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What's behind the curtain?


Residents driving along Triunfo Canyon Road between Lindero and Three Springs drive may have noticed a large "curtain" along the greenbelt next to Westlake Lake, and wondering what it is. In short, this is a sound wall. Westlake Management Association (WLMA) is drilling a third water well (they have two in operation already) to pump water into the lake. Drought conditions have put the lake in a situation where it requires more water than the existing wells can produce. And, much of the pumping takes place during the summer.

Potrero Fire now contained

With 130+ firefighters, and favorable wind conditions blowing embers back, Ventura County Fire Incident Command says the fire has now been contained, and measures 3.2 acres. Extensive mop-up is needed.

Brush Fire Near Sherwood

At 11:21 this morning, Ventura County Fire Department and CAL FIRE responded to a vegetation fire near Lake Sherwood (East Potrero Rd & Pixton St in the Ventura County side of Westlake Village). There are now almost 30 units and almost 80+ firefighters on the scene. As of noon, the fire was at 5 acres, and VCFD has structure protection in place.

Comcast Plans to Drop Takeover of Time Warner

According to an article by Bloomberg today, Comcast plans to walk away from its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, one of the primary Internet providers for Westlake Village, Agoura, and Calabasas. Reportedly, the FCC is "leaning toward concluding the merger doesn’t help consumer consumers."

WLV City Council: One Seat Now Empty

As was previously announced, Westlake Village city council member Philippa Klessig has stepped down as she has sold her home, and is moving away from the area (as one might expect, council members must reside in the City of Westlake Village). Last night was council member Philippa Klessig's last meeting. During the meeting a number of local dignitaries thanked Mrs. Klessig for her years of service.

Lindero Bridge Paving, Feb 17-27

As originally reported (, the City has been waiting for warmer weather to re-pave the Lindero bridge.

The City of Westlake Village has now just announced...


Lindero Cyn Overpass, Overlay for Rough Roads Coming

Recently, residents have noticed that much of the work for the Lindero Canyon overpass has been completed, but that the road is full of potholes and very rough. Here's a quick update on the project.

Sumac Elementary on Lockdown, now lifted

From LA County Sheriff...

At approximately 12:40pm today, the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station received a call from Sumac Elementary School in Agoura Hills that a student had seen a female with a gun on Eagleton, a street very close to the school.

The school was immediately put on lockdown to secure the safety of the students while Sheriff's deputies searched the campus and surrounding streets. the female in question was reportedly in a brown truck.

Casa Pacifica Coat Drive, Winter Festival - Next Weekend


For the 5th year, Lydia Gable of Keller Williams Realty and Rick Winters of Winters Financial Group will hold their annual Coats-for-Casa Pacifica charity event at Three Springs Park in Westlake Village. This year, the event is a week early -- the idea is to benefit kids that need coats more than ever due to the particularly cold temperatures the area has been experiencing.

Saturday, January 10th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. they will have the annual coat collection and are having a "huge truck load of snow delivered for the day, This community event is a great opportunity to bring the whole family for complimentary snow play and sledding, coffee and smoothies, and winter crafts."

They simply ask you to "bring new or gently used winter clothes of all sizes, including coats, sweaters, hoodies, mittens/gloves, winter hats and scarves, to benefit Casa Pacifica in Camarillo – a facility that provides emergency shelter, medical assessment and treatment, and a host of other services to children removed from their homes for abuse and neglect. The agency also provides community-based interventions for children and families in need."

Malibu Canyon Road to Close Nights for 7 Months

From LA County Sheriff, and LA County Public Works...

Beginning approximately January 15, 2015 Malibu Canyon Road will be closed from 9 pm – 5 am every night while under construction. Los Angeles County Public Works is undertaking this massive 7 month project in order to improve the tunnel’s interior lining by replacing steel plates inside of the tunnel. Other improvements will be made to the roadway in order to improve road safety and driver comfort. The project will also bring water quality benefits with the construction of a vegetated swale, which will filter pollutants from storm water and help replenish groundwater supplies.

"The Interview" Showing Locally

The Interview -- the Sony movie in national news -- will be showing in local theaters starting tomorrow, Christmas Day. For those that want to see it, there are 3-4 showings each at the Regency Janss Marketplace 9 and Regency Agoura Hills 8 as well as in theaters further from the area.

