Candidate-filing period opens

Two Roseville City Council positions, several local school board positions on November ballot
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Campaign season has officially begun. The candidate-filing period for the November election opened July 12 and closes Aug. 6. If an incumbent fails to file by the closing date, the period for that office extends to Aug. 11 for individuals other than the incumbent. Besides several positions open on the Roseville City Council and local school boards, partisan offices in Placer County include U.S. representative for California’s 4th congressional district. Rep. Tom McClintock currently holds this federal position. The positions of California state senator for the 4th district — currently held by Samuel Aanestad — and state assembly member for the 4th district — held by Ted Gaines — will also be on November’s ballot. Here’s a look at some other vacant positions on the Nov. 2 ballot: Roseville City Council Mayor Gina Garbolino and councilman Jim Gray will be termed out of office in November, having each served two consecutive four-year terms. As of Tuesday, Susan Rohan and David Larson have pulled filing papers for the position of Roseville City Council member. A third person, Tim Herman, has an appointment with the city clerk to pull papers this week. These individuals are not considered official candidates until they file their nomination papers and associated paperwork, said City Clerk Sonia Orozco. Longtime Roseville resident Rohan currently serves on the Public Utilities Commission. She’s also a government affairs director for the California Association of Realtors. If elected, she said she plans to prioritize reliable public services, a healthier jobs market and stronger local economy. “I want to be a voice for residents and help foster a healthy business environment,” Rohan said Monday. “The city has some fiscal challenges, and I’d like to help address them so Roseville remains a quality community. We need to trim the cost of government in the right places and keep focused on delivering the quality services people expect.” Larson relocated here from the Bay Area nine years ago. He serves on the Roseville Planning Commission and works as a Farmers Insurance agent. On his Facebook campaign page, he pledges to bring “fresh thinking, transparency and accountability” to city hall. Herman, a dentist who runs a local practice, has lived in Roseville for the past 18 years. If elected, he promises to focus on economic development and partner with business leaders to develop sustained financial growth. Although he hasn’t pulled papers yet, Neil Pople of the Roseville Transportation Commission has announced his intentions to run for city council. The young candidate — who celebrates his 30th birthday next week — says on his Facebook page that, “Roseville needs fresh vision and guidance from a new generation of leadership.” Sam Cannon also plans to run for city council and the Sierra Vista Owners Group is hosting a fundraising reception on his behalf July 27. The Roseville Planning Commissioner spends his day job working as chief of staff for Rep. Paul Cook. Cannon ran in the 2008 Roseville City Council election and earned 11.3 percent of the votes. City council meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of the month. Additional meetings are held as necessary. According to the city clerk’s office, extensive time is required by council members to review the material to be considered at the meetings. Members are also required to serve on auxiliary boards, committees or commissions associated with Roseville, the Placer region and the greater Sacramento area. Compensation is $600 a month and the mayor receives an additional $50 per month. Roseville/Granite Bay school boards The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District has three vacant school board positions on the ballot. As of press time, two incumbents, Tracy Pittman and Diane Howe, had begun the candidacy process with the Placer County Office of Elections. Pittman was first appointed to the board in 1994 and later elected. Her three children all attended Dry Creek schools. Howe is currently in her fifth term as a school board member. She and her family have lived in Roseville for more than 30 years and her two daughters attended schools in the district. “After serving for 25 years, I bring historical knowledge, a passion for education, understanding of the complicated workings of educational funding and district leadership, as well as a love of community,” Howe said Monday. In the Eureka Union School District, the terms of current members Jerri Davis, Debbie Holt and Lori Dangberg expire this year. Davis has already pulled papers to run for re-election, along with John Brooding and Eric Teed-Bose. The Roseville City School District has three seats open on the November ballot. As of press time, no one had begun the candidacy process. The Roseville Joint Union School District has two open seats. As of press time, only current board member Scott Huber had begun efforts to seek re-election. He was appointed to the board in 2007 and elected in 2008. Current member Jack Duran won’t seek re-election when his term expires this year as he recently was elected to the Roseville seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Sena Christian can be reached at ---------- Local campaign-finance limitations: Local campaign finance reform was implemented in Roseville in 2000, with the passage of an ordinance aimed at lowering campaign costs and slowing the increase in campaign spending. Roseville citizens interested in running for office must abide by campaign limitations referenced in the Roseville Municipal Code, which is available on the city’s website at or at the city clerk’s office at 311 Vernon St.: The limitations: · Before accepting any contribution, a candidate must file a form with the Roseville City Clerk, either accepting or rejecting the campaign expenditure limit. The expenditure limit for the November 2010 election is $92,525. The campaign finance contribution period opened Feb. 2 and runs through Dec. 31, 2010, during which time candidates can receive contributions for their campaign for office. · A candidate who accepts the expenditure limit may accept contributions of up to $500 from any single source. · A candidate who rejects the expenditure limit may accept contributions of up to $250 from any single source. · The contribution limit is cumulative for all contributions from a single source between Feb. 2 and Dec. 31, 2010. Campaign funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2010. · The official nomination period opened July 12, 2010 and runs through Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 — candidates must file their official nomination paperwork with the city clerk. For more information, call the Roseville city clerk’s office at (916) 774-5263. ---------- The Placer County Board of Education is looking for individuals interested in seeking a provisional appointment to the board as the representative of Trustee Area 1. The term expires Dec. 7, 2012. Those interested must live within the boundaries of Trustee Area 1, be a registered voter at the time of their application and not be employed by a school district. The area comprises Roseville Joint Union High School District, Roseville City School District and Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District. To apply, submit an application to the Placer County Superintendent of Schools’ Office, 360 Nevada St. in Auburn. The application can also be downloaded at For more information, contact (530) 889-5941. ---------- Roseville voters will have the chance to vote on seven ballot measures to modify the City of Roseville Charter. The charter is revised every 10 years. MEASURE B Capitalizing the word City, replacing the word member with councilmember, and adding the word City to all named officials. MEASURE C Providing that a partial City Council term served due to appointment to a vacant council seat does not count as a term and changing the title of mayor pro tempore to vice mayor. MEASURE D Modifying the time frame for assumption of office by, and seating of, elected councilmembers, to conform to California Elections Code section 15372. MEASURE E Updating the charter to conform to changes in state tax and assessment law beginning with the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978. MEASURE F Allowing adoption of an ordinance establishing bidding preference for businesses located within the City of Roseville. MEASURE G Increasing dollar amount of items requiring a sealed bid from $10,000 to $19,500. MEASURE H Providing that term limits be modified from two consecutive four year terms to three terms of four years each, such that a person would be ineligible to hold office after serving on the Council for three four year terms Arguments in favor of Measures B, C, D, E, F, G are available for public review at the Roseville city clerk’s office. The deadline to submit opposing arguments is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 Rebuttal arguments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16.