Inland Teachers Hold Conference To Encourage STEM Education

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Dana Straehley, published in the Press-Enterprise on August 27, 2014.)

Attendees will learn hands-on activities showing connections of science, technology, engineering and mathematics from UC Riverside educator Pamela Clute.

Pamela Clute, UC Riverside mathematics professor and special assistant to the chancellor, demonstrates ways to make mathematics more engaging and relevant. She will lead a conference for teachers about science, technology, engineering and math during the annual Science and Technology Education Partnership Conference.  Photo credit: Press-Enterprise

Pamela Clute, UC Riverside mathematics professor and special assistant to the chancellor, demonstrates ways to make mathematics more engaging and relevant. She will lead a conference for teachers about science, technology, engineering and math during the annual Science and Technology Education Partnership Conference. Photo credit: Press-Enterprise

Registration is open for Inland teachers to attend a conference to inspire their teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The teachers’ conference from 3:15 to 6 p.m. will be part of the annual Science and Technology Education Partnership Conference, which will be Oct. 15 at Bourns Inc., 1200 Columbia Ave., Riverside. The conference was founded by Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, who is honorary chairman, and designed to motivate students with hands-on exhibits to pursue education for STEM careers.

Riverside’s initiative to promote and encourage STEM education is a model of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  STEM education plays a vital role in strengthening our community’s workforce and job growth.  Riverside works around the clock everyday to improve the quality of life for all through intelligent growth.

Pamela Clute, a UCR mathematics professor and assistant vice chancellor, will lead the teachers’ conference, where those attending will do hands-on activities that demonstrate interconnectedness of STEM. Teachers will receive instructional materials, a light dinner and certificates. Reservations are required for the free conference, which is open to teachers who have not attended before.

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Students Score Paid Summer Internships

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Kyle Glaser, published in the Press-Enterprise on July 14, 2014)

From teaching kids’ art classes to working with nonprofit groups, recent high school graduates are earning money and experience.

Some Inland teens have landed cool summer jobs – paid internships that also give them the chance to help their communities.  Riverside residents Saul Gonzalez and Roberto Gutierrez are working with Habitat for Humanity of Riverside, building homes, collecting donations and managing inventory. Riverside residents Margarita Oreta and Christina Chu are interning at the Riverside Art Museum, teaching art classes and helping create exhibitions.

Roberto Gutierrez, left, and Saul Gonzalez are interning Habitat for Humanity through a Bank of America program.  Photo credit: Kurt Miller

Roberto Gutierrez, left, and Saul Gonzalez are interning Habitat for Humanity through a Bank of America program. Photo credit: Kurt Miller

All four earned their internships as part of Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program, which puts recent high school graduates in eight-week paid internships at nonprofit organizations.  The internships go beyond the stereotypical teen summer internship of answering phones or getting coffee. Interns are assigned similar tasks as full-time professionals with the hope their experiences will help them through their college days and into their working years.

This a great representation of Seizing Our Destiny’s intelligent growth pillar.  In the past, high school students and graduates looked forward to the summer to sleep in and spend time with friends.  With the current job market becoming more and more competitive, students are starting to make more efforts toward developing their work experience and not just settling for a summer job at a fast food restaurant.  Riverside promotes an outstanding quality of life for all through intelligent growth.

While the students are getting pay and invaluable experience, they aren’t the only ones benefiting.

“The kids get a lot out of it and then, of course, we get a little bit of extra labor, which always helps,” Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kathy Michalak said. “These kids bring a different twist. Both of us get something really great out of it, which is what makes this work.”

To read more, click here.


CBU Aviation Science Program Enters Agreement With ExpressJet Airlines

(This article contains excerpts from an article posted on on March 24, 2014.)


California Baptist University’s aviation science program has entered into a Pilot Pathway Interview Agreement with ExpressJet Airlines.  The agreement, which is the first to be initiated by CBU, guarantees qualified students an interview and preferential consideration for pilot hiring with ExpressJet, which operates contractually as United Express, Delta Connection and American Eagle.

