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, well-informed decisions to safeguard, fortify, and improve their current financial standing."

~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 Major 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 Tower Installation and Internet Service 

  • 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. Stay-at-Home orders, social distancing and mask mandates, remote working 

  • Authorized donated Comprehensive COVID-19 Community Information Reporting (2020) - Calabasas City News Alerts

  • Spearheaded COVID-19 TownHall Meetings (2020) with 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

  • Organized 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 GuestDr. 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)

    • Enforced evacuation orders issued by the LA County Fire Chief
    • Provided a communication network to timely and accurately provide emergency related information for residents and business owners;​
    • Provided key assistance to those who suffered loss resulting from the Fire;
    • Coordinated clean-up and restoration efforts for the reopening of City Parks and streets;

    • Worked with residents to secure funding for rebuild and restoration efforts; and 

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

  •  Mureau Fire (2019)

    • Managed evacuation and recovery activities to ensure minimal structural loss, increased public safety, and reduced financial strain for residents/​

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.