The Calabasas City Council is composed of five members elected at large on a
non-partisan basis to serve four year overlapping terms. Municipal elections are held the
first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd numbered years, with three Councilmembers selected at one election and two at the next. The March
4, 2003 election
has two council seats open.
The Council is the
legislative policy-making branch of City government. It is the Council's
responsibility to enact ordinances, resolutions and orders necessary for
governing the affairs of the City, to approve or amend the annual
budget, to authorize contracts on behalf of the City, act as the final
appeal body on rulings of commissions, appoint the City Manager and City
Attorney, and all members of the various commissions and committees.
The Mayor is selected by the City Council, from one of its members, for a one year term
and serves as the official representative of the City for all legislative and ceremonial
purposes. The Mayor is the presiding officer at City Council meetings and executes legal
instruments and documents. However, the Mayor is not vested with administrative authority.
The City Council is assisted by several citizen
commissions and a board: Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation
Commission, Traffic and Transportation Commission, Communications and
Technology Commission (CTC), Community Policing Commission (CPC),
Environmental Standards Commission, Library Commission and the Tree
The regular meeting of the City Council is a vital part of the democratic process in
the conduct of the City's affairs. It is at Council meetings that laws, policies and basic
decisions are made for the government of Calabasas. All meetings of the City Council are
open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend to learn more about how the City
operates. City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers, 26135 Mureau Road, 2nd
floor, at 7:30 p.m., on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The City Council agenda is the official order of
business at Council meetings. Items for the agenda are prepared and
submitted to the City Council by the City Manager and staff. Copies of
the agenda are available at the City Clerk's Office, upon request.
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