Congratulations to City Councilmembers Erin Edwards, Gaby Plascencia and Ronaldo Fierraro!

After an arduous campaign, two of them!, Erin Edwards prevailed in her quest for a seat on Riverside’s City Council.  Handily defeating the incumbent, Edwards’ campaign demonstrates the value of persistence, grass-roots campaigning, dedicated  volunteers, walking and knocking, and having a positive platform. We look forward to the people-oriented, problem-solving style of Erin as she takes on her new role.

DGR’s other endorsed candidates,Gaby Plascencia  and Ronaldo Fierraro, will also bring more diversity to the city council, which will now have two Hispanic/Latinx and one LGBTQ member, all of who are also part of a younger demographic than current office-holders.  Andy Melendrez, of Mexican-American heritage who is presently a city councilman, is running for mayor.

According to the Press-Enterprise, “The Human Rights Campaign, which grades cities nationwide based on a standards for LGBTQ equality, gave Riverside 65% — a D — in 2018.

It lost points for not having transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, LGBTQ liaisons or a public position on LGBTQ equality, among other areas, according to the scorecard.”

Hopefully, our new city council will improve that score.


WE’RE BAAAAACK! Old Location-New Day

We are happy to announce that our former “home”, Mexicali Restaurant, is back in business!  DGR will return to monthly meetings in our favorite spot on  WEDNESDAY, November 20th!  The restaurant is unavailable on Thursdays so, after a vote of the membership at the October meeting, DGR will now meet on the 3rd WEDNESDAY of the month. Postcard writing and social hour remains at 6  and the meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. in the private room.

The Election Committee will present its slate of candidates for officers and committee chairs.  Floor nominations will be accepted before the final vote.

Please join your fellow Dems back at Mexicali Bar and Grill at 1690 Spruce Street, Riverside, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20th. The restaurant is ADA compliant.

November E-Board Meeting

The monthly meeting of DGR’s Executive Board has been moved to Thursday, November 7, due to city elections. Officers and committee chairs will convene at 6:00 p.m. at Farfalla’s Cucina Italiana at 5250 Arlington Avenue, Riverside. This restaurant is ADA compliant.

Monthly Meeting October 17,2019

October Monthly Meeting: Gun Violence – One Survivor’s Story and What We Can Do to Help

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
6-7pm: Social/Postcard Hour
7-8:30pm – Meeting
Where: Sizzler, 6631 Clay St., Riverside

We will have the privilege of hearing from Tiffany Farris, who was on site in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people. Ms. Farris is the principal of Castle View Elementary School, so has a unique perspective on gun violence with regard to children. Please come hear about her personal experiences and her thoughts on gun safety.

Nicolette Rohr from the Riverside chapter of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence will also be speaking. From 6-7pm we’ll write postcards in support of gun control.

Welcome/Determination of Quorum
Officer Reports
Program – Tiffany Farris – gun violence survivor, Nicolette Rohr from the Brady campaign
Committee Chair Reports
New Business
Old Business – finish electing members to the Nominating Committee


Your voice is needed. The Democrats of Greater Riverside need to hold elections and fill our leadership with ardent proponents of Democracy. We need YOU to nominate a member (or better yet, nominate yourself!) to the following 1 year positions:

Communications chair
Membership chair
Finance chair
Policy and Research chair
Elections chair
Rules/Compliance chair
Audit chair

To obtain job descriptions, ask questions, or nominating yourself or another member please contact Mel Winsell via email – or Debbie Price via text/phone – 951-250-4538.

Thanks for being an essential part of the Democrats of Greater Riverside!