2014 National Night Out

Grand Neighborhood Alliance Block Party for National Night Out

Join friends and neighbors in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. where Grassy Trail Dr. and Greenbrier Dr. meet. (Look for the orange house.) We’ll even have live music and water balloon games for the kids!

This event is a fun, relaxed and casual way to meet neighbors, members of the police and fire department who work to keep our area safe, City Councilman Mike Gardner and representatives from the City of Riverside.

Family and friends are welcome, as are food and refreshments. Bring blankets and/or folding chairs so you can sit back, relax and listen to some great live bluegrass music courtesy of Felonious Plunk. Thanks also to Water Wars “extreme water balloon game” and Tiffany Wallace Group for donating the water fun!

For more information about National Night Out and the Grand Neighborhood Alliance, contact gnariverside@aol.com or check out http://grandareariverside.wordpress.com/

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Meeting notes for 11.7.2013

GNA Meeting notes for 11/7/2013

City Councilman Mike Gardner (MG) talked about the big storm that hit Riverside on August 29, 2013 and the city’s response to that storm. He mentioned that the old fire station downtown is up for sale and said he would like to see it used as a restaurant in keeping with the vibrant spirit of downtown’s new eateries. The convention center is ahead of schedule and should open in March 2014.

There was an extended discussion of the restriping of Brockton, with Brockton being changed from a four lane road to a two lane road, with bike lanes newly added. A number of residents in attendance questioned the value of the restriping. MG said that this was a very difficult issue to vote on because people felt strongly about it on both sides, with few neutral residents. He voted in favor of restriping for improved safety resulting from inclusion of dedicated left hand turn lanes. The restriping should take place in February or March of 2014. Traffic engineers will be making assessments regarding the impact of the restriping once it’s been done, and it can be changed later if necessary.

The senior housing facility behind the shopping center should begin (according to Andrew Walcker who was present at the meeting to discuss the new homes on Palm) relatively soon with ground expected to be broken in 2 months. This facility has changed ownership with Family Services Association as the new owner.

Justin Scott-Coe (JSC) and MG talked about damage to Bonaminio park as a result of the aforementioned storm. Damage to the community garden was substantial. They lost approximately $5,000 that had put into the garden and a great deal of work had been done. JSC is pleased with the City’s response to storm and efforts to restore the garden. There will be fundraisers for the community garden in the near future. MG talked about the larger drainage issue for the park. One challenge is that the water from the main drainage is slowed down by plants in the river bottom, plants that cannot be removed because they provided habitat for protected wildlife. The city is looking into this issue.

Steve Berzansky and Andrew Walcker of Steven Walker Communities spoke about the plans to build 7 new homes on Palm Ave just north of Bandini. In short, these homes have been very thoughtfully designed with an eye to the area’s historic architecture. A number of residents in attendance were very positive about the design of these homes and praised these plans. The homes are expected to be built in mid-2014, depending upon a number of factors.

The issue of speeding on Palm was raised and MG indicated that since Palm was restriped traffic has slowed down about 5 miles an hour on average. Berzansky and Walcker said that they feel confident that there will not be blind spots or traffic problems caused by the new development entrance at Palm. Questions about the homes can be sent to Steve Berzansky at sberzansky@stevenwalker.com or 951.784.0844

Area Commander Lt. Vance Hardin introduced himself as well as our area’s new POP officers. These officers were “hand-picked” by Lt. Hardin to serve as POP officers for this area. They have great familiarity with Riverside and are enthusiastic about their relationship with our community.

Their contact information follows:

Lt. Vance Hardin      826-5753         VHARDIN@riversideca.gov

Officer J. Allison      826-5679        jallison@riversideca.gov

Bike Officer Chamroeun Ouk     826-8729         COuk@riversideca.gov

Bike Officer  Rogelio Serrato     826-8714         RSerrato@riversideca.gov

Problem Oriented Police (POP) Officer Dave Hammer*  826-8728         DHammer@riversideca.gov

*not present at meeting

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November 7 Meeting Agenda

Grand Neighborhood Alliance

Meeting Agenda for November 7, 2013

Location: 5105 Jurupa Ave. in the ARC facility next to the Laundromat, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

6:30     Welcome, Wendy DeBoer and Cynthia Shields, GNA Chair and Co-Chair

6:35     Introductions of all meeting attendees

6:40     Grand Area Update, Mike Gardner, City Councilman

7:00     Introduction to our new POP Officers, Riverside Police Department

7:20     Construction of proposed homes on Palm Ave. (just north of Bandini), Andrew Walcker, IW Consulting Engineers, Inc.

 7:50     Any remaining business         

Please e-mail questions and comments to gnariverside@aol.com.

