Temescal Canyon Association
Since 1972 Dedicated to the Preservation of the Santa Monica Mountains
NOTICE TO MEMBERS!
TCA is moving to an e-newsletter. Please share your contact information with
us to ensure you don't miss out!
BREAKING NEWS !
Carol Leacock, who has played a leadership role in TCA for almost 25 years,
is hanging up her gavel BUT NOT HER HIKING BOOTS. So, the Board of Directors
thanks Carol so much for her service as President and all her many hours of
hard work but respects her decision to step down. We are so happy she will
continue leading the hikes.
Look for Carol at the next hike. She will be the one in front.
On February 23rd the Board of Directors passed the torch to Gil Dembo, a
long time Board member who has agreed to serve as our new President.
The Board also decided to edge into the world of digital communications. You
will still receive our newsletters and hike schedules via US Mail, but look
for a request for your email address on our remit envelopes and the hike
We invite you to join us in our endeavors by becoming a
member or renewing your membership/contribution. Memberships run
from September 1 through August.
Just use the new JOIN OR DONATE
button below. Please include your email address, which we will not
Your contributions and dues will:
- Support TCA’s long-time partnership with CA State Parks to help maintain and protect current hiking trails for the public. TCA funds services and supplies to local state parks beyond what is included in the State Parks budget.
- Allow TCA to continue our 32-year-old hiking program. These volunteer-led hikes are free to the public.
- Help fund TCA’s support for the LA Conservation Corps youth work/study activities
Membership Dues Because we have relied heavily on volunteers, we
have been able to keep our dues at a mere $5 a year since TCA was
founded in 1972. However, due to the drought and heavy trail use, we must
consider hiring professional help. The time has come to bring our
dues in line with other organizations and raise the money TCA needs
to continue our important work.
Starting on September 1, 2016 our
dues will be $20, but we welcome donations in any amount.
entitles you to the items below which are available only through TCA:
- A reuseable TCA shopping bag
- A beautiful map of local trails
- Periodic electronic newsletters with hike schedules, updates on important issues and more
may be picked up at Palisades Bicycles, 871 Via de la Paz in Pacific
Thank you for your support.
ABOUT TEMESCAL CANYON ASSOCIATION
Temescal Canyon Association was founded in 1972 to prevent the sale of what
is now Temescal Gateway Park to a developer with plans for a golf driving
range. In subsequent years TCA helped preserve the canyon from a variety of
threats including a cross-mountain road, and in the mid-seventies TCA was
instrumental in creating a plan for what is now Topanga State Park.
During the past few years we count among our achievements the bridge at the
Temescal waterfall, pictured on the left, several smaller bridges in
Temescal and Los Liones Canyons. Under direction of Trailmeister Ron
Webster, TCA and the Sierra Club trails crew created two popular hiking
trails, one connects Gateway Park with Will Rogers, the other connects
Gateway Park with Bienveneda Ave.
TCA has taken a special interest in the creation of a park in Los Liones
Canyon. This former dump stretching from the fire station on Sunset Blvd. to
the Mormon Church, has been transformed into parkland in part by thousands
of hours of planting, watering, and weeding by dedicated TCA volunteers.
We were dismayed to learn that DWP had selected the center of the park as a
site for a new substation and subsequently were much relieved when this
notion was rejected by State Parks, however we remain vigilant.
An on-going concern of the Association is the purchase and potential
development by the YMCA of four acres at the corner of Temescal and Sunset.
We would much prefer that this geographical and historical heart of our
community remain in public hands, however the property was purchased by the
State subject to a previous purchase option, an option that the YMCA after
decades of controversy finally exercised. We hope that the YMCA will be
responsive to the community's concerns as it proceeds with plans for the
site. In the mean time we are pleased to note that the Y has removed their
"temporary" chain link fence and so greatly improved the property with a new
fence and new landscaping.
Another concern is that there be ample and convenient access from the
Palisades to the City park currently being planned on property stretching
about a mile in Potrero Canyon from the Recreation Center to PCH. The
current plan for the park calls for the only viable entrance to the park to
be at the Recreation Center with its very limited parking. TCA intends to
continue monitoring the park planning process and will continue to oppose
efforts to restrict public access.
TCA also funded creation of a large mural facing the park on Los Liones
Drive depicting the canyon's natural flora and fauna. This was the work of
several artists under direction of Palisades muralist Terri Bromberg, see
detail on right.
