Regarding the interview with Zev Yaroslavsky (We Are All Stewards of the LandYaroslavsky Looks Back and to the Future, Topanga Messenger), we did not mean to imply that Yaroslavsky created T-CEP and thought a clarification was in order.
We asked Sr. Deputy Susan Nissman to help us out, who explained:
T-CEP is a stand-alone, all-volunteer non-profit coalition of local individuals and organizations formed directly after the devastating 1993 Old Topanga/Malibu Fire, just before Yaroslavsky was elected Supervisor.
The County, led by Supervisor Yaroslavskys office in 2002, established the government/community Topanga Emergency Management Steering Committee to develop an emergency management plan, which resulted in publication of the first Topanga Disaster Survival Guide and has become, like T-CEP itself, a nationwide model for community-based emergency preparedness planning.
In 2006, the Steering Committee was officially established as a Board of Supervisors-appointed Task Force, which is co-chaired by T-CEP and the County Office of Emergency Management, and meets quarterly in the Topanga Library.
For T-CEP's complete history, refer to page 164 of The Topanga Story.