Wildlands Conservancy Fetes Former Yucaipa Mayor Riddell

The Wildlands Conservancy has conferred upon former Yucaipa Mayor Dick Riddell its Lifetime Conservation Award.
The Wildland Conservancy Board and its executive director, David Myers, timed the presentation of the award to correspond with Riddell’s 96th birthday on April 8.
Riddell had served on the city council from 1994 until the end of last year, when he was defeated in the city’s first by-district election in District 5, in which he was outdistanced by Jon Thorp.
During his 26 year tenure, Riddell was elevated to the mayor’s position by his colleagues for a total of 15 one-year terms.
A member of the California Oak Foundation, Riddell was the progenitor of Yucaipa’s oak tree ordinance and as a member of both the city council and a member of the Crafton Hills Open Space Conservancy and Yucaipa Valley Conservancy, he had a hand in establishing a state park, a city wildlands park and regional trails.

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