COUNCILMEMBER JONATHON WOLFSON RESIGNING
FROM THE CITY COUNCIL
City Councilmember Jonathon Wolfson has announced that he
plans to resign his seat on the City Council effective
December 15, 2011. Councilmember Wolfson issued the
following statement regarding his upcoming resignation:
“It has been a privilege and honor to be a representative
of the residents of Calabasas on the City Council since
2005. I have very much enjoyed my tenure and am proud of
the many accomplishments made by our City Council during the
last seven years. In addition, it has been incredible to
have been able to work with a city staff that is, in my
estimation, the best of any city in our area. The residents
of Calabasas are fortunate to have such a caring and
dedicated staff in their City. At this time, my family and
I are moving to a house that is not within the city limits.
If the move goes as planned, I will be resigning my
position on the Council on December 15th of this year. I
remain in debt to the residents of the City for putting
their trust in me by electing me to the Council, and know
that this City will continue to shine and have a very bright
Councilmember Wolfson was elected on March 8, 2005 and was
re-elected to a second term in 2009. He served as Mayor of
Calabasas from 2009-2010. His term was set to expire in
"I was surprised, and
saddened, to learn of Jonathon's imminent departure from our
City Council,” said Mayor James Bozajian. “His intelligent,
well-reasoned approach to the issues coming before us was a
calming influence at many times when our debates often
became quite contentious. In particular, Jonathon's work in
pre-analyzing our annual budgets and his service as our
liaison to the school district was exemplary."
Regarding the vacancy
created by Councilmember Wolfson’s departure, the Calabasas
City Council will publically address the issue at a future
City Council meeting. The Council will decide whether to
fill the empty seat through an appointment or via a special
REGISTRATION AND TEA SOCIAL ON DECEMBER 16
City of Calabasas is launching a new series of recreation
classes this winter that are solely for senior citizens. A
Savvy Seniors Class
registration and tea social will be held on Friday, December
16, 2011 from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m at Founders Hall in the
back of the Calabasas Library, 200 Civic Center Way in
Calabasas. Participants will be able to
register for classes,
excursions, special events and lectures, meet instructors,
advisory members, senior recreation staff, and make new
Calabasas senior citizens are also encouraged to join the
Savvy Senior Mailing list in order to receive information
for the upcoming season. Please contact Kimberly Colp at
(818) 880-6461 to be added to the mailing list or with any
questions about the upcoming Savvy Seniors program.
2ND ANNUAL SPOTLIGHT THE ARTS
"HOLIDAY HAMS" TALENT SHOW
the Arts is pleased to present the 2nd annual
Calabasas talent show called Holiday Hams.
With special guest host Glen Walker from KTLA, the
talent show extravaganza will showcase local talent
of all ages, including musicians, singers, and
dancers ranging in age from 8 to 80. The event
will also feature raffle prizes and plenty of
refreshments. Holiday Hams will take place
on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7:00p.m. at the
Calabasas High School Auditorium, 22855 W.
Mulholland Hwy. in Calabasas. Audience members are
encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy (or gift card
for a teen) as a donation for
Directions for Youth.
Tickets may be
purchased online and are $15
for adults, $12 for seniors and students with an ID,
and $8 for children under 10. All tickets can be
purchased at the door and the price includes a
warm holiday beverage sponsored by Coffee Bean and
Tea Leaf and Maddy's Market. All proceeds from the
event will benefit the 501 (c) non-profit
Spotlight the Arts Foundation.
14TH ANNUAL CALABASAS STATE OF THE CITY
James Bozajian will present the 14th Annual
Calabasas Mayor's State of the City Address on Thursday,
February 9, 2012 in Founders Hall at the Calabasas Library.
The the speech will begin at 7:00p.m. and the
Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer
immediately afterwards. Members of the public are invited
to attend. The speech will be videotaped and replayed on
Calabasas and available on demand via the Calabasas
The State of the City address is an annual presentation by
the Mayor of Calabasas bringing residents, City staff and
civic leaders together to reflect on City accomplishments
from the past year and to review plans for the future. For
more information about the Mayor's State of the City
Address, please call (818) 224-1600.
SCE CUSTOMERS MAY JOIN SMART METER
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
recently ordered area utility companies, including
Southern California Edison, to create a delayed
Smart Meter installation program. Smart Meters are
a new form of utility meter that sends real-time
data to utility companies via a wireless signal.
Opponents of the new meters raise concerns about
potential dangers from long-term exposure to the radio
frequencies and electromagnetic fields emitted by
The new delay program allows customers who still
have analog meters to keep their old meters while
the commission considers approval of a permanent
Southern California Edison has
set up a webpage to answer frequently asked
questions about Smart Meters. Any resident
interested in participating in the delayed Smart
Meter program may call Southern California Edison
toll free at (800) 810-2369.
STUDENT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION HOSTED BY
C-SPAN’s annual student
documentary competition which challenges students to
think about issues of national significance and express
their thoughts in film. This fall, C-SPAN is offering
middle and high school students a chance to create a 5
8 minute video documentary about the topic The
Constitution and You. Students are asked to select
any provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a
video illustrating why it is important to them.
