun, easy, exciting … and promoted good health?

SB 1000 requires the each legislative body – city or county, to have safety and an environmental justice element integrated into their general plans.

What would it be like if we had a coordinated transportation agency response that leveraged  resources for immediate community equity?

Just some thoughts…. Would love to hear about yours.

February 2020 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. UCR Update                                                                        20 min.

Jeff Kraus

4.  UCR Parking Garage                                                     15 min.

5.    Bank Account   Update                                              15 min.

6.  Watkins Trash Clean Up                                               5 min.

7.   Future Topics

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

City Master Meeting Calendar

UNA Demographics

Next Meeting: March 12, 2020