The Calabasas Coalition
Salsa and Beer Mexican Restaurant Approved for the Former Coco's Location
We are pleased to inform you that the Calabasas Planning Commission unanimously approved a Conditional Use Permit for the Salsa and Beer Mexican Restaurant at the former Coco’s location on Las Virgenes Road.
The site has been vacant for several years and had been considered for a preschool. The Calabasas Coalition strongly opposed this use because it borders the 101 freeway. It included an outdoor playground, located adjacent to the 101 freeway southbound on-ramp, where young children would be exposed to toxic exhaust from the vehicles. In 2018, the City Council issued a rare “Call for a Review” which resulted in the City Council voting against the project. The only City Council member voting for the preschool at the location was Councilmember Fred Gaines. He spoke extensively about why the City Council should approve this project. His arguments failed.
We are very pleased that a suitable business for the location has come to our community and we look forward to the opening of this new restaurant. It will bring needed revenue to the City and be an excellent addition to the Las Virgenes Corridor.
Avalon Affordable Housing Subsidy extended to 9/30/20
The Los Angeles County Development Authority, through its Emergency Preservation and Tenant Assistance Program, has extended payments for the 80 families in the affordable housing units at the Avalon Calabasas apartments.
In addition, the County can also provide one-time moving assistance payments of $1,200 for those 80 families who choose to move out between March 2020 and June 2021. This provides some time to investigate sources of funding for a more permanent solution to the affordable housing needs of Calabasas.
It’s a step in the right direction. Many thanks to all, including the Calabasas City Council and the LA County Board of Supervisors, for their efforts.
The Calabasas Coalition and No on N Protect Calabasas support those efforts.
Measure N Fails
Our Community made it clear that Measure N was wrong for Calabasas. Thank you to all who voted and volunteered to help our effort prevail. Final Results obtained from LA Vote:
Calabasas Measure N
Join us in voting No on Measure N!
The AvalonBay initiative is on the March 2020 Ballot as Measure N. This initiative, if passed, will allow for the developer to immediately start development of 161 additional apartment units at the location off Las Virgenes & Lost Hills roads, south of AE Wright Middle School.
This developer never brought their project to our City for review, or took actions to follow the development process. Their plan was to push for this initiative to allow them to by-pass local control and prevent Community input. It is essentially a corporate takeover of our local government. Please plan to vote NO on Measure N!
Find out more about the Community effort we support at Protect Calabasas. Protect Calabasas is powered 100% by community volunteers. We support their efforts and are working side by side with them to inform the residents of Calabasas of the real facts behind AvalonBay's initiative.
Please help with a donation and by volunteering your time. For information go to www.protectcalabasas.com today
RESULTS - 11/21 SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING RE AVALON
The Calabasas City Council voted to put the AvalonBay initiative on the March, 2020 ballot. All of the voters of Calabasas will be able to vote on the initiative. Council members James Bozajian, Mary Sue Maurer and Alicia Weintraub voted yes. Mayor David Shapiro and Council member Fred Gaines voted no. The City provides video of Council meetings, view this meeting here: November 21st Special City Council Meeting.
EVENTS LEADING UP TO RESULTS: The Special November 21st, City Council meeting was the outcome of the October 23rd City Council meeting where the Council listened to many Citizens who asked for the matter to placed on the ballot and those who asked for them to immediately adopt the initiative. After much discussion, the Council voted to have the City staff prepare an impact report, which will hopefully answer some of their questions about traffic, emergency preparedness, and more.
At the Special meeting, the impact report was reviewed by the Council and additional public comment was allowed. View all the Planning Department documents regarding the initiative here: City Council Agenda
*** Thank you to all who wrote letters, posted on social media, wrote to the Acorn and attended the meetings. Your input and participation is an important part of the decision-making process and your dedication to your community is commended ***
What is the AvalonBay Initiative and How Will it Affect our City?
What is the initiative? AvalonBay, the corporation the runs the Avalon Apartments off Lost Hills Road, has brought their verified initiative to the City Council to build 161 more units for a total of 761 apartments at the development located between Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.
What's wrong with this action? AvalonBay is bypassing city procedures for public participation in the process. What is described in the petition is what you get. There are no public hearings, no public forums and no discussion of alternatives. This results in our giving up local control.
What can we do? We must ask the City Council to vote to put the matter on the ballot, to allow the registered voters of Calabasas to have their say.
When is the meeting? Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00pm at City Hall. It’s important to attend and help us show the City Council how important this matter is to the Community. Share this information with your friends, neighbors and HOA’s.
How else can you express your opinions? Write to the City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put Allow the community to vote on the Avalon initiative in the subject line.
WEST VILLAGE UPDATE..........PROJECT “ON HOLD”
As previously reported, on July 18th the Planning Commission voted 3-2 to deny approval of 180 condominiums and 5,800 sq. ft. of commercial/retail space for the proposed West Village at Calabasas development located at the terminus of Agoura and Las Virgenes Roads. Reasons to deny the project included the massive destruction of the hillsides zoned Open Space-Development Restricted for remediation of the ancient landslide on the south side of the property. The Planning Commission decision also included a recommendation that the developer, The New Home Company, consider EIR Alternative 4 because it did not require remediation of the landslide.
The Planning Department has informed us that The New Home Company is now exploring the feasibility of Alternative 4. The project is “On Hold” waiting for the developer to get back to the City with their decision. When that happens, it will have to be reviewed by the Planning Department to determine the next step in the process.
We are happy about less grading and leaving the ancient landslide “as is”. However, Alternative 4, as described in the EIR, is denser and includes 4-story buildings. We will be looking closely at whatever is proposed regarding density, height and impact on the environment. Our goals are to protect the hillsides and view shed, to lessen the impact on the natural resources in the canyon, and to make sure that those of us living in the Las Virgenes Corridor will be safe in an emergency
We will let you know when we hear more.
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