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UCR Lot 13 Parking Structure Meeting Notice

New Parking Structure Coming to UCR's Lot 13UCR will be holding the first of two community meetings to discuss a proposed parking structure on Monday, April 22. The meeting will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Room J-102 of the Bannockburn Housing Complex, located at 3637 Canyon Crest Drive, Riverside, CA 92507 – Note: Parking will be free, however please park in the North Bannockburn parking lot.

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UC Riverside is proposing to build a new multi-story Parking Structure facility on the east portion of the existing campus Parking Lot 13, located at the north-east edge of campus directly south of Big Springs Road. This Project will construct a parking facility which will accommodate 1200 parking spaces (800 net new). This Parking facility will enhance the community and campus by creating a safe vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment by addressing circulation along Big Springs Road and adjacent roadway alignments while effectively integrating safety amenities.

For more information on the project, please see the attached flyer.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Dave Bomba, Project Manager
UCR Planning, Design & Construction
(951) 827-1412
email: dave.bomba@ucr.edu
or
Jeff Kraus
UCR Office of Government and Community Relations
(951) 827-7073

Watkins Dr Neighborhood Gateway Clean Up Event April 13, 2019

Thanks to all our neighbors and students for the successful clean up. UCR Day of Service students plus high schoolers from Moreno Valley joined neighbors for a Spring clean up along the hillside and arroyo portion of  Watkins Dr.

We collected over 20 bags of trash, 3 tires, 5 gallons of used motor oil and a couple of auto body parts.

Watkins Dr. is the Gateway to the University Neighborhood and is our wilderness version of Victoria Avenue with amazing vistas.

Watkins Dr Gateway Clean Up April 13 2019

Candidate Forum Ward 7

RRR’s April meeting will be the Ward 7 Forum!  

6 Candidates are vying for this council seat…remember, each city councilman has 1/7 vote for ALL city issues and ward issues requiring a vote.  If you are in Ward 6 it is important for you to attend; these candidates are looking for votes and VISIBILITY.  If there is a candidate you like, you can support them with yard signs, business cards that you can carry and hand out at stores, church and events.

 Ward 7 residents are our neighbors and they drive down our streets and shop at many of the same stores; your opinion could be influential for the city and your Ward (6 or 7).

 WHEN:                       Wednesday April 24, 2019

Where:                      Loma Vista Middle School

11050 Arlington Ave, Riverside, CA 9250   

It is EASY to find and EASY to park. The parking lot Is next to the entrance, very little walking!

 

Time:     6:30 pm for socialization and visiting the candidates tables

 7:00 pm Welcome

Moderator:               Former Mayor Ron Loveridge

 Thank you all for the questions you have sent in…what do you think are the top three issues you would like addressed by our candidates?

 Sharon Mateja

Chairperson RRR

 This is who’s running for Riverside City Council in June 2019

In an all-mail election, voters will choose representatives for Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7.

By RYAN HAGEN | rhagen@scng.com | The Press-Enterprise

PUBLISHED: March 15, 2019 at 5:13 pm | UPDATED: March 16, 2019 at 2:20 pm

The list of Riverside City Council candidates for the June election is final.

Four City Council seats are up for election, with the incumbent running for re-election in only one of them.

Ward 3 Councilman Mike Soubirous and Ward 5 Councilman Chris Mac Arthur announced in the past year that they wouldn’t run for re-election, while Ward 7 Councilman Steve Adams said when he was appointed in September 2017 that he had no interest in seeking re-election.

That means more than half of the City Council could have new representatives later this year.

Candidates may file to run as a write-in candidate between April 8 and May 21.

Ballots must be mailed to voters between May 6 and May 25.

The deadline to return a ballot in the all mail-in election is June 4. If no candidate in one of the races receives a majority of the vote, a run-off would pit the top two finishers against each other in November.

Here are the candidates for each ward and their employment, based on information they gave when they ran for office or in campaign materials.

Ward 1

Philip J. Falcone, former assistant in Riverside mayor’s office

Erin Edwards, nonprofit manager

Mike Gardner, Ward 1 councilman

Ward 3

Richard Rubio, government relations officer/planning commissioner

Darryl Martin (Jalani Bakari), educator/grant facilitator

Stevie S. Taken, tenant relations manager

James “Warren” Avery, III, businessman/father

Ronaldo Fierro, Riverside commissioner/restaurateur

Wayne J. Skiles, gemologist

Lori A. Pelgone, payroll manager

Ward 5

Sean H. Mill, businessman/planning commissioner/coach

Gabriela Plascencia, counselor

Jose L. Armas, business owner

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Ward 7

William D. Pearce, educator

Steven Hemenway, educator/finance director

Maartin J. Rossouw, small business owner/planning commissioner

John D. Denilofs, work-at-home dad

Rodrigo Torres Jr., small business owner

Thomas L. Jordan, IT professional

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to show that Richard Rubio and Maartin Rossouw are planning commissioners.

April 2019 UNA 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.  UNET Update                                                                  15 min.

3.  UCR Update                                                                     15 min.

4. Housing First Initiative -John Dixon                     30 min.

5. Other Items For Discussion or Future Agenda

6. Upcoming

Watkins Dr Clean Up Sat Apr 13 https://myadv.ucr.edu/forms/Watkins19

Northside Specific Plan  April 17          http://northsideplan.com

NUSA Conference Palm Springs May 15-18

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

Next Meeting: May 9, 2019

 

January 2019 UNA Meeting Agenda

Happy New Year! The beat goes on, and so do we. Neighborhoods of our dreams are created through participation.

