2013 CALABASAS GENERAL
There are four candidates running for three City
Council seats in the March 5, 2013 Calabasas General
Municipal Election. The term of each seat is four years. An
2013 Calabasas General Municipal Election website is
available online and will be updated throughout the election
season with an election calendar and information about
candidates, candidate forums, and voting. Be sure to tune in
CTV's Election coverage including "Meet
the Candidates," "Candidate
live election night coverage.
If you have not yet registered to vote, you can do so by
rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/. February 19
is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the
March 5, 2013 Calabasas General Municipal Election.
If you are interested in obtaining a Vote-by-Mail Ballot,
and you are not already registered to permanently vote by
to complete, print, and sign a Vote-by-Mail application.
Ballots will be received during the period of February 4 to
March 5, 2013 is election day when polls will be open from
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CTV will once again provide live
election night coverage on CTV-3 in Calabasas,
via online streaming, and will post
live election results on the 2013 Calabasas General
Municipal Election website.
HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE -
PLANNING COMMISSION STUDY SESSION
City of Calabasas has begun the process of updating the
Housing Element of the General Plan for the 2013-2021 period
as required by State law. The Housing Element establishes
policies and programs to address Calabasas’ existing and
projected housing needs, including the City’s “fair share”
of the regional housing need (or “RHNA”).
On Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., staff is hosting
a study session with the
Planning Commission to discuss goals and objectives for
this update and to seek input from the public. The study
session is open to the public and will be held in the
Council Chambers at City Hall. Staff encourages you to
attend the meeting if you are interested in contributing to
the Housing Element update.
FREE HAM RADIO CLASS OFFERED THIS
who have completed the requirements to obtain their Amateur
Radio Technician Entry-Level FCC License are invited to a
free class on how to program and use their Ham radio. The
class will take place on Sunday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m.
to 12:00 p.m. at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station (27050
Agoura Road, Agoura). For additional information, please
contact Norm and Naomi Goodkin at (818) 222-7893.
BE AN EXHIBITOR AT THE 2013
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO
City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo will
take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. at the Las Virgenes Creek site on Agoura Rd
(behind the Starbucks at 26531 Agoura Road) in Calabasas.
Over fifty exhibitors from all over Los Angeles County will
be participating in the event to help participants take
actions that will save them money through efficiency while
protecting our planet. The festival is free of charge and
the Calabasas Earth Day event will have something of
interest for everyone. The festival will also feature
numerous children’s activities to teach kids about the
environment while they have fun.
The City of Calabasas invites public agencies, non-profit
organizations and private companies that provide green
services or products to participate in this event. Each
exhibitor will be provided with one 6-foot long table to set
up educational and promotional materials. A large turnout of
Calabasas residents are expected for this event. More than
2,200 people visited the 2012 Earth Day Celebration/Green
Expo. This is a great opportunity to educate the public on
benefits of being “green”, on sustainability, energy
conservation, and ways they can help the environment. The
Exhibitor Application is available on city’s website at
SAFETY EDUCATION COMING TO
CHAPPARAL ELEMENTARY AND A.E. WRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL
children to and from school safely has always been a
priority in the City of Calabasas. As part of the Safe
Routes to School (SRTS) Federal Grant awarded to the City in
Safe Moves, a non-profit organization, recognized as a
leading authority in traffic safety education, was hired to
create an educational safety program for schools in
Chaparral Elementary and
A.E. Wright Middle School were selected for this pilot
program because of the proximity of the targeted road and
direction from the City, Safe Moves studied the developed
walking/biking route maps and existing pedestrian facilities
implemented by the SRTS project improvements at each school,
met with Principals, staff and parents, and formulated an
education program at each school that specifically addresses
the needs at that facility. Each school will have a combined
program of instructional workshops and walk/bike rodeos.
