I contacted Thousands Oaks, expecting to get some real results.
Here's the first letter that I received:
Thank you for contacting the City of Thousand Oaks.
Please be advised that the City of Thousand Oaks has not declared itself a sanctuary city.
The City of Thousand Oaks maintains a legislative platform. Issues such as immigration/illegal immigration, gun control, reproductive health and war are federal issues and are beyond the scope of local government. Federal issues are left to the purview of federal legislators.
Although many cities have taken positions or engage in federal issues, the City of Thousand Oaks remains neutral.
Mina M. Layba
Legislative Affairs Manager
City of Thousand Oaks
These statements are not acceptable. It's not enough to oppose something in secret, yet refuse to make a statement openly. Elected officials took an oath of office publicly--and they need to affirm that oath publicly. There is no excuse for this.
Great, Thousands Oaks has declared that they are not a sanctuary city. But this stance does not supersede or prevent the enforcement of SB 54. We need cities to take a stand against unconstitutional lawlessness emanating out of Sacramento.
I wrote a second letter blasting this quiet non-stance approach.
Then I received a letter that the matter was closed, because Mrs. Layba had sent me a response.
Then I received another letter announcing that this isssue I had presented was "in process".
This was really confusing, so I have informed as many residents in Ventura County as I can to address this issue as effectively as possible.
The City of Thousand Oaks has no excuse for sitting on the fence. They need to take a firm stance, or at the very least allow a discussion of the issues. No Ventura County resident should fear for his life, and no city official should sit on the sidelines and say nothing.
Contact the Thousand Oaks city council, and urge them to oppose and opt out of SB 54: