CAL Office of Emergency Services offers helpful information and links to help you secure lost paperwork
Not only are homes damaged by severe storms, earthquakes, fire, floods, landslides and mudslides, but many survivors also loose valuable personal documents. The documents include everything from Social Security cards to driver licenses to credit cards. Read an article by Shawn Boyd of CAL OES Newsroom. . .
Arson Watch Now Accepting Volunteer Applications
If you have lived in Topanga for 20 years you have lived here a long time. However, you have not lived here long enough to remember the fire of November 1993. That fire burned for 10 days from the top of Old Topanga Canyon to the coast in Malibu destroying over 300 homes, scorching thousands of acres, and taking the lives of three people. As you read about wild fires throughout California and the west you may think we are safe and well protected . . .
See the video on how Los Angeles County Fire Fighters battle Topanga's fires by air from 69Bravo.
You won't want to miss seeing this incredible video about 69Bravo's helipads showing how fighting Topanga fires from the air has saved our canyon from extensive fire destruction.
In this video, LA County Fire talks about the recent Topanga Sky Fire by saying, "They estimated that if the helipads (at 69Bravo) had not been there, and the water 'pumpkins' especially, the fire would have gone all the way from Topanga to the Pacific Ocean within two hours." Watch the video to learn more about 69Bravo and how it is one of the most important fire fighting assets for Topanga and Malibu. Click here to see this amazing video.
Serving Topanga, Serving the Community
Many years ago two Topanga businesswomen had a good idea. "Serving Topanga" was launched. This crisp colorful brochure has been coming to just about everyone in our community, quarterly, since then. Both Joanna Gunst and Jenise Blanc-Chance are very involved in Topanga as they are with environmental concerns. They are proud that Serving Topanga is printed on recycled paper with soy ink, which sacrifices nothing in beauty and clarity. As a service to the community they give away one advertising space to a different local non-profit in each issue.
HOW TO RECEIVE 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. 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. Here's a Step-by-step guide on setting up Twitter and T-CEP push notifications: http://fb.me/4uc60lXez
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.
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
Just pennies a day, for a year of community fun!
Since 1949, the Topanga Community Club has served generations of Topangans. The TCC does not receive any local or federal tax income like many other community houses in our area. We depend 100% on the generosity of our members to keep our lights on and doors open. The Club encourages each canyon resident to become a member on one of our many membership levels, starting at just $35 per year. Join or renew to be part of this unique hub of the canyon!
LA COUNTY'S – 'THE WORKS' MOBILE AP
Are you tired of seeing vehicles illegally parked on front lawns in your neighborhood? Frustrated by graffiti on public buildings, in local parks and at other landmarks? The County of Los Angeles has a solution for you. The Department of Public Works launched an update to ‘The Works’ iPhone app to provide more solutions and expand functionality to three other County departments.
Talk to Tanya for All Your Real Estate Needs
Tanya Starcevich is Ranked top 10% of agents Keller Williams Palisades Malibu Topanga Santa Monica and a Premier Agent/Local Expert on Zillow.com. She helps buyers and sellers with all their real estate and relocation needs. A creative marketing strategist and a savvy negotiator, Tanya is a dedicated and energetic Realtor with a healthy competitive attitude and a thorough knowledge of the market.
For thirty years, realtor Chryssa Lightheart and her family have lived in Topanga. She is married to retired firefighter, Curtis Caddell, and has two sons, Loren and Devon. Twenty of those years in Topanga, she has spent in real estate as the top individual salesperson in the area receiving the Outstanding Salesperson Award. She is well known for her energy and enthusiasm. One of her famous lines is, “When the world isn’t working, real estate agents are still working”. Chryssa is, indeed one of the hardest, working women in Topanga.
Are You Poisoning Wildlife?
Rodent Control and our Environment
Each day our wildlife is in danger of being poisoned by homeowners, local businesses, and professional exterminators. The poison comes from common household pesticides, the most dangerous of which are called “Anticoagulant Rodenticides.” This type of poison is easily purchased and commonly used to kill rodents.
These poisons target rats, mice, gophers and squirrels, but are also responsible for the indiscriminate deaths of hawks, owls, bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions each year. Domestic animals like dogs and cats are especially vulnerable to these poisons.
Poison-Free Malibu, the Topanga Wild-life Youth Project (TWYP) and the To-panga Creek Watershed Committee are all helping to spread the anti-poison message. Special thanks to Kian and Joel Schulman, Malibu City, and the children and parents of the TWYP, who thank you for helping our wildlife thrive!
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With the recent fires in our area, be sure to review your Topanga Survival Guide. This Guide was designed for Topanga by Topangans and their local government to help keep our canyon safe. If you don't have a copy, you can download it online.