Tonight, City of Westlake Village Council member Philippa Klessig announced that she, and her husband Karl, are putting their Westlake Village home on the market, and will be moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico to retire. A council person needs to live in the City, so when the house sells, and they move, she plans to step down. Until that time, however, Klessig says that she will continue actively as a council member.
In their first board meeting since the construction incident, and the news of the Brown Act (open meeting law) violations, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District did not put either topic on the agenda to discuss at last night’s meeting. The president of Pacific Hydrotech, the District’s primary contractor for the tank, came to the meeting anyway to update the Board on what happened, and new safety regulations to put in place.
Three residents addressed the board, cited their take on the Board’s actions, history and track record to date — and each in their own way, called for the resignation of LVMWD Board members Charles Caspary, Lee Renger, and Glen Peterson.
In addition to LVMWD’s video archive of the meeting, available at http://lasvirgenesmwd.swagit.com/play/10152014-1035 — Resident comments begin at 19:24. Additionally, Agoura resident, Jan Gerstel, video recorded just the three public comments speakers. That video is available at http://youtu.be/vgfh1cRUjpM
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Fraud and Corruption Prosecutions, Public Integrity Division, released a letter to the members of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Board stating three board members (Directors Charles Caspary, Glen Peterson, and Lee Renger) violated the Brown Act at the January 14th 2014 meeting.
The DA came to this final determination after reviewing video of the meeting in question, and comparing the actions taken to the Brown Act which "requires, with limited exceptions, that all meetings of a legislative body of a local agency be open and public."
The original complaint to the District Attorney was made by another board member, Director Barry Steinhardt. The DA notified Steinhardt in August, explaining their findings and specifically stating that the DA’s office was also notifying all the other board members at the same time.
The Brown Act violation was in direct relation to the Board’s vote on the controversial Westlake Village water tank. Despite the violation, and discussion at the time that the Brown Act was being violated during the January 14th meeting, Directors Charles Caspary, Glen Peterson, and Lee Renger voted to approve the tank with Directors Barry Steinhardt and Len Polan opposing the project. A Brown Act violation renders a related vote invalid.
The District has released a statement that LVMWD's general counsel doesn’t agree with the District Attorney’s determination, and accuses Director Steinhardt of not informing the District of the DA’s findings.
[Update: LVMWD's general counsel is basing their comments on the summary minutes of the meeting. The DA based their conclusion on the actual meeting video.]
City of Westlake Village will hold it’s 12th annual “City Celebration” on Saturday October 18th, from 3-8pm at City Hall. “ Featuring exciting local performances, delicious food, a twilight run - the Goblin Gallop, magic show, electronic waste collection, and the popular White Oak Elementary Family Festival, the Westlake Village City Celebration truly offers something for residents of all ages and interests. The Village Trolley will be driving a special route to take residents to and from the celebration”
See full announcement from the City of Westlake Village including time tables, and links for more information below.
In the middle of the night tonight (aka early Wednesday morning), there is a total lunar eclipse. According to Brian Webb at Launch-Alert mail list, "If the sky is clear, the entire event should be visible to the unaided eye from the West Coast. The particulars are as follows (all times are Pacific):
Partial Eclipse Begins 2:14 a.m.
Totality Begins 3:25 a.m.
Greatest Eclipse 3:55 a.m.
Totality Ends 4:24 a.m.
Partial Eclipse Ends 5:34 a.m.
If you are interested in serving on the City’s cultural recreation committee, you should apply by November 7th. See full announcement below for details.
This morning, workers at Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Westlake Village reservoir, above Three Springs, lost control of a 40 foot long, 36 inch diameter pipe on the upper access road along the reservoir’s edge. The pipe shifted and dislodged from a carrier truck (with many pipe segments loaded) while workers were removing a different segment of pipe. The dislodged pipe was not properly secured, fell off a truck, rolled down the embankment slope at speed, crossed the lower access road and just before it entered a resident’s property, hit a large oak tree.
On Tue and Thurs nights this week, all southbound lanes of the 101 freeway will be closed from midnight to 5am. Full announcement from Caltrans below.
As an update to the status of Cabrillo Music Theatre, this week, its board of directors announced that they have exceeded the "Emergency Fundraising Campaign" goal of $250,000, with over 855 donors who have contributed. The board had decided to move forward with the 2014/15 season when they reached 80% of the goal about a month ago.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Malibu/Lost Hills Station would like residents to know about some of the crime fighting resources they have at hand. Once a day, information about local crimes is uploaded to the Sheriff's system and shared with CrimeMapping.com
If you are interested in seeing more about what crimes are happening with the ability to focus on certain addresses or date ranges, http://www.CrimeMapping.com is a resource you can use. See the full announcement from LA County Sheriff Dept below.
