December 1, 2015

Malibu Residents Band Together to Defeat Measure W

 ­­Grassroots activists won another victory against developers in the Santa Monica Mountains on November 3, when voters in the City of Malibu defeated Measure W. The ballot initiative was the first test of Measure R, the initiative passed by an overwhelming majority of Malibu voters in 2014 that limits chain stores and requires all commercial projects larger than 20,000 square feet be approved by voters, as well as receiv… [Read More...]

Undergrounding Project Moratorium Starts Nov. 24-Jan. 4

 Topanga will get a reprieve from the heavy construction along Topanga Canyon Boulevard at the town center beginning November 24, 2015, until January 4, 2016. The Topanga Canyon Town Council (TCTC) hosted officials from L.A. County Department of Public Works and Southern California Edison (SCE) at its monthly meeting on November 12, for a status report on the Utility Undergrounding project that has been digging up the street and backing up traffic sinc… [Read More...]

Open House Event on Reggio and RIE Methods for Parents, December 5

 Parents of infants and toddlers are invited to attend an Open House at the home of Mary Guillermin on Saturday, December 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to explore the Reggio Approach and RIE (Resource Infant Educares) method with Gianna Albano, an Early Childhood Educator, known as a Pedagogista. Albano will be explaining and demonstrating the Reggio Approach, which originated in Italy after World War II and focuses on the c… [Read More...]

November Rain Report

 The day after Halloween we were treated to a scary storm that brought thunder, lightning, hail and a quarter-inch of precipitation to Topanga in a 15-minute downpour. The .25 inches of rain brings our season total to 2.34 inches; 1.57 inches is normal for November 1. The fast-moving storm was wildly variable and only brought trace rain to downtown Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier. Woodland Hills recorded .11 inches of… [Read More...]

“Basic Black” Pet Adoptions, November 21-22

 With its mission to help save animals in the LA City Animal Shelters, the Pet Care Foundation is sponsoring a program called “Basic Black” in all six L.A. City Shelters on November 21 and 22. The program will call attention to the thousands of black cats and dogs in the shelters that are overlooked and not adopted due to superstition, prejudice and/or simply that some black animals are difficult to see in the often dimly lit shelters. A 50 percent d… [Read More...]

November Topanga Library Events

 Parent-Child Workshop—Mondays, 10-11 a.m. Get insights on parenting topics while your kids play! We'll have a different expert every week on topics like early literacy, dental health, and nutrition. Registration is required. Please contact the Library to sign up or for more information. For ages 1-3 and their adult caregivers. Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along—Mondays, 12 p.m. Make some joyful noise with our ukulele group and sing-along! Whet… [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Festival in Topanga, November 26

 The Rock Service Group presents its ninth Thanksgiving Day brunch beginning at 11 a.m., on Thursday, November 26 as a good will gesture to those in the Topanga community. The meal, held in the parking area behind the Topanga Creek Market, comes complete with all the delicious Thanksgiving standards, as well as some incredible homemade additions every year. Anyone wanting to help can come at 9 a.m., to set up tables, chairs, decorations, setting out the… [Read More...]

L.A. County and Sages Host “Smarter Seniors” Forum, December 2

 The Canyon Sages, Topanga’s organization for seniors, will host a free L.A. County “Smarter Seniors” forum at the Library Meeting Room, Wednesday, December 2, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A team of experts will speak about subjects vitally important to seniors, their families, friends and advocates and then take questions. Learn about common senior scams and how you can avoid them; how seniors can preserve their mental health; how seniors can save on property … [Read More...]

Topanga’s “Songwriter Girls” Bring Holiday Caroling to Topanga Vintage Market, November 22

 Some of the youngest musicians from the Topanga Canyon pantheon of songwriters will be singing and strumming on Sunday, November 22, at the Topanga Vintage Market at Pierce College. The “Songwriter Girls” are just that: a group of six girlfriends who have been writing and singing together since they were kids (now they’re ‘tweens.) All come from Topanga families with varied backgrounds in the arts of film… [Read More...]

Mountain Lion P-34 was Exposed to Multiple Poisons

 Lab results confirm that the mountain lion known as P-34 was exposed to multiple compounds of anticoagulant rodenticide, a form of rat poison. The sub-adult female, tracked as part of a National Park Service (NPS) study, was found by a hiker in Point Mugu State Park on September 30. “This is the latest indication that local wildlife continues to be exposed to these rodent poisons,” said Dr. Seth Riley, wildlife ecologist for Santa Monica Mountains Na… [Read More...]

A Cautionary El Niño Tale—How I Drowned My Car in “Lake Topanga”

 The next El Niño is coming. The last time this happened, we had torrential rains when six vehicles were lost at the intersection of Highvale and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, aka Lake Topanga. This is a low-lying area where various watersheds come together and when there’s enough rain, flash floods suddenly become Lake Topanga. It’s a temporary lake, but for a few hours on March 21, 2011, we had between two to four feet of water on … [Read More...]

Mini Messenger: A Message From Principal Steve Gediman

 It’s my second year as Principal of Topanga Elementary Charter School and we are fortunate to collaborate with the Topanga Messenger. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to practice their writing skills in a real life situation. I am so pleased that the Topanga Messenger has continued with our very fruitful partnership. They will have their work printed in a veritable newspaper and they will have th… [Read More...]

TPA Film Night, Flush the TPP, December 4

 The Topanga Peace Alliance (TPA) presents a special night of video shorts, education and actions to take to stop the 
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Friday, December 4, at the Topanga Library with a snack potluck at 7:15, screening at 7:30 p.m. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive, controversial "free trade" agreement currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by officials from the United State… [Read More...]