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NOVEMBER 2015 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
WE WANT TO KNOW! PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY  
GET OUT AND VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3!
PREPARING FOR EL NINO
HISTORY BOOK "IMAGES OF AMERICA: CALABASAS" TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 30
CITY OF CALABASAS RECEIVES 5 BLOOM SILVER RATING IN "COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM" INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE
CALABASAS CLASSIC 5K, 10K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN
HELP THOSE IN NEED AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE-THRU EVENT
JOIN US FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL READING FESTIVAL ON DECEMBER 2!
REGISTER FOR THE CALABASAS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION BY NOVEMBER 30 FOR THE 2015 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
REGISTER BY DECEMBER 4 TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!
SIMPLE CPR & FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING FOR SAVVY SENIORS
PUBLIC WORKSHOP: LAS VIRGENES CREEK RESTORATION PROJECT - PHASE II
CITY PROPOSES TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE LAS VIRGENES CREEK RESTORATION PROJECT - PHASE II
LIBRARY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER
LVMWD INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO AN OPEN HOUSE FOR COMPLETED 5-MILLION GALLON TANK PROJECT
IRS URGES PUBLIC TO STAY ALERT FOR SCAM PHONE CALLS
HELP US PREPARE FOR THE CITY'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY 
SAVVY SENIORS - NOVEMBER UPDATES
MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY JOINING THE LA COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS 
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

DATES TO REMEMBER

November 2015 1 - Daylight Saving Time Ends (2:00 a.m.)

3 - City of Calabasas General Municipal Election

4 - Simple CPR & Fire Extinguisher Training for Savvy Seniors

7 - E-Waste Collection


8 - Calabasas Classic Runs

11 - Veterans' Day (City Hall Closed)

11 - City Council Meeting
(Cancelled)

12 - City Council Special Meeting


12 -
Las Virgenes Creek Restoration Project - Phase II Public Workshop

14 -
Water Based Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

14 & 15 - Fourth Annual Food Drive-Thru Charity Event

16 - Deadline to Submit Comments Regarding the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Las Virgenes Creek Restoration Project - Phase II

18 - City Council Meeting/Reorganization

21 - E-Waste Collection

25 - City Council Meeting
(Cancelled)

26 - Thanksgiving Day
(City Hall Closed)

27 - Day After Thanksgiving
(City Hall Closed)

30 - "Images of America: Calabasas" Book Release

30 - Deadline to Submit Nomination for 2015 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award
December 2015 2 - 2nd Annual Reading Festival

4 - Deadline to Register for Breakfast with Santa

5 - E-Waste Collection

9 - City Council Meeting

19 - E-Waste Collection

24 - Christmas Eve (City Hall Closed)

25 - Christmas Day (City Hall Closed)

31 - New Year's Even (City Hall Closes at Noon)


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GET OUT AND VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3!

The City of Calabasas will hold its General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. For the first time, the Las Virgenes Unified School District (LVUSD) will consolidate its election with the City. The ballot will include two Council seats, the City’s Open Space Initiative - Measure O; two LVUSD Board seats, and the LVUSD Parcel Tax Initiative - Measure E.

Candidates Steve Roseman, Alicia Weintraub, Fred Gaines, and write-in candidate Haleh Naimi are running for two City Council seats. The term of each seat is four years. An official November 3, 2015 Calabasas General Municipal Election website is available online and has been updated throughout the election season with an election calendar and information about candidates, candidate forums, and voting.

CTV, the Calabasas Channel, will provide live coverage of the Election beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. This special presentation will be hosted by Laura Nickerson and will feature in-depth election analysis from Calabasas Mayor pro Tem James Bozajian as well as up-to-the-minute election results. The City of Calabasas website will also provide frequently updated election results for internet users as well as access to the live CTV webstream.

Voters can also stay connected through a free mobile app provided by the Voting Information Project. These apps provide ballot and polling place information in multiple languages, as well as text-to-speech functionality. The Voting Information Project also offers a SMS tool, which lets voters text “VOTE” or the Spanish “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468683) to find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration website links. For more information, please visit  www.votinginfoproject.org/projects/white-label-ios-and-android-apps/. Voters can also find their polling location on the City’s election page www.cityofcalabasas.com/election2015.html

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. Make a difference - get out and vote!

