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Topanga Town Council April 17th Meeting Online Only

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UPDATE:  THE APRIL 17th MEETING WILL BE ONLINE ONLY.  EMAIL THE COUNCIL FOR THE ZOOM LINK at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This month, we are dedicating the entire Town Council meeting to the Topanga Canyon Boulevard (TCB) closure, an immense challenge currently facing our community. In deference to peoples’ transportation struggles, we are hosting this meeting on Zoom and extending it by a half hour so that more folks have a chance to participate. 

We had hoped that this closure would be nearing resolution by now, but it remains an open question. While we sincerely appreciate Caltrans’ desire to be prudent and thorough before embarking on any mitigations, we feel that the suffering that the community has endured over the past five weeks calls for an urgent and immediate response on multiple fronts.

The community needs more support and more answers, even imperfect ones, in order to be able to adapt and adjust.  To that end, the Topanga Town Council has reached out to several County, State and School officials to look for ways to mitigate residents’ challenges.  We have also sent Caltrans three key questions that we hope they can address at the next meeting.  

In terms of emergency response, we have asked our Fire Department for information on how emergency evacuation protocols have been modified to accommodate the closure of one of our main evacuation routes. We have asked them to brief residents this Wednesday on key changes. 

On the School front, we have been meeting with hardworking local parents and innovative school administrators at Palisades Charter High School and Paul Revere Middle School to see how transportation options might be improved and hybrid learning adopted for our children so that they will not be left behind.  It is clear that schools will need additional financial support for things like new bus routes and/or supplemental instructors/tutoring if this closure continues for much longer.  Our State partners will be crucial in funding such measures. 

To aid our small businesses, who are reeling from the decreased traffic, we have put our heads together with the Topanga Chamber of Commerce and the County’s Economic Development Department for ideas and assistance. Supervisor Horvath is looking to see if any of our small businesses might be eligible for business disruption grants/funding at the County level. On the federal side, we reached out to FEMA and received the disheartening news that this type of road closure would not qualify for any emergency aid for small businesses.  That leaves our State representatives, whom we hope might be able to find or establish some supportive grants to help our unique entrepreneurs hang on during this protracted crisis. After multiple years of Covid shutdowns and a federal disaster declaration last year, many of our small businesses are already suffering.

While we are a resilient community full of strong people with can-do attitudes, sometimes even we need help. Now is one of those times.  The meeting Wednesday (April 17) is an appeal to our State and County partners for any additional assistance they can provide in both supporting our struggling residents and businesses and facilitating the expedited opening of at least one lane of TCB.  

The Topanga Town Council (TTC), a 501(c)(4) non-profit, all-volunteer organization, has been proudly serving the local community for more than 45 years. Through regular monthly meetings, events and forums, the Council provides opportunities for discussion, education, connections and programs. The Council also interfaces with government officials and representatives on Topanga's behalf.

The TTC typically meets on the 2nd Wednesday of most months from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Topanga Library’s Community Room. (The TTC takes off August, September, and December.)

The Council works for Topanga residents and businesses on a host of topics and concerns, including, but not limited to:

  • Traffic, road maintenance and repairs, graffiti
  • Zoning, ordinances, government relations
  • Emergency preparedness guides and protocols, wildfire safety
  • Natural habitat preservation, scenic beauty, slope stabilization, wildlife
  • Crime prevention, homelessness, vulnerable population
  • School relationships, local organization support

Learn more about what the Council does for you.

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Here is how to contact us:
PO Box 1085, Topanga, CA  90290

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