City of Riverside Ward 1 Update

Mike Gardner
City Council Member - Ward 1
Office: 826-5991
Cell: 941-7084

Hello All,
Below is some information that I hope will be useful. 


There will be two Community Meetings held in April to consider potential uses to help City Staff draft Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for two sites owned by the Successor Agency following the dissolution of Redevelopment.  The meetings are organized to encourage the participation of all. I hope everyone will attend the meetings and share their opinions and concerns in regards to the future development of these two sites. If you are unable to attend, feel free to send me an e-mail or call. The sites are 3102-3250 Main St./3654 First St. and 4019 Mission Inn Ave., both in the Downtown area.

The meetings will be held on:

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:30pm

Both meetings will be held at Former Downtown Fire Station No. 1, 3420 Mission Inn Ave. 


SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES - Did you remember to change yours? If not, please do. The City of Riverside Fire Department reminds us that smoke detectors save lives and recommends that we replace the batteries biannually. An easy way to remember to do this is to do it at the same time we change our clocks for daylight saving time.

CITY OF RIVERSIDE FIRE and POLICE DEPARTMENTS PROVIDE a NEW and UNIQUE SERVICE The horse community of the City of Riverside will soon be provided with a Technical Large Animal Rescue Team that will be trained to assist with technical rescues involving horses or any large animal. This includes over-turned horse trailers, horses trapped in areas such as quicksand, swimming pools, trenches, wells, septic tanks, hillsides, or steep terrain, in which the animal is unable to free itself.

This specialized team was formed due to the efforts of the Riverside Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit who recognized the need for a technical animal rescue team to be available within the city to assist with these low frequency but very technical incidents. The City of Riverside has a large horse population in certain parts of the city, and horse activity and horse events are common within the cities jurisdiction. The Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit partnered with the City of Riverside Fire Department's Technical Rescue Team to form the HART Team (Horse and Animal Rescue Team). The team has also partnered with Riverside Animal Control as a joint agreement and contracted veterinarians who will volunteer their service in the event of a technical rescue.

The Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit will respond to provide horse expertise, animal handling, and safety for the animal and firefighters during any large animal rescue. The Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team will respond to provide technical rescue skills to remove the animal from harm and provide paramedic services when needed.

UNITED STATES POST OFFICE DELIVERS REPORT TO CITY COUNCIL - Recently, a representative from the US Postal Service provided an update on USPS rules and activities at a Riverside City Council meeting. They indicated that the Post Office cannot require a resident to move their mailbox to the curb when a new owner moves into the house. Nor can they decline to deliver the mail if access to a mailbox is blocked so long as the door to the mailbox can be opened to deposit the mail. This is directly counter to what many residents have been told by their letter carrier. Should your letter carrier tell you you have to move your mailbox you may decline the “opportunity” if you wish. If they threaten to withhold delivery please call 1-800-ASK-USPS (800) 275-8777.


Best regards, Mike

Office (951) 826-5991
City Cell (951) 941-7084