March 31, 2015

Tuna Canyon Fire Knocked Out in Six Hours

 Once again, 69Bravo provided critical support to the firefighters and camp crews on the ground who responded to a fire in Tuna Canyon. On Friday, March 13, around 11 a.m., smoke was reported three miles north of Pacific Coast Highway between Big Rock and Tuna Canyon in an area surrounded by heavy vegetation and steep terrain. According to the L.A. County Fire Department (LACOFD) incident report, Topanga Engine 69 was assigned … [Read More...]

Topanga Town Council Addresses Resident’s Concerns about Traffic

 By Flavia Potenza How many of you have never taken your eyes off the road? Traffic control and safety on the Boulevard rests in the hands of drivers. Local traffic issues and concerns regarding State Route 27 (Topanga Canyon Boulevard) was the sole topic on the agenda at the Topanga CanyonTown Council (TCTC) meeting on Thursday, March 12, at the Topanga Library. Approximately 50 people attended who had prev… [Read More...]

Pat’s Grill Closing Tribute

 After 21 Years, Pat's Topanga Grill is closing. The Topanga Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Tribute of Appreciation for Pat and Kathi Burke, proprietors of Pat's Grill, for their years of service toTopanga. Organized by Gail McDonald-Tune, the event will be hosted by Sally and Allan Young, at their home, Blackberry Creek Farm at Kelly Gulch, on March 29, beginning at 3 p.m. There will be a Topanga-style musical send-off courtesy of Renee and Mark… [Read More...]

For the Love of Lupine

 Truly one of the most beautiful flowers blooming in Topanga’s lush early spring is Lupine. Part of the legume (pea) family, this perennial gets its name from Lupus or wolf because Lupine’s tall spire of flowers resembles a wolf’s bushy tail. It was also once thought to “wolf up” all the mineral content from the soil but that has since been disproved. No matter what it’s called or how it came to be, the hills are alive with this b… [Read More...]

RCD Celebrates New Headquarters

 After eight years at the Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills, the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) has relocated its headquarters to Topanga where it has consolidated its educational, scientific and administrative operations with space for a laboratory and storage for equipment maintenance. "We are grateful to the National Park Service for the many years of hosting the RCD at Peter Str… [Read More...]

For the Record

 FIRST ASIAN JUDGE—There was a misstatement in the article about Rep. Ted Lieu (see Ted Lieu—Congressman Today, President Tomorrow, Messenger, Vol. 39, No. 5, March 12, 2015). Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen is a Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Nguyen is the first and currently the only Asian- American woman on the federal Court of Appeals. Martha Graham, Teacher—Regarding the photo capt… [Read More...]

Topanga Library Launches Space-Themed Series in April

 “Discovery” will be the watchword at the Topanga Library this April as the Library presents a series of events dedicated to space exploration, literary and otherwise, made possible by the Friends of the Topanga Library (FOTL) and a grant from the County Library Foundation. The series, titled “Topanga to the Stars,” will feature lectures, movie screenings, science programs, an art exhibit and a stargazing party. A tot… [Read More...]

Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel Writers, April 1

 Have you written a science fiction or fantasy novel, or even snippets of one on scrap paper? Maybe you’re daydreaming a lot, while binge-watching “Star Trek” reruns. You tell yourself it’s in honor of our recently departed Spock, but deep down you’re also mining those fantastical story lines for ideas. In the wilds of your imagination, you have created characters—Terraquans—who go soul swimming in the eyes of their fellow be… [Read More...]

Robert Scheer in Topanga, April 3

 The Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains presents Robert Scheer, prize-winning author and activist, who will discuss and sign his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.” A Q & A session follows the presentation at the Topanga Community House, April 3. Doors open at 6 p.m. for an informal potluck. Please bring finge… [Read More...]

The Passover Seder Plate, April 3-4

 MITZVOT OF THE EVENING 1. Eat Matzah 2. Eat Maror (Horseradish) 3. Tell the Story (Haggadah) 4. Drink four cups of wine or grape juice WHAT YOU WILL NEED: • Zeroah: Roasted chicken neck • Beitza: Hardboiled egg • Maror: Romaine lettuce and horseradish • Charoset: A paste made of apples, pears, nuts and wine • Karpas: Raw onion or cooked potato • Three matzahs, wine and a festive dinner SEDER (… [Read More...]

Topanga Library Events, March

 Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m.—Block Party. Join us for a monthly block building party! Each month will feature a new theme to inspire our builders. Ages 1-12. Sponsored by the Friends of the Topanga Library. Tuesday, March 31 at 4 p.m.—Puppet Show. Somebody's been stealing famous works of art from the museum and replacing them with imitations! Could it be the work of the evil Copy Cat? It's up to Art, the art hunter, and the kids in the au… [Read More...]

April is Autism Month

 Exceptional Minds Vocational School is the stand-out model that trains young adults with autism for careers in digital animation, visual effects and similar careers. They’re regular moms and dads like you and me, except…they are the parents and grandparents of the first generation of an epidemic of kids with autism. Together, these parents formed Exceptional Minds Vocational School for young adults with autism to create job opportunities for th… [Read More...]

TPA Film Night—Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, April 10

 Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today—and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the tra… [Read More...]

Mountain Lion Successfully Crosses 101 Freeway

 For only the second time since the National Park Service began studying local mountain lions in 2002, researchers have documented a successful crossing of the 101 Freeway. The young female cat, known as P-33, also became the first mountain lion among more than 35 studied to disperse out of the Santa Monica Mountains. The other big cat to accomplish this feat back in 2009, P-12, crossed in the opposite direction, from the nor… [Read More...]

Disease and Freeways Drive Genetic Change in L.A. Bobcats

 Natural selection may alter negative impacts on wildlife populations but the real solution is expanding migration areas and eliminating the use of rodenticides. A recent study documents that freeways, urbanization and a disease outbreak have led to significant genetic differentiation among bobcats in and around Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), but that natural selection is helping to reduce potent… [Read More...]