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n November of 2015 Linda Northrup, a local resident and

lawyer was elected to the Agoura Hills City Council – filling

the seat vacated by the retiring John Edelston. While she may be a new member to the city council, Linda’s story in Agoura Hills begins well before the founding of the City.

Linda’s parents moved to Agoura Hills in 1971. Her father found work in Hollywood and her mother insisted the family move to the area because of the great reputation of the Las Virgenes Unified School District. Linda went to Agoura High School (the first councilmember to do so) and attended both UCLA and Hastings Law School. After finishing her education, Linda moved back to Agoura Hills in 1982 and began her legal career working for a

firm on the west side of Los Angeles. In 2006 she married her husband David, also a lawyer, and opened their law firm Northrup Schlueter in Conejo Valley.

Linda has a long resume of community involvement in Agoura Hills. When her daughter was young, Linda volunteered for her schools, most notably with the boosters for the music program at Agoura High School. After her daughter moved away to college, Linda decided to get more involved in her community and signed up her office to participate in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program for emergency and disaster readiness.

She also was appointed to the Agoura Hills Planning Commission to replace the vacancy created by the election of Illece Buckley Weber. As part of that role, Linda was heavily involved in the development of the Agoura Village Specific Plan. This plan, which solicited a huge amount of community input in its development, is a mixed use residential and commercial plan covering the area near the intersection of Agoura Road and Kanan Road. Linda speaks with pride of her work on the project, realizing that we need to have great planning to develop appropriate space in the city while preserving what makes Agoura Hills great; the majestic vistas of the Santa Monica Mountains seen from every single neighborhood.

When asked about her plans as a councilmember for Agoura Hills, Linda said one of her primary concerns is making sure the city is ready for the effects of El Niño. As she explained, “It’s great that we are getting the rain we need to get out of this drought, but we need to be proactive and make sure we are working on conservation so

we don’t get back into a drought.”

Linda also wants to see the retail centers in Agoura Hills thrive. As she put it, “Retail is going through a transition. We need to figure out what, if any purpose, brick and mortar retail is going to serve in the future – but I want to stay the course [on building retail in Agoura Village].”

The most exciting thing about Linda Northrup is her energy and passion for service. “I don’t do something unless I am going to do

it well,” she said. Anyone who has ever met her is likely to agree.

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