Workshops are grade specific and will be conducted at
Chaparral and A.E. Wright beginning the week of February 4,
followed by rodeos. Rodeos involve teaching road safety by
moving around a simulated city that will be brought to the
campus. Instruction is given by Safe Moves’ enthusiastic,
full-time professional employees. Fourth and fifth grade
students with signed consent forms, will be given the
opportunity to ride bikes through the city. Students can
either bring their own bikes and helmets, or can use those
provided by Safe Moves. With successful completion of this
pilot program, the City will be looking for opportunities to
conduct educational programs at other Calabasas schools.
CERT CLASSES OFFERED FREE OF
you know what to do to take care of yourself, your family,
and your neighbors in the aftermath of a major disaster such
as an earthquake or other emergency? Following a major
disaster, police, fire and medical professionals may not be
able to meet the demands for emergency medical attention.
Residents and neighbors may need to rely upon one another to
help with immediate life saving needs, particularly in
isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main
Los Angeles County Fire Department Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT) wants to train you on basic fire
safety and life-saving skills you will need to be prepared.
Calabasas classes will take place at
Founders Hall in the Calabasas Library from 6:30 p.m. to
9:00 p.m., Thursdays (January 31 through March 28). You must
attend all eight sessions in order to receive a certificate
of completion. Please note that missed classes can be made
up at a different time and at a different location. To
pre-register and obtain class schedule, call (818) 224-1620
NEW TRANSIT STOP RECYCLING
City of Calabasas Public Works Department has placed 40
new recycling containers at city transit stops to promote
recycling of bottles and cans. The funding for this program
was provided by
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
(CalRecycle) to increase beverage container recycling,
thereby saving natural resources, conserving energy and
extending the life of our landfills.
Consumers pay California Redemption Value (CRV) when they
purchase beverages from a retailer, and receive CRV refunds
when they redeem the containers at a recycling center. Most
beverages packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal
containers are eligible for CRV. Notable exceptions are
milk, wine and distilled spirits, which are not included in
the CRV program. CRV is 5 cents for each beverage container
less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24
ounces or greater.
Focusing on beverage container recycling, the program
presents an opportunity to educate our citizens about the
importance and benefits of recycling. Schools and non-profit
community organizations can benefit from this program by
generating extra funds for their programs and activities.
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM
six weeks, the
Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist
to display his or her works of love. Currently, the center
is highlighting Gennady Chernobylsky's fantastic oil
paintings. Beginning February 18, new work will be displayed
by Cheryl Corte. Please stop by for a look! For additional
information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782,
REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING T-BALL
AND COACH PITCH LEAGUES
for the 2013 Spring T-Ball and Coach Pitch Leagues is
happening now at
de Anza Park and will continue until leagues are full.
T-Ball is for ages 4-6 and Coach Pitch is for ages 7-8.
Leagues run from March 16 - June 1 and each team will play
one game per week on Saturdays at either
Grape Arbor Park or
Creekside Park. There will be one practice per week
based on the coach’s schedule. There are no try-outs and
players will be placed on teams based on friend requests or
the school which they attend. The league fee is $140 and
includes uniforms, team pictures, and a trophy.
Parents, we need your help! Please
volunteer to be a coach. A coaches meeting will be held at
6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25 at de Anza Park. For more
information, please call (818) 880-6461 or email
. Emphasize fun
and learning while building character one swing at a time!
LIBRARY EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
It may be a short month, but February is packed with
exciting opportunities at the
Calabasas Library! Check out the complete
February Calendar of Events for a program that's right
Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to
participate in this year's
Winter Events at the Library, held on Wednesdays at 4:00
p.m. On February 6, experience marine life up close and
personal during the
Blue Submarine program. Come back on February 13 when
Bubblemania & Company will teach about the science and
fun of soap bubbles. On February 20, witness the world's
only opera singing magician with
Opera-Kadabra. All events are free of charge and no
tickets are required. For more information, call (818)
your calendar for Saturday, February 23 for a
Fun Fair especially for elementary school age children!
Taking place from Noon to 4:00 p.m., there will be games,
food, prizes, fundraising, and most importantly - fun!
