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This Week in City Hall, November 14

Updates to the City’s outdoor dining program, Council spending of $36,767,594 from ARPA, and a review of the stalled project to give Riverside a second connection to the grid.

Monday, November 14

Land Use, Sustainability, and Resilience Committee, 3:30pm

Nathan Mustafa, Deputy Public Works Director, will be giving a presentation on the City’s temporary and long-term outdoor dining program.

Also on the agenda:

  • Recommend approval of up to $9,001,100 for a two-year study: Riverside Accelerating Clean Energy by 2040 (Report, Presentation)

Tuesday, November 15

City Council, 1:00pm

An update on the City’s existing spending and future plans for the $36,767,594 received from the American Rescue Plan Act. (Presentation)

At 4:40pm Council will join Mayor Lock Dawson at the Military Wall of Honor Veterans Day ceremony.

Council will review an outside analysis of the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project (RTRP), which will provide the city with a second high-voltage transmission line to the California power grid. The project has been been on hold since May 10 when Council voted to begin the search for an outside consultant to study alternatives to the RTRP. According to a statement released by Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) in 2020, Riverside is currently the only city of its size to rely on a single connection to the grid.

Wednesday, November 16

Safety, Wellness, and Youth Committee, 1:00pm

La Wayne Hearn, Interim Fire Chief, will present the Fire Department Strategic Plan for 2023-2028. (Presentation)

Cultural Heritage Board, 3:30pm

​​A public hearing to consider Robert Vega and Michelle Arasim’s request  to consider a Historic Designation of the Powell-Wheeler Residence (3860 El Hijo Street) as a City Landmark.

Public discussion will consider a Certificate of Appropriateness request for the construction of a two-story addition to the residence, a backyard pool and landscape updates at 3811 Mount Rubidoux Drive.

Thursday, November17

Economic Development, Placemaking, and Branding/ Marketing Committee, 3:00pm

Item 2 – Sponsorship Review

On May 5, 2020, the City Council approved the development of an official Naming Rights Policy. That process was tabled during the pandemic, but the City released a Request for Proposal on August 4, 2022 to find a consultant to assist starting a naming rights program and develop a list of potential naming rights sponsorship opportunities throughout the Riverside.

The Committee will review the proposal from The Superlative Group for an agreement worth $317,625 and 15% commission on potential sales.

Item 3 – Inland Empire Small Business Development Center Contract Review

Sherry Shimshock, Senior Project Manager for the Community & Economic Development Department, will give a presentation on the City’s $50,000 per year contract with Inland Empire Small Business Development Center to provide assistance to local small businesses.

Also on the agenda:

City Sponsorship 2023 program review (Report, Recommendations, Presentation)