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Last Call: Soap Box Races, Public Can Race

Disclaimer: Westlake Revelations is a sponsor of Soap Box Derby

Soap Box Derby 2009 is 3 weeks from tomorrow -- Sunday, April 19th. As you may know, ANYONE ages 7-17 can race -- it's open to the public. But, if you've not already signed up, now is your last chance. Your paperwork needs to be received by end of day Monday, March 30th.

Those that have raced before can use their previous car if it follows the rules (which are similar to prior years). There may even have cars to borrow from others if you are without a car.

If you are interested, here's what you need to know.

Stimulus Road Map eBook Series

Xplain Corp. Releases First in Stimulus Road Map eBook Series
- "Your Mortgage: Explaining The Federal Making Home Affordable Plan"
- Many readers surprised to find they are eligible for mortgage relief
- First in series is 20-page eBook available immediately
- "This is a 'must read' for anyone who has a mortgage" says Councilmember

"Pots of Money"

Synopsis

With the central conversation for many being the economy, there's a lot of discussion about budgets and spending in state and city government, as well as schools and other public organizations. One of the things that's difficult for many to understand is how money can be spent in one area, when cuts are made in another.

In reality, there are different "pots of money" within these public entities. And, they are intentionally kept separate and cannot be intermingled.

For example, at the city level, monies may be required to be spent upgrading roads while there may not be monies in other places. Or, for schools, there may be bond monies for buildings or technology, even in the face of teacher pay cuts or layoffs. With costs dropping, it can even save money if this restricted money is spent during a down economy.

Home Depot Project to go to T.O. City Council Vote

At the last moment before the deadline, four residents of Thousand Oaks filed an appeal to the Thousand Oaks City Council of a Planning Commission decision regarding Home Depot's project at the old Kmart site on Hampshire Road. The project will now go before the Thousand Oaks City Council for a vote, expected some time in the next 1-2 months.

Soap Box Derby Returns to Westlake Village

Triunfo YMCA Announces 2009 Soap Box Derby & Healthy Kids Day
- Soap Box races again open to the public to enter
- Healthy Kids Day to promote healthy living for the children
- Antique and Classic Car Show with community participation
- Boy Scout BBQ, attractions for the whole family, and more

January 29, 2009 -- Westlake Village, CA -- Triunfo YMCA has announced the return of Soap Box Derby and Healthy Kids Day in Westlake Village. Sponsored by the City of Westlake Village, Farmers Insurance, and others, the event is set for Sunday, April 19th, 2009.

Updates: Home Depot, Overpass, Costco & Applebee's

Synopsis

Just to keep you in the loop, there's a couple of things that have been announced in the past week or so regarding Home Depot on Hampshire, the Lindero Freeway Overpass Project, and Costco in Newbury Park.

The Final Environmental Impact Report on The Home Depot project on Hampshire Road has been released. There will be a public hearing at the end of the month to approve the demolition of the old K-Mart, and the building of a new Home Depot store slated to open in 2010. See below.

The City of Westlake Village has postponed the vote to award the freeway overpass contract on Lindero Canyon until it can determine if Federal monies may be available. The proposed economic stimulus package being considered by the U.S. Congress may make additional funding available. See (http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/jan/16/westlake-delays-contra...)

Costco has withdrawn their application to open another store in Newbury Park. Reportedly, Costco was unable to finalize a lease with the property owner. See (http://www.toacorn.com/news/2009/0115/editorials/009.html) for more information.

The Breckenridge Group which owns Applebee's from Ventura to Santa Clarita, is closing the Applebee's franchises in the area. Applebee's is hoping there will be a new franchisee that will come in and re-open them.

How you can make a difference in the crises at hand

Westlake Revelations Readers:
This is an editorial -- aka an opinion piece. Obviously, it's a departure from the typical Westlake Revelations content and style -- but you should not take it as a new direction for Westlake Revelations.

Let us know if you would periodically like to see this type of content or not.

