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FEBRUARY 2013 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
2013 CALABASAS GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION
HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE - PLANNING COMMISSION STUDY SESSION
FREE HAM RADIO CLASS OFFERED THIS MONTH
BE AN EXHIBITOR AT THE 2013 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO
SAFETY EDUCATION COMING TO CHAPPARAL AND A.E. WRIGHT
CERT CLASSES OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE
CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER BLOOD DRIVE
NEW TRANSIT STOP RECYCLING CONTAINERS
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER  
REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING T-BALL AND COACH PITCH LEAGUES  
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - GIFT SHOP CONCESSION AT THE CALABASAS LIBRARY  
LIBRARY EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
FEBRUARY EVENTS FOR MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST
  HOW CAN YOU HELP CONTROL EROSION?
  E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY OFFERING FREE PASSES TO LACMA
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

February 2013: 2 - E-Waste Collection

3 - HAM Radio Class

4 - Vote by Mail Applications Available (City of Calabasas)

7 - Planning Commission Study Session (Housing Element Update)

7 - CERT Training

13 - City Council Meeting


16 - Blood Drive at Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center

16 - E-Waste Collection

18 - Presidents' Day - City Hall Closed

19 - Last Day to Register to Vote (City of Calabasas)

21 - CERT Training

25 - Coaches Meeting for Spring T-Ball League

27 -  City Council Meeting


27 - Proposal Deadline for Library Gift Shop Concessionaire

28 - CERT Training

March 2013: 2 - E-Waste Collection

5 - City of Calabasas General Municipal Election

7 - CERT Training


9 - Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

10 - Daylight Saving Time Begins

13 -  City Council Meeting

14 - CERT Training

16 - E-Waste Collection

21 - CERT Training

27 - City Council Meeting

28 - CERT Training


FEBRUARY IS
BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 

 

 

CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18
IN OBSERVANCE OF
PRESIDENTS' DAY

 

 

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE
MARCH 5, 2013 CALABASAS
GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

 

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2013 CALABASAS GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

There are four candidates running for three City Council seats in the March 5, 2013 Calabasas General Municipal Election. The term of each seat is four years. An official 2013 Calabasas General Municipal Election website is available online and will be updated throughout the election season with an election calendar and information about candidates, candidate forums, and voting. Be sure to tune in to CTV's Election coverage including "Meet the Candidates," "Candidate Forum," and live election night coverage.

If you have not yet registered to vote, you can do so by visiting rtv.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/. February 19 is the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the March 5, 2013 Calabasas General Municipal Election.

If you are interested in obtaining a Vote-by-Mail Ballot, and you are not already registered to permanently vote by mail, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/elections/2013/vote-by-mail.html to complete, print, and sign a Vote-by-Mail application. Ballots will be received during the period of February 4 to February 26.

March 5, 2013 is election day when polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CTV will once again provide live election night coverage on CTV-3 in Calabasas, via online streaming, and will post live election results on the 2013 Calabasas General Municipal Election website.

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HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE - PLANNING COMMISSION STUDY SESSION

The 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”).

On Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., staff is hosting a study session with the Planning Commission to discuss goals and objectives for this update and to seek input from the public. The study session is open to the public and will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Staff encourages you to attend the meeting if you are interested in contributing to the Housing Element update.

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FREE HAM RADIO CLASS OFFERED THIS MONTH

Individuals who have completed the requirements to obtain their Amateur Radio Technician Entry-Level FCC License are invited to a free class on how to program and use their Ham radio. The class will take place on Sunday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station (27050 Agoura Road, Agoura). For additional information, please contact Norm and Naomi Goodkin at (818) 222-7893.

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BE AN EXHIBITOR AT THE 2013 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO

The 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 Rd (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 is free of charge and the Calabasas Earth Day event will have something of interest for everyone. The festival will also feature numerous children’s activities to teach kids about the environment while they have fun.

