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DECEMBER 2013 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
CALABASAS RANKED 13TH SAFEST CITY IN CALIFORNIA
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
  2013 RECYCLING DRAWING CONTEST WINNERS
  TIME WARNER OFFERS DIGITAL ADAPTORS TO CUSTOMERS FREE OF CHARGE
  CALABASAS VOTER OUTREACH PROGRAM
2014 FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION & FAMILY SERVICES INITIATIVE
AMATEUR HAM RADIO STUDY & EXAM SESSION
ROCK LIFE PRESENTS THE PREMIERE OF "BREAKING THE SILENCE"
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYLCING PROGRAM
LIBRARY EVENTS IN DECEMBER
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
CERT TRAINING OFFERED IN 2014
PEER SUPPORT FOR CALABASAS HIGH STUDENTS
CITY OF LOS ANGELES INTRODUCES PLASTIC BAG BAN
  DECEMBER EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST 
HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
CHATSWORTH SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE IS MOVING
  ARTIST ALLEY AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

December 2013:

3 - Recognition of the Recycling Drawing Contest Winners

7 - E-Waste Collection

7 - Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Round-Up (Malibu)

7 - Rock Life, Breaking the Silence


11 - City Council Meeting

14 - Breakfast with Santa

14 - Calabasas Library Closes at 3:00 p.m.

21 - E-Waste Collection

23-Jan. 1 - Calabasas Library Closed


24 - Christmas Eve - City Hall Closed

25 - Christmas Day - City Hall Closed

25 -  City Council Meeting
(cancelled)

31 - New Year's Eve - City Hall Closes at Noon

January 2014
:

1 - New Year's Day - City Hall & Library Closed

4 - E-Waste Collection


8 - City Council Meeting

11 - Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

15 - 16th Annual Mayor's State of the City Address

18 - E-Waste Collection

20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - City Hall Closed

22 - City Council Meeting


22 - CERT Training

29 - CERT Training


TIPS FOR SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 


CALABASAS RANKED
13TH SAFEST CITY IN CA

 

DAVE BROWN TRIBUTE VIDEO
Dave Brown, former Chair and 23 year Commissioner of the City of Calabasas Planning Commission, passed away

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CALABASAS RANKED 13TH SAFEST CITY IN CALIFORNIA

The City of Calabasas has been named one of the safest cities in California by SafeWise, a business consortium of home security providers. According to company officials, SafeWise compiled a list of "50 Safest Cities in California" using the most recent FBI crime data and other ranking factors like "unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years."

Calabasas was commended for having just three reported robberies, according to the latest FBI Crime Report. Neighboring city Agoura Hills was ranked No. 14 by Safewise.

“Public Safety is our top priority and the key to the quality of life in our City. Our Los Angeles County Sheriffs do an outstanding job, and we are grateful for their tireless service,” said Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines. “We are starting to see the benefits of our push toward Intelligence Led Policing and Analytical Tracking,” added Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's station Captain Patrick Davoren. “Our patrol deputies and detectives are given better information from our analysis which is one reason we see the downturn with some crimes.”
For more information, visit www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-california/.

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HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

'Tis the season for giving! The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center has joined forces with our local food pantry to help make sure every child gets a toy this season. The West Valley Food Pantry feeds over 700 families a month. Around 450 are children. Every holiday season the West Valley Food Pantry also hands out gifts to the children of needy families. Sometimes it is the only holiday gift these kids will receive. If you would like to donate, please bring an unwrapped toy to the marked box in the lobby of the Tennis & Swim Center (23400 Park Sorrento) between December 1 and December 22.

In addition to children’s toys, please consider donating a teen gift such as gift cards, clothing, makeup sets, electronics, backpacks, sports bags, cosmetics, cologne, and jewelry. For additional information, call (818) 222-2782.

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

The Tennis & Swim Center is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and Santa will be the guest of honor! Great food, crafts, and holiday cheer - it's a great way to celebrate the holiday season! To sign up, visit http://com3.govtsystems.com/ResPCalabasas/ or call (818) 222-2782. Seating is limited and registration is due by Monday, December 9. The cost is $10 per child, $15 per adult, and kids under three are free.

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2013 RECYCLING DRAWING CONTEST WINNERS

The winners of the 2013 Recycling Drawing Contest will be accepting their prizes at the December 3 meeting of the Calabasas Environmental Commission. Each student will be making a brief speech on the benefits of litter prevention in protecting wildlife, which was the theme of this year's contest. Congratulations to this year's winners:

First Name Last Name Grade School Teacher
Sydney Bregman 7 A.C. Stelle Middle School Ms. Sandy Duncan
Rachel Burak 5 Bay Laurel Elementary School Ms. Mary Smith
Reanna Edakkara 4 Lupin Hill Elementary School Mr. Andy Hedin
Ruby Elswick 2 Chaparral Elementary School Ms. Margie Clebanoff
Will Trompeter 6 A.C. Stelle Middle School Ms. Sandy Duncan
Olivia Trejo 6 A.E. Wright Middle School Ms. Melinda Jaffe
Shahreen Kamal 5 Lupin Hill Elementary School Ms. Sherri Reynolds
Chloe Samouhi 3 Chaparral Elementary School Ms. Linda Yollis
Jialian Su Mackey 3 Las Virgenes Academy Ms. Kimberlee Rodriguez
Kate Saranow 8 A.C. Stelle Middle School Ms. Sandy Duncan
Evelene Boratgis 2 Bay Laurel Elementary School Ms. Michele Nastarin
Kavon Naziri 4 Bay Laurel Elementary School Ms. Mary Smith
Zoe Menteer 1 Bay laurel Elementary School Ms. Nicky Hansen
Ellie Samouhi K Chaparral Elementary School Ms. Erin Gourley

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TIME WARNER OFFERS DIGITAL ADAPTORS TO CUSTOMERS FREE OF CHARGE

For the past several years, Time Warner Cable has been converting analog channels to digital-only format in an effort to manage bandwidth utilization more efficiently. As part of the ongoing initiative, Time Warner has recently been converting additional analog channels to digital format, including Calabasas Channel 3 (CTV, The Calabasas Channel). While the majority of Calabasas customers have already participated in previous digital conversions, the remaining customers not subscribing to digital services will need to call Time Warner for digital equipment in order to continue viewing CTV. For a limited time, Time Warner is offering Digital Adaptor(s) and remote control(s) at no cost if requested by December 31, 2014. Beginning January 1, 2015, each adaptor will cost 99 cents per month. No customer is required to subscribe to a tier higher than the Basic Service Tier in order to continue viewing CTV.  For additional information, please contact Time Warner Cable at (888) 892-2253.

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CALABASAS VOTER OUTREACH PROGRAM

The City of Calabasas is creating a program to increase voter turn-out for municipal elections and is looking for your ideas. Bi-plane flyovers? Tightrope walkers at the Commons? What do you think?

Send your ideas to our City Clerk at info@cityofcalabasas.com!

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CITY OF CALABASAS SUPPORTS THE 2014 FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION & FAMILY SERVICES INITIATIVE

As part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), Calabasas has joined other cities in the state to support the 2014 Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Services Initiative. This initiative will help residents build wealth, stimulate the local economy, and gain access to millions in state, local, and federal services. Last year the program was able to capture $3.7 million in federal tax credits by helping thousands of Californians file their tax returns. In addition to tax preparation services, the program helps provide qualifying participants with the opportunity to apply for and receive a broad range of family services.

For example, this year qualified taxpayers who earn less than $51,567 may be eligible to receive up to $6,044 in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a refundable credit, and unlike other available tax credits, the EITC is a direct cash payment which added to the refund due to qualifying individuals. Each year, the EITC helps approximately 3.1 million Californians and brings more than $6.96 billion into California’s economy. For more information, please visit: www.boe.ca.gov/runner/vita.htm.

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AMATEUR HAM RADIO STUDY & EXAM SESSION

The public is invited to attend a one-day Amateur Ham Radio Study and Exam Session for an Entry Level FCC License. The one-day sessions will take place January 19, April 27, July 20, and October 19. Each session will take place at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is a $50.00 class fee that includes class expenses, exam fee and lunch. Please note that registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted. Participants can register for classes online at www.hamclass.goodkin.net or by sending a check to Norm Goodkin, 22287 Mulholland Drive #162, Calabasas, CA 91302. Please include the name of the participant, the class date, an email address and a phone number with the registration. For more information, please contact Norm Goodkin at (818) 222-7893, hamclass@goodkin.net.

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ROCK LIFE PRESENTS THE PREMIERE OF "BREAKING THE SILENCE"

Rock Life, a national movement dedicated to bringing awareness to the seriousness of bullying and related issues, proudly presents the premiere of "Breaking the Silence", one story at a time mini-documentary. This event will take place on Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Calabasas High School Performing Arts Center (22855 Mulholland Hwy). There will be special guests, celebrities and entertainers. Admission is free but donations will be accepted online at www.mrocklife.com and at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Rock Life Campaign. For additional information, visit www.mrocklife.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mrocklifecampaign

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CHRISTMAS TREE RECYLCING PROGRAM

Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths can be recycled in your green waste bin when the holidays are over. The City's trash hauler (Waste Management, Inc.) collects Christmas trees from its residential customers during the two weeks following Christmas at no additional charge. Be sure the tree is cut into three-foot sections and remove any tree stands, nails, tinsel and decorations. Christmas trees should have all of the following removed:

• Plastic water containers
• Tinsel
• Metal stands and bars
• Garlands
• Ornaments
• Lights

Flocked trees coated with fire retardants will not be accepted. Next year, consider an artificial tree or a live tree that can be planted after the holidays.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN DECEMBER

Happy Holidays from the Calabasas Library! Please note that in addition to the regularly scheduled closures this month, the Library will be closed December 23, 2013 through January 1, 2014. The Library will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14.

Bring the entire family by the Library on Saturday, December 21 for a very special event! At Noon, there will be a children's holiday cookie decorating activity. Stick around because at 2:00 p.m., there will be a movie presentation. Watch a touching documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the people who rescue them. It shows the dedication and bond between humans and animals. Following the movie, Patrick Foley, anthropologist and production assistant on the film, will be answering questions and speaking about his experiences. The documentary is rated G and is 45 minutes long.

Do you know a high-school student who needs to be studying for finals? Send them to the Library! There will be coffee, refreshments, and a room set aside specifically for the purpose of studying. On Saturday, December 14 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the Reading Room behind the Reference Desk will be open. Same location is open on Sunday, December 15 from Noon until 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 18, students can study in the Multi-Purpose Room from 3:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Needing to relieve some holiday stress this month? Join instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT at Noon on Thursday, December 5 for a free and relaxing yoga session. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/large towel. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

On Saturday, December 7, bring your new and emerging reader (grades K-3) to the Library to share in a unique reading program. Therapy dogs, trained through Paws 4 Healing, will sit (or lie!) and listen while your child experiences the joy of reading aloud. This program will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and each child will have 15 minutes to read to a dog. Sign ups will begin at the Library at 11:00 a.m.

Students in the 4th and 5th grades are invited to the Book Worm Book Club on Wednesday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m. This month's book is A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff.

On Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m., adults are invited to the 2nd Thursday Book Club. This month, the club is celebrating 5 years of being together! Bring one of your favorite short stories or choose from a selection of stories at the Library Reference Desk. Membership in the club is free, but a library card is required to participate.

For a complete list of what's happening at the Library during December, call (818) 225-7616 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/calendar-of-events.html.

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E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS

The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste collection events. On  the first Saturday of the month (December 7, 2013), an electronic waste collection will take place at the Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las Virgenes Road) 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 (December 21, 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.

On Saturday, December 7, Los Angeles County residents are invited to stop by the Malibu Civic Center rear parking lot (23519 West Civic Center Way, Malibu) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to dispose of their toxic materials. Acceptable items include brake fluid, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides, herbicides, household batteries, car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, and fluorescent light bulbs. Electronic waste includes computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cellular phones, etc. Please make sure items are brought in a sturdy box and note that there is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per trip. Business waste will not be accepted. For a complete list of acceptable items and restrictions, please visit www.CleanLA.com or call 1-888-CLEAN-LA.

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CERT TRAINING OFFERED IN 2014

Following a major disaster, emergency personnel may not be able to meet all demands for assistance. People may have to rely on each other to meet immediate life saving and life sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads for a period of time. The County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was developed to provide basic training in safety and life saving skills for the general public.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be offering CERT Training classes in Calabasas on Wednesday evenings (6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.) from January 22, 2014 to March 12, 2014. All classes will be held at the Founders Hall at the Calabasas Library (200 Civic Center Way). This free CERT training is open to all interested community members.

Participants must attend all classes in order to receive a certificate of completion. If you need to miss a particular class for any reason, that class can be made up at a later time. To register. call Debbie Larson at (818) 224-1620 or visit www.fire.lacounty.gov/cert (scroll to Calabasas listing, then click on the "register" link).

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PEER SUPPORT FOR CALABASAS HIGH STUDENTS

Peer Support is a program run by Calabasas High School students to offer support and guidance to their fellow peers by providing peer counseling, presentations, community outreach, school wide campaigns, and peaceful conflict resolution. Peer Support is organized by a group of upperclassmen who undergo extensive training consisting of leadership skills, team building activities, communication skills, and a variety of topics affecting teenagers. The goal of the Peer Support team is to help make Calabasas High School a better school by assisting 8th graders coming into the school and helping freshmen adjust to high school life and make new friends. The purpose of Peer Support is to help students feel comfortable, safe, and listen to issues or problems and try to help find a logical solution.

