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On the edge of Los Angeles at the Calabasas city line is the Sagebrush Cantina. It's the last place you can smoke in public before getting a ticket within a few steps, it's a place where margaritas are flowing and where bikers are hollerin'. Even if it is officially in Los Angeles (by 20 feet), come on, it's really Old Town Calabasas.

At today's LA City Council meeting, members will vote on a motion that would change the name of El Canon Avenue, a small street near the restaurant, to the Bob McCord Way, named in honor of the man who made the Sagebrush Cantina and community what it is today.

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McCord, 69, opened the restaurant in 1974 and over the years, the restaurant became a staple of the neighborhood, more stores in Old Town began to open and the area became more of a destination (especially bikers). The cantina can seat over 800 people and easily serve hundreds of gallons of margaritas in a night. Not only that, the eatery hosts a collection of antique circus artifacts.

Representing the West Valley, Councilmember Dennis Zine introduced the motion with these kind words:

The late Bob McCord settled in the West San Fernando Valley in 1976 to establish the Sagebrush Cantina Restaurant in Calabasas. The Sagebrush Cantina became a local landmark and community gathering spot, serving up an award-winning Mexican/Californian menu as well as a variety of entertainment. The restaurant also served as Mr. McCord's showcase of antique circus artifacts that included calliopes and carousels. With his flamboyant personality, Mr. McCord was a community icon and developed a
loyal customer base of residents, families, young adults, govemment officials, and
celebrities. Among his various achievements, Mr. McCord served as president of the
Calabasas Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. McCord was known for his community support and generosity, helping to raise funds for local schools, political candidates and special programs. For the past 20 years, he opened the Sagebrush Cantina each Thanksgiving to feed up to 500 senior citizens a free turkey dinner. He was also known to fill up his catering truck and drive to active fire lines to feed firefighters.

Official Motion
MOTION (ZINE - GREUEL) relative to naming the 4800 block of El Canon Avenue as "Bob McCord Way." Recommendations for Council action: 1. NAME the 4800 block of El Canon Avenue in Council District Three as "Bob McCord Way" in honor of the contributions of the late Bob McCord. 2. DIRECT the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to post the appropriate sign(s) at this location to implement the above action.