Mike Gardner is the Ward 1 City Council Representative. He was elected in November 2007 and re-elected in June of 2011. 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 43 year resident of Riverside and has lived in the same home in Ward 1 for the past 40 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.