Mount Shasta City Council candidate Roslyn McCoy

Lauren Steinheimer
Roslyn McCoy

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles on the three candidates on the June 2 special election ballot for one seat on the Mount Shasta City Council.

Mount Shasta City Council candidate Roslyn McCoy dreams of a more involved, well-informed community.

Originally from southern California, McCoy said she now “has deep roots in Mount Shasta,” after living in the city for 26 years and raising her two children here. She graduated with honors from both College of the Siskiyous in Weed and Humboldt State University, where she completed a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology and minor in social advocacy and communication.

She was involved in volunteering within the school system while her children were young and formed a support group for students with disabilities during her academic career at COS.

She was vice president of the Siskiyou County Community Advisory Committee from 2001-2002 and currently serves on the state braille and talking book library advisory board.

Asked why she decided to run for city council, McCoy responded, “For a little over a year, I’ve been going to city council meetings and doing a lot of research on what the city is doing with Crystal Geyser, the sewer hookup, and the EDA grant and trying to understand how all of these puzzle pieces come together.

“It wasn’t very easy getting all of this information together, and I think that’s one thing that needs to change,” she continued. “The citizens need to have better access to what our city government is doing.”

In addition to regularly attending city council and Integrated Regional Water Management meetings, McCoy said she has been staying informed by reading city manager reports and emails.

She said she was thinking of running for council in November of 2014 and decided not to because Tom Moore was running. She recounted a conversation from 2014, in which Moore encouraged McCoy to run for council. “I asked if I could do both – be vocal about the negotiations with Crystal Geyser and be on city council, and Tom said, ‘Yes, you can do both.’ When he passed away, I felt like I’d step up,” she said.

“It’s a hot seat,” McCoy continued, “but how many people have been reading the emails? How many really have much of an insight on what’s been going on for the past year? It was me.”

McCoy is passionate about “letting he community respond, because we have brilliant people here.”

She said she is “not against” Crystal Geyser and “not for it until we get the data and can make an informed decision.” She was referring to data on the condition of the aquifer.

As far as developments for The Landing property, McCoy has several ideas focused on creating local jobs. She suggested using mushrooms and installing a compost facility to filter toxins and build healthy soil. Her other ideas include setting up a flea market or an art center with shared equipment. Overall, she feels the former mill property at the south end of town should be used “to nurture and develop entrepreneurs.”

McCoy has done a lot of research on the city’s water meter installation project and says, “We have to do it.” However, she is concerned about the collection of meta data and the potential for hacking or selling that information.

Asked about her goals as a council member, McCoy said, “I don’t want to turn Mount Shasta into Disneyland,” but she does have ideas for promoting year-round tourism, such as putting on more events, bringing performing arts into the city, and expanding the ski resort to include zip lines and toboggan rides. “I think we should employ locals and give priority to local businesses.”

McCoy believes that she’s a strong candidate for city council because she has research skills and is informed on political processes. She feels strongly about government transparency and making information accessible to the public. Her campaign letter states, “I’m dedicated to listening and representing the entire community.”