How individuals can make a difference in the crises at hand

On Tuesday, as we do every 4-8 years, the country starts a new chapter. Regardless of who one voted for, Americans are behind the peaceful transition of power; never demonstrated better than the efforts between the Bush and Obama teams these past few weeks.

This time, however, we have a particularly important changeover as it gives all of us, from all political parties, the ability to draw a line in time that as we pass it, we can each be part of solving the crises at hand.

Artists in Concert to Benefit LVUSD Arts Programs

Synopsis

The Las Virgenes Education Foundation announced today the line up for the LVUSD Benefit Concert. Held at the Fred Kavli Theater in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Friday, February 27, 2009, the concert will highlight not only LVUSD students and artwork, but the talents of Tommy Shaw (of the band Styx), Michael McDonald (formerly of the Doobie Brothers), and the band Venice.

Tickets start at $30, with 100% of the proceeds going to LVEF to benefit local schools. Contact TicketMaster, the TO Civic Arts Plaza Box Office, or go online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B00416AF2F048C3 for ticket availability and purchase.

LVUSD Superintendent's Bi-Monthly Forum Tonight

Superintendent's Bi-Monthly Forums Scheduled

As part of its outreach effort to the community, the Las Virgenes Unified School District will continue sponsoring bi-monthly Superintendent's Forums open to the community. The sessions are unstructured and allow community members to raise issues and ask questions of district senior management. The meetings will be held at school sites to afford community members the opportunity to visit their neighborhood schools and have a window into the community's outstanding school system.

Biggest Full Moon, Geminid Meteor Showers This Weekend

Synopsis

Tonight (Fri December 12th, 2009), is the biggest full moon of the year. Also,tonight and Saturday nights are the annual Geminid meteor showers. Early morning Wednesday next week, the International Space Station will be visible.

New Mayor for Westlake Village

Synopsis

It's the time of year for the city council to vote for a new mayor. As covered in earlier Westlake Revelations articles, the residents elect the city council for four year terms. The city council, in turn, once a year elects a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

The outgoing mayor, Philippa Klessig, made a number of comments (below). The council elected Robert Slavin as the new Mayor, and Mark Rutherford as the Mayor Pro Tem. Both Mayor Slavin and Mayor Pro Tem have served in these roles in prior years. Judge Larry Myra swore in the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Judge Myra has honored the city in this role for the past 22 years.

For more information on the responsibility of the mayor and the selection process and history, see the prior Westlake Revelations article at http://www.westlakerevelations.com/?q=node/5

Westlake Village Forums, Ready to Look At

As we indicated a couple of weeks ago, we're bringing online a new "online community" called the Westlake Village Forums. The "beta" of these forums are now ready for you to use, and give feedback on. ("Beta" means that we're still ramping up, but you can use it now.)

The forums are designed to do two things -- to allow our area to communicate, discuss and share; and to allow neighborhoods to do the same.

At the top of the forums is the "Community" section. Here, you'll find forums for a variety of community wide topics.

Finders Resigning from LVUSD Board

Synopsis

As many of you know, Terilyn Finders has served on the Board of Education in the Las Virgenes Unified School District for the past 9 years. On Tuesday, Mrs. Finders announced that she will be resigning effective December 31, 2008.

The Board will now have to decide whether to appoint a replacement (a process designed to enable filling positions for shorter terms), or hold another election (estimated cost of $60-100,000).

Holiday Community Crime Prevention Tips

Synopsis

When you combine a down economy with the busyness of the holiday season, it can be a recipe for criminal opportunity. The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station has recently released a check list of community crime prevention tips for the holiday season.

Fortunately Westlake Village and its surrounding cities are low crime, safe areas. However, this has a tenancy to make citizens complacent. Crimes still exist, and we all need to take precautions to keep our homes and families safe.

Online Community, Forums and Discussion Groups

Hello all,

So, as Westlake Revelations passes it's second birthday, we've been a bit quiet -- but it's because we've been busy behind the scenes.

