Category: Local

Riverside Police chief provides crime stats, oversight report to skeptical public

By Jonathan Ramirez The Riverside police chief provided an update on city crime statistics to a skeptical public at the City Council meeting April 20. Chief Larry Gonzalez’s report indicated that, while crime in Riverside has declined over the last five years, murder in the city has more than doubled since 2015. There were 21 homicides

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Alleged treatment of inmate in county jail sparks controversy within community

By Bianca Macias A ferocious crowd banged on the doors of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office Building, demanding solace for who demonstrators say is a disabled inmate. Protestors arrived in downtown Riverside on April 22 to call for the transfer of Darik Schaaf , a 28-year-old Black man, into a mental health diversion program.

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Starry nights under groovy lights

By Jacob Quezada Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions proved difficult for downtown Riverside’s art scene, but recovery for these small, local businesses is on the horizon. Chelsea Franzer and Chris Perez, art enthusiasts and owners of The Paint Sesh, see this hope rising as pandemic restrictions are lifted. Known for their inclusiveness and judge-free attitude, the

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Punks support autism advocacy in Riverside

By Cheetara Piry An energetic and intimate gathering of people found themselves at a park browsing vampire-fanged earrings, chunky chain-linked chokers and intentionally offensive t-shirts calling out the KKK.  A punk scene girl duo and behavioral therapists spearheaded their first mutual aid event to promote autism awareness to extend research featuring dozens of female-ran vendors

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Riverside community stands against anti-AAPI hate crimes

By Cheetara Piry Several dozens gathered in solidarity in downtown Riverside to denounce xenophobia and hate against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The diverse crowd converged at the memorial for Dosan Anh Chang-Ho, a Korean independence activist, at the intersection of Main Street and University Avenue at midday March 27. Rep. Mark

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RCCD science instructors discuss COVID-19 vaccines

By Holland Snipes Does anyone you know believe the COVID-19 vaccine works by changing a recipient’s DNA? As vaccinations roll out, a Zoom conference March 19 featuring Riverside Community College District faculty aimed to educate and dispel such myths. The event, hosted by the Riverside City College STEM Engagement Center, featured guest speakers with scientific

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Riverside County District Attorney, Sheriff argue against proposed state amendment

By Jessica Lopez  The Riverside County Sheriff and District Attorney argued against their perceptions of the current state of criminal justice reform March 11. The virtual Conservative Republican Town Hall, hosted by Town Hall Central and the East Valley Republican Women Federated, discussed a California constitutional amendment introduced by State Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, D-Los Angeles,

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Hemet High School girl’s soccer team controls the field vs Ramona High

By Daniela Ramirez Pre-season soccer has finally begun for local high schools. The Hemet High School Bulldogs took over the field on March 17 at Ramona High School with a 2-1 win over the Rams during both teams’ third game of the season. Hemet has no freshman or junior varsity team this season. All the

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WARD 2 CANDIDATE: Jose Antonio Huerta, educator, East Side native

By Sigifredo Macias Jose Antonio Huerta was raised in the East Side. The Ward 2 native also attended Riverside City College. He believes this sets him apart from his opponents. Growing up in the area allowed him to see what things have changed in the city and what things have not. He witnessed the pressures

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