Riverside’s 2019 State of the City Address to highlight Mayor Bailey’s vision to “Elevate Riverside”

RIVERSIDE — Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey is encouraging the community to join him in discussing ways they can come together to “Elevate Riverside” during his seventh State of the City address at Riverside Convention Center, Thursday, Jan. 24.

During a VIP Reception that will follow the address, sponsors and registered attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy hors d’oevres while rubbing elbows with Mayor Bailey, public officials, and City department heads, as well as other area residents and business owners “who care about Riverside,” Mayor Pro Tem Mike Soubirous recently said.

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“The State of the City address is a great chance for people who care about Riverside to get caught up on the good things happening in our city,” Soubirous explained. “It’s also a chance for our diverse and growing community to hear about challenges and opportunities that face us in the coming year.”

Produced by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the City of Riverside, the annual State of the City event, combines a review of the prior year’s accomplishments and an opportunity for Mayor Bailey to highlight his vision and plans to #elevateriverside over the coming months.

“I look forward to having a conversation with the community on how everyone can come together to Elevate Riverside and demonstrate the leadership that will keep Riverside moving forward,” Mayor Bailey recently said. “Whether that is in elected office, in the workplace, or in the non-profit world.”

Several awards will be presented during the event, including the Dr. Carlos E. Cortés Award for Championing Diversity and Inclusivity, named for the Professor Emeritus of History at UC Riverside who has been a lifetime advocate of the importance of diversity and the need for inclusivity. The award recognizes actions taken toward furthering the City of Riverside’s pledge to build a more inclusive community.

The Chamber will present the Riverside Hero Award and also announce winners of the Beautification Awards from Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful.

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Registration begins at 4:45 p.m., and the program is scheduled to start at 5:30. General admission seating is free. Reserved seating is available for $50 and includes a ticket to the reception after the speech.

Individual tickets for the reserved seating and reception can be purchased by going to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce’s website, or by calling (951) 683-7100.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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