FARE UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC
In order to continue providing an effective public transit
system, The City of Calabasas is in the process of
implementing fare updates. The fare for an annual pass will
be $80, and individual transit tickets will be $1.00 for all
public transit provided by the City of Calabasas.
Additionally, the transit pass will shift from a calendar
year to a 12-month period that coincides with the Fiscal
Year. The advantage of this shift will be that passes will
more closely align with the school year.
New passes will be made available on September 24, 2012. Due
to the overlap of existing passes and new passes, a one-time
rebate of half the value of the 2012 pass will be discounted
from the cost of the new pass.
While these changes are underway, a grace period for use of
the Peak Hour Transit Pass will go into effect. Until
October 8, 2012 all riders may use the transit system
without being required to show their pass, allowing everyone
to acquire their passes with minimal stress. For further
information, please visit
CALABASAS VILLAGE MOBILE
ESTATES LANDSCAPING PROJECT
A 2,400-foot section of Mulholland Highway in front of the
Calabasas Village Mobile Estates will soon be landscaped
with trees and a walkway. The City of Calabasas and
Calabasas Village Mobile Estates held a Groundbreaking
Ceremony for the commencement of the Mulholland Highway
Landscape Improvements on Wednesday, August 8.
The joint beautification improvement venture is being funded
by Calabasas Crest, the owners of Calabasas Village Mobile
Estates, with the City of Calabasas leasing out the land in
the public-right-of-way for $1 a year.
"This is a great, creative solution and partnership between
public and private institutions," said
Calabasas Mayor Mary
Sue Maurer. Construction is expected to last for two months.
FRITZ COLEMAN TO APPEAR AT SAVVY
NBC 4 Weathercaster and well-known comedian Fritz Coleman is
set to appear at the City of Calabasas Savvy Seniors/50+
luncheon and registration for new Fall/Winter classes on
Wednesday, September 5, 2012, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at
Founders Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, behind the Calabasas
“We invite seniors, retired or still working, to enjoy
entertainment, a catered lunch, meet the instructors and
lecturers, other active seniors in the area, and
representatives from the City of Calabasas,” said Carol
Davis and Sue Somberg, Savvy Seniors Co-Chairs.
The catered, healthy luncheon costs $18, and attendees may
sign up by filling out a Registration Form at the
Tennis & Swim Center,
Juan Bautista de Anza Park, or
Creekside Park/Community Center.
Calabasas Savvy Seniors/50+ is an ongoing program consisting
of classes, excursions, special events, lectures and
luncheons for senior women and men within the City of
Calabasas and beyond. To register for the event, for more
information and to add your name to the mailing list,
contact Kimberly Colp at (818) 880-6461.
WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE
According to the California Department of Public Health, to
date there have been just 34 cases of human infection from
West Nile Virus reported in the state, the majority of those
in the Central Valley. Even though risk remains low,
Calabasas residents are reminded that pools and ponds are
the breeding place for flies and mosquitoes that carry the
virus. To help limit the risk of West Nile Virus, residents
should use mosquito repellants containing DEET, wear long
sleeves and pants when outdoors, and drain standing water
where mosquitoes breed. For more information please visit
LIBRARY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
Interested in keeping up on your
reading without breaking the bank? The
Friends of the Calabasas Library is holding a Used Book Sale on
Thursday, September 6 from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Friday,
September 7 from Noon – 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, September 8
from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. A great assortment to choose
from, including rare books, cookbooks, autobiographies, text
books, novels, children's books and more, all at a fraction
of the original price! The sale takes place in the
Multi-Purpose Room at the
100% of the proceeds benefit Library programs. For more
information, please visit
The start of the new school year means
Study Buddies returns! Beginning September 25, the Study
Buddies program allows Calabasas elementary and middle
school students to get free help with homework at the
Calabasas Library. High school students are available to
help elementary and middle school students with their
homework and to work on study skills. For more information
and schedule, contact the library at (818) 225-7616 or visit
Book Club, a club for 5th-7th graders, will be meeting
this month on Thursday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. They will be discussing Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
2nd Thursday Book Club, a book club for adults at the
Calabasas Library, will be meeting this month on Thursday,
September 13 at 6:30 p.m. Book Club members can choose to
either read The Paris Wife by Paula McClain and/or
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Membership
into all the book clubs are free, however a library card is
required to participate.
