RCPC Election 2015: Candidate Statements

Monday, April 13, 2015

Jennifer Daskal, Lawton Avenue, Incumbent: My husband, three year old daughter, 8 year old pug and I moved to Rockridge in 2012. Since then we have added two cats, a fish and will soon be welcoming our second daughter to this wonderful neighborhood and community. When we moved to Lawton Avenue, everyone told us how lucky we were and to be ready for of lots block parties, impromptu Friday night get-togethers and a wonderful neighborliness that rivals something out of the 1950s. They were right!

To show my appreciation for this fantastic neighborhood, I decided to join the Rockridge Community Planning Council in January of 2014. In that time, I have served as Treasurer, Liaison with the Parks committee, Co-Chair of the 2015 Kitchen Tour, Co-Chair of the Halloween Parade and assisted in Town Hall events and Rockridge Out and About. It has been a whirlwind, but I have enjoyed every minute of being able to give back to such a welcoming community.

Greg Pasquali, Lawton Avenue, Incumbent: My wife and I moved to Rockridge over three years ago; I joined the RCPC board soon after. A stray copy of The Rockridge News helped convince us about this incredible neighborhood. After our move, I was excited to be part of ensuring Rockridge stays great through thoughtful attention to our streets, public places, businesses, and built environment and through community building events like town halls and festivals.

I am a member of the RCPC Transportation Committee, co-chair of the Land Use Committee, organize RCPC's Out and About booth, and help with town halls. It is important to ensure Rockridge continues to grow and evolve to stay healthy, and helps contribute to the growth and fiscal health of the city. That means making sure our business mix is diverse and reflective of the market, and that proposals for new housing are well designed and reflect the diversity of our community.

Noah Rosen, Lawton Avenue, Candidate: The son of a low-income housing consultant and an environmental planner, I was destined to care for people and places. I am interested in building more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable cities, regionally, and in my backyard. I believe individuals should be active in their community. RCPC is the perfect organization to exercise this belief.

A relatively new Rockridge resident, I will provide a fresh, young perspective to RCPC. I am excited to learn from folks who have lived in the neighborhood for years, and work together to make Rockridge even better for residents, businesses, and visitors.

As a board member, my purposes will be: Listen to community planning concerns and respond in a thoughtful, holistic way; increase the amount of public space in Rockridge (pocket parks, outdoor seating); gain a deeper understanding of my neighbors and neighborhood.