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Jake Ours won’t seek re-election to Santa Rosa City Council


Santa Rosa City Councilman Jake Ours announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election in November.

The first-term councilman is the second member of the council to bow out of the upcoming race in as many weeks.

Jake Ours.

Jake Ours.

Vice Mayor Robin Swinth, who was appointed last year to fill 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin’s vacant council seat, said Jan. 14 that she would not seek election to a full term, citing family obligations.

Ours, 73, said he has enjoyed his service on the council but “there’s too many things and not enough time to get it all done.”

“This has been an awful lot of fun, but I have a lot of other things that I want to do,” Ours said.

The former director of economic development for the city of San Rafael ran for council in 2010 on a platform of economic revitalization. He has consistently pushed the city to take more aggressive steps to create jobs. He supported the expansion of the BoDean asphalt plant and a variety of measures to streamline city permit processes.

He also has shown a willingness to break with council allies on matters of conscience, such as when he supported Occupy protesters’ right to camp on City Hall property.

Swinth said it had been “a pleasure” to work with Ours.

“Your thinking and your ability to consolidate big subjects into very concise and meaningful words has been invaluable for me,” Swinth said.

Like Swinth did earlier this month, Ours said he planned to immediately step down from the board of Sonoma Clean Power. He noted that he has plenty of work ahead of him as a member of the joint city-county committee on the annexation of Roseland. He said he hoped the council could appoint a replacement by the Feb. 6. meeting.

The decision means at least two of the three seats up for election in November won’t be defended by an incumbent. Mayor Scott Bartley hasn’t said whether he intends to run again. Fewer incumbents could induce more candidates to enter the race.

So far only two people, former Press Democrat columnist Chris Coursey and Planning Commissioner Curtis Byrd, have announced plans to run for one of the three seats opening on the seven-member council.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin McCallum at 521-5207 or kevin.mccallum@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @citybeater.

3 Responses to “Jake Ours won’t seek re-election to Santa Rosa City Council”

  1. James Bennett says:

    You go Steveguy.

    I hope you’ll go to a council meeting.

    Hope many of us do.

    Again, they are hearings, a opportunity to listen, and be heard.

    Observe, look at the agenda (pun?), speak for three minutes if inclined.

    If nothing else, it’s a chance to connect with other engaged citizens.

    I’ll show you my tin foil hat.

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  2. Steveguy says:

    The creepiest thing about this is BOTH serving on the Sonoma Greed Power Board.

    Why would we trust any political newbie with our trust to run a Power Agency ?

    I would like to hear honest comments from BOTH of them about Sonoma Greed Power and other Agencies. We won’t get their honest response, ever.

    They are and were just pawns of a higher ‘program’.

    Just pawns, otherwise they would expose the fraud and lies that is our current governance at ALL levels and Agencies. Why not speak out ?

    Why not open the books of these thieves and let us see exactly how they reward themselves and their cronies ?

    Demand public audits- it is OUR money !

    Audit them all, sue for the books !

    Then maybe we can fix the roads.

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  3. Robert says:

    Anyone with an independent idea or not in lock step with the unions and socialists will have a difficult time surviving personally on the city council.

    Ours seemed conflict averse from the get go. I don’t think he really knew what he was in for on the circus called the Santa Rosa City Council.

    Until someone gains control the the council and city hall through leadership, taking control and knocking heads together, this chaos will continue. It will take a very strong personality and an strong will. Operating in fear of the unions or of the many special interest groups will continue maintain the status quo.

    None of this is in evidence on the current council or from those who have declared an interest in running for office.

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