Category Archives: Public Policy

UNA Mar 2023 Meeting Agenda

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

1. Welcome – Introductions                                              5 min.

2. Small Sparks Grants Available                                 15 min.

3. City Traffic Engineer                                                      30 min.

3. Council Updates                                                               30  min.

4. UCR Updates                                                                      10  min

5. Announcements                                                                10 min

6. Speaker Suggestions 2023

Neighborhood Issues & Resources

Follow Our Courts

US Covid Atlas

Riverside Neighborhood Partnership

Neighbors Better Together

Planning Commission To Re Zone Park For STEM High School

The proposed STEM school site on Blaine and Canyon Crest, contains two parcels of property.
One belonging to UCR, the other to the city of Riverside.
This Thursday, Feb 16 at 9am at city hall, RUSD will be presenting to the city’s planning commission a proposal to change the zoning on the city owned property in order to build the school. After hearing the presentation, the commission will make its recommendation to the city council for a final vote.
Make an E Comment, Call in or Zoom it.
We need everyone to come to the meeting or contact the planning commission to let them know our concerns about these possible changes and the impact they will have on our community.
Because this is a zoning meeting, it has been highly recommended that we focus our opposition to the zone change on issues that we feel will impact our community.  Key factors to consider are:
  • This is not a neighborhood school where traditionally students walk to.  This is a commuter school bringing school buses and hundreds of cars into our area.
  • District’s proposal indicates 1,200 students and 60 staff members. The proposal does not address the need for a parking lot to accommodate this many people. There are no places for parents to line up when dropping off and picking up students on Blaine, Canyon Crest, Rustin and Linden.
  • The proposal is to have the flow of school traffic go from Blaine to Canyon Crest then right onto the narrow parking lot by the ball fields, then exiting onto Rustin.  Rustin is a very narrow two lane street already jammed with apt. cars parking on both sides of the street.  Traffic from the STEAM school on the corner of Rustin and Linden already is impacting Linden and Rustin.
  • There is no legal parking/waiting on either side of Blaine.
  • UCR will begin the 2nd phase of building a 1,600 student dorm from Blaine towards Linden across from the proposed STEM site. The parking lot for the dorm will be similar to the one near Watkins with egress and ingress onto Blaine. This will severely impact traffic flow around Blaine and Canyon Crest
  • With the 1,260 STEM population, along with 1,600 UCR dorm students, rezoning will result in nearly 3,000 people crammed into a very small block area.
  • Canyon Crest is a two lane road already jammed with RTA buses, commuter cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Rezoning will eliminate the only developed Park and Rec facility in our community. We may lose our baseball/softball and soccer fields .  This field is used often by UCR intramural sports, community sport clubs and other community organizations needing a large field.
  •  Less than a 1/2 mile from the proposed school, plans are to tear down the old Kmart on 3rd and Iowa and construct a 1-3 bedroom complex adding hundreds of cars onto Blaine/3rd and Iowa.
  • Less than 1/2 mile from the proposed school site is the new warehouse on the corner of Watkins and Spruce, which will now bring commercial trucks into our neighborhood.
  • With the STEM traffic, UCR dorm(s) traffic, the new apt. complex at Kmart traffic, the warehouse on Spruce and Watkins trucks, the cross town commuters by passing the freeway, traffic jams already around the North High School, University Heights Middle and Highland Elementary school, rezoning this property is detrimental in increasing harmful carbon emissions from cars, buses and trucks into the air affecting especially those with health issues, our children and the elderly living in our neighborhoods.
  • We must first ask for a denial for this zone change or a least ask for a postponement on rezoning until an in-depth traffic and environmental study independent of the district is conducted.
  • We must demand that the district present a detailed plan to the commission and to the community addressing our concerns with traffic, parking and environmental issues before a decision is made to rezone, something the district has denied us for years.
We need you to contact the planning commission expressing your opposition to rezoning the city property. 
Email the commissioners at  There is no individual email for each commissioner. Your email will be disseminated to each commissioner.
You are limited to 3 minutes if participating orally on Thursday, Feb 16 at 9am.
  1. Speak in person on Thursday, Feb16 at city hall.
  2. Calling in at (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 926 9699 1265. Press star 9 (*9) to request to speak.  Individuals in the queue will be prompted to press star 6 (*6) to unmute and speak.
  3. By zoom at:  . Select the “raise hand” function to request to speak.  An on-screen message will prompt you to “unmute” and speak.
Follow along with the meeting via or Riverside TV
cable channels,
Please pass this along to family and neighbors.  Any additional comments to add to the list are welcomed.