For more than 30 years TCA has led hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains. You
are welcome to come hike with us. Membership is not necessary, and children
when accompanied by adults are welcome too.|
In the winter months we hike one Sunday a month. Starting at nine we usually
cover six to ten miles returning in mid-afternoon.
In the summer we hike once a week on Tuesday evenings starting at six. In
order to finish before dark, these hikes are shorter, usually three to five
miles and are not far afield.
For more about our hikes and to view the current hike schedule, please
We build trails. Would you like to help? No skill required, and we provide
the tools. Just leave your name and e-mail address at the address below and
we'll be in touch.|
TCA has published a hiking map of our local mountains showing trails, fire
roads, and points of interest. The map is free to TCA members or may be
purchased at Gateway Park, Benton's Sport Shop, Will Rogers, Trippet Ranch,
Palisades Bicycles, or InstaMail (formerly the Letter Shop).
Photos are courtesy of Jim Kenney.
CARE TO JOIN TCA?
Would you like to join Temescal Canyon Association? Our dues are but $5.00 a
year, which entitles you to our hiking map of the local mountains,
newsletters, a reusable shopping bag, and hike schedules. For a donation of
$25 we also include a beautiful TCA sweatshirt, the perfect gift!
You may reach TCA -
- By Mail at PO Box 1101, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Please refer comments concerning this site to:
- By Phone at 310-454-4188
- By e-mail at
TUESDAY HIKES FOR 2016
Member or not, you are welcome to join us. We meet at 6:00 p.m. sharp in the
Temescal Gateway Park parking lot at the northwest corner of Sunset Blvd.
and Temescal Canyon Road. Parking passes will be provided.
Wear boots or heavy shoes, bring water and lunch. We love our dogs and they
love hiking with us but most of our hikes are in areas where dogs are not
permitted on or off leash. However children accompanied by adults are
These hikes are usually just three or four miles in order to be back at
Gateway Park before dark.
Our hikes are most often in the Santa Monica Mountains on trails ranging
from very easy to somewhat strenuous. Please bring any concerns about the
difficulty of the hike to the attention of the hike leader before setting
In the event of fire closure (red flag day) or questionable weather the hike
will either be canceled, or if feasible the leader will suggest an
- May 10th: We will explore Will Rogers Historic Park and finish
with a glimpse of the mega-mansions on Evans Road.
- May 17th: From Temescal we will take to Connector Trail, past
the Chautauqua reservoir and into beautiful Rivas Canyon.
- May 24th: We will hunt out Castellammare's hidden stairways.
- May 31st: From Palisades Highlands we will hike the Temescal
Ridge Trail and take in the views from Radio Peak, elevation 1,966 ft.
- June 7th: Again starting from the Highlands we will explore
beautiful Santa Ynez Canyon with its abundance of poison oak.
- June 14th: From the top of Paseo Miramar a steep climb to the
Parker Mesa Overlook, the Palisades finest view point, elevation 1,525 ft.
- June 21st: We will take the Los Liones Trail up to the Topanga
Ridge Fire Road.
- June 28th: From Canyon Elementary in Santa Monica Canyon we'll
walk down the beach bike/pedestrian path, then criss cross the bridges over PCH
and return through beautiful Paliasades Park.
- July 5th: We will do the Temescal loop trails - Up the canyon
trail to the waterfall then down the Temescal Ridge Trail.
- July 12th: From the Will Rogers loop road we will go up the
Backbone Trail to Chicken Ridge and back.
- July 19th: Starting at the top of Bienveneda Ave. we will take
the Leacock Trail to the Bienvededa Trail to Temescal Ridge Trail and back down
the Leacock Trail.
- July 26th: From the Rustic Canyon Rec Center we will seek out
the secret stairways of Santa Monica Canyon.
- August 2nd: We will explore the lesser-known trails in Temescal
Canyon with the option of staying on for dinner in the Village.
- August 9th: Ron Webster will lead us on a walk along the now
very snazzy Venice canals with their many architectual gems. Again some of us
may choose to stay on for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.
- August 16th: We will finish the season with an easy walk along
our own Palisades bluffs.
