Category: Riverside

Colorado River Series: California drought impacts local agriculture

By Joyce Nugent Water shortages threatening California’s agricultural productivity could have a direct impact on the food supply and security in Riverside County and nationally. Joe Del Bosque is leaving a third of his 2,000-acre farm unplanted this year due to extreme drought.   “We’re taking a big risk in planting crops and hoping the water

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Former Riverside City College students launch business, turns passion into profit

By Cheetara Piry Two former Riverside City College students took advantage of its vast catalog and affordability, consequently becoming successful entrepreneurs who built an oasis in the heart of Downtown Riverside. The latest addition to downtown’s growing number of small businesses, Meraki Plants is a female-owned indoor plant nursery that showcases thousands of lush and

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Clarissa Cervantes, Chuck Conder leading Riverside City Council race

By Jennipher Vasquez Clarissa Cervantes was in the lead for Ward 2 in the Riverside City Council elections as of June 9 by more than double the votes counted for Joe Paredes.  Ward 2, 4 and 6 election results will be updated on June 10 at 6 p.m. as ballots continue to be processed. Cervantes

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Student Sustainability Collective adviser talks strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

By Sigifredo Macias As the world attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some may feel there is no immediate action they can take on the ground level. Preston Galusky, Riverside City College science instructor and Student Sustainability Collective adviser, has some ideas for students who want to do their part. The SSC advocates for sustainability

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Town hall covers modern policing

By Jessica Lopez The Riverside Community College District Police Department held a town hall meeting May 12, which featured discussions between police chiefs, school administrators and student representatives. The “21st Century Policing Town Hall” webinar focused on discussing the implementation of contemporary law enforcement practices in the wake of national events involving police brutality. The

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Legislation intends to hold cops accountable

By Isabel Whitsett Families and activists impacted by police brutality throughout California support a bill that intends to revoke officers who have a history of misconduct of their badges. The Kenneth Ross Jr. Police Decertification Act looks to increase accountability for law enforcement officers who commit serious misconduct and illegally violate a person’s civil rights.

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Art walks back to downtown streets

By Tyrese Blue Riverside’s  monthly Life Arts Center Artwalk made its return to downtown after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19. The building itself was originally built in 1909 and was initially a YMCA. It was designed in the style of Italian Renaissance architecture and is now considered a historic site. Normally, there would also

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County awards Sheriff’s Department multi-million dollar grant, bolstered salary

By Jessica Lopez  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was awarded a $3.3 million grant, despite public backlash, to assist with reentry services after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Board of Supervisors sanctioned the department to apply for the grant in January and voted unanimously April 27 to accept the federal funding. The grant

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Prison reform town hall amplifies voices of formerly incarcerated community

By Timothy Lewis People of all backgrounds have captured the narrative of police brutality on video, but what is overlooked is the mistreatment of incarcerated individuals in the criminal justice system. The Riverside chapter of the NAACP held a prison reform town hall April 21 in partnership with Riverside Justice Table and other local and

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NAACP forum covers Johnson and Johnson and other vaccination concerns

By Isabel Whitsett Riverside County medical professionals are continuing to encourage vaccinations as skepticism rises due to recent issues with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The Riverside chapter of the NAACP partnered with the UC Riverside Zeta Phi Beta Sorority on April 24, bringing health professionals together to discuss concerns with community members. The Johnson

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