Save the dates for the 2014 meetings: February 6, May 1, August 5 (National Night Out) and November 6, 2014

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May 2nd Meeting Agenda

Grand Neighborhood Alliance
Meeting Agenda for May 2, 2013
Location: 5105 Jurupa Ave. in the ARC facility next to the Laundromat
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
6:30     Welcome
Wendy DeBoer and Cynthia Shields, GNA Chair and Co-Chair
6:35     Introductions  
All meeting attendees
6:40     Grand Area Update
Mike Gardner, City Councilman
6:50     Update on Activities in the Grand Area
Officers Dillon and Sturdevant, North NPC POP Team, Riverside Police Department
           
7:05     Riverside Fire Department Response to February Fire
            Discussion of Measure A
            Mike Esparza, Deputy Chief
7:25     Brockton Restriping Project
            City Traffic Engineer Steve Libring

7:50    May 11th Clean-Up and National Night Out

Please e-mail questions and comments to gnariverside@aol.com
For more information about GNA, visit our website at www.grandareariverside.wordpress.com
Save the dates for the 2013 meetings!
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (National Night Out)
Thursday, November 7, 2013
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February 7 Meeting Notes

Grand Neighborhood Alliance

Meeting notes for 2/7/2013

Update from Mike Gardner, City Councilman

Mt. Rubidoux cross: After much consideration, the city decided to divest itself of the cross. There will be a public auction and the land on which the cross sits will be sold to the highest bidder. The group Totally Mt. Rubidoux is collecting donations to purchase the land, would maintain public access to the cross if successful. The auction will take place in April. It is Mike’s impression that the group that raised the original complaint, American’s United for the Separation of Church and State, does not have an interest in purchasing the land and would be satisfied with its sale to a bidder. The city council was advised to follow this plan rather than fighting through litigation.

Discussed the shootings of two Riverside police officers.

Senior housing complex on Grand Ave.: It will be very similar to the one on N. Orange St. The developers are looking for co-financing. The city has approved the “concept” to build it but the details of the building plan are not yet finalized and are in plan-check.

Bonaminio Park: Grand opening should be at the end of June. Parking lot will open in the next few weeks. It will be lit and there will be cameras in the parking lot to discourage theft, etc.

Question: What can the city do to stop motorcycle traffic on the Santa Ana River trail? It is very disturbing to residents and to horses.

Mike Gardner’s answer:  Call the non-emergency police number and ask if the helicopter is available. Fairly stiff fine if they are caught.

RPD Update by Nancy Castillo

10th Annual Senior Conference is coming up (I will send out more information about this as it becomes available) as is the Police Chief’s breakfast on March 7 at the Mission Inn for the Riverside Police Foundation.

Nancy emphasized how important it is to report anything suspicious to either 911 or the non-emergency police number.

Wood Streets and Riverside plaza areas have been hard hit with thefts, especially of packages and car break-ins.

Samantha Eshelman on graffiti reporting

Samantha gave a great presentation on graffiti, why reporting it is so important, and how reporting has been made very easy with the new application for smart phones.

She spoke about the reasons why people tend not to report graffiti: 1) assume someone else has done it; 2) think it takes too much time to report it; 3) worry about own safety, possible retribution.

Reporting by calling 311 or doing it through the mobile 311 app takes only a couple of minutes at most. Also, when graffiti is reported through the mobile 311 application (by taking a picture of the graffiti) it goes to a database belonging to RPD.

The mobile 311 app is available for free, and through it residents can easily photograph graffiti and send it to the appropriate city division to remove it. More about this application is available here: http://riversideca.gov/mobile311/

***If graffiti is removed within 72 hours of appearing, it tends not to return.***

City of Riverside gets rid of graffiti within 24 hours of its having been reported, on average.

Graffiti removal costs the city 1.3 million dollars per year!!! Residents can have a tremendous impact if they report graffiti quickly, again because it tends not to reappear if it has been reported within 72 hours of being tagged.

In terms of fears about safety of reporting graffiti, 311 does not ask for the caller’s name so reports can be done anonymously.

Wendy DeBoer on Next Door site

Wendy talked about how using Next Door could benefit our area. Attendees seemed to be in favor of giving it a try. She will send out invitations to all GNA members in the next few days. (Update: invitations have been sent through e-mail. If you have not received one, please contact her at gnariverside@aol.com)

 

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February 7 Meeting Agenda

Grand Neighborhood Alliance

Meeting Agenda for February 7, 2013

Location: 5105 Jurupa Ave. in the ARC facility next to the Laundromat

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

6:30     Welcome: Wendy DeBoer and Cynthia Shields, GNA Chair and Co-Chair

6:35     Introductions: All meeting attendees

6:40     Grand Area Update: Mike Gardner, City Councilman

6:55     Update on Activities in the Grand Area: Officers Dillon and Sturdevant, North NPC POP Team, Riverside Police Department

7:15     Public Works Graffiti Program, Samantha Eshelman, City of Riverside

7:45     GNA Business: Do we want to have a more active e-community?

Please e-mail questions and comments to gnariverside@aol.com

For more information about GNA, visit our website at www.grandareariverside.wordpress.com

Save the dates for the 2013 meetings!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (National Night Out)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

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November 1 Meeting Agenda

Grand Neighborhood Alliance

Meeting Agenda for November 1, 2012

Location: 5105 Jurupa Ave. in the ARC facility next to the Laundromat

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

 

 

6:30     Welcome, Wendy DeBoer and Cynthia Shields, GNA Chair and Co-Chair

 

6:35     Introductions, All meeting attendees

 

6:40     Grand Area Update, Mike Gardner, City Councilman

 

6:55     Update on Activities in the Grand Area, Officer Michael Dillon, North NPC POP Team, Riverside Police Department

7:10     Neighborhood Livability Program, Greg Priamos, Riverside City Attorney

 

7:30     Sewer Project Update, Public Works

 

7:45     Historic Survey of Mid-Century Homes, Teri Delcamp, Historic Preservation Senior Planner, Community Development Department

 

Please e-mail questions and comments to gnariverside@yahoo.com

For more information about GNA, visit our website at www.grandareariverside.wordpress.com

 

 

Save the dates for the 2013 meetings!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 (National Night Out)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

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