BOARD MEMBERS AND OFFICERS FOR 2016
- Maria Bane
- Richard G. Cohen
- Barbara Dembo, Treasurer Emeritus
- Gil Dembo, President & Community Council Representative
- Shirley Haggstrom
- Ethel Haydon
- Jim Kenney
- Roseanne Landay
- Carol Leacock, Vice President, President Emeritus,
- Ted Mackie, Alternate Community Council Representative, Web
Master, Map and Membership Chairman, Newsletter and Hike Schedule Editor
- Susan Orenstein, Secretary
- Patti Post, Treasurer
- Norma Spak
- Brenda Theveny
- Ron Webster, Sierra Club Liaison & Trail Meister
- Roger Woods
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is it that TCA dues are only $5.00 per year?
We have no payroll as we are all volunteers and we do not indulge in litigation.
Our $5.00 dues are sufficient to cover our very minimal routine expenses.
What is TCA's relationship with local parks?
There is no official or legal connection between TCA and California State Parks
or the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. We do however maintain a close and
cordial relationship with the management of both Topanga State Park and Temescal
What is TCA's position regarding the proposed park in Potrero Canyon?
We are appalled that after decades of moving dirt back and forth and spending
around fifty million dollars there is still no park in Potrero Canyon. And we
understand that the current plan calls for the one entrance to be at the Rec
Center with its very limited parking. TCA will continue to advocate that there
be adequate access to this very expensive park in the center of our community.
What is TCA's position concerning closure of the Temescal pool?
For decades the Temescal pool provided hundreds of swimmers with healthful
recreation and its closure was a real loss to many in our community. However
after several years it now appears that efforts to re-open the pool have been in
How difficult are your hikes?
They vary from easy walks to somewhat strenuous treks. If you have any concerns,
don't hesitate to query the hike leader or leave a message at 310-454-4188.
Can I bring the kids?
Yes, Children accompanied by an adult are welcome.
Can I bring my dog?
No, We love our dogs and they love hiking with us, but TCA hikes are often on
State Park trails where dogs, on or off leash, are prohibited.
How do I join TCA?
Just send a check for $5.00 or more, with your mailing address, to PO Box 1101,
Pacific Palisades, CA90272, and then drop by Palisades Bicycles, 871 Via de la
Paz to pick up your hiking map and shopping bag. If you donate $25 or more you
are also entitled to a beautiful TCA sweatshirt.
BYLAWS OF THE TEMESCAL CANYON ASSOCIATION
AS AMENDED FEBRUARY 2008
I PRINCIPAL PURPOSE
The Temescal Canyon Association was established as a not-for-profit
organization, incorporated in California in 1972, and qualifying under
Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3). The specific and primary purposes
of the Temescal Canyon Association shall be:
- To be an advocate for the preservation of open space in the
Santa Monica Mountains.
- To enhance the public's experience of the open space through
building and maintenance of trails, and by leading the public on hikes along
- To act as a liaison between the community and the various park
- To support and assist the various park agencies in those areas
deemed appropriate by the Board.
Section 1. Membership in this organization is open to those who share the
interest in furthering the purposes listed above, and who pay the requisite
Section 2. Membership fees and dues will be set by the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Each member of this Association will be entitled to one vote.
Business brought before the members at any general meeting, annual or
special, shall be decided by a majority vote of those present and voting.
Section 4. Annual Meeting - The annual meeting of the members of this
Association shall be held in the month of November or December, at a
location determined by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the time
and place of the annual meeting shall be delivered personally to each voting
member or sent to each voting member by mail, e-mail, or other form of
written communication, addressed to each voting member's address as it is
shown on the records of the Association. Any notice shall be sent or
delivered at least five days before the date of the meeting.
Section 5. Special Meetings - Special meetings of the members of the
Association for any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the
president of the Association or by any nine directors.
Written notice of the time and place of special meetings of the members
shall be given in the same manner as for annual meetings of the members.
Section 6. Liabilities of Members - No person who is now, or who later
becomes, a member of this Association shall be personally liable to its
creditors for any indebtedness or liability, and any and all creditors of
this Association shall look only to the assets of this Association for
The Association indemnifies, and holds harmless, and agrees to defend all
officers and directors of the Association against all claims and legal
actions to the maximum extent permitted by law.
III BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. Number of Directors - The Board of Directors shall consist of a
minimum of 15 members until the number of directors is changed by amendment
to these bylaws.
