As a city with a historic care for our openspace, trees, and native plants & animals, we must continue to ensure that the policies we enact protect the environment and lead in the fight against climate change. I personally have benefitted from growing up in a community with such an expansive natural landscape. If elected, I would continue to care for this asset of our city, while also fighting for policies that protect our environment even more aggressively. It is not enough to merely protect our trees and openspace. If we are going to be a leader in caring for our environment, we have to actively target several areas of concern that, if left unaddressed, could be detrimental to our city and the future generations. We need to look to other cities that have led in these areas and learn from them. On the council, I will explore actions we can take at the city level, as well as collectively as citizens to maintain the beautiful community we know and love. We need to continue the legacy of environmental care that the City of Thousand Oaks has had, and become a leader for other communities to follow.