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ELECTION 2012

Roccucci: Council’s job to ‘make life good for everyone’

Mayor running against six candidates for seat on Roseville City Council
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the last in a series of Press Tribune profiles of the seven candidates for Roseville City Council. All profiles are available online at www.thepresstribune.com.

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Pauline Roccucci knows a thing or two about Roseville.

Her family has lived in the city for more than 100 years and she has spent her whole life here, graduating from Roseville High School in 1966. Nowadays, she returns each week to the park of her childhood - Royer Park - with her grandchildren.

Roccucci, 64, also knows a lot about her hometown because she's served a total of 13 years as a Roseville city councilwoman. Her first gig as mayor started in 1989 and she resumed the role in 2010. She's running for re-election against six other candidates vying for three seats in the Nov. 6 election.

"I'm running for re-election to make sure we remember why we're a city and keep our core services intact," Roccucci said. "That's why residents (and) businesses come to Roseville ... sometimes people forget those basic services don't just happen. You have to work hard to keep that environment and sustain a good quality of life."

Police and fire are the best insurance policies for maintaining a quality city, she said. In addition to ensuring that public safety remains a top priority, Roccucci is also running on a platform of maintaining and improving our utilities, continuing revitalization efforts and promoting fiscal responsibility.

After high school, Roccucci earned a nursing degree from California State University, Sacramento and works today as a registered nurse.

During her first tenure on the council, she was part of bringing Westfield Galleria and the Automall to Roseville. She has also been involved in all the city's specific plans, she said.

More recently, she's proud of the city for balancing its budget and keeping public libraries open during tough economic times. She was on the council when the Development Advisory Committee was formed to look at how development services could be done differently and better.

But Roccucci's biggest passion lies in water and electric issues. She helped establish and served as former chair of the Regional Water Authority, comprised of 22 stakeholders who advocate on water issues. She is also past chairwoman - actually, the first woman and only chair from Roseville - for the Northern California Power Agency.

Roseville is lucky to have its own electric and water utility, she said. But the challenge will be costly state mandates coming down the pipeline, and Roccucci said with her experience she can help navigate those regulatory changes.

Roccucci thinks the city can do a better job of keeping communication open with residents. She said Roseville has done more to solicit public input on big community decisions such as the design of a new bridge and whether a roundabout should be put downtown.

Sometimes Roccucci is the lone "no" vote on the council, but she said that's part of her job.

"It's not always easy to be the one out there," she said, adding, "When I'm on the council, I'm looking at the perspective of the people who elected me to do my very best for them and look at how it will affect Roseville as a whole. I never forget that it's not my money. Residents expect me to be fiscally sound and make solvent decisions."

She describes the council's role to "make life good for everyone."

Roccucci has been endorsed by, among others, Roseville Police Officers Association, Roseville Firefighters Association, Placer County Supervisor Jack Duran, Placer County Sherriff Ed Bonner and Vice Mayor Susan Rohan.

"Pauline consistently puts Roseville residents and neighborhoods first," Rohan said. "She wants public money spent wisely and supports an open and transparent government. She wants a safe environment, high quality services and affordable utilities. These values need to be taken into consideration by the council, and I value her perspective on the issues that come before us."

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

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For more information about Pauline Roccucci's campaign, visit www.roccucciforcitycouncil2012.com.