January 2, 2015

Happy New Year from AgouraHillsTomorrow.org

One year ago, we founded AgouraHillsTomorrow.org to help preserve the vision of our city as Gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains, and to provide a historical perspective on policies enacted at the beginning of cityhood and why they may still be relevant today.

Each of us has had the privilege of serving as Mayor of Agoura Hills, beginning with the very first City Council in 1982. Before that, we were just “Agoura,” a western outpost of L.A. County. Peaceful and still rural, families were drawn here from the stresses of urban living by our oak-studded hills, cool breezes, and the promise of a special place to put down roots.
But some saw our region as an opportunity for unfettered development, bringing massive grading of hillsides, traffic congestion, loss of heritage oaks, runaway billboards, and the excessive glare of  commercial light pollution dominating our night skies and moonlit ridgelines.

Although we lived on the fringe of the Los Angeles megalopolis, we were determined not to be swallowed up by it. Since 1982, in election after election, that determination has held.

As we begin this new year, we will be sharing our thoughts on issues that we believe impact our high quality of life. Mostly, however, we want to hear from you. What is your vision for Agoura Hills for the next 20 years? What changes have you seen that you feel have benefited the city? What changes would you like to see made?

This blog is sent to everyone on our City Council and the City Manager. We intend it to be a positive opportunity for all Agoura Hills residents to participate in shaping the City’s future. We hope you will find it interesting, and that you will be a part of the discussion over the next year. Thank you!

Former mayors Fran Pavley, Ed Corridori, Louise Rishoff, Joan Yacovone, Dan Kuperberg, Darlene McBane, Jack Koenig, Jeff Reinhardt

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