Archive for November, 2010

The Empire Strikes Again

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Not content to merely champion the cause of land developers and to curse the land’s septic systems, Calabasas City now wants to have a say in everything you touch in your house. Dispose of those nasty wrenches and screwdrivers! The City wants such things to only be handled under permit.

No Home Depot for Calabasas. Repair the leaky washer in your faucet? Get a permit! Replace that worn out electrical wall socket? Get a permit!

And if you don’t get a permit?  You risk a fine of $1000.

Not only does the City want to require permits for everyday DYI tasks, it wants to pass its pathetic ordinance as an emergency measure. Posted less than 48 hours prior to the meeting, even some council members complained that they didn’t have time to read it.

Why give those pesky citizens time to read such things? They’ll only complain.

Well, we’re complaining.

Citizens complained loudly during the Tuesday, November 10 city council meeting. In response, Mayor Groveman bravely took command of the situation and delayed a vote until Thanksgiving eve. Won’t most people be occupied with family that evening, Mr. Groveman? What a clever plan. Those pesky citizens.

Please don’t take our word for it. You can read for yourself:

LA Times article, November 12, 2010

Calabasas: Attachment A – Urgency Ordinance 2010-278U

And you can take action.

Let the Calabasas City Council members know what you think by writing them at:
Mayor Barry Groveman<bgroveman@earthlink.net>,
Councilman Dennis Washburn<WashburnD1@aol.com>,
Councilman James Bozajian<jrbozajian@earthlink.net>,
Councilwoman Mary Sue Maurer<maureredge@earthlink.net>,
Councilman Jonathon Wolfson <Jwolf99@aol.com>