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Monday, April 19th at 8:00 a.m. is a Riverside City Council Special Meeting

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD sample public comments below

Agenda Item #2 Fiscal Year 2021/22 Preliminary Departmental Budget presentations (All Wards) 

When: Monday, April 19th at 8:00 a.m.

Where:Riverside View Virtual Meeting View live webcast at or

How to Submit public comments (speak 3 minutes max):

Option 1: 

Call in (when item is heard): (669) 900-6833, and enter Meeting ID: 931 4944 3969

Option 2:

E-comment (link): submit by 6:00 a.m. (April 19th)

Option 3:


Mayor Patricia Dawson

Councilmember Erin Edwards

Councilmember Andy Melendrez

Councilmember Ronaldo Fierro

Councilmember Chuck Conder

Councilmember Gaby Plascencia

Councilmember Jim Perry

Councilmember Steve Hemenway

Funding through city discretionary funds, measure Z, other city funds

Riverside City Departments:  

Community & Economic Development,

We Demand an End to Privatization of Services, More UNION jobs

-Food co ops

-Create more jobs in partnership with other organizations versus just listing city of riverside jobs

-Staff do more trainings to employers to be knowledgeable about Fair Hiring Ban the Box 

-Other re-entry services

-expand work force & Career development services

Office of Homeless Solutions:

We Demand a bed for every head, Housing For ALL, STOP criminalizing the Homeless. Direct the Office of Homeless Solutions to provide housing instead of cleaning up homeless encampments. Staff should focus on housing grants and host fundraisers to help raise funds for permanent affordability housing and permanent supportive housing. Expand funding for social workers and street nurses. Look at models like Hope for Home Pomona (a one stop center for people that are homeless) Hope for Home provides shelter bed, health care, behavioral services, job skills support  also have an area for people’s person, laundry room, 12 step addiction recovery meetings,  portable showers, restrooms, provide food and other social services)   The City of Pomona has this as a budget item for Hope for Pomona.

Also train more staff and fund more Fair Housing Council Riverside so more landlords are familiar with fair housing.  

Parks, Recreation & Community Services

We Demand Community Gardens & More Free Community Centers Funding for community centers to reduce or eliminate fees for using the spaces for events and community meetings. Maintain 24 hours public restrooms, add showers and a place to charge cell phones.

Public Works

We Demand Transportation as a Human Right & to combat climate change Coordinate with Riverside Transit Authority to increase spending on transportation to improve public transportation throughout the city of Riverside. This will create more routes that qualify as transportation corridors and make more areas accessible to create affordable housing. 

Board and Commissions

Increase funding for translation and outreach for board and commission recruitment. Still not diverse and well represented based on gender, race, people with disability, immigrants, and LGBTQ

Other Services:

Create a Legal services program to aid immigrants and indigent people take care of the paperwork and legal issues that exacerbate and prolong their isolation and homelessness. 

* COVID 19 funding coming from the federal and state government

-Social services (IHSS, child care, CalWORKS, general relief and etc)

-Economic relief Demands inspired by local orgs & Inland Equity Partnership

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