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Riverside Firefighter Gives His Shoes To Barefoot Homeless Man

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Katie Kindelan and published in Yahoo/ABC News on January 19, 2016.)

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Photo Credit: City of Riverside Fire Department/Facebook

A California firefighter and his captain are being praised for pulling their fire truck over to give a pair of shoes to a homeless man walking barefoot on a highway.

The firefighters, from Riverside, California, were driving back to the fire station last week from a physical fitness test when they saw an elderly homeless man walking on the side of the freeway, Bruce Vanderhorst, the battalion’s Chief Public Information Officer, told ABC News.

The firefighters turned their fire truck around to help the man and then noticed he was barefoot.

One of the firefighters aboard the engine, David Gilstrap, donated his own pair of sneakers to the homeless man, while the engine’s captain, Rob Gabler, walked over and helped the homeless man put on his shoes.

The moment was captured on camera and shared on the fire department’s Facebook page last Thursday.

Vanderhorst told ABC News the firefighters also offered the homeless man water and access to the city’s homeless services.

“Services are always offered and we tell them, ‘We can get help to you,’” he said. “We’re very proud of the work we do building our community relations and we’re here to help in any way we can whenever those opportunities present themselves.”

Riversiders commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of this Riverside firefighter demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

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Riverside Ranked Number 1 For Total Housing Sold In November

(This blog contains data from the IVAR Housing Data Report – November 2015 and excerpts from the article written by Fielding Buck and published in the Press Enterprise on December 16, 2015.)

Downtown Night Shot

The city of Riverside ranked #1 for total units sold in Inland Southern California for the month of November. With a total of 242 units sold at a value of $85.5 Million.

In Riverside County, 2,797 homes sold, a 5.5 percent increase year over year, and the median home price rose from $305,000 to $318,500, a 4.4 percent increase year over year.

In San Bernardino County, 2,005 homes sold in November, 2.3 percent rise in sales year over year. But the median sale price was up 9.3 percent year over year, from $254,000 to $277,500.

Inland Southern California continues to see a spillover as potential homebuyers from coastal areas seek more affordable housing here than they can get there. Affordability and amenities continue to make Riverside a location of choice for people seeking the California lifestyle at an affordable price. An unmatched landscape, year-round outdoor activities, ample recreational options and attention to healthy living make Riverside one of the most inspiring, livable, healthy and adventurous cities to live in or visit.

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RPU Uses Lithium Battery Technology In Power Plant Work Carts

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in the inlandempire.us on December 8, 2015.) TWO

Out at Riverside Public Utilities’ (RPU) Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC) state-of-the-art is the norm.

The power plant facility features four, 49 megawatt (MW) natural gas fired turbine engines (similar to what powers a 747 jetliner), employs highly skilled personnel (many who have military backgrounds and jet engine maintenance training), and features technology that allows RPU to start one or all four RERC units within 10 minutes locally or remotely from the Power Resources headquarters downtown to provide up to 192 MW of power for RPU energy customers.

Now the 16-acre facility has begun using state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery technology in its work carts. “Over the last two years, our site and our staff have grown,” said RPU’s Generation Manager Chuck Casey. “To help us get around the complex, move parts, tools, and personnel, we started purchasing old golf carts.”

While the seven carts in RERC’s current fleet have greatly helped with efficiency around the plant, the issues of storing, maintaining, and constantly charging the carts’ lead-acid batteries quickly became the biggest costs to operating them.

Seeking alternatives to provide a cleaner, greener, and easier way to maintain the work carts, Utilities Generation Test Technician Johnny “Sonny” Voytilla and Utilities Senior Generation Test Technician William Patton ended up contacting Lithium Boost Technologies Inc. out of San Diego.

Lithium Boost’s patented technology provides a complete performance optimized lithium-ion battery system that retrofits older, lead-acid batteries in low-speed carts with state-of-the-art equipment.

“Since retrofitting our first two carts last month, we’ve already seen the benefits,” Casey said. Those include: no maintenance, the Lithium Boost system doesn’t require water filling; longer range and slower discharge, carts are now charged every other week instead of daily saving on electricity costs; and greater safety, as there are two less cords that present tripping hazards and two less sets of batteries full of sulfuric acid.

“We are very pleased that Riverside Public Utilities has selected our product to retrofit their carts with,” said Lithium Boost Technologies’ CEO Sam Lev. “In addition to the higher performance levels our products provide, RPU will also enjoy the environmental aspects of maintaining a lean and green electrical car fleet,” Lev said.

According to Lev, Lithium Boost’s batteries have a smaller footprint, last about 4 times longer than lead-acid (over 2,000 charging cycles), are four times lighter, and use 40 percent less electricity. They also feature a “fuel gage” meter that can tell staff how much battery power is left.

“It is great that Will and Sonny did the leg work to find a technology that provides us with such an increase in performance while adding the types of environmental benefits we embrace, encourage, and promote as an energy utility,” said RPU General Manager Girish Balachandran.

