First 5

Lillian Vasquez speaks with two First 5 Executive Directors, Karen Scott who represents San Bernardino and Tammi Graham representing Riverside. They discuss how their work helps connect families to crucial programs across our region.

For more information about First 5 San Bernardino, visit first5sanbernardino.org

For more information about First 5 Riverside, visit rccfc.org

On Friday, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors rescinded all but one of their own public health officer’s coronavirus orders, effectively loosening restrictions on mandates such as the requirement to wear face masks in public and practice social distancing. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper spoke with Riverside City Councilmember and small business owner Ronaldo Fierro about the Board’s decision and what it means for the city of Riverside. 

Before last week’s vote, the Riverside City Council voted to send a letter to the Board asking them to delay it.

April 9: Lifestyles with Lillian Vasquez

Apr 9, 2020

This week on Lifestyles, Lillian speaks with actor, director, singer, and entrepreneur Anson Williams. Anson play Potsie Weber on Happy Days. He talks about his time on the popular television series and the product he created to help people stay alert while driving.

For more information about Anson Williams and Alert Drops, visit www.alertdrops.com

With the coronavirus situation becoming more serious every day, we have some tips for you on how to utilize banking services during the pandemic. 

Jennifer Binkley is the President & CEO of Altura Credit Union in Riverside. She says if you’re losing income because of COVID-19, try not to panic.

With the coronavirus pandemic closing many small businesses, some owners of those businesses are asking politicians for help. But what about when a politician is a small business owner? 

Ronaldo Fierro is a Riverside City Councilmember representing the 3rd Ward. He owns the cocktail bar W. Wolfskill and the restaurant The Salted Pig, both in downtown Riverside. Due to the coronavirus and the governor’s stay-at-home order, the bar is closed, and the restaurant is only offering take-out.

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Governor Gavin Newsom visited Riverside today as part of his weeklong tour addressing homelessness across California.

The visit was to Riverside’s Access Center, where homeless people in Riverside can access a wide range of services including housing placement and employment opportunities.

Newsom was joined by Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and state Senator Richard Roth.

Here’s Governor Newsom on homelessness in California.

The California Air Resources Board has commissioned six artists for a public art installation addressing climate change on their new Riverside campus coming in 2021.

The initiative seeks to engage the public on climate change issues through a permanent public art program on CARB’s future 400,000 square foot, net zero energy facility in Riverside.

Emily Womack is the public art curator for the project.

An investigation continued today into what police called a “long and horrific gun battle” in south Riverside that led to the death of the suspect and a California Highway Patrol Officer.

The shooting occurred Monday evening, in the area of Box Springs Boulevard and Eastridge Avenue, just west of Interstate 215.

CHP Officer Andre Moye had pulled over a pickup truck for a violation when the suspect pulled a weapon and opened fire on the officer, according to the CHP.


A small crowd gethered in downtown Riverside last week to protest the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

Protesters gathered inside the Universalist Unitarian Church in Downtown Riverside for the “IE Families Belong Together” Rally on Thursday, June 14th. It was put together by the Inland Empire Women’s March, with speakers from organizations like Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, and more. 

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The three people who perished in the crash of a small plane into a Riverside neighborhood this week were identified by friends and family yesterday.  KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

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Federal Aviation Administration investigators have arrived in Riverside to investigate the crash of a small plane into a Riverside neighborhood shortly after it took off from Riverside Municipal Airport Monday afternoon.  KVCR's Ken vincent has more.


If you've got a dollar and a free Saturday this weekend, you might want to add the Riverside Tamale Festival to your schedule.  Not only will you get to eat tamales in April, you'll also be supporting Riverside's historic Spanish Town, an area that is in need of restoration.  KVCR's Natalya Estrada talked with Darlene Elliot, one of the festival's coordinators.

Press-Enterprise Columnist Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the week's major IE news stories, including:

-Riverside wins redevelopment settlement in court;

-Riverside loses court effort to keep medical marijuana initiative off of city ballot, and;

-Divisive politics returns to San Bernardino City Hall.