Category Archives: Education

UCR Parking Garage Community Meeting July 10

UCR will be holding the second of two community meetings to discuss a proposed parking structure on Wednesday, July 10.

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.

UC Riverside is proposing to build a new multi-story Parking Structure facility on the eastern portion of the existing campus Parking Lot 13, located at the north-east edge of campus directly south of Big Springs Road.

Site Map UCR Lot 13 Parking Garage Project

This Project will construct a parking facility which will accommodate 1200 parking spaces (800 net new spaces).

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

RUSD Measure O Citizen Oversight Committee Meets Wed May 29, 2019

What:   The Measure O Bond Oversight Committee Meeting

When:    Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at  4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 Where:  Conference Room 3,
RUSD District Offices
2280 14th Street, Riverside,CA 92501

(corner of 14th Street and Lime, across from                    Jack in the Box, close to the 91 freeway).

 Why:   Because some members of the Oversight Committee think the proposed UCR STEM High School cannot be lawfully built using Measure O funds.
The whole Committee needs to hear the views of other concerned members of the public, and why they think the Measure O money needs to be used to improve existing schools city-wide. Thats us.
 
Come prepared to speak up and tell the Oversight Committee why you think use of Measure O money for a STEM high school on the UCR campus violates Measure O!
  Need some talking points?  Read on!
 Please let all your friends who care about education in Riverside know about this meeting and encourage them to try to attend.
Talking Points About Measure O
    Measure O does not allow the bond money to be used to build new schools.
According to the impartial analysis provided to voters by the County’s attorneys, bond money:
“may be used by the District to repair and upgrade  District schools by upgrading or replacing aging school infrastructure, classrooms and buildings, modernize school facilities with 21st century technology, improve access for students with disabilities, provide classroom and labs for career and technical education classes.”
“The Bonds may be used to improve school safety by modernizing security systems, retrofitting buildings to be earthquake proof, and upgrading emergency communications.”
“The Bonds may also be used to Districtwide technology improvements for updated instruction technology in classrooms and labs and upgraded computer systems.”  (See  Measure O | Voter’s Edge California)
     It is the Oversight Committee’s duty to make sure the Measure O money is properly spent.
Voters were told that an oversight committee would make sure that bond funds would be spent  “only on the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and for no other purposes.”  (See https://votersedge.org/en/ca/ballot/election/area/42/measures/measure/2779?election_authority_id=33)
   The purpose of Measure O was to make useful improvements to existing and aging infrastructure, to spend it on projects that would benefit all students district-wide, not to invest in new buildings for a few.
This article explains

Bill Latham

Microenvironment renovations offer schools a relatively inexpensive way to align facilities to teaching and lear…

Measure O | Voter’s Edge California

Maplight & LWVCEF, http://maplight.org & https://cavotes.org/

Guide to measures in the Riverside Unified School District on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

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.

Click Here for Map

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

Riverside County Needs Assessment 2018-2019

Your input is needed. You are invited to participate in Riverside County’s 2018-2019 Needs Assessment.

The study is being conducted by Riverside County Community Action Partnership, and the UCR School of Public Policy’s  Blum Initiative on global and regional poverty.

The survey is anonymous and the more feedback they get from the resident level, the better they can target resources.

Please forward to your networks, share with your colleagues and groups. Might as well tell them what we can from our perspective. It’s a pretty long survey, 10-11 pages, but the more feedback the better.

That’s the theory. Here are the links:

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XSCX58D

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XSTDRKS

Thanks for playing the “Is It Healthy?” game on a community level.

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.

RUSD UCR Hold Meeting For New STEM High School Project

Save The Date! Tuesday September 25, 2018

It’s time to get informed and organized. It’s critical to show up and bring your questions.

This project will alter the fabric of the neighborhood. It will bring traffic that cannot be mitigated.
So it’s up to us to drive the conversation about mitigation.

Riverside Unified School District and UCR will be holding the first of two community meetings to discuss the proposed RUSD STEM High School on Tuesday, September 25.

