Under my leadership as your Thousand Oaks City Councilmember, I have made some notable accomplishments. While together, there’s much more work to do, here are some highlights:

COVID-19

FISCAL STABILITY

PUBLIC SAFETY

COMMUNITY & INFRASTRUCTURE

ENVIRONMENT

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

JOBS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & SAVING TAX DOLLARS

THE ARTS

SENIOR CITIZENS


COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have worked tirelessly on behalf of our residents and businesses to keep our City healthy and running effectively. While the County and the State of California shut down or restricted operations in our City, I pulled together our City’s leadership team to provide a measured response which included:

  • Providing constant guidance on health precautions City-wide through social media, messaging from me via YouTube & TOTV videos, Acorn advertisements and updates to our City website.
  • Working closely with the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce Small Business Task Force with a $20,000 contribution from the City to implement prompt changes such as allowing delivery trucks to restock 24/7 when supplies were low.
  • Dedicating $345,000 in grants to save jobs at our struggling small businesses.
  • Securing $1 million in rental assistance funding from our Community Benefit account to keep financially strapped neighbors in their homes
  • Secured $3.5 million in CARES Act relief funds to support Dial-A-Ride & public bus services that have been impacted adversely by COVID-19.

And so much more, including:

  • Our Residents, Businesses & Local Jobs
  • Our City
    • Provided methods for our residents & businesses to continue to transact business with our City, including:
      • Virtual Bid Openings
      • Document Exchange Lockers
      • Online Permitting
      • Curbside Library Services
      • Virtual Library Programs & Resources
      • and more.

While COVID-19 is still a worldwide challenge, I am very optimistic that I have prepared our City financially for a rapid and strong recovery with a balanced budget, strong reserves and even a COVID Response Fund. I will continue to do everything I can to protect our residents and our local economy.

Here are some of the videos produced during this crisis:

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FISCAL STABILITY HIGHLIGHTS

2020

  • “Strong financial management with good financial policies and practices has enabled the City to accumulate extremely strong reserves and consistent operating surpluses” (Standard & Poors). Accordingly the City of Thousand Oaks has been assigned a AA+ long term creditworthiness rating – the same high rating as the Federal government.
  • In refunding the lease revenue bonds, the City will save $2 million in interest payment over 10 years.

2019

2018

2017 – 2018

  • City Awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Award for Excellence in Government for The City’s budget engagement project, “Your City, Your Priorities”

2015 – 2019

2013 – 2020

    • Consistently balanced City budget

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PUBLIC SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS

2020

  • As a long time supporter of Safe Passage and Chair of the Ventura Council of Governments, I commissioned a study by California Lutheran University that commends the positive impact of Safe Passage and provides a path to replicate the program across Ventura County. Safe Passage steers children away from risky behavior and possible gang affiliation through field trips, mentoring, tutoring, and positive social role modeling. This project is a collaborative community outreach program with our police department that protects and encourages the youngest and most vulnerable residents (ages 5-12). Recently, the program has expanded its reach by providing daily food banks and essential supplies to residents affected by COVID-19.
  • Thousand Oaks crime falls to ‘historic lows’ in latest report
  • Updated the City’s Emergency Operations Plan to allow for prompt, collaborative response to emergencies in our community.

2019

Keeping our community up-to-date with the latest information during the 2019 Easy Fire.

  • Stood up for residents’ concerns around new law impacting homeless and vagrants in Thousand Oaks.
  • Maintained public safety funding for two vulnerable population officers to manage the situation and and keep it under control.

2017

  • Built a new state-of-the-art fire station off of Mitchell Road in Newbury Park.

2016

  • FBI statistics indicate Thousand Oaks is the second safest city in the nation
  • Relocate and build a new Fire Station 35 in Newbury Park

2013 – 2016

  • Law Enforcement is always the single biggest expenditure from the General Fund due to our commitment to keeping Thousand Oaks the safest City of over 100,000 in the state of California

2014-2015

  • FBI statistics indicate Thousand Oaks is the third safest city in the nation

2013

  • FBI statistics indicate Thousand Oaks is the fourth safest city in the nation

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COMMUNITY & INFRASTRUCTURE HIGHLIGHTS

2020

  • Volunteering with Safe Passage to distribute free books to the children of our community.

    As a long time supporter of Safe Passage and Chair of the Ventura Council of Governments, I commissioned a study by California Lutheran University that commends the positive impact of Safe Passage  and provides a path to replicate the program across Ventura County. Safe Passage steers children away from risky behavior and possible gang affiliation through field trips, mentoring, tutoring, and positive social role modeling. This project is a collaborative community outreach program that protects and encourages the youngest and most vulnerable residents (ages 5-12). Recently, the program has expanded its reach by providing daily food banks and essential supplies to residents affected by COVID-19.

