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It is hard to believe that it has been six months since the pandemic affected our city, county, and state. Back in March, I don’t think many of us thought we would still be facing this crisis. Nearly every aspect of our community’s life has changed, from schools and events to business limitations and closures. Everyone has been touched in one way or another.
Thanks to our residents’ commitment to limit the spread of the coronavirus by adhering to the Public Health Officer Orders, we are fortunate here in Westlake Village that our COVID-19 case rate has remained relatively low in comparison to other local cities. That being said, our COVID-19 numbers have increased over the last few months, with the most recent County Health report listing 28 reported cases in our city, but fortunately, no deaths.
We are cautiously optimistic, however. Recent reported numbers show a decline in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths both in Los Angeles County and in our neighboring Ventura County. To continue this trend, please continue wearing a mask in public, practicing physical distancing and good hygiene, and very importantly, not gathering with anyone not living in your household.
Here in the City of Westlake Village, we recently launched a new outreach campaign, “One Small Ask: Please Wear a Mask,” to encourage everyone to wear their masks. You are likely to see this message in the community and on social media. We hope that you take this proven method of slowing the spread of COVID-19 to heart and do your part.
There are other important issues happening in Westlake Village. First, it is Census time! It is critically important that you fill out the 2020 Census for all family members living in your household. It is quick and simple to do this at 2020census.gov. Census data shapes many aspects of our community, including what federal funds our city may receive.
The good news is that Westlake Village is in FIRST PLACE in the County’s Third District Census City Showdown, with 79% of residents responding. Agoura Hills is right behind us, so don’t let them beat us! Let’s do this and get to 100%!
This month, August 2020, is also the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in federal elections, after 75 years of advocacy by the Women’s Suffragette Movement. Without passage of the 19th Amendment, I would not be serving as your mayor today. Despite the importance of the passage of the 19th Amendment, it is important to remember that it did not give every American woman the right to vote. Native Americans could not vote in every state until 1948 and African American women were often prevented from voting until passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1965.
Voting is our fundamental duty as citizens. The best way to celebrate and honor the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and our foremothers is to vote in each election, federal, state, and municipal. You can find voter information at LAVote.net.
Thank you to all our residents for wearing your masks, social distancing and limiting your contact with others. Thanks to all our businesses for abiding by the LA County Health orders, adapting to the many changes you have faced and keeping your customers safe. Remember to Shop Conejo and support these local businesses! By working in partnership with each other, we can prevent the spread of the virus and help our businesses, schools, and community return to more normal operations as soon as safely possible.
And don’t forget that the City of Westlake Village has created a dedicated COVID-19 website with up-to-date information, including resources for businesses. We encourage you to check it out at ReadyWLV.org.
Thank you everyone! We love Westlake Village!