PARTICIPATION IN WRITING THE GENERAL PLAN
In 2008, I served on the Calabasas General Plan Advisory Committee as a member “at large”. For 18 months, I contributed to the content of the Calabasas 2030 General Plan that became the basis for the Development Code that our city uses today.
I have served as a Planning Commissioner since 2016, currently as Vice-Chairman.
As a building engineer tasked daily to design with code compliance, I bring a unique set of skills to the Planning Commission. As a Planning Commissioner reviewing projects, I am required to listen impartially to applicants and residents alike, not forming an opinion until the public comment period is over. I take that responsibility seriously. I show up prepared to each meeting, having read the project material thoroughly.
In addition to project reviews, I have taken an active role in revising code sections, studying ridgeline ordinances and even proposing new policy to help guard against mansionization and overdevelopment. In these ways, I hope to foster an attitude of managed growth in our community.
- Voted to deny approval of the West Village at Calabasas (formerly Canyon Oaks). The project conflicted with our Development Code and Scenic Corridor Guidelines. I debunked the claim that the landslide on the property was a threat to Las Virgenes Road. This fostered the preservation of the iconic hillside views and Open Space that Calabasas residents value greatly.
- Voted against the Raznick Mixed Use project zoning change to build a maximum density senior living facility that defies the goals of the General Plan.
- Voted in favor of the Audi Remodel and Addition, Coty Cosmetics and other thoughtfully presented projects that have met our development standards.
- Voted in favor of a variance on Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road only after a two-story outbuilding was removed from the project.
For the past 19 years, I have owned and operated my own firm, South Coast Engineering Group, employing over 20 engineers, designers and draftsmen, who accomplish over 100 projects each year. We were first located on Calabasas Road and are currently in Craftsman’s Corner, which the Calabasas City Council hopes to annex. As a businessman, I have created and executed a solid business plan that thrived during the recession and kept every willing employee working full-time through COVID-19. Much like the role of a City Council-member, I create projections, establish budgets, form client-partnerships, write proposals and manage employees.
ORGANIZATIONS, AWARDS, COMMUNITY SERVICE
- American Institute of Architects
- American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers
- American Society of Plumbing Engineers - Los Angeles Chapter President (2002-2003)
- Committee Chairman - national engineering design standard, ANSI/ASPE 45
- Awarded Engineer of the Year (2006) - Los Angeles Chapter of ASPE
- Plumbing Engineer Magazine – published in and served on Editorial Review Board (2007-2012)
- Plumbing Technical Advisory Committee - City of Los Angeles (2009-2012)
- Green Building Code Adoption Committee - City of Los Angeles (2010)
- Habitat for Humanity – Volunteer Engineer (2010-2013)
- Water Conservation Ordinance Advisory Committee - City of Los Angeles (2015)
- Engineers Without Borders - Mentor, USC Chapter (2016-2019)
- Engineers Without Borders - International Community Programs Reviewer (2019-2020)
- Congregation Or Ami, High Holy Days Committee (2017-2018), Chairman (2019-2020)
- Assistant Scoutmaster, Eagle Scout Mentor/Coach, Troop 127 (2010-2020)
- Calabasas Chamber of Commerce