August 30, 2015

The “Mansionization” of the Mountains

 Going against the General Plan and the Ridgeline Ordinance restricting ridgeline development, the Calabasas City Council approved, in a 3-2 vote, a plan to build a 10,000 square foot single-family residence on a significant ridgeline at 3121 Old Topanga Canyon Road, an undeveloped area that separates Old Topanga Canyon from Calabasas Highlands. The August 12 meeting was a continuance of a hearing on June 10 when an app… [Read More...]

Back to School at Topanga Elementary Brings Hugs and Reassurance

 It was an exciting day at Topanga Elementary Charter School as nearly 300 students began the fall semester on Tuesday, August 18. The kids ran around the playground before the morning bell as their parents stayed close by for announcements. This was especially true for the first-timers—those kids who started in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and in the two Kindergarten classes. After th… [Read More...]

CalFresh Extends Grants Program to Farmers Markets

 In response to the article regarding CalFresh and Farmers Markets (see “Farmers Markets and CalFresh Work Together,” Topanga Messenger, Vol. 39, No. 16, August 13, 2015), Julie Yee of the Public Affairs Office
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Western Region, thanked us for publishing the information and provided additional information about the Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants (FMSSG) program whereby farmers markets can apply to be authori… [Read More...]

Rep. Lieu Celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Social Security

 Congressman Ted W. Lieu issued the following statement on the 80th anniversary of Social Security: “I join with millions of Americans to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security. While poverty for seniors in this country is still an issue, Social Security has served as a reliable safety net for all seniors. More than 112,338 older Americans and people with disabilities in California’s 33rd Congressional District and 22 million nationwide rece… [Read More...]

Caltrans Conserves and Protects

 Caltrans is responsible for more than 30,000 acres of landscaping along the state highway system. During California’s fourth year of extended drought, Caltrans is using new technology to save water and balance its dual goals of reducing its water use by 50 percent while also protecting more than $1 billion in investments into the plantings along California’s highways. Public Information Officer David Richardson provides an overview of Caltrans’ efforts… [Read More...]

Town Hall Meeting, “Vaccinating Your Children,” August 29

 A special Topanga town hall meeting will be held on Saturday, August 29, at 11 a.m. at Corazón Performing Arts to discuss a bill, SB277, that Governor Brown recently signed into law mandating vaccinations for all school-age children upon penalty of being denied their right to attend public or private school. Interestingly, the new law has united Californians from all walks of life—religious, racial, socioeconomic and political—in protest. SB277 brings… [Read More...]

September Topanga Library Events

 Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along—Mondays, 12 p.m. Make some joyful noise with our ukulele group and sing-along! Whether you are a ukulele beginner, expert, or just like to listen or sing, the Topanga Ukesters welcome you to our weekly gathering led by Melanie Kareem. We have a few ukes on hand, but do bring yours if you have one. Toddler Storytime—Wednesdays,11 a.m., August 12 - September 9. Stories, rhymes, finger… [Read More...]

Reminder: PDSMM Birthday, August 29

 The Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains will hold its annual birthday party and fundraiser on Saturday, August 29. Award recipients this year are author and former state senator, Tom Hayden—Life time Achievement Award; Alan Grayson—Inside the Democratic Party Award; and Marcia Hanscom—Outside the Democratic Party Award. The Huffington Post’s Lance Simmens will emcee the proceedings. Among the special guests will be U.S. Congressman Te… [Read More...]

Mountain Lion Struck and Killed by Vehicle on Interstate 5

 A young mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 5 near Castaic early Monday, August 10. Known as P-32, he is the only male known to have dispersed out of the Santa Monica Mountains and into the more contiguous habitat areas to the north. Prior to being struck on I-5, he had managed to cross the 101 Freeway, State Route 23, Highway 118 and Highway 126. What had been a textbook case of successful dispersal all … [Read More...]

CWC “Wild Brunch” Fundraiser, September 13

 California Wildlife Center (CWC) is pulling out all the stops in preparation for this year’s “Wild Brunch” fundraiser, “Return to the Wild,” on Sunday, September 13, noon to 4 p.m. The day will be filled with culinary temptations from local restaurants and wineries, a variety of silent auction items and once-in-a-lifetime Live Auction adventures, such as a Tundra Polar Bear Adventure where you and a friend can get up close and… [Read More...]