Covid-19 Response

The full impact of Covid-19 on our community is not yet known, but it’s no secret that many are hurting — all of us impacted in one way or another. Some of us may have been directly impacted with friends or family members who contracted this disease. As a City, we have lost a number of our fellow citizens.

Public safety is of critical importance as we deal with this new crisis. Make no mistake about it, this is an issue of the safety of the public. We are all challenged by this new reality and we all have a part in minimizing exposure to this disease — which includes social distancing, frequent handwashing and wearing masks to help protect others. As your Councilmember, I will continue to pursue best practices and fact-based evidence that will help keep our community safe. Thousand Oaks residents have a tremendous spirit, one that has gotten us through unimaginable tragedies before, and will once again help us recover from this most recent one.

As a city, we need to do whatever we can to return those struggling back to a sense of normalcy when it is deemed safe to do so. Your elected leaders also need to be focused on restoring the local economy and returning quality of life to those impacted responsibly, with health and safety at the forefront of the decision-making process. Quality of life begins with the ability to work and keep our families and community safe.

We know that hundreds of local businesses have been forced to shutter their doors, placing thousands of our family, friends and neighbors out of work. This financial hardship will not go away as quickly as it came. Many of these small businesses provide essential services within Thousand Oaks and the surrounding areas. Some of these businesses struggled prior to this pandemic, leaving their future success in question.

As your Councilmember, in addition to prioritizing the safety and health of all of residents, I will also focus on engaging with businesses of all sizes to see to it that impediments to their re-opening, rebuilding and continued success are adjusted to recognize our new reality. I will work with The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, the voice of businesses in our community, to adjust local ordinances wherever possible in an effort to get people back to work and reset our local economy.

This is a complex and layered issue that needs leadership and guidance on its collective impacts affecting residents’ health and quality of life and our local businesses’ ability to thrive and adapt. We will need to work together to rebuild safely, and I’m prepared to navigate the difficult and necessary decisions that will need to be made to protect our residents and our local economy.

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