|City of Calabasas|
Location of Calabasas in Los Angeles County, California
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|Incorporated||April 5, 1991|
|• Mayor||Lucy Martin|
|• Total||13.3 sq mi (34.4 km2)|
|• Land||13.249 sq mi (34.27 km2)|
|• Water||0.051 sq mi (0.131 km2) 0.38%|
|Elevation||928 ft (283 m)|
|Population (April 1, 2010)|
|• Estimate (2013)||24,153|
|• Density||1,700/sq mi (670/km2)|
|Time zone||Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|ZIP codes||91301, 91302, 91372|
|GNIS feature IDs||239994, 2409955|
Calabasas (Spanish for "Pumpkins") is a city in Los Angeles County, California located in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley and in the northwest Santa Monica Mountains between Woodland Hills, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Hidden Hills, and Malibu, California. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 23,058, up from 20,033 at the 2000 census. The city was formally incorporated in 1991. It is noted for its wealthy residents and gated neighborhoods.
It is generally accepted that the name of Calabasas is derived from the Spanish calabaza meaning "pumpkin", "squash", or "gourd" (cf. calabash). Some historians hold the theory that Calabasas is derived from the Chumash word calahoosa which is said to mean "where the wild geese fly."  Owing to vast presence of wild squash plants in the area, the squash theory is more prevalent among local residents. At the top of the Calabasas grade, which is east of Las Virgenes Road on the original El Camino Real, legend has it in 1824 a Basque rancher from Oxnard spilled a wagon-load of pumpkins on the road en route to Los Angeles. The following spring, hundreds of pumpkin seeds sprouted alongside the road. The area was named Las Calabasas - the place where the pumpkins fell.
In honor of its namesake, the City of Calabasas and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce hold an annual Pumpkin Festival in October, including carnival games, exhibits, demonstrations, and live entertainment. The festival has evolved from a small-town fair to a significant annual event. Though the current Pumpkin Festival is held at Juan Bautista de Anza Park in Calabasas, the original festival was believed to have taken place where the traveling wagon carrying pumpkins overturned and started the area's first pumpkin patch.
The city's official logo, depicting a red-tailed hawk flying over the Santa Monica Mountains, symbolizes a commitment to preserving the community's natural beauty and semirural quality of life. This logo is featured on the Calabasas City flag which is flown in front of City Hall and hangs in the City Council Chambers.
Vista Pointe is located along the transverse ranges that run parallel to, and between, the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) and Parkway Calabasas.
From Parkway Calabasas: Hidden Hills West, Westridge, Calabasas Hills, Calabasas Park Estates, and The Oaks.
From Park Granada or Mulholland Drive: Mulholland Heights, Mulwood, Las Villas, Bellagio, The Ridge, Creekside, Clairidge, Calabasas Country Estates, Calabasas Highlands, Mountain Park, Abercrombie Ranch Estates, Cold Creek, and Park Moderne.
From Las Virgenes: Mountain View Estates, Monte Nido, Deer Springs, Stone Creek, El Encanto, Archstone, Mont Calabasas, Malibu Canyon Park, The Colony at Calabasas, and Calabasas View.
Mont Calabasas, a community on Las Virgenes Road was annexed into the city of Calabasas in 2011. Prior to annexation, the neighborhood was located in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
From Lost Hills Road: Saratoga Hills, Saratoga Ranch, Deer Springs, and Steeplechase.
The most celebrity populated neighborhood in the general area of Calabasas is Hidden Hills, a separately incorporated city, which is featured on the E! TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
In July 2008, the city completed construction of a Gold LEED-certified Civic Center and Library complex. Located at 100 Civic Center Way, the two-building complex is the first municipal-owned and constructed 'green' civic center structure in California. The complex cost an estimated $45,000,000 to complete. This figure includes the outright purchase of the land on which the complex sits.
The Civic Center complex contains: the Calabasas Library, meeting rooms, and an amphitheater, and the Calabasas Channel (CTV).
Calabasas funds its own public transportation in the form of a shuttle and trolley service. It augments the service provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority): line 161 and funds its own municipal library (as opposed to participating in the Los Angeles County library system), runs the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center, and has a protected and maintained historical district called "Old Town Calabasas".
The city sponsors many annual events including:
- The Pumpkin Festival
- The Fine Arts Festival
- The Fourth of July Spectacular
Brandon’s Village is a universally accessible playground located at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas. It serves over 5,000 special-needs children from Calabasas and surrounding communities. Designed by Shane's Inspiration, a nonprofit organization that designs and builds universally accessible playgrounds, Brandon’s Village is about 1 acre (4,000 m2) in size. Its playground equipment is over 70% independently playable by children with disabilities, and also provides meaningful and stimulating play opportunities for children without disabilities.
