On December 8, 2022, the City of Agoura Hills turned 40.
First occupied by Native Americans and later populated by Spanish and American settlers, Agoura Hills was incorporated in 1982, making it the 83rd city in Los Angeles County. Over the past 40 years, the city has maintained its commitment to honoring its history, supporting the quality of life of its residents, and protecting and preserving its local environment.
The city, currently home to around 20,000 residents, is known for its beautiful locale, vibrant business community, live music scene, and high quality of life. Located in the heart of the Conejo Valley, Agoura Hills also is known as the Gateway to the scenic Santa Monica Mountains. The Agoura Hills city council and residents have preserved their small-town charm with intentional zoning and protection of the environment. For example, when completed, the monumental Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing project will restore and maintain sensitive habitats for local wildlife—including mountain lions, bobcats, deer, coyotes, and reptiles.
On October 23, 2022, the city celebrated with a 40th-anniversary community party, which paid tribute to the past, present, and future of Agoura Hills by featuring live musical performances, a historical display, guest speakers, a children’s play area, a book signing by a local author, and an art show. This fun-filled celebratory event captured Agoura Hills’ dedication to its residents and its commitment to preserving and showcasing the community’s unique character.
Mayor Deborah Klein Lopez shared “40 Fun Facts” at each city council meeting throughout the year. Facts ranged from recognizing the city’s first 14 council members and looking back on its original city seal to crowdsourcing historical photos and sharing local anecdotes highlighting the residents, businesses, and events that make Agoura Hills unique.
“Agoura Hills is a beautiful city that offers incredible opportunities and value to its residents,” said California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) Senior Risk Manager Toni Consolo, who has supported the city’s risk management efforts. “The city and city staff think ahead and look for ways to protect and enhance the aspects of Agoura Hills that make it a tight-knit, charming community.”
“Each day, I am so honored to work for such an amazing city and to serve the Agoura Hills community,” said Assistant City Manager Ramiro Adeva. “It’s truly remarkable to think about how far the city has come in 40 years and how progress has never compromised the ideals and values upon which the city was founded.”
Providing innovative risk management solutions for its public agency partners for more than 40 years, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (California JPIA) is one of the largest municipal self-insurance pools in the state, with more than 120 member cities and other governmental agencies. Members actively participate in shaping the organization to provide important coverage for their operations. The California JPIA provides innovative risk management solutions through a comprehensive portfolio of programs and services, including liability, workers’ compensation, pollution, property, and earthquake coverage, as well as extensive training and loss control services. For more information, please visit the California JPIA’s website at cjpia.org.