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Founders Interview

In March of 2014, City Manager Ray Taylor sat down with the City's first Mayor John McDonough and first City Manager Jim Emmons.  The entire forty minute interview was taped and can be downloaded below. 

Watch the video here

City History Books

The City has assisted in the publishing of two Westlake Village history books.  Both of these books can be purchased at City Hall.

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The City of Westlake Village: A History
 written by former City Councilmember James B. Henderson.
Published in 2002, Mr. Henderson's book provides a detailed look into efforts to incorporate the City in 1981 and a year by year chronicle of City progress from 1981 - 2001.
Cost $25 

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Westlake Village: A City in the Country
written by City Historian Ray Prouty
Published in 2013, this softcover book provides in depth background on the general community inlcuding early settlers, geology, wildlife, and wildflowers.
Cost $20

A digital version of Mr. Prouty's book can be viewed here.

The books are a perfect gift set for the holiday season, coffee table reading, and history enthusiasts.


Both book can be purchased together for $40.  

City Archives

The City is undertaking the process of scanning and digitizing its historical archives. The historical archives begin halfway down the page under the letter "H".  These archives are free and open to the public for research, inquiries, and entertainment purposes. 

To browse through articles, pictures, and other documents concerning the City and community please click here.