Category Archives: Environment

Save the Date. Watkins Dr Included In Great American Clean Up

Save the date!  Saturday May 7, 2022.

After way too many months of neglect, Watkins Dr., gateway to the University Neighborhood is about to get some TLC.
Along with Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, the Friends of Riverside’s Hills, UNA neighbors and UCR students, we’re converging as part of a Citywide clean up event. Sign up here

Don’t forget to select your T-shirt size. Click Ward 2 and mention Watkins Dr in a box near the end of the form. Spread the word. It’s a big job. See you there.

EVENT DETAILS

MAY 7, 2022

9 – 11:30AM: Preassigned Citywide Cleanups

Prior to the event, all volunteers will receive site locations and instructions from KRCB.

11:30AM – 1PM: Report Form/Tool Return & Volunteer Lunch

Riverside City Hall – 3900 Main St. – Cross street: 9th St.

BECOME A TEAM LEADER!

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful is recruiting individuals

to lead volunteers for the GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP!

Team Leader Duties:

Organize a team! Ask family, friends, and co-workers to volunteer with you

Register your group by

Wednesday, April 27th

Attend a Team Leader Meeting for

instructions, event t-shirts, and supplies

 

Team Leader Meetings:

Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

3985 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

11:30AM – 1PM (lunch included)

or

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

11:30AM – 1PM (lunch included)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTED

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful is recruiting individuals

to photograph the GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP event!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Questions? Contact Christina: 951.683.7100 Ext. 212 or celias@riverside-chamber.com

Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful ● 3985 University Ave. ● Riverside, CA 92501

Riverside Gateway Parks- Virtual Workshop #3

Here’s the latest development in our Santa Ana Riverside Gateway Parks Project.  It’s easy to review and catch up , and to add your ideas and comments.  Just follow the links. Here’s the invitation from Devan Gelle, one of the planners:

Good Afternoon,

Thank you to everyone who attended our third virtual workshop! If you were unable to attend, the workshop recording is now posted to our website, riversidegatewayparks.com. We invite everyone to review the recording and to provide your feedback on our 3 Jamboards for the Tequesquite North Extension, the Tequesquite South Extension, and the Santa Ana Greenway.

In addition to the Jamboard, you can provide your feedback by leaving us a voicemail at (951) 228-0022, replying to this email, commenting on our interactive map, or taking our survey. Please note the last day to provide comments on the interactive map and on the survey is May 5.

We look forward to reading your comments!

DEVAN GELLE
Pronouns: she/her
Planner II |  Alta Planning + Design, Inc.Los Angeles, CA  |  altago.com

Here’s a look at conditions on the ground existing as we design and plan for new recreational options. There is a certain shock value in watching this. It occurs on many levels.

Burros Update

We received the following response to our inquiry into jurisdiction and responsibility for the burros from Lt. Kyle Stephens.

Burros Crossing Watkins DriveGood morning Kevin and company,

Unfortunately the county does not currently have a program/policy In place to control the population.

In the past Department of Animal Services (DAS) has done spay/neuter on large herds, but as of right now due to lack of resources we don’t have any spay/neuter planned in the near future, although this is something that is continuously in discussion.

I attached a copy of Title 6.24.Title 6.24 Burros.  Title 6 is what is enforceable in Riverside County by DAS.

We currently work closely with Donkey Land and relocate large herds of burros as often as possible in higher traffic/problem areas.  Typically we do not relocate unless if we are getting an influx of calls from the public, law enforcement etc.

Again, this is generally a resource issue. When we relocate burros it takes anywhere from a half day to a couple days and requires us to take Officers from their regularly scheduled areas to complete depending on the size of the herd and the area we are attempting to capture them in.

I do know this has been brought to the attention of the County Board of Supervisors and also is at the state level, sitting on someone’s desk at the moment.  This is a long process but I believe they are currently working on a solution.  If I get any updates I will relay the information to you all.

I apologize for the late response.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.

Regards,
Lt. Kyle Stephens

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?

https://www.savecaliforniasolar.org/sign-petition

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?

Wild Burros In The Neighborhood

DonkeyLand Smiling BurroSince no one seems to know who is accountable for the growing dangers to burro and driver alike, here’s a link to the State Wildlife Department.

WIR — Submit a Wildlife Incident Report

You can register yourself for an account and then you can report sightings.

Be warned, the drop down menu does not include “burros”. You will have to select “other” and write in the species.

Sort of an indication we’re going to need State or Federal help to solve this issue.

We’re working on a Wild Burro Workshop for next year. Surrounding cities, and State officials are being invited to attend.

Stay tuned.

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.

Overhead Power Lines Along Santa Ana Forum June 13

RTRP Overhead Lines Along Santa Ana
The Riverside Transmission Reliability Project will destroy the viewshed of Riverside and the surrounding communities forever. This is being promoted by our public utility department. It’s unwise and unnecessary. Find out why at a special Teach In at the next UNA meeting – June 13, 2019.

We’ll have

 Mayor Brian Berkson/Jurupa Valley
 Councilman Chris Barajas/Jurupa Valley
 Norco Representative Susan Bowen
 Devonne Pitruzzello
to explain why undergrounding is better for all communities and what you can do to make sure that happens. Tell your neighbors.  Mark the date. 3 weeks and counting.

 Save The Date  June 13, 2019

Image

   Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm for
the UNA neighborhood meeting.
Watch for the signs throughout
the neighborhood the weekend before.

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church

3431 Mt Vernon Ave, Riverside, CA 92507

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