U.S. News & World Report has included California Baptist University on it’s list of the nation’s “Best Colleges” for the ninth straight year. CBU is ranked No. 38 in the West in the publication’s “Best Regional Universities” category for 2015 , up from No. 42 in the previous years rankings and No. 58 in 2013.
“This year’s ranking once again reflects the improvement in quality that California Baptist University continually strives to provide in order to enhance students’ overall experience,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU President.
California Baptist University’s progression on the list of “Best Regional Universities” is an outstanding representation of Seizing Our Destiny’s location of choice pillar. Only through commitment and dedication can a great University continue to make academic strides and accelerate quality of education for all of the students. Riverside has increasingly become the location of choice for college bound individuals from all over the world.
“Best Colleges” rankings are featured in U.S. News& World Report each year to aid prospective students and their parents looking for the best academic values for their money. Now in its 30th year, the annual comparative listing uses a quantitative system of 16 weighted indicators of academic excellence to rank universities. Those indicators include: student selectivity; retention and graduation rate; assessment by peer institutions; faculty resources; financial resources and alumni giving.
Forbes just released a list a of America’s “Coolest” Cities, and Riverside ranked #8. How do you define “cool”? According to Erin Carlyle, Forbes staff, “We sought to quantify it in terms of cities, partnering with Sperling’s BestPlaces to rank the 60 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (cities and their surrounding suburbs, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on six data points we weighted evenly.” The six data points used to rank the cities include: arts and culture, reacreation, diversity, local eats, population age, and net migration.
Although many might dispute that Riverside should be #1 on the list, being ranked one of the “coolest” cities in the country is an outstanding representation of our beloved city being a true location of choice. Riverside has proven to be an attractive place for all types of residents, workers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and visitors. Riversiders take pride in our beloved city with countless opportunities to be entertained, amazed, and inspired. That is why the City of Riverside will continue to become a location of choice for people and organizations from allover the world.
After the success of Give BIG Riverside in 2012 – and with such positive feedback from the community, partners and sponsors – there was no question that the Task Force would be back for another ground-breaking attempt in 2013. Once the date was decided (11-12-13), the theme for the event was decided – “Start Counting…11-12-13″
After two years of success, Give BIG Riverside 2014 will expand to the County of Riverside! All are encouraged to help by joining Give BIG Riverside on Thursday, November 13, 2014 as a participating nonprofit, sponsor or donor.
Give BIG Riverside leverages the growing trend of 24-hour online giving days, existing social media, and superior web-based fundraising technology to attract much needed attention to the important work of our local nonprofits. It introduces philanthropy to the community in a fresh way, gains attention of people who have never given before, and builds the capacity of nonprofits to attract new and younger donors.
Each year, the objective has been to raise funds and awareness for area nonprofits. In addition, another goal, just as important as the others, is to increase the capacity of those nonprofits to engage new and younger donors. Also, to tell their stories on social media channels, and learn how to effectively fundraise online.
Give BIG Riverside in 2013 raised $312,500 to support 113 local nonprofit organizations that meet the needs and support the dreams of people living in Western Riverside County. The amount given was increased by $100,000 over 2012! The 24 hour campaign attracted 3,321 donors who provided over 4,000 donations in one day – a 70% increase in donors and donations from 2012. A full evaluation of the day is complete, available online at GiveBIGRiversideCounty.org/outgoing-report/. Give BIG Riverside shows no signs of slowing and hopes to continue on the same path of growth through 2014.
Through commitment and dedication, Give BIG Riverside has made a huge impact and only shows signs of growing. The efforts of all that facilitated and participated in Give BIG Riverside over the past years have certainly made Riverside a location of choice. Our community provides an abundance of opportunities to be amazed and inspired, and has increasingly become the location of choice for people and organizations from all over the world.
To learn more about Give BIG Riverside 2014, click here.
Be sure to participate in Riverside Restaurant Week, and take advantage of all the great deals and discounts available. Help support local restaurants and dine within the city.
Riverside Restaurant Week exemplifies seizing our destiny’s intelligent growth pillar. Participating restaurants throughout the city are being highlighted to promote the great dining experiences available to Riversiders. Our city promotes an outstanding quality of life for all through intelligent growth.
Click here to see what restaurants are participating!
When is Riverside Restaurant Week?
