August 28, 2020 – Despite Difficult Few Years, Thousand Oaks Residents Give life in city high marks
The overwhelming majority of adults in the city give the quality of life high marks, according to a new community survey. Mayor Al Adam asked McLarney what grade Thousand Oaks gets according to the study’s findings. “A solid ‘A,'” he said. (Read More…)

August 27, 2020 – CARES Act a Lifeline for Thousand Oaks Transit
In May, Mayor Al Adam wrote a letter to local state legislators asking them for relief funds for TOT. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thousand Oaks Transit faces an existential crisis over the coming months and years that could result in catastrophic revenue reductions that threaten the viability and availability of transit services in the near- and long-term in our region,” Adam wrote. (Read More…)

August 26, 2020 – Thousand Oaks to Launch a Coronavirus Rental Assistance Program
“I believe we are the only city in the county that is in the position to do this,” said Adam. “We have that money set aside in a community benefit account, and now we’re going to use it, and it will be a benefit because it will keep our residents in their homes.” (Read More…)

August 13, 2020 – Eight-Person Field to Vie for Two Council Seats
Voters can count on [me] to pass a balanced budget, protect open space and provide the essential services that contribute to our quality of life. [I have] been an outspoken supporter of the city’s push for new workforce housing and a top proponent of plans to re-imagine the Civic Arts Plaza with the help of a private development partner (Read More…)

August 13, 2020 – Candidate Ready to Navigate Crisis
[Al] has been working hard for our local small-business community and residents throughout the COVID-19 crisis by raising money, directing grants and ensuring a safe, efficient reopening. (Read More…)

August 13, 2020 – Incumbent Has Passed the Test
It’s essential that council members have an understanding of all aspects of community needs, and they must make those upcoming decisions based on common sense, practical answers and above all respect for each other and our residents.
Al has met this test throughout his years of service and has my full support. (Read More…)

July 23, 2020 – Solar Canopy Could Power City Yard
Plans to build a giant solar canopy at the city’s Municipal Service Center, deemed too costly in 2013, are going back out to bid this summer in hopes of a better result. “This would be the city’s first solar carport structure,” Helen Cox, the city’s sustainability division manager, said in an email. It is expected to have a surface area close to half an acre (around 22,000 square feet), enough room for panels that can generate 625,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a year. The energy produced would cover the electricity needs of the entire service center, Cox said. (Read More…)

July 16, 2020 – Stocking Up: City Council Incumbent Wastes No Time Filling Campaign Coffers
Asked why he felt the need to step up his fundraising, Adam, the only incumbent in this year’s two-seat race, said reaching potential voters could prove more costly in this cycle due to regulations related to the coronavirus. Adam finished first in 2016 with 37% of the vote. “I suspect we’re going to be COVID-affected throughout this entire campaign,” Adam said. “I think walking precincts might not be viable at this point. Social media will be big, of course, and we’ll have mailers and ads.” (Read More…)

July 16, 2020 – Ideas, Not Cash, Still Carry the Day in Local Elections
If money talks, Al Adam’s gripping a bullhorn and shouting from the roof of the Civic Arts Plaza. The City Council incumbent’s early fundraising returns (see related story here) are prodigious even by Thousand Oaks standards—a whopping $66,000 before the start of the nomination period—evidence of his far-reaching support by some of the community’s most prominent civic and business leaders. (Read More…)

June 25, 2020 – Fed Funds Earmarked for Small Biz
The Thousand Oaks City Council voted Tuesday to commit $340,000 in federal CARES Act (coronavirus relief bill) money toward grants of up to $10,000 for qualifying local employers. (Read More…)

June 18, 2020 – Diners Embrace the Outdoors
In late May, the City Council authorized City Manager Drew Powers to waive code requirements to allow restaurants to expand their footprint into parking lots and onto sidewalks. (Read More…)

June 11, 2020 – City Council Exploring Changes to Housing Review Process
In an effort to support the production of affordable housing, the City of Thousand Oaks is considering restoring two types of developer fees put on hold during the Great Recession. (Read More…)

June 4, 2020 – City, County Offer Financial Relief for Residents, Biz
The City of Thousand Oaks will also be dedicating some federal funds to small business assistance. At its May 26 meeting, the City Council voted 5-0 to contribute $20,000 to the Conejo Valley Small Business Relief Fund, established by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s foundation. (Read More…)

