Local Elections

Roseville City Council candidate plagued by questions about police calls to his house

As Rene Aguilera tries to move from a Roseville school board to the City Council, he is dogged by questions related to his troubled live-in nephew, who has battled drug addiction and been arrested on drug charges multiple times.

Aguilera, 53, has no criminal history, according to Placer Superior Court files. But neighbors have called police 45 times since 2013 to complain about disturbances and alleged drug activity at his house, Roseville Police Department records show.

Aguilera’s nephew, Everett Tater Procter, 42, has a history of drug use, according to criminal complaints filed in Placer Superior Court. In April, he was sentenced to three years of probation and 90 days in jail for using drugs. More recently, Procter was charged last year with selling and possessing drugs and has a court appearance Monday.

It is not clear whether any of the arrests occurred at Aguilera’s house because most case files were unavailable Friday due to the impending court date.

The precise details of how police responded to the calls are unclear because names and other key pieces of information have been redacted by Roseville police. In April, a caller allegedly observed “teens with alcohol” and drug deals at the home.

Aguilera said he was doing everything to help his nephew, noting that Procter has gone clean and now holds a steady job.

“I’ve definitely wanted to kick him out, but he is a family member,” Aguilera said. “I am working diligently making sure my nephew is able to transition to another location. It’s hard to shun someone out to be homeless.”

Aguilera said he lives at the small green-colored house – his childhood home – with his sister, Procter and two roommates. Gloria Ronning, Aguilera’s sister, said it was unfair to connect her son’s drug problems with Aguilera. She declined to make Procter available for an interview.

Aguilera, a Roseville Joint Union High School District trustee, considered the revelation of police calls to his Donner Avenue home a “dirty political scheme” because he is the only registered Democrat in the four-way race for two seats on the City Council.

But Aaron Park, who has posted the police call records on the conservative blog RightOnDaily.com, said it is a legitimate campaign concern. Aguilera listed public safety as one of several areas for which he would be an advocate in his official voter guide statement.

Park said no candidate who houses a drug offender can talk about supporting public safety. “It needs to stop before he can be taken seriously,” Park said.

While Aguilera acknowledged his nephew’s history of “mental health and overmedication,” he suggested the disturbances were taking place next door and that calls were mistakenly routed to his home. Next-door residents declined to talk for this story. Police records show that their address received 16 calls for service since 2013, including instances of alleged drug activity and verbal disputes.

Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther declined to comment on the call records.

Park, whose mother, Linda Park, is seeking re-election to the Roseville JUHSD board, has been open about part of his motivation for criticizing Aguilera. He believes Aguilera recruited two candidates to run against his mother in the school board race.

“Rene Aguilera drew first blood – now he is playing victim because I am defending my 69-year-old mother from him,” Aaron Park wrote on RightOnDaily.com.

Aguilera said, “It’s just dirty politics. Just because someone calls the cops doesn’t mean it’s a big issue.”

He added, “I’m a baptized Mormon and at the age of 16, I became a Catholic. I don’t do drugs.”

Aguilera faces Mayor Susan Rohan, Councilman Tim Herman and software engineer Yuriy Seretskiy in the City Council race for two at-large seats.

Aguilera said he is trying to move forward, highlighting his credentials as a long-standing school board member and Roseville native. He believes the city’s voters will look past the calls to police about his house.

“This incident has definitely taught me a lesson,” Aguilera said, “to make sure whoever lives in your house is being a better citizen.”

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.