Section 2. Quorum - A majority of the current members of the Board of
Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 3. Powers of Directors - Subject to limitations of the articles of
incorporation, other sections of the bylaws, and of California law, all
corporate powers of the Association shall be exercised by or under the
authority of, and the business and affairs of the Association shall be
controlled by, the Board of Directors. Without limiting the general powers,
the Board of Directors shall have the following powers:
(a) To select and remove all the other officers, agents, and employees of
the Association, prescribe such powers and duties for them as may not be
inconsistent with law, the articles of incorporation, or the bylaws.
(b) To conduct, manage, and control the affairs and business of the
Association, and to make rules and regulation not inconsistent with law, the
articles of incorporation, or the bylaws.
Section 4. Election and Term of Office - Directors shall be elected at the
annual meeting and shall serve for one year from the date of their election,
without limitation on the number of years in office.
Section 5. Vacancies - Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled
by a majority of the remaining directors then in office even though less
than a quorum. A successor director so elected shall serve for the unexpired
term of his predecessor.
Section 6. Place of Meeting - Regular meetings of the Board of Directors
shall be held at any place that has been designated from time to time by
resolution of the board. Special meetings of the board may be held at a
place designated by the board.
Section 7. Organization Meeting - Following each annual meeting of members,
the Board of Directors shall hold a regular meeting for the purposes of
organization, election of officers, and the transaction of other business.
No notice of such organizational meeting need be given.
Section 8. Other Regular Meetings - Other regular meetings of the Board of
Directors shall be held when called.
Section 9. Special Meetings - Special meetings of the Board of Directors for
any purpose or purposes may be called at any time by the president, or by a
majority of the current members of the Board of Directors.
Section 11. Removal - A Director may be removed from office, for cause, by
the vote of a majority of the directors.
Section 12.Compensation- The directors shall receive no compensation for
their services as directors.
Section 1. Officers - The officers of this Association shall be a president,
vice president, secretary, and treasurer, and such other officers as the
Board of Directors may appoint. One person, other than the president, may
hold more than one of these offices. Officers shall be members of the Board
Section 2. Election - The Board of Directors shall elect all officers of the
Association for terms of one year, or until their successors are elected and
Section 3. Vacancies - A vacancy in any office because of death,
resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise shall be filled by the
Board of Directors.
Section 4. President - Subject to the control of the Board of Directors, the
president shall have general supervision, direction and control of the
business and affairs of the Association. The president shall preside at all
meetings of the members and directors and shall have such other powers and
duties as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Section 5. Vice President - In the absence or disability of the president,
the vice president shall perform all the duties of the president and in so
acting shall have all the powers of the president. The vice president shall
have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed
from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Section 6. Secretary - The secretary shall keep a full and complete record
of the proceedings of the Board of Directors, shall keep the seal of the
Association and affix it to such papers and instruments as may be required
in the regular course of business, shall make service of such notices as may
be necessary or proper, shall supervise the keeping of the records of the
Association, and shall discharge such other duties of the office as
prescribed by the Board of Directors.
Section 7. Treasurer - The treasurer shall receive and safely keep all funds
of the Association and deposit them in the bank or banks that may be
designated by the Board of Directors. Those funds shall be paid out only on
checks of the Association signed by the president, vice president, treasurer
or secretary or by such officers as may be designated by the Board of
Directors as authorized to sign them. The treasurer shall have such other
powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time
by the Board of Directors.
Section 1. Subject to approval by the Board of Directors, the President may
establish such committees as the President deems necessary to accomplish
specific aims and functions of the Association.
VI PUBLIC STATEMENTS
Section 1. Only an officer or other person designated by the Board of
Directors may make official statements on behalf of the Association, or
state an Association position which is not part of the public record.
Whenever a member of the Board desires to make an oral or written statement
that does not meet these specifications, and that member identifies himself
or herself as a Board member, that member shall clearly state that he or she
is not representing the Association on the matter being addressed.
VII AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
Section 1. Effective date: The Bylaws of the Temescal Canyon Association
shall become effective upon the date of adoption by the Board, and shall
thereupon supersede all prior Bylaws.
Section 2. How amended: The Bylaws may be amended, repealed, or new Bylaws
adopted at any regular meeting of the Board, or at any special meeting
called for that purpose. A vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Board present at
the meeting shall be necessary to amend or repeal any Bylaw, or to adopt a
No amendment or new Bylaw may be voted upon until it has been read at two
consecutive council meetings.
The full text of any amendment to or any new Bylaws shall be made available
to member of the Board prior to the first reading.
Section 3. No article of Incorporation, Bylaw, or standing rule shall be
suspended at any meeting.