  • I have been working on behalf of a majority of residents to make the Civic Arts Plaza a central community hub with inviting spaces to gather and to experience a new town square, an amphitheater and a more accessible City Hall. With the addition of restaurants, cafes and shops a vibrant downtown will emerge that will boost our economy.

2019

  • City Awarded the Construction Management Association of America’s Southern California ProjectAchievement Award (2018 Paving Program)
  • In memory of those who passed away in the Borderline tragedy, we built and opened a healing garden on the one year anniversary.
  • Created a pre-screening process for all new residential developments. Pre-Screenings encourage transparency and public discourse. (Read More…)
  • Lobbied and received a $6 million grant from the State

    Borderline Healing Garden Memorial – It’s a place that will live forever here in the city of Thousand Oaks, and I can only hope for the families that it brings some measure of peace and solace.”

    to build a groundwater treatment plant at the City’s publicly owned
    golf course that will offset 10% of the imported water needs.

  • Preserved and refurbished the historic Timber School (the first school in the Conejo Valley) while providing for much needed affordable workforce housing in our community.

2018 – 2020

  • In 2018 and by the summer of 2020, we resurfaced 101 out of our 380 miles of streets. This investment in our infrastructure will extend the lifetime of our pavement by 10-20 years. Our city’s streets are ranked better in quality than any other in the county and higher than average for the state, the sealing and overlaying will help to extend their life.
  • Developed and approved a recovery plan that provided local assistance for residents and businesses impacted by the Woolsey and Hill Fires.

2016-2018

  • Instead of using the bike lane, runners, walkers and moms with strollers can now utilize a new meandering sidewalk with benches and a jogging path safely away from traffic.
  • Defended and voted to fund award winning Sapwi Trails

    New meandering sidewalk keeps pedestrians safe on Westlake Boulevard.

    Community Park that honored Lang Ranch residents’ requests to respect the natural setting

  • City Awarded Civil Engineers Project of the Year for the Thousand Oaks Boulevard Undergrounding by the American Society

    An aerial image showing the difference the application of an asphalt overlay can make to a badly damaged street.

    of Civil Engineers.

  • Called for and received a study that concluded that treated groundwater is a viable alternative to expensive imported water for irrigation and potable use.

2016

Undergrounding the utilities on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

Undergrounding the utilities on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

  • Eliminating unsightly utility poles by undergrounding utilities at the western end of Thousand Oaks Boulevard which will improve aesthetics and allow Westlake High School to build bleachers for a visitor section
  • Nominated the Assistance League as the eventual winner of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Non-Profit Organization of the Year
  • Brought back Amgen Tour of California to its home site of Thousand Oaks
  • Participated in roundtable discussions with students of all ages at the Thousand Oaks Youth Summit
  • Voted to utilize federal funding to install long awaited sidewalks on South Westlake Boulevard to ensure pedestrian safety
  • Approved and helped subsidize the relocation of Manna to a new building which increased their operation from 700 to 3,000 square feet
  • Voted to streamline the planning process by reducing unnecessary red tape and allowing for administrative review only without having to go to the planning commission.

2015

Revitalizing our Downtown

Revitalizing our Downtown

  • Introduced a “Maker Space” at the Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library that features 3D Printers.
  • Presented the first ever Spokes in the Oaks open streets festival with activities and family entertainment that promoted walking, bicycling and encouraging people to leave their cars at home
  • Was a host city for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture defines Ventura County the most desirable place to live in the United States based upon open space, air quality and recreation.
  • Voted to go to bid for the Thousand Oaks Boulevard infrastructure project that will include aesthetic improvements such as landscaped medians, wider sidewalks, enhanced lighting, street furniture and pedestrian crossings to revitalize our downtown

2014 – 2015

  • Completed the Erbes Road improvement project which modernized the oldest thoroughfare in the City by widening the street, improving utilities and adding bike lanes
  • Traveled to Washington, D.C. and lobbied federal agencies for much-needed funding for our environment, transportation, the arts and key infrastructure projects.

