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The City Council's mailing address is:
  100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 10 
 Santa Rosa, CA  95404 

Phone: 707-543-3010   Fax:  707-543-3030


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Scott P. Bartley was elected to the City Council in November, 2010 and appointed as Mayor in 2012.  Scott is a native of Santa Rosa and practicing Architect.  He has served extensively in various aspects of City government and volunteering in the community over the last 27 years.

His experience in City government includes serving ten years on the Design Review Board and seven years on the Planning Commission.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  In addition, Scott is a John S. Bolles Fellow and past-chair of the Bay Area Regional Forum of the American Institute of Architects California Council.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West and past-president of the Humane Society of Sonoma County. 

Scott’s priorities include working to find solutions for economic recovery, the revitalization of our downtown, and creating long-term sustainability for the City’s budget.

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Scott Bartley




Robin Swinth was appointed to the Santa Rosa City Council in January 2013. Robin was appointed Vice Mayor for November 2013-December 2014. She is a native of Santa Rosa and worked locally in the high tech industry as an electrical engineer for 14 years. Currently, she and her husband own a small sales and consulting business which provides assistive technology to people with disabilities.

Prior to her appointment to the City Council, Robin volunteered extensively in local government. She served for five years on the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities and for four years on the Santa Rosa Planning Commission. Robin also served on the Santa Rosa Program Management Team for the General Plan Update of 2000.

Robin's priorities include working to ensure the longer term fiscal sustainability of the City budget, regional water issues, and economic development.

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Robin Swinth 


Erin Carlstrom was elected to the City Council in December 2012.  She served as the Vice Mayor until November 2013.  Erin is a business owner and practicing business attorney.  Prior to being elected, Erin served on the Measure O Citizens Oversight Committee and on the Planning Commission.

Erin has been an active member of Santa Rosa’s community, having served on a number of non-profit and organization boards including as the past-President of the Redwood Business Alliance and as an executive board member of the Accountable Development Coalition.  Erin is also a swimmer with the Santa Rosa Masters team which trains at Santa Rosa’s Ridgway pool.

Erin’s priorities include supporting local businesses, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and maintaining and expanding park and recreation opportunities throughout Santa Rosa.

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Erin Carlstrom



Julie Combs was elected to the City Council in November 2012. She and her husband, Allan co-own a small consulting business. Julie earned degrees in Psychology (UNC-Greensboro) and Engineering (Syracuse University) and went on to do Plans Review for the City of Asheville, NC.  She was also on the planning commission in North Carolina. 

She has her own patent for a design of adaptive equipment for severely disabled people. Since moving to Santa Rosa from North Carolina, Julie has been a member of Santa Rosa’s Design Review Board and Community Advisory Board. She co-founded the neighborhood association 95405.org and the Southeast Greenway Campaign. She is married and has two adult daughters and two adorable corgi dogs. She volunteers at Kawana Elementary School and supports the efforts of Neighborhood Watch and COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies). 

On the Santa Rosa City Council, Julie values community engagement, an honest balanced budget, a thriving economy and the preservation of historic open spaces that link our rural heritage to our strong neighborhoods and a dynamic downtown. She envisions a thriving region that leads to job creation, nurtures families and maintains the quality of life we all deserve in Santa Rosa.

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Julie Combs








Ernesto Olivares was elected to the City Council in 2008 and served as Mayor from 2010-2012.  Ernesto has 30 years of public service with the City of Santa Rosa as a law enforcement officer and has been active in the community for most of his career.

Before being elected, he served as the manager of the Citys Gang Prevention and Intervention Services providing the administration of the Santa Rosa Mayors Gang Prevention Task Force and the management of Measure O funds dedicated to help reduce gang violence.  Since 2008 Ernesto has served as Chair of the Santa Rosa Mayors Gang Prevention Task Force.  Besides his local efforts to reduce youth violence and keep our communitys youth connected with their family and schools, Ernesto is active in youth violence prevention efforts at the state and national level.  He currently serves on the State of California Board of State and Community Corrections Standing Committee on Gangs and he is the Director of the California Cities Violence Prevention Network.

Ernesto currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, the St. Joseph Health System Community Benefit Committee, the Elsie Allen High School Education Foundation, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Santa Rosa Steering Committee, and the Advisory Board of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of the Greater North Bay.  

Ernesto is a member of the City of Santa Rosa Downtown Subcommittee, the Sonoma County Health Action Committee, serves as an alternate to the Sonoma Clean Power Clean Power Board of Directors, and serves on the League of California Cities Public Safety Policy Committee.  Ernesto served as President of the Leagues North Bay Division from 2009 to 2010.

Ernestos priorities include public safety, education, youth violence prevention, and working on long-term solutions for economic recovery.

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Ernesto Olivares


Jake Ours was elected to the City Council in November, 2010, and selected by his fellow Councilmembers as Vice Mayor in 2011. Jake has extensive public service experience: he served as a Contracting Officer for the Federal Government, Economic Development Director for the City of San Rafael, and as a member of the Santa Rosa Redevelopment Agency Board of Directors, and Commissioner of the Santa Rosa Housing Authority.

Creating new employment opportunities and improving the economy of Santa Rosa are Jake's number one priorities.

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Jake Ours

Gary Wysocky was first elected to the City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.  He served as Vice Mayor in 2009, and has been the chair of the budget and solid waste subcommittees.  He was also Santa Rosa's representative on the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and the countywide Solid Waste Advisory Group as well as one of the Council liaisons to the Occupy Santa Rosa demonstrators.   He is also a countywide appointee to Sonoma County Agriculture Preservation and Open Space District Advisory Committee.

A Santa Rosa resident since 1991, Gary lives in the Junior College Neighborhood with his wife Carol and their daughters Jessica and Josephine.

Prior to his election, Gary served as President of the Junior College Neighborhood Association, was a founding board member and President of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.  He has owned and operated a CPA practice for over 30 years and taught at Sonoma State University as an adjunct professor.  Gary also coached basketball at Piner High School for six years. 

Gary’s major areas of focus are budget oversight, enhancement of local transportation infrastructure, local responses to climate change, and neighborhood involvement from the City. In recognition of his efforts, he received the Sonoma County Conservation Action Upstream Swimmer Award in 2011.

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Gary Wysocky

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