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:
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
of Calabasas Arbor Day
Celebration will take place on March 23,
2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Gates Canyon Park,
located at 25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Calabasas.
Festivities will include tree planting activities and a
Smart Gardening Workshop in which participants will learn
tips and techniques about composting. The event will
conclude with the Official Tree Planting Ceremony. Arbor Day
has a rich history dating back to the 19th century when the
first official Arbor Day was celebrated on April 10, 1872.
It was estimated that over one million trees were planted
in Nebraska that day. The City of Calabasas has been
recognized as a Tree City USA for the 13th year, and
therefore, encourages residents to partake in the important
tradition of Arbor Day. Become involved with the community
while helping to create a better environment.
For more information, please visit
http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/arbor-day.html or contact
Marina Issakhani at (818)
224-1600 or at
BE AN EXHIBITOR AT THE 2013
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO
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 the public 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
EGG-STRAVANGZA EGG HUNT
Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt returns on Saturday,
March 30, 2013. Join us at
Grape Arbor Park for a free egg hunt, petting zoo, and
opportunities to take your picture with the Easter Bunny ($5
fee). There will be candy, crafts, bunny hope games and
prizes! Everyone is a winner at this event! Please don't forget
to bring your own basket! For more information, please call
Community Services Department at (818) 880-6461.
CERT CLASSES OFFERED FREE OF
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
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
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,
they will be free to meet with multiple, licensed solar and
solar water heating contractors, and they may 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.
MUSIC NOTES ON THE PATIO
Sweet, sweet beautiful music & delicious crepes under
with the breeze in your hair-- can starting your day be any
better? On Sunday March 10 and 17 please join students from
the Calabasas High School Music Program from 10:00 a.m. to
noon on the
Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center Tennis Patio for a
morning of great entertainment. Our own Atmosphere Café
will be open for breakfast & snacks. Take advantage of this
free event and support your Calabasas High School Music
Program. Questions, contact Kathy at (818) 222-2782.
ECO-HIKE AND MEDITATION
Restoration Trust and Yoga Conservation Alliance
on Sunday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to
for a meditation and eco-tour along the Cold Creek High
Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. Discover a fern-filled
waterfall as you walk along lush streamside vegetation.
Enjoy the sounds of birds and wind flowing through the oak
woodlands. Smell the blooming mountain lilacs wafting
through the chaparral as you connect with nature in the
beautiful surroundings of the Cold Creek Area. Please wear
long pants as we will be hiking along a single-track trail.
Moderate level hiking. Led by David Ezekiel of YCA, healing
gems available by Taryn Wayne, and local ecology and history
by Debbie Sharpton, Executive Director of Mountains
Restoration Trust. Space is limited, so register
suggested $10 donation supports YCA and MRT.
Hour will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 8:30 p.m. –
9:30 p.m., and is a global call to action to every
individual, every business and every community throughout
the world. Earth Hour is the time to stand up, take
responsibility, get involved and lead the way towards a
sustainable future. To find out more and learn what you can
do, please visit
NEW TRANSIT STOP RECYCLING
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.
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM
six weeks, the
Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center
features a local artist to display his or her works of love.
Currently, the center is highlighting Cheryl Corte's fantastic oil
paintings. Beginning March 31, new photography will be
displayed by local artist Norman Schwartz. Please stop by for a look! For additional
information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782,
STATE OF THE MALIBU
CREEK WATERSHED: PUBLIC WORKSHOP AND DISCUSSION
about the health of our local streams? Come join the “State
of the Malibu Creek Watershed: Public Workshop and
Discussion” on Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
at Diamond X Ranch at the corner of Mulholland Highway and
Wickland Road in Calabasas. The Malibu Creek Watershed is
one of the last watersheds in the area that has considerable
amounts of natural habitat. Protecting water quality and
biological resources in the Malibu Creek Watershed is
paramount for protecting ecological conditions and allowing
safe and recreational use in the Santa Monica Bay. Heal the
Bay's Stream Team will present a comprehensive analysis of
12 years of data which assess the habitat, water quality,
and the flora and fauna of the Malibu Creek Watershed.
Engage in the discussion, and get involved to help safeguard
the health of the Malibu Creek Watershed. The event is
free. For more information and to register, please visit:
LIBRARY EVENTS IN MARCH
March is packed with
exciting opportunities at the
Calabasas Library! Check out the complete
March Calendar of Events for a program that's right
Come learn about the fascinating history of the ancient
“Archaeological Investigations at the Ancient Port of Sinop,
Turkey” presentation given by Dr. Owen Doonan, Professor
of Art at CSU Northridge. Professor Doonan has led
archaeological expeditions to Sinop, Turkey since 1996, and
his team has documented nearly 400 sites there, some as old
as 10,000 years old. Sinop was the most strategic port of
the Black Sea. It controlled trade routes and military
access ever since its foundation as a Greek colony around
630 B.C. This fascinating event will take place Wednesday,
March 13 from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose
Room at Founders Hall. The event is free, and refreshments
will be provided. For more information, please call the
library at 818-225-7616.
Does your student need a little help with his or her
studies? Viewpoint Advanced Placement and Honors high school students
are available Saturday March 2, March 9 and March 16 in the
Children’s Library to help tutor younger students in the
“Love to Learn” tutoring program. The
Study Buddies program allows Calabasas elementary and
middle school students to get free help with homework. For
students 9th through 12th grade,
Peer Counseling is available in the Young Adult area of
the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
to get help on Math, English, or the latest school project.
