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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Citrus HeightsCandidate for City Council

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Jeannie Bruins

Citrus Heights Council Member
15,817 votes (26.63%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve the quality of education in Citrus Heights in partnership with the San Juan aUnified School District or another education partner
  • Prepare for the end of Revenue Neutrality with sound policies in place to improve roads, support economic development and increase our reserves
  • Get ahead of the changing retail world with innovation and purpose, focusing on transforming aging shopping centers into employment centers, attractions and entertainment centers, and mixed used housing

Experience

Experience

Profession:Legal Document Assistant
Legal Document Assistant, Self - Bruins Legal Document Preparation (1991–current)
Executive Director, Sacramento Association of Health Underwriters (2000–current)
City Council, Citrus Heights — Elected position (2003–current)
Board members, serving as Chair in 2006 & 2016, Sacramento Regional Sanitation District & Sacramento Area Sewer District — Appointed position (2003–current)
Board Member, SACOG — Appointed position (2008–2009)
Committee Member, Airport Community Committee for the Upgrade to the Airport for Terminal B — Appointed position (2005–2006)
CEO, Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce (1993–2005)
Comissioner, Community Planning Advisory Commission — Appointed position (1997–1998)

Education

UCLA & Bethune Cookman College High school diploma is my highest degree, At UCLA I was a predental student; at Bethune Cookman College I studied voice and piano (1970)

Community Activities

Board member and vice president, Citrus Heights Police Activities League (2012–current)
Member - help with children's programs; sing on the praise team, Valley Springs Presbyterian Church (2001–current)
Member for 23 years; President in 1999-2000, Rotary Club of Citrus Heights (1993–2016)

Biography

I moved to Citrus Heights in 1984 and became involved with the Chamber of Commerce, joining the Board in 1987 and serving as Presdent in 1989. In 1993 I was hired to be the Chamber's CEO. During this time the Chamber led the business community in the effort to bring cityhood to Citrus Heights. This effort was strongly opposed by Sacramento County, who sued the incorporation effort, losing and appealing it until it reached the US Supreme Court. When this highest court declined to hear the case, the lower court ruling stood and the way was cleared to launch a campaign for cityhood in 1996. I co-chaired Yes on Measure R, along with local businessman Bill Van Duker, owner of AllStar Printing, to a successful conclusion with a win of over 62% of the voters voting YES. On January 1, 1997, the City of Citrus Heights was born. In 2002, I successfully ran for city council and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 & 2014. I've served as mayor 3 times and as vice mayor 4 times. I'm proud to have voted to form our own police department, approve the Dignity Health medical office building, development of Stock Ranch, the Auburn corridor project and many other projects that  upgrad the quality of life in Citrus Heights. I'm particiularly grateful to have launched the Sayonara youth program and the local community garden. It also brings me great satisfaction to have helped with local community projects, such as (1) working with the Greengack HOA to fix their sewer issues (2) help the Citrus Heights Community March Band become a nonprofit so they could continue as our own all-volunteer marching band (3) respond to the residents of the Verner Street neighborhood, whose addresss read 'Sacramento', even thought they were in Citrus Heights, working with the USPS in Washington DCX and locally to get theire addresses changed to Cirus Heights, (4) secured $6 million in funding to complete the roadwork on Antelope Road from I-80 to Roseville Road; (5) get sidewalk repairs escalated at Auburn and Greenback to provide safe passage for wheelchair bound residents that travel that pathway every day. These aren't the kinds of projects that make headlines, but they matter a lot to the people affected by them.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • California Apartment Association
  • Sacramento Association of Realtors
  • Citrus Heightgs Chamber of Commerce

Elected Officials (6)

  • Senator Jim Nielsen
  • Sacrametno County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert
  • Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones
  • Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost
  • Councilmember Jeff Slowey
  • The Honorable Doug Ose

Individuals (1)

  • See http://www.jeanniebruinsforcitycouncil.com for a growing list of citizen endorsements

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The Citrus Heights City Council is a nonpartisan body that governs our city, so political policy isn't a front burner topic. Rather, good governance drives our city, including prudent fiscal policies that have allowed our 21 year old city to remain debt free and cash flow our infrastructure and major projects. These include building the police station, community centers and city hall for cash.The prudent fiscal policies will be put to the test these next 4 years, as our costs for employee benefits, including the CalPERS contribution, have skyrocketed. In 4 years, Citrus Heights will finally begin receiving our property tax revenue, which has been forfeitted since we incorporated as a result of the Revenue Neutrality law. That will bump our annual revenue by $5-$6 million dollars and allow us to expedidite road work and other infrastructure needs, increase support for economic development and build back our reserves.

I view my position on the city council as one of public service and I hold myself accountable to stay in that arena and avoid venturing into the political mire. I do that by testing my vote or position to be sure it will benefit the community, regardless of how it would affect me personally. If it does, then I support it, regardless of how it impacts me in the eyes of detractors. I know that if I were to put my own concerns first, then I have slipped over to the political side and abandoned the public service side and have failed my own test. Every decision I face must pass that test for me to be the effective public servant I hold myself out to be.

Videos (2)

— October 6, 2018 Jeannie Bruins for City Council 2018

Presentation with the Greengate HOA board members, describing their delimma and how I assisted them to get it resolved

— October 6, 2018 Jeannie Bruins for City Council 2018

The marching band directors and I in frotn of their trailer as I share the story of their near demise until I helped them form their own nonprofit

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