July 1, 2016

“Old Fire” Aftermath Stirs up Fears and Prompts Calls for Preparation

 The Old Fire is old news as reports of the Sherpa fire in Santa Barbara filled the newswires shortly after ours was out, followed by the Fish and Reservoir conflagrations that started in Azusa and Duarte, eating up thousands of acres of tinder-dry forest during a triple-digit heat wave. Compare that to the 465 acres burned in Calabasas that never made its way over the ridgeline into Topanga, and consider this as a warm-up … [Read More...]

Supervisor Kuehl, LGBT County Leaders Call for End to Bigotry

 Reprinted with permission from “The Pride,” Los Angeles’ LGBT Newspaper (thepridela.com) Out Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl has spent a lifetime fighting bigotry, most prominently perhaps when her Dignity for All Students bill to protect LGBT youth faced a knock-down, drag-out debate in the California Assembly with anti-gay Republicans claiming it was about “special rights,” not civil rights for gays. More… [Read More...]

How Hot Was It?

 It was so hot that we set a 20 year, all-time record on Monday, June 20 — 110.5ºF!  The previous record was 108.1ºF set on August 28, 2011. Welcome to the 21st century! … [Read More...]

July Topanga Library Events

 Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along— Mondays, 12 p.m. Make some joyful noise with our ukulele group and sing-along! Beginner and  intermediate players will find a supportive environment led by Melanie Kareem and Jamie Papish. Loaner ukes available. Ages 5 and up. No meeting on July 4. Spanish Conversation Group— Thursdays, 5 p.m. Practice your Spanish with other intermediate and advanced speakers through weekly informal conversations. Adults. SRP… [Read More...]

Joshua Tree Announces Temporary Closure of 49 Palms Oasis

 Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA—Due to extremely hot and dry conditions, park management has closed 49 Palms Oasis to visitors. Hikers will be allowed approximately one-half mile on the trail before signage closes off the route into the oasis. Park wildlife ecologist, Michael Vamstad said, “While we hesitate to close a popular hiking area in the park, dwindling water sources make it necessary. Des… [Read More...]

Brush Fire at Entrado Drive Shuts Down Topanga Cyn. Blvd.

 A small brush fire broke out on June 23 around 2:10 p.m. at Entrado Drive near Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Topanga. A full response by L.A. County fire fighters knocked the blaze down and the incident was declared clear by 4:33 p.m. North and southbound traffic on The Boulevard was closed to traffic during the incident. No one was hurt and there are no reports of property damage. Engines remained on scene to monitor for … [Read More...]

Rep. Lieu Speaks Out at House Democrats’ Historic Sit-In

 On Wednesday, June 23, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in light of a sit-in by Democrats on the House Floor to demand a vote on legislation to address gun violence in America. “Having earned two marksmanship ribbons in the U.S. military, I am well aware of the lethality of guns. It is ridiculous the United States gives terrorists easy access to weapons that can kill a lot of… [Read More...]

Topanga Undergrounding Project Resumes, July 6

 After several months delay, the County Undergrounding project will resume on Wednesday, July 6. Commuters driving through on Topanga Canyon Boulevard (TCB)can expect intermittent delays on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. They will be working within TCB, from the southerly area of the Post Office to just north of Old Topanga Cyn Road, and along the bridge at TCB and Old Topanga Canyon Road. The work will consist of trenching and conduit… [Read More...]

California Incline Reconstruction Project Close to Completion

 Relief is in sight for commuters who have been finding work-around routes because of the California Incline reconstruction project that began in April 2015, and was scheduled to open before Memorial Day 2016. The official date for the concurrent opening of the California Incline bridge replacement and Idaho Pedestrian Overcrossing will now be announced in late July, according to Caltrans and the City of Santa Monica. The CA Incline, an iconic symbol … [Read More...]