2013 – 2016

  • Our Community Attitude Surveys consistently find that over 90% of residents rate the quality of life in ThousandOaks as “Excellent” or “Good” and are satisfied with City services with their highest marks reserved for public safety, the library and recreation
  • Approved and provided CalTrans a loan to be repaid by 2017 for the 101/23 Improvement Project that will eliminate the traffic bottleneck that exists from Hampshire to Lynn Road

2014

  • Traveled to Washington, D.C. and lobbied the Institute of Museum and Library Services to apply for a National Medal for Museum and Library Services for the Grant R. Brimhall Thousand Oaks Library and funding for the American Radio Archives

2013

  • Authored a Term Limits initiative and gathered over 12,000 signatures to place on the ballot as Measure L. Initiative passed with over 78% of the vote which limits City Councilmembers to three terms or 12 years in office.
  • Passed campaign finance reform that adjusted spending limits by candidates and added new reporting requirements

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ENVIRONMENT HIGHLIGHTS

The City is well-known for its green environmental policies. Click Here to view a full list of awards.

2020+

  • Developing a City-wide Climate & Environmental Action Plan that will improve public health and quality of life.
  • Went out to bid for 625,000 kilowatt-hours of energy as a solar canopy at the city’s Municipal

    Proposed 625,000 Kilowatt Hours of Energy at the City’s Municipal Service Center.

    Service Center.

  • After banning rodenticides in the City of Thousand Oaks, in August of this year, I sent a letter on behalf of the City in support of banning rodenticides across the State of California via AB1788.
  • Leading the effort in partnership with Amgen and the Surfrider Foundation to phase out single-use plastics especially polystyrene commonly known as styrofoam.
  • Installed LED lighting at the Grant Brimhall Library which will reduce lighting energy usage by 60% and saves $34k per year in electricity costs while reducing our carbon footprint
  • Wrote on behalf of the City to Assemblymember Richard Bloom in support of AB 1788 – expanding the prohibitions on the use of pesticides with specific anticoagulants to the entire state to protect mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, owls and hawks (Apex predators).

2019

  • City Awarded California Urban Forestry’s Award for Best Urban Forestry Program.

    A car uses one of many new electric vehicle chargers installed by the city of Thousand Oaks, this one at the Hillcrest Center. (Photo: MIKE HARRIS/THE STAR)

  • To support the City policy on the deployment of zero-emission vehicles, we have installed electric vehicle chargers throughout the City and lowered the fees to encourage use.

2018 – 2019

2018

  • City Awarded SCAG’s Sustainability Award: Green Region award for Heritage Park in Thousand Oaks.
  • Voted to to put into place a Sustainability Plan for Municipal Operations which protects the environment by using on-site solar generation amongst other initiatives at City facilities.

2016

2015

  • City Awarded California Urban Forest Council’s Exceptional Urban Award
  • City Awarded the Cool Planet Award from Southern California Edison and the Climate Registry
  • Brought forth and had unanimous approval for a measure that the City of Thousand Oaks will no longer use anticoagulant rodenticides that harm wildlife and the environment.
  • Voted to establish an Oak Tree Ad Hoc Committee that advised the City Council on strengthening our existing oak tree ordinances.
  • Subsequently passed new stringent protections for our legacy oak trees.
  • Created $300k savings per year by making Hill Canyon Treatment Plant 100% energy efficient

    Commemorating the Hill Canyon waste treatment plant's 100% energy efficiency. Photo Courtesy: The Acorn

    Commemorating the Hill Canyon waste treatment plant’s 100% energy efficiency. Photo Courtesy: The Acorn

  • Popular Science names the City of Thousand Oaks one of the Top 50 “Greenest Cities”
  • Southern California Edison awards the City of Thousand Oaks the Cool Planet Award
  • Instituted a drought plan and more than meets the state mandate for conservation of water
  • Streamlined approval process for rooftop solar

2013 – 2016

  • Added to our over 15,000-acre ring of green around the City of Thousand Oaks with strategic acquisitions such as the 39-acre Skyline Open Space area
  • Working towards 100% EV and CNG-fueled vehicles for our City fleet

2014

  • Traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with the National Wildlife Federation to seek funding for ADA trails and the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor

1987 – 2019

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION HIGHLIGHTS

2020

  • Secured $3.5 million in CARES Act relief funds to support Dial-A-Ride & public bus services that have been impacted adversely by COVID-19.
  • Directed staff to evaluate the City’s bus system to determine if improvements were needed and ultimately implemented new bus routes for the convenience of our residents.
  • Redesigned the Thousand Oaks Transit Center’s bus parking area and added an accessible pedestrian path from both lower parking lot as well as Rancho Rd to bus loading areas.

2016-2017

  • City Awarded Transit Agency of the Year from the California Transit Association for the Small Operators Category

2015-2017

2014 – 2016

  • Completed the expansion of the busiest freeway artery in Ventura County by adding a new lane in each direction as well as seismically reinforcing the bridges. Over 170,000 commuters pass through the 101/23 Freeway Interchange every day.

