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Council Q & A: David Shapiro

The newest member of the City Council will run for a second term in 2013.

 

Councilmember David Shapiro is running for City Council for the first time after being appointed to his post in January of 2012.

Hoping to avoid a costly special election, the council voted to appoint Shapiro after former Councilmember Jonathon Wolfsons moved out of Calabasas in December of 2011.

“David Shapiro’s years of active involvement in so many aspects of our community make him particularly well suited to serve on the City Council. He is an outstanding choice to fill the vacancy," said then Mayor James Bozajian, who is now a councilmember and fellow contender for one of three open seats in 2013.

Four candidates are in the running.

Shapiro, a Calabasas attorney, is a board member of the City’s Library Commission and the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center Joint Powers Authority and has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission in the past.  

Calabasas Patch: Why are you running for City Council?     

David Shapiro: I am running for Calabasas City Council to make a positive difference in our community. I want to continue doing great things for our City as  your councilmember.

Patch: What are some of the achievements of the City Council during the last year?  

 Shapiro: We worked hard to be a consensus maker, voted to repeal the OWTS, voted to enact a strong Cell Ordinance, and am on the Senior Task Force working to build a senior center in Calabasas for all our Savy Seniors.

Patch: What are some of the major issues facing Calabasas that you hope to address in your next term?  

David Shapiro: With the state financial situation as it is, I believe we must be fiscally prudent and make certain our revenue stream keeps up sufficiently with our expenditures in the city. The development and building of a senior center, and enhancing our schools, as well as their safety, are of paramount importance.

Patch: How do you plan to address them, and which issue would you address first?  

Shapiro: Our budget is very important and being fiscally responsible is necessary for the city to continue in the wonderful manner it has to date. We are lucky to have  a top-notch CEO/CFO as well as a conscientious city council.

In order to maintain our strong financial reserves, we need to be supportive of our local businesses who provide a stream of finances to the city which in turn allows us to continue to provide the services our citizens appreciate and expect.  

We need to carefully watch over our budget in the coming years and make certain we are finding ways to preserve our reserves for future security of our city.  

Our schools are a top priority to me, as many families come to Calabasas in order to have their children attend our schools. We need to do all we can in order to maintain our schools as tops in the state.  

The city can do this by keeping its strong relationship with the school board, the District, the PFC's and The Foundation. Keeping our schools at the top also allows us to help keep our property values high, which is good for the community.

Safety goes hand in hand with our schools, and we have great sheriffs and fire departments as well as first class public works, all with the goal to keep Calabasas a safe environment.   

Moving forward with the development of the future senior center for Calabasas is a wonderful opportunity. The growing population of seniors in our city and the activity level of our Savvy Seniors make this a perfect time for the development of a place for our seniors to call 'home".

Patch: How do you think Calabasas can bring in more revenue?  

Shapiro: As stated, revenue can be increased in a number of ways with initial emphasis on our own businesses in our city. We have a number of businesses that need our support as a community. As a city there are a number of ways we can work together with local business to increase their profits and the cities' tax revenues. We also should think about ways to maintain businesses in our community and incentivize them to stay in our community.

Patch: How can we make Calabasas a greener city, or are we doing enough in that regard?  

Shapiro: Calabasas is doing good things. Our City Hall and the library are examples of what we can and are doing in this regard. We are currently looking into ways to increase our recycling in the city as well.  

Patch: What’s your favorite aspect about Calabasas living and how do you plan to maintain it? 

Shapiro: I love our city. We have everything from an amazing library and Civic Center to top schools, the commons, national parks and a safe city.

I want to work as indicated to keep our schools at their best, support local businesses thereby increasing our stream of revenue.  By doing so, we also keep the ability to have such wonderful events for our community such as the pumpkin festival, 4th of July, Concerts in the Park, Flu Clinic, Extended Library hours and so much more.

I want to find ways to maintain and even increase open space and parks in our city. As for safety, that is a top priority and will continue to be.

