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The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste
collection events. On the first Saturday of the month (Oct. 7, 2017), 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 (Oct. 21, 2017) 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.
July 1 is the start of the fiscal year for WHOA and your
dues of $20.00 can be sent to our Treasurer:
Fred Beck
6652 Daryn Drive
Westhills, CA  91307
Are you prepared for El Nino? El Nino is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean
with a global impact on weather patterns. With El Nino storms estimated to
be their strongest in years, agencies throughout Los Angeles County are
already getting ready. Here are 15 ways for you to prepare:

1. Clean out your rain gutters and downspouts. Clean all of them before it
rains, then check and clean them after the first rain. Leaves and debris from
your roof may have accumulated in rain gutters after the rain. Make sure
your rain gutters aren’t damaged.
News In The Surrounding Communities

Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation:

Bell Canyon Association:

Calabasas Park Homeowners Association:

Canoga Park and West Hills Chamber of Commerce:

Woodland Hills, Warner Center Neighborhood Council:
2. Fix any leaks before it starts to rain. Check your roof for any trouble areas.
3. Invest in an emergency generator. Think about a portable generator or permanent standby generator that comes on
automatically when the power goes out.
4. Check any decks and balconies. Make sure water flows away from your walls and foundation.
5. If your crawl space, garage or basement could be flooded, think of installing a sump pump. El Nino rains can cause
water to gather where you normally don’t find it.
6. Have an arborist check your trees. Trees may look fine, but can be weak. Wet branches weigh more and they can
7. If you live on a hill or below a hill, talk to your neighbors. Drainage from your yard may cause water to damage your
neighbor’s house. Your neighbor’s drainage may flood your home.
8. Store your outdoor patio furniture or securely cover it. Put your potted plants in a covered area. Too much water and
rain can damage them.
9. Know where your sprinkler controller is located. Learn how to turn off your automatic sprinklers. You may not need to
water for weeks or months.
10. Talk to your insurance agent about purchasing flood insurance. Even though you may not live in a flood area, flood
insurance may protect you from mud and water damage losses. Flood damages are not usually covered by
homeowner’s insurance. Click here to learn more about flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program.
11. Plan what you will do if water starts to infiltrate your home. Have sandbags and plywood on hand to divert water
away from your home.
12. Check the lights in your car, headlights, brake lights, turn signals and emergency flashers.
13. Replace your windshield wipers. You don’t need wait until it’s raining to realize you should have changed the
14. Have your mechanic check your car’s tires. Check for tread wear and proper inflation. Both can be the cause of
serious accidents in the rain.
15. How old is your car battery? Ask your mechanic to check it as it may be better to replace it before it fails in the rain.

For more information about El Nino and ways that you can prepare, visit

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 December 7, 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
- 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
At their November 24 meeting, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
(LVMWD) Board of Directors adopted a new policy limiting potable water
irrigation to twice 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.
Westhills Homeowners Association Fund Raising To Fight Development Of Land Behind
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 $1835 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.
Welcome back to all the returning and new Calabasas students, teachers, principals
and staff! We look forward to a great 2017-18 school year in the City!
All community members are reminded to take extra precautions while driving as
school days often bring congestion. Please slow down and share the road. Some
safety tips from the
National Safety Council outline ways you can avoid potentially fatal
accidents during this time of year:

If You're Dropping Off: Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the
school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by
cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to
School program. The following apply to all school zones:
  • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school.
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians: According to research by the National
Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4
to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally
passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:
  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn,
    forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians
    crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and
    parks, and in all residential areas.
  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be,
    no matter who has the right of way.

Sharing the Road with School Buses: If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater
following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to
stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school
bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
  • Never pass a bus from behind, or from either direction if you're on an undivided
    road, if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop
    far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and
    take risks.

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists: On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and
responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create
special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine
traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of
a bicyclist.
  • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3
    feet between your car and the cyclist.
  • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait
    for the rider to pass.
  • If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let
    the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals.
  • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children
    especially have a tendency to do this.
  • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods.
  • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars.
  • Check side mirrors before opening your door.

By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely
in school zones.
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
The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival is just around the corner
and we want to make sure you save the date for a weekend
full of pumpkin-themed fun! This annual community event will
take place at beautiful Juan Bautista de Anza Park in
Calabasas on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22
from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Festival admission will be only $5 (children under 2 are free) and
admission price includes free parking and shuttle service, inflatables and
a giant slide, reptile, bug and nature shows, live bands, youth carnival
games, contests, Saturday costume parade, a business expo, and car
While there, don't forget to stop by the Marketplace for jewelry, harvest
items and other crafts. Delicious food, beer, and Halloween treats will be
available for purchase, as well as children's craft projects, balloons and
face painting. Before you leave, make sure you stop by the Pumpkin Patch
to pick out your Halloween pumpkin!
Parking and entrance will be at the corner of Lost Hills Road and Agoura
Road. Please note that there is no parking along Las Virgenes /Malibu
Canyon Road. There will be ATMs on site and credit card sales will be
limited to select Marketplace vendors. For more information, visit
Do not leave items in your cars or mailboxes over night. Make sure to lock you car doors.  When
mailing checks, mail them at the post office to avoid being robbed.

Slow Down
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.

News From Westhills Fire Safe Council
For those of you who have taken steps to alleviate some of the fire hazards around your property the
Fire Safe Council thanks you on behalf of your neighbors and our Westhills community. FireSafe
visits fire houses.

No Westhills Picnic
Because of maintenance at the Knapp Ranch Park there will not be a Westhills sponsored community
picnic in October. We look forward to having and seeing you all there next year.

News from WHA and FSC
The Westhills Homeowners Association and the FireSafe Council would like to say thank you to
neighbors who donated multi-bags of
pomegranate to fire station #68 and #105. If you are growing
fruit or vegetables think of donating your extras to our fire station
Start your training! The Calabasas Classic Runs will be returning on November 12!
Register today to get your spot in a timed 5K or 10K Run or 1 Mile Fun Run. Hosted by
the the not-for-profit organization
Community Center Alliance which benefits the
AHCCC Community Center, this event celebrates community, fitness and fun! The
runs explore the beautiful roads of Calabasas and competitive and non-competitive
runners will enjoy this challenging course which ends with a post-run party expo to
celebrate you! It is USATF certified and sanctioned.
Visit for sign-up details and registration support. A
portion of your registration will go toward
Cookies for Kid's Cancer, a national
nonprofit that directly funds pediatric cancer research. Read about their mission at