Suzanne Guldimann
Suzanne Guldimann

Suzanne Guldimann is an author, artist, and musician who lives in Malibu and loves the Santa Monica Mountains. She has worked as a journalist reporting on local news and issues for more than a decade, and is the author of nine books of music for the harp. Suzanne's newest book, "Life in Malibu", explores local history and nature. She can be reached at suzanne@messengermountainnews.com

Expect Unintended Consequences and Court Challenges with New Laws

Governor Gavin Newsom signed several high-profile bills into law in September. The most controversial legislation approved by the governor includes new laws on childhood vaccination and freelance employment. Two new laws intended…

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The Santa Monica Pier Turns 110

The Santa Monica Pier turned 110 on September 9. It’s an impressive anniversary for a structure whose fate has so often been in the balance.  This much-loved and nationally recognized landmark has…

Criminal Charges for P-38 Killer

Ventura District Attorney Gregory Totten has filed criminal charges against Simi Valley resident Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, for the killing of a protected mammal, mountain lion P-38, and for allegedly vandalizing the big…

More Details Released in Labor Day Hiking Fatality

The NPS released this map of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area showing trails and areas that are still closed 10 months after the Woolsey Fire. The Labor Day hiking fatality…

Senate Omnibus Bill Extends Habitat Funding

Funding for the fourth and final section of Triangle Ranch Park at the base of Ladyface Mountain in Agoura Hills may be in reach.  Senate Bill 85, The Public Resources: Omnibus Trailer…

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Reggae is King

Reggae on the Mountain may have outgrown its original Topanga venue but it hasn’t outgrown its generous, all-inclusive Topanga spirit. The festival celebrated its tenth anniversary with a record crowd of around…

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Sea Level Change: Nature’s Power of Eminent Domain

Melting ice sheets in Antarctica have the potential to impact California with greater sea-level rise than the world average. The only practical solution may ultimately be a “managed retreat.” from the shoreline.…

County Plan Focuses on Urban Issues, not Rural Concerns

In its Our County Plan, how does the county reconcile increasing urbanization and ecosystem conservation in unincorporated areas where loss of habitat and habitat fragmentation are major contributing factors to extinction.  Los…