Patch: What needs to change to keep Calabasas healthy?    

Shapiro: We are healthy and thriving at a time when our state's finances are in trouble and other cities are filing for bankruptcy. We are thriving and maintaining approximately 90 percent reserves. In order to stay healthy we must find creative ways to increase revenues in our city while maintaining our open space, parks and the beauty that we all appreciate.  

Patch: What is Calabasas’s best-kept secret?  

Shapiro: If I tell you, it won't be a secret long... Actually, it could well be two: Leonis Adobe and our national parks with the newly opened Belinson Center at King Gillette. We are lucky to live in such an amazing city. We should all take a few moments to realize that and find ways to make our community a better place for all.

Carol Elliott March 01, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Suggest you check out www.listencalabasas.com about Shapiros problems with the bar association before you vote.
Doug March 01, 2013 at 11:23 PM
I have served with David on the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and know him to be an honorable man. He is an excellent city council member, representing the entire city. I urge my fellow Calabasas residents to vote for him.
Doug March 01, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Cyberbullying, especially by anonymous posters, has no place in Calabasas politics.
Lori N. March 01, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Doug, David Shapiro is one of the most honorable men in Calabasas. Actually, he is a rare gem to our city. Any attempts at slander are just the an attempt by Jody Thomas campaign to create nastiness. Too bad she has nothing to say about her qualifications to even be on city council since she has done virtually no volunteer work for the city. David Shapiro will without a doubt in my mind have my support and vote on March 5th. He is a terrific person and one to be admired. I also urge Calabasas residents to vote for him to continue as our councilman!
Lori N. March 01, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Doug, once again we agree. Cyberbullying is a cowardly act especially by these anonymous posts. David Shapiro is so qualified to continue his role as city councilman. He has done such great work in the past year and since he moved to Calabasas almost 20 years ago. I don't know any one person who has volunteered as much time for Calabasas as David has in the past 20 years. He his very giving and not self serving like the opponent Jody who can only try to attack. What a shame. Once again, David Shapiro needs to continue as our city councilman. He makes Calabasas a better place. Vote for him on March 5th.
Daniel S. March 02, 2013 at 01:03 AM
David Shapiro is an outstanding council person. He has worked as a volunteer for the city for 20 years. He is kind, intelligent, caring, articulate, and just a great person. David has my vote to continue on council.
Doug R. March 02, 2013 at 01:18 AM
I feel badly for all the people here saying what an honorable man Mr. Shapiro is. If you just click one link: http://shapirosconflict.com/davidshapirohistory/ you will see first hand a document (one document among many) that details his misconduct. These are facts. David has a long history of misconduct that the Bar association has documented. He has engaged in multiple acts of failing to respond, lying on documents, misrepresenting his clients and has been suspended and punished many times. How you consider that he is honorable after seeing these documents is something you may wish to think about. What kind of message are we sending to kids when a man who lies, breaks moral and ethical codes is held up as an outstanding councilmember? Your defense of this man may make you a good friend (which I respect), but it is loyalty placed in a man that has dishonored himself and the community.
Daniel S. March 02, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I am such a strong supporter of David Shapiro because of his incredible commitment to our community. He has served on many commissions, JPA board, CPHA board, Agoura Calabasas community center board and so forth. What is so disturbing is that a handful of malcontents are trying to hijack this election by promulgating blatant lies against council member Shapiro, a good man who continues to serve our city well.
Debbie Johnson March 02, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I am a fellow Calabasas resident and I am planning to vote for David Shapiro because he has served our city well this year and the Acorn praised him and encouraged our voters to keep our current council members in office. I agree a million percent.
Debbie Johnson March 02, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Don't forget to vote for the most qualified candidate David Shapiro.
Doug March 02, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Cut the crap, Doug R, you have made your point ad nauseum on this site. Time to move on. For example, if you must post, make some positive comments about one or more of the other candidates.