 The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm in room J-102 of the Bannockburn Village, located at 3637 Canyon Crest Dr, Riverside, CA 92507

The Regents of the University of California, on behalf of UC Riverside are partnering with the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) to propose a ground lease of University-owned Glen Mor Intramural Fields on East Campus for the purpose of constructing a new RUSD STEM High School serving grades 9 through 12.

UCR STEM High School Site Proposal

The RUSD STEM High School will be a magnet school for 800 students (half full-time and half part-time) who are pursuing their interests and aptitudes in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The High School would consist of classrooms, administrative office space, a multi-use discovery center, fabrication lab, food service, lecture facilities, a fitness center, outdoor learning areas and associated parking and circulation.

There will be a follow up meeting on November 1st.

For more information on the project, visit: http://ae.ucr.edu/rusd_stem_high_school_958802-community_meeting_flyer_9-7-18_b.pdf

For more information, please contact: Ana Gonzalez Director II, Planning Development Riverside Unified School District (951) 788‐7496 x84003

Raoul Amescua, ExecuƟve Director Real Estate Services University of California, Riverside (951) 827‐2433

Jerrod Walters, Senior Planner Auxiliary Services / Capital Asset Strategies University of California, Riverside (951) 827‐6955

or Jeff Kraus UCR Office of Government and Community Relations (951) 827-7073

UC Riverside Fall 2018 Admissions Show Surge in Transfer Student Numbers

In two years, UCR transfer applications have climbed by 23 percent.

By  On JULY 11, 2018

Two years ago, UCR’s ratio of freshmen students to transfers was 4.5 to 1. In the 2018-19 academic year, UCR is expected to reach 2.4 to 1.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – UC Riverside has again registered big strides in meeting California’s transfer student threshold, according to numbers released July 11 by the University of California Office of the President.

UCR Growing Student Popluation
Two years ago, UCR’s ratio of freshmen students to transfers was 4.5 to 1. In the 2018-19 academic year, UCR is expected to reach 2.4 to 1.

UCR has admitted a total of 33,218 students for fall 2018, including 24,993 freshmen and 8,225 transfer students. It’s an increase over 31,067 admissions for fall 2017.

Since 2016, the number of transfer students admitted – primarily from California community colleges –- has climbed from 6,298 to 8,225. That’s a key number for UCR, given the state’s mandate that UCs enroll one transfer student for every two freshmen.

Two years ago, UCR’s ratio of freshmen students to transfers was 4.5 to 1. In the 2018-19 academic year, UCR is expected to reach 2.4 to 1.

“UCR is very excited to welcome this new cohort of transfer students and proud that students are choosing to further their education at our campus,” said Cynthia K. Larive, provost and executive vice chancellor.

Systemwide, admission of California Community College transfer students grew by 8 percent over fall 2017.

UCR’S freshman acceptance rate went from 57 percent in fall 2017 to 51 percent in fall 2018.

The systemwide admissions numbers show increases in offers to students from historically underrepresented groups and among California freshmen and transfers who would be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college, or 46 percent of the total. Systemwide, among freshman applicants, Asian American students remained the largest ethnic group admitted at 36 percent, followed by Latinos at 33 percent, whites at 22 percent, and black students at 5 percent. American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and applicants who did not report a race or ethnicity made up the remainder of admitted students.

UCR admitted more African American students than any university in the UC system.

UCR’s Chicano/Latino representation held strong at 34 percent of students admitted, while the percentage of Asian American students admitted to UCR increased for the second consecutive year, from 41 to 44 percent.

UCR admitted 14,919 first-generation college students, the most of any UC school. Riverside also admitted the most low-income, Pell Grant-eligible students among the nine UC undergraduate campuses, with 13,612 freshman and transfer students.

The university will release its fall 2018 enrollment numbers in December 2018.

MEDIA CONTACT


Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

UCR North District Notice Of Preparation EIR

UCR is giving notice of preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the North Campus Redevelopment Project.

UCR North Campus Development Plan Area
Save the Bungalows for affordable housing, workforce development and agricultural production opportunities.

Here’s the link to download the NOP and Initial Study for your comments. Let’s all do a review. Anything at all that comes up, make a note and share.

http://cpp.ucr.edu/environmental/ceqadocs.html