Alicia Weintraub was sworn in as Calabasas’ new Mayor on December 13.
Weintraub is a public policy consultant and was first elected to the Calabasas City Council in 2015. She served as Mayor from 2019-2020. She was awarded the Spirit of Calabasas Award from the Calabasas Chamber in 2021 for her dedication in guiding the city through the pandemic while at City Hall.
In her oath of office speech last week Weintraub referenced that time, saying, “I am hopeful during this term as Mayor, we will neither have a global pandemic nor any true tragedy.”
Always engaged, however, she did respond to the current war in the Middle East, partnering with then-Mayor David Shapiro to produce a “Night of Solidarity with Israel,” attended by over 1,200 supporters and various rabbis and religious leaders from the area.
As Mayor Pro Tem last year, Weintraub had outlined her four priorities as public safety, programming, park space and prosperity.
She said thay public safety remains her number one priority, and said that the city has hired two new private security companies to support the work of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, installed speed detecting devices at major intersections and added more flock cameras citywide.
All city parks are “on track” to reopen next year with modernized and updated play equipment. The Calabasas Community Center will reopen in March, and Wild Walnut Park will reopen as a new children’s and dog park.
Her focus on the future of Calabasas was outlined with five “E’s” – engagement, emergency preparedness, economics, enforcement and enjoyment.
She plans to assist that with engagement with residents through increased cell service in the city, a new Emergency Operations Center trailer for city staff to work remotely during emergencies, increased participation in city alerts, enforcement through more public safety efforts, and enjoyment through continued events and programming such as at the Senior Center.
Weintraub said that “the best way for me to learn the issues of importance to our community is meeting with residents and community members.” To that end one of her first events in office will be a “coffee with the mayor” on Friday, January 19, from 8 to 10 am at La La Land in The Commons.