December 17, 2014

New Mayor Sets Priorities

Mayor Illece Buckley Weber
On December 2, Agoura Hills got its first female mayor since Louise Rishoff took the helm 16 years ago. Illece Buckley Weber was sworn in by Louise while family, friends and an enthusiastic crowd that filled the council chambers looked on.

In her first speech as Mayor, she spelled out the priorities she would pursue in her first term. A number of them are consistent with the mission of Agoura Hills Tomorrow. At the top of her list was the need to conserve water and to improve water quality in our creeks. She pledged to "explore funding options" to improve storm water runoff.

To reduce water use, Illece plans to rely on educating people about the benefits of native plants. "70% of the water in our region is used outdoors. We can lower that percentage. Here is one way: Agoura Hills is the gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains. I advocate that we open the gate and bring the Santa Monica Mountains into Agoura Hills. We can do that with the planting of natural habitat and native species that are complimentary and attractive to our homes."

Beautification of the city was also a priority. The Medea creek naturalization project from Kanan Road to Chumash Park will be the highlight of this effort. "This project is a win for water quality, a win for wildlife and a win for our residents who will be able to access and enjoy its beauty." In addition, Illece plans to continue and expand "Community Service Day" initiated by then Mayor Bill Koehler and expand the annual "Creek Clean Up Day" to encompass other parts of the city. Beautification will also include a street-scape plan for public medians and right of ways, and a fresh look at lighting and sign ordinances.

Illece also pledged to find ways to bolster the City's Cultural Arts Council by broadening community involvement and exploring a Cultural Arts Council signature event. She has also pledged to continue close cooperation with the Las Virgenes Unified School District and has joined the LVUSD Superintendent's Advisory Council. Buckley Weber rounded out her speech with a commitment to seek progress on the Agoura Village plan. "I expect to see more progress and will do whatever I can to bring our vision of Agoura Village to fruition."

1 comment:

Cyrena Nouzille said...

I support Illece in her efforts on the naturalization of our local water ways. I cannot state enough how critical this venture is, not only for ecological and conservation efforts, but to preserve the "green" scenic quality of life we have in our area. The visual blight of the concrete channel along Agoura Road from Chesebro to Kanan should be top priority and the City staff should be working with the County to make a move on this project NOW, since they move in bureaucratic slow motion.