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Dan DeFoe running for one of three seats on the council

Vice president of Rocklin Historical Society wants to serve as voice for local history
By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Sierra College Professor Dan DeFoe has announced plans to run for one of the three City Council seats up for election on the Nov. 6 ballot ?I tend to be a bridge builder. I like compromise and cooperation,? DeFoe said. He defended his notable remarks at a Front Street Friday gathering when he grabbed an open microphone and declared citizens needed to ?take back the city council.? ?I was angry,? DeFoe said. ?I do think we need a big change. I think I?m the kind of leader that Rocklin needs.? DeFoe is professor of History and Communication Studies at Sierra College. A graduate of Fresno State, DeFoe has a masters degree from CSU Sacramento and been involved with the Ph.D. program at UC Davis. DeFoe has been named Sierra College?s ?Teacher of the Year? on nine times since he joined the faculty in 1990. Prior to teaching at Sierra, DeFoe was employed for many years in the television and advertising industries. As Vice President of the Rocklin Historical Society, DeFoe has been active with various programs, including efforts to preserve the Big Gun Quarry and its artifacts. He recently wrote and produced the acclaimed PBS granite history documentary, ?Gold, Granite and Grit,? which spotlights Rocklin?s mining history. ?Part of the reason I?m running is to be the voice for Rocklin history on the council,? DeFoe said. ?It?s a voice that?s been largely missing.? Historical Society members have been at odds with the city ever since the council voted to demolish the century-old work sheds at the Pacific Street quarry. In its heyday, quarry workers helped process stone for the construction of the State Capitol and Pyramid building in San Francisco. DeFoe wants the quarry sheds incorporated into the city?s proposed Quarry Village. The concept would place salvaged historic buildings for use as boutique shops around the downtown quarry site. ?I can bring the stakeholders together. I can facilitate. Now is the time,? DeFoe said. ?This November might be a breath of fresh air. We can get some people in there that will move it in a private direction.? DeFoe is supportive of City Manager Rick Horst?s leadership efforts in balancing this year?s budget without drawing on cash reserves. He hopes that when the city is on a better footing that city employees could again receive raises. ?If we begin to see increases, we can certainly talk about being fair with everyone,? DeFoe said. DeFoe believes he can strengthen the relationship between the city and Sierra College to help develop the master plan for the college?s excess land, plan a Rocklin public safety training facility and continue Rocklin Police presence on campus. ?I think I?m a great conduit to build stronger ties between the college and the community,? DeFoe said. ?I come from a different direction than most of the current council people.? DeFoe ran for office in 2004 and finished in fourth place with 12.25 percent of the vote. Other candidates who have already announced their campaigns are small business owner Greg Janda, former Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Dave Butler and community volunteer Ken Broadway. ________ Good to Know: Rocklin City Council Candidate Dan DeFoe Age: 63 Occupation: Sierra College Professor of History Vice President, Rocklin Historical Society Ran in 2004, collecting 12.25 percent of vote Education: Degrees from Fresno State, CSU Sacramento and UC Davis Political affiliation: Declined to state Contact: ddefoe@ sierracollege.edu