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JANUARY 2012 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
CITYWIDE PLASTIC BAG BAN: PHASE II BEGINS
LIVING WITH COYOTES
JANUARY EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY
CERT TRAINING CLASSES OFFERED IN 2012
2012 RECYCLING AWARENESS CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
WINTER 2012 RECREATION BROCHURE
STUDENT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION HOSTED BY C-SPAN
HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS IN 2012
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
WINTER HOME HEATING TIPS
FEMTOCELL (CELL PHONE SERVICE EXTENDER)
SCE CUSTOMERS MAY JOIN SMART METER DELAY LIST
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE LACMA PASS PROGRAM  
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

 

Dates to Remember

January 2012:

1 - Phase II of the Plastic Bag Ban Begins

2 - New Year's Day (Observed - City Hall Closed)

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- E-Waste Collection

11 -
City Council Meeting

14 - Hazardous Waste Round-Up

18 - City Council SPECIAL Meeting

15 - Ham Radio Class & Exam

16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (City Hall Closed)

21  - E-Waste Collection

25 -
City Council Meeting

26 - CERT Training Class

 

February 2012:

4 - E-Waste Collection

8 -
City Council Meeting

9 - 14th Annual State of the City Address

18  - E-Waste Collection

20 - Presidents' Day (City Hall Closed)

22 - City Council Meeting 



HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM

THE CITY OF CALABASAS




MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
JANUARY 16, 2012

 

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CITYWIDE PLASTIC BAG BAN: PHASE II BEGINS

Attention Calabasas Shoppers: Phase II of the Citywide Plastic Bag Ban begins January 1, 2012.

 

On February 9, 2011, the Calabasas City Council passed Ordinance No. 2011-282 to ban the use of single-use carryout plastic bags that pollute our environment and constitute a high percentage of litter across the country. Beginning July 1, 2011, shoppers were no longer offered disposable plastic bags while shopping at Calabasas supermarkets (Albertsons, Gelson's, Maddy's Market, Ralphs, and Rite Aid).

 

The new year marks the beginning of Phase II of the ban. Disposable plastic bags will no longer be offered at convenient stores, liquor stores, and mini-marts as of January 1, 2012.

 

Shoppers are encouraged to use reusable shopping bags whenever possible. Please note that small plastic bags will still be available in stores for fruits and vegetables.

Under the terms of this law, stores will have reusable bags available for sale and will also offer recyclable paper bags for 10 cents each in lieu of customers bringing their reusable bags or simply carrying items purchased without a bag. The fees collected from bag sales will only go towards helping stores comply with the new law.

Lower income residents who participate in the California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children program will receive either reusable bags or recyclable paper bags for free.
For additional information, visit http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/bags.html. 

LIVING WITH COYOTES

On December 14, 2011 the Calabasas City Council unanimously approved the City's Coyote Management Plan. The goal of this Management Plan is to support coexistence with urban coyotes using education, behavior modification, and development of a tiered response to aggressive coyote behavior. The tiered response requires active participation on the part of the entire community including residents, homeowners associations, volunteers, and city personnel. This Management Plan is based on research and best known management practices and includes a full spectrum of management tools. Basic principles that guide this Plan are based on the following:

 

1. Urban Wildlife is valued for biological diversity, as members of natural ecosystems, and reminders of larger global conservation issues.

2. Urban wildlife and wildlife habitats are important to Calabasas residents. Although urban environments are more favorable to some species than others, coexistence is the foundation of the City's general wildlife management programs.

3. Human safety is a priority in managing wildlife/human conflicts that pose a danger to people.

4. Preventive practices such as reduction and removal of wildlife attractants, habitat manipulation (e.g. removal of potential coyote denning areas), and responding appropriately during human and wildlife interactions when interacting with wildlife are key to minimizing potential human conflicts.

5. Calabasas management techniques and decisions are based on a a thorough understanding of biology and ecology of urban wildlife species.

6. Education and communication are essential in supporting human and animal needs and coexistence.

7. Emphasis of this management plan is placed on preventative measures and nonlethal controls.

 

For more information about living with coyotes in Calabasas, and the City's Coyote Management Plan, please visit http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/coyotes.html.  

JANUARY EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY

Study Buddies return this month! The Calabasas Library Study Buddies program allows Calabasas elementary and middle school students to get free help with homework at the Library. High school students are available to help elementary and middle school students with their homework and to work on study skills.

 

Spend your lunch hour at the Library! Join Deanne Wenger, RYT on Thursday, January 5th and Thursday, January 19th from 12pm-1pm for yoga. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Just be sure to wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or large towel and some water. The Library is also hosting bingo from 12pm-1pm on Thursday, January 12th. It's a great opportunity to win fun prizes, meet others in the community and kick off the new year!

 

On Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm, the Calabasas Library will welcome authors Laurie Stevens (The Dark Before Dawn) and David Rocklin (The Luminist). Both authors have received Kirkus starred reviews for their first novels. Come learn about the writing process, what it means to be published and what the future holds for these talented individuals.

