|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|
|Population in 2013:||316,619|
African American 7.0%
Hispanic or Latino 49.0%
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A current list of council members can be found here.
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.
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.
For a full list of Riverside city boards and commissions, see here.
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 not yet announced. Four of the eight city council seats are up for election.
Riverside's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 was $894 million.
City Clerk's Office
3900 Main St. 7th Floor
Riverside, CA 92522
Phone: (951) 826-5557
To contact individual council members, see here.
In 2013, Riverside's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $90,000. 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. 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|
|3||Aviation, Airlines & Airports|
|3||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|3||Energy & Nuclear Power|
|1||Environment & Superfund|
|1||Clean Air & Water|
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Riverside City Charter, Art. II, accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Riverside, "City Manager," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Riverside City Charter, Art. VI, accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Riverside, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Riverside City Charter, Art. IV, accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Riverside, "Mayor and Council," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Riverside, "Committees," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Riverside City Charter, Art. VIII, accessed on October 23, 2014
- Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "2015 Annual Calendar," accessed September 19, 2014
- City of Riverside, "2013-14 Budget in Brief," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Riverside City Charter, Art.V Sec. 503, accessed on October 23, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Riverside, CA," accessed on October 23, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014