Community & Cultural Services Division
The Riverside County Community & Cultural Services Division (CCSD) is a unit within the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. We oversee the operation of 60 County Service Areas (CSA's), 36 Riverside County Library System (RCLS) locations, The Edward-Dean Museum, The Perris Cemetery and provides recreational services for 12 CSA Parks. CCSD is dedicated to enhancing Riverside County through quality community services.
Community Facilities Districts (CFDs), more commonly known as Mello-Roos, are special districts established by local governments as a means of obtaining additional public funding. The Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (named after it authors, former State Senator Henry Mello and former Assemblyman Mike Roos) is a flexible tool to help finance needed maintenance and services through the levy of voter approved special taxes.
The Community & Cultural Services Division oversees the operation of 60 County Service Areas (CSAs), including 21 CSAs with community advisory boards appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Each CSA is authorized to provide services based on the needs of each community. The CSA collects special taxes and assessments to provide services to specific areas of the County. CSA jurisdiction covers the entire unincorporated Riverside County and provides municipal services.
The Edward-Dean Museum was founded in 1958 in Cherry Valley by Edward Eberle and Dean Stout to showcase their collection of 16th to 19th century Asian and European furnishings and decorating arts. In 1964 ownership and operational responsibility was transferred over to the County of Riverside. In 1999, the Riverside Economic Development Agency assumed the primary role for the administration and operations of the Edward Dean Museum. With 16 acres of stunning beauty and tranquility nestled in picturesque Cherry Valley, the Edward-Dean Museum is the ideal location.
Riverside County's CSA Recreation Unit, aka MARS is dedicated to providing fun, spirited activities and events which enhance the quality of life for our CSA residents within Riverside County. Looking to meet new people within your community? Or just want to have great family fun? Come join one of our awesome community events throughout the year.
An enabling act creating public cemeteries was adopted in 1909. The purpose of the act was to assure that California cemeteries would be cared for in a dignified and respectful manner. Today, over 256 communities are served by public cemetery districts throughout California, including the ten districts within the County of Riverside. The Perris Valley Cemetery District was created in 1927. In January of 2002 the Riverside County Board of Supervisors became trustees. With the Board of Supervisors as trustees the district became a dependent special district.
The Riverside County Library System (RCLS) is a network of 36 libraries, two bookmobiles, and a city museum. The network provides services to over one million people across the county. During fiscal year 2017-2018, RCLS logged over 3.2 million visitors, and loaned more than 2.4 million items out of the RCLS collection that contains 1,337,332 items. Visitors also logged more than 386,000 computer sessions. We issued over 41,000 library cards to new customers which increased the total amount of library card holders to 665,128. More than 8,900 Library patrons also took advantage of the resources offered at our two Bookmobiles which service the Western Riverside County and the Coachella Valley. We were joined by more than 13,000 volunteers donating over 49,000 dedicated hours.