TO City Council Improves Resident Golfing Program and Says Goodbye to Retiring Fire Chief

By Kevin Harris

The Thousand Oaks City Council made golfing easier for residents, and said goodbye to the city’s longtime, retiring Fire Chief during Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting.  

Resident Golf Cards

During the meeting’s only Public Hearing (Item 8A), the City Council considered amending the city’s Resident Golf Program, established in 1992, to streamline procedures for residents, and to expand resident zip codes within the program. The presentation was given by Melissa Hurtado, Revenue Operations Manager. 

The RGP, setup to allow Thousand Oaks residents to reserve tee times at public golf courses a day earlier, at discounted prices, currently requires residents to come to City Hall to purchase their golf card and to prove residency. 

The changes being proposed in the amendment include transferring basic management of the RGP Program from City Hall to Los Robles Greens Golf Course; allowing residents to apply for their discounts online; and expanding the resident pool zip codes by adding 91320, 91360, 91361, and 91362. 

There were no public speakers on hand during the meeting, so the council went right into their comment and question period after the staff presentation. One additional potential change to the RGP, which was discussed after the presentation between City Council and staff, is re-defining “resident” as it applies to the program, to be determined by the City Manager, rather than the City Council. Mayor Andrew Fox suggested that long time city volunteers, such as those at Los Robles Hospital, should be given RGP Cards, an idea which fellow council members and staff were highly supportive of, but staff reminded the Mayor that such ideas need not go back to the council for approval if the amendment is adopted. 

The council voted to approve the Amendment, unanimously. 

City Council Says Goodbye to Fire Chief

Earlier in the evening, during “Special Presentations and Announcements” (Item 5B), the City Council held a Special Commendation for retiring city Fire Chief Ted Smith. Given by Mayor Fox, the presentation included appearances by Police Chief Tim Hagel, who is a lifelong close friend of Smith, County Fire Chief Mark Mark Lorenzon, incoming new Fire Chief John Spikerman, and even the entire Thousand Oaks Fire Department was on hand for photos. 

“Beyond a great professional, Ted is a great individual. A great father, a great husband, a great community Leader,” Mayor Fox said of the Fire Chief, who officially retires on Friday, February 9, 2018, after 37 years. “I can say as a colleague, you achieved what all of us want to achieve, you left it better than you found it. Congratulations,” Fox added. 

Mayor Andrew Fox

Fire Chief Ted Smith

The next Thousand Oaks City Council Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 6:00 pm. To access the meeting agenda, or to watch the video of the meeting, please go to the following URL, then scroll down and click on “City Council:”


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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