SMALL BUSINESSES REPORT
Carrier moved into a discussion of Topangaâs businesses, which was the focus of the evening. âSmall businesses in Topanga are especially hard hit; we have a low-density residential community weighing on business due to COVID-19,â she said.âThere are 244,000 small businesses in Los Angeles County and they employ the most minorities than any county in the nation.â Carrier also said that L.A. County has lost more than one million jobs to COVID and the hardest hit are those that rely on foot traffic, with a revenue drop of more than 50 percent.
âPeople are figuring out ways to do this,â he said. âHelp comes from county, government grants and support; what they all need is customers.
Topanga Mercantile needs customers; it is something government could actually help with so they can survive until this pandemic is under control and people can get back to business.â
Yet, he said the picture was not so rosy for the businesses in Topanga who rely on foot traffic, especially in Pine Tree Circle, where some of the businesses were forced out after a 40 percent rent increase last year since the new owners bought the property.
âYoga Desa closed after 20 years at Pine Tree Circle and Topanga Rocks left,â Rosendo said. âTopanga Home Grown is up in the air. Perhaps the forgiveness of a month, to several monthsâ rentâat Pine Tree Circle, those businesses are suffering a bit more.â
UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
âą The L.A. Regional COVID-19 Fund, Round 4 (of 6) opened on August 17â The L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund is allocating a total of $3 million in grant funding (in sums ranging from $5,000 to $15,000) to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofits. For full eligibility criteria and to apply, visit: lacovidfund.org/grants.
âą Get Certified as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Wildlife Habitatâ The Topanga Town Council, Topanga Creek Watershed Committee, and the Topanga Chamber of Commerce are all Topanga stewards of the National Wildlife Federationâs âCommunity Wildlife Habitatâ program. This program encourages and acknowledges the incredible work that community residents do to make their properties supportive of wildlife. The Federation provides copious (and detailed) resources to guide you in making simple changes to your landscape to support even more wildlife. For more information, visit the NWF site at: nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/certify.
âą Town Council Mask ProgramâProvides free masks to seniors and vulnerable members of the community. If you need a mask, please call (310) 455-3001, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOVERNMENT CONTACTS Third District Supervisor Sheila KuehlâContact Tessa Charnofsky at:TCharnofsky@bos.lacounty.gov; Phone (818) 880-9416 State Senator Henry Sternâs OfficeâContact Jeremy Wolf at: Jeremy.Wolf@sen.ca.gov;
Phone (818) 876-3352 Assemblymember Richard Bloomâs OfficeâTim Pershing at: Tim.Pershing@asm.ca.gov;
Phone (310) 450-0041 2020 Topanga Access CardsâYou can renew your cards online. First-time cardholders should call to arrange an appointment. Call (310) 455-3001, then press 0 to leave your name and phone number. Contact Lindsay Zook for an appointment at (310) 569-8931 or purchase online at: topangatowncouncil.org.
The Topanga Canyon Town Council was formed in 1977 in response to needs unique to the mountain community to serve as a liaison with Topangaâs official governing body, the Los Angeles County Supervisorâs Office. They are looking for volunteers to help on various activities. For more information: email@example.com; or (310) 455-3001.
To meet your local Sheriff, CHP, Fire Department representatives and other government officials in person, they deliver their reports at each Town Council meeting, held the second Wednesday of the month. The next Topanga Town Council General Meeting is September 9, 2020 at 6 p.m.