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Janda to bring an eye for business

Election 2010
By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of Rocklin City Council candidates. All profiles will be available online at placerherald.com. Rocklin resident Greg Janda has been designing circuit boards for electronic companies for more than a decade. But now he wants to put his management skills to work for the city as a city council member. First he has to win the Nov. 2 election. “As a city council member, I will work to preserve what is great about Rocklin,” Janda said. “Provide a safe community by keeping police and fire response high, encourage innovative economic development by bringing my worldwide background to the table and limit taxes and spending at the local government level to what the community’s priorities are.” Janda has owned and operated the technology business for 13 years and holds a degree in business administration from San Jose State University. For the last five years, as an active member of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Janda has led the organization’s Leadership Rocklin program. Janda’s top priority for the city is to attract economic development. “Rocklin needs an aggressive program to attract and retain businesses,” Janda said. Janda recently sat down with struggling Rocklin businesses to listen to their challenges. “What I’m hearing from business owners is that they are struggling with the city,” Janda said. “The city is operating on 30-year-old regulations.” He said the sign ordinances need to be updated. “I know what it takes to make business work. I’m one of them,” Janda said “As someone who has had to balance budgets and adjust my business to be in line with our revenues, I know that to improve our city going forward will require setting priorities and making tough decisions,” Janda said. Janda said the city needs to be responsible with tax dollars and support public safety. ”We’re running as lean as we can for police and fire,” Janda said. “Public safety is a core function in the city. The city is doing other things that it doesn’t need to be doing.” Janda said city-sponsored daycare called Kids Junction is an example of where the city needs to return to core functions. Janda said high-cost pensions for city workers also have to go. ”Pensions are not sustainable in this economy,” Janda said. “Pensions need to be phased out over time.” Janda said compensation for city workers needs to be reined in. “(The city manager) has done a phenomenal job, I have no gripe with him,” Janda said. “We need to hire a city manager at a comparable amount to the size of the city and find someone who can understand that and can conservatively manage the city that way.” Janda said the city management’s double dipping controversy is a symptom of a larger issue where the city was desperate as retired experts put a brain drain on the city. He believes redundancy and cross training did not allow succession planning, which put the city in a pinch. ”They needed to develop people underneath them to take over,” Janda said. Janda said the city needs to be more transparent and get information on city salaries right on the city’s website. “It’s the people’s money,” Janda said. “Put it on the website and have transparency.” Janda’s neighbor Realtor Sonia Immers is holding a campaign fundraiser at her house. “I’m a big supporter of Greg,” Immers said. “I believe in what he stands for.” Immers said she believes Janda can also seize on opportunities to grow businesses and with it economic success for Rocklin. Volunteering for the Chamber’s Hot Chili & Cool Cars and Scramble for Scholars, Janda has also spent time helping out at Rocklin Elementary and the Rocklin Wave Swim Team. He is active in his church in Rocklin and has volunteered on several trips to Tanzania building churches and housing. He and his wife, Kristin, have two daughters who attend Rocklin schools. For more information go to his website at GregJanda.com or e-mail him at greg.janda@gmail.com. The Janda file Age: 48 Party: Republican Lived in Rocklin: 8 years Top Three Priorities: 1. Attract business development 2. Responsible city spending 3. Support public safety Website: www.GregJanda.com