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The City of Calabasas is located in the southwest portion of the San Fernando Valley north of Malibu and west of Los Angeles. Calabasas was founded as a community away from the urbanization and congestion of the sprawling Los Angeles metropolitan area. A family-oriented community that is home to about 25,000 people, Calabasas is a city youthful in age but with deep roots. From its early days, Calabasas has maintained a pioneer spirit as "The Last of the Old West." Native Americans, explorers, squatters, and bandits are all part of Calabasas history. The Chumash Native Americans had permanent villages throughout the region, connected by well-established trails. The main trail spanning Chumash territory passed through Calabasas. It later became El Camino Real, the principal north-south route used by the Spanish. The Juan de Anza party, on a journey from Mexico to Mission San Francisco, camped just west of Calabasas.
Officially incorporated on April 5, 1991, Calabasas places a high priority on the protection of the health of residents and of the preservation of open space. Residents and visitors enjoy high-end shopping, numerous family-friendly restaurants, beautiful parks and recreation facilities, scenic trails, and modern municipal facilities. Calabasas has eight beautiful parks cast against the backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains, the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and a community center offering plenty of year-round recreational opportunities. Brandon’s Village, a universally accessible playground for children of all abilities is located at Gates Canyon Park and attracts children of all abilities from the entire Los Angeles region. All of these public spaces are free from the dangers of secondhand smoke thanks to the Calabasas Comprehensive Secondhand Smoke Control Ordinance. The City also produces a number of annual events for the community including the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival held each October at Juan Bautista de Anza Park. The City of Calabasas also is a strong supporter of education and reaching out to seniors in need. The Ruth Willer Rental Assistance Program is a special program that provides monthly rental assistance to those seniors in need within the City.