Dear Voter –
Welcome to my campaign website!
On November 3rd you will have the opportunity to vote for your choice for the Thousand Oaks City Council. It’s incredibly important to elect individuals that are active and experienced members of our community.
I am running for re-election to the City Council as a 43-year resident determined to see that Thousand Oaks remains a great place to live. After being elected to the City Council in 2012, I am currently your Mayor and previously served as the 51st Mayor in 2015. Before that, I was a Planning Commissioner, YMCA Chair, Founder of the Alliance for the Arts and Chair of the Civic Arts Plaza Board of Governors. I have the experience it takes to lead our City.
From keeping Thousand Oaks one of the safest Cities in CA, to saving taxpayers millions in pension reform, to protecting our environment and open space; I have worked hard to keep T.O. a premier City.
The readers of the Star have voted for me twice as the Countywide Readers’ Choice Best Elected Official. S&P (Standard & Poor’s Financial Services) views the City’s management as “strong, with good financial policies and practices enabling the City to accumulate extremely strong reserves.” The Acorn Editorial Board recognized my “far-reaching support by some of the community’s most prominent civic and business leaders.”
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 craft an immediate 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.
- and much more.
While COVID-19 is still a worldwide challenge, I am very optimistic that I have prepared our City financially for a rapid and powerful 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.
I have risen time and time again to every call for help, every challenge and have answered with reliable and creative solutions for our community. I pledge to be a solid, consistent voice for all residents. Through vision and hard work, I will continue to protect what matters most – our safety, our jobs, the environment and our families.