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Experienced Leadership For Our Town


Calabasas City Council
Councilmember, 2011-present
Mayor pro tem, 2012-2013
Mayor, 2013-1014

Served on: Budget Committee, Open Space Committee, Special Olympics Host Town Committee and School Liaison Committee


City of Calabasas Library Commission  
Member, 1998-present  
President, 2000-2001; 2004-2005; 2008-2009

City of Calabasas Traffic and Transportation Commission
Member, 2003

City of Calabasas Civic Center Task Force 
Member, 2005-2011

Los Angeles County Public Library Commission 
Member, 1995-1999   
Chairman, 1997-1998
Co-Chair, Proposition L Campaign, 1997

State of California, Library of California Board 
Member, 2001-2004 
President, 2004

State of California, San Fernando Valley Advisory Commission 
Member, 1997-2005

Citizen's Advisory Panel on Transportation Solutions for the San Fernando Valley 
Member, 1988

Southern California Association of Governments, Regional Advisory Council 
Member, 1993-1996
Chairman, 1995-1996

University of California Board of Regents 
Member, 1984-1985


Greater Mulwood Homeowners Association
Member, 1994-present
Vice President, 1999-2000

Calabasas Chamber of Commerce
Member, 1998-present

California State University, Northridge, College of Business Advisory Board
Member, 2004-2008

Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley 
Board of Directors, 2003-present
Executive Committee, 2004-present

Los Angeles County Bar Association 
Board of Trustees, 1999-2000

Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, The Executives 
Board of Directors, 2001-present
President, 2007-2008

San Fernando Valley Bar Association 
Board of Trustees, 1993-2000  
President, 1998-1999

UCLA Alumni Association Governmental Relations Steering Committee 
Member, 1989-2001

UCLA Child Care Services Advisory Board 
Member, 1991-1996

Valley Community Legal Foundation 
Board of Directors, 2000-2007

Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) 
Land Use Committee, 1989-present
Board of Directors, 1993-present
Chairman of the Board, 2002-2003

Youth Soccer Coach - AYSO and WVSL


1986 Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
Juris Doctor

1983 Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Masters in Public Policy

Recipient of Kennedy Fellowship in Public Affairs and Government.

1981 University of California, Los Angeles 
B.A., cum laude, Economics and Political Science

Undergraduate Student Body President, 1980-1981


1997 - Present Gaines & Stacey LLP
Encino, California

Founding and Managing Partner of firm specializing in land use, zoning, environmental law, related litigation and political advocacy.

1989 - 1997 Reznik & Reznik, A Law Corporation
Sherman Oaks, California

Partner and Chair of the firm's Land Use Department

1986 - 1989 Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips
Los Angeles, California

Member of the Litigation and Administrative Law Departments.

1985 Extern Clerk for The Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel
United States District Judge 
San Francisco, California


City of Calabasas Mayor’s Award
Presented by Mayor Janice Lee

San Fernando Valley Business Journal
“Top 25 Lawyers of the San Fernando Valley”

VICA Outstanding Volunteer Award

San Fernando Valley Business Journal
“Best Community Executive Leader”

VICA Harmon R. Ballin Community Service Award

Fernando Award Finalist

L.A. Jewish Home for the Aging
Tom Bane Humanitarian Award

San Fernando Valley Business Journal
"Most Trusted Advisor" - Community Service Award

Chabad of Calabasas
Community Leadership Honoree

San Fernando Valley Business Journal
"Most Trusted Advisor" - Legal Professional


I am happily married for 30 years to my sweetie Jill Gaines (Jill is a member of the LVUSD School Board), and have lived in Calabasas for 21 years.  Our three daughters, Danielle, Stephanie and Allison, all graduated from Calabasas High School.  Danielle is a 2010 graduate of Northwestern University and is now working in television production living in New York City.  Stephanie is a 2012 graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a commercial pastry chief in Denver.  Allie is a 2014 graduate of Cornell University and is a computer software engineer in Boston.

Our two Bearded Collies - Sunny and Mimi - were the 2004 Calabasas Park Homeowners Association July 4th Pet Show “Best in Show” Champions.