Calabasas City Information
Calabasas Civic Center
In July 2008, the City of Calabasas finished construction of a Gold LEED certified Civic Center and Library complex. The two building complex is at 100 Civic Center Way and is the first municipal-owned and constructed ‘green’ civic center structure in California. Some estimates put the cost of the Calabasas complex around $45,000,000. This number includes the cost of purchasing the land in Calabasas on which the complex sits. The Civic Center houses The Calabasas Library, meeting rooms and an amphitheater, and the Calabasas Channel (CTV).
Calabasas Public services
Calabasas funds its own public transportation in the form of a shuttle and trolley service. It augments the service provided by the LACMTA: line 161 and funds its own library as opposed to using the County library system), runs the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center, and has a protected and maintained historical district called “Old Town Calabasas”.
The City of Calabasas sponsors several popular annual events:
- The Pumpkin Festival
- The Fine Arts Festival
- The Fourth of July Spectacular
Environmental stewardship in Calabasas
Taking care of the environment and the protection of open space is an priority for Calabasas residents. Calabasas played a vital role in the 10-year battle to save Ahmanson Ranch, a 2,983 acres (12.07 km2) property in the Simi Hills in Ventura County nestled at the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, from development. The land was sold by Seattle-based Washington Mutual to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in late 2003 for $150 million. Ahmanson Ranch is now known as the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve and is protected from further development.
Calabasas voters overwhelmingly passed Measure D in 2005. The ordinance protects and preserves the existing areas of Open Space in Calabasas by requiring two-thirds voter approval before any land in the City designated as Open Space may be re-designated for another use.
In 2007, the Calabasas City Council adopted Ordinance 2007-233 banning retail food establishments, nonprofit food providers and City facilities from using food packaging materials made of expanded polystyrene, known popularly by the trademark name Styrofoam. The ordinance requires food service establishments in Calabasas to start using environmentally acceptable packaging by March 31, 2008, and report on-going compliance with this ordinance on the first business day of each calendar year.
Calabasas Technology center
During the dot-com bubble, a number of technology companies appeared on a stretch of Agoura Rd. parallel to the 101 Freeway, leading that area of Calabasas to develop a reputation as the “101 Technology Corridor”. These businesses included medical technology company Atlas Development Corporation and several computer-networking companies Xylan (later Alcatel), Netcom Systems (later Spirent Communications), Ixia Communications, j2 Global Communications, and Tekelec, as well as video-game publisher THQ, and software companies Digital Insight and NetSol Technologies. Although some of these companies have since relocated, been acquired, or ceased their operations, the area continues to be home to a significant technology presence.