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“In addition to benefiting current students, this agreement is a significant student recruiting tool,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, chair of the department of aviation science. “Students can now see real benefit in attending CBU and majoring in aviation flight.”

The agreement is designed to provide opportunities for future employment at the airline for pilots completing training at CBU and meeting airline qualifications, including the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Multiengine Land and Instrument Airplane ratings, a CFI certificate, First Class Medical Certificate, background checks and letters of recommendation from CBU’s department of aviation science.

CBU’s efforts and commitment to education certainly illustrate the seizing our destiny pillar of intelligent growth.  For students, one of the greatest challenges they meet is finding a career path after graduation.  Providing students with the opportunity of future employment while they are completing their training at Cal Baptist holds great value to aviation science students.   This is just one example of how Cal Baptist University promotes intelligent growth by collaborating to build a stronger community for future Riversiders.

To read the full article, click here.

Riverside Maker of Aerospace Component Soars in New Directions

(This article contains excerpts from an article by Laurie Lucas published in the Press Enterprise on March 07, 2014)

STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER  Henri Rahmon, left, and Iggy Araujo are owners of Accuturn Corporation, a Riverside-based company that makes parts as small as a grain of sand for the aerospace, military, medical, dental and other industries.

Henri Rahmon, left, and Iggy Araujo are owners of Accuturn Corporation, a Riverside-based company that makes parts as small as a grain of sand for the aerospace, military, medical, dental and other industries.

Accuturn Corporation is a manufacturer of precision components, such as screws and washers, for aerospace, medical, dental, computer and other industries. At the controls since 2006, Iggy Araujo, 59, Henri Rahmon, 47 and a silent partner, have doubled annual sales, branched into the medical, automotive, computer, defense and dental industries and added state-of-the-art machinery that can make screws as small as a grain of sand or as fine as a strand of hair. These miniscule components, manufactured from stainless steel, titanium, gold and other materials, wind up in everything from cameras, tooth implants, orthopedic devices, drone antennas and Boeing cockpit panels to Caterpillar joysticks.

STAN LIM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER   Parts much smaller than a penny manufactured at Accuturn.

Parts much smaller than a penny manufactured at Accuturn.

Business has taken off since the two immigrants bought a Riverside manufacturer of aerospace parts. In fact, like other successful innovation focused businesses in the city of Riverside; Accuturn has outgrown its location at 6510 Box Springs Road and is poised to expand its markets in Europe, South America and Canada. Rahmon said they’re pacing themselves, but expect to keep growing in strong, overseas markets. “We have a good name, low production costs and a quick turnaround,” he said. “And we have Iggy. He IS Accuturn.”

Riverside is a location of choice for people and organizations from all over the world; attracting a dynamic and diverse people as its residents and business owners. To read the full article click here.

How Completion Counts Changed Education in Riverside

(This article was written by Steven Frasher, Communications Consultant for the Completion Counts partnership on January 9, 2014.)

Completion Counts enters 2014 entirely on its own, now supported by the local commitment of its partners. Far from fading or faltering, Completion Counts is on firm footing and making a real difference in the lives of thousands of Riverside students.

“We want our students to complete two-year degrees, four-year degrees, certificate programs,” said Mayor Rusty Bailey, speaking for the Completion Counts partnership in a recent video update just posted to the City’s GTV and YouTube. “We’ve made a real concerted effort setting them up for success.”

City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey speaking on Completion Counts.

City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey speaking at a student-centered Press Conference on Completion Counts help in December, 2013 in City Hall.

The Completion Counts initiative was launched with a great deal of fanfare in 2010 when the national League of Cities announced that Riverside was one of four cities nationwide to receive a three-year $3 million Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together with New York City, San Francisco and Mesa, Arizona, Riverside was challenged to treat postsecondary education as a workforce development imperative. Cities and their public education institutions worked to raise their college completion rates.

