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Ward 3 - Mike Soubirous

Mike Soubirous - Ward 3 Ward 3 Ward 3 Councilmember Soubirous welcomes your ideas and input regarding issues facing the Ward 3 of the City of Riverside. You can reach him at his personal cell phone (951) 515-1663 or at (951) 826-5991 or E-Mail him at
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Welcome Greeting

Welcome to the Ward 3 Councilmember page. I look forward to serving you.

Whether you reside, work, own a business or wish to invest in Riverside, I’m here to advocate for you. Together we can build a better Riverside. Call me on my cell phone at (951) 515-1663.

I invite you to sign up for Ward 3’s electronic newsletter to get the latest information and to plug into your community.


Mike Soubirous

In the interest of openness and transparency, and to better understand the rules followed by our Council & Mayor, I have provided these quick links:

Our City's Charter
Our City's Rules of Procedure and Order of Business
Our City's Ethics Policy


Mike Soubirous (pronounced like the car - Subaru) was first elected to serve as Ward 3’s City Councilmember in November 2013 (short term-18 months). Mike was re-elected in June, 2015 and is serving his second term.

Mike is a fourth-generation native Californian who started his community service at age 8, 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.

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, investigated officer-involved shootings, served as a training officer 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.

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 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.

Mike does not shy away from controversial topics, nor does he hesitate to take a stand on issues. He believes in promoting open, accessible and transparent government. He has fought to bring the people’s voice to City Hall. Mike will continue to hold staff accountable to the people – with the spending of tax dollars and quality of work provided by City employees.

Mike believes there is much more work to be done and looks forward to serving the people of Riverside and Ward 3.

Committed to Community Service

  • 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

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As your Ward 3 Councilmember, I have proposed the following:

  • The "Livability Action Plan" to combat aggressive panhandling – Adopted 4/1/14.
  • Placing Council Meeting Public Comment time at beginning of meeting – Adopted 12/9/14.
  • Acceptance of speaker cards at Council meetings - allow submission until last speaker is finished - Adopted 12/9/14.
  • Advocated/defended Council's "right" to place Council Agenda Items on the Agenda - Adopted 12/9/14.
  • A City-Wide "Silver Alert" program – Adopted as the "Get Home Safe Program" - 5/21/14.
  • Identify private and public owned WiFi "hotspots" and place information on City’s website – One hotspot at the Casa Blanca Library, the second at City Hall and grounds - adopted 4/10/14.
  • City-owned tree "Plan" be modified, better funded, or new plan to better manage our City trees - Land Use Committee suggests increased funding, stick to plan, allow for removal of "nuisance" trees on 3/12/15.
  • "User Friendly" changes to Street Sweeping Plan – Adopted March, 2014
  • Modify parking codes to allow for parking of "dually" pick-up trucks in residential neighborhoods.
  • Installing "overhead projector" for Council Meeting Public Comment use by the public – Pending.
  • Installation of a traffic signal light at Central & Rumsey/Laramie – Anticipated 8/15/15
  • Dismantling of the Red Light Camera Program – Cameras were removed on 9/15/14
  • A "concierge" program for City’s Planning Department – Adopted 7/5/14
  • "Cut Red Tape" & "Roll Out Red Carpet" Plan for City's Planning Department – Submitted - Pending
  • Proposed the City "Adopt-A-Pass" to find service groups that will take over responsibility of our City's underpasses (along the 91 freeway corridor), such as lighting, keeping sidewalks clean, pigeon nest deterrent, and paining/artwork along wall sides - Pending (City staff researching this)
  • Installing a Dog Park - or "Bark Park" at Don Jones Park and Andulka Park - Pending
  • That residents make their concerns known at a "forum" with Council's outside financial auditors present - in order to focus on Sewer, Water and Electric Fund transactions - Meeting conducted on 7/29/14. More meetings have been scheduled
  • That residents have a "forum" to ask questions about our Sewer/Water/Electric funds - specific to inter-fund loans, transfers and movements of assets related to these funds - On-going starting, September, 2014
  • Along with these proposals, were numerous Public Works repairs, upgrades to our streets, storm drains, parks, street signage, and other quality of life issues
  • Approval of additional non-emergency ambulance providers other than AMR - Approved 9/23/14
  • Modification of traffic signal lights at SR-91 at Tyler to increase traffic flows and safety. Done and on-going with Caltrans as of 11/5/14
  • Review of "outside" attorney contracts by City Attorney's office - asked 6/10/14 - delivered 11-10-14
  • Suggested City employee Complaint/Praise process - in progress
  • Suggested Merit Award program for money savings to City by City employee - in progress
  • Asked City staff to list all public & private K-12 along with all trade and university schools on City website. (Link:
  • Suggested use or deployment of Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) at City Hall (each floor) & Council Chambers.
  • Much more to come - and doing so without taking a Council salary - another promise kept!

Vision & Goals

  • Promote openness and transparency in our City government.
  • Be responsive and accessible to constituents.
  • Continue to monitor our City's panhandling problem.
  • Look for ways to reduce unnecessary City spending.
  • Eliminate redundant or duplicative processes that waste tax dollars.
  • Identify and prioritize road repair and repaving needs.
  • Develop a plan to tackle curb, gutter and sidewalk repair.
  • Find ways to roll out the red carpet to businesses - cut the red tape.
  • Promote local job growth - encourage businesses to locate in Riverside.
  • Promote a "can-do" customer service attitude among City employees.
  • Develop a plan to address City "parkway" tree problems (trimming schedule, root invasion, etc.)

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Boards, Committees, Commissions

City Council

Regional Organizations/Committees

  • Member of Regional Advisory Committee for Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Member of Riverside County Community Action Commission
  • Member of Riverside Model Deaf Community Committee
  • Alternate of Riverside County Solid Waste Management Advisory Council
  • Alternate of Riverside Neighborhood Partnership

Agendas Minutes
Elections Reports

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Linda O'Donnell


Legislative Field Representative for Ward 3 - Linda O'Donnell

Linda has lived in Riverside since 1976. She is the mother of three adult children - one is special needs - and has three grandchildren. Linda has worked as a Legal Secretary and has owned a small business, providing legal document/paralegal services. Linda has served the City of Riverside as a Legislative Field Representative (Councilman Schiavone) and has worked for Riverside Public Utilities. She enjoys designing jewelry, seamstress projects and spending time with her dogs. Linda is committed to serving the people of Riverside and especially those living in Ward 3. You can contact Linda by phone at (951) 826-5328 or by email at

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