Safeguarding the environment and the protection of open space has been a longstanding priority for residents of Calabasas. The city played a vital role in the 10-year battle to save Ahmanson Ranch, a 2,983-acre (12.07 km2) property in the Simi Hills in Ventura County at the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, from development. The land was ultimately 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.
In 2005, Calabasas voters overwhelmingly passed Measure D. The ordinance protects and preserves 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 redesignated 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 use environmentally acceptable packaging starting March 31, 2008, and to report on-going compliance with this ordinance on the first business day of each calendar year.
In 2011, the City Council passed Ordinance 2011-282 which banned grocery stores, convenience stores (minimarts), liquor stores, drug stores, and pharmacies from furnishing single-use plastic carryout bags. The ordinance also requires that if those businesses furnish paper carryout bags, they must charge customers 10 cents per bag.
During the dot-com bubble, a number of technology companies were located on a stretch of Agoura Rd parallel to the US 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-Lucent), Netcom Systems (later Spirent Communications), Ixia Communications, j2 Global Communications, and Tekelec, as well as video-game publisher THQ, and software company Digital Insight. Although some of these companies have since relocated, been acquired, or ceased operations, the area continues to be home to a significant technology presence.
- Adam Russo, entertainment insurance
- Adam Merrin, musician with The 88
- Alice Dinnean, puppeteer
- Brad Wilk, musician
- Brandon Boyd, musician, singer in Incubus, grew up in Calabasas
- Brandy Norwood, singer and actress
- Bret Saberhagen, athlete
- Britney Spears, singer and pop icon
- Bryan Callen, actor, comedian
- C. Thomas Howell, actor
- Cameron Diaz, actress
- Clayton Moore, actor
- Corey Dillon, football player
- D. L. Hughley, comedian
- David Hasselhoff, actor and celebrity
- David Paich, musician and songwriter
- Dean McDermott -->, actress
- Derek Fisher, NBA basketball player
- Don Drysdale, MLB Hall of Fame pitcher
- Dylan and Cole Sprouse, actors
- Eric Dickerson, NFL Hall of Fame running back
- Frankie Valli, singer and actor
- Gary Grant, athlete
- Hank Baskett, athlete, reality TV star
- Howie Mandel, game show host and comedian
- Jada Pinkett Smith, actress, singer, songwriter, and businesswomen
- Jaden Smith, actor, rapper, and dancer
- James Horner, composer
- Jennifer Lopez, singer, actress, and business woman
- Jerry O'Connell, actor
- Joey Fatone, singer
- Jonathan Frakes, actor and director
- John Boylan, record producer
- John Caparulo, actor, comedian, reality TV star
- John Melendez, intern, The Howard Stern Show and The Jay Leno Show
- Justin Berfield, actor, producer
- Justin Bieber, singer and songwriter
- Kane Hodder, stuntman/actor
- Kanye West, musician
- Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson family
- Katie Cassidy, actress, lived in Woodland Hills
- Kendall Jenner, reality TV star, runway model, model, and designer
- Kendra Wilkinson, reality TV star, business woman, and model
- Kylie Jenner, reality TV star, designer, and model
- Ken Jeong, actor and medical doctor
- Khloé Kardashian, reality TV star, business woman, and model
- Kim Kardashian, reality TV star, business woman, and model. She also owned a clothing store called Dash at 4774 Park Granada suite 5. That location is now closed.
- Kourtney Kardashian, reality TV star, business woman, and model
- Lamar Odom, NBA player
- LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian, singer and actor
- Lee Majors, actor
- Lisa Marie Presley, celebrity and entertainer
- Loretta Swit, actress
- Lynda Carter, actress, singer
- Lindsay Wagner, actress
- Matt Stone, South Park co-creator, lives near Calabasas
- Melissa Sue Anderson, actress
- Michael Ansara, actor and voice actor
- Michelle Visage, television personality
- Ming-Na Wen, Actress
- Nikki Sixx, musician and founder of Mötley Crüe
- Pablo Pereira, meteorologist and TV host
- Paul Pierce, NBA player
- Ray Parker Jr., musician and songwriter
- Rebecca Romijn, actress and model
- Richie Sambora, guitarist of Bon Jovi
- Rod Carew, MLB Hall of Fame player and manager
- Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard
- Romeo Miller, actor and rapper
- Ron Cey, baseball player
- Sacha Sacket, singer, songwriter, and musician
- Sean Astin, actor
- Scott Disick, reality TV star and business man
- Shiri Appleby, actress
- Steve Garvey, baseball player
- Selena Gomez, singer
- Tamar Braxton, singer
- Todd Alcott, screenwriter
- Toni Braxton, singer
- Tori Spelling
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