Share your gifts of head, heart or hands this year.

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.

6.  Mt.Vernon Metrolink Makeover                           10 min

RIP Destroyed

7.  Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes                                      10 min.

www.northwestmvcd.org     951-640-9792

5.  UNET Update                                                                    15 min.

4.  UCR Update                                                                       15 min.

2. UCR RUSD STEM Project                                           15 min.

Action Steps: Letters, Visits, Calls, Emails

Objections – Opportunities

3. Big Springs – Watkins Multi Story                          15 min.

  P18-0781 (DR) and P18-0782 (VR)

 jeguez@roversodeca/gpv 951- 826-3969

9. Other Items For Discussion or Future Agenda

 

 

 

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

Next Meeting: Jan 10 , 2019

 

December 2018 UNA 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. UCR RUSD STEM Project                                           15 min.

Action Steps: Letters to – Regents, State Reps, etc.

3. Big Springs – Watkins Multi Story                          15 min.

  P18-0781 (DR) and P18-0782 (VR)

 jeguez@roversodeca/gpv 951- 826-3969

4.  UCR Update                                                                       15 min.

5.  UNET Update                                                                    15 min.

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

Next Meeting: Jan 10 , 2019

November 2018 UNA 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. UCR RUSD STEM Project                                           15 min.

3. Big Springs – Watkins Multi Story                          15 min.

  P18-0781 (DR) and P18-0782 (VR)

 jeguez@roversodeca/gpv 951- 826-3969

4.  UCR Update                                                                       15 min.

5.  UNET Update                                                                    15 min.

Updated “Who Do I Call” List

Next Meeting: Dec 13 , 2018 Holiday Potluck

Save The Dates This Week

A full house attended RUSD UCR’s STEM High School Project meeting last Thursday.

The neighbors all agree STEM is great and everyone should have access to STEM classes.

Neighbors and students comprised most of the crowd. The  questions asked were articulate and from perspectives that clearly were never imagined by staff in the planning process for this educational collaboration.

None of the School Board Members were in attendance at this meeting. That’s why we need to show up again on Monday night.

If you think School Bond Money IS Being Misspent on STEM HS on UCR Campus,
Show Up For November 5, 2018 RUSD SCHOOL BOARD MEETING and COMMENT!

The RUSD School Board’s ONLY November meeting is Monday, November 5, 2018, beginning at 4:30 p.m. It begins with “Public Input on Closed Session Matters” followed by an Open Session at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Presumably 6:30 begins the Open Session at which public comments can be made. Come with 6 copies of any written comments for board members and staff, or just come with oral comments.

SHOW UP TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM ABOUT WATKINS DRIVE BEING THE WRONG LOCATION FOR A THREE-STORY STEM SCHOOL GOING! All meetings will take place at the Riverside Adult School, Board Room, 6735 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, unless otherwise noted.

There’s no note the November meeting is somewhere else, so that’s the location.

Please, once more, tell them what we love about living in the neighborhood of our dreams.

Don’t forget, Thursday November 8 is the UNA monthly meeting. Watch for the agenda.

Mt. Vernon Median Make Over Phase 1

RIP December 2018

Apparently someone took exception to our community self-guerrilla gardening action. Maybe they didn’t like the plants we chose?

From this:

UNA Love Riverside Day 2018 Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To This:

 

 

 

 

 

To Now:

UNA LoveRiverside Day Project Destroyed

 

 

 

 

 

One theory being circulated is that RCTC is planning to do a major landscape upgrade along the portion of the line through the neighborhood, investing the resources healthy communities deserve and that should have been part of the project originally.

Neighbors and UCR students also deserve to have access to their trails and the Box Springs Mountains Preserve again.

No one is buying a safety issue regarding visibility. We have state of the art Quiet Zones. No reason we shouldn’t have the state of neighborhood art when it comes to our landscaping preferences.

Especially when it’s crowd sourced FREE, and a whole lot better that what we got from RCTC and the Ghost Train.  See Average Ridership Numbers Below 2018.

Weekday Sat Sun

91/Perris Valley Line 2,995 899 608

 

Original Post Below:

Love Riverside 2018 brings another instant green space in the neighborhood.

University Neighborhood gardeners are not deterred by a little rain. They’ve been know to exclaim, “hell yes, let’s plant something!”

So we did. Thanks to all the volunteers who proved once again, many hands make short work.

Here’s Before:

Here’s After. Check it out.

Guerilla Gardening Love Riverside Day 2018

Join us Saturday, October 12, 2018. We’re doing a Metrolink fence makeover. We’re planting along the Metrolink Fence on Mt. Vernon Dr.

Mt Vernon Guerilla Gardening Love Riverside 2018 Park on Linden St.  Bring gloves, water, wear shoes.  We have shovels and tools.

Here’s a maplink,

We have some cactus and firesticks to plant along the fence. We’re digging holes, planting and admiring our instant neighborhood greenspace.

Start 9 a.m.  We’ll finish before noon.

Volunteers can sign up at LoveRiverside 2018