With the growing concern of climate change and pollution from fossil fuels, Riverside is taking steps to reduce their foot print on the environment and promote the quality of life for all through intelligent growth of their city.

For additional information on Lithium Boost Technologies Inc. products visit www.lithiumboost.com. For additional information on RPU, call us at (951) 826-5485 or log on to RiversidePublicUtilities.com

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Riverside Ranked 3rd In The Nation For Job Growth

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Kathryn Dill and published in Forbes on November 11, 2015.)

Downtown Night Shot

A few cities and states have offered job seekers far friendlier climates than the nation at large this year.

The cities and states that make this list have experienced the strongest non-agricultural job growth over the first three quarters of 2015, according to analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by Professor Lee McPheters at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Projections show the U.S. on track to add 3 million jobs this year, indicating a 2.2% monthly average in national job growth, an increase of about 1.8% since last year.

Topping the list of cities and metro areas (including one million or more workers) for job growth thus far this year is San Jose, California with 5.5% growth so far in 2015–more than twice the nationwide average. Orlando, Riverside, Dallas, and Seattle round out the top five, all with job growth of 3.5% or above.

This ranking is yet another example of Riverside continuing to fuel the intelligent growth of the region.

The Top 10 Cities For Job Growth* in 2015

1. San Jose, California – up 5.5%
2. Orlando, Florida – up 4.1%
3. Riverside, California – up 3.9%
4. Dallas, Texas  – up 3.6%
5. Seattle, Washington – up 3.5%
6. Atlanta, Georgia – up 3.4%
7. San Francisco, California – up 3.3%
8. Denver, Colorado – up 3.1% (tie)
8. San Diego, California – up 3.1% (tie)
8. Portland, Oregon – up 3.1%(tie)

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Lawnmower Emission Reduction Device Wins National Award

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Sean Nealon and published in UCR Today on October 13, 2015.)

The Nox-Out team receives its award with their advisor,
The NOx-Out team receives its award with their advisor, Kawai Tam, and Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering. Photo Credit: UCR Today

A team of University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering students won a national sustainable development award last week for creating a device that drastically reduces harmful emissions from lawnmowers.

The team — Alyssa Yan, Priyanka Singh and Anna Almario — their advisor and the University will receive $43,000 for winning the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. They learned they received the award during an Oct. 8 award ceremony in Miami, where they were accompanied by Kawai Tam, their advisor, who is a lecturer at the college, and Reza Abbaschian, dean of the college.

“This win is a testament to our college’s commitment to hands-on undergraduate research that can be applied in the real world,” Abbaschian said. “With a single device, these students can significantly improve our air quality and have the potential to revolutionize an industry that has been around for more than 100 years.”

UCR is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, and scholars.

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CBU’s Dean Of Engineering Named Mayor’s Innovation Honoree

(This article contains excerpts from the article published in CBU News & Events on October 7, 2015.)

Dr. Anthony Donaldson (center), flanked by his wife Darla Donaldson and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, is recognized as the Mayor’s Innovation Honoree at the Riverside City Council meeting on Oct. 6. Photo Credit: CBU News & Events
Dr. Anthony Donaldson (center), flanked by his wife Darla Donaldson and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, is recognized as the Mayor’s Innovation Honoree at the Riverside City Council meeting on Oct. 6. Photo Credit: CBU News & Events

Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering, has been named this month’s Mayor’s Innovation Honoree.

The Mayor’s Innovation Honoree Program is designed to recognize people or groups in the City of Riverside that exemplify its motto as a “city of arts and innovation.”

“Your leadership and focus on academic excellence has created a world-class, accredited engineering school which delivers critical-thinking graduates to our community,” Mayor Rusty Bailey wrote to Donaldson to notify him of the award. “The commitment you’ve shown toward city initiatives…continues to be an inspiration for improved collaboration among government, education and private industry stakeholders.”

Donaldson leadership is a great example of Seizing Our Destiny’s catalyst for innovation pillar. The people and educational institutions of Riverside cultivate and support useful and beneficial ideas, research, products, scholars, businesspeople, artists and entrepreneurs.

Donaldson received the award at the city council meeting Oct. 6. He briefly addressed the council and thanked his wife and staff and faculty for their support.

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Affordable Housing For Disabled Veterans Coming Soon

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Suzanne Hurt and published in The Press Enterprise on September 20, 2015.)

Photo Credit: Kurt Miller, The Press Enterprise
Photo Credit: Kurt Miller, The Press Enterprise

A World War II officer’s club at a long-shuttered military base is morphing into a new center of hope and healing for veterans in an innovative Riverside housing project expected to open early next year.

The Camp Anza Officers Club, with its huge dance floor, tiki room and paintings of Polynesian beauties, was the site of send-off parties for thousands of officers leaving for combat in the Pacific.

The massive building, which sat at the heart of a vital U.S. Army troop staging area, is undergoing a renovation to make it the centerpiece of the Home Front at Camp Anza.