Warehouses & Your Call To Action

Inland Empire Warehouses along 15 Freeway looking N to mountains

It’s time for another R-NOW 5-minute action.
This one is a public comment for the City of Riverside Land Use Planning Committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 13th.  We want to support the policy recommendations made by City staff to strengthen the Good Neighbor Guidelines for warehouses and clarify some important ones for the Committee to consider.
  1. CLICK HEREto automatically open the email or cut and paste the text from below
  2.  Sign your name and zip code (Do not skip this step)
  3.  Send
Of course, if you can make comments in person at the City Council Chambers on Monday, February 13 at 3:30 pm, that would be great.
You can also call in. For the agenda and information on the meeting, click here.
Talking Points For Your Comments:

Subject: Land Use Planning Public Comment for Agenda Item 2

Dear Land Use Planning Committee,

As a member of Riverside Neighbors Opposing Warehouses (R-NOW), I would like to thank the City of Riverside Land Use, Sustainability, and Resilience Committee and City Staff for putting together the Matrix of Potential Policy Actions to improve land use within the City. R-NOW supports all the sustainable development and notice requirements proposed.

Of utmost importance, we want to strongly support p.3 of the matrix on Good Neighbor Guidelines:

1. Amend Development Standards/GNG 2020 to include protections for additional Sensitive Receptors – we again ask for a Title 19.130 category that limits building sizes to <500,000 square feet within 1,500 feet of homes.

2. Revise FAR and maximum building size adjacent to sensitive receptors – Allow no more than 3 buildings of any size category adjacent to sensitive receptors with a cumulative maximum size of no more than 3x the max building size within that distance range (less than 200’ – 30,000 sq.ft., 200-800 feet, 300,000 sq.ft. 800-1500 feet, 1,500,000 sq.ft.)

Thank you for bringing this forward. We firmly believe that the City of Riverside can and should lead the region towards more sensible zoning that puts quality of life on equal footing with economic development.


<name + neighborhood or zip code>

Quick reminder: If you have any questions or issues to discuss, please reply to me.
In Solidarity,



UNA Meeting Agenda January 2023

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

1. Welcome – Introductions                                              5 min.

2. Nora Moti Council on Aging  Update                    10 min.

3. Friends of Islander Park  Ad Hoc                             20  min.

4. Speaker Suggestions 2023                                          20  min

5. RTRP  Reconsideration at Council                         10 min

Agenda Item 17, Jan 17, 2023 Meeting

6. Other Updates TBD

7. New City Manager Mike Futrell

Neighborhood Issues & Resources

Follow Our Courts

US Covid Atlas

Riverside Neighborhood Partnership

Neighbors Better Together

UNA July 2022 Meeting Agenda

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

Share Your Thoughts With The City

1. Welcome – Introductions                                              5 min.

2. UCR  Update                                                                         5 min.

3. RPD Update                                                                       10  min.

4. Council Update                                                                20  min

5. Parking West Side Watkins Bike Lane                   5 min.

6. ADU Ad Hoc                                                                          5 min.

7. New Business

8. Old Business

Neighborhood Issues & Resources

Stop Building Warehouses Near Our Homes Petition

Follow Our Courts

US Covid Atlas

Riverside Neighborhood Partnership

Neighbors Better Together


Riverside improperly held electricity tax election, judge rules

It looks like the old ways of doing business in Riverside are beginning to erode. Read about it here from the PE:

Referee Issuing Red Card Penalty

This decision came about because residents were forced to take legal action against some very unwise legal advice given to the City Council which makes them look complicit in trying to defraud the ratepayers.

If ever we needed an elected Inspector General, this sort of waste of public funds should be reason enough. What else is being hidden from view?

After long years of suffering under the economic development vision of “cheap dirt”, and a series of deplorable leadership decisions, feckless city managers and past councils with questionable ethics and certainly with no love of place, residents are finally demanding answers and showing a willingness to apply constant pressure on the issues that matter to all of us.

Increasing demands for closer scrutiny over decisions on how our public funds are being disbursed is beginning to pay and special interests don’t like this trend. We’re seeing a reassertion of parents and taxpayer rights to effective school bond oversight.

We can complain all we want about the fraud, waste and abuse that occurs in government, but if we don’t step in to express our thoughts, keep demanding answers, or counter the latest special interest vision with our own, residents will always get far less than we deserve from our tax dollars.  Where do you want to make the next difference in Riverside?



Save California Solar

Save Solar California Logo

Hi Friends,

I signed this petition to Governor Newsom to keep rooftop solar growing in California. Will you consider signing it too?

Utilities are lobbying the state to make it harder and more expensive for people to get solar. They are trying to gut net metering, which lets solar users share their extra solar energy with the neighbors for a bill credit.

Even though we have Riverside Public Utilities, we can be doing so much more to lower our energy costs and raise our comfort level. Expanding city rooftop solar should maximize coverage to reduce our collective costs.

We need to make it easier for people to get rooftop solar so they can control over their energy bills and keep the power on. Will you consider signing and forwarding to others?

UNA October Meeting Agenda

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

1. Welcome – Introductions                                               5 min.

2. Mt. Vernon Median Makeover                                   10 min

3. RPD Update                                                                           20  min.

4. Council Update                                                                     20  min

4.  UCR  Update                                                                         30 min.

Beth Claassen Thrush, Dr. Denise Woods

5. Measure C                                                                               20 min.

6.  Parking Permit Renewals                                              10 min.