For years now, people have been asking me to implement some type of online community for our local area, but it wasn't appropriate for it to be part of Westlake Revelations.

A couple of weeks ago, we brought online software for the computer magazine we publish. And, as a result, we have a great solution in hand for some community forums here in Westlake Village.

Delta II Launch, Should be visible

Synopsis

Tonight, Friday Oct 24th at there will be a Delta II rocket launch out of Vandenberg Air Force Base. There's a one second long launch window at 7:28:21 pm PDT. The rocket will rise vertically, and then head south.

Look west northwest from Westlake Village.

Westlake Village City Celebration, Sun Oct 26th

Synopsis

Westlake Village's 6th Annual City Celebration is scheduled for this coming weekend. Sunday, October 26th from 7 am - 3:45 pm at the Westlake Village City Hall.

This year's event is actually SIX events in one: Pancake Breakfast, White Oak PFC Fun Fair, Westlake Village City Celebration Run, Triunfo YMCA Haunted House, Harvest Boutique and Magic Show.

Smoke in the skies

FIRE MAP


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Update: 4pm 10-14-08

Containment: not available
Acres: 13,285 acres at this time.
Fire is moving Towards South West.


Update: 9:24 AM 10/14/2008

The fire has burned about 9,872 acres and destroyed 19 structures. The fire is currently zero percent contained. The fire continues to move in a south-westerly direction. 1,217 firefighters from the Ventura County, Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City fire departments are engaged in the fire attack at this time along with firefighters from fire agencies across California. More than 2,000 homes have been evacuated and over 600 people have registered at evacuation centers.



Update: 5pm 10-13-08

Firefighters are trying to hold the fire at Lake Manor. It has not gotten to Box Canyon and if they can hold at Lake Manor, Oak Park and Bell Canyon should do okay. They are expecting gusts up to 70mph after 11pm tonight.

Sesnon Fire Hotline: 800-439-2909
Containment: not availble
Acres: 5000 acres at this time
Structures are threaten in North of 118 Fwy at De Soto.
Evacuations for Residents in:

Box Canyon
Bell Canyon
Woolsey Canyon
Lake Manor
Dayton Canyon
Brown Canyon
Twin Lakes area
West of Valley Circle


As of 2pm on October 13, 2008:

The smoke in the skies over Westlake Village is blowing from a Heavy Brush Fire at Brows Canyon and Oat Mountain Way, near Porter Ranch at the North end of the San Fernando Valley.

Containment: not available
Acres: 2000 acres at this time
Structures are threaten in North of 118 Fwy at De Soto.
Evacuations: Residents in Twin Lakes and Indian Hills.
Closures: Tampa at Stearns and 118 Fwy from 405 to Ventura County.

According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District:

"All individuals are urged to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities in any area directly impacted by smoke or windblown dust. This includes areas where residents can smell smoke or see smoke or dust.

In areas directly impacted by smoke or windblown dust: Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Keep your windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot inside. In these cases, seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside."

The big news of the day

If someone asked you "What was the big news item of Friday, October 3rd, 2008?" you might say: Congress passed the $700 billion rescue package, or that a jury found O.J. Simpson guilty of all 12 counts in his Las Vegas armed robbery/kidnapping trial.

But, you'd be wrong.

The big news of the day is that for the first time in at least 12 years, Agoura High School beat Westlake High tonight in football. The game was played at Agoura, with a final score of 23 to 22.

Hay Fever Teen Extravaganza

This Friday, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and the City of Calabasas join together to present "Hay Fever Teen Extravaganza". The cost is $12 per person for ages 11 to 15.

The event includes:
- Skate Park
- Henna Tattoos
- Video games
- Shave It saved ice
- Karaoke
- Giant Obstacle course
- Roaming Magician
- Custom t-shirt printing by Tradition
- DJ
- Food for sale (nominal fee)
- Raffle for Gaming System

Friday, October 3rd, 7pm-10pm
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
27040 Malibu Hills Road

Shuttle Service available: