Fred Gaines

Date Elected: 03/08/2011
Term Expiration: 2020
Mayor: 2013-2014, 2017-present

100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 224-1603
Fax (818) 225-7308

Fred Gaines was first elected to the Calabasas City Council in 2011. He was reelected to a second term in 2015. Mr. Gaines previously served as Mayor from 2013-2014. He currently serves on the Budget, Economic Development and School Traffic Safety Committees of the City Council. Mr. Gaines is also the City Council’s representative to the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (“VICA”).

Prior to his election to the City Council, Mr. Gaines served for 13 years on the Calabasas Library Commission and for five years on the Calabasas Civic Center Task Force. He is a former Chair of the Los Angeles County Library Commission and past President of the Library of California Board. Mr. Gaines is also a former Regent of the University of California.

Mr. Gaines is Managing Partner of Gaines & Stacey, LLP, a San Fernando Valley based law firm which specializes in land use, zoning and environmental law matters. He is a Past President of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, a Past Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and a Past President of the Executives of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Mr. Gaines is a long time member of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Gaines was born in Los Angeles, California. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles. He received a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He then received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Mr. Gaines has received numerous professional and community awards including being named one of the “Top 25 Lawyers of the San Fernando Valley” (2002), “Best Community Executive Leader” (2004), “Valley’s Most Trusted Advisors” (2011 and 2015), and to "The 200" (2016 and 2017) by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He is also a recipient of VICA’s Harmon Ballin Community Service Award (2005), the Los Angeles Jewish Home’s Tom Bane Humanitarian Award (2009), the Chabad of Calabasas Public Service Award (2013), and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce "Spirit of Calabasas" Award (2017). Mr. Gaines received the Calabasas Mayor’s Award in 2002.

Mr. Gaines and his wife Jill have been married for 32 years. Mrs. Gaines is a Past President of the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education. They have three adult children, Danielle (Jeremy) Perlman, Stephanie and Allison, all of whom are honors graduates of Calabasas High School.


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