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April 10, 2018 — Local Elections

City of LancasterCandidate for City Council

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Michael "Mike" Rives

Retired Cancer Program Adminstrator for the VA
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restructure city goverment
  • Analyze the city budget
  • Create a workable solution to the homeless problem



Profession:Retired Cancer Program Adminstrator for the VA
Not an elected official, Lancaster city council — Elected position (2018–2018)
Cancer Program Administrator, VA Greater LA Healthcare System (1998–2011)
Cancer Program Administrator, VA Greater LA Healthcare System (1998–2011)
LAPD Reserve Police Officer, LAPD — Appointed position (1981–1992)


LA City College, CSULA, Boston University AA Degree in Government from LA City College, BS in Criminal Justice from CSULA, MS in Criminal Justice from Boston Univ, Crimnal Justice (2006)

Community Activities

Candidate for City Council, Lancaster City Council (2010–2018)
Reserve Police Officer, LAPD (1981–1992)


Born in Long Beach at the U.S. Navy Hospital dependants section. My dad was a Lt. in the Navy. I attend schools in Long Beach. I graduated with an AA degree in Government, a BS degree in criminal justice, and a MS degree in Criminal Justice. I attended the LAPD Reserve Academy and was a Reserve Office for LAPD for ten years. I have run for political office before. I also have played rugby and participated in matches in the US on the West Coast, NYC, UK, and Canada. My last job for 13 years was with the VA in West Los Angeles as Cancer Program Administrator.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a moderate to liberal Democrat. I believe all people are equal before the law no matter what their race, politics, gender, sexual orientation, etc. I respect the laws of our country and believe in the Constitution of the United States and that it and federal laws are the supreme laws of the land. I believe government exists to represent and help people. The people not the government are the ultimate authority in our system governing.

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Ideas for improving Lancaster


I will discuss the ideas that I want to present to the citizens of Lancaster for consideration.

We face many new challenges in Lancaster such as decaying streets, lack of retail stores, a closed homeless shelter, and a feeling among the people that the city doesn't care.

I suggest we try to improve our city by:

Having councilmembers elected by district, instead of at-large as of present, and reduce their terms from four years, so they will be accountable to us.

Our city elections should be held in the fall with the federal and the state elections. This will save money. This will make certain that many more people come out to vote. When we hold elections in the Spring, we are looking at a perhaps 10 percent turnout .

We need the City Council to meet at 7PM as in the old days. Presently, the meetings are at 5PM when people are working, coming home, or eating dinner.

We need to examine the City Budget and make certain we are getting the most for our money. Would it be cheaper to contract out to the County for a service, rather than provide ourselves? We need to know. Open budget hearings prior to the adoption of the Budget would give us the opportunity to give our input on how our money is going to be spent.

We do not need to build a homeless village on the Westside of Lancaster. We need to expand the existing shelter on Yucca Street. That is where the homeless are located and the area around can be revitalized in the process. Besides that, the Sheriff Dept and AV Hospital are closer if they are needed.

The city has said it has a 25 year plan to repair the streets in Lancaster. Unfortunately, their plans are calling for the elimination of traffic lanes and installing bike lanes. How many people do you see using the bike lanes? I see more people driving than ever on our congested streets.

The city needs to partner with the AV Healthcare District and AV Hospital and see if we can get an in-patient VA facility on the campus of AV Hospital, so veterans would have to trave to West Los Angeles for inpatient treatment.

We need to clean up neighborhoods in the city, particularly, in the center of Lancaster. We don't need cars parked on front lawns, and we don't need to have people having more than the 2 allowed yard sales a year. We need to make certain pedestrian walkways are marked in neighborhoods and by schools.

Finally, we need to have the Economic Development Department pursue a program of getting more retail stores in town, so we won't have to travel to Palmdale or down below to shop.

We can accomplish these things if we put our minds to it! We can prepare Lancaster for the 21st Century!


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