Mike’s Successes

Promises Made – Promises Kept!

During the 2013 campaign, I promised to tackle a number of issues. I delivered!

As your Ward 3 Councilmember, I have:

Walked every street and neighborhood in Ward 3.
Worked tirelessly to help build a better Riverside.
Demonstrated public service – not self-service.
Fulfilled my promise to work for the people of Riverside – not City Hall or the status quo.
Kept my promise to bring openness and transparency to City Hall.
Helped kick-start the “Riverside Revolution” – bringing the people’s voice and oversight back to City Hall.
Brought focused accountability to City Hall. Helped select a completely new city executive management team – resulting in the “Riverside Reformation.”
Helped Council, Mayor and city staff better understand their roles and responsibilities as stated in our City’s Charter.
Helped steer council back to strictly following our City’s Charter and Council’s “Rules of Procedure and Order of Business” ordinance.
Proposed placing general public comment time near the beginning of all council meetings for better public access.
Proposed allowing submission of public comment speaker cards until after the last speaker is finished thereby providing every opportunity for the public to comment.
Advocated/defended Council’s “right” to place council agenda items on the council’s agenda.
Proposed Council “comments/announcements” time at start of all council meetings.
Proposed installation of an “overhead projector” at council meetings to assist public commenter’s ability to communicate with council.
Supported a complete overhaul of our city’s broken Ethics Code.
Proposed the “Livability Action Plan” to combat aggressive panhandling and criminally illegal activity by our city’s homeless population.
Suggested a citywide “Silver Alert” identification program for those potential walk-away residents with Alzheimer’s – adopted as the “Get Home Safe” program.”
Proposed identifying private and public owned Wi-Fi “hotspots” and placement of this information on the City’s website, and place one city-owned hotspot at the Casa Blanca Library, and a second at City Hall, thereby speeding the discontinuance of the costly and outdated city-wide Wi-Fi program.
Proposed the city-owned tree plan be fully followed, and properly funded to better manage our city trees, thereby reducing growing infrastructure damage and costs.
Proposed user-friendly changes to the city’s street sweeping policy.
Suggested the installation of a traffic signal light at Central & Rumsey/Laramie – resulting in less backed up traffic and decreased traffic collisions.
Suggested the installation of a traffic signal light at Royal Hill and Alessandro.
Proposed eliminating the turf at the Janet Goeske Center and the installation of a “Turf Conversion and Demonstration Garden.”
Advocated for business owners who were being illegally targeted by fraudulent “ADA inspectors.” Referred victims to District Attorney and RPD.
Proposed dismantling and eliminating the red light camera citation program.
Proposed a “concierge” program for City’s Planning Department.
Proposed the city “Cut The Red Tape” & “Roll Out The Red Carpet” plan for City’s Planning Department.
Proposed the City adopt the philosophy of moving our Planning Department and Building & Safety model from being regulators to facilitators.
Proposed the City retest Ag Park property, nearby resident properties and conduct health screening for those residents who believe they have been affected by movement of Ag Park soil.                                                                                                                             Proposed the City “Adopt-An-Underpass” program and find service groups to take over responsibility of our City’s underpasses (along the 91 freeway corridor), such as lighting, keeping sidewalks clean, pigeon nest deterrent, and painting/artwork along wall (bridge abutment) sides.
Proposed the installation of dog parks at Don Jones Park and Andulka Park.
Proposed that residents make their concerns known at a forum with Council’s hired outside financial auditors present – in order to obtain resident concern and focus on sewer, water and electric fund transactions, and our sewer/water/electric funds – specific to inter-fund loans, transfers and movements of assets related to these funds.
Fought for approval of additional non-emergency ambulance providers – opening the door to competition and eliminating a 35-year monopoly.
Proposed modification of traffic signal lights/timing changes at SR-91 at Tyler to increase traffic flows and safety.
Proposed a review/investigation of outside attorney contracts engaged by our former City Attorney.
Supported sweeping changes to hiring outside legal services.
Suggested a city employee complaint/praise program/policy.
Suggested customer friendly upgrades to our city’s 3-1-1 program.
Suggested a revised merit award program for ideas that result in money savings to city by our employees.
Suggested use or deployment of Public Access Defibrillators at City Hall (one on each floor) & Council Chamber.
Suggested the City purchase a higher percentage of marked (black & white) patrol cars than unmarked patrol cars for increased police visibility.
Supported the Sunshine Ordinance (12 day posting of the Council Agenda).
Developed and proposed the Responsible Spending Vision Plan (RSVP).
Support paying down our city’s high debt load. Proposed raising our City’s General Fund Reserve from 15% to 20%.
Served as Chairman of council’s Public Safety Committee.
Served as Chairman of council’s Finance Committee.
Suggested enhanced and detailed reporting of city’s finances and fiscal policies to be reported regularly to Finance Committee.
Suggested customer service oriented changes to our City’s Risk Management Department.
Suggested customer friendly changes to our City’s Code Enforcement Department.
Suggested user friendly and transparency oriented changes to RPU.
Suggested RPU water and electric rates be tied to a specific cost index to provide for gradual rate increases instead of huge stair stepping increases.
Suggested RPU discontinue its water tier rate billing and return to a budget based water billing.
Strongly support making our City’s Downtown a destination place.
Proposed and supported our City’s new Strategic Plan based on a customer service/customer friendly model.
Opposed the 2014 sewer rate increase.
Opposed increasing downtown parking meter rates.
Proposed eliminating downtown parking meters.
Opposed the trolley.
Served my first term without pay as promised.

Vision & Goals

  • Promote openness, transparency and inclusive access to our City government.
  • Responsive and accessible to all constituents, residents, business owners and visitors.
  • Continually seek ways to reduce unnecessary city spending.
  • Eliminate redundant or duplicative processes or unneeded employee positions that waste tax dollars.
  • Prioritize road repair and repaving needs.
  • Tackle curb, gutter and sidewalk repair.
  • Promote local job growth – encourage businesses to locate in Riverside. Remove barriers to businesses.
  • Promote a “can-do” customer service attitude among City employees.
  • Help move our city’s focus from regulators to facilitators.
  • Represent our City in a professional manner at all times.
  • Repair/rebuild our City’s crumbling infrastructure.
  • Help make our City the best it can be for our residents, business owners, investors and visitors.
  • Always challenge the philosophy that claims, “we’ve always done it this way.”
  • Always remember the councilmember works for the people – not the other way around.
  • Never stop innovating.
  • Never stop advocating for the people of Riverside!