The Calabasas City Council is
composed of five members elected at large on a non-partisan basis to
serve four year overlapping terms. Municipal elections are held the
first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (as of 2015) of odd numbered years,
with three Council members selected at one election and two at the next.
The Council is the legislative policy-making branch of City government.
It is the Council's responsibility to enact ordinances, resolutions and
orders necessary for governing the affairs of the City, to approve or
amend the annual budget, to authorize contracts on behalf of the City,
act as the final appeal body on rulings of commissions, appoint the City
Manager, the City Attorney, and all members of
the various commissions and committees.
The Mayor is selected by the City Council, from one of
its members, for a one year term and serves as the official
representative of the City for all legislative and ceremonial purposes.
The Mayor is the presiding officer at City Council meetings and executes
legal instruments and documents. However, the Mayor is not vested with
The City Council is assisted by several citizen
commissions: Planning Commission, Parks, Recreation & Education
Commission, Traffic & Transportation Commission, Communications and
Technology Commission (CTC), Public Safety Commission, Environmental
Commission, Library Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.
The regular meeting of the City Council is a vital part
of the democratic process in the conduct of the City's affairs. It is at
Council meetings that laws, policies and basic decisions are made for
the government of Calabasas. All meetings of the City Council are open
to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend to learn more about
how the City operates. City Council meetings are held in the Council
Chambers, 100 Civic Center Way, at 7:00 p.m., on the second and
fourth Wednesday of each month.
The City Council agenda is the official order of
business at Council meetings. Items for the agenda are prepared and
submitted to the City Council by the City Manager and staff. The agenda
is available online on the City’s website under
Agendas, where the
public may access and/or download the agenda and staff reports.