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E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste
collection events. On the first Saturday of the month (Nov. 4, 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 (Nov. 18, 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.
DUES
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: 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
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
break.
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
wipers.
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
www.lacounty.gov/elnino.
IRRIGATION IS NOW LIMITED TO TWICE PER WEEK

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
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.
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.
PREPARING FOR EL NINO
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.
DONATE AT THE ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE-THRU EVENT
Help others in need and come to the Annual Food Drive-Thru this
month! Bring your non-perishable food donations to the Commons
parking lot in Calabasas on November 11 and 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m. Donations will benefit the West Valley Food Pantry.

The Food Drive-Thru is staffed by volunteer Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts
(ages 6-17) and is graciously sponsored by Davis Research, LLC and
Fresh Brothers.
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.
Warning
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
Council
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 stations!
GET RUNNING AT THE CALABASAS CLASSIC
The Calabasas Classic Runs returns on November 12! You can still register 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
www.calabasasclassicrun.com 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
www.cookiesforcancer.org.
SMART GARDENING WORKSHOP
You are invited to a free Smart Gardening Workshop on Saturday,
November 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Gates Canyon Park (25801
Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Calabasas). Learn backyard composting,
water-wise gardening, worm composting and grasscycling. Bring friends
and neighbors! No reservation is needed. Compost bins will also be
available for purchase at a discount after you attend the workshop (cash
or check only). For more information, call 1(888)CLEANLA or visit
CleanLA.com or smartgardening.com.