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Reminder: LVUSD Debate, Thurs at 6:30pm

Just a couple of quick reminders about the LVUSD Board of Education member election.

Thu, Oct 22, 6:30pm
Debate: LVUSD Board of Education Candidates

The League of Women Voters and Westlake Revelations have joined together to bring you a Candidates Forum (aka 'debate') with the LVUSD Board of Education Candidates. The event will be moderated by Neil Ticktin of Westlake Revelations.
The debate will be Thursday, Oct 22, 6:30pm at the LVUSD District Office in the Board Room located at 4111 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.

Future Foundation Presenting Free Water Workshops

Synopsis

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation will be hosting a free event on Sunday November 15th that will include workshops on efficient irrigation design, drought-resistant landscaping, and fire-wise landscaping.

See below for full announcement.

LVUSD Debate Questions: Last Call

Just a reminder.

The last day to submit questions for the LVUSD Board of Education Candidates' Forum is Mon, Oct 19th. (Submit your questions at: http://www.westlakerevelations.com/phpq/fillsurvey.php?sid=13). The debate itself will be Thursday, Oct 22, 6:30pm at the LVUSD District Office in the Board Room located at 4111 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

REMINDER :If you have not registered for vote by mail, you can do so in a matter of seconds. To obtain a vote by mail ballot, complete the form at:
https://lavote.net/SECURED/AV/Default.cfm?election=%23%23%5C%5CJ%0A

Westlake Screens Classic Horror Films Just for Teens

Westlake Village City Celebration Kicks Off
With a Special Screening of Classic Horror Films
Just For Teens

On Saturday, October 24, the City of Westlake Village and the Triunfo YMCA are teaming up to offer a free screening of two classic horror films for local teens. This outdoor movie experience kicks off the 7 th Annual Westlake Village City Celebration. The 1931 version of "Frankenstein" will be shown at 6:30 pm followed by "The Mummy" from 1932.

Result of LVUSD Board Study Session on Tech Strategy

Last night, the Las Virgenes Unified School District Board of Education met in a well-attended study session to discuss the proposed LVUSD Technology Strategy. After a 20-minute presentation giving an overview of the strategy, the Board discussed the strategy, and in particular, the Chief Technology Officer position at the heart of the strategy.

7th Annual City Celebration Announcement and Details

Synopsis

The City of Westlake Village has announced the details of the upcoming 7th annual City Celebration on October 25th, from 7am-2pm. This year's event includes:

- Pancake Breakfast
- White Oak PFC Fun Fair
- 5 and 10 K plus 1 mile run and walk
- Pet and Family Costume Parade
- Harvest Boutique
- Social Services Fair
- Magic Show

See full announcement below for details.

Now Online: KRLA Radio Discussion, LVUSD Technology Strategy

KRLA 870 AM Radio (the Jeff Levy Show) spent about half of the show discussing LVUSD's proposed technology strategy. If you missed the show, the recordings are now available online at:

http://krla870.townhall.com/talkradio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=35

The show is broken into segments. The segments you want to listen to are:

* Most of Seg 1 10-11-09 With Jeff Levy (starts a bit into recording)
* All of Seg 2 10-11-09 With Jeff Levy

You can choose to listen to it online, or podcast it.

Reminders

While most things around Agoura and Westlake Village are relatively quiet for the moment, there's a lot going on with the school district. Here are some reminders in date order.

Sun, Oct 11, 1pm
KRLA 870 AM Radio
will air Jeff Levy's computer show. Jeff has invited Donald Zimring (LVUSD Superintendent), David Moorman (President, LVUSD Board of Education), and Neil Ticktin (creator of the proposed LVUSD Technology Strategy) on air to discuss the proposed technology strategy, technology in education, and the effects of technology on an organization.

Debate Announced: LVUSD Board of Education Candidates

The League of Women Voters and Westlake Revelations have joined together to bring you a Candidates Forum (aka 'debate') with the LVUSD Board of Education Candidates. The event will be moderated by Neil Ticktin of Westlake Revelations.

The debate will be Thursday, Oct 22, 6:30pm at the LVUSD District Office in the Board Room located at 4111 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302.

If you are interested in having a question asked (you do not need to be present to ask the question), all questions need to be submitted through this web form no later than Oct 19th.

Simple Electronic Vote by Mail Ballot Application

For those that live in City of Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and Hidden Hills, the upcoming election on November 3rd has a single item to vote on ... board members for the Las Virgenes Unified School District. (See http://www.westlakerevelations.com/?q=node/172)

On each ballot, voters will choose three out of four candidates for the open school board member positions. (In other words, voters will make their top three choices, not just one.)

