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Both Riverside County and the city of Riverside declared racism a public health crisis during the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson reports, several anti-racist groups are now working to help turn these declarations into lasting change.

Janice Rooths, an independent consultant focused on racial equity issues, has this definition of anti-racism:

“It is being actively involved in trying to dismantle racism and racist systems and policies and not just letting things go,” said Rooths.

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Newly elected Riverside City Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson will give her first State of the City address virtually on January 28. 

She is expected to review both the city’s accomplishments in 2020 and take a look ahead at the top issues facing the community in 2021.

According to a press release, the mayor will also announce the winner of the diversity and inclusion award, named after UC Riverside Professor Emeritus Dr. Carlos Cortés, and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce will announce the winners of the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful campaign.

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The city of Riverside announced on December 22 that it received the highest score possible on a yearly nationwide assessment of L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson spoke with City Councilmember Erin Edwards about the work that made the score possible.

  

The Riverside City Council voted unanimously to adopt unique new guidelines to minimize the impact of bringing warehouses into the community on November 10. 

Revisions to the 2008 Good Neighbor Guidelines and city zoning codes were five years in the making, but now the city has the strictest requirements for new warehouse developments in the region.

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With the presidential election still undecided, a peaceful demonstration in support of protecting uncounted ballots was held in front of the downtown Riverside courthouse Wednesday afternoon.

Around 100 people wearing masks peacefully gathered for the rally. Organizer Matt Abularach-Macias, said he feels California and the Inland Empire had a successful free and fair election with very few issues, but it is the rest of the country that he is worried about.

Former Press Enterprise columnist and long-time KVCR-news contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Megan Jamerson take a look at the Riverside Mayoral Race and local ballot measures to watch out for. 

Local literary nonprofit the Inlandia Institute and the Riverside Art Museum have teamed up for Suicide Prevention Month, presenting an online juried exhibition around suicide prevention in September. 

Cati Porter is the executive director of the Inlandia Institute. She says the project originated with the Riverside Art Museum, where some artists wanted to find a way to commemorate Suicide Prevention Month.

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City of Riverside gyms, fitness centers and places of worship can now apply to operate in city parks for free following a city council vote on Tuesday. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson has more on what this means.

In a press release Wednesday, Mayor Rusty Bailey said physical and spiritual well-being is essential during the pandemic and that the expansion of Riverside’s outdoor flex program aims to help with both.

Rep. Mark Takano of Riverside, hosted a virtual town hall to answer constituent questions about congressional efforts to tackle police reform on Wedensday. Despite a summer of public protests calling for change and bi-partisan support, legislative efforts recently stalled.

Takano says public sentiment around systemic racism in policing and the structure of law in America visibly changed this summer.

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Facing steep revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic economy, the city of Riverside is considering increasing its fees for trash and recycle pickup. 

In the proposal, monthly costs for residential pick-up services would increase by 15 percent in October. Which means standard curbside pick-up would go up by a little over $4 and backyard pickup by almost $7. Yearly increases would continue for four years at around a 3 percent rate.

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Local civil rights and faith leaders led a peaceful gathering in downtown Riverside on Thursday afternoon. The intention was to honor victims of racial violence and inspire a positive way forward.

In the minutes before the candlelight vigil was set to begin on in Riverside, a diverse crowd of hundreds politely shuffled forward to pick-up battery-operated candles. They gathered outside city hall near the Martin Luther King Jr. statue to honor not only George Floyd but all those who have died from racial violence. 

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Thousands gathered in downtown Riverside Monday night to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. While it was mostly peaceful, volunteers showed up Tuesday morning to help clean up. 

Tuesday morning, volunteers were out cleaning up downtown Riverside. It was the day after hundreds gathered there to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd. By 8:30 a.m. there was little sign of the previous night’s event except graffiti and boarded up windows.

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As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close for Muslims this Sunday, a Riverside mosque continues to adapt to keep the community safe during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community for Muslims, is usually a time of large gatherings and shared meals. Instead, like all other religious groups, the Islamic Center of Riverside had to adjust to COVID-19 restrictions.

"It feels really strange and awkward. Nobody imagined this sort of thing could happen.”

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Benjamin Purper review some of the big Inland Empire news stories from the past week, including:

1. A Yucaipa rehad center reporting an outbreak among at least 57 residents.
2. Riverside County is suggesting everyone wear a mask while out in public.
3. Desert & Mountain resort communities in the IE are asking tourists to stay away.
4. The Chancellor of the Riv Community College district is being sued for alleged gender discrimination.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another legal fight is underway over home marijuana delivery in California.
A cannabis company is suing Santa Cruz County, claiming that it's violating state law by prohibiting deliveries by out-of-county retailers into a swath of unincorporated areas.
The East of Eden Cannabis Co. lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Santa Cruz County comes as the latest development in a thorny fight over who decides where pot can be delivered.

Chinese workers came to Riverside after the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, having a large impact on the local citrus industry.  But many people may not realize that what developed from that was not one, but two Chinatowns in Riverside, in additon to Chinatowns in other inland communities. What was that early Chinese experience like, and what exactly happened to those Chinatowns? KVCR's Shareen Awad has the story.

The Inland Empire Women’s March returns for its 3rd year this Saturday in Downtown Riverside. More from KVCR’s Isel Cuapio.

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"The Cheech" has reached a major fundraising milestone.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on the announcement about meeting the fundraising goal for the proposed Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Arts, Culture, and Industry in downtown Riverside.

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The Riverside City Council last night narrowly voted to terminate City Manager John Russo, just weeks after the council heaped praise on Russo and went to battle against Mayor Rusty Bailey's effort to veto the council's pay raise for Russo.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

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For the first time in years, the city of Riverside will have a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Residents ranging from Riverside city employees to local schoolkids have been helping with the float.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Inland Empire-based local, state, and federal officials will gather with representatives from the California Air Resources Board today (Friday) to break ground on CARB's new, giant, state-of-the-art headquarters and vehicle emissions testing facility.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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For the first time in more than half a century, Riverside will have a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade featuring a scaled-down replica of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa as it appears during the famed Festival of Lights celebration.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The City of Riverside Police and Fire Departments will host a public safety-oriented STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy for local high school students this summer.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A number of Riverside city employees - including Mayor Rusty Bailey - will use ropes to rappel from the top of the 7-story Riverside City Hall building this afternoon (Friday).  And They'll do it again tomorrow morning.  It's all part of a fundraiser for Habitat For Humanity.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

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Public tours of historic, architecturally-significant buildings in downtown Riverside will take place this evening.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Riverside Police say a body was found in a home that caught fire after a night-long standoff with a gunman who fired at officers.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Scores of people showed up at Riverside City Hall yesterday (Tuesday) to let the Riverside City Council know what they feel about a citizens proposal to declare Riverside a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Even though we're still suffering through summer-like heat this week, workers in downtown Riverside have already started stringing hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights on, around, and inside the iconic Mission Inn, in preparation for the 24th Annual Festival of Lights.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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In spite of concerns from some police scanner radio devotees, the City of Riverside Police Department says its recent switch to a new, encrypted police radio network will allow for better cross-agency communication and officer safety during emergency situations. KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

Riverside Spending Freeze Through End of Fiscal Year

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Inconsistent revenue streams are prompting the city of Riverside to implement a spending freeze through the end of the fiscal year. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on the city's shaky finances.

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