The City of Calabasas invites public agencies, non-profit organizations and private companies that provide green services or products to participate in this event. Each exhibitor will be provided with one 6-foot long table to set up educational and promotional materials. A large turnout of Calabasas residents are expected for this event. More than 2,200 people visited the 2012 Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo. This is a great opportunity to educate the public on benefits of being “green”, on sustainability, energy conservation, and ways they can help the environment. The Exhibitor Application is available on city’s website at http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/environmental/Earth-Day-Exhibitor-Application.pdf.

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SAFETY EDUCATION COMING TO CHAPPARAL ELEMENTARY AND A.E. WRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Getting children to and from school safely has always been a priority in the City of Calabasas. As part of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Federal Grant awarded to the City in 2011, Safe Moves, a non-profit organization, recognized as a leading authority in traffic safety education, was hired to create an educational safety program for schools in Calabasas. Chaparral Elementary and A.E. Wright Middle School were selected for this pilot program because of the proximity of the targeted road and neighborhood improvements.

With direction from the City, Safe Moves studied the developed walking/biking route maps and existing pedestrian facilities implemented by the SRTS project improvements at each school, met with Principals, staff and parents, and formulated an education program at each school that specifically addresses the needs at that facility. Each school will have a combined program of instructional workshops and walk/bike rodeos. Workshops are grade specific and will be conducted at Chaparral and A.E. Wright beginning the week of February 4, followed by rodeos. Rodeos involve teaching road safety by moving around a simulated city that will be brought to the campus. Instruction is given by Safe Moves’ enthusiastic, full-time professional employees. Fourth and fifth grade students with signed consent forms, will be given the opportunity to ride bikes through the city. Students can either bring their own bikes and helmets, or can use those provided by Safe Moves. With successful completion of this pilot program, the City will be looking for opportunities to conduct educational programs at other Calabasas schools.

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CERT CLASSES OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE

Do you know what to do to take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the aftermath of a major disaster such as an earthquake or other emergency? Following a major disaster, police, fire and medical professionals may not be able to meet the demands for emergency medical attention. Residents and neighbors may need to rely upon one another to help with immediate life saving needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads. The Los Angeles County Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) wants to train you on basic fire safety and life-saving skills you will need to be prepared. Calabasas classes will take place at Founders Hall in the Calabasas Library from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursdays (January 31 through March 28). You must attend all eight sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. Please note that missed classes can be made up at a different time and at a different location. To pre-register and obtain class schedule, call (818) 224-1620 or visit www.fire.lacounty.gov/cert.

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CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER BLOOD DRIVE

Be a super hero and save a life! The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center is celebrating their first annual Blood Drive with UCLA Health Systems on Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The UCLA Bloodmobile will be parked above the tennis courts (23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas). All participants will receive a movie ticket as a thank you gift. To schedule your appointment, please call (310) 825-0888, extension 2 or email gotblood@ucla.edu. Photo identification is required.

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NEW TRANSIT STOP RECYCLING CONTAINERS

The City of Calabasas Public Works Department has placed 40 new recycling containers at city transit stops to promote recycling of bottles and cans. The funding for this program was provided by California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to increase beverage container recycling, thereby saving natural resources, conserving energy and extending the life of our landfills.

Consumers pay California Redemption Value (CRV) when they purchase beverages from a retailer, and receive CRV refunds when they redeem the containers at a recycling center. Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass, plastic and bi-metal containers are eligible for CRV. Notable exceptions are milk, wine and distilled spirits, which are not included in the CRV program. CRV is 5 cents for each beverage container less than 24 ounces and 10 cents for each container 24 ounces or greater.

Focusing on beverage container recycling, the program presents an opportunity to educate our citizens about the importance and benefits of recycling. Schools and non-profit community organizations can benefit from this program by generating extra funds for their programs and activities.

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ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

Every six weeks, the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist to display his or her works of love. Currently, the center is highlighting Gennady Chernobylsky's fantastic oil paintings. Beginning February 18, new work will be displayed by Cheryl Corte. Please stop by for a look! For additional information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782, extension 113.

