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Board of Supervisors to hold last listening session for community on county funding priorities

October 22, 2020 

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Brooke Federico

Public Information Officer

bcfederico@rivco.org

 

Board of Supervisors to hold last listening session for community on county funding priorities

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors will hold the last listening session for the community on county services and budget priorities, including public safety, behavioral health and social services.

The listening sessions started on September 29 and continued through October to provide an opportunity for residents to share impacts and difficulties resulting from the pandemic, ranging from loss of employment to in-person school closures, as well as lived experiences with systemic racism and social injustice that impacts healthy communities.

“We have had two listening sessions, in which we are hearing from our residents on what is important to them, especially when it comes to county programs and services,” said Riverside County Board Chair and Fourth District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez.  “I’m looking forward to listening to more suggestions and comments this Saturday.  I encourage the public to please participate in this session.”

The county is partnering with the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside to prepare a report identifying and discussing the main, recurring themes and topics emerging from the listening sessions. The report will inform county officials as they shape the county’s organization, budget and services for the next year and beyond.

“Our School is excited to work with the County of Riverside on this important and timely initiative,” said Anil Deolalikar, founding dean of the UCR School of Public Policy. “Our public policy faculty and students, who already partner extensively with County agencies on several policy initiatives, look forward to further engagement as the County develops informed policy solutions to the multiple crises now confronting our region.”

 The board will discuss the next steps following the listening sessions on Nov. 10 during its regularly scheduled board meeting. The board unanimously approved the series of listening sessions on Aug. 4, the same day it approved a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.

 

WHEN:                Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 WHERE:              County Administrative Center

                            4080 Lemon Street

                            Riverside, CA 92501

                              

The listening sessions will also livestreamed from the

Clerk of the Board’s Facebook page or RivCo TV livestream.

 To provide comments virtually, any member of the public may do so by registering 24 hours in advance at the Clerk of the Board’s website at:  https://www.rivcocob.org/comments. Additional

instructions will then be provided. Community members may also submit comments for the listening sessions by emailing the Clerk of the Board at cob@rivco.org.

 

PARKING: Parking is available in the public parking structure in front of the building at no cost. Additional street parking or in-structure parking is available in the downtown area for posted fees.

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