THE CANDIDATES
   

TOBY KEELER

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Since 1991, I have been actively involved in our community.  I am a co-founder of the Old Topanga Homeowners, served as a Planning Commissioner,  and as a three term president of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation.   I am privileged to have been selected for the Wall of Honor at City Hall. 

From cityhood in 1991, Calabasas prided itself on controlled growth, and a strong commitment to the environment, the preservation of open space, viewsheds, and the protection of ecologically sensitive areas including wildlife corridors, streams, oak woodlands, ridgeline and other natural resources. 

Build to “fit the land”  has been the primary mandate for  development in  the Calabasas General Plan as well as the county North Area Plan.   Consistency in the planning of undeveloped lands is essential to preserving the semi-rural quality of life that makes Calabasas unique.     Voters agreed overwhelmingly  by defeating the Malibu Valley Inn & Spa (Measure C)  in the last election.   The remaining  undeveloped open space is what makes our small city such a desirable place to live.    Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever, and Calabasas becomes like the rest of the Valley.   More development  not only means less open space,  it translates into more trafffic, overcrowded schools, a diminished quality of life and lower property values.

Has Calabasas done everything possible to “fit the land”?  Here are  a handful of examples.   The once master planned pastoral hillsides along Las Virgenes Road are now a wall of development.      Despite pledges to State Parks and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy,   new construction in Calabasas is plainly visible from Malibu Creek State Park.  Ignoring  California Supreme Court rulings, lot line adjustments have been granted to the developer of large parcels in the rural community without notifying adjacent property owners,.  In  the face of evidence for  potentially significant environmental impacts,  projects in a mountain headwaters area have been exempted from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and approved.  And a ruling  that swimming pools are considered a“permeable surface” just  to meet Clean Water Act requirements is nothing short of baffling. Do such actions  show respect for the land , or just more heavy-handed urban development?

Voters deserve a choice at election time.     Change  is needed to get Calabasas back on course to more environmentally responsible growth, with accountable leadership and a return to more community involved decision making.   I respectfully solicit your vote for Calabasas City Council on March 6th.

/s/ Toby Keeler

 

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