Letters – August 25, 2017

Without Question…The Best Yet!


To the Team at Mountain Messenger,

This current issue (Vol. 1, No. 15) is without question the best yet under your innovative guidance!

The stories are Topanga-centric without losing the appeal to a broader audience in the Santa Monica Mountains and even a little in the S.F. Valley. The page layouts have hit a design all-time high! They look professional and upscale without losing the charm of our community and the voices of our neighbors….The title fonts! The graphics! The QUALITY of the printing!!! The crisp color! Even the ads somehow look better!!!

I’m excited about the paper and so proud of everyone who has worked so hard to get it here.

Thank you all and carry on!!

Dawn Moore



You Nailed it!

JP Spence, our dependable contributor for all things music and film, well as other items we throw his way, shared this letter to him from musician Billy Joseph in response to Spence’s profile, “Billy Joseph is More Surprise than “Mystery,” (August 11, 2017, Vol. 1, No. 15). Kudos to both.


Dear Josh,

Boy did you not forget about me. I opened this week’s Messenger Mountain News wondering who this singer-songwriter the cover spoke of would be. All I can say is I am deeply touched and deeply grateful for a review I could not have ever dreamed to hope for. You nailed it in every way, as far as I’m concerned (slight bias on my part notwithstanding). But that’s what’s so incredible to me—you aren’t biased. I really can’t thank you enough. Hopefully we’ll meet in person someday soon!

In the meantime, I’m headed up to Santa Cruz to do a radio show for KPIG 107.5, and may have to brag—and plug the paper…just a little.


My best,


Billy Joseph, Musician/Filmmaker

bombaybill@gmail.com; (310) 433-1279



Interesting and Informative

Dear Suzanne and Bonnie,

Thank you for the opportunity to share what we do and why (See “Architects & Design Lighting Duo,” August 11, 2017, Vol. 1, No. 15, page 9).  “You made the article interesting and informative as I knew you would because you both are creative and talented! I also liked how you had the article regarding dark skies in the same issue.

I [Geoff] would like to thank you for that article as well. Great job!

As Roxane mentioned, our house is not LEED certified (See “For the Record,” August 11, 2017, Vol. 1, No. 15, this page). The LEED point system was just being developed at that time. I did pass the test and am a LEED Accredited Professional. These general “Green Building” ideas were taught to me in college back in the 1970s. At USC, we had some great professors who taught us much about this, but after graduating I found most clients were not highly interested in these topics. It was not until the early 2000s when I started to hear more about it in public discussions and then the LEED system started to get some traction. When it came time to design our own house, I of course took advantage of these features.

Roxanne Berger and Geoff Sheldon

Topanga Architectural Design



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