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Agoura Road Bank Robbery on Friday, See Anything?

On Friday afternoon at 2:35pm, one suspect robbed the First Bank and Trust located at 2797 Agoura Road in Thousand Oaks (Ventura County side of Westlake Village). The suspect entered the bank and jumped over the counter. He proceeded to open the cash drawers and took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect exited the bank and got into a white four-door sedan that was driven by an unknown accomplice.

The suspect is described as being a black male, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and dark pants.

Beware of Scam focused on SCE Customers

This just out from the Ventura County Sheriff, but it apparently is happening throughout Southern California...

Bottom line: If you are called by someone saying that they are from Southern California Edison, be on alert. It may be a scam.

LVUSD Seeking Applicants for Curriculum Council

The Las Virgenes Unified School District is seeking applicants, who reside within the district’s attendance area, to serve on the District’s Curriculum Council. Three positions are available, each for a two-year term ending June 2015. This is a volunteer position.

Soap Box Derby/Big Sunday Donations: This weekend!

With the changes in weather already today, and even cooler weather tomorrow, the Springs Fire smoke has already subsided substantially. Ventura County Fire Department has just released a statement that they expect full containment of the fire by late Monday, but it's clear they are already starting to get the upper hand.

Soap Box Derby is tomorrow: Sunday. Be there! Bring the whole family!

Fire Update from City of Westlake Village

This announcement from the City of Westlake Village.

The Springs Fire remains entirely in Ventura County. It is putting up a great deal of smoke into Westlake Village but the City is under no threat at this time. Updated information will be posted to the City website as it becomes available.

You can also sign up for announcements and alerts directly from the City of Westlake Village at:
http://wlv.org/list.aspx

Next steps re: EPA Proposal. Who should citizens communicate to?

This morning, there are a number of questions from residents about what they should do to communicate their feelings, concerns, support or questions in regards to the proposed EPA regulations.

Volume of communication is what counts for both support and concerns, so if you have an opinion, take 2 minutes and express them. If you don't do this now, don't complain about the result later ... whatever that result is.

EPA Workshop: What happened, video available

Last night, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a forum to communicate to the public it's thoughts on the proposed new standards to cover output from LVMWD's waste treatment facility. The 2.5 hour meeting was conducted by the U.S. EPA, with some assistance from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB). Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) was allowed to present, as was Heal the Bay, Ventura County and Los Angeles County. LVMWD projects a building cost of $8150 per customer, or $78 per bill for 30 years.

Today's Reminders

There are two things today that area residents should remember.

1) Agoura High School is working with Burgerwerkz Charbroil Grill to raise money for a safe and sober Grad Nite. 15% of your total purchase (before tax) goes to Grad Nite. Burgerwerkz is new to Westlake Village and has a variety of salads, veggie burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken sandwiches. Show the flyer enclosed for the donation. 30869 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village. (Corner of Thousand Oaks Blvd. & Lindero Cyn - in the Baja Fresh Shopping Center).

Westlake Village Announces TGIF Series

WESTLAKE VILLAGE SUMMER ENTERTAINMENT SERIES CELBRATES 10 YEARS OF FAMILY FUN

The City of Westlake Village will kick off its 10th season of summer entertainment on May 31. The series begins with "Jazz Night." The multi-award winning jazz bands from both Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School will be performing. The performance starts at 7:00 pm. "The Latigo Kid Restaurant" will be on site offering family friendly dinners for sale.

Pictures from Plane Crash

Courtesy of First Neighborhood resident Duke Luper, pictures from today's plane crash.

Plane Crash on Westlake Golf Course

Around 2pm, a single engine plane crashed onto the Westlake Golf Course on Lakeview Canyon Road. Three people reportedly suffered minor injuries. The single-engine, fixed-wing Cessna made a hard landing and is damaged. Around the same time, there was a brushfire reported in Malibu Canyon off of Mulholland Highway. Fire inspectors are evaluating reports that the fire was started by debris that fell from the plane before it crashed in Westlake Village, but they do not yet know if the incidents are related.

