TOPANGA TOWN COUNCIL'S APRIL BOARD MEETING CONTINUES TO ADDRESS CURRENT TRAFFIC CONCERNS
The Town Council invites those interested in traffic related concerns regarding Hwy 27 to come to the Town Council Board Meeting on Thursday, April 9th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Topanga Library's community room. Representatives from CHP and Caltrans will be at the meeting to take resident questions. A handout with responses to prior questions will be given out at the meeting. These responses were collected by the Town Council from a panel of traffic experts and government representatives, including County representatives from the 3rd District Supervisor, Senator Fran Pavley, CHP, Sheriff's Dept, Caltrans, and DPW; and include responses to questions and concerns collected over the past month or so from resident phone calls, emails, social media posts and the March TTC Board meeting. This information is on OneTopanga.com > Civic News > Traffic. Be sure to check back often to see the updated responses.
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MAKE THE ACCESS CARD PART OF YOUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM. BUY YOUR 2015 ACCESS CARD NOW!
The recent brush fires in Topanga Canyon is a reminder for all Topangans to update their emergency go-kits. Please include the Topanga Resident Access Card as part of your kit.
When evacuation orders are given, Los Angeles County will instruct residents via their Zone when and how to evacuate the canyon. The Access Card will help you to remember your Zone number and will expedite re-entry into the canyon when the officers deem it safe to return.
Do you know your Topanga Zone number? Click here to locate it on the Zone Map
The Topanga Town Council is proud to present the 2015 Topanga Resident Access Card. This year’s 2015 Access Card honors Topanga’s amazing park volunteers, the Topanga Canyon Docents; and their organization symbol, the red tail hawk.
All monies made from the sale of the Access Card is what funds all the many programs of the Topanga Town Council, including our community website, OneTopanga.com. The cards are $12 per person.
HOW TO RECEIVED EMERGENCY UPDATES FROM T-CEP AND MORE THAN 35 OTHER SELECTED ACCOUNTS
by Scott Ferguson
Set up your Twitter preferences to receive push notifications from T-CEP on your mobile device. You'll get real time updates on incidents texted to your phone in seconds. In a fast moving fire emergency, Twitter will be your best place to stay informed because you won't miss any Tweets. Facebook may not display every T-CEP post to you (unless you've enabled the Notifications feature).
TopangaCERT is another local social resource you should have on your mobile devices. CERT is more active on reporting traffic issues, although T-CEP will often report major traffic problems that affect a broad area.
Keep in mind we are all volunteers, so never rely solely on T-CEP for emergency information. We do our best to be there when the bad stuff happens but it's not our full-time gig, sooo...no guarantees expressed or implied, know what I mean? Always have multiple ways to get information to cover your disaster bases. Take the time to prepare a Family Emergency Plan and evacuation plan, and practice your plans when all is quiet.
The West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) announced today that it has increased the current Turf Removal Incentive from $2 to $3 per square foot within its service area thanks to a grant from the California Department of Water Resources and funding from the Metropolitan Water District. This limited time offer allows West Basin residents to replace their high water use lawns with efficient California Friendly plants and landscapes. This incentive will help in mitigating the impacts of this and future droughts.
To find out more on how to qualify visit: www.socalwatersmart.com or call 888.376.3314
TOPANGA WELCOMES NEW COUNTY SUPERVISOR, SHEILA KUEHL
Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, representing Los Angeles County’s Third District, was elected on November 4, 2014 and assumed office on December 1.
She previously served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. She is the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and, in 2012, was Regents’ Professor in Public Policy at UCLA.
3RD DISTRICT GETS NEW SENIOR FIELD DEPUTY FOR THE WEST-VALLEY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES
Timothy Lippman represents Supervisor Sheila Kuehl in the cities and communities of the west San Fernando Valley and the unincorporated communities of the Santa Monica Mountains within the Third District. Timothy comes to the County of Los Angeles with a long career in public service most recently as senior staff to then- Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi, Julia Brownley and Fran Pavley. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles in 2001 he was a Legislative Aide in the State Capitol.
INFORMATION ON UNDERGROUND UTILITY PROJECT - To begin in February
Project Updates - click here.
The Topanga UUD project will remove the potential 'fire' hazards caused by downed power-lines and improve the area aesthetics by undergrounding the overhead utility lines. The project is located on Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Cuesta Cala Road and approximately 300 feet north of the Verizon building and Old Topanga Canyon Road between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Riding Lane in the unincorporated County of Los Angeles area of Topanga.
Stay up-to-date on the Malibu Canyon Road and Kanan Dume Road Tunnel Rehabilitation Projects
Starting in January 2015, the tunnel on Malibu Canyon Road will be closed for construction Sunday through Friday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Traffic between those hours will be detoured onto Kanan Dume Road and Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
The Bay Foundation and LADWP Launch Energy and Water Conservation Program to Engage Public
Los Angeles, CA (January 21, 2015) – As part of a Community Partnership Outreach grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), The Bay Foundation (TBF) has launched an online public survey and the first of three Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to engage the public and promote energy and water conservation. The survey asks people about their views on energy and water savings to help assess awareness and bring about positive behavior change. Also as part of the outreach, this week TBF is releasing the first PSA by professional filmmakers. The PSAs are expected to be screened through a diverse set of media outlets including online, TV, at film festivals, and in theaters.
The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station is excited to announce that miniature therapy horse “Valor” and her trainer and handler Victoria Nodiff-Netanel are now in the process of becoming the station’s newest volunteers. Valor and Victoria are part of “Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to visiting and assisting a range of people, from children suffering from extended illnesses to survivors of natural disasters and terrorism. Volunteers from the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horse Organization take these horses all over our local communities, as well as the nation, to heal hearts and bring smiles to hurting people.
PHONE SCAM IMPERSONATING LAW ENFORCEMENT – DON’T BE A VICTIM!
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s – Malibu/Lost Hills Station wants to warn area residents about phone scams impersonating law enforcement.
In an effort to protect our local residents from becoming a victim, the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station is providing this public service message about an ongoing telephone scam. With an increasing amount of fraud that reaches people across the country, phone scammers are using the threat of arrest warrants to pressure people into paying hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars.
WATCH OUR QUARTERLY PROGRAMS ONLINE!
You can now watch our quarterly programs online shortly after they are presented live. Please visit our web site at http://www.topangahistoricalsociety.org/.
The first link will take you to our video website where you will find the latest program at the top of the list. We currently have twenty videos online from various periods of our history.
"Beekeeping in Topanga" was our January 2015 program and is at the top of the list. Check it out! http://vimeo.com/117948614
Topanga's Headquarters for Animal Supplies and Special Gifts
by Lindsay Zook, owner of Topanga Seed & Feed
I have lived in Topanga for 20 years and have been in business for 10 years. My original goal in life was to become an FBI agent and 17 years ago I was on that path, I was accepted into L.A.P.D. academy and was on my way. When my uncle (a long time Topanga resident) passed away I decided I need to live life to the fullest and enjoy every day, I decided to work in a pet store. Ten years ago the opportunity came up for me to open my own shop in the canyon, and after much debate I decided I would give it a try.
(Each month, OneTopanga features a local business from its premium directory listing. We encourage you to enjoy and experience Topanga’s finest!)