Ward 5

Chris Mac Arthur

Ward 5


Wards & Neighborhoods



Chris Mac Arthur was sworn into office to represent Ward 5 of the City of Riverside on December 11, 2007.

Chris Mac Arthur comes from one of Riverside 's citrus farming families and is a product of Riverside 's public schools. After graduating from Riverside Poly High School , Chris went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Chris returned home to Riverside after college and took over many of the responsibilities of the family citrus farm during which time he met and married his wife, Jolyn. The couple is currently raising the third generation of Riverside Mac Arthurs --- their two sons.

In addition to his duties as a City Councilmember, Chris Mac Arthur is also a Regional Vice President for Primerica Financial Services. Chris Mac Arthur is actively involved in our community as a member of the Rotary Club of Magnolia Center, Toastmasters International, and the California Baptist University Board of Visitors.

Chris Mac Arthur wants to improve the overall quality of life in Riverside while preserving our city's small town feel and citrus heritage. He is committed as a Council Member to protecting Riverside's neighborhoods and families, finding solutions to traffic problems, and holding City Hall accountable to the people of Riverside.


  • Founder of the ‘Grow Riverside” imitative. “Grow Riverside” is an ambitious movement focused on replanting the Greenbelt and sustaining agriculture for generations to come
  • Measure Z Commitment to pave 80 miles of roads annually throughout the City of Riverside, including Ward-wide neighborhood improvements: paving and /or resurfacing our streets, new sidewalks and curbs and gutters
  • Completion of the Arlington Heights Sports Park (Victoria and Van Buren).
  • Revitalization of Arlington Village including a new Sonic Drive-in (the first in Riverside) and sit down restaurant coming in 2018; and continued growth of the popular Chili Cook-Off and Car Show on Memorial Day Weekend.
  • New state-of-the-art Youth Innovation Center at Arlington Park to start construction in 2018 and open in 2019 to create more opportunities for our children.
  • Led the fight to keep the Dairy Queen in California Square.
  • Led efforts to keep the California Citrus State Historic Park open during California’s fiscal crisis.
  • Opening of the Arlington Library to record service for children and seniors.
  • Opening of the new Renck Community Center and Ward 5's first Public Gymnasium at Hunt Park.
  • Completion of the new Van Buren Bridge and the La Sierra Bridge at the 91 freeway.
  • Working hand in hand with Fire and Police to continue to protect our neighborhoods and our families.
  • America’s longest railroad “Quiet Zone” opened on November 17, 2016 providing long waited relief for our constituents.
  • The author/originator of the “Grow Riverside” initiative. “Grow Riverside” is an ambitious movement aimed at replanting the Greenbelt and sustaining agriculture for generations to come.
  • Ward-Wide neighborhood /improvements, including paving and/or resurfacing of streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters as well as revitalizing the Monticello Channel by replacing the broken fences and replanting the dead flowering shrubberies screening the drainage channel.
  • Tight rein on spending with a balanced budget and approximately 38 million dollars in reserve.