Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey came to California Baptist University to meet students and discuss various initiatives and promote the College Council of Riverside Wednesday.
The Streetcar Initiative is a project in the planning stages that will allow transportation between downtown Riverside, colleges and universities, shopping centers and other points of interest.
Students expressed their enthusiasm with the initiative. Trent Ward, junior marketing major said he thinks it is a great idea and will substantially benefit college students.
Bailey extended an invitation to the students to come by his office and talk with him personally. Christopher Carlberg, junior environmental science major, said he intends to take Bailey up on his offer.
“I’m just excited to talk to him about how agriculture has made Riverside what it is today,” Carlberg said.
Later in the meeting, Bailey detailed the opportunities available to students, including internships with the mayor’s office and human resources department.
In addition, the mayor encouraged students to come to city hall meetings and voice their opinion.
Bailey encourages student involvement in programs such as the Streetcar Initiative, the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Project, and the Ending Homelessness Campaign. However, one of the most direct ways students can contribute is by being part of the College Council of Riverside.
The council is comprised of students from CBU, the University of California at Riverside, Riverside Community College and La Sierra University.
They meet with the mayor and other city officials to give their input on proposed policies and discuss initiatives.
Dawson Young, senior computer engineering major and president of the College Council of Riverside, said it is inspiring to contribute to the city.
Currently, the council is looking for five strong, consistent members from each school on the council.
“We are looking for people with all skill sets who are interested and dedicated to community service,” Young said.
Students who are interested may apply online through the mayor’s office at www.riversideca.gov/mayor/college-council/college-council.asp.