DEPARTING COUNCILWOMAN REFLECTS ON SUCCESSES, REGRETS.Byline: Enrique Enrique (IPA [en'ɾike]) is the Spanish form of the name Henry. As a given name, it ranked 298 out of 1219 for males of all ages in the 1990 U.S. Census. Rivero Daily News Staff Writer
As she approaches the end of a slightly abbreviated four-year tenure, Councilwoman Jaime Zukowski claims her share of victories - plus a few regrets.
Zukowski said she looks back with satisfaction that the city has a volunteer-based public safety program and is asking voters in November to increase the bedroom tax on new construction - issues she has long championed.
Along with those successes, however, she has seen her share of frustrations, the most notable being the lack of support for beefing up the city's public transportation system.
But as she prepares to leave for her new home in Colorado, Zukowski sees a bright future for Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. because of a characteristic that she considers essential for the city's continued vitality vi·tal·i·ty
1. The capacity to live, grow, or develop.
2. Physical or intellectual vigor; energy. - widespread community involvement by people who share her ideals.
``I see many more people sharing and expressing and becoming active in expressing their ideas,'' Zukowski said. ``I knew in running for the council in 1992 that most people had similar hopes and expectations, and I still feel that.
``We really are at a crisis point in maintaining Thousand Oaks' best qualities that drew most people here and the large employers here, and made the property values healthy here.''
Zukowski said last week that the July 23 council meeting will be her last. She will formally resign sometime in mid-August when her family moves to Boulder Boulder, city, United States
Boulder, city (1990 pop. 83,312), seat of Boulder co., N central Colo.; inc. 1871. A Rocky Mountain resort and a suburb of Denver, it is the seat of the Univ. of Colorado (1876). , Colo. She announced her impending im·pend
intr.v. im·pend·ed, im·pend·ing, im·pends
1. To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.
2. resignation in May, citing her husband's transfer from Amgen in Thousand Oaks to its Colorado office.
Zukowski's council seat is one of two open on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Also on the ballot will be the seat held by Councilman Michael Markey, who was elected in the June 1995 special election to complete the remaining 18 months on Frank Schillo's term. Schillo was elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors The examples and perspective in this article or section may represent an unduly geographically limited view of the subject.
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The Board of Supervisors is the body governing counties in the U.S. and gave up his council seat about halfway through his term. Markey has said he will run for re-election.
Zukowski won election on her first try at a council seat on a controlled-growth platform in November 1992. She frequently has been allied with Councilwoman Elois Zeanah on land-use and development issues, leading detractors to call the pair ``the Two Zs.''
She notes with pleasure some of the projects that came to fruition fru·i·tion
1. Realization of something desired or worked for; accomplishment: labor finally coming to fruition.
2. Enjoyment derived from use or possession.
3. during her council tenure.
Among the most pleasing was the Community Oriented o·ri·ent
1. Orient The countries of Asia, especially of eastern Asia.
a. The luster characteristic of a pearl of high quality.
b. A pearl having exceptional luster.
3. Policing Program, which relies in part on local volunteers to make it work and which was partly a result of the city's first Crime Symposium symposium
In ancient Greece, an aristocratic banquet at which men met to discuss philosophical and political issues and recite poetry. It began as a warrior feast. Rooms were designed specifically for the proceedings. several years ago.
She is also happy with the storefront sheriff's station, staffed by volunteers, where residents can file crime reports, obtain crime-fighting information and find other police services.
``Having citizen volunteers is probably the best move the city of Thousand Oaks has made in years,'' she said.
She is also happy that the council majority has come to agree with her and Zeanah on the importance of increasing the bed tax on new development to help pay for open space and park acquisition and maintenance.
But she regrets that little has been done to improve public transportation or to encourage people to use it. The system's routes, headways and schedules need much improvement, yet not enough has been done to improve them, she said.
She also backs a proposed central city shuttle shuttle: see loom.
In the weaving of cloth, a spindle-shaped device used to carry the crosswise threads (weft) through the lengthwise threads (warp). Not all modern looms use a shuttle; shuttleless looms draw the weft from a nonmoving supply. linking the city's main shopping malls. The council majority has been lukewarm luke·warm
1. Mildly warm; tepid.
2. Lacking conviction or enthusiasm; indifferent: gave only lukewarm support to the incumbent candidate. to her suggestion.
``I'm still convinced that money spent in those areas is money well spent, and we will eventually be forced to do so,'' she said.
Photo: (color) Jaime Zukowski leaves the City Council knowi ng she spearheaded change in her four years.
Dusty Locke/Special to the Daily News