Voters in Roseville, a well-run city emerging from the impact of the recession, have a chance to reshape their City Council by electing two strong and experienced candidates, while maintaining continuity by re-electing an incumbent.
Roseville managed to maintain services by deferring millions of dollars in capital improvements and lowering labor costs. Now, it has balanced its budget this year without drawing from reserves and is turning the corner on the recession.
The city’s 130,000 residents are fortunate to have high-quality candidates who offer experience and community involvement, and can help the city chart its future. Six candidates – one incumbent, three former council members and two others – are seeking three seats on the five-member Roseville City Council.
Bonnie Gore, the incumbent, helped balance the budget and should be returned to the council.
Gore, a community and government relations manager for Kaiser Permanente who has the endorsements of numerous local officials, can help elevate Roseville’s profile. She was involved in negotiations with public employee unions and helped the city manage compensation and retirement benefits. With the city starting talks with the firefighters’ union, she understands the city’s responsibility to keep a lid on increases.
We also recommend Scott Alvord and John Allard.
Allard is a former council member who served from 2003 to 2012. He has solid experience and vision, and seeks to establish goals and plan for potential growth to 200,000 residents.
Allard understands the challenges of government funding and the need to balance budgets. He says the city needs to improve its roads, and be selective but supportive in encouraging businesses to locate in Roseville. Allard has been endorsed by the Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce, as was Gore.
Alvord ran in 2012. Although he lost, he remained heavily involved in the community by serving on city boards. He would bring a background as a business owner, an important attribute.
Alvord has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and was president of the Downtown Roseville Merchants from 2006 until earlier this year. Two former mayors have endorsed him.
Alvord wants to facilitate growth and be proactive in bringing businesses to Roseville. When the city seeks bids for projects, he wants, as appropriate, to give preferences to local businesses. He also wants the city to be prepared for an aging population.
A fourth candidate, Richard Roccucci, is on the Placer County Planning Commission and has served two stints on the City Council, beginning in the late 1970s. He is the husband of termed-out council member Pauline Roccucci, and has been endorsed by the chamber.
Maxine Sarmiento, a Realtor, is running for the first time. Phil Ozenick was on the City Council in the mid-1980s and early 1990s.
Each candidate brings strengths. But we believe Roseville’s residents would benefit most by the mix of experienced leadership from Bonnie Gore and John Allard, and a fresh perspective Scott Alvord could provide.