2010-08-26 / Front Page

Glickstein joining Oak Park MAC

By Sylvie Belmond belmond@theacorn.com

Alon Glickstein Alon Glickstein Two incumbents and one newcomer will fill three seats that were available in the November Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) elections.

Alon Glickstein, who has lived in Oak Park since 2003, is the sole candidate interesting in filling Councilmember Jay Kapitz’s seat.

Kapitz has been on the MAC for five years. He said he did not apply for a second term in order to make way for new contenders and because his work with the Democratic Party takes up much of his time.

Jan Osterhaven, senior administrative aide for Supervisor Linda Parks, said the board of supervisors is likely to appoint Glickstein to the council in October.

The appointment would save Oak Park $6,000 to $8,000. The the money could be used for public area landscaping instead of an election, Osterhaven said. MAC meetings are open to the public and take place the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in room G-9 at Oak Park High School.

Council members deal with issues of concern to the unincorporated community of Oak Park and provide recommendations to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on land use, public safety and governmental matters.

MAC members serve for four years and have no term limits.

Glickstein, 36, ran unsuccessfully in the 2008 MAC election.

“As a member of the MAC, I will dedicate myself to the residents of Oak Park,” he said.

Glickstein, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, is vice president of sales for Stealth Aerospace in Canoga Park. He and his wife, Dorothy, have three children.

“My top priority is to make our schools even better. They play a key role in the quality of life and value of our community,” he said.

Glickstein is a board member on the Community Foundation for Oak Park, a nonprofit group that supports many local organizations. Oak Park, a nonprofit group that supports many local organizations.

As a future Oak Park representative, the newcomer said he looks forward to maintaining public safety and being a liaison between residents and the county.

“My goal is to listen to everyone and communicate those needs to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. I believe everyone has an equal right to live here and at the same time respect one another,” he said.

Incumbents Mike Paule and Mike Green said they enjoy serving the community and want to continue the work they’ve started in recent years.

“To me, it’s been very rewarding. Generally, I just want to provide good sound judgment on issues we deal with,” Paule said.

He said that under his leadership the MAC was able to upgrade the landscape in public places.

“We helped to transform our landscaping. We changed vendors because we weren’t getting the service and orchestrated a tree planting program on Kanan Road to fill gaps and make Oak Park a more beautiful place than it already is,” Paule said.

Green also enjoys serving the community.

“Now that I’m retired, it’s one of the things that keeps me busy,” Green said.

Among other things, Green started the Oak Park Cleanup Day campaign and helped solve problems associated with oversized vehicles parked on neighborhood streets.

Green said that in coming years he would like to start a Volunteers in Policing program in Oak Park.

“If we had that, it would solve a lot of our problems, but costs could be a problem,” he said.

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