Citizens Journal Announces T.O. City Council Candidates and Upcoming Forums

By Kevin Harris

There are three City Council Seats set to open in Thousand Oaks, each for a full four-year term, to be filled during the General Municipal Elections, being held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

Of the 11 certified candidates for those three spots, two are incumbents; Joel R. Price, and Claudia Bill-de la Pena. Long time Council Member and current Mayor, Andrew Fox, has previously announced his retirement, and will not seek re-election in November. 

Thousand Oaks City Hall

Also on the ballot in Thousand Oaks will be “Measure P,” otherwise known as the Marijuana Business Tax. This proposed tax, designed to fund local police, roads and libraries, will be hefty on the affected businesses if passed. The amounts published include rates as high as $10 per canopy square foot per employee for cultivation; 6% of gross receipts for retail cannabis businesses; and 4% for all other cannabis businesses. The city expects to raise at least $130,000 annually, if it passes.  


Following is the list of officially certified candidates currently running for the open seats on the City Council, along with any basic bio and contact information they provided to the City Clerk:

Clifford Zone

Business Owner

5519 Little Fawn Court

Westlake Village, CA 91362

Day: (818) 483-0727  Eve: (818) 632-5758

Email: [email protected]

Kevin McNamee


2755 Great Smokey Court

Westlake Village, CA 91362

Day: (805) 777-7474

Email: [email protected]

Claudia Bill-de la Pena (Incumbent)

Councilmember/Business Owner

988 Brookview Avenue

Westlake Village, CA 91361

Day: (805) 496-0809


Bob Engler

Retired Firefighter

793 Wildwood Avenue

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Day: (805) 493-1525. Eve: (805) 996-1941

Email: [email protected]

William Tomasi

Retired Attorney

1136 Del Verde Court

Newbury Park, CA 91320

Day: (805) 551-1001. Eve: (805) 495-9000


Email: [email protected]

Don Schmitz

Planning/Legislation Consultant

3007 Camino Del Zuro

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Day: (818) 338-3636. Eve: (310) 617-0773

Email: [email protected]

Thomas “Tom” Scott Adams

Wine Marketer/Wholesaler

2196 Greenpark Court

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Day: (805) 492-5751  Eve: (805) 910-6857

Email: [email protected]


Joel R. Price (Incumbent) 


872 Capitan Street

Newbury Park, CA 91320

Day: (805) 300-5201


Email: [email protected]

Ed Jones

Board Member, Conejo Recreation & Park District

4534 Cherry Valley Circle

Westlake Village, CA 91362

Day: (805) 494-0891

Email: [email protected]

Dan Twedt

Home Care Aid

1576 Norman Avenue

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Day: (805) 852-8629  Eve: (951) 232-3201


Email: [email protected]

Carrol Holst



1576 Norman Street

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Day: (573) 823-5786

Email: [email protected]

Candidate Forums coming up include one sponsored by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, on October 11, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center (60 W. Olsen Rd.). Another one, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, will be on October 17, 2018, from 7:00 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m., at the City Council Chambers, Civic Arts Plaza (2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.). 

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is a reporter, editor and journalist, previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists having worked for the LA Times and Newhall Signal. He is now also a Realtor and videographer, and lives with his two children in Thousand Oaks. 

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William Hicks

As a long standing resident of Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park, I see the decision(s) for City Council Members to be a matter of, in some cases, wether we approve of how the existing City Council Members have done well for their constituency or do we need a big change.

Kevin Harris

Dear Ms. Grace:

I am in full agreement! 🙂

But thank you for your kind words. “Succinct” is a key trait we strive for in this field.


Robin Price Grace

Nice Job, laying it out so succinctly. You should get a raise 🙂