It's time for a fresh perspective on the Thousand Oaks City Council. Kyle is running to ensure that we are able to keep the amazing quality of life for which Thousand Oaks is renowned, while prioritizing pressing issues such as our changing climate, housing, and the recovery of small businesses from the pandemic.
Now is the time to elect a city-first leader like Kyle who is service oriented, and has the roots and resources to bring our community together to tackle the most important issues we face.
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HOUSING & AFFORDABILITY
I had the privilege of being able to move into a modest home here in Thousand Oaks back in 2016. Had I tried to move into that exact same house today - I would not be able to afford it. This is a problem, and I’m one of the lucky ones. Many people who have had childhoods here have since moved away and are unable to return because they can not afford to do so. Thousand Oaks simply does not have enough housing to support the next generation of residents who would like to call our incredible city home.
Beyond needing more affordable housing, it’s time we take a hard look at how we can help residents in a time when inflation is skyrocketing while wages are stagnant. During the pandemic we saw city services like TOTransit become free - and it should remain that way. So much of our economy is dependent on circumstances outside of local control, so let’s make sure we are doing everything we can to make Thousand Oaks livable with what we can control.
OPEN SPACE & THE ENVIRONMENT
Thousand Oaks has long prided itself on the incredible ring of open space we have spent decades ensuring we protect. My son and I benefit from the beauty of our local trails. Now is the time to take the passion with which we have protected the incredible nature surrounding us, and focus it on one of the greatest issues facing the modern era - the changing climate we are already feeling the consequences of. Whether it’s being evacuated from your home in the middle of November to escape a historic brush fire, or losing power critical to life saving devices during a windy afternoon because of old utilities, or spending thousands of dollars removing your lawn so we can have water to drink – it’s clear that the City of Thousand Oaks must weave the protection of our environment in to everything we do. This will require a multi-faceted approach; one that encourages residents to use electric appliances, insists new buildings are created with the environment in mind, and supports our partner agencies like CRPD as they ensure brush is cleared to protect our homes and businesses. I am ready to usher in an all-hands-on-deck approach, so Thousand Oaks is a leader in environmental sustainability.
THE LOCAL BUSINESS ECONOMY
One of my fondest childhood memories growing up in Thousand Oaks is from the evenings my parents wanted a night to themselves. My sister and I would head to the Sizzler on Moorpark Road with our grandparents. That cheesy toast (if you know, you know). Of course, looking back on it now we went there in part because it was one of only a handful of restaurants to go at the time! We are fortunate to have many locally owned shops, cafes, wineries, restaurants, retailers, artists, and many more who have made Thousand Oaks their home. The pandemic has been felt by all of us - and the local business economy just as much. Reduction in foot traffic and staff has meant some closing their doors, while others still struggle to stay open. It’s critical to support them as we continue to face the pandemic and eventual recovery as we climb out of it. Whether it’s permanent ordinances to allow for more seating in a restaurant, or dedicated space for locally owned businesses in new developments- we should be talking about all of it. Local businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and I will support them as such.
I believe in leadership that empowers others and is rooted in collaboration. My goal as a council member will be to find that common ground where we, as a collective council, put the best interests of our city and its residents first. The council chambers do not need to be home to ideological battlegrounds. It’s a body of representatives elected to serve in a manner that leads to action that best supports our city goals and city residents. Council members have a duty to cultivate ideas and feedback from our community, pair that with experienced city staff recommendations, and identify actionable next steps that serve the greatest good, protecting what we love about our way of life, while evolving in other areas to ensure all of our residents have equitable access to be able to participate as a stakeholder and have a voice in our community.