Winners in both middle and high school categories
receive cash prizes. And, teachers who are listed as a
faculty advisor can win equipment for their school. In
all, C-SPAN will be awarding $50,000 in prizes.
One California student videographer will
win a trip to Washington, DC for him or herself and a
parent or guardian – including a VIP tour of the C-SPAN
Entry forms and completed videos must be
submitted online by January 20, 2012. Additional
information about StudentCam is available online at
2011 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL
EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award is a
symbol of commitment to California’s environment.
Named for the late Calabasas Environmental
Commissioner Carl Gibbs, it honors a wide array of
individuals, businesses, municipalities, government
agencies, organizations, and institutions all
working to benefit our environment. The Award
recognizes voluntary actions by companies and
organizations in the City of Calabasas and in
California that result in cleaner air or water, less
waste, less traffic, conservation of energy and
natural resources, efficient and water conserving
landscaping, or reduced use of hazardous materials.
The Award also honors those organizations that
demonstrate exceptional commitment or innovation
above and beyond their primary mission.
Nominations for the 2011 award
are welcomed from individuals, companies, government
agencies, consultants, educators, researchers and
students. When selecting recipients, the
Environmental Commission considers measurable
improvements to environmental quality, creativity,
environmental achievements, commitment to protecting
the environment, promoting community involvement and
other core values of the Award. A
is now available online.
Award is given by the City of Calabasas
Environmental Commission and will be presented
during the January 3, 2012 meeting at the City
Please submit nominations by
December 2, 2011 either by mail to City of
Calabasas, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA
91302-3172 Attn: Alex Farassati; by fax to (818)
225-7338, or via email to
CERT TRAINING CLASSES OFFERED IN 2012
a major disaster, emergency personnel may not be
able to meet all demands for assistance. People may
have to rely on each other to meet immediate life
saving and life sustaining needs, particularly
in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off
from the main roads for a period of time. The
County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was developed
to provide basic training in safety and life saving
skills for the general public.
Los Angeles County Fire Department will be offering
CERT Training classes in Calabasas on Thursday
evenings (6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.) from January 26, 2012
to March 8, 2012 and on Saturday morning (9:00a.m. –
12:00p.m.), March 10, 2012. All classes will be
held at the Calabasas/Agoura Community Center, 27040
Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas. This free CERT
training is open to all interested community
Participants must attend all classes in order to
receive a certificate of completion. To sign up to
attend these classes, please contact Debbie Larson
at (818) 224-1620.
2012 RECYCLING AWARENESS CALENDAR NOW
2012 Community Recycling Awareness Calendar is now
available free at City facilities including City Hall,
the Calabasas/Agoura Community Center, and Juan Bautista
de Anza Park. The
Calabasas Environmental Commission hosted their
annual environmentally-themed drawing contest open to
students in elementary and middle schools. The contest
was titled "the Benefits of Green Waste Recycling” and
encourages students to submit hand-created drawings.
Fourteen winners were chosen by the
Environmental Commission based on the creativity and
theme of their illustration. The winning drawings are
printed in the 2012 City of Calabasas Community
Recycling Awareness calendar. For more information,
please contact Calabasas Department of Environmental
Services at 818-224-1600.
WINTER RECREATION BROCHURE
2012 Calabasas Winter Recreation brochure will be mailed
to all Calabasas residents in early December. The
brochure features detailed information about adult and
youth classes, senior citizen programs, community news
and information, sports activities and much more.
look for Enrichment classes and other after school
programs in the Recreation Brochure.
Winter Calabasas Recreation Brochure will also be
online and paper copies will be available at
Agoura/Calabasas Community Center and the
Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center.
Classes will run from January to March 2012 so make
sure to register early!
The next edition of the Calabasas paper newsletter is
once again included inside the Recreation Brochure as a
For more information about Calabasas recreation
opportunities or for help with class registration,
please call the
at (818) 880-6461.
DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE CALABASAS LIBRARY
Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Professor Owen Doonan,
Art Historian at California State University
Northridge, will present a slide lecture titled
“From Stroke to Thought: Calligraphy as abstract
painting in contemporary Middle East Art” at
the Calabasas Library. A selection of paintings
and ceramics by renowned Tunisian artists, Nja
Mahdaoui and Khaled Ben Slimane, will also be
displayed. The event is free and open to the
Thursday, December 8, 2011, come to the
Calabasas Library for
lunchtime bingo from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.!
In addition to the
games, participants will enjoy free apple cider,
treats, and prizes!
Also on December 8, 2011, Calabasas parents are
encouraged to attend a
"Parent Education 101" event
the Children Services Department where
will explore the topic of a "Holiday Survival
Guide: Finding Joy & Balance." In
Sheila Sayani, MA, a licensed
marriage and family therapist, will help
attendees discover ways to find balance and see
the joy, even with the perils of family,
friends, money, kids and more during the holiday
On December 20, 2011, all crafty kids of
elementary school age are invited to the Library
Frosty's Workshop from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
fun winter and holiday crafts that are perfect
for decoration or to give as a gift this holiday
For more information on any of the December
Calabasas Library events, please call the
Calabasas Library at (818) 225-7616.