The $14.1 million project by San Diego-based Wakeland Housing and Development Corp., Mercy House of Santa Ana and Riverside’s housing authority will offer affordable apartments for 29 disabled vets and their families and on-site services to keep them together.

On a tour of the area Wednesday, Riverside City Councilman Jim Perry said the effort to help returning war vets also will revitalize one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods by breathing new life into an important piece of its past.

The historic clubhouse will function as the complex’s community center, offering services tailored to vets and a place for relaxation and meetings. Vets will work with a full-time case manager provided by Mercy House.

Vets will get on-site physical therapy, job coaching and placement, and classes on civilian life skills and financial literacy. They will be connected with Veterans Affairs benefits and vocational training or higher education, said Mercy House Executive Director Larry Haynes.

For vets and their families, there will be on- and off-site behavioral and mental health support, conflict resolution, financial assistance, tutoring and school supplies for kids.

Riversiders commitment to making one-other’s life a little better is a great example of Riverside acting as a unified city. The actions of all the participating organizations demonstrates that Riverside is a caring community that has compassion for all of its inhabitants, and engages with one another for a better life for all.

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Landfill Solar Site Helps Power City

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Alicia Robinson and published in The Press Enterprise on September 11, 2015.)

Photo Credit: Jennifer Iyer, The Press Enterprise
Photo Credit: Jennifer Iyer, The Press Enterprise

A solar power project on Riverside’s closed Tequesquite landfill is now providing power to the city’s grid. With a 7.5-megawatt installation that’s up and running, solar energy provides more than 4 percent of Riverside’s power supply.

A 20-acre array of about 25,000 solar panels that now stretches across the closed Tequesquite landfill south of the Santa Ana River is one of the largest municipal solar projects in California, said Bill Kelly, vice president of SunPower, the San Jose-based company that built the project.

SunPower built the array as part of a 25-year deal under which Riverside Public Utilities will buy power the project generates. As of Wednesday, Sept. 9, the panels were plugged in and feeding power to the city’s electric grid, Riverside Public Utilities project manager Ron Barry said.

With the growing concern of climate change and pollution from fossil fuels, Riverside is taking steps to reduce their foot print on the environment and promote the quality of life for all through intelligent growth of their city.

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Not-So-Big Cities: Where Americans Are Moving

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Yuqing Pan and published in realtor.com on August 26, 2015.)

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Photo Credit: realtor.com

Among today’s urban migrants, Austin, TX, and Riverside, CA, hold more appeal than New York City and Los Angeles. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 18% of people who moved last year—that’s 8.5 million people—traded one metropolitan area for another, and a big chunk of them traded down for a smaller city not far away.

Los Angeles is still the top destination, with almost 245,000 people relocating from other metro areas, followed by New York City and Washington, DC. However, these big cities are also losing residents—more then they’re gaining. Almost 400,000 people quit The Big Apple last year, and 340,000 fled Los Angeles. (Note that this Census report looked only at people moving between metropolitan areas, and so didn’t count people moving between cities and small towns.)

Smaller cities such as Austin and Riverside—and not-so-small Houston—are gaining prosperity, with more people moving in than out.

A separate Census Bureau study showed that 10% of U.S. residents are dissatisfied with their current housing, neighborhood, local safety, or public services to the point that they want to move.

Riverside has increasingly become the ‘location of choice‘ for people and organizations escaping the hectic lifestyle of big cities.

By the numbers: Top 10 urban migration paths

1. Los Angeles, CA → Riverside, CA: 90,494
2. Riverside, CA → Los Angeles, CA: 54,711
3. New York, NYPhiladelphia, PA: 26,957
4. San Jose, CA → San Francisco, CA: 24,536
5. Washington, DC → Baltimore, MD: 22,944
6. New York, NY → Miami, FL: 22,226
7. Baltimore, MD → Washington, DC: 21,457
8. San Diego, CA → Riverside, CA: 19,667
9. Philadelphia, PA → New York, NY: 19,336
10. San Francisco, CA → San Jose, CA: 18,680

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Riverside Gets 3-STAR Rating For Sustainability

(This article contains excerpts from the article written by Suzanne Hurt and published in the Press Enterprise on August 10, 2015.)

Photo Credit: STAR Communities
Photo Credit: STAR Communities

A nonprofit that measures U.S. city sustainability has recognized Riverside as a 3-STAR community, city officials have announced.

STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities) Communities assesses environmental, economic and social sustainability as part of an effort to make cities more liveable. Riverside entered the rating system in November 2012, according to the nonprofit’s website.

The group rates a community’s built environment, climate and energy, natural systems, health and safety, equity and empowerment and other factors. The rating system uses data provided by cities and provides local officials with a way to set targets and appraise their own progress toward increased sustainability.

The STAR Community Rating System was created by ICLEI USA, the U.S. Green Building Council, National League of Cities and the Center for American Progress.

This rating is yet just another reason why Riverside is a location of choice for people seeking the most out of their city. Riverside provides welcoming neighborhoods, well-paying jobs, and a great education.