Candidate profile: Dilenna Harris — Vacaville City Council

By From page A9 | October 07, 2012

VACAVILLE — When asked what she would do if Vacaville’s two tax measures do not pass this fall, City Council incumbent Dilenna Harris said she is already actively working with local major employers and other groups to find ways to raise revenues for the city or create partnerships to offer city services.

“I am not waiting to see what happens,” said Harris, who considers restoring the city’s budget without damaging Vacaville’s safety and quality of life a top priority.

It is one example of what Harris says is the proactive stance she has had for the past four years in dealing with Vacaville’s problems and issues during some very tough times.

“I think that I have proven myself and that you can count on me to make decisions that are sound and fair,” said Harris, 55.

She grew up on Travis Air Force Base and ran a contracting business in Vacaville before running for the City Council in 2008. Harris has been executive director of the Solano County Library Foundation since 2009. Her community involvement included the Vacaville Ministerial Association, the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee, two chambers of commerce and the Solano Economic Development Corporation.

Harris promised in 2008 to build partnerships in the community to preserve and improve Vacaville’s quality of life. One such example is a joint-use agreement with the school district on the use of school property that ended years of wrangling.

Job creation and reinvigorating economic development are part of her effort to restore the city’s fiscal fortunes. She also advocates changing city permitting and fee processes to make is easier for business and residential development.

“I know what it takes to create jobs and bring businesses to Vacaville,” Harris said, referring to her background.

  • Age: 55
  • Occupation: Executive director of Solano County Library Foundation
  • Family Members: Husband Rob Harris; daughters Alaina (and Matt) Gjertsen, Catherine (and Andrew) Lamb; son, Rich (and Hilary) Harris; granddaughter Amani Lamb
  • Education and training: Solano Community College, two years; nonprofit professional fund development training, three years; studies business organizational behavior and management; held C53 contractors license
  • Favorite Book: “The Power of One,” by Bryce Courtenay
  • Hobby: “I love to read, garden, travel, exercise, meet new people, dance, try new foods, learn something new, encourage and motivate people and challenge myself in a variety of ways.”
Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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