THERAPY DOG READING PROGRAM
RETURNS TO THE CALABASAS LIBRARY
a new and emerging reader from grades K-3 to
Calabasas Library on the first Saturday of
every month to share in the unique reading
program featuring some very special dogs. Each
participating child will have 15 minutes to read
to a therapy dog. The dogs, each trained
through the non-profit organization
Paws 4 Healing, will sit (or lie!) and
listen while your child experiences the joy of
reading aloud. The December program is on
Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 11:00a.m. to
1:00p.m and reservations will be accepted
beginning at 10:30a.m. in the library. The
Calabasas Library is located at 200 Civic Center
Way in Calabasas
For more information call, please call Jill
Nevins, Children’s Library assistant, at (818)
225-7616, ext. 2.
HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS
Calabasas and the
Lost Hills Disaster Communications Service
invite the public to attend a one-day Amateur
Ham Radio Study and Exam Session for an Entry
Level FCC License in 2012. The one-day sessions
will take place four times over the course of
the year: January 15, April 15, July 15, and
October 21. Each session will take place at the
Lost Hills Sheriff's Station from 9:00a.m.
to 4:00p.m. There is a $30.00 class fee that
includes class expenses and a hot lunch. Please
note that registration is required and walk-ins
will not be accepted. There will be two free
follow-up classes from 7:00p.m. to 9:30p.m. on
dates after each exam offering information on
which ham radio to buy and how to program a
radio and get it on air. Participants can
register for classes online or by sending a
check to Norm Goodkin, 22287 Mulholland Drive
#162, Calabasas, CA 91302. Please include the
name of the participant, the class date, an
email address and a phone number with the
registration. For more information, please
Norm Goodkin at (818) 222-7893 or
Debbie Larson at (818) 224-1620.
The City of Calabasas organizes
two free monthly electronic waste collection events.
On the first Saturday of the month (Saturday,
December 3, 2011), an electronic waste collection will
take place at the
Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las Virgenes Road)
in Calabasas from 10:00a.m to 3:00p.m. A second
monthly electronic waste event will take place on the
3rd Saturday of the month (December 17, 2011) in the Vons
Shopping Center parking lot at 23381 Mulholland Drive in
Woodland Hills from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.
Acceptable items include but are not limited to CD
players, laptops and personal computers, microwave
ovens, printers, radios, stereos, telephones, and VCR’s.
For more information, please contact the City of
Calabasas Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818)
The City of Calabasas
holds bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil.
On Saturday, January 14, 2012 there will
be a free water based paint and used oil collection
event at Calabasas City Hall located at 100/200 Civic
Center Way (map)
adjacent to the Commons from 10:00a.m to 2:00p.m. For
more information, please contact the City of Calabasas
Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.
The City of Malibu is
hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste
collection event on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the
Malibu Civic Center, 23519 West Civic Center Way in
Malibu. The collection event will take place from
9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. Additional information is
available on the Malibu City website.
RUMMAGE SALE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON
to clean out a closet? Looking for a place to sell
Hills/Calabasas Community Center will be hosting a
Community Rummage Sale on Saturday, December 10, 2011
from 7:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. Shoppers and sellers are
welcome to participate and admission is free to the
Due to the extreme popularity of this event, limited
booth space is available. Please call Jenna at (818)
880-2993 for availability and prices or visit the
Agoura/Calabasas Community Center website at
www.ahccc.org. Please be sure
to register early!
WHAT TO DO
ABOUT HOLIDAY WASTE
generate about 25 percent more trash between
Thanksgiving and New Years than any other time of the
year, according to the
California Integrated Waste Management Board.
However, there are many alternatives in decorating gifts
that are creative and environmentally friendly.
The beautiful colors and patterns in holiday wrapping
paper contain dyes and chemicals that make it difficult
to be recycled. Gift bags and pre-printed gift boxes are
great alternatives to wrapping paper, especially since
they are reusable. Be creative by wrapping presents in
fabric or turn gift-giving into a game by hiding
presents around the house. Consider giving gifts that do
not generate waste such as music or sports lessons, gym
memberships, or tickets for special events: concerts,
the opera, a musical or sporting event.
trees can be properly cared for and recycled after the
holidays: cut about one inch off the base of the tree
trunk and place it in the tree holder with hot water.
Also, consider purchasing an artificial tree or a live
tree that can be planted after the holidays.
For those residents interested in "recycling" live
Waste Management is once again offering free collection
and recycling of live Christmas trees through
mid-January 2012. Please make sure to remove all
tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights and stands from the
tree before disposal. Simply cut the tree in half and
place the tree parts in or next to the yard trimmings
cart for pick-up on your normal trash day.
Please note that flocked trees and those coated with
fire retardants cannot be accepted.
City Hall will be closed on Friday, December 23;
Monday, December 26; and Monday, January 2, 2012. City
Hall will also close at noon on Friday, December 30,
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