Dec. 8 Council Meeting Recap

2021 Mayor Jill Gayaldo is Sworn In

Gayaldo to Serve as 2021 Mayor

Jill Gayaldo will serve her first term as the Mayor of Rocklin in 2021 after being unanimously chosen by the Rocklin City Council on Dec. 8, 2020.

“I’m incredibly honored to represent the City that I love dearly and has been home to our family for five generations,” said Gayaldo, who served as vice-mayor in 2020. “I’m looking forward to 2021 and some new beginnings, new ways to support our small businesses, getting our community thriving, and having a little fun. I think Rocklin is the crown jewel of Placer County and I’m going to work with this team to do everything I can for that continue.”

City Council also unanimously chose Councilmember Bill Halldin to serve as Vice Mayor of Rocklin in 2021.

Councilmembers Ken Broadway, Greg Janda and Joe Patterson were sworn in for four year terms in office after the results of the Nov. 3 election were declared.

Council Approves Pioneer Community Energy Expansion Plan

The City Council approved a Pioneer Community Energy expansion plan that will allow El Dorado County and the City of Placerville to join the community choice aggregator (CCA). PCE staff presented an impact assessment at the Nov. 10 City Council meeting that showed the expansion would lead to more stable rates, increased flexibility in how power could be generated, and larger and faster growing reserve funds.

No formal action was taken Nov. 10 but based upon feedback received from City Council and other members, Pioneer staff refined the expansion plan to protect reserve fund investments made by current constituents, including Rocklin residents, and address some board voting concerns.

Pioneer Community Energy currently generates electricity for residents in Rocklin, Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis and unincorporated Placer County. PG&E delivers the electricity generated by Pioneer through PG&E transmission infrastructure.

Pioneer’s electric generation provides local control over rates (resulting in a current 8% reduction in electric generation rates when compared to PG&E), and a power supply mix and energy programs that are consistent with local community goals.

COVID-19 Discussion

The City Council discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and the negative impacts it has had on Rocklin residents, businesses, and schools. The Council expressed its support for local schools and encouraged efforts to offer students options for in-person instruction five days a week. The Council also shared concerns with stay-at-home orders issued by the state while directing staff to continue their educational approach on the matter with the public.

Other items

Charlie Wilson was appointed as the City of Rocklin’s Interim Director of Human Resources – Read More

A lease agreement was authorized for approval with the Rocklin Community Theater for use of Finn Hall – Read More

Click here to view the full agenda of the Dec. 8 City Council meeting with links to information and videos on each item.