Big money developers have contributed heavily to the campaigns of those running for re-election. The developers want to push through major building projects which will change the city’s personality and appeal forever. Development must preserve the look and feel that brought us here and what we cherish. I am pro-business and pro-development, however, I do not want Thousand Oaks to become Sherman Oaks. This happened in Goleta, CA, just north of Santa Barbara. Big money came in and were able to get their people elected to city council and approved massive building projects. Goleta residents are unhappy with what happened and can never go back.
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.
Those who contribute to my campaign do so knowing that I am grateful for their support but it will not curry special privileges, favors, or votes. Contribute because you like the vision of government’s role in your life.