University and the Calabasas Library on Tuesday, September
18 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for "Manifold Greatness:
Exploring the History of Printing with a Hands-On Activity
for Children." There will be a discussion on the history of printing and
then the opportunity to try it for yourself! Children ages 6-12 are welcome.
There is limited availability of up to 25 participants.
Parents may also attend with their children. Those wishing
to participate may sign up at the adult reference desk. Each
child will create individual designs and make several
prints. Please wear clothes that can get dirty. This free
program is held in conjunction with an exhibit currently on
display at Pepperdine University, “Manifold Greatness: The
Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible.” The exhibit
is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for
the Humanities and is held in celebration of the 400th
anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible.
Summer may be coming to an end but
that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Swing by the library
for some good-old fashioned
Bingo and play for a chance to
win gifts, prizes, meet some new friends, and more. Next
game is on Thursday, September 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
and participation is free.
Stop by for
twice a month at the Library! Join the class on Thursday,
September 6 and Thursday, September 20 from noon to 1:00
p.m. Instructed by Deanne Wenger, RYT, you will feel
refreshed and relaxed. No experience is necessary, all are
welcome, and the classes are free of charge. Just be sure
you wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/large
For additional information on any of the above events,
www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or contact Library
Staff at (818) 225-1616.
THE NATURE OF WILDWORKS NEEDS
Nature of Wildworks Wildlife Care and Education Center
in Topanga Canyon is home to 45 animals, mostly species
native to California, who were either displaced from zoos,
confiscated as illegally owned "pets", or were rescued
orphaned or injured wildlife. The Nature of Wildworks is
dedicated to providing life-long quality care for
non-releasable wild animals, while building public respect
and concern for native wildlife and the California
environment through student programs that meet California
school's curriculum mandates. Now, they need your help!
The Nature of
Wildworks is looking for volunteers to assist in the care
and maintenance of the animal collection at the center.
Volunteering at The Nature of Wildworks helps you:
• Learn more
about the animal world and how it functions
• Discover new hobbies
• Get a sense of accomplishment
• Meet new people with similar interests
• And of course... get that "warm" and "fuzzy" feeling of
being close to animals and knowing you're doing something
good for them!
be required to donate a minimum of 12 hours a month by
committing to a specific day to come in and must be at least
18 years old. If you are interested in exploring the world
of animals, aiding in a good cause, and having a great time,
please call Kirstyn Teran at (310) 455-0550, email:
email@example.com, or visit
www.natureofwildworks.org for more information.
SAFE DRUG SURRENDER PROGRAM
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lost Hills station has
receptacles for the safe disposal of unused or expired
pharmaceuticals, including prescription drugs, controlled
substances, and sharps (needles and syringes). The unwanted
items items may be disposed in the "Safe Drug Surrender"
bins near the entrance to the station under an anonymous "no
questions asked" policy. The new program allows area
residents to safely dispose of items in a secure and
environmentally protective manner. Remember the slogan, "No
Drugs Down the Drain!"
ENTER THE ANNUAL CALABASAS
ENVIRONMENTALLY-THEMED DRAWING CONTEST
middle-school students are invited to submit their
hand-created drawings to the annual environmentally-themed
drawing contest, hosted by the
Calabasas Environmental Commission. This year’s theme is
of Bottle and Can Recycling.” Entries are due by Friday,
November 2, 2012 and can be delivered to Calabasas City Hall
at 100 Civic Center Way. Drawings must be done on 8 ˝” x 11”
format in landscape orientation. Fourteen winners will be
chosen based on the creativity and theme of their
winning drawings will be printed in the 2013 City of
Calabasas Community Recycling Awareness calendar, with the
first-place winner’s drawing as the cover. All fourteen
winners will receive a $25 gift certificate. For additional
information, call (818) 224-1600.
JOIN THE L.A. COUNTY SURGE UNIT
Are you a healthcare professional who wants to volunteer
your help when major disasters or public health emergencies
strike? If so,
L.A. County wants you to be part of The Surge.
L.A. County Surge Unit needs a variety of healthcare
professionals, including doctors, nurses, dentists,
pharmacists, EMTs and lab technicians to serve during the
days following a large-scale disaster to increase the
capacity of hospitals and clinics. Volunteers pre-register
as professionals by entering their information into a
database managed by the State of California. Their licensure
and place of practice are verified by the program, and they
are then considered “hospital ready.”
The unit also offers training sessions several times per
year. The sessions are voluntary, as are all other aspects
of the program. The personal information of volunteers is
secured and can only be accessed by official representatives
of the group. For more information about the Surge Unit or
to explore other volunteer opportunities under the L.A.
