Bob Engler for Council 2022!

Achievements

Under my leadership as your Thousand Oaks City Councilmember, I have made some notable accomplishments. While together, there’s much more work to do, here are some highlights:

Fiscal Stability

2022

  • Invested 2.7 million dollars in rehabilitation and enhancement of the Goebel Senior Center and Teen Center
  • Secured 1.7 million Shuttered Venue Grant to ensure that our theaters remain viable
  • Approved a Draft Land Use plan to meet our 2022 Regional Housing Needs Assessment requirements.

2021

  • Approved a balanced budget while increasing services (https://www.toacorn.com/articles/city-lays-out-473m-spending-plan-for-next-two-years/)

2020

  • "Strong financial management with good financial policies and practices has enabled the City to accumulate extremely strong reserves and consistent operating surpluses" (Standard & Poors). Accordingly the City of Thousand Oaks has been assigned a AA+ long term creditworthiness rating - the same high rating as the Federal government.
  • In refunding the lease revenue bonds, the City will save $2 million in interest payment over 10 years.

2019

Public Safety Highlights

2022

2021

  • Approved enhanced crosswalk at Wendy near Charlotte
  • Purchased additional automatic license plate readers that address smash and grab robberies
  • Installed sidewalks and bike lanes to Rancho Road and Conejo School Road
  • Approved sidewalks on Los Feliz Road

2020

2019

Community & Infrastructure Highlights

2022

  • Approved over 60 miles of road reconstruction and resurfacing city wide
  • Approved Conejo Trails bridge to improve access to Wildwood Park and improved access to Hill Canyon Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Supported the creation of a Microgrid project at the Hill Canyon Waste Water treatment plant which will take the plant 100% off the Edison Grid.
  • Purchased the first two all electric buses.
  • Added additional solar panels to the Municipal Service Center
  • Approved the undergrounding of electrical transmission lines to increase safety and to beautify a portion of Janss road East of Moorpark Road
  • Funded the emergency repair of a needed water reservoir near Janss Road (https://www.toacorn.com/articles/reservoir-may-be-badly-damaged/)
  • Lobbied and received a $1.5 million federal grant to re-establish the well at the Los Robles Golf course.

2021

  • Support the creation of a new neighborhood park on Paige Lane with a 1.5 million Dollar grant to the Recreation and Parks District

2020

2019

  • City Awarded the Construction Management Association of America’s Southern California ProjectAchievement Award (2018 Paving Program)
  • In memory of those who passed away in the Borderline tragedy, we built and opened a healing garden on the one year anniversary.
  • Created a pre-screening process for all new residential developments. Pre-Screenings encourage transparency and public discourse. (Read More...)
  • Lobbied and received a $6 million grant to verify the feasibility of the ground water source from the Los Robles Golf Course that could offset 10% of the imported water needs.
  • Preserved and refurbished the historic Timber School (the first school in the Conejo Valley) while providing for much needed affordable workforce housing in our community.
Environment Highlights

The City is well-known for its green environmental policies. Click Here to view a full list of awards.

2022

  • Water resources are in the forefront of the community. In addition to developing new water sources I established a regional working group to address regional approaches to water resiliency
  • To support the transition to electrical vehicles approved additional electric vehicle charging station at city building and facilities.
  • We became the first city in Ventura County to be fully compliant with AB 1383 which reduces organic waste in landfills
  • Added more than 100 acres to our dedicated open space.

2021

2020-2022

  • Developing a City-wide Climate & Environmental Action Plan that will improve public health and quality of life.
  • Went out to bid for 625,000 kilowatt-hours of energy as a solar canopy at the city's Municipal Service Center.
  • After banning rodenticides in the City of Thousand Oaks, in August of this year, we requested the banning rodenticides across the State of California via AB1788.
  • Leading the effort in partnership with Amgen and the Surfrider Foundation to phase out single-use plastics especially polystyrene commonly known as styrofoam.
  • Installed LED lighting at the Grant Brimhall Library which will reduce lighting energy usage by 60% and saves $34k per year in electricity costs while reducing our carbon footprint
  • Supported AB 1788 - expanding the prohibitions on the use of pesticides with specific anticoagulants to the entire state to protect mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, owls and hawks (Apex predators).

2019

Public Transportation Highlights
  • 2020

    • Secured $3.5 million in CARES Act relief funds to support Dial-A-Ride & public bus services that have been impacted adversely by COVID-19.
    • Directed staff to evaluate the City's bus system to determine if improvements were needed and ultimately implemented new bus routes for the convenience of our residents.
    • Redesigned the Thousand Oaks Transit Center's bus parking area and added an accessible pedestrian path from both lower parking lot as well as Rancho Rd to bus loading areas.
Job, Economic Development & Saving Tax Dollars

I worked to address a shortage of housing in our community. Here are a few of the projects that will bring needed housing

2022

2021

  • 2020-2022

    • I have advanced the development of an innovative BioTech company hub for life sciences and technology. This will drive young professionals to our City by providing high paying scientific and managerial jobs.
      • Thousand Oaks has been on the forefront of attracting high-paying tech business and biotech jobs.
      • Six startups and three buildings in place due to close collaboration with venture capital firms Alexandria and Westlake BioPartners.
    • To secure more favorable rates for trash pickup for each resident and business in our City, I voted to put the $20-million annual waste-hauling contract out to bid for the first time in the City’s history. I then voted in favor of a new contract with Athens Services which provides improved services at a lower cost for residents.
    • The build out of the Campus Master Plan will create hundreds of local construction jobs in addition to providing long term economic sustainability through the introduction of new restaurants, cafes and shops.
    • Installed LED lighting at the Grant Brimhall Library which will reduce lighting energy usage by 60% and saves $34k per year in electricity costs while reducing our carbon footprint

    2019

    • Encouraged the BioTech industry to further invest in our City by modifying the Municipal Code. This modification created a new category called "Technology and Life Sciences" which recognizes the desirability of this clean and job-rich sector.
    • Actively fought and averted a 32.1% $4 million water rate hike on behalf of 18,000 T.O. residents
    • Lobbied and received a $6 million grant from the State to build a groundwater treatment plant at the City's publicly owned golf course that will offset 10% of water needs at a lower cost than expensive imported water. The operating costs of the plant will be offset by revenue from the sale of water.
    • The economic impacts of the Rams in-season training facility in our City are being realized through sales tax revenue, job creation and real estate transactions.
The Arts Highlights

2021

  • Supported the Arts with an emergency $500,000 grant to TO Arts.
  • The Civic Arts Plaza received the Ventura County Star Readers’ Choice Award for Best Live Theater.

2019+

  • The reimagined Civic Arts Plaza campus will include a new amphitheater and town square along with restaurants, shops and cafes which will promote activity before and after shows. This project will help ensure the long-term success of the Fred Kavli and Scherr Forum theatres.

2019

Seniors & Social Services Highlights

I cannot begin to tell you how appreciative the residents have been who have (in the past benefited) from these grants,

- Kathryn Goodspeed, President of Senior Alliance for Empowerment (SAFE) 

2022

  • Granted $100,000 to 24 non-profits serving those in need in our community
  • Distributed $1.12 Million in CARES Act funds to Lutheran Social Services, Turning Point, Harbor House and others

2021

  • Voted to assist Senior Concerns on emergency repairs to their facility serving isolated seniors with a $35,000 grant.

2020

2019