Then-mayor Ron Loveridge gladly accepted the charge and brought executive focus to the challenges at hand. The initiative, several partners have claimed, forged “the new way we do business” in Riverside.

The partners are the City of Riverside, Alvord Unified School District, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside City College, Riverside County of Office of Education, University of California, Riverside and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce.

“The name, ‘Completion Counts,’ is intentional,” said Dr. Wendel Tucker, a former superintendent at Alvord Unified School District, who did consulting for the partnership. “Our expectation is that you will complete college. We will help you to succeed – to have a vibrant economy, here, in Riverside.”

Three years later, not only the mayor but the school superintendents, chancellors and community college president, are all new faces but the commitment remains.

“We’ve been at the table since Day One,” said Cindy Roth, President of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, to a group of student reporters, in December. “It’s for your benefit and our benefit. We can’t attract jobs without the workforce. Employers look at education.”

Roth pulled no punches reminding listeners why Riverside benefitted. Any entity assessing strengths and challenges of the Inland region found local advantages offset by a low rate of college completion and university degrees among regional residents. Up to 93% of current jobs require some sort of postsecondary education, she said.

Postsecondary education can include college and university, as well as career certificate programs.

Industries attracted to Riverside – including technology, medical, advanced manufacturing and logistics – all require mastery of core classes, called the A-G sequence, demanded of the University of California and California State University systems, for entrance.

“You need a college degree to get in to today’s job market. Things have changed. Times have changed,” Roth said. “The jobs will go elsewhere if we’ don’t have the labor market.”

Dr. Imran Farooq, a member of the California Workforce Development Board, told students that the Riverside – Inland region is poised for tremendous period of growth.

“There are a growing number of consumers demanding products and services,” Farooq said. The region needs a qualified workforce and innovative entrepreneurs, and students need to know they have the support and commitment of their community.

“We’re here to help you,” Mayor Bailey told the students.

Educational attainment is so important that Completion Counts is embedded in Seizing Our Destiny, the City’s strategic action plan.

“It takes a team. We’ve set students up for success, but we need students to take advantage of the opportunities in front of you,” said Bailey, who was himself a high school teacher prior to becoming mayor in 2012.

Many of Riverside’s families have never sent anyone to college. The partnership especially targeted low income and first generation college-goers. Completion Counts created the website as a comprehensive source of free and authoritative information about financial aid, college and university applications, and other helpful information.

Counselors received additional training and met with their college counterparts. Math and English teachers and instructors met to compare curricula and now those same lessons and partnerships are being applied to teaching Career Technical Education (CTE) courses in city high schools and at RCC.

“Completion Counts has been an investment in alignment,” said Dr. Rick Miller, the former superintendent of Riverside USD.

Grant funds paid to bring together high school teachers from both school districts with college professors. Both sides realized they didn’t really know what to expect from the other. High school math and English courses were adjusted to align with college-level expectations.

Foundation-granted funds also paid for assessments of each school district, their course offerings and college-going rates, in processes guided by consultants from Oakland-based The Education Trust-West.

School districts have placed greater emphasis on the core A-G curriculum demanded by universities, which is more rigorous than classes required simply for high school graduation or for entrance to a community college. Still, even the college finds that too many students step into postsecondary classes unprepared for what’s expected of them.

School districts have changed how they schedule and deliver classes to better serve students.

“It’s been a change in culture,” said interim RUSD Superintendent Mike Fine. The goal isn’t just getting to high school graduation. “The focus goes beyond that – to the next two years, the next four years.”

The success of alignment means fewer students have to spend valuable time and money taking remedial courses at RCC; it also increases the chances of student success in college, said Dr. Wolde-Ab Isaac, the interim President of Riverside City College.

As Mayor Bailey put it, “You have to make your senior year valuable” in terms of continuing to take care classes and keeping math and English skills fresh, going into college. “It’s money in your pockets.”

Community colleges are shifting emphasis from just ‘access’ to ‘success,” Isaac said.