County “Disaster Healthcare Volunteers” umbrella, visit
www.lacountydhv.com/surgeunit/index.html or call (818)
MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST'S
Restoration Trust has something for all ages this month!
Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to join MRT's Youth
Naturalist Program on Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m., where they will discover plants and animals
Native Americans used for food, clothing, tools, toys,
medicine, etc. Participate in a craft while learning how the
Native Americans led a successful life. To register or to
obtain more information, call Susan Haugland at (818)
591-1701. ext. 212.
Program: Nature 101 will take place on Tuesday, September 18
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn about the local history
and enjoy a walk-about along a year-round creek surrounded
by oaks and other native plants. Feel the breeze and sun on
your shoulders and smell the country scent, while
experiencing the peace that nature inspires. Space is
limited and registration is required. Please contact Susan
Haugland at (818) 591-1701, ext. 212 for details.
Interested in the
restoration of a hidden gym? Join MRT at the La Sierra
Preserve on Saturday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15
p.m. You won't find this beauty spot on any map, but after
meeting up at Peter Strauss Ranch, the way will be shown.
Unseemly land uses created great swaths of invasive weeds
but have also created the perfect site for an endangered,
very small sunflower. Newly planted natives need you to help
them through their first year in a hot blazing sun. Be sure
to bring water! Reservations are required at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 591-1701, ext. 203.
Participants can receive community service credit.
For a full
calendar of MRT events, visit
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
City of Calabasas organizes
two free monthly electronic waste collection events.
On the first Saturday of the month (September 1,
2012), an electronic waste collection will take place at
Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las
in Calabasas from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A second
monthly electronic waste event will take place on the
3rd Saturday of the month (September 15, 2012) in the
Vons Shopping Center parking lot at 23381 Mulholland
Drive in Woodland Hills from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.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.
of Calabasas holds
bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil.
On Saturday, September 8, 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 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. For
more information, please contact the City of Calabasas
Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.
HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH
The City of Calabasas Planning Division invites
residents to take part in a monthly game to guess the
historic Calabasas landmark depicted as the
Calabasas Historic Place of the Month. Each month, a
new photo will be posted on the Calabasas website
depicting just a small portion of the Historic Place of
the Month. Using only the image given and their
knowledge of the City, residents are
encouraged to submit their guesses via email. At the end
of the month, an answer will be posted online detailing
what is shown in the image and the historical importance
of the location. Each month, another new image will be
posted which highlights the diverse and largely unknown
history of the Calabasas area.
The August Historic Place of the Month
Park Moderne Pump
House. Was that your guess? Visit
www.cityofcalabasas.com/historic-place.html to see
if you can identify September's
TIPS TO SAVING WATER EVERY DAY
California is facing severe water challenges. Water
supplies for many cities, farms, and businesses are
being significantly reduced due to dry conditions,
restrictions to protect fish species, and growing
pressure on the state's water storage and delivery
system. Climate change is compounding the problem. With
water shortages a reality in many parts of the state,
your efforts to save water can make a difference.
Rethinking the way you use water - both indoors and
outdoors - will help stretch our limited supplies and
ensure water is there when we need it.
Easy Ways to Save Water:
Little leaks can add up to a lot of wasted water. A
small drip can waste 70 gallons of water in a day, while
a steady leak just one-sixteenth of an inch in size can
send more than 1,000 gallons a day down the drain. Fix
leaky faucets and toilets right away.
To detect unseen leaks, follow these steps:
(1) Read your water meter.
(2) Turn off all water-using appliances and faucets and
wait an hour.
(3) Read the meter again. If the meter has moved, you
probably have a leak.
To see if you have a toilet leak, follow these steps:
(1) Put food coloring in your toilet tank and wait for
(2) If color seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a
Many toilet leaks can be fixed with simple tools and a
Aside from toilet leaks, faucets are the most common
source of leaks. Worn washers are usually the culprit.
To see if you have a leak:
(1) Listen for running water when plumbing fixtures are
closed and water-using appliances are off.
(2) Check your taps a couple of times a year to make
sure all faucets are working properly.
Reduce your watering days to once or twice per week.
Water your lawn only when it needs it. Water early in
the morning or later in the evening when temperatures
City Hall will be closed Monday, September 3, 2012 in
observance of Labor Day.
City Council Agenda Items
are available online the Thursday prior to a City
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.
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and meetings at City Hall during September, please visit
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