Public Sector : City of Calabasas
City Manager | Chief Financial Officer

"It is extraordinarily difficult to achieve a Aaa rating. It took 13 years for me to position the City of Calabasas to achieve this illustrious feather. The only place for a Aaa rating to go is down. Smart leaders consistently make strategic decisions  to safeguard a Aaa status."

~Dr. Gary J. Lysik

Achieved Moody's Highest Rating Designation

Aaa Bond Credit Rating  (2016 - 2020) 

Strategically positioned Calabasas to receive a superior credit rating. Its Aaa rating far surpasses the US cities median of Aa3

Successfully Presided Over Capital Improvement Projects

EV Charging Stations (2020)

Veterans Memorial Garden (2019)

Rondell Hotel Project Negotiation (Groundbreaking 2019)

Hilton Garden Inn Expansion Project (2018 - 2020) 

Cell and Internet Service

City Hall (2019)

Senior Center (2019)


Lost Hills Overpass (2018)

Road Resurfacing Projects (2018 - 2020)

Civic Center Campus (On time - On budget)

Senior Center (2016)

Library (2008)

City Hall (2008)

Ordered Development of Calabasas City Web Site

Commissioned New Modern, Mobile Ready Official City Website (September 2019). First since City Inception. Launched 06/14/2020.


Oversaw Global Health Pandemic

CoVID-19 (2020)

Managed from start to Late Spring 2020 reopenings/lifts of Stay-at-Home phase

Authorized donated Comprehensive COVID-19 Community Information Reporting (2020)  

Calabasas City News Alerts

Spearheaded COVID-19 TownHall Meetings (2020)

Calabasas' COVID-19 Community Leaders

Dr. Frank Alvarez, County of Los Angeles Dept. of Public Health

Dr. Tanya Altmann, Pediatrician

Mark McKee - Head of School - Viewpoint School

Dan Stepenosky - Superintendent Las Virgenes Unified School District 

Asst. Fire Chief Drew Smith - Los Angeles County Fire Department

Lt. Hector Mancinas - Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Dave Pedersen - General Manager - Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

Bridgette Karl - Chamber of Commerce

Stories from CoVID-19 Frontlines (Healthcare Professionals and Survivors)

featuring Dr. Lysik's Special Guest Panelists 

Dr. Babak Saedi (Pulmonologist, Kaiser Permanente)

Rocio Dancer (Head Respiratory Therapist, Kaiser Permanente)

Lisa Ann LoBasso (survivor)

with the son of Jim Jordan (Calabasas' Director of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) 

Christopher Jordan (survivor)


and Mayor Alicia Weintraub's Special Guest

Dr. Allen Entin 


Engaged International Media Spotlight

The Helicopter Crash (2020)

Focused Interface with Federal and Local Agencies

National Transportation Safety Board

Lost Hills Sheriff Station

Los Angeles County Fire

National and International Media Outlets


Management Liaison (Fires)

The Woolsey Fire (2019)

Secured from SCE a $4,000,000 settlement for City restoration - the highest award of local area COG cities

Grape Arbor Park Restoration and Reopening


Mureau Fire (2019)


Steered Lost Hills Sheriff Department Shake-up

Successful Negotiation for Continuation of City Manager Involvement in Lost Hills Captain Selection Process (2020)

Sheriff Captain Selection (2019)

Increased Employee Morale

First All-hands New Year, New Beginnings - "The City of Calabasas Acknowledges Awards" Appreciation Gala (2019)

marked the first time the community and employees overwhelmingly responded by sending in letters of gratitude for finally noticing their work. 

Piloted Specialized IT Systems Used for Advanced Tracking and Reporting

Financial Reporting [Time-phased and monthly]

Significant Activity (2019)

Weekly Activity (2019)

Management (2018)

Comprehensive Monthly (2018)

Successfully Negotiated Financial Upheaval

MelloRoos Rebonding

The Great Recession (2008 - 2009)

Developed an expenditure plan allowing the City to successfully weather the Great Recession with minor impact.