I believe cities, not the state, should dictate the character of their community. Thousand Oaks has long been known for its stance on growth, a position that has served us well for the past many years. The one-size-fits-all approach being legislated at the state level may work for large metropolitan areas, but it completely ignores the fabric and lifestyle of Thousand Oaks.

The recent RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment) allocation for the City of Thousand Oaks calls for the citing of roughly 2,600 additional housing units. This RHNA cycle runs from 2021 to 2029 and requires that these units be sited within the Housing Element of our General Plan, which is currently under review. There is no requirement this number of units be built, but the law requires the land be designated to allow for a minimum of this number, encompassing all housing levels.

Efforts by Sacramento legislators to allow “by-right” development circumvents the wishes of our residents. Once back on council, I will again be a vocal opponent to any such efforts to interfere with local decision making and will actively lobby against those efforts through my involvement with the League of California Cities.

My priority will be reviewing and identifying responsible development as it’s presented to council that is in line with the vision of our city and local residents, and that fits the needs of our community.

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