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PREPARING FOR EL NINO

Are you prepared for El Nino? El Nino is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns. With El Nino storms estimated to be their strongest in years, agencies throughout Los Angeles County are already getting ready. Here are 15 ways for you to prepare:

1. Clean out your rain gutters and downspouts. Clean all of them before it rains, then check and clean them after the first rain. Leaves and debris from your roof may have accumulated in rain gutters after the rain. Make sure your rain gutters aren’t damaged.
2. Fix any leaks before it starts to rain. Check your roof for any trouble areas.
3. Invest in an emergency generator. Think about a portable generator or permanent standby generator that comes on automatically when the power goes out.
4. Check any decks and balconies. Make sure water flows away from your walls and foundation.
5. If your crawl space, garage or basement could be flooded, think of installing a sump pump. El Nino rains can cause water to gather where you normally don’t find it.
6. Have an arborist check your trees. Trees may look fine, but can be weak. Wet branches weigh more and they can break.
7. If you live on a hill or below a hill, talk to your neighbors. Drainage from your yard may cause water to damage your neighbor’s house. Your neighbor’s drainage may flood your home.
8. Store your outdoor patio furniture or securely cover it. Put your potted plants in a covered area. Too much water and rain can damage them.
9. Know where your sprinkler controller is located. Learn how to turn off your automatic sprinklers. You may not need to water for weeks or months.
10. Talk to your insurance agent about purchasing flood insurance. Even though you may not live in a flood area, flood insurance may protect you from mud and water damage losses. Flood damages are not usually covered by homeowner’s insurance. Click here to learn more about flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
11. Plan what you will do if water starts to infiltrate your home. Have sandbags and plywood on hand to divert water away from your home.
12. Check the lights in your car, headlights, brake lights, turn signals and emergency flashers.
13. Replace your windshield wipers. You don’t need wait until it’s raining to realize you should have changed the wipers.
14. Have your mechanic check your car’s tires. Check for tread wear and proper inflation. Both can be the cause of serious accidents in the rain.
15. How old is your car battery? Ask your mechanic to check it as it may be better to replace it before it fails in the rain.

For more information about El Nino and ways that you can prepare, visit www.lacounty.gov/elnino.

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HISTORY BOOK "IMAGES OF AMERICA: CALABASAS" TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 30

Calabasas has long been known for its rich, colorful, and diverse history. Now, “Images of America: Calabasas”, a pictorial history of the City with accompanying text by local author and historian Cimberly Castellon and Foreword by Calabasas City Councilmember and President of the Calabasas Historical Society James Bozajian is scheduled for release on November 30, 2015.

“Images of America: Calabasas” features historic information and photos from throughout the City’s History. Readers will learn about Calabasas homesteaders, Miguel Leonis, Old Town Calabasas, Warner Ranch, and movies like “National Velvet”, “Gone with the Wind”, and “Tarzan” that were filmed in and around Calabasas. Later chapters detail the founding of Hidden Hills and the drive for Calabasas cityhood along with much more.

Details for book signings to take place at Barnes & Noble in the Calabasas Commons, the Calabasas Library, and the Calabasas Country Club will be announced before the release date.

For order information, please contact author Cimberly Castellon at cimcastellon@gmail.com.

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CITY OF CALABASAS RECEIVES 5 BLOOM SILVER RATING IN "COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM" INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE

The City of Calabasas has received a 5 Blooms–Silver rating and a special mention for the Las Virgenes Creek Restoration at the 2015 National Communities in Bloom Symposium and Awards Ceremonies. The City of Calabasas participated in the International Challenge (Large) category along with Cervia, Italy; Fort Erie, Ontario; Kilkenny, Ireland; and Rosemčre, Quebec.

“We are so proud to receive this honor,” said Calabasas Mayor Lucy Martin. “We work very hard throughout the year to be environmentally aware and to keep our community beautiful while being water-wise and it’s nice to be recognized for it.”

This past summer, trained volunteer judges from Communities in Bloom traveled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector – including volunteer efforts – in the criteria of: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays.

“Calabasas has a deep and ongoing commitment as a leader in environmental efforts to preserve the community's natural beauty for present and future generations,” noted judges Evelyn Alemanni and Mauro Paradisi. “The Las Virgenes Creek Restoration is just one example of why Calabasas has a reputation as one of the best places to live in Southern California.”

