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ELECTION 2012

Garcia prioritizes economic development, public safety

Councilwoman seeks re-election for Roseville City Council seat
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of Press Tribune profiles of the seven candidates for Roseville City Council. All profiles will be available online at www.rosevillept.com.

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One of Carol Garcia's favorite pastimes is escaping to her family's summer cabin - a place with no television and suited for rest and relaxation.

The cabin, built by her great-grandfather in 1920, is where Garcia finds reprieve from her busy life.

"It's a nice retreat to get away," she said. "That's my little spot."

The rest of the time, Garcia's calendar is booked with commitments. She's a Rotary Club member, on the Roseville City School District Foundation board and works with the Tommy Apostolos Fund, which provides clothes, computers and backpacks to underprivileged children.

Garcia also founded the nonprofit Placer County Breast Cancer Endowment in 2005 to fully fund an endowed chair at the University of California, Davis cancer center. Plus, she works full time as senior vice president of Community 1st Bank.

Garcia, 54, is running for re-election on the Roseville City Council against six other candidates vying for three opens seats. The election takes place Nov. 6.

A fifth-generation Roseville resident, Garcia's priorities include economic development, public safety, small business, cost-effective utilities and quality parks, recreation and libraries.

"I have a true commitment to the city," Garcia said. "I'm a good listener and I can be a good voice for the residents of Roseville. I feel like I can help them in my capacity as a councilmember, and it's rewarding to me to be able to have a resident call and say they've got an issue and what can we do to help?"

Since graduating from California State University, Sacramento in 1980, Garcia has worked in community banking - experience, she said, that offers her insight into the needs and challenges of small businesses.

In 2007, Garcia was appointed to the city council. Prior to that, she served on Roseville's Grants Advisory Commission and Public Utilities Commission.

She approved the hiring of Ray Kerridge as city manager in 2010, who she describes as a forward thinker with innovative ideas. Over the past few years, the city has streamlined functions, but there's room for increased efficiency, she said.

Garcia voted in favor of forming the Roseville Community Development Corporation to promote economic development and downtown revitalization and fill a void left by the dissolution of the city's redevelopment agency.

"Economic development is one of my priorities," Garcia said. "We need to create more commerce and business (because) that creates more jobs."

Attracting a private higher education institution here will also stimulate the economy, she said.

"Higher education has always been the piece that Roseville has missed over the years," Garcia said.

With specific plans in the pipeline, Garcia aims to ensure new development doesn't negatively impact current residents in terms of traffic, water and other resources, she said.

Garcia expressed excitement about downtown redevelopment and construction of the Town Square outside Civic Center.

"It's going to create a gathering place with the Town Square for residents and bring people back to the downtown area and start building business up again down there," said Garcia, whose father owned a business on Vernon Street during her childhood.

Garcia has been endorsed by Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner, Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler, Roseville Area Business Political Action Committee, Roseville Police Association, Roseville Firefighters Association and others.

Roseville Fire Cpt. Rick Edgar and Garcia have known each other since childhood.

"I think Carol should be re-elected because she represents the past as well as the future of Roseville," Edgar said. "As a lifelong resident and community activist, she's been involved with the growth of the city from a small town to its present day beauty. All of this experience, along with her business experience makes her the ideal candidate to deal with (Roseville's) future, while protecting its past."

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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For more information about Carol Garcia's campaign, visit www.garciaforcitycouncil.com.