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.
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.
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.
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 state or federal issue but a community issue created by Sacramento and Washington policy makers. They broke it now they should fix it.