Safer conditions for children heading to and from New Hope School, maintaining the lower crime rate seen since the Sheriff’s Community Car program was established and providing job skills are among the priorities of the three newest members of the Thornton Municipal Advisory Council.
“We’d like to get some speed control on the road in front of the school — signs, flashing lights, whatever we can get,” said new MAC member Rae Simas. “Sometimes we get some pretty fast drivers going past the school.”
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors appointed Simas, Angela Rohrer and Maria Tristao to the six-member MAC earlier this year. The MAC seats are elected positions, but there were four vacancies on the council. One seat remains vacant.
Rohrer, 30, said she wants Thornton to provide more tools to improve individual skills.
“If we want our young people to grow up to be strong, socially conscious individuals, we need to provide the tools to help them attain this,” Rohrer said. “The community center is doing a great job working with what it has, but imagine how much more it could do with the proper support and facilities.
“I would love to see a place where the community could go to not only for aid, such as food, but also for things such as socialization and job skill enrichment and preparation,” Rohrer said.
Here is some background on the MAC newcomers:
Background: Born in California and moved to Texas with her mother to obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing, specializing in labor and delivery. She was a delivery nurse at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Texas.
Unusual courtship: Ten years after high school, she and Jesse Rohrer re-connected on MySpace, maintained a long-distance love affair between Dallas and San Francisco, got married, had a baby and bought a home near her husband’s family in Thornton.
Education: Bachelor of Science in nursing, Texas Tech University; Associate of Science, Tarrent County College.
Organizations: Former member of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of North Texas.
Hobbies: Classic car restoration, cake decorating.
Family: Husband, Jesse; son, Jameson, 19 months; expecting second child this month.
Background: Raised in San Bernardino; moved to Modesto and then Thornton 30 years ago.
Occupation: Former landscape maintenance/bus driver/custodian at New Hope School in Thornton.
Hobbies: Community affairs, safety, landscaping and gardening.
Family: Husband, Manuel, died in 2009; has four grown sons, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Occupation: Food service worker for 16 years in the Elk Grove Unified School District.
Community involvement: Volunteer at New Hope School. She and her husband cook hot dogs for the students, help with New Hope’s after school program and occasionally chaperone field trips.
Family: Husband, Manuel, three grown children, three grandchildren.
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