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SIGN UP FOR CERT CLASSES
Save the date - CERT classes begin Tuesday, February 6! The County of Los
Angeles Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
training was developed through FEMA to provide basic fire safety and life
saving skills. Following a major disaster, police, fire and medical
professionals may not be able to meet the demand for emergency medical
attention. Residents and neighbors may need to rely upon one another to help
with immediate life saving needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that
may be cut off from the main roads. The CERT classes will teach you how to
prepare and respond in these scenarios.

Classes will be held at the Calabasas Founders Hall (behind the library) on
Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., February 6, 2018 through March 20,
2018. There is no charge for the classes but all sessions must be attended in
order to receive a certificate of completion. If you need to miss a class, that
class can be made up at a later time.

To register, call (818) 224-1620 or sign up online at
www.fire.lacounty.gov/cert.
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.
WASTE MANAGEMENT WILL RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are
coming to a close? Now through January 8, Waste Management will be
collecting Christmas trees as part of their Christmas Tree Recycling Program.
There is no registration required and no forms need to be filled out. Simply
remove all ornaments, lights and metals from the tree and place it at your curb
on your regularly scheduled collection day. Please note that trees taller than 6
feet must be cut in half. For more information, contact Waste Management at
www.wm.com/us/local/ca/calabasas/residential/.
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.

Neighborhood Watch
Be alert for cars that are cruising our area.  Several home robberies have occurred in our
neighborhood. We wish all a happy and safe holiday season.

Westhills Annual Tree Trimming Month
Westhills Homeowners Association annual tree trimming will be from January 15th through February
16th. This is the time of year to trim your trees and shrubs. One suggested professional tree trimmer
is Ignacio Najera at 818-399-5910. Click
here to see the flyer.
HONORING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?"
Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to helping all Americans have equal
access to the American Dream. On Monday, January 15 we celebrate the life and
achievements of this influential American civil rights leader. Here are some ideas
to honor Dr. King and to enrich your life in the process:
  • Lend a Hand. Help out with a community service event. Whether it takes
    an hour or a day, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you and
    your community.
  • Learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit your local library or go online to
    learn more about this inspiring American.
  • Create Your Own Dream. Listen to Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech and
    then think about your own dream. Write it down and then list three or four
    concrete steps you can take to make your dream into reality. You can even
    make a video with your family and upload it to your social media site.
    Inspire others, just as Dr. King did.
  • Participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The MLK Day of
    Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges
    barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr.
    King’s vision of a beloved community. To learn more about how to
    become involved, please visit: http://mlkday.gov/about/serveonkingday.php.
Have a great and meaningful January 15, 2018!
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste
collection events. On the first Saturday of the month (Jan. 6, 2018), 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 (Jan. 20, 2018) 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.