Tag: Andy Melendrez

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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WARD 2 CANDIDATE: Clarissa Cervantes, former union organizer, legislative representative

By Jessica Lopez As a former legislative representative for Ward 3 councilman Andy Melendrez, Clarissa Cervantes has worked with residents in the UC Riverside area for years.  Cervantes met directly with neighborhood groups every month. She has worked with Riverside’s Public Works Department, addressing traffic in the city and other constituents’ needs. She said she

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Riverside inaugurates new mayor

By Erik Galicia After eight years in office, Riverside’s outgoing mayor said his goodbyes and handed the mayoral gavel to the city’s new leader. Patricia Lock Dawson took Rusty Bailey’s seat and presided over the Riverside City Council for the first time Dec. 8. “Our new chapter starts today,” Dawson said. “The city has sizable

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Dawson closes in on Riverside mayoral race win

By Erik Galicia Over a week after Election Day, it seems Patricia Lock Dawson, Riverside Unified School District trustee, will be the next mayor of Riverside. Dawson led Andy Melendrez, Ward 2 City Councilman, by a wide margin as soon as counting began. Her lead widened by Nov. 12 with 55,895 votes to Melendrez’s 38,834

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Riverside mayoral candidates talk homelessness, city budget, jobs

By Erik Galicia Riverside voters will choose between a city council member and a school board official when they elect their next mayor. Andy Melendrez, Ward 2 representative, and Patricia Lock Dawson, Riverside Unified School District trustee, advanced to a runoff election after beating four other candidates during the city’s initial mayoral election March 3.

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Riverside mayoral candidates make their final cases before election day

By Erik Galicia Riverside’s six mayoral hopefuls talked homelessness, marijuana and bankruptcy on Feb. 26 during their final public forum before Tuesday’s election. “We need to address the people that don’t want help,” Acea Stapler, a county office assistant and retired U.S. Navy member, told potential voters at Avila’s Historic 1929.  “That is where the

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Riverside Unified School District board member Patricia Lock Dawson announces campaign for mayor

Patricia Lock Dawson, a Riverside Unified School District board member since 2011, announced Sept. 4, that she’s running for mayor.