UPDATE: The Montessori daycare at the Coco's site plan approval was denied by a 4-1 vote of the City Council. Council members Mary Sue Maurer, Alicia Weintraub, James Bozajian, Mayor Pro Tem David Shapiro voted to deny. Mayor Fred Gaines voted to uphold the Planning Commission’s approval.

CITY COUNCIL REVIEWING APPROVED MONTESSORI DAYCARE CENTER

The Calabasas City Council will conduct a public hearing on Wednesday, August 8th to review the approval by the Planning Commission of a new Montessori Daycare right along the 101 freeway at 4895 Las Virgenes Road. This childcare business, for 6 month to 6-year-old children will be located on the old CoCo’s property, adjacent to the 101 freeway, at the 101 southbound on and off ramps.

Use of this property and building for a childcare business is wrong for our community. The 101 freeway surrounding this location is stop and go traffic for hours everyday with traffic backing up onto the off and on ramps at Las Virgenes Road. Exhaust emissions from vehicular traffic are toxic pollutants and are known to the State of California to cause serious health risks to the young children. This alone should have been the reason for the Planning Commission to deny the project.

The project did NOT have to be brought to the City Council for decision. However, they have decided they want an opportunity to review it for a FINAL decision. Please let the City Council know that this project is NOT right for Calabasas. We should not be poisoning our very young children. Please request that they DENY IT!

The community can speak up by writing or appearing at the meeting to give public comment to the City Council. Here’s how to voice your opinions:

1) If you have the time, please attend the City Council meeting that begins at 7pm on August 8th in the Council Chambers at City Hall. You can submit a “speaker’s card” and indicate you are opposed on the matter even if you choose not to speak.

2) Submit written comments by Monday August 6th at 5pm. Email comments to info@cityofcalabasas.com and put Montessori Daycare - Call for Review – Public Comments in the subject line. You can also mail your comments to City of Calabasas, 100 Civic Center Way Calabasas, CA 91302.

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