Peer Support is available at lunch in H117 every day except Tuesdays. Students can also request to speak with a peer counselor by going to H106 at any time. Always caring. Always confidential. Always supportive. Come to relax, talk to a peer counselor, or make friends. Everyone welcome! For more information, please visit chscoyoteconnect.wix.com/chspeersupport or visit the CHS Peer Support Facebook page at www.facebook.com/peersupportchs.

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CITY OF LOS ANGELES INTRODUCES PLASTIC BAG BAN

Following the lead of Calabasas and other cities across the nation, the City of Los Angeles—which includes nearby Woodland Hills and West Hills—has announced that a plastic bag ban will go into effect at large grocery and drug stores on January 1, 2014 and at smaller stores on July 1, 2014. Plastic bags will still be allowed at restaurants and department stores. The thin plastic sacks used for produce and meat are exempt from the ban.

The Los Angeles City Council approved the ban earlier this year. In June, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the ban into law, making Los Angeles the most populous city in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags.

Customers who do not bring their own reusable bags will be charged 10 cents each for paper bags, proceeds from which will be kept by stores and used only to recoup the costs of the bags and comply with the city ban. The fee will also help pay for materials to promote the use of reusable bags. Officials estimate that the City of Los Angeles spends about $2 million annually cleaning up plastic bag litter.

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DECEMBER EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST 

December is a great month to get involved with Mountains Restoration Trust! For a complete list of events, visit www.mountainstrust.org.

At 9:30 a.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, give native fish and tadpoles a chance by removing non-native, invasive crayfish from spawning pools in Malibu Creek. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear! To register, visit www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com or call (818) 591-1701.

Ease into winter with an easy hike downhill through rock-studded chaparral, grassland, and riparian habitats. The group will be meeting at Cold Creek Preserve at the Lower Stunt Trailhead on Saturday, December 7. Bring water, wear sturdy footwear and get ready for some awesome views! Reservations are required. Call (818) 591-9363 to sign up and for directions.

On Saturday, December 14 at 8:30 a.m., meet at Peter Strauss Ranch to be involved with the restoration of a hidden gem! You won't find this beauty spot on any map, but after meeting, the way will be shown. Unseemly land uses created great swaths of invasive weeds but have also created the perfect site for an endangered, very small sunflower. MRT and TreePeople invite you to care for the newly planted native plants to help them through their first years. Bring water and receive community service credit. Reservations are required. Sign up at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com.

Since 1992, volunteers have enjoyed a wonderful day in Malibu Creek State Park (1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas) planting and caring for oak trees and their understory plans. Join MRT and TreePeople on Saturday, December 21 at 8:45 a.m. to help rebuild native landscape. Reservations are required by visiting www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com or call (818) 591-1701. 

Check out all the exciting restoration events scheduled for this month by visiting www.mountainstrust.org.

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HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

From small, intimate affairs to large corporate and private parties, let the Tennis & Swim Center and Atmosphere Events & Catering be your one-stop shop for the finest food, superb service, menu planning, staffing, rentals & décor.  Our Chefs are professionally-trained with over 20 years of experience and will work with our clients’ nutritional needs as well as with their budgetary confinements.  We feel everybody has the right to a great event! On-site catering by Atmosphere Events & Catering. Some tables & chairs are provided. For further information, please contact Kathy Milbrand (818) 222-2782  x 113 or visit www.calabasastsc.com.

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CHATSWORTH SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE IS MOVING

The Chatsworth Social Security office is moving this month. Effective Monday, December 16, the new location will be 20439 Nordhoff Street in Chatsworth, just east of Mason Avenue. Due to the move, services will be limited from December 9-12 and the office will be closed December 13. A reminder that many things can be done online by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov. File for retirement, file for disability, see benefit statements, get a verification of benefits, and even appeal a disability decision. Social Security can also be contacted toll-free by calling 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-325-0778 (TTY) from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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ARTIST ALLEY AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

Every six weeks, the Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist to display their beautiful work. The current artist is Julie Buckley. Julie will be displaying her beautiful paintings through December 7. Stop by and take a look!

For additional information, please call Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782, ext. 113.   

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks

Valley Performing Arts Center - Northridge

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WHAT'S ON CTV?

Be sure to tune in to CTV on cable channel 3 in Calabasas (check the CTV Guide for playback days and times), through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive. CTV programming is also available on the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel!

Check out this new show on CTV:

CALABASAS TEEN FORUM: FOOD, HEALTH & FITNESS

On this episode, the teens discuss food, health and fitness.  They comment on the ideas of what is healthy and what activities they have time for, in between school work, to improve their fitness.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. City Hall will close at Noon on Tuesday, December 31.

 

City Council Agenda Items are available online the Thursday prior to a City Council Meeting. 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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For a complete calendar of events and meetings at City Hall during December, please visit our City Calendar Page.

That’s all for this month.

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