In a Riverside-San Bernardino region with one of the lowest college-going rates in the state, post-secondary education is no longer optional, added Dr. Edward Bush, Vice President of Student Affairs at Riverside City College. Area students can’t think that college is not for them, he said. Some sort of postsecondary training is necessary for everyone.

“When students are told they’re not college material, they stop aspiring toward college,” Bush said. The result, then, is students unprepared for college when they realize they really have to go. Students are then stuck repeating courses they could have completed in high school.

One of the paths Completion Counts put into motion is the RCC 2-Year Completion Contract, announced in May 2012. The offer is made available to any Alvord or Riverside unified school district graduating senior who is prepared for full-time college-level work.

“If you meet the [math and English] requirements, we will guarantee that you will have access to classes with the support you need to be able to graduate in two years,” Bush said. At present, fewer than 4% of California community college students are able to earn enough credits to graduate in just two years.

There are currently more than 500 students enrolled in Riverside’s 2-Year Completion Contract, with more than 200 of the first cohort poised to graduate this spring.

Higher education is necessary, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are multiple pathways to postsecondary success. Students and their families must actively seek out their options, the Mayor said, but the opportunities are there.

Educational and professional pathways are so important that educators look hard to find the best fit for students, said Dr. LaRae Lundgren, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment at the University of California, Riverside. “We’ve tried to make those pathways shine a little brighter.”

Completing the official FAFSA federal financial aid application is an important first step for preparation, regardless of a student’s plans for their family’s financial means. There are often more financial resources available to students than they expect, Lundgren said.

Cash for College workshops, which are open to any student of any high school, are being presented at several Riverside schools between January and March. Complete schedules will be posted to the website.

The Welcome Center, on the RCC campus, is another option available for all students to learn about their college and university, regardless of where the student wants to attend.

Completion Counts “is a game changer,” said Alvord Unified Superintendent Dr. Sid Salazar. Meaningful education means positions, jobs for our students, once they graduate from high school and college.”

Local Woman Helps Underserved Communities Cook Up The Education They Need

Starting a nonprofit is no easy endeavor, but local college professor and consultant with a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology, didn’t shy away.

smooth transitions

With a strong desire to make a difference in her community and a strong understanding of what the community needs, Robin Goins founded Smooth Transition Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides at-risk students a gateway toward empowerment as well as educational and employment opportunities.  With a goal of preventing students from re-entering the foster and judicial systems, and repeating at-risk, poverty and homelessness cycles, Goins was ready to brave the challenge, but had no idea how quickly the program would grow.

“My heart lies in education and teaching diverse groups across all levels,” says Goins.  “What made Smooth Transition Inc. work was focusing on the real need, not what we think it is. People need education. They are hungry. They are desperate.”

While Smooth Transition was already offering life skills, computer skills, small-business strategies, Goin discovered that twenty-four percent of new jobs are forecast to be in the hospitality industry.  Upon that realization, Goins began to develop a Culinary Institute that offered certificate-level skills at an accelerated pace; completing accreditation in as little as six months while including 72 hours of internship in a working restaurant.

While other culinary programming would be too expensive for the community she longed to serve, Goins created a Culinary Arts Vocation Certification Training Program geared toward low-income and at-risk students.

“I knew it was going to be a good program, but I had no idea there would be such a high demand. All of a sudden, I’m in the restaurant business!”

A 2013 Community Impact Grant from The Community Foundation funded scholarships for attendance in the Culinary Arts Vocation Certification Training Program and the first class graduated in May; with 60 percent of those students already working.

While the institute will require donated manpower, kitchen equipment and scholarship funding as it grows, Robin Goins’ vision and goal for Smooth Transitions and the Culinary Arts Vocation Certification Training Program is a reflection of Riverside’s commitment to unite a diverse community to promote the common good for all. 

To learn more about Smooth Transition Inc., to volunteer or donate, visit or call 951-263-9392.

Read the complete article as published in the Press Enterprise, here.