 

Are you an adult who loves all types of movies? Attend the next Film Fanatics meeting at the Library on Wednesday, January 18th to watch a throwback to the screwball comedies of the 1930's, starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O'Neal.

 

The Library is now offering Parent Education 101. On Thursday, January 19th at 7pm, the Children Services Department for Kids Protection Planning will be teaching about easy steps you can take to ensure your children will always be taken care of in the way you want and by the people you want, should anything happen to you. Please sign up at the Children's Reference Desk if you plan on attending.

 

Explore Calabasas History is a new monthly series at the Library led by the Calabasas Historical Society (CHS). On Thursday, January 26th at 12pm, you are invited to come learn the history of the first subdivision of Calabasas. See a video, photographs and maps from the CHS collection. Attendance is free and all are welcome.

For more information on any of the January Calabasas Library events, please call the Calabasas Library at (818) 225-7616.

CERT TRAINING CLASSES OFFERED IN 2012

Following 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.

The 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 members.

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.

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2012 RECYCLING AWARENESS CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE

The 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.

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2012 WINTER RECREATION BROCHURE

The 2012 Calabasas Winter Recreation brochure was 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.  Please look for Enrichment classes and other after school programs in the Recreation Brochure.  The 2012 Winter Calabasas Recreation Brochure is also available online and paper copies are available at City Hall, the 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! For more information about Calabasas recreation opportunities or for help with class registration, please call the Recreation department at (818) 880-6461.

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STUDENT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION HOSTED BY C-SPAN

StudentCam is 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 to 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. 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 studios. 

Entry forms and completed videos must be submitted online by January 20, 2012.  Additional information about StudentCam is available online at www.studentcam.org. 

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HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS IN 2012

The City of 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.  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 now 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 contact Norm Goodkin at (818) 222-7893 or Debbie Larson at (818) 224-1620.

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E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS

The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste collection events. On  the first Saturday of the month (Saturday, January 7, 2012), 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 (January 21, 2012) 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) 224-1600.

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.

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WINTER HOME HEATING TIPS

Home heating can be one of the biggest winter expenses for many people. Here are some tips to keep bills down while still staying warm:

- Lower the temperature on your thermostat. Even just lowering it a couple degrees can make a difference!

- Consider using a programmable thermostat. That way, you won't have to remember to turn down the temperature each time you leave the house.

- Clean or replace furnace filters as directed by the manufacturer.

- Remove dirt, lint and obstructions from all heating vents and furnace registers.

- Slightly reduce the temperature on your hot water heater.

- Make sure you have the proper insulation throughout your home.

- Plug air leaks in your house. Common problem areas are windows, doors and the fireplace.

- Use the sun! Open curtains and shades during the day, and close them at night to help retain the heat.

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FEMTOCELL (CELL PHONE SERVICE EXTENDER)

A femtocell is a small cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business. It connects to the service provider's network via broadband (such as DSL or cable). The typical coverage is 5,000 square feet  or 40 feet radius and can support up to 5 concurrent devices. A femtocell allows service providers to extend service coverage indoors, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable.

For more information and for links to specific providers, visit http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/services.html.

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SCE CUSTOMERS MAY JOIN SMART METER DELAY LIST

The 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 devices.  The new delay program allows customers who still have analog meters to keep their old meters while the commission considers approval of a permanent opt-out program.  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. 

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE LACMA PASS PROGRAM

The Friends of the Calabasas Library has purchased two memberships in Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which allows the Library to loan patrons their two free general admission passes to the museum.  The free passes may be checked out for 2 days at a time from the Calabasas Library Circulation Desk and may be reserved up to one month in advance.

LACMA
features  more than 100,000 works of art from ancient times to the present.  For more information about the new LACMA admission pass program, please call (818) 225-7616.

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks
Cheaper by the Dozen
Performances Jan. 13 - Feb. 4
Thurs. - Sat. at 8:00p.m.
Sun. at 2:00p.m.

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park
January 2012 Calendar


Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks

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WHAT'S ON CTV?

Be sure to tune in to CTV on cable channel 3 in Calabasas, through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive.

Select CTV programming is now available on YouTube!

New this month on CTV: 

 
 

Check the CTV Guide for playback days and times. 
You can watch archived episodes of
Author's Night on-line anytime with CTV Archives.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Calabasas City Hall will be closed  on Monday, January 2, 2012 and Monday, January 16, 2012.


City Council Agenda Items are available online the Thursday prior to a City Council Meeting. Agendas for all commissions are available online the Friday prior to the commission meeting.  All City Council meetings and commission meetings take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 Civic Center Way in Calabasas. 

Want City Agendas delivered to your email? Sign up at http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/connect.html.
For a complete calendar of events and meetings at City Hall during January, please visit our City Calendar Page.

That’s all for this month.

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