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Rose says council run is his patriotic duty

Election 2010
By: Jon Brines, Placer Herald Correspondent
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Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of profiles of Rocklin City Council candidates. All profiles will be available online at placerherald.com. Michael Rose traded a high-paying job in Southern California to come home to Rocklin. He wanted to be close to family and enjoy all the best Rocklin has to offer. “We chose Rocklin,” Rose said. “The move was for the environment and family.” After five years of working as a switch-man on the United Transportation Union Local 1570, Rose decided he wanted to give back to his community and is now running for city council. “I noticed a glaring need for qualified candidates that have the interest in the general public and not themselves,” Rose said. “They need to represent the mass majority, not career politicians.” He said serving is a patriotic duty set up by the fore fathers of this country who intended for positions like city council to be served by everyday citizens and not be career politicians. Rose believes eight years is long enough for any politician in office, beyond that he says the office holder would not represent the people. “I wish more younger people will get involved to represent the families,” Rose said. At 36, Rose is the one of the youngest of the eight candidates vying for two at-large city council seats open on the ballot. “There are ways and means, I believe, that the city can get involved with to support the schools,” Rose said. He said his fiscal conservative values will help safeguard the economic future of the city. “The city council needs to revisit the wage scale for the city manager,” Rose said. “I totally agree with past Mayor (Roy) Ruhkula who said the wage scale should be set at around $125,000 with a cap set in place.” Ruhkula expressed that concern during a July public meeting with city council on the hiring of the next city manager. “There is no need for a meager city manager to make more than the governor of the state of California,” Rose said. “The governor is just under $200,000, and he runs the state!” Right now the city manager makes $143,573 working part-time. Last year he collected a base salary of nearly $230,053 and cashed out $159,452 in unused vacation and sick leave, according to the city. Rose said incumbent council candidate Scott Yuill had his chance to affect the city manager’s salary and failed to safeguard the public’s tax dollars and that’s one reason he thinks people should vote for Rose. “It’s not fair,” Rose said. “In hard economic times, the first thing any elected official should do is cut out (the city manager’s) perks. Let’s leave the money for the city.” Rose wants Rocklin citizens to vote out the incumbent because he continued to support wasteful spending by the city by allowing the status quo. “You have to do right and you have to be held accountable,” Rose said. Rose was involved in politics working on the campaign of Bill Chambers, who failed to secure the republican majority during the primary in the governor’s race. Rose has never held public office but was elected president of the United Transportation Union Local 1570 and admits it may have influenced his support for city worker pensions. “Pensions for city workers – I’m for them,” Rose said. “But there still needs to be caps and reforms put in place.” Rose doesn’t support a two-tier system where new hires are given a cheaper retirement plan. “You are creating a hostile work environment because you’re working next to someone who is making a different scale than you,” Rose said. Rose doesn’t like trading pensions for a 401k program either due to the economic instability in the stock market. Rose reluctantly supports the city’s policy of rehiring retired annuitants, the practice referred to as double dipping because the worker also collects a pension while working their old job at the city. “Yeah, we would like to have their expertise and knowledge, but it’s double dipping,” Rose said. “If they would give up one of their pay scales, their pension or come in for free to help out.” Rose wants the rehired annuitants to forgo the pension until their contract with the city is up. One of his priorities, if elected, is public safety. In the last budget compromise, the city threatened to cut more police and fire positions, but garnered salary concessions to prevent layoffs. Rose wants to bolster the staff in the police and fire department. “We need to have a city council that is going to stand behind these courageous men and women that protect us on a daily basis so they are not in fear of their job,” Rose said. Rose said recently he called the police to investigate a disturbance in a local park and dispatch told him there were no officers available due to budget cuts. He said that’s one of the reasons he wanted to run for council. “We need to put at least one officer back to work that was let go last year,” Rose said. To help the budget, he wants subsidized city programs to be phased out after a citywide review. “Programs not being utilized by citizens need to be cut,” Rose said. “It’s a waste of money.” The city regularly reviews the the viability of city programs at public budget hearings. Rose said the city needs to start focusing on local businesses by revamping the sign ordinances and restructure fees for running a business in Rocklin. Something he says is preventing businesses from succeeding. “They’re stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime,” Rose said. “They want the fees upfront but at the same time they are not looking at the tax revenues they’ll collect over the years.” He said he wants citizens to support him as well as candidate Greg Janda for city council because, he believes, they share a lot of the same views. Rose is married with two children. He is also active, volunteering in their sports and dance programs. To learn more about his campaign, you can find him on Facebook or e-mail him at mlrose64@gmail.com. Rose and the other candidates will be presented at the candidate forum at Whitney High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Oct 5. The election is Nov 2. the Rose file Age: 36 Party: Republican Lived in Rocklin: 5 years Top priorities: 1. Economic responsibility 2. Support police and fire dept. 3. Keep Rocklin schools on top Contact: mlrose64@gmail.com