Donation Helps Cal Baptist Aviation Program Prepare for Takeoff

(Source: CBU Media Center)

Two hangars and a 1954 twin-engine Piper Apache airplane have been donated to California Baptist University’s aviation science program just weeks before for the launch of its inaugural class.

The Hangar and 1957 twin-engine Piper Apache airplane donated to the Cal Baptist Aviation Science program by George and Helene Galik.

The Hangar and 1957 twin-engine Piper Apache airplane donated to the Cal Baptist Aviation Science program by George and Helene Galik. (Photo Credit: Cal Baptist University)

The gifts were presented by George and Helene Galik who first became interested in CBU’s aviation science department after seeing its Boeing 727 aircraft parked just a short distance from the couple’s hangars at the Riverside Municipal Airport. The jet aircraft, donated in January by FedEx Express, led George Galik to research how he could to turn over the contents of his two hangars to CBU’s budding aviation science program.

“It is another example of how the 727 has opened doors for (the program) and the university,” said Dr. Daniel Prather, professor of aviation science and chair of the aviation science program.

Prather said the donation of the hangars and the Piper Apache airplane provides the program with the opportunity to expand its academics in the future.

“That hanger, twin-engine aircraft and the tools in the hanger, we see as the beginning foundation of developing an aircraft maintenance program,” Prather said. “It is great that it was donated to us, because now we have assets that we didn’t have otherwise and would have had to go out and buy. It has definitely given us a boost.”

The possible future program would allow students to obtain an airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate that opens doors for them to work on planes and aircraft engines found at airports.

The Department is expecting approximately 20 students  as aviation science majors this fall. All flight training will be conducted by CBU instructors, initially in Cirrus SR20 aircraft. Students will be able to obtain a private pilot certificate by completing the private pilot ground course and private pilot lab course.  Aviation Flight majors will also earn their instrument rating, commercial pilot certificate, multi-engine rating, and certified flight instructor certificate.

Boeing 727 donated to the CBU Aviation Science program by FedEx Express in January 2013. (Photo Credit: Cal Baptist University)

Boeing 727 donated to the CBU Aviation Science program by FedEx Express in January 2013. (Photo Credit: Cal Baptist University)

Currently, the program’s Boeing 727 aircraft recently underwent a makeover that includes a paint job and CBU logos. The plane’s design was created by Taylor Griner, a CBU graphic design student and winner of the plane’s redesign competition held last spring.

Prather said the project is set to be finished by mid-August, just in time for students to begin classes Sept. 3.

California Baptist University continues to grow as an educational institution, adding programs to meet the changing needs and interests of the community. The generous donation from George and Helene Galick allows CBU to further promote lifelong learning in Riverside and cultivate a highly skilled 21st Century workforce.

Read the full article published July 30, 2013 on the CBU Media Center, here.

Collaborative and Perseverant Leadership Key to Success in Securing State Funding for UC Riverside School of Medicine

On June 27, 2013 a budget compromise was worked out and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that ensured UC Riverside’s School of Medicine will receive full and continuous funding of $15 million per year — long-sought assistance that enables the school to flourish and greatly facilitates its ongoing accreditation.

“The creation and development of the medical school has been the vision of many at UC Riverside and in our community for many years,” said UC Riverside Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley in a press release issued by the university announcing the funding had been secured.  “Today we reached a milestone for the health of our region and the future of UCR.”

Throughout the past several years, the unified and active leadership of a large number organizations and individuals in the Riverside region have kept the project moving forward against incredible odds.  (Read more on past efforts…)

The UC Riverside School of Medicine Research Building.
(Photo by Peter Phun)

In the latest press release, Conoley said the leadership of Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) and Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) was critical to funding the UC Riverside School of Medicine.  Both campaigned on getting on-going funding for the medical school, and after election both immediately introduced legislation to that effect.

Roth called the $15 million of ongoing state money in this year’s state budget a victory for the medical school, the health of the people of Inland Southern California, as well as the regional economy. “This victory will benefit all of us today and our families for generations to come,” he said.

