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Mayor Alicia Weintraub’s Letter to the Community

Post Date:06/26/2020 7:45 AM

We have made it through another week – a week of highs and lows that seem more like the rule than the exception these days. 

One “low” is COVID, of course.  Just when we thought the curve was going down and feeling more comfortable with being outside – even with physical distancing – the numbers tell us otherwise.  Hospitalizations may be remaining relatively steady – which is good – but the number of positive COVID cases continues to go up, even in Calabasas.  We now have 112 people in Calabasas who have tested positive (numbers as of 6-25-2020).  52 of these individuals are from assisted living facilities.     

It is more important now than ever to wear a face covering when you go outside and cannot maintain physical distancing from non-family members.  It’s not only a way to keep your family and friends safe, it’s the rule for all of LA County.  As a state, California is still dealing with a lot of cases, especially in more suburban and rural counties.  As a nation, we are seeing huge spikes in states that either had no social distancing orders or reopened too soon.  We must keep battling this virus.  We have made tremendous progress the past three months and we cannot let that progress slip away by being careless or cavalier with our actions.  We want more than anything for our children to go back to school in the fall and for our favorite restaurants and shops to not have to close down again.  

Some good news on reopenings.  Our great Tennis & Swim Center is reopening its pool and fitness facility next Wednesday, July 1st.  Our Community Services team has been doing a tremendous job getting the facility ready and making sure people are safe when they return.  There are restrictions.  See the city’s website at www.cityofcalabasas.com for more details. 

I also wanted to quickly provide an update of the actions we took at the CIty Council meeting this Wednesday.  We addressed residential and commercial evictions as related to COVID-19 and aligned the City’s Executive Order on this with that of the County.  The prior City order had a repayment start date when the emergency ended - which was a date uncertain.  The County Order establishes July 31 as the end date for the eviction moratorium and start date for repayment for residential and commercial tenants.  Residential tenants have one year from this date to repay past rent.  Commercial tenants with fewer than ten employees are permitted an additional year to repay any past due rent, and commercial tenants with ten to 100 employees are permitted an additional six months to repay any past due rent.  The County order does not permit any grace period for commercial tenants who are publicly traded or multinational firms, or businesses with more than 500 employees.  

We also adopted our fiscal year budget which includes significant cuts to deal with the loss of revenues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A final copy of the adopted budget can be found at https://www.cityofcalabasas.com/government/finance.

As we continue to address ongoing community issues, I wanted to let everyone know that we are working with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station to address and respond to ongoing complaints about street racing.  The station is committed to helping us fix this problem. 

On Monday, the 29th, I am inviting the community to join us for our Conversation with the Community on Race and Change.  We will talk about the recent protest marches for social change – three of which were in Calabasas, all of them peaceful – and ask, what does social justice mean to you?  What does this change look like?  There is a great panel of community members, students at Calabasas HS and Viewpoint, LVUSD Superintendent Dan Stepenosky, Viewpoint Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Life, LeRhonda Greats, as well as Captain Chuck Becerra from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station and business leaders in our community.  The meeting will be conducted via ZOOM and it begins at 4:00pm.  Please join us.  The panel may be good, but we really want to hear from you.  Go to www.cityofcalabasas.com for more info, including the ZOOM log-in details. 

Have a great weekend.   

Alicia 

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