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces.

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CALABASAS CLASSIC 5K, 10K AND 1 MILE FUN RUN

Get your sneakers on and join us we celebrate community, fitness, and fun! Hosted by the Community Center Alliance, the Calabasas Classic Run will be taking place on Sunday, November 8. There will be a timed 5k and 10k run course and a 1 mile Fun Run through the beautiful roads of Calabasas. Competitive and non-competitive runners will enjoy the challenging course ending with a post-run party expo. The race will begin and end at Calabasas City Hall, 100 Civic Center Way. There is still time to register! Just visit www.calabasasclassic.com for details on how to sign up!

The Community Center Alliance's goal is to raise funds to support the programs, activities, and services provided by the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. Some of the programs include The Underground Teen Center, John Wooden Fund, Community events and activities, Community Health Expo, Halloween Spooktacular, and St. Patrick's Day Celebration. For more information about this not-for-profit organization, visit www.calabasasclassicrun.com/about or www.ahccc.org

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HELP THOSE IN NEED AT THE FOURTH ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE-THRU WEEKEND EVENT

The Fourth Annual Food Drive-Thru event will be taking place at the Commons at Calabasas on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. Bring your non-perishable food donations to the Commons parking lot in Calabasas between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help benefit the West Valley Food Pantry. This year, non-food items will also be accepted such as can openers, socks, tarps, and personal hygiene items. 

During the first three years of this food drive event, 157,618 pounds of food donations have been collected. These donations have fed an estimated 24,000 people in need. The event is staffed by volunteer Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts - kids ages 6-17. The event provides a convenient and unique opportunity for citizens to drive through and hand donations to a volunteer, all without getting out of the car! Please consider stopping by to make a positive impact on the community and help those in need. For more information, contact Jeff Rudner, Food Drive-Thru Chair at (818) 515-5837.

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JOIN US FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL READING FESTIVAL ON DECEMBER 2!

Mark you calendars for the 2nd Annual Reading Festival in support of the Literally Healing Program at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles! The kick-off event will take place on Wednesday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop by the Founders Hall (200 Civic Center Way) for crafts, games, face painting, live music and miniature therapy horses. Scheduled guest readers include Lisa Leslie, Lisa Loeb, KC Royals' Mike Moustakas, Jerry O'Connell, Benjamin & Matthew Royer, Calabasas City Council, fire fighters, LVUSD teachers and staff, and more! There will also be CHLA wish list books on site for purchase and donation. Please note that due to health reasons, only new books will be accepted.

The community is also invited to join the festivities at the Commons at Calabasas from noon to 4:00 p.m. There will be live music and select restaurant participation for both lunch and dinner!

Can't make it out to the event on December 2? You can still purchase new Literally Healing wish list books anytime between December 2 - December 9. Just use Barnes & Noble Code 11736311. There will also be more reading festival events happening throughout the week. The complete line-up will be available at www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html.

To learn more about the Literally Healing Program and the young Calabasas resident that inspired this Annual Reading Festival, visit www.chla.org/blog/patient-story/boy%E2%80%99s-care-chla-inspires-hometown-book-drive

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REGISTER FOR THE CALABASAS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Registration for Calabasas Youth Basketball Winter 2016 is almost full. Don’t miss out - sign up today! The goal of the Calabasas Youth Basketball League is to have fun, learn and improve the fundamentals of basketball. We emphasize skill development and participation.

For our 5-6 year old Tiny Tot division, players are placed onto teams based on requests or which school the player attends. For the rest of our divisions, players are evaluated and drafted onto teams by our coaches. There are no player requests for these divisions. Practices are typically once a week based on the coaches’ schedule. Games are played indoors at one of our gyms.

Sign-ups for boys and girls ages 5-16 are ongoing until divisions are full. Cost is $150 which includes full uniform, team and individual pictures, trophy and officials. League play runs January to March, 2016.

Register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofcalabasasrec or onsite at Juan Bautista de Anza Park. Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Register early to avoid the waitlist!

Parents - we need your help! Please volunteer to coach! (Please indicate your intent to coach on Registration Form). Note that only head coaches will be assigned to a team.

For more information please contact Lana Filice at at 818-880-6461 or lfilice@cityofcalabasas.com.

