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Ward 7 - John Burnard

John Burnard - Ward 7 Ward 7 Ward 7 Councilmember Burnard welcomes your ideas and input regarding issues facing the Seventh Ward of the City of Riverside. You can call him at (951) 826-5991 or E-Mail him at
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John Burnard represents Riverside’s 7th Ward on the Riverside City Council. John is committed to making Riverside’s neighborhoods and families safer, providing adequate city services while keeping the budget balanced, and ensuring that open space and rural areas are protected from overdevelopment.

John and his wife Kathy have been residents of La Sierra for 27 years. The Burnard’s have two sons, Michael and Brian.

John and Kathy own Compass Pest Management, which is located in Riverside.

John grew up in Orange County, California and moved to Riverside in 1988. He has worked in pest control for over 35 years. John’s expertise led him to serve on the Pest Control Committee that helped write the Healthy Schools Act which protects California’s children from exposure to harmful pesticides while at school.

John has been active with the youth of our community, volunteering with Boy Scouts, AYSO, La Sierra Little League and the Riverside Rams. Additionally, John has been involved with Riverside Recreational Trails, B.O.M.A., Riverside Recovery, and A Salute to Veterans Parade.

John was elected to the Riverside City Council on June 2, 2015, with 81.54% of the voters casting a ballot for him. Prior to his election to the City Council, John served the people of Riverside on the Riverside Airport Commission from 2002 to 2009.

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Vision & Goals

Keep our Neighborhoods and Families Safe

The City’s most important responsibility is keeping the residents it serves safe. The Riverside Police Department must have the tools and the resources necessary to reduce crime, take violent criminals off our streets, and must be prepared to prevent or to react to terrorist threats. The Riverside Fire Department must be properly equipped and staffed to respond to any fire, medical emergency, or natural disaster that could happen.

Improve the Quality of Life throughout our City

Riverside must be a place where residents enjoy and want to live. I am committed to speeding up improvements of damaged streets and city tree trimming services. I also support efforts to stop aggressive panhandling that undermines our quality of life.

Protect the Unique Neighborhoods of Ward 7

Ward 7 is the most unique of all of Riverside’s City Council districts. With many large lots and plenty open space, I am committed to preserving the open land and the rural atmosphere that is threatened by overdevelopment that does not fit the community.

Ensure Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Throughout Riverside.

As a small business owner and member of the Riverside City Council, I believe it is essential for the City of Riverside to have an environment that encourages business development and job creation.

Balance the City Budget

The City must always live within its means. The budget must always be balanced with a strong emergency reserve fund in place to protect vital city services.

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Programs & Projects

  • Maintain rural lifestyle
  • Multipurpose trails
  • Resurfacing of streets in Ward 7

  • City of Riverside Airport Commissioner, 2002-2009
  • Boy Scout Troop 156, Parent Advisor
  • Riverside Recreational Trails, Member
  • Building Owner and Management Association, Board of Directors

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Boards, Committees, Commissions

City Council Policy Committees
Regional Organization/Committees
  • Regional Advisory Committee for Sewage Treatment Plant -Alternate.

Agendas Minutes
Elections Reports

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