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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of Thousand OaksCandidate for City Council

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Al Adam

Councilmember/Financial Advisor
32,903 votes (37.66%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to make public safety our number one priority
  • Improve our infrastructure and aesthetics of our community
  • Continue to be a fiscal steward by saving millions of tax dollars each year

Experience

Experience

Profession:Councilmember/Financial Advisor
Managing Director of Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors (2012–current)
Councilmember, City of Thousand Oaks — Elected position (2012–current)
Mayor, City of Thousand Oaks — Appointed position (2015–2015)
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Thousand Oaks — Appointed position (2014–2014)
Planning Commissioner, City of Thousand Oaks — Appointed position (2004–2010)

Education

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden (1977)

Community Activities

Chair, Ventura Council of Governments (2014–current)
Founder, Alliance for the Arts (1994–current)
Board Member & Chair, YMCA (1982–2004)
Board of Governors & Chair, Civic Arts Plaza (1994–2004)

Biography

Al Adam is a City Council member and was the 51st Mayor of the City of Thousand Oaks. Al is also a Managing Director of Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors. He is focused on economic development and the preservation of our environment.

Al was elected to the City Council in 2012 after serving our community in various capacities including Planning Commissioner, YMCA Chair, founder of the Alliance for the Arts and Chair of the Civic Arts Plaza Board of Governors.

As the Mayor, Al is the chair of the Ventura Council of Governments, a member of the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County and a member of the Association of Ventura County Cities. He serves on a number of committees including Cultural Affairs, Ad Hoc City Council Thousand Oaks Boulevard Specific Plan Committee, Ad Hoc City Council Theatres Fund Budget Review Committee, Ad Hoc Cultural Arts Review Committee, City Finance/Audit Committee, City Selection Committee, and the 2064 Visioning Program Economy Committee.

After graduating from Rutgers University and moving to the City of Thousand Oaks, Al embarked on a distinguished career in the Financial Services industry. He holds the title of Premier Advisor, a designation held by a select group of Financial Advisors that reflects a superior level of professional achievement.

Al and his wife Marilyn have twin daughters Erica and Allison that are presently in their final year of high school and have been educated in the Conejo Valley Unified School District system since kindergarten. They are set to attend college at UCSB in the fall. Al is actively involved in the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. Marilyn is involved in the Volunteers of Policing program and the entire family are members of the Assistance League of the Conejo Valley.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Ventura County Star
  • Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running for re-election to the City Council as a 39-year resident determined to see that Thousand Oaks remains a great place to live. After being elected to the City Council in 2012, I served as the 51st Mayor of the City of Thousand Oaks. Before that, I was a Planning Commissioner, YMCA Chair, founder of the Alliance for the Arts and Chair of the Civic Arts Plaza Board of Governors. I have the experience it takes to lead our City.

From keeping Thousand Oaks the safest city in California, to saving millions each year on pension reform, to protecting our environment and open space, I have worked hard to keep T.O. a premier city.

The readers of the Ventura County Star selected me for the Countywide Readers’ Choice Best Elected Official Award. The Thousand Oaks Acorn named me their number one pick for the Top 10 Community Leaders. “This award is a tribute to those individuals whose outstanding character traits help keep our city vibrant and improving.

I pledge to continue to be a solid, consistent voice for all residents and to protect what matters most – our families, our friends and our community. I firmly believe that our best days are yet to come!

Position Papers

Vision

Summary
The following are several key focus areas for my next term:
Public Safety
  • Maintain a strong commitment to public safety including Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management to ensure Thousand Oaks remains the safest city in California with a population over 100,000
  Fiscal Responsibility
  • Operate City government in a fiscally and managerially responsible and prudent manner to ensure that Thousand Oaks remains one of California’s most desirable places to live, work, visit, recreate and raise a family
  • Ensure that the General Fund always remains balanced and sound financial policies are followed
  • Identify long-term challenges and put into place mitigations before challenges become issues
  Economic Development
  • Create and implement a 10-year economic strategic plan to recruit and retain businesses
  • Drive our local economy by finding a permanent location in Thousand Oaks for the Rams in-season training camp
  • Continue to attract highly trained talent to provide a skilled employment base for our local businesses
    Senior Citizens
  • Provide more quality, affordable senior housing in our community – including at the former Pinecrest School site
  • Continue to pursue opportunities for assisted living facilities
  • Maintain essential senior services such as the Goebel Senior Center, Meals on Wheels and Dial-A-Ride
  • Continue assistance via Community Development Block Grants for the quality of life of our seniors
  Revitalize our Boulevard
  • Highlight our downtown core with an infrastructure project that creates places for our friends and neighbors to
    gather and socialize
  • Install new landscaping, lighting, street furniture and pedestrian-friendly walkways
  • Attract cafes, bistros, restaurants and shops to make Thousand Oaks Boulevard an economic engine and a day and nighttime destination
  • Provide high-quality, entry-level housing to attract young professionals and to help our young citizens stay in T.O.
  Environmental Protection
  • Continue to add to our over 15,000 acres of open space to support our “Ring of Green” around the city
  • Protect our wildlife by preventing the use of commercial toxins such as rodenticides which adversely harm our environment
  • Use our oak tree ordinance to preserve our community’s natural heritage
  Transportation
  • Develop a transit master plan with supplements from the latest in ride sharing such as Uber, Lyft and driverless vehicles
  • Create public-private partnerships to deliver efficient, low-cost and responsive transit
  Water Conservation & Independence
  • Maintain the significant reductions in our City’s water conservation efforts and realize the cost savings
  • Implement the findings of the groundwater study and tap into our many dormant wells to reduce water dependence by up to 10%
  • Continue to find ways to reduce water consumption and lower the quantity of water imported from the Metropolitan Water District
  Cultural Arts Development

 

  • Continue to support our local non-profit resident theatre and music companies that provide cultural arts enrichment to our community
  • Facilitate the groundbreaking merger between the Civic Arts Plaza Foundation and the Alliance for the Arts
  • Continue the City’s commitment to community and cultural programs and services such as Performing Arts/Theatres, Libraries, TOTV, Visual Arts, Youth and Senior Programs

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