In addition, Sony has just started making the available (as of this morning) through $6 online movie rentals as well as purchase. See the following sites and services for more information.

Google Play:

Deputies Searching for Bank Robbery Suspect in Agoura Hills

This just out from LA County Sheriff, Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

At 10:30 this morning, a Hispanic female walked into the U.S Bank inside Vons grocery store on Kanan Road in Agoura Hills and gave the teller a letter demanding she be given money. After the teller refused to give her any cash, the female suspect left the location. No weapon was seen.

Heavy Construction on Tue, Dec 23

This coming Tue, December 23rd, LVMWD will doing a “heavy construction” day for the controversial tank project in Westlake Village. This day will have a concrete truck going in or out of Three Springs an average of once every 3.5 minutes starting at 7am (58 trucks in, and out). The trucks are expected to travel through Westlake Village, up Lindero Canyon, onto Triunfo Canyon, and into Three Springs. They will exit Three Springs onto Triunfo to Westlake Blvd through the City of Thousand Oaks side of Westlake Village.

Bethlehem Experience: It's on for Tonight, Tomorrow Night


Westminster Presbyterian Church ("WPC") is putting on the Bethlehem Experience ("BethEx"). The winds last night had done damage last night, but WPC called "all hands on deck", got things back in shape and BethEx is on tonight, and tomorrow night.

The city gates will be open to drive through between 5:00pm and 9:00pm each night. There is no charge for visiting Bethelhem. Due to the large number of visitors, carpooling is encouraged.

BethEx is a drive-through theatrical reenactment of "life in the little town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born."

Attendees of BethEx are encouraged to bring canned and packaged goods for Manna mission. BethEx volunteers will collect these donations on site.

Atlas V Launch a "GO" for tonight


Despite more rain on the way, according to Brian Webb of Launch Alert "Tonight's planned launch of an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg AFB appears to be on schedule for a 7:13:30 PST liftoff.” More details on the launch below (only the day/time has been updated).

Vandenberg Air Force base is 120 miles West North West of Westlake Village. Cloud cover permitting, the launch should be easily visible.

Local Road Closures due to Rain

LA County Sheriff has released the following information about local road closures…

Due to the rain, the following road closures or traffic hazards should be noted:

PCH is closed at Yerba Buena in both directions due to a mudslide. Although the affected area is within Ventura County limits, the closure will effect commuters from LA County as well.

Westlake Blvd is closed at Mulholland Hwy due to a mud slide and low hanging power lines.

Old Westlake Hospital Property Sells to Locals


The property that held the former Westlake Hospital property has been sold to the owners of Warner Pacific — local residents John and David and John Nelson (brothers). Warner Pacific, an insurance brokerage, is located on the corner of Lakeview Canyon and Agoura Road — a property adjacent to the 6+ acres previously owned by HCA. Escrow has now closed on the property.

The property has been on the market for many years, but due to deed restrictions on the property preventing a hospital from returning, the value the owner (HCA) placed on the property (reportedly $8-10 million), combined with the significant limitations of the “public institutional” zoning the property falls under, deals kept falling through. This included two attempts by different developers for senior living facilities.

In recent years, and despite being fenced off, the property has become an increasing issue for neighbors as an “eye sore” but also a number of unsafe, inappropriate, and even reportedly illegal activities.

There are no announced plans for the use of the property, but the new owners state that they are cleaning it up and making it safer.

New Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem

It's the time of year for the city council to vote for a new mayor. As covered in earlier Westlake Revelations articles, only odd numbered years have elections for city council members -- alternating between two and three seats at election time. But once a year, the city council elects a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Tonight, each of these positions were selected.

LMVWD Elections: Renger, Peterson Re-elected; Steinhardt loses to Lewitt

Early this morning, the LVMWD elections result became available. In short,

Incumbent Lee Renger (60%) held his seat against challenger Michael Wilk (40%)
Incumbent Glen Peterson (60%) held his seat against challenger Hugh Wahler (40%)
Challenger Jay Lewitt (56%) defeated incumbent Barry Steinhardt (44%)

You can see additional details vote counts and more at:

WLV Council Member Klessig Announces plans to move to Santa Fe


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.