Broadway, DeFoe mull the issues in council campaigns
Editor's Note: This is the last in our series profiling the candidates for Rocklin City Council. To read previous candidate profiles, visit www.placerherald.com.
Broadway puts focus on safety, prudent spending
Rocklin City Council candidate Ken Broadway hopes his 26 years of business experience at United Parcel Service coupled with his involvement in the community will get him enough votes to win one of three seats open in the Nov. 6 election.
"Various management roles at UPS and as the president of the Rocklin Girls Fast Pitch Softball organization for five years have enabled me to develop a thorough understanding of budgets, know that you must manage within your means and accept that tough decisions have to be made," Broadway said.
One of Broadway's goals include "ensuring the safety and security of our residents and neighborhoods."
If elected, Broadway could decide if partial funding of a new fire station in Whitney Ranch will be removed from obligations of the Whitney Ranch developers as a new agreement is being prepared to move up the construction of a new Highway 65 interchange at Whitney Ranch Parkway.
"The developer fee would only pay a small part of the overall cost of Fire Station 4 and would not support the ongoing costs of staffing and equipment, so the need for Station 4 must be balanced against the ability of the city to pay for construction and ongoing operations," Broadway said.
Broadway wants the city to haves fiscal accountability built around balanced budgets, prudent spending and transparency in government. He also wants to reinstate summer swim lessons and maintain parks and recreation facilities as well as open space to preserve the quality of life for the residents of Rocklin while providing necessary services and programs, he said.
"I am willing to listen, understand that, if elected, I represent one vote and that I must work with the other council members to ensure they understand the merit of my ideas and that they are implemented," Broadway said.
DeFoe wants vibrant city in harmony with history
Rocklin City Council candidate Dan DeFoe hopes his 25 years as a professor of history at Sierra College will prove his leadership and communication skills to voters. DeFoe ran for council in 2004, collecting 12.25 percent of vote
"I am committed to not only maintaining but enhancing the quality of life in Rocklin," DeFoe said. "I want to lead the effort to create a vibrant city center that captures Rocklin's heritage and history. I will promote strong incentives and partner with commercial enterprises to revitalize and build a downtown destination."
That downtown plan could include a “Quarry Village” concept proposed by the Rocklin city manager, a development idea of creating a boutique shopping destination around one of Rocklin's downtown quarries. DeFoe wants the city to recognize a Front Street Historic District Committee for input on any conservation issue.
"Issues between the City Council and groups of concerned citizens arise largely because the city's municipal code does not provide for citizen input into council decisions about historic preservation," DeFoe said.
DeFoe vowed the pay raises of the past will not continue for Rocklin's senior employees.
"Rocklin deserves the best possible employees and the city should pay enough to retain them," DeFoe said. "As a councilman, I will not vote for excessive pay hikes in the manner of previous councils. For example, they raised the pay of the previous city manager by more than 40 percent during a time of declining city revenues."
On Whitney Ranch's proposed fire station DeFoe wants the developers to honor their commitments to the city.
"I am not inclined to yield an inch on previously negotiated requirements for developers to provide facilities for Rocklin's citizens," DeFoe said.
DeFoe wants to see swim lessons reinstated, as well as possibly the popular Rocklin Jubilee, which was canceled in 2009 for budget concerns.