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Looking back, and ahead

By: Gina Garbolino City View
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As we approach the end of the year, 2010 brings opportunities and challenges alike, and we remain committed to positioning Roseville as a wonderful place to live, work and play. A key element in that is providing reliable services and programs that protect our quality of life. Our public safety services play a key role in that effort, as do our extensive network of nonprofit organizations and outreach to residents and businesses to make the most of their efforts. From our police and fire to nonprofits and business assistance, we are committed to preserving Roseville’s reputation as a city that responds to the needs of its residents. As of Dec. 22, Roseville Fire Department responded to 10,387 calls for service in since the beginning of the year. These included 305 fires and 7,350 emergency medical services/rescues. RFD also initiated the Fire Safety Rally program, which provided fire safety education to elementary school children; applied for and received numerous state and federal grants to expand education and training, and teamed up with Placer County to provide seasonal flu and H1N1 clinics, with five clinics providing immunization to 1,700 residents. The Roseville Police Department prides itself on protecting our community. Overall, Roseville has seen a drop in crime rates along with the region, and our staff work diligently with citizens, many of whom operate as the helpful “eyes and ears” of our community. RPD’s community policing approach means that an officer is assigned to every neighborhood in addition to fully staffed shifts. They also welcome residents interested in volunteering in a variety of capacities. To volunteer call 774-5018 or go to myvolunteerpage.com/roseville, then “organization name,” then type in “city” and search “police.” The Citizen Police Academy will be hosting courses in March for qualified adult applicants. Call 774-5093 to learn more. You can also call the main line at 774-5000 to find your neighborhood officer, report crime, graffiti and other quality of life issues. The city continues its commitment to nonprofit organizations that help many of our residents. Through its Grants Advisory Commission, which oversees several funds, the city has awarded $12.4 million since 1994, including $614,000 for fiscal year 2008-2009. Comprised of the Citizens Benefit Fund, Roseville Employees Annual Charitable Hearts fund, and contributions from local businesses such as the Roseville Automall, the Grants Advisory Commission is able to boost programming and services for organizations that improve the lives of thousands of residents. Our upcoming application deadline for 2010-2011 grants is Thursday, Feb. 4. To learn more go to oseville.ca.us/grants. As Roseville grows, our city staff will continue to serve you in adaptive and innovative ways, delivering the top-notch customer service you have come to expect. On behalf of the city of Roseville and the City Council, we wish you a wonderful holiday season. Gina Garbolino is the mayor of Roseville