I was elected to the Calabasas City Council in 1997, and re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013. I have served as Mayor five times. Previously, the City Council appointed me to two terms on the Calabasas Community Policing Commission (1993-97).
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA, and graduated from USC School of Law. I was first employed as a prosecutor at the Los Angeles County District Attorney?s Office, and am now an attorney for a California State agency. I currently serve on the governing boards of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, the Calabasas Historical Society, and the California Contract Cities Association. I was previously on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Association of Deputy District Attorneys. I have been President/Chairman of each of these organizations.
Calabasas remains financially secure. By prudently managing fiscal resources, the City Council has accumulated an impressive reserve fund of approximately $19,000,000. The city has worked cooperatively with community leaders to bring appropriate private enterprises to Calabasas. With the help of innovative policing initiatives, our crime rate remains low.
I have consistently demonstrated my dedication to maintaining our unique environment and quality of life by striving to control growth both in and around Calabasas. I helped lead the successful fights to acquire and permanently preserve Ahmanson Ranch (2003) and King Gillette Ranch (2005) as public parkland. I was the primary sponsor of the two voter-approved Calabasas Open Space Initiatives (2005, 2015) and the Calabasas Historic Preservation Ordinance (2008). I have made numerous presentations and written extensively about local history and municipal government.
Calabasas owns a diverse array of properties, including our wonderful Civic Center (City Hall, Municipal Library, Senior Center) and 10 other parks and recreational facilities. We have made vast improvements to our roadways to alleviate traffic congestion and beautify our neighborhoods. The city operates a network of shuttles and trolleys to offer better public transportation services.
The City Council has forged a strong relationship with the Las Virgenes Unified School District by providing critical financial support for special programs and adopting creative joint use agreements. I proudly endorsed and campaigned for every school bond measure submitted to voters during my tenure on the Council.
Experience and enthusiasm count. I have greatly enjoyed being a part of the City Council, during which time I have never missed a meeting and never missed a vote. I respectfully request your support so that I may have the honor of serving you again.
James R. Bozajian