THE CANDIDATES
   

DENNIS WASHBURN

Meet The Candidate Video


 

FOR MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL

DENNIS WASHBURN
Occupation:  Executive Director, Foundation for Pierce College;
                      Mayor of Calabasas;
                      Mediator, Southern California Mediation Group;
                      Vice President/Director, Resource Conservation District of the Santa
                      Monica Mountains;
                      Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commissioner

My sixteen years of service and accomplishments has culminated in our new Calabasas Civic Center project and a General Plan Update for our future.  As a founder of Calabasas in 1991, serving four times as your Mayor during four council terms, I’ve honed the experience, drive, and dedication to build the Calabasas of our dreams.

We’re embarked on a two-year Civic Center project to deliver a spectacular Library-Theater-Amphitheater complex and our own Calabasas City Hall to serve us for decades. We’ve achieved most of the goals of our original General Plan and established our place in Southern California. Now, we need to address the critical issues of traffic congestion relief, infrastructure improvement, housing affordability, preservation of our environment, enhancement of our quality of life, economic development, and improvement of our municipal services and staff.

I have devoted myself to advancing the institutions and relationships that make our job of community building in Calabasas effective and efficient.  I am a founder and 3-term President of our Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (LVMCOG) and represent Calabasas and the four other area cities on the Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments, where I chair the Energy and Environment Policy Committee and its Water Policy Task Force.  I served as President of the 88-city Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities 2004-5, and now serve as the LA Division Director on the League’s State Board.  I am a 2-term member of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and bring environmental and funding benefits to our LVMCOG citizens.

As a 20-year Director of the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, and as its Malibu Creek Watershed Council Chairperson since 1990, I have earned Calabasas a ringside seat in the arena of our region’s environmental and water quality management needs and interests. I‘ve promoted Calabasas trails, parks and open space acquisition like the Ahmanson and Gillette Ranches, streams master plans on Las Virgenes Creek and Headwaters Corner, and the best parties, festivals and recreation facilities and programs that we can imagine.

My UC Berkeley BA in International Relations stimulates our Sister Cities programs. My Marketing and Finance MBA fuels our business and economic development initiatives, and my Public Sector Mediator credentials help smooth the inevitable conflicts in developing Calabasas commUNITY.  I would appreciate your vote and your ideas. Read more at www.cityofcalabasas.com, or email washburnd1@aol.com.

 

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