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Calabasas to Change the Timing of its Municipal Elections, Starting in 2015

The move was made in hopes of boosting electorate participation.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
From a city of Calabasas press release:

Beginning in 2015, the city of Calabasas will move its local municipal election 
to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered 
years.

The change, which was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles 
County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday, means Calabasas elections will 
coincide with Las Virgenes Unified School District elections. The move is aimed 
at increasing voter turnout.

“I and our entire City Council are making a concerted effort to give the voters 
of Calabasas a voice in who represents them in City Hall as well as on the 
school board,” said Calabasas Mayor David J. Shapiro. “We are appreciative 
that the Board of Supervisors agrees with us and voted unanimously to 
approve the date change.”

“This change, which has now been approved by both the City Council and
the Board of Supervisors without opposition, will provide Calabasas with an 
excellent opportunity to increase our voter participation in local elections,” 
added Councilmember James Bozajian, who appeared on behalf of the city at 
the County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The typical turnout for Calabasas municipal elections has ranged from 20-25 percent, with little historical variance. The turnout rate in Calabasas for the 
LVUSD election in November 2013 was percent, compared to 24 percent in Westlake Village where municipal elections coincide with school district elections.

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