HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE
City of Calabasas has begun the process of updating the
Housing Element of the General Plan for the 2013-2021 period
as required by State law. The Housing Element establishes
policies and programs to address Calabasas’ existing and
projected housing needs, including the City’s “fair share”
of the regional housing need (or “RHNA”).
If you are a Calabasas resident, and would like to provide
us with your input, please visit:
BE GREEN AT THE 2013 EARTH DAY
City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo will
take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. at the Las Virgenes Creek site on Agoura Road
(behind the Starbucks at 26531 Agoura Road) in Calabasas.
Over fifty exhibitors from all over Los Angeles County will
be participating in the event to help participants take
actions that will save them money through efficiency while
protecting our planet. The festival, which is free of
charge, will also feature numerous children’s activities to
teach kids about the environment while they have fun. For
more information and to volunteer, please visit
www.cityofcalabasas.com or call Marina Issakhani at
CALABASAS FINE ARTS
almost May and that means the 16th Annual Calabasas Fine
Arts Festival is just around the corner! This year’s
festival will be held Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2013,
from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Commons at Calabasas and
the adjacent Calabasas Civic Center. Parking and admission
are free for this wonderful art event featuring 150
painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, photographers, glass
artists, woodworkers and more. Fine dining
restaurants, live musical performances and free youth craft
activities complement this wonderful weekend with arts! For
directions and parking information, please visit
CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL
PRESENTS "WEST SIDE STORY"
Sharks and… Coyotes?? “West Side Story” is coming to
Calabasas, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves
caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and
the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a
world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most
innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of
our time. Calabasas High School’s acclaimed theater and
music programs will perform this classic in the school’s
beautiful new Performing Arts Education Center on the CHS
campus. “West Side Story” will run from April 16 - April 20
at 7 p.m. each evening, with an additional matinee on
Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on
line at www.chstheater.com. Seats will go quickly, so get your
SCE OFFERS FREE CLASS TO HELP
CUSTOMERS "GO SOLAR"
California Edison is hosting a free Solar Connection Event
in Simi Valley to help connect residential customers
interested in a solar generating or solar water heating
system installation with contractors who can do the work.
The Solar Connection Event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the Courtyard by
Marriott, 191 Cochran Street in Simi Valley. At
the event, SCE customers will first be given a short
presentation, during which they will learn about the
California Solar Initiative program incentives, tax credits
and financing options that can help lower out-of-pocket
costs. After the presentation, meet
with multiple, licensed solar and solar water heating
contractors, and schedule an inspection to
determine their home’s potential for an effective solar
system. Although this event is free, space is limited, so
everyone is encouraged to register. For registration and
information, please visit
www.sce.com/solartrainingSIMIV or call (866) 970-9221.
BULKY ITEM PICK-UP
Saturday, April 20, 2013 GI Industries/Waste Management,
Inc. will offer free bulky item pick-up for Calabasas
residents only. Acceptable items include furniture,
mattresses, carpet, washers, dryers, and other kitchen
appliances. Unacceptable items include tires, electronic
waste, yard waste, construction material and debris,
chemicals and any type of hazardous waster. Appointments
must be made for pick-up service. To schedule a pick-up,
please call GI Industries/Waste Management at (800) 675-1171
no later than noon on Friday, April 19. 2013.
CANINE CLASSIC DOG WALK
& FESTIVAL 2013
time for you to be your dog’s best friend and join the fun
at the “Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival 2013” on Sunday,
April 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Juan Bautista de
Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road in Calabasas. Admission is
free to this fun-filled family fundraiser benefitting the
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, the Calabasas
Rotary, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue and New Directions for Youth.
The event features: dog adoptions, celebrity guest judges, food
trucks, The Anza Wine & Beer Garden, Kid’s Activity Zone,
Zoom Room Dog Agility Area, canine fashion show, Hollywood
Pet Tricks, a Best Dressed Dog/Human Couple competition, a
Silent Auction Fundraiser, plus over 30 pet industry
vendors. Competitions require a $10 donation per entry, and
each category is limited to 25 entries. The event will
also feature a two mile walk-a-thon through the beautiful
rolling hills of Calabasas. Route highlights will include
“rover rest stops” with plenty of water, food and fun for
pets of all kinds and their human companions. You don’t need
to bring a dog to attend this rollicking event, but please
remember that if you do, all dogs must be on leash. For more
www.canineclassic.org or call
FOR PUBLIC WORKS MAJORS
Ventura County Chapter of the American Public Works
Association (APWA) is offering scholarships for high school
students entering college or university in an engineering/
public works-related major from any high school within
Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Calabasas, Moorpark, Ojai, Simi
Valley, Thousand Oaks, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Ventura,
Westlake Village and county unincorporated areas. Applicants
must be high school seniors graduating in Spring or Summer
2013 who will be attending college in Fall 2013. The
applicant must be pursuing studies in a public works-related
field of study such as engineering, geographic information
systems, environmental sciences, public administration,
construction management, architectural sciences, land
surveying, urban planning, public management or geography.