Doug R. March 03, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Doug- I accept the challenge- Mary Sue Maurer I believe is a fine candidate and has done some great work for the environment and seniors. James, despite his conflict, is by all accounts effective. I choose to see the world wit my eyes open and believe in facts that are verified. We all know that these charges are true- best to admit them and not tie yourself in logic knots.
Debbie Johnson March 03, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Doug R, whoever you are, your lies and anonymous attacks are not facts but rather distortion and vicious attempts to put down an awesome person. Your repeated posts are so backwards it has become pathetic. The most qualified person to continue as our council member is David Shapiro. Calabasas is lucky to have him. Whoever you are Doug R., quit being so angry and stop your disgusting bullying. It is getting old. I encourage anyone that wants the best for our city to continue to support David Shapiro.
Doug R. March 03, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Please name one lie and I will stop posting.
Larry March 03, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Doug R or hwo ever you really are, get a life.
Debbie Johnson March 03, 2013 at 05:34 AM
Doug R, your lies are so twisted that they are not even worth discussing. Any intelligent person will do their homework to learn the facts about the candidates. These anonymous intolerable acts by you Doug R aka Jody Thomas campaign, are despicable. Teaching our children to act in this manner is intolerable. Doug R aka Jody Thomas campaign bullies are always cowards at heart.
Jamie Daugherty March 03, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Please join me in supporting Councilmember David Shapiro for the Calabasas City Council election on March 5, 2013. David has lived in Calabasas for 19 years and he has an exemplary record of community service. David has been a passionate advocate for our city to maintain and improve our unique quality of life. In addition to David’s current responsibilities as a city councilmember, he is heading up a Senior Task Force to identify ways the City can enhance the quality of life for our seniors and he is an active member of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce. His history of community involvement is very broad. He has served as Chairman of the City’s Recreation and Parks Commission, Commissioner of the City’s Library Commission, Board Member of the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center, a member of the City’s Civic Center Advisory Committee and as a volunteer judge for Calabasas Teen Court. David is also a founding member of the Calabasas Kiwanis Club and he worked to revitalize the Key Club at Calabasas High School. In recognition of David’s community service, he was awarded the City’s prestigious Wall of Honor award in 2006. I am a 20 year Calabasas resident who has been very active in our community and I am very pleased to endorse David Shapiro for Calabasas City Council. Jamie Daugherty
Keith Marks March 03, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I cannot agree more with Jamie's comment. David has been a wonderful person for this city. Unlike the negative vocal minority in our community, David has been a positive component working with in government for positive change. It is easy to tear people down. It's really hard to make positive real change happen. Please join me and my family in supporting David Shapiro for Calabasas City Counsel. Keith Marks
Howard D March 03, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I could not agree more with Keith Marks post. Easy to tear people down and very hard to make a positive impact on the community. David Shapiro’s community record (19 years!) speaks for itself. If you look at what he has given back to our community it would be hard not to vote for him. We are truly blessed to have such a qualified candidate.
Doug R. March 03, 2013 at 11:58 PM
And, you couldn't name one lie.
Ginger March 05, 2013 at 10:42 PM
You saw the nasty hit pieces that went out this weekend. This great man youve been defending called a woman an animal! How can such men all say this about a woman, a mom, and fellow candidate! What if that was a member of his family, mom, sister, wife, daughter? If you were disgusted as I was, Please use your voice and only VOTE ONCE for Jody Thomas! She is the best candidate for Calabasas City Council!! Please vote today!! Vote smart! Vote once! Vote #1 on the ballot Jody Thomas!!
