Roseville is relatively well-off and thriving, but still faces its own challenges and needs steady, experienced leadership.
So it’s an easy call to recommend incumbents Tim Herman and Susan Rohan for the two City Council seats that voters will decide Nov. 4.
Both Herman, a dentist, and Rohan, who runs a public affairs consulting firm, have extensive civic involvement. They are more knowledgeable than their two challengers, and are better equipped to address the big issues facing Roseville.
The city’s finances are finally turning around, thanks in part to some tough decisions. For instance last year, the council showed political backbone in pushing police officers to pay more into their own pensions. That will help in the long run, but California cities are facing rising employer contributions into CalPERS.
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With Roseville’s population of about 127,000 projected to reach 150,000 as soon as 2020, council members need to make sure it is balanced growth that pays it own way. Council members also must monitor the city’s water supply, including finding sources other than Folsom Lake. And they need to unite the new neighborhoods west of Interstate 80 with established ones.
To land more good jobs, the city is actively working to help land a major university in or near Roseville. The possibilities include a satellite campus of Sacramento State at Placer Ranch north of the city or an outpost of England’s University of Warwick just west of Roseville.
Downtown isn’t fully revitalized – made obvious by the empty storefront across Vernon Street from the Tower Theatre, where the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations hosted a candidate forum Tuesday night.
Of the two challengers, Rene Aguilera is the most qualified. He has been a trustee of the Roseville Joint Union High School District for two years and was a trustee of the Roseville City School District for the prior 10 years. That experience, however, doesn’t necessarily translate to the council. At the forum, he spoke about Roseville’s challenges, offered similar priorities to Herman and Rohan, but offered few specific solutions, beyond giving city money to neighborhood groups.
The other candidate, Yuriy Seretskiy, a software analyst, has a thin résumé in civic life and didn’t bother to show up at the forum.
The experience of Herman and Rohan is even more important because voters will elect at least two new people to the five-member council in 2016. Vice Mayor Carol Garcia and former Mayor Pauline Roccucci won’t be able to run then because the city charter limits council members to two consecutive terms. They will be taking a combined quarter century on the council with them, so it would be wise to have two experienced hands as holdovers.
Herman and Rohan have earned voters’ trust for four more years.