Learn 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.
CALTRANS SAFETY ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
Begins August 6, 2015 through August 10, 2015*
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will have intermittent closures on SR-27 as part of a safety enhancement project on SR-27 from Mulholland Drive to Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1). Crews will install new reflectors or Botts’ dots, re-stripe lanes, and grind a narrow groove along the stripe line to enhance safety along the highway.
There will be intermittent closures on the following days on SR-27:
Thursday, August 6 – 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Friday, August 7 – 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Saturday, August 8 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Sunday, August 9 – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.*
Monday, August 10 - 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.*
*If necessary, Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes. Flaggers will be in place. The California Highway Patrol will be on duty. Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.
Topanga's Turtles are feeling the heat and need your help.
by Rosi Dagit, RCDSMM
As the temperatures continue to hover over 90oF, our local native western pond turtle neighbors are searching for refuge. This summer marks the fourth year in a row that the main turtle pond has been dry, and the small refugia pools are dropping fast. Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, last fall we were able to hand carry 200 gallons of water per week almost half a mile to keep the refugia pools going, but they were already low again by May 2015. Since August 2014, we have found over 50 dead turtles. This is a very large percentage of the 350 individuals we have tagged since 2002. Most appear to have died of starvation, as they can only feed when in the water. We need your help! Please read on to hear more about the turtle's plight and to see some incredible photos.
To donate volunteer time, supplies or a temporary pond location, call Rosi at 818-597-8630, or send a tax deductible donation to: RCDSMM, 540 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. Be sure to note it is for the Turtle Fund. Thankyou!
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.
2015 TOPANGA RESIDENT ACCESS CARD HOLDERS
Get special gate admission price when you flash your 2015 Access Card!
It's always fun to experience the Topanga Film Festival, but it now offers another exciting feature . . . so to speak! By flashing your 2015 Topanga Resident Access Card at the festival, you can receive $5.00 off your ticket with you purchase at the gate. This is part of the Topanga Town Council's effort to encourage Topangans to shop and recreate locally, to promote nonprofit causes and to help boost the Topanga economy.
BEAT THE DROUGHT! Learn ways to save water and repurpose water on your own property
Come to a special workshop hosted by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the Topanga Town Council and the Topanga Canyon Watershed Committee on water conservation ideas and workable greywater systems. Learn ways to add years of life to your septic by conserving water and finding greyline solutions that work best for you. Learn which systems are to be done with a permit and those that don't require one. Talk to the experts from the Greywater Action Group, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and Public Health. Seating is limited, so come early!
DATE: Wednesday, July 22nd
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Road
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.
Oxnard Sex Offender Arrested While Burglarizing Cars at Malibu Beach
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s – Malibu/Lost Hills Station wants to warn area residents about recent car burlaries.
On Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm, a concerned area resident called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station describing suspicious activity. The caller said that he was watching a man who was attempting to open different cars parked along Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Highway, near Leo Carrillo State Beach in the unincorporated Los Angeles County area. From a distance, the witness provided the description of the man and a Silver, 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer belonging to the suspect. Deputy Sheriff’s assigned to the Malibu area, assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Summer Beach Team quickly responded to the area and located the suspect.
UNDERGROUND UTILITY PROJECT - UPDATED INFORMATION
Project Website - click here.
Road work on TCB to begin at or on July 6th, 2015.
There will be no road closures, but only temporary single lane closures and access to businesses will be available during construction. North and southbound traffic will alternate during single lane closures.
Construction will be limited to the hours of 9am to 3pm, Monday thru Friday to minimize impacts to nearby schools.
Some activities that have taken place over the last couple of months are:
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. 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.