EPA Regulations Costs Rise, Public Forum on May 1

As written previously, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new, far more stringent, water quality standards for Malibu Creek and Lagoon. This proposal directly impacts all customers of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, as well as Triunfo Sanitation District.

The water district originally projected that the new standards will cost $160 million, but with updated information, the estimate is now $307 million in capital costs -- as projected by MWH Global (waste water treatment engineers). In addition, there will be regular operating cost increases.

Fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident in Westlake Village

Synopsis

This morning, there was a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian accident. An elderly male, apparently walking in the bicycle lane was struck by the vehicle. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, and the driver was taken into custody.

See below for full text of report from LA County Sheriff.

Soap Box Derby Returns May 5th. Driver Registration Deadline This Week!

Synopsis

The seventh annual Soap Box Derby returns on Sunday, May 5th 2013 (overall event open from 10am-2pm). 2013 will be the SEVENTH annual event and this year is looking to be as great as ever with racers, activities, and more! The Triunfo YMCA/Westlake Village Soap Box Derby is very much a community event that the community makes happen. We're expecting almost 1000 people to attend, with nearly 100 kids racing, and at least 120 volunteers on race day.

New principal formally announced for Agoura High School

Synopsis

Earlier this year, Agoura High School's Principal Larry Misel announced he would be retiring. While some news previously circulated about the new hire, LVUSD this week officially announced his replacement -- Agoura resident Brian Mercer.

For the full details and announcement, and details, see below.

Conejo Las Virgenes Future Foundation: Health Expo

Synopsis

On April 13th, from 9am-1pm, at the Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center, the Conejo Las Virgenes Future Foundation is presenting a free Health Expo. The event includes exhibits, product demos, lectures, blood drive, blood pressure and BMI screenings and more. See full details below.

Music and Performing Arts Scholarships for AHS Graduating Seniors

The Westlake Village Community Foundation has just made the following announcement:

WESTLAKE VILLAGE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS

AT&T Cell service now live in Three Springs

This afternoon, AT&T took the new cell tree antenna above Three Springs live. As expected, the initial service is AT&T's version of 4G. In short order (read as over the next several weeks), customers are likely to see LTE service enabled in the next step of the installation.

Questions to EPA about new requirements costing $4200 per family

Synopsis

As you know from the Feb 14 Westlake Revelations article (http://www.westlakerevelations.com/2013/02/14/cost-new-epa-regulations-e...), the EPA has proposed new regulations that directly impact every Las Virgenes Municipal Water District customer.

Over the past couple of weeks, Westlake Revelations reached out to the EPA with a series of questions about the TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) that they are proposing, and that LVMWD estimates will cost every water district customer $4200 per family, or $41 per bill for 30 years, to implement. The questions (black), the EPA reply (maroon), and the LVMWD response/rebuttal (blue) is shown below.

What's clear from the EPA response is that they are carefully wording answers, and often not answering the direct questions. Since this is a complex topic, we've given some analysis of the answer -- but you may want to consider this section an opinion.

Those interested, may want to attend the Heal the Bay and Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission meeting on March 19 (see http://www.healthebay.org/event/state-malibu-creek-watershed-public-work...). Heal the Bay has posted a web page at http://www.healthebay.org/about-bay/current-issues/keeping-ocean-healthy... which does not address any of the issues expressed in the below questions to the EPA. Note: Heal the Bay is not an agency, but an advocate for the project -- and the workshop announcement does not include EPA nor LVMWD involvement (the two public entities most directly involved).

AT&T Wireless Coverage in Three Springs Imminent

Synopsis

For the better part of a decade, residents in Three Springs and in many places around Westlake Village have had poor cellular coverage. In the case of Three Springs, and those in neighborhoods very near Three Springs, that is about to end. AT&T Wireless is about to start serving customers from its new tree antenna that was built a few months ago. That's in addition to the T-Mobile antenna that has been serving customers for about a year.

Service is expected to start by the end of this month, and if all goes smoothly as early as next week.