Candidates outline goals for Loomis

Five hopefuls running for three seats on Loomis town council
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Loomis voters will have an opportunity to choose from five candidates running for three town council seats in the Nov. 2 general election. Two of the candidates are incumbents, while the other three have served on local boards on commissions. The Loomis News asked each candidate four questions about their campaign and possible election. JO-CAROL ARISMAN Jo-Carol Arisman is 76 and a Democrat. She has lived in Loomis since 2000 and is single. Arisman graduated from MTI with a paralegal degree. She worked for the Placer County courts as master calendar clerk, the McGeorge School of Law as offices services supervisor, and the state of California. She served on the Sacramento County grand jury in 1997-98, and is currently a Loomis planning commissioner. Q: Why are you running for election? A: With my varied background and knowledge, I have a great deal to offer the town. I want to get the entire population involved in the government of this town. Q: What are the most important issues facing Loomis? A: Jobs and transportation. We need to work on making sure people can get to places where they can work. We need more shops, so that there is more employment here in town. Not big box junk, small stores that people can take pride in supporting. We also need people to have input on what’s charged, such as taxes, fees. Q: What are your goals if elected? A: I want to set up an e-mail system to send council and planning commission agendas. I would like interaction between the young and old. Some older people have information on how things used to be. If we can sit down with younger people and explain how things used to be done, and encourage then to use their imagination, they can come up with great new ideas. Q: What do you bring to the table? A: My knowledge of law, my research ability, my level-headedness. I use good judgment; I look at everything before I make a final decision. I want both sides so I can make an accurate decision. SANDRA CALVERT Sandra Calvert is 42 and is registered as Declined to State under party affiliation. She graduated from Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in information and communication studies from California State University, Chico. Her background has been in small business and public service. She was involved in the Yuba Access Coalition, to save the salmon habitat and open up recreation for the public to the Yuba River. She has a 10-year-old son who attends Loomis Basin Charter School. Q: Why are you running for election? A: I very much want to see Loomis keep the family atmosphere and the small-town values that we currently love and share. Q: What are the most important issues facing Loomis? A: My most important issue is fiscal soundness, preserving the rural atmosphere. Voting no on Measure A; let the people vote the candidates in or vote them out. Let the people choose. Q: What are your goals if elected? A: No debt, and to keep us fiscally fit and keep our businesses thriving, and to have programs for both our seniors and our youth. Q: What do you bring to the table? I’m direct. I’m honest. The rural small-town family values is what matters, and I would love to involve the community and to get them actively participating in the betterment of our community. All my years in public participation and work in business have taught me to collaborate with citizens both in business and family. I know how to have those workshops, how to get the community involved. VIC MARKEY Vic Markey is 62 and is a Republican. He has three adult children and is married to Lisa. Markey is a graduate of local schools. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly in business administration and engineering. Markey owns Loomis Realty and is a broker and notary. He previously owned a disaster cleanup business and was a flight instructor. He is a member of the Loomis Lions and South Placer Heritage Foundation. He serves as a South Placer Municipal Utility District and Loomis Chamber of Commerce director. Q: Why are you running for election? A: I was raised in Loomis and have always felt I’d like to give back to the town what I received, which was community support when I needed it. I’m a strong advocate for children. Q: What are the most important issues facing Loomis? A: We have a government that is out of control with its spending, resulting in deficit spending. To resolve that issue they want to raise taxes, penalties, fines and fees in Loomis. Q: What are your goals if elected? A: I’m going to stop the deficit spending, by not suing our neighboring cities and by using statesmanship to resolve the issues. We need to stop programs that increase taxes to pay for them. Stop hiring over-priced consultants and lawyers, and stop passing ordinances that will raise taxes and penalize businesses. Q: What do you bring to the table? My philosophy of keeping Loomis rural, and if we’re going to have development, make it work for us. Because I’ve been on the PROSC committee and open space committee, I know how we can do that. I’ve helped make policy that makes development work for us. WALT SCHERER Walt Scherer is 57 and is a Republican. His family has lived in Loomis for 40 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Sacramento State University. He is a supervisor with the division of recycling, state of California. He and his wife Marci have two daughters. Scherer was elected to the town council in 1986, re-elected in 1990, didn’t run in 1994, was elected in 1998 and has been re-elected since then. Q: Why are you running for re-election? A: I want to continue to guide the evolution of Loomis from the fruit-packing town that we were to a real small town that services its community. I believe public service is the highest calling and love serving my community. Q: What are the most important issues facing Loomis? A: Continuing the financial stability we enjoy, keeping the growth in check, keeping the government small and close to the people. Finding funding for street improvements and to develop the park in downtown Loomis. Q: What are your goals if re-elected? I would like, in this term, to get more people involved in their local government. To do that we’re going to improve the communications between the town and the people to whom it belongs. We’ll have to create opportunities for them to participate, and let the people know those opportunities are available. Q: What do you bring to the table? A: My greatest skill is being able to get the council to work together on the issues that we agree are important and to take care of the business of the town. It’s important that the council works together, and bringing the diverse perspectives together is something I can do. MIGUEL UCOVICH Miguel Ucovich is 69 and is a Republican. He has been a Loomis resident for 30 years. He has a degree in public administration from San Jose State University. Ucovich is the father of four children, has five grandchildren, and is married to Nancy. He has owned Ucovich Lawn Care for 15 years. Q: Why are you running for re-election? A: To continue the quality of life in Loomis, by keeping Loomis a small, rural community, with high-quality public service while not increasing taxes. Q: What are the most important issues facing Loomis? A: How to maintain public services with the reduced income that the town now has. To develop easier processes for new businesses in Loomis; we need to cut some of the red tape. And how to better inform the public of what the town is doing. Q: What are your goals if re-elected? A: Maintaining Loomis’ tax and revenue base, to be able to provide the public services. Second, to maintain the zoning as currently exists in the general plan, so that the rural nature of Loomis will remain. The general plan still meets the needs of Loomis, I would not re-do it and save the $100,000. Third, to make efforts to involve Loomis residents in the decision-making process of the council. Q: What do you bring to the table? A: As a businessman, I know what’s needed to be a successful business and the challenges faced by small businesses. I have 40 years of experience in municipal government, including finance, planning, and community involvement. I have 30 years of dedication to the town, in helping form the town and serving on various commissions and now the council.