candidate statements
EAST BAY REGIONAL PARK DISTRICT, WARD 2

DEE ROSARIO
Retired Park Supervisor

The East Bay Regional Park District has been my life’s work.
My 37 years experience as a Park Ranger, Park Supervisor, and Firefighter has allowed me to demonstrate my leadership and gain expertise in budgeting, planning, and building a stronger community.
I take pride in my accomplishments during my 17 years as the Supervisor of Redwood Regional Park, including enhancing the indigenous rainbow trout habitat.
In retirement I continue to advocate for progressive environmental and social causes. I am Vice President of Friends of Sausal Creek, Chair of Alameda County Parks, Recreation & Historical Commission, and Co-Convener for California Alliance for Retired Americans.
I believe it’s critical to make our parks accessible to all communities. I’ll accomplish greater inclusiveness by advocating for evening Board meetings, so that everyone has the opportunity to participate.
My work, my experience, and my vision have earned me the support of the Sierra Club and Labor. I am fortunate to have the endorsements of East Bay leaders Loni Hancock, Rob Bonta, Nancy Skinner, and Wilma Chan, as well as many friends and colleagues.
I have the experience, but I need your voices to expand and preserve our East Bay Parks. I would be honored to have your vote. Learn more at www.drosario4parks.com.

JOHN ROBERTS
Federal Bank Regulator

I am committed to Community, Accessibility and Transparency. My goals include building community amongst park users to support a sense of ownership, inclusion, and appreciation of our parks, as well as save money to enhance conservation. I have the good fortune to enjoy being a hiker, mountain biker, equestrian, and dog trainer. I also have a deep appreciation of the value our parks provide our diverse community’s needs, particularly our youth.

The EBRPD levies parcel taxes on residents yet shared usage policies are not set and observed in a uniform manner. I support a culture of trail etiquette and inclusion. As our taxes are used to acquire and conserve more land, the types of sustainable recreational activities should also be expanded. As a trail volunteer, I contribute to opening sustainable trails for multiple use which can help connect other trail networks.

I work for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as an examiner ensuring large banks do not take undue risks with our deposits. I will use my education, experience, and training to help ensure EBRPD finances are used intelligently to harness the community, increase accessibility, and improve transparency.

KENT L. FICKETT
Entrepreneur/Environmentalist

Board Member; Concord Naval Weapons Station Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) and Mount Diablo Audubon. Formerly, East Bay League of Conservation Voters.
Former member: EBRPD Park Advisory Committee, Contra Costa County Fish & Wildlife and Water Committees, Sierra Club Energy Committee.
ENDORSED By: Michele Perrault, past National President for the Sierra Club and Jimm Edgar, President of Mt. Diablo Audubon.
As a local environmentalist and a successful businessperson, I have spent 40 years enjoying our wonderful East Bay Regional Park District facilities and open spaces with my wife, children and grandchild. The parks, bike paths, trails and beaches of the District are a vital part of our local quality of life here in Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda and Piedmont (Ward 2). As your Director for Ward 2, I will work with our first-class Regional Park staff and local volunteers to continue improving our Regional Park system, while maintaining and improving the facilities to enhance each visitor’s personal experience.
I am not accepting any campaign donations. Will not do mailers or phone calls. I ask only that you review my experience and consider me for your Regional Parks Director for Ward 2 as you vote in the November 2016 election. Thank You.

AUDREE V. JONES-TAYLOR
City Park Director

My education and qualifications are:
I am honored to be endorsed by retiring Board Member John Sutter and many local elected officials, environmentalists, and community leaders. I would be honored to have your vote.
I have dedicated my professional work to managing parks and recreation, with an emphasis on serving diverse and underserved communities. I have demonstrated leadership as a steward of our natural resources including preservation and expansion of our open spaces and parkland, urban creeks, trails, and shoreline.
I recently retired as the Director of Oakland Parks and Recreation where I managed a multi-million dollar budget and more than 1400 employees in maintaining and improving our parks and recreation programs.
Currently, I serve on the local boards of the Regional Park Foundation supporting East Bay Regional Parks, the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission and the Martin Luther King Freedom Center.
My priorities as a member of the East Bay Regional Park District Board: preserve open space, grow student educational programs, expand access to underserved communities in urban areas, and ensure the Park District has the resources to maintain and protect our park assets.
“Valuing our Parks and Preserving our Natural Resources”
Learn more at Audreeforregionalparks.com