2016

  • Installed first ever flashing yellow turn signals to reduce multi-vehicle backups in left turn lanes.
  • Developing a new transit master plan which will create an efficient, cost-
    effective and responsive system and
    explore supplementing this system by partnering with companies like Uber and Lyft from the new ride sharing economy
  • Won the California Association for Coordinated Transportation award for Outstanding Transportation Program & Outstanding Coordination

2015

  • City was ranked 20th in the nation in the Government Green Fleet Awards
  • City received the CalACT Outstanding Transportation Agency of the Year Award
  • Created the East County Transit Alliance (ECTA) to expand Dial-A-Ride service and provide $5 rides into Camarillo, Moorpark and Simi Valley from Thousand Oaks
  • Developed a Transit Master Plan for the City.
  • Traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby the Department of Energy to seek funds for a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Hydrogen fueling station at the Thousand Oaks Transit Center.

2014

  • Traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby the Department of Energy for funds to revamp the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station at the Thousand Oaks Municipal Service Center.
  • Installed Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Transit Center, Hillcrest Center for the Arts, Municipal Service Center and the Janss Road Park and Ride.

2013

  • Partnered with Metrolink to provide convenient weekday round-trip shuttle service between the Metrolink Moorpark Station from the Thousand Oaks Transportation Center, The Oaks Shopping Center and California Lutheran University.

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JOBS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & SAVING TAX DOLLARS

2020

  • I have advanced the development of an innovative BioTech company hub for life sciences and technology. This will drive young professionals to our City by providing high paying scientific and managerial jobs.
    • Thousand Oaks has been on the forefront of attracting high-paying tech business and biotech jobs.
    • Six startups and three buildings in place due to close collaboration with venture capital firms Alexandria and Westlake BioPartners.
  • To secure more favorable rates for trash pickup for each resident and business in our City, I voted to put the $20-million annual waste-hauling contract out to bid for the first time in the City’s history.
  • The build out of the Campus Master Plan will create hundreds of local construction jobs in addition to providing long term economic sustainability through the introduction of new restaurants, cafes and shops.
  • Installed LED lighting at the Grant Brimhall Library which will reduce lighting energy usage by 60% and saves $34k per year in electricity costs while reducing our carbon footprint

2019

  • Encouraged the BioTech industry to further invest in our City by modifying the Municipal Code. This modification created a new categorycalled “Technology and Life Sciences” which recognizes the desirability of this clean and job-rich sector.
  • Actively fought and averted a 32.1% $4 million water rate hike on behalf of 18,000 T.O. residents
  • Lobbied and received a $6 million grant from the State to build a groundwater treatment plant at the City’s publicly owned golf course that will offset 10% of water needs at a lower cost than expensive imported water. The operating costs of the plant will be offset by revenue from the sale of water.
  • The economic impacts of the Rams in-season training facility in our City are being realized through sales tax revenue, job creation and real estate transactions.

2018

  • Voted to pass along a reduction in water rates to residents.
  • Established the City’s first Economic Development Committee for business expansion or relocation in accordance with the character of the City.

2017 – 2018

  • Worked hard to modernize the Rancho Conejo industrial area with the new Conejo Spectrum Business Park

    Atara Biotherapeutics in Newbury Park will receive Business of the Year honors March 6 at the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Diamond Recognition Gala.

    – the first major state-of-the art commercial development in 15 years. High end tenants like Amazon and Atara Biotherapeutics are now providing hundreds of new jobs for Thousand Oaks.

2017

  • Cleared the way for craft brewpubs to operated in Thousand Oaks by revising an old zoning ordinance. Two year later, family-oriented Tarantula Hill Brewing Company opened to wide public acclaim and became a wildly successful community gathering place.

2016

  • Balanced budget

    Working closely with CLU President, Chris Kimball to ensure the LA Rams have a great training facility.

    Working closely with CLU President, Chris Kimball to ensure the LA Rams have a great training facility.

  • Maintained lowest wastewater rates in the County
  • Turned 30 acres into drought-resistant vegetation at Los Robles Greens saving $100k per year in irrigation costs
  • Established the in-season training facility at California Lutheran University  for the Los Angeles Rams which will continue to have a major positive economic impact on the City
  • Working to establish a permanent site for the Los Angeles Rams in Thousand Oaks.
  • Voted to streamline the planning process by reducing unnecessary red tape and allowing for administrative review only without having to go to the planning commission.

2015 – 2016

  • Developing a ten-year economic strategic plan that incorporates capital improvements, facilities, operations, finances and city services.