June 1, 2020 – Eviction Moratoriums Extended through June or July in Most Ventura County Cities
Eviction moratoriums would have expired May 31 regardless of the governor’s order, but officials voted to extend protections. Thousand Oaks and Ventura County, which has jurisdiction over unincorporated parts of the county, extended protections through July 28. (Read More…)

May 28, 2020 – Open-Air Dining the New ‘In’ Thing
To make up for that 50% decreased capacity, typically, we need seating outside … perhaps on the sidewalk,” Mayor Al Adam said. “And it’s actually kind of fun in a way because everybody likes alfresco dining.” (Read More…)

May 21, 2020 – Dine In or Take Out? It’s an Option Again
With Ventura County restaurants to reopen in the coming days under strict state-imposed capacity limits, the T.O. City Council will look May 26 at amending its municipal code to allow qualifying eateries to use parking lots and even sidewalks to place tables for guests. The goal, Mayor Al Adam said, is to give restaurants a leg up when so much else is working against them. (Read More…)

May 21, 2020 – HUD Funds Will Help 10 Non-Profits
The council voted to give Senior Concerns an additional $10,000 from the city’s general fund in response to an emergency request from the organization, which has had to close its adult day care program while at the same timing doubling its Meals on Wheels efforts. (Read More…)

May 14, 2020 – What City is Doing to Help Small Biz
As we navigate the phases of reopening, we want the community to easily identify which establishments are taking proper health and safety precautions to encourage the confidence of returning consumers. To assist with this, the city has launched the Open and Safe for Business Initiative. (Read More…)

May 14, 2020 – Proposal for Old Kmart Site Survives First Look
A proposal to transform the long-empty Kmart shopping center on Hampshire Road into the city’s largest-ever mixed-use development almost didn’t get out of the starting blocks Tuesday. “This will be coming back and then we will see what the final iteration is, and we will have the final say and it will be binding,” Adam said. “For now, we are in a very, very early stage in the process and a lot can change over the next year, and to turn this opportunity down, to me, would be shortsighted.” (Read More…)

May 14, 2020 – Largest Proposed Mixed-Use Project in History of Thousand Oaks Clears First Hurdle
Mayor Al Adam strongly favored letting the proposed project pass the pre-screening, noting the former Kmart site is “a blighted property that’s been sitting there in total disrepair” since 2004, when the retailer closed its doors. “For someone to come forward … after all these years and during this particular time with a $150 million to $200 million project and investment in Thousand Oaks, it seems to me that deserves consideration,” Adam said. (Read More…)

April 23, 2020 – Work Starts in Front of New Construction
“We’ve heard time and again that folks want to see beautification in the area, so we’re working on that, and it’s going to fit in with the other improvements that are coming,” Adam said. (Read More…)

April 16, 2020 – Appointment an Option for City Council
“The whole spirit of Right to Vote was to avoid appointment. No matter how you look at it, an appointment can be political and they can come with some baggage. I, for one, would want to really avoid that.” (Read More…)

April 4, 2020 – Thousand Oaks Crime Falls to ‘Historic Lows’ in Latest Report
“Fryhoff attributed the fall to the agency’s aggressive pursuit of criminals and the relationship they have with Thousand Oaks residents.” (Read More…)

April 2, 2020 – City Joins Others in Banning Commercial Evictions
Thousand Oaks business owners who’ve had to close shop because their stores don’t meet the essential services criteria have joined the city’s residential renters in receiving a reprieve from eviction if they can’t make rent. (Read More…)

March 26, 2020 – City Lifts Restrictions on Store Deliveries
“I want to thank the residents for their patience and understanding while we implement these temporary changes,” Mayor Al Adam said. “And although expanding delivery hours to grocery stores should make a difference in what’s available in our stores, it’s important that we only buy what we need and that we respect our fellow shoppers and the store employees.” (Read More…)

March 5, 2020 – Council Approves Dramatic New Vision for Theaters, Civic Center
After months spent gathering input from members of the public and community leaders, city staff and consultant AECOM came back to the council Feb. 25 with a slightly revised version of the initial plan presented last November. (Read More…)

