FROM SENATOR FRAN PAVLEY
Kara Seward, District Director of my office in Calabasas, is leaving California after serving my constituents in the 27th Senate District for more than five years. Kara is returning to her home town of Indianapolis, Ind., to be closer to her family. During her time in the district, Kara and her staff helped hundreds of residents of Ventura and Los Angeles counties with concerns and problems, big and small.
She's worked closely with local, state, and federal government agencies as well as community and charitable groups. Her goal always has been to make state government programs and benefits understandable and available to the nearly one million people I represent.
TFF presents: 'Technology at Play'
by the Topanga Film Institute and Royer Studios
This year's festival focuses on how technology enhances the creative spirit of films. Festivities include live music, food and outdoor movie screenings of featured music videos, experimental short films, horror films, whildlife shorts and new energy films; along with the traditional categories of short films, dance shorts, feature narratives and documentaries. *Special ticket offer for 2015 Topanga Resident Access Cardholders
Reggae On The Mountain - July 25th & 26th
Label27 in association with the Topanga Community Club are proud to present the 6th annual Reggae on the Mountain on July 25th & 26th at the Topanga Community House located at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Developed by lovers of community, culture, music, and nature, this festival cultivates the philosophy that combing these elements makes the experience so much sweeter. Festival hours are 11:00am to 7:00pm. To visit the website and to get more information about the exciting music lineup, click here.
Special Offer to 2015 Topanga Resident Access Cardholders:
* ACCESS TOPANGA - Get 20% off one gate ticket price when you display your 2015 Access Card (one discount per person with their card). To purchase your 2015 Topanga Resident Access Card, please Click here.
Spice Up Your Summer at the Theatricum!
It's our Americana Season at the Theatricum. What could be more American than a visit to the Theatricum and its beautiful gardens to see the finest classics and classic American plays? Other 2015 season highlights include an All-American Fourth of July Barn Dance and A Waltons Weekend, uniting former cast members of the hit TV series (which also featured our founder, Will Geer). Be there when the first-ever Will Geer Humanitarian award is presented to series creator, Earl Hamner by members of the Geer family during our Waltons Weekend.
To see our summer line up here, click here. To purchase tickets to any performance, click here.
On July 4th, 1915, a new thorough fare called Topanga Highway was opened from the Ocean to Ventura Boulevard. In 1933 the highway was turned over to the state which designated it Highway 27 and re-named it Topanga Canyon Blvd. Today, more than 15,000 commuters per day traverse the boulevard.
Topanga Tidbits courtesy of the Topanga Historical Society. Get your copy of The Topanga Story today!
DOG TAILS - by Randy Neece and Joe Timko of Canyon View Ranch
Walking The Trails With Your Dog
It’s been said that Topanga Canyon is home to more dogs than people. We’re not sure if that’s true, but there’s no doubt about it, Topanga is one dog-loving community. While the vast majority of dogs are very well behaved and have responsible owners caring for them, not all dogs like to play by the rules, and some just love to stir up trouble. These four-legged mischief-makers often prompt calls to the Town Council and to Animal Care and Control with reports of a dog running loose through traffic on the boulevard with no collar or tags, or complaints about dogs leaving their calling cards around the neighborhood and along nature trails for someone else to pick up.
It's that time of year---brush clearing around your home!
Los Angeles is subject to hot weather, high winds, dryness and overgrowth, which create fire hazards when combined. It is important you brush clear your property and create a defensible space around your home to ward off potential fire disasters. Firefighters credit brush clearance with preventing a major loss of homes and other damage during the wildfire. Most brush fires start on uncleared, overgrown areas with lots of fuel (such as dead branches, tree parts and dry leaves), so brush clearance is considered a crucial barrier when flames reach developed areas. Although brush clearance inspections occur one a year, remember that maintenance is a year-round responsibilty. The LA County Fire Code requires all structure owners to comply with brush clearance requirements in an area up to 200' from structures. To help you following safe brush clearing guidelines, please read on.
Want to know ways to combat the drought and comply with the water conservation mandate? Then check out the LACWD website. It has helpful information where you can learn about the phased water conservation plan, see drought concerns for 2015, and find water conservation tips and rebate programs. On the website you can find questions and answers on the Phased Water Conservation Plan. If you would like to appeal the surcharge rate, you can do so online. You can also find a native plant list and learn about the new landscape phrase, "Xeriscape". By using water responsibly, Los Angeles County residents can make a huge difference in protecting this resource for future generations. Click here for more information on how you can save water and save money! Watch videos on: Water Supply: Rainbarrels, Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Rain Gardens: Creating Water Supply At Home and At Work.
Waterworks District 29 makes presentation at the Topanga Town Council's June 11th meeting. Iwen Tseng and Kirk Allen, from WWD29 presented information on how to survive the drought and comply with the Governor's new water conservation mandate. Residents asked questions on the particulars of the conservation plan and how it will affect them. As soon as we can collect all the data from the meeting, the Town Council will post the responses, so check back for updated information.
On the LACWD website, residents can request a personal evalution on their water use, make an appeal on the surcharges, see answers to the most common questions asked by residents and businesses. We encourage you to visit their website to learn about water conservation tips and rebates, how to file an appeal, see Q&A's, and to request an evaluation. Click here to visit LACWD.
When emergency help is NOT moments away---CERT training is what you need – SIGN UP NOW!
The Topanga CERT Team, supported by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments, is proud to present CERT training for the public, FREE of charge. The full course will be presented on four consecutive Saturdays:
August 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 9am to 4pm
Oasis Fellowship Church
269 Old Topanga Canyon Road
Ride the bus from the Valley to the Sea and Back Again - Now 7 days a week!
Public Works is pleased to provide 2015 Summer Beach Bus service from Topanga Canyon to local beaches and the valley. Passengers can board the Summer Beach Bus through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Round trip fares for Children and Adults is $1.00. Seniors and persons with disabilities are .50 cents. This service is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles.
Please download the Topanga Brochure for dates, schedule, and bus stop locations.
To ensure seating availability, make a reservation here.
For more information: http://www.ladpw.org/PDD/beach_bus/.
The Topanga Arson Watch-CERT band 'rocked and rolled' down Topanga Canyon Boulevard!
For those of you who enjoyed the Memorial Day parade along the boulevard, you got a chance to see the CERT/Arson Watch float. This joint effort float featured the CERT/Arson Watch band. GREAT rock 'n roll music kept the parade watchers moving and dancing to the tunes. Participating in this float were Jim Myers (drummer and float organizer) from Topanga Arson Watch and CERT. Mark Olson (lead guitar and vocals) participated from Calabasas Arson Watch. The other band members were from Mark's band. Merrick Davidson (CERT) drove the pick up, and other CERT members riding along as part of the float were Donna Falcon, Norm Berezowsky, Troy Felker and Beth Davis. This was a REALLY fun time. Click here to see the video!
Congratulations to Topanga Creek Bicycles for being recognized as 27th Senate District's California Small Business of the Year
On Saturday, June 6th Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) will recognize Topanga Creek Bicycles as the 27th Senate District’s California Small Business of the Year in a local ceremony. This annual designation is coordinated by the California Small Business Association and honors small businesses in legislative districts throughout California. As an industry-recognized leader, Topanga Creek Bicycles was selected by Senator Pavley for promoting recreational opportunities in the Santa Monica Mountains and encouraging bicycle safety in partnership with local law enforcement. Owner, Christopher Kelly and the employees of Topanga Creek Bicycles will be recognized by Senator Pavley and the California Small Business Association in a ceremony in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Topanga salutes Christopher for his contribution to Topanga and its borders beyond.