By KEVIN McCALLUM
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Planning commissioner Scott Bartley announced plans to run for Santa Rosa City Council, becoming the sixth candidate to enter the race for three open seats.
Bartley, 53, is an architect and a Santa Rosa native. He served 10 years on the city’s design review board and seven on the planning commission, appointed by City Councilwoman Jane Bender.
Bartley said he is running because he worries Santa Rosa is getting a reputation as a difficult place to do business. He thinks the council needs someone who understands the importance of promoting economic development, and hopes to counter the “pervasive attitude that somehow business is bad” by pointing out its importance for the health of the community, he said.
“The issues are often painted as being either ‘jobs’ or the ‘environment,’” Bartley said in a statement. “I know first-hand that doesn’t have to be the case.”
Bartley noted that a Lowe’s Home Improvement center would have generated an estimated $500,000 in tax revenue for the cash-strapped city.
“That’s a big chunk of change that would have kept the senior center and swimming pools open with money to spare,” Bartley said.
In addition to filing paperwork with the city clerk Monday, Bartley said he stepped down from the planning commission, saying he wanted to avoid politicizing the post.
Two incumbents, Mayor Susan Gorin and Veronica Jacobi, and three other residents — Thomas Easter, Joanna Schaefer and Richard Meechan — have also announced plans to run for the three council seats open in November.