February 27, 2020 – Thousand Oaks Anticipating Big Biotech Investment
The region is struggling, Ventura County is struggling, but Thousand Oaks is not. The life-science startups are expected to land in the industrial area of Newbury Park north of the 101 Freeway, which the city is trying to fashion into a biotech hub. (Read More…)

November 28, 2019 – Consultant: Public happy with status quo, but sees need for change”
I want to be sure this [high] quality of life is accessible to all. It’s become less and less accessible to many of the people who live here in the city.” (Read More…)

November 20, 2019 – We need visionary leadership to move Ventura County and the Conejo Valley forward.
Thousand Oaks has been on the forefront of attracting high-paying tech business and biotech jobs but we need to expand these efforts to surrounding cities. (Read More…)

October 31, 2019 – Roadway Part of New Vision for Civic Center
We’re trying to achieve a major renovation to our existing property and an enhancement of the frontage of the property, and we’re trying to provide major community benefit—a town square, a new main street, a central gathering place for our community. That is a very ambitious goal but, based on our resident feedback, is a very well-supported concept (Read More…)

October 24, 2019 – Pre-Screening Process is a Benefit to All
We’re glad the pre-screening process remains in place here in Thousand Oaks. Pre-screenings, after all, were meant to encourage transparency and public discourse. (Read More…)

October 17, 2019 – Hotel, Apartment Plan Well Received
“Everybody complains to me, ‘the rents are too high.’ The reason the rents are too high is because we have such little supply and such huge demand. If we can bring the supply up just a little, we may be able to bring the rents down,” he said. (Read More…)

October 3, 2019 – Blighted Historic Timber School Sight Preserved
One of the oldest buildings in Thousand Oaks will be preserved. At the city’s recommendation, the developer is considering hiring a historic preservation specialist out of Pasadena with experience transforming old structures into new uses. In addition 26 low-income apartments will be set aside. (Read More…)

September 20, 2019 – Home of Amgen, Thousand Oaks Puts Out Welcome Mat for Similar Biotech Businesses
“We’re trying to build a biotech sector, and this is going to help this happen.” (Read More…)

September 19, 2019 – City of Thousand Oaks Eases Restrictions on BioTech
“This will enable a biotech company to come into our area without having to get a special-use permit and operate in the M1 (industrial park) zone and . . . do things like artificial intelligence and robotics and genetics testing—some of the things that are very important to mankind and very important to this community.” (Read More…)

July 11, 2019 – Biotech Prep Changes Zoning DNA
“As it stands now, biotech companies need to come in and file for a special-use permit in our industrial parks, and that hurdle is just not necessary. One of the council priorities is to encourage biotech industry in the City of Thousand Oaks.” (Read More…)

June 20, 2019 – Council Adopts $436m Budget for Next Two Years
“It means we continue the services we’ve come to expect and it means no cuts in services. We have a strong city, police, fire, library theaters, the golf course—everything you’re into is going to continue and, in fact, we’re spending more on some of the public safety we’re always stressing.” (Read More…)

May 30, 2019 – Council to OK Balanced Spending Plan for Next Two Years
“Thousand Oaks is no longer a growth city, where new development brings in revenue, but a maintenance city, and there are challenges that go along with that. Just like any city, we face infrastructure that’s aging, we face fluctuating revenues, costs are always increasing, so it’s a constant battle.” (Read More…)

May 23, 2019 – Federal Ruling Prompts City to Alter Camping Law
“It’s not gonna happen here. Yes, we have to comply with this Boise law by some judge who decided to do some social engineering that I don’t particularly agree with, but the law’s the law,” Adam said. “We’re going to take that as a plus and strengthen the laws we have because I don’t want to see tents on our sidewalks. I don’t want to see people pushing shopping carts. I don’t want to see people sleeping in vans and RVs in this beautiful city, and I want you to know that.” (Read More…)

May 22, 2019 – Thousand Oaks Residents Vent Over Homeless Being Able to Legally Sleep on City-Owned Land
“I share the same fears and concerns that you do,” Adam said. “I see what’s happening in Seattle and Santa Monica and Los Angeles and it’s not going to happen here, as far as I’m concerned,” he said to applause from the audience. (Read More…)

April 22, 2019 – Steep Water Hike Averted for Cal Am Customers in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo
About 22,000 California American Water customers in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park and Camarillo are getting far lower rate increases than the company proposed in 2016, saving several million dollars a year combined. (Read More…)

