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What does the name "Topanga" mean?
Evidently another interpretation comes from the Tongva/Gabrieliño language. In that language "Topanga" means "the place of green water".
Area - 18.2 sq. miles or 12,748 acres,11,082 (Over 80%) of which are undeveloped or owned by State or Federal park agencies as part of the Santa Monica Mountians National Recreation Area. Topanga is also home to lots of parkland including Topanga State Park and several areas run by The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Topanga has an average elevation of 744 feet above sea level.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Topanga - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months, with rainfall averaging 24.6 inches per year, according to worldclimate.com (1997-1998 season saw an over 58 inches). Characterized by oak woodland and chaparral vegetation.
Government - Unincorporated area located in the Santa Monica Mountains. Highway 27 runs through Topanga. The center of town is 8 miles from the Ventura Freeway (Highway 101), 5 miles from the Pacific Coast Highway and under the jurisdiction of the County of Los Angeles. (9.5 miles from Pacific Palisades via the Backbone Trail through Topanga State Park).
Business - Restaurants, Art Galleries, Clothing Stores, Realtors, as well as a variety of services can be found in Topanga's flourishing business community, located mainly along Topanga Canyon Blvd, in the center of town.
Schools - Topanga is part of the Los Angeles City School District. Topanga Elementary School is located in the Canyon with Middle School and High Schools in the nearby communities of Woodland Hills and Pacific Palisades.