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This Week at City Hall: June 6-10

Lots going on this week, with a report on water quality, ethics complaints, the distribution of federal entitlement funding, and meetings of the Housing and Homelessness Committee and the Planning Commission.

A photo of the entrance to Riverside City Hall.
Raincross Gazette


City Council (Special Meeting)

The council will carry over its closed-session discussion from June 1 regarding the recruitment and hiring of a new city manager to replace Al Zelinka, who resigned the position effective June 3.

City Council

Item 12 – COVID-19 safety procedures
The council will review the current safety procedures regarding social distancing as part of the state’s emergency pandemic protocol, and decide whether to allow council members to continue to have the option of joining the meeting via teleconference. 

Item 17 – Finance Appropriation for 2022-2023
The council will vote to approve the budget appropriation limit of $400,803,266 for Fiscal Year 2022-23.

Item 18 – Master Fees and Charges Rate Schedule update
Staff will update the council on a study being undertaken regarding city fees for items such as electricity, water, public parking, facilities rentals, building permits, and dog licenses, among others. The MGT Consulting Group has been hired to conduct the study, which will include workshops, focus groups, and a webpage to gather community feedback and provide updates, before making final recommendations to the council.

Item 31 – Mills Act changes
Councilmember Cervantes is recommending a temporary change to the Mills Act Program, which provides tax benefits to owners of historic properties, allowing acceptance of all applications submitted through July 2022. The council will also consider a resolution to increase the number of applications accepted from January 1 to May 31 each calendar year.

Item 40 – Federal entitlement funding
The council will see a presentation and vote on the acceptance of Federal entitlement funds from the office of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $8,467,783 for four separate initiatives: Community Development Block Grants, the Home Investment Partnership Program, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, and Emergency Solutions Grant funding.


Housing and Homelessness Committee: 3:00 p.m.

Item 2 Draft version of homelessness plan
The committee will vote to approve the draft version of the Five-Year Plan to Reduce Homelessness, which includes six initiatives, or pillars, on needs such as access to affordable housing, preventing homelessness, increasing the number of shelter beds, and expanding the public’s understanding and awareness of homelessness, among others.

Board of Ethics: 6:00 p.m.

Item 2 Ethics complaints
Separate meetings will be held to discuss code of ethics complaints brought against Councilmembers Jim Perry and Chuck Conder by resident Dustin Keen regarding the sale of land overseen by the March JPA Joint Powers Commission, on which both Perry and Conder serve as members, representing the city.

Board of Public Utilities Water Committee: 9:00 a.m.

Item 4 – Water quality report
The committee will hear a report about the quality of Riverside’s water, specifically whether it meets the state’s public health goals. The report shows that six contaminants were found to be at higher than recommended levels in Riverside drinking water.


Planning Commission: 9:00 a.m.

Item 4 – Construction of a Panera Bread in Ward 4
The commission will hear recommendations regarding the construction of a Panera Bread restaurant with a drive-through lane in the Orangecrest area of Ward 4, at Trautwein Road and Bountiful Street.