Evaluating the cleanliness of our city every year is a crucial element to
the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful (KRCB) programs. In order to
determine the effectiveness of the KRCB program over time, a
comprehensive evaluation system has been developed to check how
clean Riverside truly is. Every January KRCB conducts the Community
Appearance Index (CAI) Judging Tour throughout the City of Riverside.
Judges are driven to five streets in all of the seven Riverside council
wards, which include:
While touring these streets, judges score five categories:
- Mall/Shopping Center
- Business District
How we calculate the CAI:
- Litter is misplaced solid waste. It is not just plastic cups or paper
napkins; it comprises these items and other trash NOT in its
proper place in the collection and disposal stream. Litter is often
carried from its points of origin by water, wind, traffic, and
animals until it becomes trapped by fence lines, walls, curbs or
- Graffiti or tags are monikers with words, colors and shapes that
are drawn, painted, etched and put on various surfaces such as
buildings, walls, signs, utility boxes, sidewalks, glass and any
surface that can display their symbols. Graffiti can be one-color
monikers or complex compositions with several colors being
repeated on many surfaces within an area or spread throughout
- Illegal Signs are placed on streets, curbs, medians, traffic lights,
utility poles or unimproved shoulders of streets. Banners, balloons,
streamers, placards, pennants or portable signs are prohibited and
considered illegal signs.
- Abandoned/Junk Vehicle is a vehicle parked on a public street
that has not been moved for at least 72 hours. This may also
include a wrecked, dismantled or inoperative vehicle on private
or public property that promotes blight to the City and
surrounding neighborhoods. Property owners are responsible for
vehicles on privately owned property, such as a parking lot of a
- Outside Storage Any outdoor storage of material shall be
completely screened from view through the use of architecturally
integrated screen walls of 6 feet or greater and all materials shall
be stored below the level of the walls.
- Each category is scored on a 1-4 grading scale (1 being best and 4 being worst). The totals from all judges are
then averaged to determine the cleanliness for each council ward and for the City of Riverside as a whole.
Click here to view this year's Community Appearance Index.