April 18, 2019 – Golf Course Will be Site of Groundwater Treatment Plan
There is enough groundwater available to supply the City with about 10% of its annual water demands at a cost less than local government is now paying the Calleguas Municipal Water District, a regional wholesaler that gets the bulk of its supply from Northern California via the State Water Project. (Read More…)

April 18, 2019 – CalAm-ity Avoided
After a hard-fought legal battle, Thousand Oaks customers of California American Water will only see their rates raised a fraction of what the private utility initially requested in 2016. (Read More…)

February 21, 2019 – Goebel Center to Close for Renovations
At its Feb. 12 meeting, the council voted 5-0 to spend up to $166,000 for new paint and flooring at the Senior Center. (Read More…)
January 22, 2019 – Editorial: The Rams Deserve Our Support
It’s an extraordinary opportunity to have the Rams here,” Councilman Al Adam said in May, and the Ventura County Star Editorial Board agrees. (Read More…)

January 14, 2019 – Editorial: Big Step Forward for Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
“With the economic and cultural potential this plan offers for the region, we applaud the council for moving forward and not nickel-and-diming this important effort. (Read More…)

January 10, 2019 – Thousand Oaks Awards $1.4 million Contract for Master Plan to Redesign Civic Arts Plaza
The redesign is a key element of the planned revitalization of the city’s downtown core. After 25 years, we need a fresh look. It needs to be the place to be with our families and friends. (Read More…)

December 20, 2018 – State Agency Decides Water Company’s Ventura County Customers to Get Lower Rate Increases
Thousand Oaks actively opposed the proposed rate hikes, becoming a party to the commission’s proceeding in the case and retaining a Sacramento law firm to assist it.
“That’s a level of involvement we’ve never had before,” Spurgin said. (Read More…)

November 28, 2018 – Portion of Highway 101 Could be Named After Deputy Killed in Thousand Oaks Shooting
“Sgt. Ron Helus’ name needs to be remembered for the sacrifice he made. I can’t think of a better place than on the 101 freeway, where thousands of people can drive by there every day and see his name.”(Read More…)

November 8, 2018 – City of Thousand Oaks Passing on Water Savings to Customers
The City Council voted 4-0 at its Oct. 23 meeting to reduce a previously approved rate increase for 2019 from 4 percent to 2.6 percent. (Read More…)

August 30, 2018 – Council OKs Boulevard Apartments, Retail
There’s an economic wall around this city right now, an economic wall of low vacancy rates and extremely high housing prices that has locked people out of our city. This is one very small step . . . to knock that wall down just a little bit and give some people an opportunity to live here in Thousand Oaks, to live and work in this community. (Read More…)

June 28, 2018 – Federal Funds Come Through After All
At its June 19 meeting, the City Council approved a spending plan for $580,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds that will include $200,000 to help Senior Alliance for Empowerment (SAFE) rehabilitate 25 coaches in five different mobile home parks and $120,000 to aid Many Mansions in replacing exterior wood shingles and installing security cameras at Richmond Terrace, a low-income apartment complex on Warwick Avenue. (Read More…)

June 21, 2018 – Planned Downtown Thousand Oaks Revitalization Takes Significant Step Forward
A survey on the City website found that about two-thirds of respondents agreed either strongly or somewhat with the Raimi team’s goals and concepts for the downtown revitalization. (Read More…)

February 1, 2018 – Ad Hoc Committee will Focus on Development
We’re a mature city, an aging city, and we have to take a look at where we are going to go in the future and whether we want to be a multigenerational city in order to attract the people these businesses need to thrive. (Read More…)

September 20, 2017 – Thousand Oaks Encourages Residents to Voice Concerns with State about Planned Water Rate Hikes
“We’re getting the raw end of the deal (in reference to the 30.1% proposed water rate hike.” (Read More…)

November 1, 2016 – Highway 101/23 interchange construction completed
Construction of the $37 million Highway 101/23 interchange widening project in Thousand Oaks has been completed, improving traffic flow for the area’s 170,000 daily commuters, officials said at a ribbon-cutting Tuesday. The interchange is the busiest in Ventura County. (Read More…)