Admission is free and Children's book donations are
welcomed. Sponsored by the
Friends of the Calabasas Library and the
Calabasas Historical Society, proceeds of this event
will go to the National Honor Society of Calabasas High
School, the Calabasas Teen Library Council and other teen
Following the Fun Fair, the Calabasas Library will be
Movie Night. Saturday, February 23 from 6:00 p.m. to
7:30 p.m., bring the family out to enjoy a PG rated movie,
pizza, snacks, and drinks (food and beverage sold for $1
each). All ages are welcome but children under 8 must be
accompanied by an adult. For additional details, call the
Library at (818) 225-7616. Sponsored by the Friends of the
Calabasas Library and the Calabasas Historical Society,
proceeds of this event will go to the Calabasas Teen Library
Council and other teen clubs.
and younger won't want to miss the entertainment of the
Hullabaloo Folk Group on Friday, February 15 at 11:00
a.m. This event is free of charge.
This month, Tuesdays nights are
Family Movie Nights at the Calabasas Library! Plan to
bring out entire family for a movie at 7:00 p.m. Visit for
Local author, Susan Sherman, will be speaking about her
new historical fiction novels for adults, "The Little
Russian," on Thursday, February 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. A slide show of early 20th century Russia will be
shown. This event is free and refreshments will be provided.
Bring your new and emerging reader
(grades K-3) to the Calabasas Library on Saturday, February
2 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to share in a unique
reading program. Therapy dogs, trained through Paws 4
Healing, will sit (or lie!) and listen while your child
experiences the joy of reading aloud. Sign-ups will begin at
10:30 a.m. at the library and each child will have 15
minutes to read to a dog. For additional information,
contact Jill Nevins at (818) 225-7616, ext. 2.
Valentine's Day with
Bingo at the Library! Swing by the Library on Thursday,
February 14 at Noon for a free game of Valentine's Day
themed bingo fun! Play for a chance to win gifts, prizes,
enjoy some light refreshments, and meet some new friends.
Call (818) 225-7616 for more information.
On Thursday, February 28 from Noon to
1:00 p.m., the Calabasas Historical Society will be taking a
look at the
architecture of Southern California and providing an
introduction to the materials in the Calabasas Historical
Society Collection on the subject. While they will briefly
observe examples of the adobe mission churches/homes and
Victorian era buildings, the primary emphasis will be on
more contemporary styles and architects. The CHS will look
at the work of Charles and Henry Green, Frank Lloyd Wright,
R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, and Frank Gehry, among
others. This is free and open to the public.
If you are interested in joining a book club, the Calabasas
Library is the place to be! There are three separate clubs,
geared for different age groups. Adults can participate in
2nd Thursday Book Club, The
Dog Eared Book Club is specifically for 5th-7th graders,
and children in the 3rd and 4th grades can enjoy the
Book Worm Book Club. For meeting schedules, book
selections and details, please visit the Library Calendar
yoga at the Library! Classes will be offered
on Thursdays, February 7 and February 21 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 towel.
For information on any of the above events,
or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-1616. Please note that
in addition to the regularly scheduled closures, the
Calabasas Library will be closed Sunday, February 17 in
observance of Presidents' Day.
FEBRUARY EVENTS FOR MOUNTAINS
Restoration Trust has some great things to offer this
month! Meet up at the Lower Stunt Trailhead on Saturday,
February 2 for a stroll along a streamside trail through oak
woodlands, ending at a chaparral basin surrounded by craggy
sandstone peaks. Plan for 2.5 hours. To register, call (818)
Children 8-12 years old are invited to
a Youth Naturalist Program on Saturday, February 9 at 9:30
a.m. to learn about birds and their behavior. Hiking with
binoculars, the group will learn about migration and
hopefully see many species of birds as this is migration
time. Owl pellets will be examined to see what they have
been eating and bird feathers will be viewed under a
microscope in hopes of further understanding.
Pre-registration is required by visiting
www.mountainstrust.org (click on Education - Youth
Naturalist Program and then scroll to the bottom). This
program lasts for three hours.
