July 6, 2015

Support for Rim of the Valley National Park Expansion

 Agoura Hills and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors are leading the way regarding the Rim of the Valley Corridor legislation, an area that, as defined by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), includes the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo Valleys in California.” Earlier this month, Agoura Hills, Gateway City to the Santa Monica Mountains, voted unanimously to support Rim of the Valley Cor… [Read More...]

Tesoro Gas Station Opening at Topanga and PCH

 If all goes well, by this fall, Topangans will be able to buy gasoline and Slurpees ® at a brand new Tesoro gas station at the corner of PCH and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. According to Ralph Cristerna, superintendent on the job with R D Builders in Anaheim, after about 15 years, the old Thrifty gas station is being remodeled with new underground tanks, six pumps and a food store. “We are doing all the grading and buildin… [Read More...]

Summer Beach Bus is Back!

 The Department of Public Works (DPW) has begun its Summer Beach Bus service from the Valley to the mountains to the ocean at Santa Monica Pier and back. Passengers may ride the bus through Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Reservations are not required for Topanga. People with disabilities may call (626) 458-3909 for special accommodations or with questions regarding the service. Please call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday thr… [Read More...]

July Topanga Library Events

 Knitting Group—Every Friday 10 a.m. Join Karen Dannenbaum for a free knitting group sponsored by the Canyon Sages. Come work on a knitting project, chat, and get advice if you're stuck. Board Game Day—Wednesday, July 1, 3 p.m. Come and play board games with your friends and family! The Library will provide games but feel free to bring your own. Open to all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Topanga Library. Teen Art Activity—Wind C… [Read More...]

For the Record

 In our extensive coverage of Topanga Days events (see “Floating Along…Topanga Memorial Day Parade,” Messenger, Vol. 39, No. 11, June 4, 2015), we got the name of Rick Jones’ (aka “The Trainman”) railroad club wrong. The correct name is Topanga Mountain Lines Railroad Club and Rick, who has amazing model railroad villages set up, indoors and outside, at his home, invites any and all model railroad afficianados, Boy Scouts, Girl Sco… [Read More...]

Off-Road Trucking

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Malibu Lagoon Report Shows Success

 Former ‘Dead Zone’ is now a healthier system bringing a wetland back to life. The Bay Foundation has just released the “Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Comprehensive Monitoring Report (Year 2)”, the first report to fully compare and evaluate pre-restoration conditions to two years of post-restoration conditions. The project is a potential test case for giving life back to a local wetland. Based on the first two years of a fiv… [Read More...]

“Topagna, Topango, Topanga”

 The headline is not a typo! Learn why at the next Topanga Historical Society pot-luck meeting, Wednesday, July 15, 7 p.m., at the Community Club. You will get to meet your neighbors, your very early neighbors. Who came to Topanga? When? Where? What was life like in the very early days of our bucolic, but occasionally disaster prone, canyon? Eric Dugdale, current president of the Palisades Historical Society, will present an informative and impactful … [Read More...]

Lieu Statement On Santa Barbara Oil Spill

 Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D, Los Angeles) released a statement following the news that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has found a match between one sample from the Refugio/Santa Barbara oil spill and a tar ball found at Manhattan Beach/South Bay. “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that oil washing up on South Bay beaches last month was the result of the Refugio/Santa Barbara oil spill. This news underscores ho… [Read More...]

Local Couple to Open Goorus Yoga at former YogaWorks in the Palisades

 PACIFIC PALISADES, CA —Starting June 22, Goorus Yoga will begin offering regular yoga classes at 15327 Sunset Boulevard, site of the former YogaWorks studio. “Goorus Yoga is the only dedicated yoga studio in Pacific Palisades,” said John Lightfoot, co-owner of the venture with his wife, Gretchen. “It will be a community oasis providing a transformational approach while honoring a diversity of practices. Our program is based on the belief that yoga … [Read More...]

Manzanita School Provides Turtle Sanctuary—Sign Up to Help

 Many of you have touched base to see how our turtles are faring with the drought. Sadly, we have had continued mortality, with another six individuals preyed upon in just the last month when they were attacked in small pools with little water. This brings our total since August 2015 to more than 35 individuals, which represents almost 10 percent of the 300 individuals tagged in this sub drainage. Thanks to support from Manzanit… [Read More...]

Rare Frogs Survive First Year in New Home

 At least a handful of rare frogs have survived their first year in the Santa Monica Mountains, part of the first-ever effort to expand the range of California red-legged frogs in Southern California. Because frogs have permeable skin that easily absorbs contaminants, they are considered an indicator species that provides important information about habitat health. Nationwide, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has documented precipitous declines among … [Read More...]

Governor Approves Sen. Pavley’s Boost for Low-Emission Cars

 SACRAMENTO—California motorists have a new incentive for buying low-emission, plug-in hybrid cars. Gov. Jerry Brown on June 24 signed into law Assembly Bill 95. The legislation, first conceived by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), expands to 85,000 from a current 70,000 the number of vehicles eligible to carry a so-called green sticker. The sticker allows drivers of such low-polluting cars to use carpool or “HOV” lanes, even if they carry no passenger… [Read More...]

Free CERT Training in Topanga, August 1, 8, 15, 22

 When emergency help is not moments away, CERT training is what you need. In an emergency, wouldn’t you love it if your neighbor knew first aid and CPR? Or knew how to safely remove an injured person from a damaged structure? That person can—and should—be you. The Topanga CERT Team, supported by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments, is proud to present CERT training for the public, free of charge. The full course will be presented on f… [Read More...]

Canine Corner: Shelter Shock

 Dog rescue is not for sissies. It is certainly one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, but it is also one of the hardest. I wouldn't even call myself "a dog person." I actually prefer cats when it comes to pets. But I would say I am an animal lover and my heart goes out to the plight of shelter dogs more than any other creature on this earth. It isn't as if we can neuter or spay them and release them all ba… [Read More...]

Four California Theme Parks Join Forces at ScareLA, August 8-9

 Summer Halloween Con unites Creative Masterminds Behind Popular West Coast Scare Attractions. Following last year’s wildly successful “Making Monsters” stage panel, ScareLA, the first West Coast Halloween convention, is excited to announce its sequel presentation, “Making Monsters: The Art of Terror,” August 8, 1:30 p.m., at the Pasadena Convention Center. Hosted by Rick West, Programming Producer for ScareLA and Founder and Editor of Theme Pa… [Read More...]