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This Week in City Hall: August 7, 2023

City Council doesn’t meet this week. Other committees meet to consider establishing a Department of Housing and Human Services, the return of speed humps, and $44 million in Measure Z dollars to fund a new police headquarters.

Welcome to our weekly digest on public meetings and agenda items worthy of your attention in the next week. This guide is part of our mission to provide everyday Riversiders like you with the information to speak up on the issues you care about.

City Council

There is no City Council meeting this week. The next Council meeting will be Tuesday, August 15, 2023.

Human Resources Board

The Human Resources Board meets Monday, August 7, at 5:00 p.m. There are no agenda items for discussion. Instead, the Board will hear a presentation on the Fire Department’sDepartment’s staffing and budget from Chief Moore.

Financial Performance and Budget Committee

The Financial Performance and Budget Committee will meet Wednesday, August 9, at 3:00 p.m. City Manager, Mike Futrell, will present a proposal for establishing a Department of Housing and Human Services, citing a trend in other Californian cities like Santa Barbara and Livermore centralizing their “efforts related to community stabilization.”

Futrell is pitching this new department to “better meet the operation needs and demands associated with the Homelessness Action Plan” and “the City’s need and obligation to build housing.” Futrell is taking this pitch to the City’s different boards and committees on the road to proposing a Department of Housing and Human Services to the full City Council for discussion.

Mobility and Infrastructure Committee

The Mobility and Infrastructure Committee will meet Thursday, August 10 at 1 p.m.

Ceremonial Street Renaming

Councilmember Perry is proposing a ceremonial renaming of Price Court to Winek Court in honor of the Winek family, who were killed in their home in South La Sierra last November. Before his time as a baseball and softball coach at Arlington High School, Mark Winek coached at La Sierra High School, where he and his wife, Sharie, actively participated in the Parent Teacher Association.

Speed Humps and Street Murals

Traffic Engineer Philip Nitollama will present proposed revisions to the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP), including reintroducing speed humps and initiating a Temporary Art Crosswalk and Pavement Mural Pilot Program as local street secondary mitigation measures.


  • Speed humps were discontinued as a traffic calming measure in Riverside in 2014 due to concerns like traffic diversion, noise, cost, and emergency vehicle delays. However, the City has continued to receive numerous requests for speed humps.
  • The City proposes reinstating speed humps, with modified qualifying criteria to focus their use on streets with high traffic volumes and significant speeding. This plan aims to manage costs while addressing resident requests.
  • The City also proposes a Temporary Art Crosswalk and Pavement Mural Pilot Program to increase pedestrian safety, inspire community involvement, and align with the City’sCity’s vision for public art.
  • If awarded, a grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative could provide funding for the art crosswalk/mural pilot program.

Airport Commission

The Airport Commission will meet Thursday, August 10, at 3 p.m. to hear the Airport Manager’s Operations and Activity Report. Airport operations from January-June 2023 are up 4.8% compared to the same period in 2022; June 2023 operations were up 10.7% over June 2022.

Budget Engagement Commission Commission

The Budget Engagement Commission Commission will meet Thursday, August 10, at 5 p.m. to hear a Measure Z Spending Plan Overview. Noteworthy items include $44 million for new police headquarters, $8 million annually for road repaving, and $2,5 million to accelerate the trimming cycle for street trees.