2017-01-05 / Community
Calabasas mayor pro tem earns Van Gieson award
The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will present Calabasas Mayor Pro Tem Fred Gaines with the Bill Van Gieson Spirit of Calabasas Award during the Chamber’s board installation gala Jan. 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.
The award remembers the pioneering spirit, exceptional initiative and outstanding contributions to the Calabasas community made by Bill Van Gieson, who was an active volunteer in the early days of the city.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected for this award, especially knowing that it comes from my friends and colleagues at the Calabasas Chamber,” said Gaines, a San Fernando Valleybased attorney and past president of the Valley Bar Association.
Gaines, who is the City Council’s representative on the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando
Valley Board of Directors and the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, was elected to the city council in 2011, reelected to a second term in 2015, and served as mayor from 2013-2014.
Gaines also served for 13 years on the Calabasas Library Commission and for five years on the Calabasas Civic Center Task Force. He is a former chair of the Los Angeles County Library Commission and a former regent of the University of California.
Gaines is a long-time member of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the group’s Government Affairs Committee and its Attorneys Forum.
Gaines and his wife, Jill, have been married for 31 years. They have three adult children, all of whom are honors graduates of Calabasas High School.
—Acorn staff report