Mary Sue Maurer

Date Elected: 03/08/05
Term Expiration: 20
Mayor: 2008-2009, 2012-2013, 2016-Present

100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 224-1601
Fax (818) 225-7308


Mary Sue Maurer was first elected to the Calabasas City Council in 2005 and was re-elected to subsequent four-year terms in 2009 and 2013. This is Maurer’s third time serving as Mayor of Calabasas. A passionate and informed advocate for her constituents, Maurer has focused her efforts on environmental, senior and educational issues, as well as developing public health and public safety programs.


As a forward-thinking environmental steward, Maurer has sponsored a number of ground-breaking initiatives during her tenure including legislation to ban plastic bags in grocery stores, measures that prohibit the use of one-time use polystyrene (Styrofoam) packaging by Calabasas restaurants; she also led the effort to amend the original Calabasas secondhand smoke control ordinance to require 80% of apartment units in Calabasas to be smoke-free by 2012 -- which was accomplished ahead of schedule. She also spear-headed the City’s involvement in the L.A. County Community Choice Energy Program.

As Mayor, she signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, joining mayors across the nation in a pledge to reduce carbon emissions in their cities below 1990 levels, in line with the Kyoto Protocol. Maurer also sits on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy advisory board, where she is a leading advocate for acquiring and protecting open space throughout the region for public benefit. She also co-chairs the Headwaters Corner Interpretive Center which showcases a natural plant demonstration garden and other environmental programs.


On behalf of Calabasas seniors, Maurer established a Senior Task Force to advise on the building of the recently opened Calabasas Senior Center; supported Savvy Seniors’ efforts to expand on social and recreational programs for seniors; advocated for the building of affordable senior housing. Maurer spearheaded a special needs/mobility-challenged database of Calabasas residents in the event of an evacuation or other disaster, and also created a unique local government/NGO grant partnership with the Rotary Club to address s individuals or families in crisis.

A former special education high school social studies teacher, Maurer continues to be a strong supporter of education in Calabasas. She advocated for the creation of a grant program for Calabasas public schools to ease the state budget cuts and maintain high property values; initiated the establishment of health and safety protocols at local public schools for both chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes as well as for serious injuries; and developed a civics program for youth organizations that provides them with experience in local government decision-making through mock council meetings.


Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

As part of her efforts to ensure public safety and emergency preparedness,  Maurer worked with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to create a “comfort room” at the Lost Hills Station which provides privacy for victims of crime; developed a partnership with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to create an annual drive-thru/walk-thru flu shot clinic in preparation for an emergency mass inoculation event; and sits on the Emergency Preparedness Task Force to ensure that Calabasas is current with all plans.

Earlier this year, Ms. Maurer was named head of the California Conservation Corps’s Camarillo Center; her duties include overseeing a partnership between CCC and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in which corps members receive training and real-time experience in fighting wildfires. Many go on to careers in firefighting. Previously, she worked for the state Department of Toxic Substances Control as an advocate for community involvement in the cleanup of contaminated sites.  She has a long-standing record as a public servant serving as a Field Deputy to then-Assembly member Fran Pavley, Deputy Press Secretary to then-Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, and on the staff of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission. In the private sector, she has worked in management positions with The Walt Disney Company and Blue Shield of California. 

Councilmember Maurer resides in Calabasas with her three sons and in her spare time enjoys hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.



  2009 State of the City Address
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