Wednesday Apr 04 2012
Greg Janda announces plan to run for City Council again
By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
Small business owner came in third during 2010 campaign
Nearly two years after Greg Janda finished third in the Rocklin City Council race, he’s throwing his hat into the ring once again. “When I ran last time, it wasn’t a short term decision. I was committed to running and committed to serving,” Janda said. Janda is a small business owner and community volunteer who lost his bid for one of the two seats open in 2010. This year three council seats will be up for election on Nov. 6. Last month Dave Butler, past chair of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, announced his campaign plans. Mayor Brett Storey said he was bowing out after three terms. “We are fortunate to live in a community like Rocklin,” Janda said. “With my perspective as a small business owner, I will work to preserve what is great about Rocklin and promote responsible economic development and jobs for our community.” Janda describes himself as a conservative Republican who hopes to use his business experience to help what he believes is the city’s slow economic growth. He is concerned about the city’s financial health. The city has identified millions in cost savings measures to fill the $500,000 budget gap, which includes layoffs in the Parks and Recreation Department and the elimination of the city’s summer swim programs. “We need to work on attracting employers,” Janda said. Janda, 49, has owned and operated a technology business for 15 years and holds a degree in business administration from San Jose State. “The city has faced tough choices in recent years, with a declining budget and a new focus on providing the most vital services to residents,” Janda said. “I am committed to bringing innovative solutions to our city, delivering services in the best way possible for residents, consistent with our community’s priorities.” Janda wants to be a part of Rocklin’s effort on pension reform for city workers. And, he said, the city council did the right thing by approving the controversial LED billboards on an important Highway 65/Interstate 80 corridor. He commends them for limiting the number to three signs. “It would be great to see a lot bigger community involvement,” Janda said. Janda hopes the city will partner with other regional jurisdictions when developing its proposed Oak Tree Planning and Management Plan. For the last seven years, Janda has served on the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rocklin Steering Committee. He is currently assisting the organizing committee for the Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Event at William Jessup University, volunteering at the Chamber’s Hot Chili & Cool Cars, Scramble for Scholars, Rocklin Elementary and the Rocklin Wave Swim Team. He is active in his church in Rocklin. Janda and his wife, Kristin, have two daughters who attend Rocklin schools. Janda hopes this year’s council race will have more interaction between the candidates to help voters decide. “I think it would be good,” Janda said. For more information on Greg Janda and his campaign, visit www.GregJanda.com or email greg@GregJanda.com. ________ Rocklin City Council Candidate Greg Janda Age: 49 Occupation: Small Business Owner Conservative Republican www.GregJanda.com Small business owner and community volunteer Greg Janda has announced his candidacy for Rocklin City Council. Janda joins Dave Butler in vying for three council seats up for grabs during the Nov. 6 election.