TOPANGA TOWN COUNCIL'S MARCH BOARD MEETING DISCUSSES CURRENT TRAFFIC CONCERNS
TRAFFIC MEETING SUMMARY
The Town Council (with the assistance of the Supervisor’s Office) invited to the meeting, a panel of people who have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience on Topanga’s traffic issues. The meeting consisted of traffic experts and government representatives; including County representatives from the 3rd District Supervisor, Senator Fran Pavley, CHP, Sheriff's Dept, Caltrans, and DPW.
Prior to the meeting, the Council had asked each of the panelists to design their reports based on many questions and concerns the Town Council volunteers had collected over the past several weeks from resident phone calls, emails and social media posts. The panel responded to those questions and comments by giving details about TCB traffic collisions, road improvements, traffic enforcement, and data on commuter traffic. Some of this information has already been posted on OneTopanga.com > Civic News > Traffic.
The Council asked Susan Nissman, one of the Senior Field Deputies for Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to give a brief accounting of Hwy 27’s recent traffic history, including traffic issues and the solutions that became realized. This information is important as it gives us all, particularly those new to the canyon, a better understanding of how traffic challenges are analyzed, under whose jurisdiction it falls, what has been done, the success stories, and the process of finding solutions that address the community’s current needs and desires. The Council will soon be uploading results of this meeting on OneTopanga.com.
Additional questions were submitted at the meeting, most of which were answered in the reports and during the Q&A. Any un-answered questions, due to the 2-hour time constraint, were discussed after the meeting with some of the panelist. The few remaining questions are being forwarded to the appropriate traffic expert or Government representative for answers and possible solutions. These will be posted online as we receive them, so please check back often. Please READ MORE . . .
COME TO SEE TOPANGA ELEMENTARY'S SCHOOL PLAY!
The Topanga Elementary kids and volunteers have been working hard at rehearsals for months and this year’s school play - Aladdin is sure to be amazing. Performances are March 13, Friday 7:00 pm; March 14, Saturday 2:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm and March 15, Sunday 2:00 pm matinee at Class Act Theatre in Woodland Hills. Tickets are now available online. Please go to the following link to purchase your tickets https://www.ticketriver.com/event/14783. The play sells out every year so get your tickets soon!
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.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPT. OF PUBLIC WORKS MEETING ON WATER QUALITY
Meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 10th from 6p to 8p at Topanga Library
LA County Public Works has a draft environmental report for Enhanced Watershed Management Programs being developed to support the improvement of water quality throughout Los Angeles County. The draft environmental report, developed by LA County Public Works on behalf of the LA County Flood Control District, studies the regional, cumulative effects of various proposed projects and outlines the goals and policies that may be adopted in the future by watershed managers throughout the LA Basin.
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.
MAKE THE ACCESS CARD PART OF YOUR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM. BUY YOUR 2015 ACCESS CARD NOW!
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.
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
Dear Friends of Anam Cara,
As work crews begin to complete the final phase of remodeling, it is time to begin preparing for what we all have been awaiting, the opening of Gabriel's House at Anam Cara to serve individuals and their loved ones confronting life limiting illness. Please join us on February 15, 2015 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm for Sounds of Hope at Anam Cara, a pre-open house concert benefiting Gabriel's House when Congressman Ted Lieu will receive the Inaugural Anam Cara Public Service Award, presented by television, film and stage actor Barry Bostwick. Refreshments and wine will be served, and musician Billy Joseph will provide entertainment.
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