Friday, June 20, 2014 through Sunday, June 29th.
Do I need to register?
No, registration is not necessary. As you dine at each participating restaurant, just let them know you’re there for the Riverside Restaurant Week special! Reservations are encouraged for those restaurants that accept them.
Who is supporting the event?
The City of Riverside alongside Riverside Downtown Partnership and Arlington Business Partnership.
For more information on Riverside Restaurant Week, click here.
A new study from Biz2Credit.com examines how a number of U.S. cities measure up and Riverside tops the chart as best city for small business when ranked by annual revenue. See the infographic chart below.
The study, which defines a small business as a company with fewer than 250 employees or less than $10 million in annual revenue, analyzed more than 12,000 businesses that have been in operation for at least a year. The findings place San Jose in the top spot, on the basis of a weighted score that includes annual revenue, credit scores, and the average age of the city’s small businesses. Detroit, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco round out the top five.
This is an outstanding representation of Riverside as a location of choice. For small businesses across the country, choosing what location to set up shop can be difficult and exhausting. This type of chart is a useful tool for entrepreneurs to compare big cities side by side. Riverside attracts creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse people as residents, workers, business owners and visitors.
As a location of choice, Riverside tops the list of California cities with rising home prices. Although the value of homes across the country has risen roughly 11%, Riverside is way ahead of the curve at almost 24%. Home prices in seven U.S. metropolitan areas rose at least 20% in 2013, according to the latest CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index. The seven are Las Vegas (25.6%) and six California cities: Riverside (23.8%), Oakland (23.3%), Sacramento (23.0%), Los Angeles (20.3%), San Jose (20.1%) and San Francisco (20.0%).
House prices across the country rose 11.3% in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with the same period in 2012, but remain 21% below the peak reached in the first quarter of 2006.
Overall, 308 of 384 U.S. metro areas posted price gains between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2013. In those areas with populations greater than 1 million, every city either posted a gain or remained flat with the previous year.
For the current year, the CoreLogic Case-Shiller index is expected to post ahome pricegain of 5.3%, less than half the 2013 gain. Over the next five years, home prices are expected to rise at an annual rate of 3.1%.
Riverside attracts creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and diverse people as residents, workers, business owners and visitors.
NAACP of Riverside County and the Golden West Region Soroptimist Club has awarded SafeHouse Anti-Human Trafficking Director Jennifer O’Farrell with the NAACP Community Service Freedom Award. Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
O’Farrell spends her time providing intensive case management to victims, and educating, collaborating and creating programs within Operation SafeHouse and the county to treat, prevent, and intervene for victims of labor and sex trafficking. This award is granted to individuals who have dedicated their lives and legacies to the cause of civil and human rights. The award will be presented Wednesday, May 14, 2014 – 5:00pm -9:30pm at the Riverside Convention Center 3637 Fifth Street Riverside, CA 92501. For more information go to the website Freedom Fund Celebration.
Operation SafeHouse, with Community Support, provides Emergency Shelter, Intervention and Outreach Services to Youth in Crisis.
Operation Safe House is an organization that demonstrates Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar. People are brought together around common interests and concerns, while the unique character of Riverside’s neighborhoods and diverse communities are celebrated and valued. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
To learn more about Operation Safe House, click here.
Built in the mid-1960s, the Grand Prix apartments on Seventh Street in Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood have clearly seen better days.
The seafoam-green paint is peeling from the wood trim on the boxy, flat-roofed building, and the kidney-shaped pool was long ago filled with dirt that has sprouted weeds. Now vacant and boarded up, the complex is weeks from being demolished, the first big step in a city plan to improve the neighborhood officials call Chicago/Linden because it’s near that intersection.
Within two years, the Grand Prix and two other apartment buildings on the block will be replaced by an affordable housing complex that will have something for the community – a public garden, children’s play area or a child care facility. It’s part of an estimated $16.8 million strategy to make the area safer and more attractive for those who live there.
Fixing up the area, which lies between Chicago and Dwight avenues and West Linden and Seventh streets, has been a priority for city officials since 2006, housing project coordinator Shonda Herold said.
The overall strategy, created by a consultant with community input, includes installing new landscaping and more streetlights, improving driveways and alleys, reopening two cul-de-sacs that have become places for loitering, and building a community center at Patterson Park that could offer library programs, a commercial kitchen for public use, and activities for youths and seniors.