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REGISTER NOW FOR SPRING T-BALL AND COACH PITCH LEAGUES

Registration for the 2013 Spring T-Ball and Coach Pitch Leagues is happening now at de Anza Park and will continue until leagues are full. T-Ball is for ages 4-6 and Coach Pitch is for ages 7-8. Leagues run from March 16 - June 1 and each team will play one game per week on Saturdays at either Grape Arbor Park or Creekside Park. There will be one practice per week based on the coach’s schedule. There are no try-outs and players will be placed on teams based on friend requests or the school which they attend. The league fee is $140 and includes uniforms, team pictures, and a trophy.

Parents, we need your help! Please volunteer to be a coach. A coaches meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25 at de Anza Park. For more information, please call (818) 880-6461 or email lwilhelm@cityofcalabasas.com. Emphasize fun and learning while building character one swing at a time!

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - GIFT SHOP CONCESSION AT THE CALABASAS LIBRARY

The City of Calabasas is requesting proposals for the purpose of selecting a concessionaire to manage, operate, maintain, and promote a gift shop concession at the Calabasas Library. All proposals must be received by Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by 4:00 p.m. Any questions, requests for more information, or tours of the facility should be directed to John Bingham, Senior Management Analyst at jbingham@cityofcalabasas.com or (818) 224-1663.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

It may be a short month, but February is packed with exciting opportunities at the Calabasas Library! Check out the complete February Calendar of Events for a program that's right for you.

Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to participate in this year's Winter Events at the Library, held on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. On February 6, experience marine life up close and personal during the Blue Submarine program. Come back on February 13 when Bubblemania & Company will teach about the science and fun of soap bubbles. On February 20, witness the world's only opera singing magician with Opera-Kadabra. All events are free of charge and no tickets are required. For more information, call (818) 225-7616.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 23 for a Fun Fair especially for elementary school age children! Taking place from Noon to 4:00 p.m., there will be games, food, prizes, fundraising, and most importantly - fun! Admission is free and Children's book donations are welcomed. Sponsored by the Friends of the Calabasas Library and the Calabasas Historical Society, proceeds of this event will go to the National Honor Society of Calabasas High School, the Calabasas Teen Library Council and other teen clubs.

Following the Fun Fair, the Calabasas Library will be hosting a Movie Night. Saturday, February 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., bring the family out to enjoy a PG rated movie, pizza, snacks, and drinks (food and beverage sold for $1 each). All ages are welcome but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. For additional details, call the Library at (818) 225-7616. Sponsored by the Friends of the Calabasas Library and the Calabasas Historical Society, proceeds of this event will go to the Calabasas Teen Library Council and other teen clubs.

Preschoolers and younger won't want to miss the entertainment of the Hullabaloo Folk Group on Friday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. This event is free of charge.

This month, Tuesdays nights are Family Movie Nights at the Calabasas Library! Plan to bring out entire family for a movie at 7:00 p.m. Visit for www.cityofcalabasas.com/events/library/family-movie-night.html movie details!

Local author, Susan Sherman, will be speaking about her new historical fiction novels for adults, "The Little Russian," on Thursday, February 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A slide show of early 20th century Russia will be shown. This event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Bring your new and emerging reader (grades K-3) to the Calabasas Library on Saturday, February 2 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 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. Sign-ups will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the library and each child will have 15 minutes to read to a dog. For additional information, contact Jill Nevins at (818) 225-7616, ext. 2.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Bingo at the Library! Swing by the Library on Thursday, February 14 at Noon for a free game of Valentine's Day themed bingo fun! Play for a chance to win gifts, prizes, enjoy some light refreshments, and meet some new friends. Call (818) 225-7616 for more information.

On Thursday, February 28 from Noon to 1:00 p.m., the Calabasas Historical Society will be taking a look at the architecture of Southern California and providing an introduction to the materials in the Calabasas Historical Society Collection on the subject. While they will briefly observe examples of the adobe mission churches/homes and Victorian era buildings, the primary emphasis will be on more contemporary styles and architects. The CHS will look at the work of Charles and Henry Green, Frank Lloyd Wright, R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra, and Frank Gehry, among others. This is free and open to the public.

