Roger Rocka

Roger Rocka

Candidate for Astoria City Council, Ward 1,

Astoria resident for 24 years. Executive director, Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, 1994 to 2004. Owner, Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, Fresno, California, 1978 to present, employing 50 people. Board member, Coast Community Radio. Co-chair, Columbia River Estuary Action Team. Served on Oregon Travel Information Council and Clatsop County Budget Committee.

Grew up in Chicago. Earned BA from University of Tulsa in speech and journalism. Worked as news director and anchor at KFSN-TV, Fresno, California, 1967 to 1977.

In addition to above, served on the boards of River Theater and Astor Street Opry Company. Organized the pre-Riverwalk riverfront cleanup. Active member of Columbia-Pacific Common Sense, which successfully fought two LNG terminals in our area. Volunteer at Astoria Warming Center.

Primary among my reasons for running for Astoria City Council is a concern that control over what happens along our Columbia River waterfront is slipping out of the hands of the people of Astoria and even out of the hands of our city government.

Other concerns include housing for people in our service economy, compassionate answers for our homeless population, adequate parking for any new development, and the need for city leadership in emergency preparedness.

I will push for an overhaul of our zoning codes so they clearly reflect what Astorians want for their city, while giving developers clear guidance around which to form and present their plans.

I will work to find and budget both money and staff to adequately meet the workload of our planning department, to provide for proper maintenance of our parks and other city resources, and to enforce existing regulations intended to protect the city’s livability.

I will use my experience in business, leadership, and public service to seek innovative solutions to our housing needs.

And I will strive to balance the economic benefits of tourism with the need to protect the character and quality of life of our community.