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The City of Riverside released the following statement today in reference to concerns that have been expressed regarding the Sister City relationship with Can Tho, Vietnam:
"The City of Riverside respects all viewpoints and the rights of everyone to express themselves. Many diverse views were expressed and taken into account during the robust discussion that occurred in our city in March, 2014 prior to the vote to establish a Sister City relationship with Can Tho.
The Sister City relationship provides a venue for direct, person-to-person conversations on issues of mutual interest to people all over the world, including education, public health, technology and commerce. The City of Riverside, working with Riverside residents who brought forth the idea of this Sister City relationship, looks forward to further developing those bonds with the people of Can Tho."
The City of Riverside is concluding its agreement with a local law firm that has provided interim leadership of the City Attorney's Office and will name a 13-year veteran of the Office to handle those duties until a full-time City Attorney is selected.
The City Council intends to name Kristi Smith, one of two Supervising Deputy City Attorneys in the office, as Interim City Attorney. Smith has been a Supervising Deputy City Attorney, the second-highest position in the office, since 2006.
Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey will deliver the 38th annual State of the City address at the Riverside Convention Center on Jan. 22. The address, Mayor Bailey's third, will revolve around the theme of Exceeding Expectations Since 1883. The State of the City event, produced by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the City of Riverside, recaps highlights from the prior year and provides Riverside residents and business owners with a preview of upcoming issues in 2015.
On or after January 20, 2015, Riverside County Transportation Department (RCTD) will be closing Magnolia Avenue in both directions from Lincoln Street to Buchanan Street in Riverside County for one year. Magnolia Avenue will be closed to through traffic and access to businesses in the area will be provided.
This closure is due, in part, to a number of recent incidents of cars stopping on the railroad tracks when the traffic signals at either Lincoln or Buchanan streets turn red during peak traffic hours. Safety is the number one priority on all RCTD projects, therefore to ensure public safety the road will be closed. A detour has been identified and will remain in place until the new bridge opens. For more information click here or visit www.rcprojects.org/magnolia.
Lee McDougal, who served as City Manager of Montclair for 18 years before retiring in 2010, has been named Interim City Manager in Riverside. McDougal started work today, shortly after the Riverside City Council approves his contract at a special meeting at 9 a.m.
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