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.

 

Monthly Members Meeting- VENUE CHANGE!

VENUE CHANGE! Casa Ortega has gone out of business. Starting August 15, we will meet at Sizzler’s, 6631 Clay Street, Riverside, off Van Buren Blvd. Those wishing to eat should arrive between 6 and 7 to place order and pay at counter.

DEBATE WATCH PARTY!

Join us at Fusion as we watch the 2nd round of the Democratic candidates’ debate! Happy Hour will still be going, so the prices on speciality drinks and delicious appetizers will be bargains. They have great meals,too! Bring friends and family as there are plenty of big screens(the restaurant will remain open to the public, so please do not engage in politicking with other customers). Stick around when the debate ends and share your impressions with your fellow Dems!

Membership Meeting

Welcome Table open at 6 p.m.for sign-ins. Come early for dinner and/or drinks and to participate in one of our postcard writing campaigns. Check out our agenda on webpage, Democrats of Greater Riverside. We give a door prize away at every meeting!