Category: Riverside

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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Ward 2 candidates address residents’ questions in virtual forum

By Jennipher Vasquez Riverside’s Ward 2 City Council candidates were cross examined by potential constituents during a live forum.  The League of Women Voters hosted the virtual platform April 27, allowing five of the hopefuls an opportunity to respond to residents’ direct questions. Candidate Clarissa Cervantes, former union organizer and legislative representative for Councilman Andy

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EDITORIAL: Making specialist position full-time in best interest of RCC and journalism program

By The Viewpoints Editorial Board Viewpoints is wrapping up the 2020-2021 academic year with a total of 27 regional, state and national awards. By the end of the month, we will have published 14 issues this year that provided pivotal COVID-19 coverage for the Riverside Community College District and its surrounding communities. But many may

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Nursing program administers vaccines

Photos and story by Daniel Hernandez Riverside City College is one step closer to ending the chapter of distance education and returning to campus for in-person instruction. Trained RCC nurses, with the help from Albertsons pharmacists, administered first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to members of the community on the roof of the

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California Big City Mayors ask state for largest homelessness solutions investment in US history

By Erik Galicia A coalition of mayors of California’s 13 largest cities are asking the state’s leadership to commit $20 billion over the next five years to address homelessness. If approved in the state budget, it would be the largest monetary commitment to tackling homelessness in the country’s history. The group, Big City Mayors, urged

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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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