Category Archives: Environment

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

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   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

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.

Love Riverside 2018 Project

Save the Date. Love Riverside Day of service will be Saturday, October 13, 2018.

This year’s project is greenscaping the Metrolink fence on Mt. Vernon Ave. We have some yucca, firesticks and agave to plant. Guerilla Gardeners welcome.

Bring a shovel, water, gloves and wear shoes.  Park on Linden St.

https://goo.gl/maps/t68MUKEBKbB2

You can register for this project here:  https://www.loveriverside.org/communityservice

Noise Technology Monitor For Local Ordinances

Noise Aware Monitoring System

Just when you’re  becoming resigned and cynical that nothing can be done to monitor and perhaps moderate neighborhood noise disturbances, NoiseAware may have a solution. Born from experience from both sides of noise complaints, this smart home app is ideal for property owners and managers to better monitor their assets.

It’s also a helpful tool for renters wary of violating local noise ordinances. You can now self-monitor to avoid those nasty and unnecessary fines.

Sounds like a useful tool to consider. For more information visit: https://noiseaware.io/buy/noise-monitoring-system

 

Earth Day 2018 Watkins Dr Trash Clean Up

Thanks to the army of UCR student volunteers and neighbors that made our Earth Day efforts a huge success.

The Interfraternity Council  (IFC) helped recruit and organize students with an appreciation for place and willingness to contribute some sweat equity to the neighborhood.

Early arrivals getting caffeinated.

 

Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful supplied the tools, bags, gloves and safety vests.

 

 

Thanks to Jimmy Rodriguez from Riverside Public Works who loaned us a “Road Work Ahead” sign to help slow traffic on Watkins.

Thanks to Jimmy Rodriguez from Riverside Public Works for the safety sign to slow Watkins Dr traffic.

 

And last but perhaps most important, thanks to Jamie from Starbucks at UCR’s Glenmoor Market for providing some highly caffeinated fuel to get us started for the day.

UCR sherpa going the distance to clean up the hillsides

 

We filled over 50 trash bags including 4 Brown cans we had to borrow from neighbors because we ran out of bags.

Trailer load of trash

We pulled out 7 tires, 3 mattress and box springs, a car bumper, one refrigerator and a small mountain of dumped construction demo wood and one needle.

Long shot of a long morning’s work. Plus 4 borrowed brown cans. We were short bags.

 

Hats off to the student sherpas who climbed the hills and navigated the arroyos to recover the  illegal dumping and massive amounts of trash tossed from car windows.

Illegal Dumping

 

7 tires, construction demo, refrigerator and more

 

Sometimes it takes more than a village.

We could name all the establishments who probably don’t realize their good name is being literally trashed, but that’s for another time.

A herculean effort by UCR students and neighbors.

Right now, we’re all beat, happy and proud of the community spirit behind making the University Neighborhood the neighborhood of our dreams.

UNA Parks Master Plan Survey

Drown Proofing ClinicHere’s access to the parks survey and some talking points for park enhancements for our neighborhood parks. Please add any other ideas you may have.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. So let’s make our will known.

University Neighborhood Parks Master Plan Talking Points

Establish Islander Park as a Regional Park

Reconnect trail access from Islander Park to County Parklands

Build trailhead amenities at Islander Park – parking, trash etc.

Increase Islander Park Pool Operations Hours

Build Dog Park at Mt Vernon Park

Install parkour equipment at Highland Park

 Complete Survey

https://riversideca.gov/park_rec/planning-projects/parks-master-plan-vision-2030

Phone:
951-826-2000 Email address:parks@riversideca.gov

Love Riverside UNA Valencia Hills Dr Median Make Over

 We’re planning to add a few cactus and some drought tolerant plants to this forgotten focal point.

A morning make-over. Looking for a few volunteers.

We can use a few with shovels, and a pick up would make quick work of transporting  plant starts.

Start the day at Sherman Indian School, have some coffee and rolls.

Photos and off to an morning make-over.

Contact Gurumantra 951-640-3868

Here’s the project page link for more details:

https://loveriverside.vnexttech.com/communityservice/projectdetails/59d3fe8876a4a2a91cb5aa3a