Racho Fire 100% Contained

The Ventura County Fire Department has just released their final update.

The Rancho Fire is now at 56 acres and 100% contained. Firefighters will be working overnight on mop-up with full control expected by Monday evening.

Rancho fire now 60% contained

The Rancho Fire is now at 47 acres with 60% containment. Firefighters have begun to gain the upper hand on the fire. For more information, see http://fire.countyofventura.org/

Thousand Oaks Brush Fire

The Ventura County Fire Department has reported that there is a brush fire in Thousand Oaks near Westlake Village. You can monitor this at: http://fire.countyofventura.org/

Below is taken from that web page as of 10-04-09 1:47pm.

Major Incident Information

What: Brush Fire 

Where: Near Hwy. 101 and Rancho Rd. in Thousand Oaks

When: The fire was reported at 11:23 on Sunday, October 4.

Evacuations: Residents in the Rimrock Ln., Colt Ln., Skyline and Tamarack area should begin preparing.

KRLA Radio to Talk About LVUSD Tech Strategy

One week from today, on

Sunday, October 11th
1pm
KLRA AM 870 Radio

will air Jeff Levy's computer show. Jeff has invited Donald Zimring (LVUSD Superintendent), David Moorman (President, LVUSD Board of Education), and Neil Ticktin (creator of the proposed LVUSD Technology Strategy) on air to discuss the proposed technology strategy, technology in education, and the effects of technology on an organization.

LVUSD's proposed technology strategy has been over a year in the making. The LVUSD Board of Education has called a special study session to discuss the strategy on October 14th at 4pm at the LVUSD District Office. This meeting is a public meeting, and anyone is welcome to attend.

More information on the proposed strategy, including the Executive Summary, and link for downloading the full 198-page document at http://www.westlakerevelations.com/?q=node/181

Water Savings Device Rebates Are Back

Synopsis

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) has announced that rebates for water-saving devices are again available for residential customers.

Items qualifying for a rebate include: Selected high-efficiency clothes washers, high-efficiency toilets, rotary irrigation nozzles installed with a pressure-regulating head and weather-based irrigation controllers.

The rebate program is administered by the SoCalWaterSmart program at (http://socalwatersmart.com/)

LVUSD Technology Strategy Available for Dissemination

Synopsis

In June 2008, Las Virgenes Unified School District determined that it needed a comprehensive Technology Strategy. Primarily funded by the Las Virgenes Educational Foundation, combined with donated services, this project is now complete.

The process included hundreds of hours of interviews with teachers, staff, administrators, parents, students and community members. Unlike most reports the District receives, the goal and methodology of the project was to assist the District in creating a strategy, rather than just make recommendations.

The result is a 198-page document giving the background, status, and strategy that is now available for viewing. The Board of Education has scheduled a Study Session for October 14th at 4pm to review the document.

The 5 main points of the strategy are outlined in the executive summary below.

If you are interested in what LVUSD can do with technology district wide, from operations all the way through to the classroom, you are invited to read this document, ask questions, discuss, and even attend in the Board Study Session on October 14th.

Disclaimer: Neil Ticktin, Founder of Westlake Revelations, lead the creation of this document. The project work was performed by Xplain Corporation, owned by Ticktin and partner, Andrea Sniderman.

Median Work on Triunfo

In 2001, the City of Westlake Village adopted a master "Streetscape Plan" which included a variety of items including entry monuments, advance street signs, and median improvements. The second set of "arterial" improvements is currently taking place on Triunfo Canyon Road.

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District: Adjust Your Sprinkler Times

Synopsis

The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has put out a reminder about reducing your sprinkler times to 2 days per week now that Autumn has arrived. Full press release below.

Expect Shuttle Sonic Boom this afternoon

Mission Control is currently targeting an 5:53 p.m. PDT landing of Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards Air Force Base here in California. In the last approximately 15 minutes prior to the landing there should be the Shuttle's signature double sonic boom.

The rapid fire, double sonic boom is particularly noticeable because of the size of the shuttle. The first one is the nose, and the second one, less than 1/2 a second later, is caused by the tail (some 122 feet behind the nose of the shuttle).

More on sonic boom from NASA at:

Acorn Video of Labor Day Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall

The Acorn has released a 4.5 minute video on the Labor Day Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall that visited Westlake Village, CA. If you didn't get a chance to see the exhibit, or are just interested, you may want to check it out at:

http://www.theacornonline.com/videos/vid_37-memorial.html