Having lived in Calabasas for over 34
years, I am very aware of the changes time has brought. I know
the terror of being ringed on three sides by fire, of watching the
water rise to flood in the unrelenting rain. I know the
sadness that comes from losing the high meadow that sparkled in the morning sun to development.
I want to continue the Calabasas
tradition of reverence for the environment. At the same time, we
need the income that results from commerce in order to survive as an
independent city. The striking of a balance between
environmental protection and generation of necessary income is the
responsibility of the council. Continuing stewardship of the
land can't be done without money.
Fiscally, I am conservative.
The previous councils also have been fiscally responsible, so I
would assuredly continue the tradition. There are major
decisions to be made in the near future, namely building a new city
hall and library. These will require long term financing of
significant sums. Evaluation of the various financing plans,
and deciding on the most appropriate one for Calabasas will be one
of the most important council actions. The results will be
with us all for 30 years or more. Having owned a business, I
believe that I can effectively contribute to council
We need passive and active parks so
that we can all play ball, skate, or just sit and enjoy
nature. We must use every tool, take advantage of every
opportunity to acquire every inch of park/open space we can.
We need a transit service that allows
our elderly and children, especially, to be able to come and go as
they wish. We shouldn't have to depend upon temporary
grants. I want to work to remove our area from MTA authority
so the sales tax transit surcharge can benefit us directly.
The newly adopted North Area Plan
generally governs the areas surrounding our city, and it is a good
one. I want to be vigilant in making sure it is strictly
enforced so our traffic and quality of life will not suffer.
As Calabasas approaches its 10th
anniversary, I want to expand efforts to engage the intelligence and
creativity of Calabasas residents for the benefit of all.
Please vote for Karmen Brower for City Council on March 6th.