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Town CouncilJust Doing Its Job
September 19, 2013 - By Flavia Potenza
The September 12 agenda for the Topanga Canyon Town Council (TCTC), facilitated by its president, Stacy Sledge, was jam-packed with news that makes headlines.
The meetings start with reports from agencies that serve the Topanga community, among them Maria Grycan, Community Services Liaison for L.A. County Fire Department; Leland Tang, CHP public information officer; Lost Hills Sheriffs Department; and Topanga Library manager Chase McMunn, who reported a satisfying uptick in library attendance.
Also attending was Topangan Tim Pershing, formerly field deputy to Sup. Zev Yaroslavsky, now field deputy to State Assemblyman Richard Bloom.
These are the people residents want to know because they know what theyre doing and what they do, day in and day out, is priceless. So are the stories they tell.
Officer Tang matter-of-factly began the August CHP traffic report that evolved into an exciting tale worth telling.
We responded to seven collisions from Mulholland Drive to the two-mile bridge that were due mainly to unsafe turns and speeding, he began.
What we are now watching very closely are incidents from the two-mile bridge to PCH along the Boulevard where there were ten collisions, five with injuries and five with property damage.
What alarms us, said Tang, is that three of those accidents were DUIs and we will be closely monitoring that.
Receiving the most complaints was the Wednesday late-night motorcycle movement along North Topanga Canyon Boulevard.
The issue was noise, said Tang, noting that there is also a safety component to the issue. We threw a lot of resources at it and devised a strategy: let the motorcycles go through the Canyon to TCB and Ventura, where we staged eight patrol cars with two officers in each and corralled the bikers there. Herding them to the office on DeSoto looked like a presidential escort.
CHP impounded two bikes and cited 20. They got the message, said Tang, pausing for the punchline. They moved to Friday.
CHP will continue to monitor the situation but a gap in funding may delay putting more boots on the ground until November. Be patient, Tang advised. It takes a lot of money, bodies and resources to do this.
Maria Grycan provided a colorful graph of LACoFD Topanga Emergency Responses during August showing 25 emergency calls including traffic collisions; one vehicle fire on South Topanga Canyon Blvd.; one trash fire on Winfield Road; and a brush fire alongside North Topanga Canyon Boulevard that was extinguished by passing motorists prior to Fire Department arrival.
They left when the fire department arrived, so we dont know who they were, Grycan said. Wed like to thank them. They put out the fire with water bottles and a blanket.
The cause of the blaze, which burned about 1/8 of an acre, was determined to be a discarded cigarette.
Following the reports, Sledge proceeded with announcements that included TCTC receiving a grant from Supv. Zev Yaroslvsky to upgrade its OneTopanga website.
Topanga PlaygroundBuild Week is October 22-27, and needs $20,000 more to meet its goal, as well as many volunteer workers and tools during Build Week. (See TCC Playground Build Week Set for Oct. 22-27, Messenger, Vol. 37, No 18, Sept. 5, 2013).
2013 Topanga Resident Access Cards are available, honoring The Nature of Wildworks and featuring its founder, Mollie Hogan, and Smoke, the gray fox, on the card.
RodenticidesThe Calabasas City Council has passed a resolution urging businesses and residents not to use anticoagulant rodenticides.
People are so aware of this issue now, said Tim Pershing. Seth Rileys program on carnivores at King Gillette Ranch attracted more than 300 people.
At the state level, he continued, the Department of Pesticide Control has changed the regulations and will phase out second-generation pesticides and rodenticides that are even more deadly. They transfer at full strength into predatorsowls, hawks, mountain lions, bobcats and family petsthat eat rodents.
The Town Council asked for a list of resources for alternative control methods that it will post on its website, onetopanga.org.
Meetings are the second Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Library.