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Westlake Village became the 82nd City in the County of Los Angeles as a result of an overwhelming vote on December 11, 1981. Westlake Village is a unique, master-planned community, located in Los Angeles County and bordering the City of Thousand Oaks and Ventura County to the east. Development of the lakeside community began in 1966 by the American Hawaiian Steamship Company. With a total land area of 5.4 square miles, the community supports a population of 8,378. Within the City limits are approximately 850 commercial and light industrial business firms. The City encompasses twenty individual neighborhoods, with active homeowners' associations to promote and maintain high quality architectural standards. An array of housing types match virtually every lifestyle, including:
- Lakefront residences
- Mobile homes
- View-oriented estates
The City of Westlake Village is a general law municipality, operating on a contract basis in which many of the day-to-day services of local government are provided by public and private agencies. The residents of Westlake Village elect a five-member City Council to oversee the City operations and to guide the future development of the community. Councilmembers are elected at large to serve a four-year term. Each year the Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. The City Council appoints a City Manager to supervise all administrative, personnel, and contract services.
The Westlake Village City Council is committed to the ideal of a quality community and seeks the input of community residents to maintain this objective. The City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. All City Council meetings are broadcast live on WVTV Channel 10 and web-streamed on the City website, accompanied by a replay schedule each week.