2015

Al's hand prints from the commemoration of the waste water treatment plant's 100% energy efficiency.

Al’s hand prints from the commemoration of the waste water treatment plant’s 100% energy efficiency.

  • Balanced budget
  • Maintained lowest wastewater rates in the County
  • Created $300k savings per year by making Hill Canyon Treatment Plant 100% energy efficient
  • Saved $600k per year by reducing City landscaping irrigation
  • Secured a unanimous City Council vote to take measures that would create a town center with shops, bistros, cafes and restaurants in a mixed-use format to attract and retain younger members to our community and revitalize our Boulevard.

2013 – 2016

  • Welcomed many new businesses to Thousand Oaks including Mercedes AMG, BOCOM, PennyMac, Dole Packaged Foods, Lowes, Easton, Nordstrom Rack, DSW and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

2014

  • Balanced budget

    June 2015 – Ribbon cutting at a new Wells Fargo branch.

  • Passed wastewater treatment rates that are the lowest in the entire County
  • Headed the Economic Committee of the 2064 Visioning Campaign which focused on receiving input from the community about their priorities for the next 50 years of the City.

2013

  • Balanced the budget
  • Negotiated with trash hauling agencies to lower rates
  • Enacted pension reform saving taxpayers $2 million per year
  • Opened The Gardens at Los Robles Greens Golf Course which generates revenue for our City

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THE ARTS HIGHLIGHTS

2019+

After 25 years of service the beautiful refurbishment of the Kavli Theatre.

  • The reimagined Civic Arts Plaza campus will include a new amphitheater and town square along with restaurants, shops and cafes which will promote activity before and after shows. This project will help ensure the long term success of the Fred Kavli and Scherr Forum theatres.

2019

  • After 9,500 performances to 6 million patrons and 1.1 million school children, the Kavli Theatre received a well deserved renovation.

2015 – 2016

  • Mediated a merger of the Alliance for the Arts & Civic Arts Plaza Foundation that will sustain the theatres and non-profits for years to come

2015

  • Advocated for a much-needed grant of $10k to help keep Cabrillo Music solvent

2014

  • Completed the renovation of the Kavli Theatre Lobby
  • Upgraded the sound system in the Kavli Theatre

    The new Fred Kavli Theatre lobby.

    The new Fred Kavli Theatre lobby.

  • Traveled to Washington, D.C. and lobbied the National Endowment for the Arts for funding for pop-up art and music festivals at California Lutheran University

2013

  • Provided leadership on budget review committee for the theatres which eliminated a $500k deficit and balanced the budget in less than two years.

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SENIORS HIGHLIGHTS

2020

2019

“I cannot begin to tell you how appreciative the residents have been who have (in the past benefited) from these grants,” Kathryn Goodspeed, President of Senior Alliance for Empowerment (SAFE).

2018

  • Allocated $200,000 to help Senior Alliance for Empowerment (SAFE) rehabilitate 25 coaches in five different mobile home parks.
  • Praised by the Ventura County Star for voting for an 89 bed senior housing project on Duesenberg Drive that

    Artist rendering of the City’s 10th senior living facility developed by Griffin Fine Living.

    is strongly supported by the neighborhood.

  • Presented the Senior of the Year Award on behalf of the City.

2017

  • Presented the Senior of the Year Award on behalf of the City.

2016

  • Dispensed approximately $435k in Community Development Block Grant funds to support senior affordable housing for Glenn Oaks Senior Apartments, Richmond Terrace, Rancho Mobile Home Park and Thunderbird Mobile Home Park.
  • Working on a development agreement that will include senior affordable housing in the Pinecrest School site proposal by KB Homes.
  • Presented the Senior of the Year Award on behalf of the City.

2015

  • Recognized Habitat for Humanity for the senior citizens of Rancho Mobile Home Park
  • Donated personally to Senior Alliance for Empowerment (SAFE) for purchase of much-needed appliances at Rancho Mobile Home Park
  • Sold Schillo Gardens to our affordable housing partner Many Mansions which allowed refurbishment of the property and ensured affordability for the next 50 years.
  • Created the East County Transit Alliance (ECTA) to expand Dial-A-Ride service and provide $5 rides into Camarillo, Moorpark and Simi Valley from Thousand Oaks

2014

  • Dispensed approximately $285k in Community Development Block Grant funds to help seniors and provide affordable housing for the Shadow Hills Apartments, Esseff Village, Conejo Free Clinic and Meals on Wheels

2013

  • Provided 80% of Community Development Block Grant funds to low and moderate income residents
  • Granted Many Mansions $284k to develop senior housing projects

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