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SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION BY NOVEMBER 30 FOR THE 2015 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

Nominations for the 2015 Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award are now being accepted until November 30, 2015.

The Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award is a symbol of commitment to California’s environment. The award honors a wide array of individuals, businesses, municipalities, government agencies, organizations, institutions, all working to benefit our environment. The Award recognizes voluntary activities by companies and organizations, big or small, private or non-profit, for work done in the City of Calabasas and in surrounding communities 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, etc. Furthermore, the Award honors those organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment or innovation above and beyond their primary mission.

The Award is given by the City of Calabasas Environmental Commission and will be presented during the February 2, 2016 meeting at the City Hall. In selecting the recipients, the Commission will consider:

- Measurable improvements to environmental quality
- Ongoing or long-term environmental benefits
- Creativity and innovation in technology or approach
- Model achievements
- Demonstrating a solid commitment to protecting the environment
- Involving employees, governmental officials and/or community members in an environmental project
- Showing a commitment to the public's best interests
- Reaching out in an effective manner to stakeholders
- Taking definitive steps to prevent pollution
- Minimizing costs or demonstrating a payback on investments

Nominations for the Award are welcomed from individuals, companies, government agencies, consultants, educators, researchers and students. When selecting recipients, the 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 nomination form is available on City of Calabasas website at www.cityofcalabasas.com/environmental/pdf/nomination-form.pdf.

Please mail or e-mail nominations by Monday, November 30, 2015 to:

City of Calabasas
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302-3172
Attn: Alex Farassati
E-mail: afarassati@cityofcalabasas.com

For past Award recipients, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/environmental/carl-gibbs.html.

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REGISTER BY DECEMBER 4 TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!

Bring the family to the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and join Santa and his elves for a pancake breakfast, crafts and holiday cheer on Saturday December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per child ages 4-12, $15 for anyone over 13 years old, and children 3 and younger are free. Prices include holiday music, pancake breakfast, crafts, prizes and a picture with Santa! PLEASE REGISTER ON SITE AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER BY FRIDAY DECEMEBER 4, 2015. Seating and space is limited. Each table will have assigned seating. All guests (including infants and toddlers) must be paid and registered prior to the event. For more information, please contact Kathy Milbrand or Raine Kishimoto at (818) 222-2782.

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SIMPLE CPR & FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING FOR SAVVY SENIORS

Savvy Seniors - sign up now! On Wednesday, November 4, the City is offering a Simple CPR & Fire Extinguisher Training from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the  Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. Learn how to give hands only CPR. Anyone can learn how to do it! It is designed to give people the basic skills needed to save a family member, friend or person in need. It only takes a few minutes and you can be a lifesaver! You will also be learning how to extinguish a fire using a fire extinguisher and a simulated fire. You will learn the P.A.S.S. system; Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle and Sweep the base of fire. The charge to participate is only $2 per person. Register online at https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofcalabasasrec/Activity_Search/simple-cpr-fire-extinguisher-training/1102.

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PUBLIC WORKSHOP FOR THE LAS VIRGENES CREEK RESTORATION PROJECT - PHASE II

The public is invited to learn more about the Phase II of the Las Virgenes Creek Restoration Project on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Public Workshop will be held at Calabasas Library Founders Hall, 200 Civic Center Way.

With the success of Phase I of the project adjacent to the Albertsons shopping center on Agoura Road, the City is pursuing the restoration of 1.5 miles of Las Virgenes Creek from Agoura Road to de Anza Park. Questa Engineering Corp. will be designing the project that includes bank stabilization, creek restoration, fish barrier enhancement, and establishing a walking trail along the creek. More details will be provided during the workshop. For more information on the project, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/projects/LasVirgenes-Creek-Restoration.html

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CITY PROPOSES TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE LAS VIRGENES CREEK RESTORATION PROJECT - PHASE II

The City of Calabasas filed a Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Las Virgenes Creek Restoration Project - Phase II. The Notice was prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), CEQA guidelines, and local implementation procedures. The Mitigated Negative Declaration is based on the finding that the project would not have significant adverse impacts.

The proposed project involves two primary components: creek restoration and development of public access facilities. The project site includes a 1.5 miile reach of Las Virgenes Creek within the City of Calabasas. The project site begins immediately south of Agoura Road and ends at Lost Hills Road culvert.

