City Council

Ward 1 - Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner - Ward 1 Ward 1 Ward 1 Councilmember Gardner is proud to serve the residents of Ward 1 and urges you to contact him with comments, concerns and questions. He can be reached at 951-826-5991 (office) or 951-941-7084 (cell) or by e-mail at


Mike Gardner is the Ward 1 City Council Representative. He was elected in November 2007, re-elected in June 2011 and June 2015. Ward 1 includes the Grand, Wood Streets, Downtown and North Side Neighborhoods as well as the portion of the UCR Neighborhood north of Blaine Street.

Mike is a 46 year resident of Riverside and has lived in the same home in Ward 1 for the past 42 years. He is a UCR graduate and worked for Southern California Edison for 23 years. Mike and his wife Joyce raised three children, all of whom graduated from Riverside public schools.

Mike was one of the original nine members of the Community Police Review Commission where he served one year as Vice Chair and an unprecedented three terms as Chair. He is a long-time volunteer with the Riverside Fire Department where he helped with Public Education programs and served on the Department's Disaster Preparedness Committee. Known as a community leader since the mid 1980's when he helped plan closure and capping of the City's landfill, Mike was recognized as the Municipal Volunteer of the Year in 2000.

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Vision & Goals

Jobs and the Economy

Over the next two to three years Riverside must focus on economic recovery and building jobs in the city and region.

The Hunter Park, Kansas Avenue Industrial Park and portions of the Northside neighborhood along North Main Street are ideal areas for us to rebuild our industrial base and to build and expand new high tech and research based companies. In 2011 alone the Hunter Park area brought over 1,000 new jobs to Riverside. There is potential for much more. The recent designation of the Innovation Economy Hub in Ward 1 will help market the area to new high tech and research companies.

UCR Medical School

The UCR Medical School is of critical importance to Riverside and the region both from the medical care perspective and because of the impact it will have on local job creation. The UCR Medical School will help attract medical research and manufacturing to the region.

Parks and Open Space

Ward 1 has some of the primary frontage on the Santa Ana River and the city controls much of it. We need to plan use of this area in a way that maintains open space from Fairmount Park to Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park. The Santa Ana River Trail traverses this stretch of the Ward and is a major recreational draw for the region.

Both Ryan Bonaminio Park at Tequesquite Arroyo and Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park are great access points to the Santa Ana River Trail and are important additions to the Ward 1 and the city parks inventory.

The recently refurbished Hunter Hobby Park is a destination for railroad fans from throughout the region. The park features the only all steam railroad of its scale in the country.

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Programs & Projects


  • Refurbishment and Expansion of the Riverside Convention Center
  • Completed renovation and opened Historic Fox Theater as the new state-of-the-art Fox Performing Arts Center
  • Completed reconstruction of the Main Street Mall
  • Repaved 25 miles of streets in Ward 1
  • Completed Jurupa, Iowa, and Columbia Avenue Railroad Grade Separations
  • Made major improvements to the trails in Mt. Rubidoux Park
  • Completed sidewalk on Grand and Columbia Avenues, providing residents with a sidewalk on at least one side of the street from end to end
  • Completed five downtown murals
  • Completed restoration of Reid Meadows rugby/soccer field in Reid Park
  • Returned the 17.5 acre Market Street frontage to Fairmount Park
  • Completed Municipal Museum seismic retrofit
  • Completed seismic retrofit of Municipal Auditorium
  • Completed Ryan Bonamino Park at Tequesquite Arroyo
  • Acquired a 49 acre open space parcel between Mount Vernon and Box Springs Regional Parks

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Boards, Committees, Commissions

City Council Policy Committees

Regional Organizations/Committees

  • California Seismic Safety Commission, currently serving as Chair;
  • Agua Mansa Industrial Growth Association Executive Committee;
  • City Council Animal Advisory Committee;
  • Council of Economic Advisors;
  • March Air Reserve Base Joint Powers Commission,
  • Riverside County Solid Waste Management Advisory Council

Agendas Minutes
Elections Reports

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Mike Gardner and staff


Lynn Marie Anderson

Lynn has been with Council Member Mike Gardner since he was first elected in 2007 serving as a Legislative Field Representative. Lynn assists Mike with helping constituents with any issue involving city services and quality of life such as public safety, public works, code enforcement, and animal issues. Lynn attends meetings with Mike, assists with research/note taking and attends on his behalf when there are two conflicting meetings scheduled. Like Mike, Lynn is available 24/7 to serve constituents. Lynn has many years of experience working in the insurance industry as well as with non-profits in the fields of arts and animal welfare.

Lynn and her husband Kurt are Ward 1 residents and have two adult children who were raised in Riverside.

You can reach Lynn at: (951) 826-5242, 951-966-8614 or by e-mail at

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