T.O. Has a Choice between Developers or their Heritage Oak Trees



By Gail Hubbs

I’m sitting in my house located in “Thousand Oaks”,  reading from our local newspaper named “The Acorn”, and people wonder why there’s such an uproar over preserving our city’s oaks. 

The city seal is an oak tree stamped on City Hall and every city bus and utility truck whose frequent route is Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Our hospital, Los Robles means oak in Spanish.  But as time goes on we continue to hear about more and more details and plans added to accommodate the construction of our downtown that disturbs us.  Excluding Claudia Bill-de la Pena, many believe this vision belongs to the city council members and the developers who gain financially from this project. 

It’s important to know that if these plans are approved, it already includes the removal of 12 oaks and 11 black walnut trees, and the total number of oaks that might be cut down could be as many as 38.  Like COTA (Conejo Oak Tree Advocates), who are actively fighting to preserve our priceless oaks, many of our residents are not in opposition to a downtown restoration, we simply want a height restriction of no more than 3 stories, and think the contractors will have to come up with a more thoughtful and creative way to build that doesn’t “encroach/kill” our oaks.  Some of these trees, like the one located at what was Lupe’s restaurant are hundreds of years old! 

This treasure is our city’s heritage that dates back generations before we even walked this earth.  If you want to see our original plan for Thousand Oaks upheld, one powerful way is through the voting process.  Andrew Fox will be stepping down from the City Council, leaving a vacancy.  Why not find a candidate who shares our passion for preserving our inheritance?  In the meantime, make it a priority to attend the Tuesday, August 28 City Council meeting at 6pm when a final vote will be made concerning the downtown project. 

Come and let your voice be heard.  If we don’t speak now, these treasures will be forever lost.

Gail Hubbs is a resident of Newbury Park     

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Timothy Bond

Nice editorial Gail!