Local Malibu couple Helmut and Patricia Meissner are putting up $50,000 in an effort to help build the planned wildlife crossing across the Ventura (101) Freeway near the Liberty Canyon exit in Agoura Hills. Their gift is in the form of a matching gifts challenge, where anyone making a donation of up to $50,000 to the Save LA Cougars nonprofit between now and Dec. 3 will be matched dollar for dollar by the couple. As a bonus, donations from new individual donors will be matched 3:1.
“It’s a privilege to live in the only city in the U.S. almost entirely surrounded by state and national parks,” Helmut said in an interview. “But it carries the responsibility to respect and take care of our surroundings. We decided to focus our share of responsibility on the mountain lions.”