Announcing Issue #2

Our second issue is out! The feedback on the paper has been tremendous and we thank everyone for the encouragement and support!

We are getting some demand for issues outside of the 90290 zip code. We can mail copies of each of our 25 issues for $50 for 6 months or $75 for the year. Please send your information to and we’ll set you up.

In other news, our website will be doing a soft launch on March 24; in the meantime we are posting the issues online in PDF viewing format.


Bonnie & Flavia

Our Inaugural Issue

We are very happy to announce that our inaugural issue has been produced, printed and delivered!

It has been mailed to every business, household and P.O Box in the 90290 area. If you are outside of this area, please let us know if you would like to receive and we will arrange (for a yet to be determined shipping and handling cost) but other than that, this paper is free to everyone.

Our vision is to bring local news to more people in our community (our distribution is presently 3500 issues) but also to provide canyon-wide distribution and more to our local businesses. We believe that this model will support a bi-weekly newspaper.

We are in awe of the outpouring love and support we have received, but this is indeed, a business in the making. We will always strive to have a 60/40 split between advertising and editorial–or news–content–this inaugural issue was 57/42, which was great considering we grew the paper from 24 pages to 32 because of demand for space!

Enjoy our inaugural issue and tell us what else you would like to see. As we get our ducks in a row–future schedules, correct ad rate packages and ad specifications, to name a few–remember that we will also be online, in the near future, with breaking news capabilities and other interactive aspects to further inform, delight and challenge our readers and followers.

Best regards,

Bonnie & Flavia

2017 Print Ad Rates Now Available/OPEN HOUSE

Dear Topanga Businesses: As we gear up for our first issue of the new bi-weekly Messenger Mountain News we want to urge you to sign up and reserve your advertising space with us today. Our inaugural issue launches on January 26, 2017, and will be mailed FREE to every household, business and post office box in Topanga and delivered to established distribution points in and out of Topanga.

We would like to invite former advertisers of the Topanga Messenger to an OPEN HOUSE at our new office space, in the Rosewood complex, 1111 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 5, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 3 to 6pm. Come have a glass of wine, a snack and enter your business card for a door prize raffle! And, be ready to book your space in the new Messenger Mountain News, we will be accepting credit card applications. Space is limited!

Placement: For the most part, we will retain the ad placements as they appeared in the former newspaper. New advertisers will be charged extra for placement requests.

With the support of our legacy advertisers (that’s you) and expanded circulation, our goal is to make the Messenger Mountain News a sustainable publication that delivers quality coverage of local news, arts and events in and around Topanga.

Try us out! Download our 2017 Ad Rates here. By advertising with us now, you will have unparalleled reach in Topanga and beyond. As we grow, distribution will expand to neighboring cities that serve us.

Hello Topanga!

There’s a new [FREE!] newspaper in town!

The Messenger Mountain News will begin publication in late January and continue to bring quality reporting on news, issues and events relevant to Topanga residents.

Topanga needs a newspaper. To that end, Flavia Potenza and Bonnie Morgan, along with other dedicated fans of the now dissolved Topanga Messenger, decided to move forward with a publication that will continue to serve the Topanga community. 

View from our new office windows!

Admittedly, we are building on the 40-year history and reputation of the Topanga Messenger, of which Flavia was founding editor in 1976 and editor-in-chief for eight years before its demise in 2016. With her business​, digital​
and marketing skills, Bonnie rounds out the team spearheading this effort.

The inaugural issue will be mailed to every address and P.O. Box in the canyon.  You can get more information by clicking the button above to reach our editor or, on our under construction website,, you can find contact information for submitting content or applying for advertising information.

In 2017, readers can once again look forward to their favorite columnists, news and arts coverage that will reflect the rural heart of Topanga enhanced with 21st-Century technology.

We invite the community’s support and feedback. Contact us at: and on Facebook.

Happy Holidays to all!