Flavia Potenza
Flavia Potenza

Flavia Potenza is executive editor of the Messenger Mountain News. She is also a founding member of the 40-year old Topanga Messenger that closed its doors in 2016. She can be reached at editor@messengermountainnews.com

Topanga Adapts to Adversity / Builds Resources

A mid-March drizzle began to settle over Pine Tree Circle’s empty parking lot. Inside the Canyon Bistro, it was also empty except for owner Larry Cohn.  “Nice to see you,” Cohn said…

Rockfall Causes Unscheduled Road Closure

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, March 13, a boulder, loosened by the recent rains, was captured in steel netting that Caltrans installed last year in one of five areas in the…

2020 Census: Counting On Your Count

The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. It is mandated by the Constitution and conducted every ten years by the U.S. Census…

Measure FD: A Worthy Tax?

Measure FD imposes a parcel tax on all unincorporated areas and the 58 cities which utilize the LA County Fire Department (LACoFD). A parcel tax requires a two-thirds vote to pass. It…

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Pine Tree Circle’s 20th Annual Snow Day

The holiday spirit engendered by the 20th annual Snow Day event at Pine Tree Circle was in no way dampened by the rain that started around 5 p.m. The intrepid snowman, created…

Big Things Come in Small Packages

Two little books, The State of Water, and God Wrestler, have a lot to say and are gifts that keep giving for years. The State of Water: Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource,…

Street Party Games

Thirteen-year Topanga resident Rita Street is a television producer and creator of children’s TV series and films whose credits include, Space Chickens in Space (Disney EMEA 2018), and 100% Wolf—Legend of the…

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MILLIØNS Wins Architectural Competition

It’s a great accomplishment to come in first in a world-wide competition to design a café and event space in a museum. These architects’ inspired design, and the collector’s mandate, will change…

The Time We Saved Topanga Creek

On Sunday, November 3, the Topanga Historical Society’s picnic was hosted at the creekside home of Keith Wilbur and his wife. The guest speaker was Susan Nissman, former Senior Deputy to Supervisor…

Palisades Burning

The third brush fire in as many months in Pacific Palisades began around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 21, breaking out near the 800 block of North Palisades Drive. It threatened 628…