Thousand Oaks Councilman Rob McCoy shares his community passion: Begins American Legacy Series Wednesday at Godspeak Calvary Chapel

By Michael Hernandez

(Editor’s Note:   Pastor Rob McCoy will begin a Wednesday, Sept. 13, series of messages at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, 2697 Lavery Ct., Suite 14, Newbury Park, CA 91320 on the American Legacy Series from 7-8 p.m. focusing on the nation’s heritage.)

Rob McCoy

THOUSAND OAKS—“I am a pastor, husband, father.  But I have been a Republican longer than being a Christian,” said Godspeak Calvary Pastor Rob McCoy who was elected to the Thousand Oaks City Council in 2015 (in a special election) and for a full term in 2016 with 29 percent of the vote.  The Ventura County Star supported McCoy’s bid for city council in a Oct. 3, 2016 editorial.

According to The Star, “Thousand Oaks City Council meetings used to be known around town as the “Tuesday Night Fights” because of the acrimony between members. Now it has earned the moniker, “Peace in the Valley.” Instead of a perpetually divided council that was exhibited over nearly any issue to come up for a vote, the existing council is able to engage in spirited, policy-focused debates that do not end in anger but in action. Some of the credit for that change must go to council member…Rob McCoy.”

Councilman McCoy, 56, said he wants to continue overseeing the redevelopment of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and work with the Rams NFL team to locate its permanent home in the city.

Councilman McCoy is an advocate of what he calls “Bean Patch” politics, or civic discipleship (which he will amplify in his American Legacy talks on Wednesdays at Godspeak Calvary Chapel). Pastor McCoy, with his wife Michelle, is the father of Molly, Kelly, Natasha, Daniel, and Michael and one grandson.  He has served as the Senior Pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks since April of 2001.  McCoy was born and raised in Coronado, California and came to Christ in his teens.

Thousand Oaks is a great place to live and raise a family for many reasons. Our excellent school system, beautiful parks, hiking trails and open spaces all need to be preserved. However, the most pressing issue we face in protecting that quality of life is making sure that our streets and families are safe.

“Maintaining our status as one of the safest cities in America requires devoting sufficient resources toward public safety and maintaining a close partnership between the city, county and safety departments.

“We need to continue supporting our men and women in uniform and always make the safety of our citizens and security of our community the city council’s top priority.

Balancing community character with the need for new housing is one of the toughest jobs of the Thousand Oaks City Council. We can have some impact by reducing fees and streamlining permitting processes but the underlying problems of low supply and high demand cannot be fixed overnight.

“My focus is to help those most affected by the high cost of housing – our seniors. It’s unconscionable for a Thousand Oaks resident who has lived here for decades to be forced out simply because their fixed income cannot keep up with the cost of housing.  Developing more affordable senior housing is right for Thousand Oaks and the right thing to do.

“The first question we have to answer is “What kind of city do we want in 10 years?  I love this community and will always prioritize the preservation of our quality of life. However, the idea that Thousand Oaks will be the same in 2026 as it is in 2016 is just not realistic.

“Cities and economies change and unless we want to continue to have our economy and traffic moving at a snail’s pace, we need to understand and direct that change.  That’s why the most important thing the council can do is develop a 10-year plan that recognizes the need for responsible growth and focuses on making it easier to start or grow a business in Thousand Oaks.

(Editor’s Note:  McCoy previously ran for the open California Assembly seat (district 44) of Jeff Gorrell in 2014, received 52,085 votes, but lost to Jacqui Irwin by slightly more than 5,000 votes.)


Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres – as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected].

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William Hicks
William Hicks
3 years ago

He’s avery personable guy, BUT he has yet to answer my query regarding the restriping schedule for the largest repaving project EVER in Thousand Oaks.

1) Will there be more “bike lanes” that few people use?

2) Will these bike lanes create more traffic jams by reducing car lanes?