October 20, 2016 – Adam an Excellent Choice for City Council
“Four years ago the voters in Thousand Oaks elected Al Adam to the City Council. Those who follow activities at City Hall and around our community know that Al has been an excellent choice…” (Read More…)

October 13, 2016 – Candidates Split on Countywide Measures
“I think the ride-sharing economy, the Ubers and Lyfts of the world, can deliver public transportation more efficiently and cheaper than probably we’re doing it…” (Real More…) 

October 12, 2016 – Al Adam – Thousand Oaks City Council Candidate
“I will continue to be a responsive, effective public servant by providing excellent services for our residents such as street maintenance, recreational opportunities, top-notch theater presentations and a fiscally conservative government…” (Read More)

October 6, 2016 – Forum Made It Clear: Stick to The Incumbents
“To voters, I hope you vote for continuity in city government this year.” (Read More…)

October 6, 2016 – Traffic Commissioner Endorses Adam for Council
“Vote for Al Adam. He will continue to “put wood on the ball” to improve our city.” (Read More…)

October 6, 2016 – Council Candidates Face Off for First Time
“At the candidates’ first major forum Sept. 28, all four candidates spoke about the need to revitalize Thousand Oaks Boulevard, though each had his or her own approach” (Read More…)

September 29, 2016 – Thousand Oaks City Council Candidates Share Views
“Thousand Oaks Council hopefuls share their views at a candidates forum on downtown development, affordable housing, traffic and other issues facing the Conejo Valley city…” (Read More…)

September 25, 2016 – Four Seeking Thousand Oaks Council Seats“Downtown redevelopment is key issue as four candidates run for two city council seats in November election” (Read More…)

September 22, 2016 – Party Politics Play Increasing Role in City Council Race “It’s nice to not be directed by a party,” Adam said. “It’s nice to be directed by our neighbors— hat’s who we should be directed by.” (Read More…)

September 14, 2016 – Thousand Oaks Utility Project Set for Spring Completion
“Council members praised how smoothly the project has gone, especially given what Interim City Manager Andrew Powers said was its complexity.” It’s just a great project,” Adam said. “It’s going to beautify the boulevard.”(Read More…)

September 1, 2016 – Flush with Cash: Incumbent Al Adam gets early start on fundraising 
“As a council member who unifies the various factions in the community, I’m receiving contributions from all residents that believe in good government and in objective leadership,” he said in a letter to the Acorn. “People know that I am independent, impartial and that I listen to all sides of an issue.” (Read More…)

August 23, 2018 – Amazon Leases Space in Rancho Conejo
E-commerce giant Inc is opening a warehouse in Newbury Park. (Read More…)

March 16, 2017 – Work Underway on Giant Industrial Development in Newbury Park
This is great news for the city. We have a vacancy rate of less than 1 percent for industrial (buildings) so when I try to help companies looking for spaces, it’s really difficult. (Read More…)

August 18, 2016 – City Council Field Set

“Adam is seeking reelection for the first time. Adam won a seat in 2012’s general election in his third run for office…”   (Read More…)

July 13, 2016 – Thousand Oaks Looks to Revitalize Downtown Corridor

“We are an aging city, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but we have to attract some young people, as well.” (Read More…)

FIGHT IT OUT—Thousand Oaks City Councilmembers Al Adam and Claudia Bill-de la Peña along with Mayor Joel Price pose with a purpose at the Boxing Against Parkinson’s Disease Program open house on Saturday at Title Boxing Club in Newbury Park.

FIGHT IT OUT—Thousand Oaks City Councilmembers Al Adam and Claudia Bill-de la Peña along with Mayor Joel Price pose with a purpose at the Boxing Against Parkinson’s Disease Program open house on Saturday at Title Boxing Club in Newbury Park. (Photo Courtesy: The Acorn)

June 23, 2016 – Citywide SOAR to Proceed in Thousand Oaks

“With the ruling in place, the question is off the table and the council is expected to officially send the SOAR extension request to the voters at its next meeting.” (Read More…)

June 2, 2016 – Groundbreaking Arts Merger Sealed With $4M Gift From City’s Reserves

“The foundation and alliance began meeting in April 2015 to develop a long-term plan for the center’s operation that would meet the goals suggested by a City Council theaters fund budget review committee and approved by the council as a whole in June 2014.” (Read More…)

