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City of AuburnCandidate for City Council

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Cheryl Maki

Small Business Owner
3,408 votes (29.66%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Address the unfunded pension liabilities in our city. By managing the the budget wisely as I do in my business and as I did the last time I served on the city council.
  • Find the funds to improve our roads. We need to stop wasting money on frivolous lawsuits and get back to the business of running our city efficiently.
  • Hire a new city manager. The city manager is one of the most important hires a city council will make. He/She will lead our city and help the city council manage staff and maintain a strong economy.



Profession:Small Business Owner, CEO
Owner and CEO, Maki Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. (1984–current)
Board Member, Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board — Appointed position (2008–2012)
City Council Membert, Auburn City Council — Elected position (2000–2004)
City Council Member, Auburn City Council — Elected position (1994–1998)


California Coast University Bachelor of Science, Business Management (1996)
Sierra Community College Certificate of Management, Business Management (1994)

Community Activities

Life Member, Soroptimist International of Auburn (1981–current)
Co-founder , Think Auburn First (2009–current)
Board Member, Auburn Placer Performing Arts (2002–current)
Board Member, Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund (2003–current)
Member, American Association of University Women (1998–current)


I've been on the city council before. I love Auburn and I am running again because I think I can help with some of the problems that the city council is dealing with at the present time. We need to hire a good city manager and I believe the present city council would benefit with the choices I helped make in the past. We are in trying times and I would like to help this council move forward in a beneficial way for our community.

My experience running a business and managing during tough times and good times has been helpful in the past. I was able to help the previous city council save money and come our of a financial crisis with a budget reserve that helped future councils survive. I can do it again and I will.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (5)

  • Sheriff Ed Bonner
  • Scott Owens, Placer County District Attorney
  • Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor
  • Bridget Powers, City Council Member, Former Mayor of Auburn
  • Alice Downdin-Cavillo, Former Mayor of Auburn

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My politcal philosophy is the same as my business philosophy. An excerpt from my companies mission statement says that "we will  provide quality service and always be there when our customers need us." That holds true in my political life as well. I have always been there for the citizens of Auburn and I will continue to be. I work well with my colleagues to come to a mutual beneficial conclusion on important issues whether is it my idea or their's.


Position Papers

Unfunded Pension Liability


Our pension liability has grown in the last ten years to a point that it is unsustainable in the future. We must manage this and find a way to get ahead of this problem,


Our unfunded liability for pensions is more than $16,000,000. This means the 4.6 million dollar reserve could be completely gobbled up by our pension liabilities. Of course these payments do not have to be made this year, but they are being distributed yearly and they go up yearly. Making sure we manage this fund properly by being proactive with managing our budget is what I do. I’ve been doing it for 35 years running two small businesses and I did it when I served on the city council in the past. When first sat on the Auburn City Council in 1994 there were layoffs and no budget reserve. When I left the city council after serving the entire 8 years on the finance committee (Administration committee) we had a 3 ½ million dollar reserve and a new budget policy that asked future councils to follow our policies and save for the future. That has been done, thus the 4.6 million dollar reserve today.


Fire Department


The firing of a firefighter for a lapse in judgement was too harsh. We need to figure out and mediate the problems between the city staff, city council and the firefighters of our community.


We have on outstanding police and fire department. Of course I support the hiring and training of qualified personnel for these departments. It is imperative to the safety of our community to have happy and well trained public safety personnel. We must balance our budget in an efficient manner by aggressively managing compensation and retirement benefits without compromising the quality of the employees who serve us.

We also need to make sure we have a comfortable working relationship with all staff and managers. What happened in the past needs to be avoided. The costs were exhorbitant for staff and mostly attorneys while going through a process that should have never taken place at all.


Fixing the roads



We need to pave our roads. This was the number one thing the citizens asked for in the survey that was sent out. We need to work on our budget and see where we can find the funds to put into road maintenance.


Fixing our roads will be one of my main priorities. When I was on the city council previously I learned that we can find money in the budget that might have otherwise been "frittered away" as my grandmother use to say! We need to manage each dollar and that does not always mean just to let staff tell us how to spend it. We will need to be hands on in this process and mind every dollar properly.

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