If you’re looking
to re-energize your mind, body and spirit then
“Motivation, Movement, & Mindset with Michele the Trainer”
is for you! Michele is a world-class motivator, celebrity
trainer, and published author whose mission is to help
individuals, groups and communities establish and maintain a
healthy lifestyle. Her inspiring success stories will lift
your spirits, transform your mindset, and motivate you to
start your new health and fitness regime today. Come meet
Michele on Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The
program is free. For more information, please call the
library at 818-225-7616.
Film Fanatics group will meet on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00
p.m. to view and discuss this month's movie offering.
Art Therapy is interesting, fun and can
be a powerful tool in people’s lives. Using art as a tool
within traditional talk therapy, art therapy if fun, easy
and can be useful for all kinds of people and all ages. On
Thursday, March 28 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., come to the
library and learn from
Kaalomai Kirdani MFTI/AT about Art Therapy and how it
can help you and your family. No art skill is required. The
event is free and refreshments will be provided.
For more information,
please call the library at 818-225-7616
Bring your new and emerging reader
(grades K-3) to the Calabasas Library on Saturday, March
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.
Come to the library for a
Persian New Year Celebration
on Saturday, March 30 from 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m. in Founders
Hall. The free event will feature music and songs by Naw-Ruz.
Fun for the whole family!
yoga at the Library! Classes will be offered
on Thursdays, March 7 and March 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.
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.
For information on any of the above events,
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.
MARCH EVENTS FOR MOUNTAINS
Restoration Trust has some great things to offer this
On Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March
17 come to Headwaters Corner at 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Road
in Calabasas for a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic for
Dogs. This important and informative workshop will be held
at various times throughout the day and led by
expert Tracy-Jenson Presson who has many years of experience
training dogs to avoid rattlesnakes. This training clinic
will be 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.
On Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. learn to save
water and plant drought-tolerant vegetation at the Festival
and Native Plant Sale at Headwaters Corner! Over 500 native
plants will be for sale, there will be booths with gardening
techniques and landscaping tips, and native plant experts on
hand to answer questions about plants and home gardening.
The event also includes tours of the historic Masson
Homestead House, self-guided nature walks, kids’ scavenger
hunt, native tree planting, and art exhibit. Fresh waffles
and berries along with other refreshments. Revenue raised
from the plant sale and raffle will go toward protecting and
restoring the natural resources in the Santa Monica
Mountains. Admission is free and is fun for the whole
family. Headwaters Corner is located at 3815 Old Topanga
Canyon Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.
On Sunday, March 10 from 8:45 a.m. - noon,
Heal the Bay is partnering with the
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.
For more information and to register, visit
is a great month for programs at
Restoration Trust. Kids 8-12 are invited to be part of the Youth
Naturalist Astronomy Program. We will learn about the night
sky with the aid of telescopes.
There will be a guest speaker to guide us through the
stars, planets, nebulae and constellations.
Please be sure to bring a shoebox with a lid. Pre-registration
is required and space
is limited. Register online at
http://mountainstrust.org/education/ynp.html. Click on
Education-Youth Naturalist Program and then scroll to the
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
(click on Events Calendar and register for the Malibu Creek
Crayfish Trapping). For group reservations, call (818)
On Saturday, March 3 from 8:45 a.m – 12:15 p.m., be a
Restorationist for a Day!
Join the habitat repair team planting native plants
that will energetically displace the invasive weeds. Oak
acorns, shrubs, penstemons, roses and bunch grasses that
feed and shelter wildlife are awaiting your help. Meet at
Cold Creek Valley Preserve along the first 0.5 mile of Stunt
Road after turning off Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.
Receive community service credit. Reservations required,
call 818-591-1701 x203 or visit
Fight invasive weeds at Tapia Park on Sunday, March 10 from
8:30 a.m. – noon.
Join us for a satisfying day of weeding, planting and
watering as we see young oak trees thrive and provide
native critters with homes, food, and shelter. Receive
community service credit. Reservations required, please call
Jo at 818-591-1701 x.203 or
On Saturday, March 16 from 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., come help
rebuild a native landscape at Malibu Creek State Park.
area was once was a valley where giant oaks held an
ecosystem together. Over the years through farming, cattle
grazing, and movie making, the native habitat was severely
damaged—and now you can help it regenerate! Enjoy a
wonderful day in the park planting and caring for oak trees
and their understory plants. Reservations are required,
please email email@example.com or call Jo at
818-591-1701 x. 203.
On Sunday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. – noon, be a part of
a natural eco-balance to the lower Topanga Creek area of
Topanga State Park by planting native vegetation and
removing invasive, noxious weeds! Bring water, wear sturdy
footwear. Receive community service credit. Entrance to the
park is a few hundred feet from Pacific Coast Highway on
Topanga Canyon Road. Reservations are required, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jo at 818-591-1701
For a complete
list of MRT events during the month of March, visit
Ready to help your child learn to appreciate natural beauty
in a fun, hand-on way?
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 (March 2,
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 (March 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.
City Council Agenda Items
are available online the Thursday prior to a City
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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and meetings at City Hall during March, please visit
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