A couple of months ago, Cabrillo Music Theatre announced that it needed to change it's financial model to survive. To move forward, Cabrillo's board of directors decided that it needed to raise at least $200,000 of it's $250,000 goal by the end of July -- a week from now.
As of today, Cabrillo is $51,000 short of that goal.
If it doesn't get donations of that amount, the community should expect Cabrillo Music Theatre to close its doors.
If Cabrillo doesn't reach 80% of its fundraising goal, it will return all the donations.
Cabrillo Music Theatre is a tax deductible, non-profit. Those wanting to make donations, can do so at http://www.cabrillomusictheatre.com -- or mail donations to the Cabrillo Music Theatre office, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite B, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Ticket sales, also core to Cabrillo staying open, is also available, along with the new season's schedule at Cabrillo's web site. It's current production, Bye Bye Birdie, ends this weekend.
Las Virgenes Unified School District announced today that it has named Eric Anhalt as the new principal at White Oak Elementary School in Westlake Village. Mr. Anhalt has served as assistant principal at Lindero Canyon Middle School since 2012, and before that, he was Assistant Principal at Calabasas High School from 2007 to 2012.
The following release comes from LVUSD...
For those in Westlake Village and surrounding areas using Time Warner, your service is going all-digital on June 17. If you have a cable box, or cable card, that attaches to your TV -- you should not need to do anything.
Los Angeles Superior Court ruled today on the temporary restraining order, and injunction, sought against Las Virgenes Municipal Water District regarding the 5 million gallon storage tank project. Linked below is the seven page ruling, and two press releases -- one from each side of the case.
Judge Joanne B. O'Donnell denied the injunction for now, noting that she did not have enough evidence from either side. The case is expected to proceed to trial in due course.
The visible progress on the Lindero Canyon/101 freeway overpass overpass is headed towards its next stage in the next couple of weeks -- ones that will require closures of the 101 traffic, and have it be re-routed off and back on the freeway in the late night hours. Lane closures will start after 8pm, and by midnight each of the nights, there will be a full closure in one direction of the 101.
The closures will take place each night Mon-Fri for the next two weeks. See City's press release for full details.
Los Angeles County Sheriff has just released the news that a bear was struck by a vehicle on the northbound 101 freeway at Lindero Canyon Blvd. this evening at approximately 10:20 pm. Motorists are being cautioned to slow down when driving in this area as traffic may be impacted. California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Animlal Control and Department of Fish and Game have been notified.
Additional details have not yet been released.
On March 27th at 2:30am, Ventura County Sheriff responded to 9-1-1 calls reporting a shooting at the Westlake Hyatt Hotel. An extensive investigation started immediately after the shooting where approximately one hundred deputies and the Sheriff’s SWAT team originally responded.
The Amgen Tour of California returns to the Conejo Valley this weekend, Sunday, May 18 from 8am-12pm. If you live anywhere near the race route, you should take note of how traffic will work, and plan for rolling 10 minute delays. The race will consist of three 21 mile circuits and three 4.5 mile circuits. The "Sprint" circuit goes around Westlake Lake, and the finish line is located on Townsgate Road (in front of Gelson’s Market and Brent's Deli). Race begins at 8 am. Live broadcast 10am-Noon on NBC
The most heavily impacted streets are:
Lakeview Canyon Rd. @ Agoura Rd
Westlake Blvd from Townsgate Rd. to Carlisle Rd.
Triunfo Canyon Rd. from Three Springs Drive to Westlake Blvd.
HARD CLOSURES During race:
Westlake Blvd. southbound at Potrero Rd.,
Westlake Blvd. northbound at Agoura Rd./Hampshire Rd.
- then expanding to Triunfo Canyon Rd. during the small circuit.
On Thursday, may 8, from 6-7:30pm the City of Westlake Village will host a "residential focus group" as the first "citizen engagement" opportunity in creating a Information Technology Strategic Plan for the City.
See below for additional information in the full announcement.
About 10 days ago, a Westlake Village resident has filed an action against LVMWD to stop construction of the controversial water tank project at the Westlake Reservoir.
As a matter of balance, below are two press releases, in their own words. You should read both.
First one from LVMWD
Second one from the opposition