July 1 is the start of the fiscal year for WHOA and your dues of $35.00 can be sent to our Treasurer: Fred Beck 6652 Daryn Drive, Westhills, CA 91307
Congratulations to Ethel Margolin on her 100th Birthday. Our area would not be called Westhills, one word, without you. Thank you for all your service to our community. The WHA board wishes Ethel a Happy Birthday.
Free Disposal Day
Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Sunshine Canyon Landfill at 14747 San Fernando Road, Sylmar, Ca 91342 will be open to residents to drop off up to one ton of trash. Be sure to bring proof of residency like a Driver’s License. No business waste, tires or household hazardous waste will be accepted.
Westhills Homeowners Association Fund Raising To Fight Development Of Land Behind Randiwood
We are preparing for a long fight with the developer once he files his development plan for approval. We estimate that we will need $8000 to hire a lawyer and file motions. We already have raised $5500 from unsolicited donations from WHA members. We need your help to raise the rest of the money. Please send your contributions to: WHA Defense Fund c/o Fred Beck 6652 Daryn Drive, Westhills, CA 91307 Thank you for your support.
Click here for the recent letter about Keystone property written by Bob Lancet, Fred Beck, Phil Shapiro and Cyrus Tabibian to Juan Padilla of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Beware of Bobcat
A cougar was seen on Vickiview Drive. Please be careful if you are walking around the neighborhood. Please watch your pets and children. The bobcat has been seen in backyards drinking out of pools.
Help Keep Our Community Beautiful
Please place your trash cans out of sight as soon as possible after the trash is picked up. This will keep you in compliance with the Westhills CC&R’s.
The speed limit in the community is 25 MPH. Please watch your speed when going down the hill on Julie Lane towards the park. You are approaching children at play.
Be alert for cars that are cruising our area. Several cars that were parked outside have been robbed of their catalytic converters in our neighborhood.
Castle Peak Indian Park
The Castle Peak Hill is an Indian preserve and is restricted. The caves are home to bats and snakes. No hiking is allowed as it is dangerous and a fire hazard. Please heed this warning.
Sign up for Text Alerts about Wildfires in our Surrounding Neighborhood
1. Go to www.readyforwildfire.org.
2. Click the red “SIGN UP NOW” button in the middle KNOW section.
3. Scroll down till you see the area to “Sign Up For Text Messages” on the right. Enter your cell phone number and your zip code and click “SIGN UP”.
4. When you get the wildfire text message on your phone reply to it with a “Y”. (no quotes)
You now will be notified if there are any wildfires near you.
News from around town
LA County launched new free delivery service
KEEP OUR WATER CLEAN: ECO-FRIENDLY CAR WASHING TIPS
Water quality continues to be one of the most important environmental concerns. Every individual can play his or her part to help keep our water clean. One of the ways to ensure that our water remains free from toxins is to wash your car the proper way. Many individuals overlook the fact that it takes approximately 500 gallons of water to hand wash a car and that all of that water is washed down our streets into local waterways. The easiest way to ensure environmental protection is to take your car to a commercial car wash where the waste water is discharged to a wastewater treatment facility. However, if you choose to wash your car at home, keep in mind the following suggestions to prevent additional toxic discharge into our creeks and rivers:
- Wash on an area that absorbs water such as gravel or grass. This allows the water to be filtered before it enters groundwater, storm drains, or creeks. Avoid washing cars on concrete or asphalt pavement unless it drains into a vegetated area.
- Minimize water usage. Use a spray gun with flow restriction to reduce water volume and run-off.
- Always empty wash buckets into sinks or toilets.
Another option is to utilize one of the City of Calabasas permitted Mobile Car Wash operators. The City ensures that all operators use appropriate preventative measures whenever they are engaged in car washing activities. For a complete list of permitted mobile car washing companies, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/environmental/mobile-car-wash.html.
IRRIGATION IS NOW LIMITED TO ONCE PER WEEK
The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) Board of Directors adopted a new policy limiting potable water irrigation to once per week. The new action was taken because the District has fallen below the State Water Resources Control Board mandate to reduce usage by 36 percent or face significant financial penalties of up to $10,000 per day.
The action taken by the LVMWD Board includes:
- Irrigation with potable water is now limited to one day each week and that limitation will remain in place until further notice. Service addresses ending in even numbers may irrigate Monday; addresses ending in odd numbers may irrigate Tuesday.
- Irrigation is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station or zone on designated watering days.
The new irrigation restrictions take effect immediately; enforcement will begin June 1, 2022 giving time for property owners to adjust their irrigation systems. While LVMWD will continue to provide an initial warning letter for violations, fines will escalate to $500 for repeated non-compliance.
Properties using recycled water may continue to irrigate on a three-time per week schedule, as that supply has not been as impacted by the drought as potable water.
In a continuation of existing policy, potable water customers may continue to use drip irrigation or engage in hand-watering on any day of the week without restrictions.
The new “One and Done” one day per week policy for potable water irrigation joins the list of conservation measures already in place:
- No irrigation between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.- No irrigation in the 48 hours following rainfall.
- Hoses used for car washing must have a trigger nozzle.
- Irrigation may not run off the property into streets, gutters or onto adjacent properties.
- The washing down of sidewalks, parking areas and driveways is not permitted, unless an approved water broom is used.
- Fountains or water features must use a recirculating system.
- Hotels and motels must provide multi-night guests with the option to use towels and linens for more than one day.
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District provides potable water to residents of the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village and adjacent unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County including the Santa Monica Mountains and Chatsworth. To learn more, visit www.lvmwd.com.
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste collection events. On the first Saturday of the month, an electronic waste collection will take place at the Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las Virgenes Road) in Calabasas from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A second monthly electronic waste event will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month in the Mulholland Shopping Center parking lot at 23381 Mulholland Drive in Woodland Hills from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Acceptable items include but are not limited to CD players, laptops and personal computers, microwave ovens, printers, radios, stereos, telephones, and VCR’s. For more information, please contact the City of Calabasas Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.
News In The Surrounding Communities
Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation: www.lvhf.org
Bell Canyon Association: www.bellcanyon.com
Calabasas Park Homeowners Association: www.mycpha.com
Canoga Park and West Hills Chamber of Commerce: www.cpwhchamber.org
Woodland Hills, Warner Center Neighborhood Council: www.whcouncil.com