May 28, 2016 – Al Adam: The Ventura County Star Countywide Readers’ Choice Award Recipient for Best Elected Official (Read More…)

May 19, 2016 – Council Wants to Make T.O. The Rams’ Permanent Habitat

“The council hopes to see the professional franchise in T.O. long-term, even after its billion-dollar stadium in Inglewood is complete, presumably by 2019. The Rams have expressed an interest to find a permanent location—a little bit larger, more self-contained—and there may be some opportunities in Thousand Oaks” (Read More…)

May 9, 2016 – Thousand Oaks Council to Hold Annual Meeting to Consider its Top 10 List

“There’s great interest to keep the Rams here in the long term. Whether or not we have the real estate, that’s the question. A number of Rams front office staff members are settling down in Thousand Oaks” (Read More…)

April 28, 2016 – Lowe’s Gains Council Sign-Off

“In the end, the council agreed to Adam’s suggestion, which was to increase the size of the sign facing the freeway to 5 feet, which would be within the city’s guidelines.” (Read More…)

JOINING FORCES—State Sen. Fran Pavley talks with Thousand Oaks City Councilmember Al Adam and residents Jan. 14 after a meeting at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas about the wildlife crossing. (Photo Courtesy: The Acorn)

January 21, 2016 – Plans Progress for Wildlife Crossing

“Building the wildlife crossing is a regional issue, and all local cities are involved in the endeavor. We all know these animals have to be preserved for future generations.” (Read More…)

January 21, 2016 – There Are Safer Alternatives to Rat Poison

“One of the most important moments of the night happened when Thousand Oaks City Council Member Al Adam talked about the destructiveness of rodenticide poisons.  He received a huge round of applause from citizens who know what these poisons do to wildlife.” Alexandra Riggle  (Read More…)

January 16, 2016 – T.O. Turns to New Signals: Officials Hope Flashing Arrows Cut Drivers’ Wait

“….[This] is a concrete step toward having traffic flow a little better in the city of Thousand Oaks” (Read More…)

January 14, 2016 – Acorn Top 10 of the Year

“With an election looming in 2016, City Councilmember Al Adam could have steered clear of hot-button issues during his first tenure as mayor. Instead, he met them head on.” “The first-term council member made good on a campaign promise to work hard for local businesses.” (Read More…)

The Acorn's staff selection of 10 community members who truly stood out from the pack in 2015.

The Acorn’s staff selection of 10 community members who truly stood out from the pack in 2015.

January 14, 2016 – Those Who Take Risks Deserve Recognition

“They are 10 individuals who took a chance to make a difference in 2015, and their efforts caused them to stand out from the pack.” “A tribute to those individuals whose outstanding character traits help keep our city vibrant and improving.”“Our top 10 [Al Adam] have given up time and energy to make a very good thing even better.” “What all these people share in common is a refusal to accept the status quo. The way we see it, these were the real difference-makers in 2015, folks who truly cared about service to others.”  (Read More…)

January 14, 2016 – Thousand Oaks Adds Flashing Yellow Sign to Traffic Signal Mix

“How many times have you sat in a left-turn lane wanting to turn left and nobody is coming in the opposite direction? This will alleviate a little bit of that,” said Councilman Al Adam. “I think it’s a concrete step toward having traffic flow a little better in the city of Thousand Oaks.” (Read More…)

December 2, 2015 – Naming Their Price

“Andy Fox, the longest serving council member said “ Adam is the guiding force behind the sense of cooperation the current council has worked under, while the newest councilmember, Rob McCoy spoke about Adam’s characteristics that he’d like to mirror. “You have sage wisdom and a distinct love for people that I hope we all emulate,” McCoy said.

