One of the five candidates on the ballot for the Livermore City Council, Rosmary Bartsch, has not been campaigning for personal reasons. However, she has said that if elected, she would serve.
She was asked by The Independent to respond to questions about why she is running, her view of the urban growth boundary, affordable housing, and the downtown plan.
Her comments follow:
Bartsch said that she is running for city council because Livermore is such a unique community. It offers the best of what California has to offer its citizens, from a variety of outdoor activities, arts and sciences, to wine country living. She states, “I feel very fortunate to call Livermore home.”
She notes that she is an estate planning attorney who opened her business, Bartsch Law, in 2004. “With my degree from Hastings Law School, I have worked in the financial field for most of my career and have an extensive business, accounting and tax background. I have enjoyed every part of this journey and hope to use these skills as a Livermore Councilmember. I am encouraged by the community involvement that I see here in Livermore. It is my intent to continue to listen to my community and help us achieve our goals without losing any of Livermore’s charm."
Of the urban growth boundary, Bartsch says, "I do support it and would defend it.
"I believe we are close to our population limit based on current infrastructure and resources and would only support growth that could be supported while maintaining the quality of life here."
Looking at affordable housing, she remarks that ideas to explore may include shared housing, co-ops and tiny houses. “I’m sure others may have additional ideas that we should be open to."
In her view, government’s job is to do what the private sector cannot accomplish or cannot do alone. Helping those in need would be part of that responsibility. Livermore already works to help the homeless, and in addition to providing services, perhaps the city should designate safe spaces for those living in cars to be able to spend the evening with public bathrooms. For those without their own transportation, the city could provide travel vouchers.
Bartsch addressed the downtown plan, declaring, "I would like to see the community come together to plan the downtown. The plans with the hotel on the corner of L and Railroad seemed to be the most workable and attractive. Eastside parking whether next to the Bankhead or expanding the existing garage on the I Street side makes sense.
"If there must be housing on the site, let’s make it affordable (either co-ops over retail, or tiny units over retail). These would be great for singles, newly graduated workers, or people looking for simple, yet in the core, housing."