Municipal Election: Internal Effects of Proposed Budget Cuts

With the fate of Measure A unclear, the City of Riverside recently released a list of “Proposed Cuts” that will be voted on at a public hearing, June 18th at 3pm.

If Measure A does not pass and these cuts are approved “as-is” the Janet Goeske Center will lose $189,000 in funding support. This is approximately 20% of JGF’s annual operating budget and effects could be seen as early as July 1st.

With little time to prepare for such a drastic change in funding, JGF could be forced to make some major changes to our current operating model. These changes would inevitably include: 1) a reduction in hours of operation, 2) reduction in staff positions, and 3) a reduction in the number of senior programs and services available. Please see below for more detailed information about potential changes.

Potential Change in Hours (Over 40% Reduction)

Current Hours (New Hours)

Mon to Fri: 7am – 9pm (9am – 5pm)

Sat: 9am – 5pm (No change)

Sun: 1pm – 5pm (Closed)

Total = 82hrs/week (Total = 48hrs/week)


Potential Reduction in Staff (Approx. 40% Reduction)

Elimination of up to 2 Full-Time & 3 Part-Time positions


Potential Programs Affected (Over 60 programs = Over 40% Reduction)

The list includes but is not limited to:

  • Arthritis Exercise
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Beads Beads & More
  • Beginning Yoga w/ Marilyn
  • Bereavement Group
  • Bunco
  • CarePathways
  • Chair Massage w/ Becky
  • Chair Volleyball
  • Decoy & Wild Fowl Carvers
  • Early Z’s & More
  • English Country Dance
  • Featherweight Club
  • Friendship Quilters
  • Fun Club
  • Great Starts at Goeske
  • Haircuts w/ Betty
  • Hand & Foot Card Game
  • Heart & Soul Line Dance
  • Inland Region Iris Society
  • Inland Woodturners
  • Jam Sessions w/ Jim
  • Latin Dance Lessons
  • Line Dance Party
  • M.A.N.A
  • Mended Hearts
  • Pastels w/ David
  • Pedicures & Manicures w/ Dyanna
  • Raincross Quilt Guild
  • Raincross Rose Society
  • Regular Pre-Round Dance
  • Riverside Flower Show
  • Riverside Lyric Opera
  • Riverside Single Swingers
  • Sneak Peek
  • Square Dance
  • Stained Glass Class
  • Stained Glass w/ Frank
  • Sticks & Strings
  • String Ensemble
  • Sunday Movie
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Club
  • Toast Masters
  • TOPS
  • Trailblazers
  • Yoga w/ Jennifer
  • Yoga w/ Marianne
  • Yoga w/ Tammy