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Advocate, ‘soul of Calabasas’ dies from cancer at age 63

first_img “She was instrumental in the acquisition and preservation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,” said Dennis Washburn, the first mayor of Calabasas and its current mayor pro tem. He said Devine was `indefatigable … in the energy she put into her battle against cancer and the effort she put forth for the people she served.” Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, who also worked with her on Santa Monica Mountains issues, said Devine was devoted to protecting her community. “She was such a fighter. Her stand against Ahmanson Ranch (development) was vital. She believed in protecting the Santa Monica Mountains to her soul,” Parks said. Services for Devine are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive. She is survived by two grown children, her daughter, Beth, and son, Michael. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson For decades Devine was a leading advocate for her community. “I truly believe that the last of the Old West – Calabasas – is the best of the New West,” she said last year. Her longtime companion, Michael Brockman, said Devine was often referred to as the soul of Calabasas. “Lesley was the most passionate individual of anyone I’ve ever seen on behalf of the issues she stood for, the things she felt were essential. The city was her third child,” he said. Devine also was a director of the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains from 1980 to 1991 and served four terms as president of the Mulwood Homeowners Association. CALABASAS – A funeral is scheduled Monday for Lesley Devine, one of the founders of the city of Calabasas, who died Thursday of cancer. She was 63. Devine served as a member of the Calabasas City Council from the city’s incorporation in 1991 until 2005. She served as mayor from 1997-98 and from 2002-03. She also represented the city on the advisory board for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and on the executive board for the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. “She was a very courageous person. She was one of the founders of the city and worked tirelessly for the community,” said her friend, Charlotte Meyer. “She was a strong environmentalist. She set the direction of the city in terms of its commitment to preserving the environment and preserving its quality of life.” last_img
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