Sheriff’s deputies out on special patrol in Malibu today … looking for unsafe bicyclists and dangerous cars.
A major stumbling block may have emerged int he Malibu schools divorce.
And a dire warning about fish extinctions … as the state considers removing Rindge Dam.
This is Malibu’s only local daily news.
It’s the (((( Wednesday ))) edition of the news … from Radio Malibu …. 97 point 5 K B U.
Good morning Malibu!
A five story house was fully engulfed in flames this morning is Pacific Palisades.
No one was hurt n the fire … on Las Casas Street just above Sunset Boulevard.
Traffic slightly affected … but Sunset is open.
This is between Palisades Highlands and Temescal Canyon … int he far western part of the palisades.
As we say … Sunset is open.
Malibu/Lost Hills sheriffs deputies will be stepping up Bike and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations in Malibu today.
Sheriff’s deputies will be out in extra force today ….
Extra deputies will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders, and pedestrians alike that can lead to life-changing injuries.
Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way wil be ticketed.
Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued when they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists.
The special pedestrian and bicycle enforcement is today … in Malibu and over the hill.
Negotiations between Santa Monica and Malibu over allowing a Malibu school district to be created have hit road blocks.
Santa Monica negotiators last night raised objections to the financial arrangements being proposed.
The problem is that Malibu’s skyrocketing property tax revenues are subsidizing Santa Monica school operations … and that source of revenue is hard to give up.
Malibu negotiators are offering to transfer money from Malibu to Santa Monica … sort of a divorce child support.
But recent financial predictions show that Santa Monica schools would take a financial hit … if Malibu achieves independence.
At a negotiating session last night… Santa Monica’s side said Santa Monica students must be the focus of the discussion … not the desire of Malibu voters to run schools independently in Malibu.
Two of the Santa Monica team said they favor keeping Santa Monica whole … but it was not clear if that meant a while district .,. or extracting enough money from Malibu to make the Santa Monica leftover district financially whole.
And when Malibu negotiators say a special state law may be needed to achieve the divorce … Santa Monica negotiators say they don’t think that bill would pass … if it disadvantages kids in Santa Monica.
This story is reported by Ian Cohen … who will have a full report later in the Malibu Times.
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As Malibu debates the future of Rindge Dam … researchers have issued a dire warning for California’s native trout and salmon: Three-quarters of them will be extinct in the next 100 years unless urgent action is taken.
This bleak assessment comes from biologists at the UC Davis and California Trout, a nonprofit advocacy group.
The groups say nearly 75 percent of California’s 31 salmon, trout and steelhead species will be extinct by 2117 unless critical habitat is protected and restored.
State parks officials are favoring a plan to remove the dam in Malibu Creek … which has cut off two dozen miles of streams once favored by Southern Steelhead Salmon for breeding.
Removal of a barrier road crossing in a creek at Leo Carrillo State Park resulted in the endangered salmon immediately swimming up the creek there.
The situation for fish that breed in creeks and then live in the ocean is becoming dire.
California’s record-breaking drought wreaked havoc on many of the already-struggling fish, which depend on cold water.
Pepperdine University is ending its use of the Calamigos ranch … in the central Santa Monica Mountains … as an official dorm.
For three years … students from Pepperdine have been given the option of living at Calamigos as official student housing.
Calamigos Ranch is located in the Santa Monica Mountains on Kanan Dume Road, which is about 12 miles away from Pepperdine’s campus.
Pepperdine, housing at Calamigos Ranch cost $5,500 per semester for a triple and $6,400 per semester for a single room.
The small cabins and apartments at Calamigos will now be rented out to Pepperdine students … and others … by t he property itself.
They say they will lower the rents by about a quarter.
Calamigos is now marketing its hoiusing to students directly.
They are including new services … like a 24 hour gym, a $500 meal plan to Malibu Cafe …. and free access to their Beach Club at Corral Canyon Beach.
Included in the rent … included free kayak and paddle board rentals.
Miley Cyrus is making headlines around the world.
She’s moved to Malibu.
She’s engaged to marry a movie star who lives in Malibu.
She’s given up smoking pot in Malibu.
And she’s released a song called Malibu.
The reviews are in.
And they’re good.
Billboard magazine compares the song to California songs by the Beach Boys .. Mammas and the Papas … and Hole.
Says Billborad … Miley Cyrus sings about a different type of utopia than did Brian Wilson or Katy Perry
For them, California is heaven, and the state's utopian qualities are presented as self-evident truths.
In Miley's "Malibu," however, California is a hard-won Eden.
And from her lyrics and her slightly weary delivery, you can tell Malibu is an unexpected reprieve from the world's troubles at that.
Says Billboard … ”Malibu” sees CA in a way only an outsider can -- as a place of romance, rest and even redemption.
Weather for the Malibu ….
It will be (((( cool and windy again … a high of 64 )))) degrees today on the beach … (((( 69 )))) inland.
Winds will be strong.
Downcoast winds will be ((( up to 30 )))) miles per hour this afternoon.
Sunset tonight is at (((( 7:49 )))).
After that … expect it to be ((( cool and still windy )))) tonight … a low of (((( 53 )))) on the beach … down to (((( 48 )))) in the canyons.
Downcoast winds up to 30 miles an hour tonight.
Tomorrow should be (((( a little warmer )))).
At 9 A-M … it’s (((( 55 )))) at Trancas.
(((( 59 )))) in upper Malibu Canyon.
And it’s (((( 61 ))) at Civic center Los Angeles.
In the ocean … it’s (((( 58 )))) degrees in the water at Zuma Beach.
The lifeguards say the waves today are (((( ankle )))) feet high …. 2 feet at best.
(((( SSW swell holds. Small NW wind swell. ))))
Those are (((( poor to fair )))) surfing conditions …. according to the lifeguards.
((((( A piddly high tide arrives at 3:44 PM … just over three feet high
Low tide is at 7:11 PM ))))
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