Eight past mayors, former council members, commission members, senior staff members, Supervisor Linda Parks and Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin along with other dignitaries came to pay respect to and congratulate Adam, a man they called energetic, ever present, friendly, dedicated and the “charmer in chief” (Read More…)

WORKING TOGETHER—City officials from Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley celebrate the start of a new Dial-A-Ride service that will transport seniors between East County cities. (Photo Courtesy: The Acorn)

WORKING TOGETHER—City officials from Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Simi Valley celebrate the start of a new Dial-A-Ride service that will transport seniors between East County cities. (Photo Courtesy: The Acorn)

November 11, 2015 – Thousand Oaks Council Nears Solution for Tree Protection

“Mayor Al Adam was on the Planning commission at the time and opposed the “Owner-planted” exemption. “No question, this ordinance is far stricter than what we had before,” Adam said after Tuesday’s vote.  We did away with owner-planted exemptions, which caused some consternation throughout the years.” (Read More…)

October 22, 2015 – Better Late Than Never

“The Council went above and beyond what was suggested by city staff, a sign that our elected officials got the message about protecting our oldest trees at all costs loud and clear.” (Read More…)

August 20, 2015 – Intercity Dial-A-Ride Gets Rolling

Seniors Can Get Around East County for $5 One Way (Read More…)

June 23, 2015 – Editorial: Entire City Has a Stake in T.O. Boulevard Plan

“We agree with Mayor Adam that the goal here is to “do it right”. To do that, the city needs to engage with the boulevard property owners. But the property owners need to recognize that the entire city has a stake in this discussion.” (Read More…)

February 12, 2015 – Editorial: Auto Mall Dealerships Deserve Our Support, Dollars

“We laud first time mayor Al Adam for spearheading the proposal and having the guts to say why from the dias…” (Read More…)

February 5, 2015 – Mayor Al Adam Doesn’t Give Up

Thousand Oaks Mayor Al Adam (left) chats with plant manager Chuck Rogers during a ceremony at the Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant in Camarillo last month. (Photo Courtesy: The Star)

Thousand Oaks Mayor Al Adam (left) chats with plant manager Chuck Rogers during a ceremony at the Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant in Camarillo last month. (Photo Courtesy: The Star)

“He’s someone who will not give up easily,” said council woman Claudia Bill-de la Peña. “Al is a fighter.” “He’s a good listener. I was impressed by how everyone was heard and how he drew out people on the quieter side. (Jill Lederer)” (Read More…)

December 11, 2014 – Will Al Adam Be Worth the Wait?

“Besides his sharp financial mind and passion for promoting local business…he’s serious about his promise to be an independent voice. That’s a good thing. Because it’s a voice the council needs now more than ever.” (Read More…)

December 11, 2014- Adam Takes Road Less Traveled to Mayorship

“You have a true passion and commitment for our community,” Fox told Adam at the Dec. 9 meeting, adding that Adam brings a business perspective to the council. “I think one of the reasons we function well is the diversity that we bring to the table.” (Read More…)

June 12, 2014 – Fox Says He’ll Seek a Sixth

“Claudia Bill-de la Pena “There’s still unfinished work to be done, she said. “Since Al Adam also joined the City Council (in 2012), overall the mood has changed, the relations on the council have changed.  Now more than ever, it’s really important to continue with the work that’s been started.”

Price also noted the shift in attitudes on the council which was previously dominated by warring “pro-growth” and “slow-growth” factions. “There’s been an attitude of civility that may not have existed before.” (Read More…)

April 20, 2014 – Al Adam & Claudia Bill-de la Peña: Oaks Should Not Die in Vain – Law Needs Changing

“We both voted against the proposed change because we believed then — and still do — that there is no substantive difference between a large owner-planted oak and one that grew from an acorn dropped by a parent tree. They are both trees native to our area.” (Read More…)

August 8, 2013 – City Hall Passes Pension Reform

“For the first time since the 1980s, city employees are contributing to their retirement pensions, an expense that cost taxpayers $2 million a year…” (Read More…)

July 12, 2013 – Unions, Thousand Oaks Council Sign Off on New Labor Contracts

“This is first for the city,” Councilman Al Adam said during the City Council meeting Tuesday night. “We think this is a fair way to go. It’s been costing the taxpayers $2 million a year, and it’s a cost that will no longer be incurred…  (Read More…)

June 26, 2013 – Thousand Oaks Extends Trash Hauler Contracts

“Residential and commercial customers will see a 7.5 percent reduction in rates or a $86 million combined, through 2021, when the contract expires. This is a triple win for the residents of Thousand Oaks.  It’s a win for the residents, businesses and City of Thousand Oaks which is here to provide essential services to its citizens…” (Read More…)

March 14, 2013 – And The Survey Says: Community Attitude Poll

“97 percent of those surveyed rated the quality of life in Thousand Oaks as excellent or good…” (Read More…)