Thank you to the many who encouraged my run for Thousand Oaks City Council. It is my pleasure to brining a diverse background and creative solutions to many of the city’s challenges. We have a long road ahead to November’s election to “Make A Great City Even Better.”
Having worked in many capacities on the federal, state and local level, my desire is to bring a range of creative problem solving experience to the Thousand Oaks City Council. Areas needing attention and solutions by and for the people of the Conejo Valley include:
Stop Store Closure and Run-a-Way Business
The city’s main revenue source to operate is sales taxes. Store closure and Run-a-Way business out of the city will reduce revenue to provide services. We must make the city business friendly and attract business like bio-tech and biomedical industry to the Conejo Valley. We must eliminate needless and duplicated job-killing government regulations which is a hidden tax for consumers. Make Thousand Oaks a business friendly city.
Water sustainability and independence from Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District. By becoming independent, we can lower our water rates.
More efficient and responsive city government. Eliminate costly, job killing regulations. Eliminate duplicated city, county, state and federal regulations.
Government Employee Pension Reform
Pension reform is needed to stop shifting money from public services to CALPERS poor investment managers. Modify the city pension system to protect our city employees and keep funds available for city services. Stop the ticking time-bomb waiting to explode.
Tell Sacramento and Washington NO MORE
Fight Sacramento and Washington social engineering policies.
Support the Arts, Music and Culture
Support our community arts and commit to the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks. Make art a feature people connect with our city.
Affordable Housing and Housing Density
Any increase in city housing units should be put to a vote of the people. Uphold Measure E from 1996.
Support Service for Our Seniors
Support our ageing population so they are encouraged to be engaged and vibrant members of our community.
Gas Tax and Vehicle Registration Fees
NO to the GAS TAX and VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES which hurt the most vulnerable in our community – those who are poor and on a fixed income.
Traffic Congestion and Road Repair/Maintenance
Improve traffic flow using smart traffic light synchronisation.
Support of Public Safety and Law Enforcement
Strengthen public safety by stopping the return of criminals back into our communities who continue their crime spree and retaliation against those who cooperated with the police. We want our community to be safe for all residents. Embrace and place smart technology throughout the city, especially the downtown area. Such technology is a force multiplier by capturing the strengths of technology to increase public safety.
Intelligent Downtown Thousand Oaks Development
Develop a downtown plan that makes sense for traffic, parking, congestion, business and the community. Encourage commerce and visitors to our wonderful city by completing an intelligent down-town development. It should have adequate parking so visitors will not be forced to park on our neighborhood streets surrounding the down-town area.
No to Sales Tax Increase
No new sales tax increases in Thousand Oaks. Government needs to provide services within its means. Money in your pocket is spent the wisest.
Open Spaces and Natural Preserves
Support our open spaces, trees and nature that make the city very unique.
Reduce City Homelessness
A more efficient solution for our city homeless crisis is thorough partnerships and support with our faith-based and service organizations. They deliver the most cost efficient services for the immediate needs of the homeless. Further solutions include 1) jobs skills training to give them purpose and be productive; 2) temporary housing which are modified shipping containers; 3) pressuring Sacramento legislature to enhance mental health offerings and qualifications and 4) reverse Proposition 47 and 57 which released prisoners into our community, creating our homeless problem and increase crime. It is not only a California State and Federal issue but a community issue created by Sacramento and Washington policy makers. They broke it. They should fix it.