Rohnert Park City Council Candidates 2022

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition cannot endorse candidates for public office, but we are able to share information so that you can arrive at your own conclusion. Below are Rohnert Park City Council candidates’ responses to our questionnaire on bicycling in Sonoma County. We have made no content changes. Thanks to the candidates for their time and thoughtful answers!

NOTE: none of the Rohnert Park candidates are members of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.


Samantha Rodriguez, District 1

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city? No, I do tend to walk and used to run along the creek paths in Rohnert Park.

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development? I think our city’s biggest transportation challenges are reliable public transportation, accessible transportation and alternatives, and safe routes for non-vehicle transportation. Currently

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety? If elected, I will continue the conversation and implementation of safe routes. This is important for our students and parents. With roughly 5,000 K-12 students and 8,000 students at Sonoma State University, refocusing on the city’s pre-planned community with walkability to schools, parks, and shopping centers.

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities? Improving infrastructure and safety would be in my top 10 priorities. I believe that this will come more to the forefront as the City continues to do work on climate change and homelessness. Many of these issues and systems tend to intertwine with one another and as we continue to make positive progress, I foresee the City building even more on the already available walkability of the City.


Dave Soldavini, District 1

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city? I ride around the city not as much as I would like but I do.

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development? I feel we have many cars on our roads and with the widening of our bike lanes I fell it benefits the riders

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety? It is hard to get people out of their cars but if people see the street improvements they are more likely to get back in their bikes

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities? I think everything that is important to someone , needs to be important to the city. That said, there are many more pressing issues that will be at the top


Jason Atallah, District 2, has not yet submitted a statement.


Tom Levin, District 2, has not yet submitted a statement.


Emily Sanborn, District 2

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city? While you won’t see me biking much these days, I’ve upgraded from borrowing my son’s spiderman scooter to purchasing my own grown up sized scooter.  It’s a huge time saver when dropping off and picking up my daughter at our neighborhood elementary school, and it helps work out some of the excess energy of our family’s foster service dog.

I would characterize the experience of cycling/scootering in my own southwest Rohnert Park neighborhood as do-able but risky.  Bike lanes are shared with parked cars, several roads and sidewalks need repair, some crosswalks have blind spots, motorists don’t always stop for pedestrians, and the bike path isn’t accessible until East Cotati Ave.  Overall, however, I’m encouraged to see the City of Rohnert Park developing and maintaining the continuous bike paths that intersect the city.

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development? Rohnert Park is a bedroom community, and cars are the main mode of transportation.  Resources like the SMART train and city bus pass through my neighborhood with few riders.  My vision for Rohnert Park includes development of systems that connect passengers between their transit stop to their final destination.  The new downtown development will provide a unique opportunity to shift the focus from car use to cycling, walking and public transit.

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety? Many residents either have no access to bikes, or have bikes in a state of disrepair.  For years I lived next door to David Maciel, cycling enthusiast and founder of the nonprofit Second Life Bicycle Rescue.  His jam-packed bike restoration and donation calendar is a testament to the need in our community for access to low and no cost transportation.

I will encourage the city to solicit and incorporate bicyclist & pedestrian feedback into capital improvement project plans.  I will also invite bicycling partners to host bike repair clinics & offer educational training to cyclists and motorists.  This will improve the overall connectivity and health of our community.

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities? Bicycling infrastructure and safety go hand in hand with my priorities to bolster the city’s health and resilience to climate change, to champion capital improvements in my district, and to foster a safe, diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.


Susan Hollingsworth Adams, District 5

Do you ride a bicycle in Sonoma County for transportation or recreation? I do not currently ride a bicycle for transportation or recreation. I have balance issues.

How would you characterize the experience of cycling in your city? When I did ride a bike, I rode an average of 10 miles a day, three or four days a week. It was the absolute best exercise, ever. The bike lanes were excellent. However, sometimes in the neighborhoods I felt like people could not always see me.

What are your city’s biggest transportation challenges, and how does bicycling fit into your vision of future development? The biggest challenge is the bus schedule. We have the train, which goes right through town. But the “last mile” should be aided by a decent bus schedule. We need that to encourage people to ride their bikes, knowing they can depend on a multitude of transportation modes.

If elected, what will you do to encourage more people in your city to bicycle and to improve cycling safety? I was very happy to fund bicycle parking at our Farmers Market. I am also a huge proponent of the walking/bicycling school “bus” out of our neighborhoods to our schools. I will continue to support these programs. In addition, I support the bridge that is under consideration which will more safely carry riders from the east to the west side of Rohnert Park. One other idea is to work with our traffic light signaling department to prioritize not just walkers, but those travelling via bicycle.Finally, we are implementing the “complete streets” model on one of our busy roads: Southwest Boulevard. It will be beautiful AND functional for walkers AND bicyclists when it is complete.

Our dreams and goals generally exceed our budgets. How does improving bicycling infrastructure and safety rank against your other policy priorities?

As a member of the City Council for the past four years and a member of the Planning Commission during the previous 14 years, I encouraged and voted for bicycle lanes, bicycle parking and storage in new neighborhoods, curb extensions, landscaping that complemented bicycle safety needs, proper signage, and lots of trails in neighborhoods and along our creek paths. I placed a high priority on paying for cement paths along our creeks rather than asphalt. Rohnert Park Residents expect clean safe streets, green functional parks, clean water and a responsive public safety department. Without clean, safe streets, we would be unable to maintain our bicycle lanes.


Joe Callinan, District 5

Mr. Callinan did not answer our questions but sent the following: I ride my Bike for Recreation only. Rohnert Park has More Bike and walking paths  then any other city . I believe Exercise is very important and bicycling should be a part of that. When i was on  the council from 2008-2020 i was a big advocate for our bicycling community and I will be just as loud if elected again. Please look at me and my families history to see. I look forward to your support.