Mike is a fourth-generation native Californian who started his community service at age 8, by serving his church, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Civil Air Patrol. Mike attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1976. Mike joined the California Highway Patrol in 1982.
Mike, his wife Linda and their two daughters, reside in Riverside's Ward 3. Mike is president and owner of a local small business providing traffic consulting services. Mike’s wife Linda has served on the City’s Community Police Review Commission (CPRC) and been an active part of community and national service organizations. Both of his daughters have volunteered countless hours of community service. Mike and his family believe in serving others, thus helping to build a better more inclusive City.
Mike retired from the California Highway Patrol as a Lieutenant and acting Commander. Mike was assigned to the CHP’s Riverside, San Bernardino, San Gorgonio Pass, South Los Angeles and Central Los Angeles Area offices during his 29 years of service.
Mike held several key positions and posts during his nearly three-decade service with the CHP. He was assigned to motorcycle patrol (18-1/2 years), investigated officer-involved shootings, served as a training officer, served as an instructor at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Academy (7 years), instructed at the SBVC Extended Police Academy, and prior to retirement, served as the Commander of the San Gorgonio Pass Area CHP office. Mike was honored in 2012 with Western Riverside County's Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee (LEAC) award for Lifetime Achievement in Law Enforcement.
Mike also developed the concept for the popular Press Enterprise "On The Road" weekly newspaper column, which answers traffic law and driver safety questions. Mike still contributes to that column, and other nationally recognized driving safety related publications and articles.
As a member of the CHP, Mike worked closely with state and county transportation officials in order to promote design changes to our county's worst roads in order to reduce traffic collisions. As a Councilmember, he has brought along his transportation experience and has lobbied for signal light modifications, improved roadway signage and other improvements. His efforts help make our local roads and highways safer, more efficient, and reduce traffic wait times at intersections with severe traffic congestion.
During his campaign for public office, Mike walked every street in Ward 3 (twice) in order to connect with residents and to get to know each neighborhood. Upon assuming office, Mike hit the ground running. He jumped right in and fulfilled his promise to promote an open, transparent and accessible government to all residents, business owners and visitors.
During Mike’s first year in office, he was instrumental in selecting a new city manager and new city attorney. This resulted in sweeping changes to City Hall. The new executive management team hired three new assistant city managers and changed out over 8 department heads. Deep dive performance and money audits were initiated, and many policies and procedures were changed for the better. A sunshine Ordinance was adopted by council at the urging of our new management team. All Riversiders have greatly benefitted as a result of these changes.
Mike does not shy away from controversial topics, nor does he hesitate to take a stand on issues. He has fought to bring the people’s voice to City Hall. Mike is very active on social media and does all he can to inform all residents and encourage them to get involved in their local government. Mike will continue to hold staff accountable to the people – especially the spending of tax dollars and quality of work provided by City employees. Mike’s business philosophy is this: “We need to stop being regulators and start being facilitators.” Mike knows that our businesses drive our economy, provides jobs, services, goods and a revenue stream needed for quality of life needs in Riverside.
Mike works for the people of Riverside. He knows the people are his boss. There’s much more work to be done and Mike looks forward to serving the people of Riverside and those living, working and investing in Ward 3.
Mike is currently serving on the following City Council Committees and Regional Committees:
- Finance - Chair
- Utility/Land Use - Vice Chair
- Community Services and Youth - Member
- Member of Regional Advisory Committee for Sewage Treatment Plant
- Member of Riverside County Community Action Commission (CAP)
- Member of Riverside Model Deaf Community Committee
Mike is active in the community and is a member of the following organizations:
- Riverside County Peace Officers Memorial Foundation (RCPOMF) - President
- Living Shield Ministries - Former Vice-President
- Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) - Volunteer
- Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful - Volunteer
- Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council - Supporter
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association - Member
- Friends of the Riverside Library - Member
- Magnolia Area Neighborhood Alliance (M.A.N.A.) - Member
- Model Deaf Community - Member
- Old Riverside Foundation - Member
- Riverside Land Conservancy - Member
- RUSD Superintendent's Advisory Council - Member
- Victoria Avenue Forever - Member
Mike has demonstrated leadership in his community. He has a strong desire to get things done. He is a hard worker and strives to always do the right thing. He works tirelessly to help build a better Riverside for everyone. He is not deterred by those who throw roadblocks in his path in order to maintain a "status quo" or "good 'ol boys"network that only serves a select few. Mike is determined to bring your voice to City Hall. He always stands up for what is right and will stand up for you!
You will not find a harder worker or a better representative to serve you and your family!