Riverside, California

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Riverside, California
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General information
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Mayor:Rusty Bailey
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:June 2, 2015
City council seats:8
2013-14 FY Budget:$894 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:316,619
Gender:50.6% Female
Race:White 34.0%
African American 7.0%
Hispanic or Latino 49.0%
Asian 7.4%
Two or More Races 5.1%
Median household income:$56,403
High school graduation rate:77.6%
College graduation rate:22.2%
Related Riverside offices
California Congressional Delegation
California State Legislature
California state executive offices
Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California. As of 2013, its population was 316,619.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Riverside utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[3][4]


The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Rusty Bailey is the current Mayor of Riverside.[5][6]

City council

The Riverside City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[6]


The Riverside City Council is made up of eight members. While the mayor is elected at-large, the seven other members are elected by the city's seven wards.[7]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Riverside City Council features eight standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[8]

A current list of Riverside City Council committees and meeting times can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Riverside City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[9]

For a full list of Riverside city boards and commissions, see here.



See also: Riverside, California municipal elections, 2015

The city of Riverside, California will hold elections for city council on June 2, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is March 6, 2015. Four of the eight city council seats are up for election.[10]


Riverside's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $894 million.[11]

Contact information

City Clerk's Office
3900 Main St. 7th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522
Phone: (951) 826-5557

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Riverside County, California ballot measures

The city of Riverside is in Riverside County. A list of ballot measures in Riverside County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in California

Riverside is a charter city. Its process for initiative and referendum follows state law.[12]


In 2013, Riverside's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $90,000.[13] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[14][15] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Riverside filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
3 Aviation, Airlines & Airports
3 Fed Budget & Appropriations
3 Energy & Nuclear Power
3 Housing
3 Taxes
3 Transportation
3 Urban Development
2 Homeland Security
1 Environment & Superfund
1 Clean Air & Water

See also

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