Category Archives: Open Government

Clapping At Council Goes On Trial

For those who remember our public calls for action regarding the conditions in our neighborhood, Letitia Pepper was arrested for clapping at one of those city council meetings.

Rusty Bailey and Greg Priamos are both saying in their depositions that Letitia was yelling and screaming from the back of the room and running from chair to chair.

If you remember it differently, please stop by Letitia’s house, 503 Highlander this Saturday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and let her lawyer know what you saw. Thanks in advance for your support.


Civilian Oversight Of Law Enforcement Conference Coming To Riverside

Police Review Brian Buchner, Board President of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), will be coming to Riverside to meet with local community leaders regarding the 2015 NACOLE Conference.

This conference will take place here in Riverside on October 4 – 8, 2015 (please see the attached NACOLE newsletter or the NACOLE website:

This informal meeting will be held in the Riverside City Council Chambers on March 16th, 2015, from 5 – 7 PM.  Please send two – three representatives from your group or organization to this meeting where they will be able to learn about NACOLE and the upcoming conference, and where Mr. Buchner will also learn from community leaders of their concerns regarding local issues.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Phoebe Sherron in the CPRC Office at 951.826.5509.


Thank you.


Phoebe Sherron

Sr. Office Specialist


Community Police Review Commission

February 2015 Meeting Agenda

University Neighborhood

February 12, 2015 Meeting Agenda

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Map and Directions To Crest Community Church

1. Introductions

2. What’s Working
    Open Forum 20 min.

3.  RCTC/Perris Valley Line Update 10 min.

4.  Announcements, Events, Happenings

  • Riverside Story Project
  • UCR LRDP Working Groups
  • UCR Future Vision Workshop

5.  UNET Update 10 min.  

6.  UCR Update  Jeff Kraus 10 min.

7.  UCR Student Update  10 min.

8. Old Business

 9. New Business 

Community Event Announcement

University and Park Property Request for Proposals
Community Development Department
Neighbors and residents:
Please join us this Thursday at the
Chavez Center to share your opinion
and thoughts on what you would like
to see built on Park and University Ave.
Your opinion matters to us!
Please join us at 5:45 PM, February 5
in the community room for a
presentation from the City of Riverside,
Community Development Department
Presentation will begin at 5:45 PM
Spanish translation will be provided.
For questions please call Clarissa at 951.826.5419
Ward 2  Healthy Sustainable Living Series
6:00 PM | February 5, 2015
Cesar Chavez Community Center, Community Room
2060 University Ave, Riverside CA 92507
Keynote Speaker
Please join us for a presentation to discuss
climate change and to hear about the
impacts on the environment that are
effecting the world we live in today.
Spanish translation will be provided.
For any questions please contact the Office of
Councilman Melendrez at or
Mary Droser
University of California, Riverside
Distinguished Professor of Paleobiology


City Beat: Councilman Mike Soubirous Investigation, Bogus Or Blunder

Open GovernmentThirty Miles Of Corruption had a well documented post regarding the way politics is being played at City Hall and why we should be storming the castle to get this sorted out.

One of the points brought up was a Charter amendment to put some transparency and process back in the public spotlight.

As taxpayers, we expect our elected council members have a right to speak to any department, any employee or any City employee about any matter of interest to their voting public.

That’s one reason we should be getting our meeting agendas and notices two weeks, or ten business days in advance.

Reed Reforms

While running for Mayor in 2006, then-Councilmember Chuck Reed introduced his signature Reed Reforms – a comprehensive strategy to build a more honest, open, accessible, and fiscally responsible government. These reforms include numerous measures designed to improve public access to city records and information, promote ethics and accountability, and maximize the participation of San José citizens in the city’s decision-making process.

Mayor Reed enacted two of his Reed Reforms during his inauguration, when he added the following pledge to his Oath of Office:

“I further pledge to uphold the San José Charter, to always place community benefit before personal interest, and to exercise the power of the Mayor’s office honestly and ethically. No Lying, No Cheating, No Stealing.”

Overall, 32 Reed Reforms have been adopted by the City Council, including new policies that:

  • Have led to the creation of a sunshine ordinance that increases transparency in our local government.
  • Require the Mayor and Councilmembers to make important disclosures before the Council takes action.
  • Publicly disclose the offers made to City unions for pay or benefit increases.
  • Plug loopholes in the campaign financing and lobbying ordinances that reduce the influence of paid interests.
  • Require the calendars of the Mayor and Councilmembers to be posted online.
  • Have implemented a more inclusive, community-based budget process that ensures proper public input when defining the city’s spending priorities.

The adoption of these reforms has been a critical step in changing the way City Hall operates and has helped build the foundation for a government that San José residents can be proud of.

Read more about the Reed Reforms