Officials expect the process of building community support and involvement to take time, just as finding money and fixing buildings will. Councilman Andy Melendrez, who represents the area, said he’s heard mostly positive feedback and excitement about plans for the neighborhood. He said he knows making the plans a reality is “not anything that’s going to happen from one year to the next.”
Transforming old spaces into new places throughout the city is what makes Riverside a location of choice. With the mission to improve quality of life in Riverside, our community takes pride on maintaining it’s well defined, welcoming neighborhoods.
Riverside will add Can Tho, Vietnam, to its already large collection of sister cities. Riverside has sister city relationships with Sendai, Japan; Ensenada and Cuautla, Mexico; Obuasi, Ghana; Hyderabad, India; Gangnam, South Korea; Jiangmen, China; and Erlangen, Germany.
The ideas of “people to people” relationships and healing after war won out Tuesday, March 18, when the Riverside City Council narrowly voted to add Can Tho, Vietnam, as its ninth sister city. The decision came after lengthy and impassioned public comments on the goals of the sister city program and whether having such a relationship in Vietnam would disrespect American veterans.
“The purpose is to promote peace and common understanding,” said Bill Gavitt, a Vietnam veteran. “It’s time to start helping others if we want to change their behavior.”
The vote was 4-3. Councilmen Chris Mac Arthur, Steve Adams and Mike Soubirous dissented.
Riverside was among the earliest participants in the sister city program, which was created in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to foster cultural, educational and economic exchange between countries. Riverside formed ties with Sendai, Japan, in 1957 and has since added sister cities in South Korea, China, India, Ghana and Germany, and two in Mexico.
Vien Doan, a Vietnamese American physician who lives in Riverside, helped revive the idea of a sister city in his native country in 2012. He personally met with veterans’ groups in the past year and a half to build support for the plan. “We have every reason to hate communism,” he said, describing how his family was rescued by American soldiers during the war. “I will never forget the past, but the past will not determine my future.”
Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey has said his office spends about $10,000 on the sister city program annually, but most other costs are borne by the International Relations Council, a private nonprofit group that oversees the friendships and raises money for related events and travel.
Like Riverside, Can Tho is home to a university and a medical college, and it’s an agricultural center producing fruit and rice.
Adding Can Tho to Riverside’s collection of international sister cities is a model of the seizing our destiny pillar, unified city. We are a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.
Riversiders respect and value the cultural heritage, distinct needs and varied input of each of our neighbors, while proactively engaging them across historical dividing lines. Riversiders are working together everyday to not only address local issues, but to also have a positive impact on the region, nation and world…
The CURE Challenge will award three scholarships: $1000, $500 and $250, to students who develop pragmatic proposals for preserving our agricultural roots in Riverside in a way that allows for economic sustainability and transforms the future of local agriculture in Riverside. The CURE Challenge is being offered to college and high school students and will serve as a grassroots, community outreach program to engage youth creativity and entrepreneurship.
Who is Eligible? Students enrolled full-time in a University, College, or High School.
March 20, 2014 Official launch of the CURE Challenge
April 1, 2014 Last date to enter the Challenge
May 23, 2014 Last date for entrants to submit their Strategy or Land Use Plan
CURE (Citizens United for Resources and the Environment) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 1997, and is committed to empowering local communities to demand accountability in government decisions involving natural resources and land use. CURE promotes planning and decision-making that equitably balances efforts to achieve economic stability and effectuate growth with long-term conservation, public health and safety goals.
Riverside cares as a community and engages with one another for a better life for all. As a unified city people are brought together around common interests. In a March 9, 2014 blog post by Malissa McKeith, CURE’s President she says “What I like best about Riverside is that it is a community where people care and can look beyond short-term profit at long-term solutions.”
The City of Riverside is sponsoring a two-day conference called “GROW RIVERSIDE: Citrus and Beyond” on March 19 and 20. The conference aims to explain the value of locally-grown food and to maximize true assets that the Greenbelt offers now. Attend the conference on March 19 & 20 to hear more about the CURE Challenge.
is a city that honors and builds on its assets to become known as a location of choice that catalyzes innovation in all forms, enjoys a high quality of life and is unified in pursuing the common good.