The Rise and Fall of Measure E

The following essay is adapted from the forthcoming book TUESDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, which details the political and self-governance history of Thousand Oaks.

Twenty-five years ago, in 1996, Thousand Oaks voters were included as an official part of preserving the city’s general plan, as ordinances were enacted requiring voter approval of important general plan changes before becoming effective.  Sponsored by the two political protagonists of the time, Linda Parks authored the Parks Initiative, a precursor to the successful Ventura County open space protection campaigns, while Andy Fox championed the city-sponsored Measure E.