Creek and riparian corridor restoration includes activities such as debris removal, erosion and sediment control, biotechnical slope and bank stabilization, fish habitat enhancement, fish passage barrier removal, and improving flood carrying capacity through selective willow thinning and removal of aggressive exotic trees and shrubs. Public access facilities that would be developed as part of the proposed project include public trails and environmental education areas.

Copies of the Mitigated Negative Declaration and supporting materials are available for public review at Calabasas City Hall and the Calabasas Library. For project details, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/projects/LasVirgenes-Creek-Restoration.html. Any comments on this Mitigated Negative Declaration must be submitted in writing and received by the City no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2015, in order to be considered prior to the City’s final determination on the project. Should you decide to challenge this project, you may be limited to the issues raised during this public review period.

Written comments can be sent to:

Alex Farassati
City of Calabasas – Public Works Department
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 224-1680
afarassati@cityofcalabasas.com

The City Council is anticipated to hold a hearing on the project on December 9, 2015. Interested parties should check the City Council agenda on the City’s website to confirm meeting time, date, and location.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

We have a lot of great things planned at the Library this fall!

Looking for a book club to join? Come by the Library! The 2nd Thursday Book Club is a book club for adults. This month's book discussion will be on The Invention of Wings written by Sue Monk Kidd. The club will be meeting on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.

The Wednesday Morning Book Club will be meeting on November 18 at 11:00 a.m. The discussion will be on The Circle, written by Dave Eggers. Membership into the book clubs are free, but a valid library card is required to participate.

Join us for the Calabasas-Las Virgenes Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy speaker Bronwyn Ralph, who grew up exploring the cultural landmarks in and around Los Angeles with her family. Through her explorations, she developed a great appreciation for our local treasures. Huell Howser and his series, “California Gold” inspired Bronwyn to write her book “Off the Beaten Path” which highlights all the wonderful landmarks and points of interest in the San Fernando Valley. If you plan on attending this guest lecture and book launch, please RSVP to Taryn at (818) 917-4475.

Join us for a free and relaxing yoga session on Thursday, November 5 and Thursday, November 19 at noon. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or large towel, and follow the lead of instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

Is your child's reading going to the dogs? Let's hope so! Bring your new and emerging reader (grades K-3) to the Library on Saturday, November 7 to share in a unique reading program. Therapy dogs, trained through Paws for Healing, will sit (or lie) and listen as your child experiences the joy of reading aloud.  The program runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with sign-ups beginning at 11:00 a.m. Each child will have fifteen minutes to read to a dog.  

If you enjoy creative writing and hanging out with friends, the Writers' Corner Club is the place for you! This club welcomes 4th through 8th graders and is run by high school students. No writing experience is necessary - this is just for fun! The Club will be meeting this month on Saturday, November 21 at 3:30 p.m. for about one hour. Snacks will be served. 

Please note that the Library will be closed Wednesday, November 11, Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27. Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/2015/november.html for a list of all Library events this month.

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LVMWD INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO AN OPEN HOUSE FOR COMPLETED 5-MILLION GALLON TANK PROJECT

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) will host a community “Open House” to mark completion of the 5-Million Gallon “Torchwood” storage tank project at Las Virgenes Reservoir in Westlake Village on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and complimentary refreshments and hot dogs will be served.

During the open house, visitors will be able to walk to the new tank and take photos of the reservoir site, speak with engineers about the project and take a guided tour of LVMWD’s Westlake Filtration Plant. To access the facility, visitors may park on Three Springs Drive or on Torchwood Place and ride a free shuttle to the reservoir site.

The Torchwood tank is part of the District’s multi-year “Backbone Improvement Program” intended to provide better flows across the LVMWD service area, additional water reserves during times of peak demand and added operational flexibility in emergencies. Projects under the Backbone Improvement Program have been built on a “pay as you go” basis, using financial reserves set aside for this purpose, while avoiding the added costs of borrowing. Construction of the tank project was completed for $10,751,497.

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District provides potable water, wastewater treatment, biosolids composting and recycled water services to the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village and surrounding unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Visit www.lvmwd.com to learn more.

IRS URGES PUBLIC TO STAY ALERT FOR SCAM PHONE CALLS

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:

  • Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests through phone “robo-calls,” or via phishing email.

  • Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don’t get the money.

  • Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.

  • Cons try new tricks all the time. Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.

  • Scams cost victims over $23 million. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, or TIGTA, has received reports of about 736,000 scam contacts since October 2013. Nearly 4,550 victims have collectively paid over $23 million as a result of the scam.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment.

  • The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.

  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.

  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.

  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.

  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.

  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax scams can happen any time of year, not just at tax time. For more, visit “Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts” on www.IRS.gov.

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HELP US PREPARE FOR THE CITY'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

April 5, 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of cityhood for the City of Calabasas. Events and activities are being planned for the community and as we look back at the history of our City, we want to hear from YOU! Do you have interesting historic stories and photos of Calabasas that you are willing to share for the celebration? Please send them to:

City of Calabasas
Attention: Deborah Steller
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
dsteller@cityofcalabasas.com

We will post upcoming events and activities to the www.cityofcalabasas.com/25th.html as Calabasas prepares to turn 25! To learn more about the history of our City, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/history.html and www.cityofcalabasas.com/dates.html.

SAVVY SENIORS - NOVEMBER UPDATES

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. Here's what's happening soon:

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 10, so you won’t miss out on a wonderful lunch and entertainment with the Calabasas Savvy Seniors. Sagebrush Cantina, in their beautiful holiday tent, is the gathering place for a delicious meal and entertainment by Tatjana Geary. Singing popular Broadway musicals and classics to rock and roll, along with impersonations and glamorous costumes, Tatjana Geary has performed her one-woman show throughout the United States and Europe. Her vocal and dance abilities make her performance a unique experience. Valet parking is included in the $27.00 fee. Register now, to get one of the remaining seats.

To register for the luncheon, visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofcalabasasrec and use the Registration Code: 7100.401. Registration can also take place at Juan Bautista De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas or by calling (818) 880-6461.

For information on the Savvy Seniors program, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/savvy-seniors.html.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY JOINING THE LA COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY

The Los Angeles County Superior Court is currently seeking qualified citizens who are interested in applying for the 2016-2017 Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury which will be impaneled on July 1, 2016. Volunteers will be required to work 30-40 hours per week and will earn $60 for each full day of service.

The primary functions of the Civil Grand Jury:

-  investigates county, city, and joint-power authorities;
- Acts as a "watch dog" by examining carefully and completely the operations of various government agencies within Los Angeles County.

Applicants must possess each of following qualifications:

- citizen of the United States;
- at least 18 years of age;
- a resident of Los Angeles County for at least one year;
- of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment, fair character;
- working knowledge of the English language.

The Civil Grand Jury is virtually a full-time obligation over the period of one year. The deadline to submit the application form is November 23, 2015. For additional information or to apply, visit www.grandjury.co.la.ca.us or call Clara Shortridge Foltz at the Criminal Justice Center at (213) 628-7914.

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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 (November 7, 2015), an electronic waste collection will take place at the Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las Virgenes Road) 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 (November 21, 2015) 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.

The City of Calabasas holds bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil. On Saturday, November 14, 2015 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.

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
- Thousand Oaks

Valley Performing Arts Center - Northridge

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WHAT'S ON CTV?
Watch it on CTV
Author's Night
Calabasas, A Living History
Calabasas Teen Forum
City News
City Spotlight
Library Bound
Library Specials
Preview, Eye on the Arts
Pumpkin Patch Storytime
Special Events
The Buzz
Your City, Your Issues

Be sure to tune in to CTV on cable channel 3 in Calabasas (check the CTV Guide for playback days and times), through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive. CTV programming is also available on the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel!

THIS MONTH'S FEATURED PROGRAM:

2015 CALABASAS GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION COVERAGE

Watch "Meet the Candidates" Online Now:


Click here to view on
Calabasas3 YouTube Channel

Watch "The Forum" Online Now:


Click here to view on
Calabasas3 YouTube Channel


Be sure to vote in the November 3, 2015 Calabasas General Municipal Election!
For information and LIVE Election coverage, visit
www.cityofcalabasas.com/election2015.html

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed November 11 in observance of Veterans' Day and November 26 & 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.
 
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For a complete calendar of events and meetings at City Hall, please visit our City Calendar Page.

That’s all for this month.

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