Illece Buckley-Weber On the Issues

Issue statements by candidates are quoted from public media statements either direct or edited for brevity.

Do you support the present coronavirus policies of Ventura County and affiliate cities? Do you support current plans to reopen business and other public venues prior tothe general availability of a COVID-19 treatment and/or vaccine? What would youchange?

As Agoura Hills is in Los Angeles County, we are subject to the Stay at Home Public Health Order from  LA County. I have been participating in weekly calls with the LA County Department of Public Health since January, 2020, and I have the utmostconfidence in the Department. The city of Agoura Hills has held steadfast in maintaining compliance and are likely to continue on this path. Our Council has no plans to reopen any businesses without the County's guidance.

If yes, what are the necessary conditions under which a full reopening could take place? If no, why not and to what degree could public and business activities be restored in the meantime?

My first priority is for children to return to school safely. However, I am not in favor of a full re-opening until our schools have been reopened for 3 weeks and the scientific evidence shows that our students, teachers and staff are safe and the virus is not spreading.

As the Mayor of the City of Agoura Hills, we were leaders in the creation of temporary permits for our eateries and retailers to expand the dining and retail capacity outdoors. We have also created a temporary permit for other businesses such as hairsalons, fitness studios, etc. to conduct business outside until it is safe to conduct such businesses indoors again and for non-commercial businesses, such as places of worship.These actions have helped our small businesses.

When and if the County of Los Angeles amends its Order to include the next step of allowing businesses to operate indoors, we will monitor and assist our businesses to be sure that the County's protocols, which always include face coverings, social distancing and hand washing/sanitizing, are being followed.

How, specifically, would you help to improve or reform the local Police Department?

The City of Agoura Hills contracts with the LA County Sheriff's Department. We have recently tasked our law enforcement subcommittee to engage with our local law enforcement - Lost Hills Sheriff's Department - to discuss use of force, reforms and other issues to determine how and for what our contract dollars are being spent.

If re-elected, what, if any, remedies to systemic racism would you help Agoura Hills implement?

As Mayor of the City of Agoura Hills, I have directed staff to update its Diversity Training for employees to be sure that employees understand and appreciate religious, racial and cultural differences among our staff and residents. I will attend webinars to be educated on how to recognize and implement change.

Why are you running for re-election to the Agoura Hills City Council? 

It has been a privilege to serve as the Mayor Pro Tem during the Woolsey Fire and as Mayor in these challenging times. Consistency is important and I believe that experience counts and leadership matters. Protecting the safety and well-being of our residents, and supporting our local businesses – the heart and soul of our small town – has been and will continue to be my top priority. 

 

During my tenure on the Council, we have accomplished so much:

• Restored Medea Creek, inviting wildlife back into the city.

• Collaborated with LVUSD, providing before-school supervision reducing traffic on Kanan Road.

• Obtained funding for a stormwater treatment plant to ensure only clean waterleaves our city boundaries.

• Approved a linear park along Agoura Road with walking paths and native landscape.

• Added to our Art in Public Places.

• Created a landscape plan for our public streets and medians.

• Expanded our open space for future generations.

 

There is more to do and I’m eager to continue. I want to fulfill the real vision of Agoura Village (which will include affordable housing), complete our Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases and maintain Agoura Hills’ unique character. 

Have you previously held public office? If yes please provide a list with dates. 

I was first elected to the Agoura Hills City Council in 2011 after serving 6 years onthe City’s Planning Commission (an appointed position) I was re-elected in 2015 and have served as Mayor in 2015 and again in 2020.

Please list and describe any pro bono or community service work, includingname(s) of organization(s). 

I have served on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committeesince 2011. Prior to 2011, I was a member of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation, a Board member of the Fountainwood Homeowners Association, a parent volunteer for both of my children's schools from Pre-K through 12th grade and was the Team Parent for Boy’s Basketball for 4 years. I served on the Boards of Century City Bar Associationand Women Lawyers of Los Angeles in the 80’s and 90’s. 

Name up to three ways that you will contribute to improving Agoura Hillsthrough its City Council. 

I will continue my management during Covid-19, which has answered questions and calmed nerves and work with our local businesses to help them succeed during the pandemic.

I will continue working to reduce greenhouse gases by educating our residents to implement our climate action plan and to protect our open space.

I will work to fulfill the State's mandate to build affordable housing to diversify our community and to enable those who work in our community to live here.

Name the three most important current public issues that Agoura Hillscurrently faces, or that you expect it to face during the course of your term in office.

 

Maintaining the small town feel of Agoura Hills by assisting our local businesses so that we don’t become a community of shuttered businesses, chain stores and restaurants due to Covid-19 and/or over development.

Implementing our Climate Action Plan to ensure that we are doing our part to reduce greenhouse gases and fight climate change.

Meeting the demands for affordable housing while protecting the city from over development. All of Agoura Hills is located in high or very high fire severity zones and we must protect our evacuation routes so that our residents (and their horses) will be safe in the event of a disaster. 

 

Do you plan to run for higher office in the future?

I do not have any plans to run for any other office.

Please list candidates you have endorsed publicly, if any.

For 2020, I have endorsed Senator Henry Stern for re-election, Linda Northrup forre-election to the Agoura Hills City Council, Mayors Alicia Weintraub (Calabasas) and Kelly Honig (WLV), Kiyomi Kowalski, Linda Menges and Kate Vadehra for Las Virgenes Unified School Board.

Please list candidates and organizations that have endorsed you, if any.

Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters

Congressmember Ted Lieu

State Senator Henry Stern

State Assemblymember Richard Bloom

L.A County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks

L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslovsky (ret.)

Agoura Hills Councilmember Deborah Klein Lopez

Agoura Hills Councilmember Linda Northrup

Agoura Hills Councilmember Chris Anstead

Agoura Hills Planning Commission Chair, John Asuncion

Agoura Hills Planning Commission Vice Chair, Murtaza Mogri

Agoura Hills Planning Commissioner Kate Anderson

Agoura Hills Planning Commissioner Jeremy Wolf

Former Commissioner Curtis Zacuto

Former Commissioner Phil Ramuno

Former Commissioner Cyrena Nouzille

LVUSD President, Lesli Stein

LVUSD Boardmember Angela Cutbill

LVUSD Boardmember Linda Menges

LVUSD Boardmember Mathy Wasserman

Former LVUSD Board President Dave Moorman

Former LVUSD Board President Pat Schulz

District Librarian Tina Johnson

LVUSD Candidate Kiyomi Kowalski

I was endorsed by Sierra Club - Los Angeles Chapter in 2011 and 2015 and anticipate they will endorse me again in 2020. I have not heard back from them yet.

I was endorsed by National Women's Political Caucus SFV in 2011 and 2015 and anticipate that the Board at this month's meeting will endorse me again.

I was endorsed by LA County Firefighters Local 1014 in 2011 and 2015 and anticipate that they will endorse me again in 2020. I have not heard back from them yet.

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