Medina said the Legislature took a major step forward to meet the area’s need for doctors and healthcare providers.  “The UC Riverside Medical School will also advance the economic competitiveness of the region, bringing much needed jobs within the health related fields,” he said.

“Without their leadership, without their efforts elevating this as a budget priority, it would not have been successful,” said Patrick Lenz, the UC’s vice president for budget, and one of the chief architects of the agreement.

To read the full press release issued by UCR, click here.

Community Quality of Life Survey Results Show Riverside Has Tremendous Pride; Positive Opinions about Opportunities for Education, Entertainment and Being Active

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, a full report by the research institution that conducted the Riverside Community Survey was presented to the Seizing Our Destiny Champions Council and other Riverside leaders. The purpose of the Survey was to gather, analyze and share actionable data about the opinions of Riversiders regarding their quality of life, and to spark community-wide engagement for improvements.

SOD Survey LogoThe Survey was conducted in conjunction with the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis (IAR) at California State University, San Bernardino and was designed to be a research study measuring a sample of Riversiders that matched Census 2010 demographics, but that also allowed for widespread community input and engagement.

To achieve this, three survey methods were used in order to elicit information from a sample large enough to be analyzed by age, gender, home zip code and race/ethnicity: Phone, Online and Paper.  However, of the three, only the phone survey can be considered statistically valid because it is a random sampling of City of Riverside residents; those that had either a landline or cell phone had an equal chance of being contacted.  The Online and Paper versions were conducted to broaden participation and feedback and all three methods were available in English or Spanish.

Inarguably, the most critical feedback was extremely promising and optimistic: across racial/ethnic, age and income groups, residents have a tremendous feeling of pride in Riverside. In fact, 90.2% of all phone interview respondents strongly agreed or agreed that they are “proud to live in Riverside”, and 84.9%feel a sense of belonging to their community.”

“These results confirm what a lot of Riversiders know in their hearts – they love their city and they feel good about living here,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “The survey also provides valuable insight into where we can do better in changing conditions, perceptions or both.”

What other feedback does the survey provide to current and future leaders and influencers?

On the positive side, Riversiders think the city is a good place to raise a family and are happy with the schools and educational opportunities (with positive ratings for the full educational pipeline); they see their community as a good place for affordable living or to locate a business, to be active and healthy, and, by a sizeable majority, Riversiders see their community as a good place to enjoy and participate in arts and culture opportunities.

While it is important to celebrate the positive, some of the key feedback identified areas that could still use some attention or have Riversiders concerned.  Good or bad, in many instances, it seems to be a matter of communication.

For example, although a strong majority felt Riverside “is a good place to own or operate a business or nonprofit organization,” the perception of Riverside being business-friendly and the awareness of business/entrepreneur resources is not as strong as desired.  It is an area that City, Chamber and organizations such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have made a priority over the past several years, but these results indicate that more creative methods of sharing information need to be explored.

Other areas that have made progress in some aspects, yet still have room for improvement include Riverside’s level of volunteerism and giving, neighborhood connectedness, and perceptions of air and water quality.

Of most concern to Riversiders is the progress made in addressing homelessness, lack of good jobs and the perception of safety in some geographic areas.

In response to these findings, Damien O’Farrell, one of the five Co-Chairs for Seizing Our Destiny, said “While we know we have made strides in some of the areas that are concerning residents and businesses, where the results of the survey are showing that we are falling short there’s still work to do together as a community of engaged Riversiders taking ownership in our own success - and these results will help guide our efforts.”

More detailed information and data supporting the key findings are included in the full report that can be downloaded at

The complete report is being made available to the public so that community, civic, elected, neighborhood and faith-based leaders and institutions can use it to help guide their decisions about programs, services and community-building initiatives. However, for those that are just interested in the highlights, the cover memo to the report provides a summary of the findings with page numbers directing you to learn more about specific aspects.

