1. Please tell your district 2 voters why you are running for the Roseville City Council? (0:00)
As a registered nurse for over 45 years, my goal was to serve. I bring that same enthusiasm to my 21 years on the council to serve the people I represent. I’m a lifelong resident not only of Roseville but of district 2 which I like to refer to as the Heart of Roseville since it is the center of Roseville in the historic districts. My husband of 53 years is also a lifelong resident of district 2. I know and understand the needs of my district and have been involved on the planning commission and a host of committees and commissions over the years dealing with the issues of Roseville. I want to preserve our quality of life that we all enjoy.
2. Public Safety: I know there is a lot of concern about the crime wave we seem to see across California and the nation. What is you position of Public safety and first responders? (1:42)
Public safety has always been my highest priority. A safe community is a healthy community. As noted in several sources, Roseville has one the lowest crime rates in the area. This is no accident. The best equipment, fully staffed department and a community who support local law enforcement. Last year the city hired 12 new personnel in the police department. We have sophisticated equipment like license plate readers that help identify and apprehend the criminals before they even leave Roseville. The increase in crime in California and the nation is a direct result of failed public policy decision at those levels of government. I’m proud to have the endorsement of the Roseville Police Officers Association and the Roseville Firefights Association.
3. Fiscal accountability/balance budget: Taxes and money are on everyone’s mind these days. How do you view the role of a councilmember as it relates to fiscal responsibility? (3:58)
I’m a fiscal conservative especially when I’m spending your money. No one wants to pay taxes and I’m no exception. In regard to the recent spikes in gas prices and grocery items, the city of Roseville has no taxing authority. Any incidental tax you pay has been approved by the voters. In fact our charter specifically states that any council salary increase must be approved by the voters. Most of the taxes you pay are levied by the state and federal government on almost every item we purchase.
During the 21 years I have served as a Roseville Councilwoman, twice as mayor, we have always had a balanced budget. The budget process is quite rigorous with many public hearings and meetings. The budget process takes over a year and begins in June of the previous year. There are public priority workshops to obtain information from the community on their highest needs and desires. The budget is then developed along these priorities until finally the following June it is approved by the council. During the year there are budget adjustments as programs develop and revenue sources are analyzed. The budget process is open and transparent for all to see.
4. Homeless/non profits: The homeless issue is continually discussed. What is the status of the homeless population in Roseville and what have we done to help this situation? (7:07)
The City of Roseville and many partners work together to alleviate the plight of the homeless and unhoused in our community. The city works closely with nonprofits like Saint Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Gathering Inn and a host of churches to end homelessness and hunger in Roseville. The Roseville Police department is the only law enforcement in the county that has social service workers within the department. This helps homeless individuals get off the streets, find them a place to eat, and a home to live in. Many programs have been successful in locating permanent housing through the efforts of our housing division. The reason that other communities are less successful than us, is that they do not use a multifaceted approach to the problem. Once homeless “camps” are identifies, efforts are made to secure housing for these individual. The homeless population has been constant at about 200 for the past several years.
5. Quality of life: People always mention the quality of life that we enjoy here in Roseville. What does that mean? (10:04)
It means that we have excellent city services besides our basic utilities, like parks and libraries and excellent bike and open space trails. The city has over 80 parks and three libraries and three swimming pools. Also there are many youth and adult sport leagues and opportunities in Roseville to stay active and healthy. That is why Roseville has won many excellent awards as a city to best work, live and raise a family. The city also has an excellent public schools system and many private schools… But more important, the city has active community engagement and that has led to the logo “WE Are Roseville”. We also have excellent and safe shopping areas within the city, along with many fine restaurants. That means we are all Roseville. Our motto is “Tradition, Pride, and Progress”.
6. Utilities and services: What type of city services do we provide the residents of and businesses of Roseville? (11:18)
The city is a full service city. That means we provide all major utilities like electric, water, refuse, and sewer. The city does not provide gas or communications and cable services. The city also operates 2 public golf courses and participates in a variety of open house where the community can learn more about the services and the children can examine up close the various tucks and equipment the department uses to complete their work. Of course, the city provides the police and fire services. Many of the fire departments calls are related to health issues (70%) and there are paramedics and EMT’s available on every all.
7. Endorsements: Who has endorsed you for the council? (15:04)
Nonpartisan but have support across the aisle. Our congressman Tom McClintock and assemblyman Kevin Kiley, along with our Mayor Krista Bernasconi, vice Mayor Bruce Houdershelt, and councilmember Tracy Mendonsa. With 5 previous city of Roseville mayors, , Bonnie Gore Placer County Supervisor, locals school board members, commission members and a host of community members from all our neighborhoods in Roseville District 2. My endorsements are all local, not some other outside agency.