Debbie Johnson March 05, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Ginger, this great man David Shapiro did not send a hate piece. Get your facts straight, Jody campaign has run her campaign on trying to smear candidates. She is very good at being a bully. Sending out anonymous hit pieces on David Shapiro. Lies upon lies upon lies. I saw that piece you were talking about and it shows Jody as a democrat which the symbol is a donkey. David Shapiro has run a clean campaign, can't say the same for Jody. Ginger, why dont you come out with your real name. Because once again, anonymous. Vote for the incumbents who have the experience, knowledge and heart to keep our city safe and beautiful. David Shapiro is a man to be admired. He is an amazing council person and has done such wonderful things for our city. Volunteering for 20 years from youth sports coaching to library commission to parks and recreation commission to Joint Powers of Authority for the City, to CPHA homeowners board, to Senior Task Force,, to leader for relay for life, to city council, to Volunteer Teen court, to Founding member of Kiwanis club to revitalizing Key Club at Calabasas High, to board of Agoura Hills Calabasas Com. Center to active member of chamber of commerce to playing a leading role in construction of city hall, library as a member of the Civic Center Advisory Committee, to championed efforts to build and maintain Grape Arbour and Wild Walnut parks, to creating joint use agreement with schools. Let's preserve our city's quality of life. Vote for David Shapiro.
Ginger March 06, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Oh debbie johnson all your bloviating is giving me a headache. Lets agree to disagree, but one things for sure, no one on Jody's campaign has spread any lies! No one on your campaign has told the truth!
Debbie Johnson March 06, 2013 at 01:22 AM
David Shapiro is a community leader. He has championed efforts to build and maintain Grape Arbour and Wild Walnet Parks, created joint use agreement with schools, as member of parks an rec commission, played leading role in planning and construciton of our city Hall and Library as a member of the Civic Center Advisory Committee, served on the Boards of Directors of the CPHA and the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center, founding member of the Kiwanis Club and worked to revitalize the Key CLub at Calabasas High School, active member of the Calabasas Chamber, volunteer at Calabasas Teen Court, member of Senior Task Force. Vote for the best candidate David Shapiro
Debbie Johnson March 06, 2013 at 01:22 AM
David Shapiro is a community leader. He has championed efforts to build and maintain Grape Arbour and Wild Walnet Parks, created joint use agreement with schools, as member of parks an rec commission, played leading role in planning and construciton of our city Hall and Library as a member of the Civic Center Advisory Committee, served on the Boards of Directors of the CPHA and the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center, founding member of the Kiwanis Club and worked to revitalize the Key CLub at Calabasas High School, active member of the Calabasas Chamber, volunteer at Calabasas Teen Court, member of Senior Task Force. Vote for the best candidate David Shapiro. Vote David Shapiro
Debbie Johnson March 06, 2013 at 01:23 AM
David Shapiro is a community leader. He has championed efforts to build and maintain Grape Arbour and Wild Walnet Parks, created joint use agreement with schools, as member of parks an rec commission, played leading role in planning and construciton of our city Hall and Library as a member of the Civic Center Advisory Committee, served on the Boards of Directors of the CPHA and the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center, founding member of the Kiwanis Club and worked to revitalize the Key CLub at Calabasas High School, active member of the Calabasas Chamber, volunteer at Calabasas Teen Court, member of Senior Task Force. Vote for the best candidate David Shapiro. Keep our city amazing.
Debbie Johnson March 06, 2013 at 01:23 AM
David Shapiro is a community leader. He has championed efforts to build and maintain Grape Arbour and Wild Walnet Parks, created joint use agreement with schools, as member of parks an rec commission, played leading role in planning and construciton of our city Hall and Library as a member of the Civic Center Advisory Committee, served on the Boards of Directors of the CPHA and the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center, founding member of the Kiwanis Club and worked to revitalize the Key CLub at Calabasas High School, active member of the Calabasas Chamber, volunteer at Calabasas Teen Court, member of Senior Task Force. Vote for the best candidate David Shapiro. Keep our city safe and great.
Daniel S. March 06, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Vote for the best candidate Calabasas has to offer, David Shapiro.
Mark Shane March 06, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Polls close at 8:00. So please vote. Again, my vote is for David Shapiro.
Mark Shane March 06, 2013 at 03:07 AM
One hour left to vote for David Shapiro. He has what it takes to keep our city the top notch place it is. Cast your vote for David.

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