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New tree at Riverside’s Mission Inn is related to historic citrus tree

It’s a descendant of the parent Washington navel orange tree across town.

A special tree gifted to the Mission Inn is descended from the parent of all navel oranges.

The Mission Inn has a new tree, and it’s special.

Though it looks like a normal, small citrus tree, it’s a descendant of the parent Washington navel orange tree across town that gave birth to the region and state’s citrus industry and is the parent of all navel oranges.

It was given as a gift to the hotel Tuesday, March 12, by the International Organization of Citrus Virologists, which was in Riverside for a conference.

The new tree’s parent still stands at Arlington and Magnolia avenues in Riverside and scientists are working to protect it from citrus greening disease.

Riverside OKs doubling of convention center, 376 new hotel rooms, housing and an amphitheater

The Riverside Convention Center will at least double in size and downtown Riverside will see an amphitheater and 376 more hotel rooms along with housing, offices and a five-level parking structure — all by early 2023.

That development of the city-owned space around the convention center received the City Council’s blessing Tuesday, May 7. It will mean long-lasting benefits by bringing visitors to larger conventions and technology workers who will then spend money in downtown and the rest of the city, Mayor Rusty Bailey said.

“Ultimately the downtown will be changed forever, the city will be changed forever, because of the quality of this project and where it’s located,” Bailey said. “This is one of those projects that’s a game-changer for us.”

The project shows Riverside is “a world-class city” and was made possible by the Riverside Renaissance, $1.5 billion in investments to public facilities from 2006 to 2011, he said.

“This is exactly the reason the City Council and councils previously invested in the Riverside Renaissance,” Bailey said.

Map showing the expansion plans for the Riverside Convention Center

The project involves both private development and a public-private partnership.(Courtesy of the City of Riverside)
The development was one of two similar proposals that the City Council considered Tuesday for the parking lot next to the convention center, the landscape plaza in front of the center and the former Utilities Plaza Building.

After nearly four hours of discussion, the council voted 6-1 to approve the proposal from the Irvine-based Greens Group and Griffin|Swinerton instead of Riverside’s Sonnenblick, LLC.

Councilman Mike Soubirous voted no, saying he didn’t think estimates of how much revenue it would bring the city, particularly from parking fees, were realistic.

While city officials expect the project to earn the city money, Soubirous said he was concerned the city’s maintenance costs might exceed its revenues.



By Ryan Hagen | | The Press-Enterprise
PUBLISHED: May 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm | UPDATED: May 8, 2019 at 10:06 am


Riverside County Department of Environmental Health recognizes the Riverside Convention Center for outstanding health and food handling practices

We are proud to acknowledge an award given to us by the County of Riverside Department of Environmental Health to congratulate us on receiving the 2017 Award of Recognition for outstanding food establishment performance.

This recognition is awarded to those food establishments who have maintained a score of 95% or above in each of the routine inspections for the 2017 calendar year, have maintained a current Environment Health Permit, and whose entire food handling staff have passed and maintained current Food Workers Certification.

This award symbolizes the hard work and efforts of both our Culinary and Banquets Team – we take pride in this award, and every inspection before by receiving an average of 98.5% since 2014.


Robbie Silver, Public Information Coordinator
(951) 826-5415

Riverside, Calif. – The Riverside Convention Center has been recognized by the City of Riverside as a Certified California Green Business, making the Convention Center only the third business in Riverside to be honored in such a way.

After a ground-up $43 million renovation, the Riverside Convention Center is a cutting-edge facility that contains sustainable design features such as high efficiency LED lighting, occupant sensors for energy management, recycled materials, and drought-tolerant landscaping, including a garden used for fresh vegetables in the kitchen.

“We want to thank the Riverside Convention Center and Raincross Hospitality Corporation for taking the initiative to pursue greener practices in their facilities and operations,” says Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey. “Sustainable and responsible environmental protection planning remains a top priority for Riverside as we focus on the next generation of strategies to drive green initiatives for our city.”

Currently, the City of Riverside offers this program to manufacturing, office/retail, auto shops, hotels and restaurants. Each business sector must complete an extensive checklist in order to become certified as a green business.

“They are the third business in the city to receive this designation,” says Girish Balachandran, Riverside Public Utilities General Manager. “We encourage more Riverside businesses to follow the Riverside Convention Center, OSI Group LLC and UTC Aerospace Systems in leading the effort to make Riverside greener and a more sustainable community.”

Certified businesses become part of a growing network of more than 3,600 companies that make up the California Green Business Network whose facilities are evaluated based on their efforts to improve resource efficiency through energy, pollution, waste, and employee safety.

Scott Megna, President of Raincross Hospitality Corporation and General Manager of the Riverside Convention Center, said he is not aware of any other convention center in the state that has received such a certification.

“The Riverside Convention Center prides itself in not only providing our guests with the best service in our warm boutique atmosphere but also in being a leader in environmental sustainability,” Megna said. “From recycling, to low-use water fixtures, to our own farm-to-table garden and citrus grove, sustainability is a part of the unique experience we offer our guests. This recognition is testament to our commitment to providing our guests the best hospitality in an environmentally friendly fashion.”

For more information about the program, visit