At Tuesday night’s Thousand Oaks City Council meeting, 2 things stood out to me. One was the bad behavior of 3 of the 4 City Council members. On that subject, why didn’t Mayor Jacqui Irwin ask for order, when Andy Fox was inappropriately quzzing candidate Al Adam on his previous campaign financing? Andy Fox was using his dias-power in an intimidating way against a candidate, and, while Al Adam kept his cool and responded extremely well, that is not the point. The point is that Andy Fox was out of line, and the Mayor should have reined him in, instead of leaving it to Claudia Bill de la Pena, who was being attacked by him as well. And, I found Andy Fox’s questioning of Frank Akrey out of line, too, in regard to a meeting he had with Linda Parks, Al Adam and Claudia Bill de la Pena. What business was that of his? Mayor Irwin should have put the kabash on that line of questioning, but did not.
But, I digress. I have extreme appreciation for the 16 T.O. City Council candidates that suited up, showed up, and spoke their piece on why they wanted to be a part of the T.O. City Council. Most of them must have known they did not stand a chance of being appointed, but their love of the city and the Conejo Valley must have motivated them to take part anyway. As a resident of the Conejo Valley , I want to thank them. Although I live in Oak Park, what happens in Thousand Oaks effects all of us in the valley.
Thank you to: Albert Adam, Thomas S. Adams, Frank Akrey, Jim Bruno, Ryan A. Collins, Markus Flanagan, Debe Holzer Gillespie, Blaine Gunther, Dennis G. Lane, Billy Martin, Joel R. Price, Iqbal “Nick” Quidwai, Daryl Reynolds, Raymond Sobrino Jr., Douglas Tapking, and Michael Wurtzel.