State of the City 2013: “Imagine What We Can Accomplish By Working Together”

On January 24, 2013, Riverside’s 17th mayor, William “Rusty” Bailey, delivered his first State of the City address to an audience of residents, business owners, fellow educators, current and past elected officials, several of his students, and his family. 

“Through my conversations of the state of our city, I discovered this: the state of our city is responsive and responsible, dynamic and sustainable, inclusive and intelligent. These are the words that I believe best describe and exemplify OUR city.”

Mayor William "Rusty" BaileyThat statement set the tone for the new mayor’s articulations of his commitments and vision for Riverside, and he referenced three themes that he not only integrated into his address and (per Bailey) will continue to refer to throughout his time in office: Gratitude, Leadership Philosophy, and Challenge.

“My philosophy on leadership is simple: lead by example and take care of your troops,” explained Bailey. “Integrity, vision, courage and passion are all characteristics that motivate me daily, and it is my mission that these characteristics will define Riverside’s leadership and for which Riverside will be known throughout the region, the state, our country and the world. If we all share the philosophy of a servant leader, imagine what we can accomplish working together in public and private enterprise.”

As his inaugural address, naturally this is the instance in which the mayor’s expectations of city employees are set.  However, the 6th generation resident added a slightly different and more personal touch for the audience to contemplate.  What would their role be? What are they doing to make their lives and Riverside a better place? What can they do?  Bailey acknowledged that Riverside needed the engagement, support and leadership of our community to make these things happen.

“Better together;” doing things “The Riverside Way”.

“We have our own style here, our swagger…but I call it, The Riverside Way,” to which Mayor Bailey described as

  • Collaborative…we are ‘better together’
  • Welcoming…we make new people feel at ease and at home; old Riverside accepts new Riverside like no other
  • Relational…meaningful conversations build meaningful relationships

“My challenge to you is to believe in the Riverside Way, and to commit yourself and to make yourself available to the Riverside Way in 2013. Available to serve your family, available to serve your neighborhoods, and available to serve YOUR city,” challenged Bailey. “To do this, we build upon the four pillars of our strategic plan, Seizing Our Destiny: Intelligent Growth, Catalyst for Innovation, Location of Choice and Unified City.” (Click here to read Riverside’s definitions for each.)

Bailey’s commitments for 2013 included:

Intelligent Growth

  • Leveraging our relationships with Sister Cities to create economic opportunities for Riverside
  • Making weekly school and business visits
  • Keeping the UCR School of Medicine Creation a top priority
  • Continuation of the Education Roundtable to continue the work of Completion Counts and create new approaches to ensure we are enabling our students to be the best and brightest
  • Organizing a Business Roundtable to create policy and programs that help Riverside businesses create jobs for our community

Catalyst for Innovation

  • Increasing green and sustainable programs and businesses in Riverside
  • Creating an Innovation Center on Main Street Riverside that supports new entrepreneurs and start-up businesses
  • Supporting the creation of the Riverside Entrepreneurial Academy with the four universities and colleges in Riverside to grow our own entrepreneurs

Location of Choice

  • Telling Our Story: “ensuring the Riverside we know and love becomes the Riverside that everyone knows and loves; we are a new side of classic California”
  • Developing a 21st century transportation network, including a streetcar plan to help college students have easier access to our retail centers and entertainment hubs

Unified City

  • Continuing Mayor’s Night Out and Walk with Mayor events
  • Spending time with each of the City Councilmembers in their Wards and with city staff in all departments
  • Continue building bridges and cultivating relationships to deepen our historic roots and promoting the Riverside Way
  • Promoting a healthier lifestyle for all Riversiders
  • Encouraging Riversiders to commit to helping others and the community

Mayor Bailey concluded his inaugural State of the City address with this challenge:

“What is your destiny in Riverside? This is YOUR city. This is YOUR moment. Whatever your destiny is, let’s achieve it together.  After all, THAT is the Riverside Way.”

To watch the full 2013 State of the City address, click here.