Scholarship awards will be based on academic achievements
and the student’s expressed interest to pursue a career in a
public works-related field. Applicants must complete and
submit the application form posted on
http://ventura.apwa.net/ and other required documents
listed on the application by April 19, 2013. Applicants must
complete the application online and mail the printout to:
City of Calabasas, c/o Alex Farassati, APWA Scholarship
Committee, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302. For
information, call (818) 224-1680.
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS
& SWIM CENTER
six weeks the Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist
to display their works of love. Currently, the center is
highlighting our own Norman Schwartz. Norman is a member of
CTSC, and a local artist. His new photography will be
displayed throughout April. Please come by for a look.
Information: Kathy Milbrand (818) 222-2782 ext. 113.
LIBRARY EVENTS IN APRIL
packed with exciting opportunities at the
Calabasas Library! Check out the complete
April Calendar of Events for a program that's right for
out how children with autism process information and
perceive the world differently at “Insights into Autism” by
Carol M. Smith, M.Ed. and Suzanne Alexander, M.M. on
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose
Room at Founders Hall. The program is free. Discover methods
that enable these children to first understand and feel
comfortable with the concepts that make up their own way of
thinking. See how these concepts can then be used to teach
and explain all of the same information to children with
autism that other children learn. Understand the motivations
and behaviors of children who are faced with the experience
of being born into the world with a perfectly legitimate way
of thinking that is not used, understood, or validated by
the people around them. Learn how the stress of having this
completely different way of processing information and
perceiving the world leads to the child displaying the
symptoms of autism as the child gets older because these
differences are not addressed. For more information, please
call the library at 818-225-7616
Health starts in
the home. The best way to maintain your well-being is to stock
your home with healthy treats and eliminate junk food from
your pantry and refrigerator. Now you can learn how at “Food
Preparation” presented by Nilli Grutman of Healthy Roots
Nutrition on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at noon in the
Multi-Purpose Room at Founders Hall. The program is free.
Grutman, who has a B.S. in Bio-Chemical Nutritional Science
from UC Davis, will provide a fascinating lecture on the art
of healthy food preparation and will share easy tips on how
to maintain a healthy kitchen and prepare nutritious meals.
Bring your lunch and enjoy! For more information, please
call the library at 818-225-7616
Film Fanatics group will meet on Wednesday, April 17 at
6:00 p.m. to view and discuss this month's movie offering.
April 23 at 6:30 p.m., it’s Family Movie Night at Calabasas
Library! This movie, presented in conjunction with the
American Chess Academy (ACA) in Calabasas, is based on a
true story of a seven-year-old boy whose excellence at chess
forces him and his family to examine how they can maintain
his childhood while developing his extraordinary gift. The
movie runs 110 minutes, is rated PG, and admission is free!
No one may attend without an adult. Concessions will be
available as a fundraiser for the ACA and the Teen Library
Council. For the name of the movie, call the library at
818-225-7616 or visit the library’s website at
Stop by for
yoga at the Library! Classes will be offered on
Thursdays, April 4 and April 18 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Instructed by Deanne Wenger, RYT, you will feel refreshed
and relaxed. No experience is necessary, all are welcome,
and the classes are free of charge. Just be sure you wear
comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/large towel.
If you are
interested in joining a book club, the Calabasas Library is
the place to be! There are three separate clubs, geared for
different age groups. Adults can participate in the
2nd Thursday Book Club,
Dog Eared Book Club
is specifically for 5th-7th graders, and children in the 3rd
and 4th grades can enjoy the
Book Worm Book Club. For
meeting schedules, book selections and details, please visit
the Library Calendar page.
information on any of the above events, please visit
or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-1616.
MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST
EVENTS IN APRIL
us for a unique yoga experience on the Topanga Lookout Hike
and Yoga on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. -11:30
a.m! Join the magnificent Sri Hari Moss from Yoga Upstairs,
Agoura Hills, as we enjoy an easy 20-30 minute hike up
Topanga Lookout Trail, with its phenomenal mountain views.
There, we'll settle in for an hour-long lively flow class
under the sky. We'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Cold
Creek Canyon, Calabasas Peak, and more as we connect with
the nature surrounding us! For more information and to
register, please visit
Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 2013 Mountains
Restoration Trust will host its Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic
at Headwaters Corner, located near Mulholland Hwy and Old
Topanga Canyon Road. Training is led by expert Tracy
Jenson-Presson of High on Kennels located in San Diego
County. Tracy has many years of experience training dogs to
avoid rattlesnakes. She is well known for being a problem
solver when it comes to difficult dogs. Our training clinics
are conducted in a safe, humane, controlled environment
ensuring the safety of your dog, as well as the safety of
the rattlesnakes. Typically, a training session for one dog
takes about 20 minutes. The training process is repeated
several times to assure that your dog will understand the
sight, smell and sound of a rattlesnake (they have a
distinctive odor that dogs can discern from other snakes).
Please allow about an hour for your session to sign in and
make any time adjustments to scheduling, assuring that
proper attention is given to all participants. Multiple
dates and locations are available. To register, visit
http://mountainstrust.eventbrite.com/. Advanced payment
of $70 per dog is required.
to help your child learn to appreciate natural beauty in a
fun, hands-on way?
Mountains Restoration Trust
has the answer with a new, unique environmental
education and discovery for tots aged 3-5 yrs. old. A five
part series, most sessions include a short hike, discovery
time crafts, and games. A guardian must accompany the child.
Topics include learning about mud and worms, birds, mammals,
insects and plants. Registration required. For more
information and to register, please call Susan at (818)
591-1701 ext 212.
HOW CAN YOU HELP CONTROL
City of Calabasas takes pride in our scenic hills, majestic
oaks, and natural beauty. One of the ways the City preserves
the high quality of life in Calabasas is through taking the
initiative in reducing pollution in storm water. Through
evaluating impacts on water quality, the City is working to
find a healthy balance between building communities and
maintaining a clean and safe environment for current
communities and future generations.
through April 15 is considered the rainy season in this
region. During the rainy season, severe erosion occurs when
storm water strikes bare ground. Erosion problems are
||WHICH CAN RESULT IN:
|Mud Covered Streets
||Hazardous Road Conditions
|Clogged Storm Drains
||Flooding and Property Damage
|Water Flowing with Sediment
||Water Pollution in Creeks and
the Santa Monica Bay
homeowner, some or all of your property may be bare ground,
as landscaping or finishing work may be in progress. Each
homeowner is responsible for erosion control measures on
his/her property. During the rainy season erosion control
measures must be in place on your property and maintained
throughout the rainy season. Therefore, even if you are in
the process of landscape planning or hardscape work on your
property, erosion control measures must be installed.
Residents of gated community or Homeowners Association areas
are not exempt from the erosion control measures
typical erosion control measures are listed below. Detailed
information on selecting appropriate erosion control
measures and how to implement them can be found on the
California Stormwater Quality Association web page at
www.cabmphandbooks.com. Select the “Construction”
handbook and click on any of the BMP Fact Sheet links
provided in the table of contents.
EROSION CONTROL MEASURES
|Hydroseed bare slopes by
September 1 to establish plants prior to rains.
||Place erosion control blankets,
also called "Geotextiles and Mats" on slopes.
|Install sandbags or straw bales
to follow the slope contours around the perimeter of
the low side of your property.
||Apply hydraulic, wood, or straw
mulch or soil binders on bare slopes.
property has not been improved with landscaping or other
ground cover to protect bare ground from storm water, one or
a combination of erosion control measures must be in place
and maintained on your property until the rainy season has
ended, or until permanent landscaping or ground cover is
installed on your property. If you have questions on
installing or maintaining erosion control measures, please
contact the City of Calabasas Department of Public Works at
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
City of Calabasas organizes
two free monthly electronic waste collection events.
On the first Saturday of the month (April 6,
2013), an electronic waste collection will take place at
Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las
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 (April 20, 2013) 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.
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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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