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Riverside County, CA November 4, 2003 Election
 Smart Voter Michael C. "Mike" Gardner

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Riverside; Ward 1

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Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Retired Utility Executive
  • Mike graduated with honors from the Universidy of California, Riverside in 1972. He completed the coursework for his PhD in 1972-1973.
  • He had a 23 year career with Southern California Edison working in Environmental Planning, Public Affairs, Customer Service and Economic Development.
  • Mike retired in 1996 and has since devoted his time to a variety of civic and volunteer activities in and around Riverside.
  • He was one of the original appointees to Riverside's Community Police Review Commission, serving as vice chair in 2002 and currently serving as Chair.
  • Mike is a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee and vice chair of the Quality of Life Subcommittee.
  • Mike was recognized as volunteer of the year by the City of Riverside in 2000.
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Riverside needs an increased focus on economic development. We have good programs, but they are understaffed and insufficiently promoted.
  • Our business attraction programs should seek job intensive businesses that pay a living wage, not low wage land intensive businesses.
  • Our Public Safety services are significantly understaffed. We need 50 new police officers and two new fire stations in the next four years.
Key Endorsements
  • Collette Lee
  • Bill Howe
  • Harold and Lola Taylor
Position Papers
Spending the Taxpayer's Dollars Wisely
It is the duty of the City Council to be good stewards of the public's money. The Council must do a better job of spending our money in a manner that provides the best service for the least cost.
Public Safety Systems Are Overloaded
Riverside's police and fire personnel are stretched too thin. We need more police officers on the street and at least two new fire stations. This can be paid for by a combination of money saved by hiring fewer consultants, smarter purchasing and increased revenue from improved economic development programs.
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