May 29, 2015

Chris Burden—1946-2015

 Christopher Lee “Chris” Burden, was an American artist working in performance, photography, sculpture and installation art. Burden died May 10 from melanoma at his home in Topanga Canyon. He was 69. His most well known act is perhaps the 1971 performance piece, “Shoot,” in which he was shot in his left arm by an assistant from a distance of about 16 feet (5 m) with a .22 rifle. Later, he began making complex installations, some with thousands of piec… [Read More...]

Canyon View CUP Renewal Continued

 A request for renewal of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) by Canyon View Ranch owners Randy Neece and Joe Timko, was continued by the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) until August 26, during a tense public hearing on May 13. Canyon View Ranch, a dog boarding and training facility on Will Geer Road has met opposition by neighbors complaining of uncontrolled barking dogs, increased traffic and violations of the … [Read More...]

Business Forum on Minimum Wage Increase

 The state of California has established a statewide minimum wage level that will rise to $10/hour on January 1, 2016, but authorizes local jurisdictions to increase their own minimum-wage level depending on local economic conditions and political will. In March, both L. A. City Council and L. A. Board of Supervisors commissioned studies on the impacts of raising the minimum wage. There is no County minimum wage proposal yet. On March 31, a motion b… [Read More...]

Brush Clearing Fire Safety

 Thirty percent of California brush fires are started by improper use of brush clearing equipment. Do your part to keep the Santa Monica Mountains safe! 1. NEVER use a weedwhacker, chainsaw, or lawn mower on a hot windy day and NEVER ON RED FLAG DAYS! 2. ALWAYS use a funnel when filling a gas tank and fill it on pavement. NEVER fill the tank in a grassy field. 3. NEVER put hot equipment down in vegetation. 4. ALWAYS keep a water hose and/or a FIRE… [Read More...]

April-May Topanga Rain Report

 After a mostly dry March, only .04 inches of rain tipped my gauge in April. In the 19 years that I have been keeping records, April has usually yielded 1.16 inches of rain here in Fernwood. So far, in May we have received .06 inches with more on the way by the end of this week. Our season total now stands at 10.76 inches. Normally we would’ve seen 19.55 inches by May 12. We were treated to a dramatic, albeit brief downpour… [Read More...]

Topanga Vintage Market, May 24

 Topanga Vintage Market (TVM), is celebrating its third year on Sunday, May 24. Right from the start our market included Topangans in its ranks, not just as vintage vendors, but also as "snack booths" raising money for Topanga Elementary's Enrichment Programs (TEP), as well as other non-profits. When the market became too large for the parking lot at Westfield Promenade it made a blessedly smooth transition to Pierce College, where it continues to thri… [Read More...]

Moon Over Tuna

 Rocky Stickel took this moon-set early on May 4 from his home on Colina. The moon appears to be setting behind the “round house” on Tuna.… [Read More...]

Make Your Home Less Vulnerable To Wildfire, June 2

 The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) will present its Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program at the Topanga Library on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department estimates that embers cause the ignition of 80 to 90 percent of the homes that burn in wildfires. Carried by strong winds, embers fly through the air and rain down on vulnerable homes, well in advance of flames… [Read More...]

Trippet Ranch Visitor Center Open House, June 7

 On Sunday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to an open house celebration for the new Visitor Center at Trippet Ranch in Topanga State Park. The event is being hosted by the Topanga Canyon Docents and Topanga State Park Superintendent Stephen Bylin. Formerly referred to as the Nature Center, the Visitor Center contains newly redesigned configurations of the artifacts and animal specimens collected by the Topanga Canyon Docents a… [Read More...]

Topanga CPR Class, May 30

 Learn adult and child CPR and earn a Red Cross two-year certification. Brad Davis will lead a CPR class on Saturday, May 30, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Oasis Community Church (formerly Topanga Christian Fellowship) 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road. $50 (Cash or check only). To register or for more information: urbanwilderness@earthlink.net.… [Read More...]

Rise & Shine for Topanga Days Cowboy Breakfast, May 24

 Come to the fabulous Topanga Days Cowboy Breakfast on Sunday, May 24, at 8:15 a.m. This year we celebrate the memory of Cary Gepner, the grandest cowboy of all. Put on your cowboy boots, wear your cowboy hat, enjoy the hearty and really delicious $7 breakfast and savor the joy of living in this wonderful place called Topanga. We will also be selling admission tickets for Topanga Days, so come for breakfast and stay and en… [Read More...]

Turtle Rescues: If You Care, Leave Them There

 More than a few kind-hearted Californians are unnecessarily “rescuing” western pond turtles this spring and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is imploringthe public to leave them alone. Turtles normally travel away from water during a portion of their life cycle, and a solo turtle is not necessarily a lost or distressed turtle. Spring is nesting season and many turtles are leaving their aquatic habitat and traveling upland to lay egg… [Read More...]

ESSAY: In Case of Stroke, Act F.A.S.T.

 Imagine this: you are in a bathroom stall at the movies and the woman next door teeters against the door, mumbles incoherently and finally slides to the floor. What do you do? I can tell you because that was me, and no, I wasn't drinking; I was having a stroke. I had just finished seeing a film with friends when I peeled off to go to the ladies room. One of them, Beth, a veteran nurse, caught a glimpse of my face that worried her, an… [Read More...]

Kids Day at the Los Angeles Zoo, May 30

 The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens hosts PBS SoCal Kids Day at the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring an opportunity for guests to meet and take photos with The Cat in the Hat from PBS Kids’ “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That” and Curious George, as well as live book readings, themed crafts and activities, and a kids’ dance party, all in the Zoo’s Eucalyptus Grove.  The Cat in the … [Read More...]

Thunderstorm And Lightning Safety Tips

 While thunderstorms with lightening and hail are rare in Southern California, The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) predicted heavy rainfall, chance of thunderstorms with small hail and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, gusty and erratic winds that happened here in Topanga on Thursday, May 14 into Friday, May 15. Although the event has passed, the L.A. County Office Of Emergency Management offers t… [Read More...]