The Good. Some more Good. Then the Bad and the Ugly

"It's all good. Experience builds strong character." ~Dr. Gary J. Lysik

Calabasas Council says bookkeeping procedures are vastly improved



Q & A: Chief Financial Officer Gary Lysik

The city official explains the $2-million budget shortfall and how Calabasas is coping.



Calabasas Receives Financial Achievement Award

The certificate demonstrates the highest form of recognition an organization can receive from the GFOA.



Calabasas CFO wins award



City Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Calabasas has once again been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association.



Calabasas votes higher salaries for City Council



2006 EDWARD L. MASRY AWARDS  for 'Integrity in Community Service'



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Groveman Candidate Statement



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Calabasas budget snafu blamed on accounting



May 10, 2020

[Dr. Gary Lysik] was a “big part of the success of the city of Calabasas over the last 15 years. He is a true expert in municipal finance, and I, for one, will miss his advice and counsel.

Councilmember Fred Gaines

Gary Lysik forced out as Calabasas City Manager



May 26, 2017 

The certificate demonstrates the highest form of recognition an organization can receive from the GFOA. An impartial panel judged that Calabasas' report met the highest standards of financial reporting, demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" that clearly communicates the City's financial story.

Calabasas Receives Financial Achievement Award 



July 15, 2004

Gary has eliminated waste and inefficiency, established procedures to better track costs so they can be visible and accountable, produced clear reports so diligent supervision is now possible, and has reduced the dependency on outside consultants in favor of better staff at reduced cost to the taxpayer," Groveman said. "He has also developed an accurate projection of city revenues and expenses and produced a solid budget for city management. Lysik has also introduced new and better investment policies. The CFO is expected to introduce other reforms that will slash wasteful spending, such as reducing the number of commission meetings. In summary, Gary Lysik, along with (the city manager) Tony Coroalles, have overhauled the financial management of the city and have restored confidence that the council and the public can have in the way this city conducts business. He reduced unnecessary paperwork and expedited other procedures. Lysik did it without a major overhaul. The total cost savings associated with not purchasing a new financial system is approximately $250,000 for hardware, software, training and implementation costs. Lysik also increased the city’s annual interest earnings by about $15,000. He has reduced the accounts payable backlog by implementing new processes. The annual cost savings by not incurring late fees was approximately $2,000, but the greater benefit is the improved relationship the city has with its vendors and service providers. Lysik found other ways to save money and maximize revenue. The estimated annual increase in income for this fiscal year is $54,000.

Mayor Barry Groveman

Calabasas Council says bookkeeping procedures are vastly improved


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Character and good work equals restful nights of sleep and no shame. Just one more reason I am comfortable including this section.

Even with all the untruths that have been (and continue to be) written. I still support a free press. Thank you to Michael Wittner (The Patch) for requesting an interview in attempt at balanced reporting. To Kathleen Sterling (Valley News) and other organizations like California City News, PublicCEO, and Carroll Publishing, etc. for integrity in reporting. The terms of my Resignation Agreement prohibits me from speaking on certain topics. 

As a Public Figure, regarding defamation, my rights are different than that of a private citizen. California has strict anti-SLAPP laws [Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation] which makes it difficult to sue media outlets. Yes, I have checked. In the interest of saving the courts from additional backlog,  ​I prefer taking the bull by the horns. 


If we were talking about movies, in reading about my tenure as City Manger in the Acorn you'd be entering the Fantasy section. But since the Acorn is rumored to be a newspaper and Ian Bradley is rumored to be a writer, articles written by Ian coming out of that paper about me I am filing under "Fake News" for failing to remain true to its mandate: To provide the general public with a full and clear view of what is happening.