State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh’s representative Sid Sonck presented Dick Riddell with a resolution for his exemplary public service to the city of Yucaipa on June 14, at the Yucaipa City Council meeting.
Riddell was honored for “his many years of distinguished service to his community and his country,” said Sonck.
Riddell served seven terms on the Yucaipa City Council, including over 25 years of dedicated and responsible service completing numerous achievements and accomplishments. Prior to service on the council, Riddell also served on the Yucaipa Planning Commission.
Originally elected to the Yucaipa City Council on June 6, 1995, Riddell won reelection in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. He was selected by his fellow city council members to serve as mayor of Yucaipa from 1996 to 2008 and from 2016 to 2017.
“The Honorable Dick Riddell has held membership on numerous committees, commissions and agencies … and played a key role in the construction of the Yucaipa Community Park and its outdoor amphitheater, a new city hall, a new fire station and the state of the art Yucaipa Police Station,” said Sonck.
Sonck went on to say Riddell was dedicated to the best interest of Yucaipa and to creating a sustainable fiscally responsible and well-planned community and he facilitated many vital projects.
“As a result of his tireless hard work and unwavering commitment, Riddell has compiled an impressive record of personal and civic achievements. A record that has earned him admiration and respect of those persons who have had the privilege of associating with him,” said Sonck.
Sonck said various committees Riddell has served on include: Economic Develop-ment Advisory, Finance, Fire Service, Ad hoc and Five Winds Ranch Advisory Committee, the OmniTrans Board of Directors and its planning committee, the San Bernardino Association of Governments Board of Directors and its major projects and plans and programs committees, the San Bernardino County Flood Control Advisory Commission and the Yucaipa Redevel-opment Agency.
“Projects Riddell was involved in included the Oak Glen Road Interstate 10 Interchange and the project advancement agreement that enabled the project to be completed years ahead of schedule,” said Sonck. “As a long-time advocate of transportation, planning and efficient public transit, he contributed to the planning, design and construction of the Yucaipa Transit Center.
“Riddell was a veteran of the United States Navy Armed Guard whom served during WWII and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War along with numerous other community organizations including the California Oak Foundation, Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy, Garden of Angels Advisory Board, Knights of Columbus and the Yucaipa Historical Society.
“Riddell also served as a Little League manager and school volunteer. As a result of his tireless hard work and unwavering commitment, Rid-dell has compiled an impressive record of personal and civic achievements. A record that has earned him admiration and respect of those persons who have had the privilege of associating with him,” concluded Sonck.
Riddell received a standing ovation from the public in attendance on June 14.
Riddell said that it was nice to be recognized.
“It has been a pleasure to be a part of this … Yucaipa is a wonderful place to live … I’m just happy and thankful to have been a part of it and I appreciate this recognition.
“We’ve accomplished all these things without going into debt and we never borrowed money to pay for them. We did get many grants from the government and other places wherever we could get them but all the facilities and everything (parks, refurbishing of parks) are paid for. We have excellent police and fire protection. We always ensured that we had an excellent city staff. We’ve had two excellent city managers with John Tooker and Ray Casey. We’ve had two city managers in 30 years and they have surrounded themselves with excellent staff. We’re in good shape. I know this council will continue to keep it that way. It’s a wonderful place to live. I want to thank the council. I want to thank the staff. I want to thank Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh. I’m just grateful. Thank you very much,” concluded Riddell.