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, The 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.

Stop by for yoga at the Library! Classes will be offered on Thursdays, February 7 and February 21 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.

For information on any of the above events, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-1616. Please note that in addition to the regularly scheduled closures, the Calabasas Library will be closed Sunday, February 17 in observance of Presidents' Day.

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FEBRUARY EVENTS FOR MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST

Mountains Restoration Trust has some great things to offer this month! Meet up at the Lower Stunt Trailhead on Saturday, February 2 for a stroll along a streamside trail through oak woodlands, ending at a chaparral basin surrounded by craggy sandstone peaks. Plan for 2.5 hours. To register, call (818) 591-9363.

Children 8-12 years old are invited to a Youth Naturalist Program on Saturday, February 9 at 9:30 a.m. to learn about birds and their behavior. Hiking with binoculars, the group will learn about migration and hopefully see many species of birds as this is migration time. Owl pellets will be examined to see what they have been eating and bird feathers will be viewed under a microscope in hopes of further understanding. Pre-registration is required by visiting www.mountainstrust.org (click on Education - Youth Naturalist Program and then scroll to the bottom). This program lasts for three hours.

Come enjoy the outdoors and make a difference with Heal the Bay's Stream Team on Sunday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m.! MRT is partnering with Heal the Bay to restore areas of Malibu Creek State Park. Invasive plants have negative impacts on natural habitats, so removing them is vital for a healthy watershed. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while helping remove non-native vegetation in an effort to restore native plants along Malibu Creek and its many tributaries. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a snack, sunscreen and hat. Be prepared to get dirty! Gloves and tools will be be provided. To register for this three hour restoration, visit www.healthebay.org/event/stream-restoration-malibu-creek-state-park.

Join MRT for the Great Backyard Bird Count on Sunday, February 17 at 8:00 a.m. Every year at this time the public is asked to count the number of bird species in their backyard. The information is sent to Cornell University, the clearinghouse for all data collected. Trends and conservation methods are recorded from this information. Stop by Headwaters Corner to help count! A light snack will be provided. For information, please contact Susan at (818) 591-1701, ext. 212. Beginners are welcome! Pre-registration is required.

Give native fish larvae and native frog tadpoles a chance by removing the non-native, invasive red swamp crayfish from spawning pools located in Malibu Creek. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m., people of all ages are invited to participate in crayfish trapping with the Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers. Great fun for families, kids and scout groups! Wear warm clothes and shoes that can get muddy. Registration is required by visiting www.spff.org (click on Events Calendar and register for the Malibu Creek Crayfish Trapping). For group reservations, call (818) 591-1701.

For a complete list of MRT events during the month of February, visit mountainstrust.org/events/events.html.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP CONTROL EROSION?

The 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.

October 1 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 outlined below:


EROSION CAUSES: 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

As a 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 requirements.

Examples of 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.


SAMPLE 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.

If your 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 (818) 224-1600.

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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 (February 2, 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 (February 16, 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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FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY OFFERING FREE PASSES TO LACMA 

The Friends of the Calabasas Library has purchased two memberships to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which allows the Library to loan patrons their two free general admission passes to the museum. The free passes may be checked out for 2 days at a time from the Calabasas Library Circulation Desk and may be reserved up to one month in advance.

LACMA
features more than 100,000 works of art from ancient times to the present.  For more information about the new LACMA admission pass program, please call (818) 225-7616.

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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, through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive.

Select CTV programming is now available on YouTube!

Check out this new show on CTV:

Join host Pablo Pereira on location for this episode of City Spotlight
CITY SPOTLIGHT: SAFE WALK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

Check the
CTV Guide for playback days and times.  You can watch archived episodes of CTV programs on-line anytime with CTV Archives.

Or visit the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/calabasas3

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day.

 

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 February, please visit our City Calendar Page. 

That’s all for this month.

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