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City, UCR Working Together to Solve Neighborhood Complaints

Proposed Changes Should Ease Traffic, Noise

(June 23, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (June 24, 2005) — After several community meetings, university and city officials have announced some specific changes targeted to addressing concerns expressed by nearby residents related to noise and traffic around UCR.

For example, UCR traditionally closes the street at the intersection of Canyon Crest Drive and University Avenue for a fall “Block Party.” But out of a concern for nearby residents, the Block Party will be moved to the interior of campus this fall, on a street that does not impact city traffic.

With all the street closures already in place because of the California Department of Transportation highway construction, it made more sense to move the event than to cause another detour. The event will now be on Aberdeen Drive, between the Recreation Center and the residence halls, which should not impede outside traffic. UCR Assistant Police Chief Mike Lane announced the change at a June 22nd community meeting.

At that same meeting, a “Mayor’s Night Out” at Hyatt Elementary School, Mayor Ron Loveridge directed Riverside’s Code Enforcement officers to work with the peace officers of the University Neighborhood Enforcement Team (UNET) to aggressively look for code violations in the neighborhoods around UCR. Those code violations could include loud music, property maintenance concerns, too many people living at one address, parking complaints and other issues of concern to neighbors.
City officials also said:

• A city ordinance is being prepared to give code enforcement officers authority to deal with parking and traffic problems. Previously those have been law enforcement issues.
• City police will work with neighborhood residents to create no parking zones and resident-only street parking.
• They will explore using stricter parking rules in the university neighborhood than those now in force.

“We've heard you, and both the city and the university are committed to working with the neighborhoods on the quality of life issues in the neighborhood,” said Chris Buydos, executive director of governmental and community relations for UCR. “The city will be enforcing their codes, and the university will be taking steps to make sure our students and the university itself are good neighbors.”

The issues are especially timely now because UCR is continuing to grow larger, with new buildings and more students living off campus. A detailed Long Range Development Plan document is available on the Web at http://www.lrdp.ucr.edu/
Both city and university officials urged the public to call in complaints about loud, late parties and about illegal parking. They said they can jointly solve problems they know about.

A new Community Relations Web site has been created by UC Riverside to offer updates on campus growth issues at www.community.ucr.edu

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