Come enjoy the outdoors and make a
difference with Heal the Bay's Stream Team on Sunday,
February 10 at 8:30 a.m.! MRT is partnering with
Bay to restore areas of
Malibu Creek State Park. Invasive
plants have negative impacts on natural habitats, so
removing them is vital for a healthy watershed. Enjoy the
fresh air and sunshine while helping remove non-native
vegetation in an effort to restore native plants along
Malibu Creek and its many tributaries. Be sure to wear
sturdy shoes and bring water, a snack, sunscreen and hat. Be
prepared to get dirty! Gloves and tools will be be provided.
To register for this three hour restoration, visit
Join MRT for the
Great Backyard Bird
Count on Sunday, February 17 at 8:00 a.m. Every year at this
time the public is asked to count the number of bird species
in their backyard. The information is sent to Cornell
University, the clearinghouse for all data collected. Trends
and conservation methods are recorded from this information.
Headwaters Corner to help count! A light snack will
be provided. For information, please contact Susan at (818)
591-1701, ext. 212. Beginners are welcome! Pre-registration
Give native fish larvae and native
frog tadpoles a chance by removing the non-native, invasive
red swamp crayfish from spawning pools located in Malibu
Creek. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.,
people of all ages are invited to participate in crayfish
trapping with the Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers. Great fun for
families, kids and scout groups! Wear warm clothes and shoes
that can get muddy. Registration is required by visiting
(click on Events Calendar and register for the Malibu Creek
Crayfish Trapping). For group reservations, call (818)
For a complete
list of MRT events during the month of February, visit
HOW CAN YOU HELP CONTROL
City of Calabasas takes pride in our scenic hills, majestic
oaks, and natural beauty. One of the ways the City preserves
the high quality of life in Calabasas is through taking the
initiative in reducing pollution in storm water. Through
evaluating impacts on water quality, the City is working to
find a healthy balance between building communities and
maintaining a clean and safe environment for current
communities and future generations.
through April 15 is considered the rainy season in this
region. During the rainy season, severe erosion occurs when
storm water strikes bare ground. Erosion problems are
||WHICH CAN RESULT IN:
|Mud Covered Streets
||Hazardous Road Conditions
|Clogged Storm Drains
||Flooding and Property Damage
|Water Flowing with Sediment
||Water Pollution in Creeks and
the Santa Monica Bay
homeowner, some or all of your property may be bare ground,
as landscaping or finishing work may be in progress. Each
homeowner is responsible for erosion control measures on
his/her property. During the rainy season erosion control
measures must be in place on your property and maintained
throughout the rainy season. Therefore, even if you are in
the process of landscape planning or hardscape work on your
property, erosion control measures must be installed.
Residents of gated community or Homeowners Association areas
are not exempt from the erosion control measures
typical erosion control measures are listed below. Detailed
information on selecting appropriate erosion control
measures and how to implement them can be found on the
California Stormwater Quality Association web page at
www.cabmphandbooks.com. Select the “Construction”
handbook and click on any of the BMP Fact Sheet links
provided in the table of contents.
EROSION CONTROL MEASURES
|Hydroseed bare slopes by
September 1 to establish plants prior to rains.
||Place erosion control blankets,
also called "Geotextiles and Mats" on slopes.
|Install sandbags or straw bales
to follow the slope contours around the perimeter of
the low side of your property.
||Apply hydraulic, wood, or straw
mulch or soil binders on bare slopes.
property has not been improved with landscaping or other
ground cover to protect bare ground from storm water, one or
a combination of erosion control measures must be in place
and maintained on your property until the rainy season has
ended, or until permanent landscaping or ground cover is
installed on your property. If you have questions on
installing or maintaining erosion control measures, please
contact the City of Calabasas Department of Public Works at
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
City of Calabasas organizes
two free monthly electronic waste collection events.
On the first Saturday of the month (February 2,
2013), 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 (February 16, 2013) 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.
Hall will be closed Monday, February 18 in observance of
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 February, please visit
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