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The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station will be increasing the security at this year’s Malibu Chili Cook-Off, taking place at the Malibu Civic Center. The event will feature live entertainment, a carnival, a silent auction and, of course, chili. The sheriff’s station sent out a message about…

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Matthew S. Vander Horck is the new Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff Station Captain and comes to the position with one goal in mind—“to be as good as [former Captain] Josh Thai, or even better.”

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A short film will soon make its local debut at Casa Escobar restaurant—“The Woolsey Fire Through the Eyes of Marshall Mullen.” Mullen, 25, a Malibu native and professional mountain bike rider, got together a group of friends to make the five-and-a-half-minute video. It introduces the Woolsey…

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During last November’s Woolsey Fire, Malibu’s only local radio station, KBUU, broadcast critical fire information all night long, but was finally silenced at 8:45 a.m. when the lines burned up. What should have been a crucial source of information to the community in the following week was f…

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With September declared National Preparedness Month, the City of Malibu—on the heels of its worst disaster ever—has a packed program for residents to participate. Malibu’s Public Safety Office has just released its schedule of events for disaster preparedness workshops and meetings. Topics c…

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Southern California Edison will be permitted to continue using a lot at the corner of Stuart Ranch Road and Civic Center Way to stage equipment as it undergoes emergency repair work to harden Malibu’s electrical infrastructure in the hopes of avoiding future wildfires—despite serious environ…

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Southern California Edison (SCE) ruffled feathers when it secured a lease to create a large temporary staging lot for utility vehicles and equipment at the foot of Stuart Ranch Road below Malibu City Hall in the Malibu Civic Center earlier this summer.

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Siren systems have not been widely used for wildfire warnings in the past, but after the deadly fires of the past few years, Malibu joins a number of other California communities in taking a serious look at siren systems to warn residents about fast-moving wildfires. Some in Malibu said the …

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Under normal circumstances, reports from consultant group Management Partners go through a “two-step vetting process,” according to Vice President Andy Bellknap. But Malibu’s post-Woolsey Fire report draft was made publicly available before city staff had an opportunity to weigh in.

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After years of planning, Malibu Middle School students will be sitting in a new building next Thursday for the fall 2019 school year. The Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and a first look into t…

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Every single year from 2012-18, about 250 homes sold in Malibu. For seven years in a row, the consistency was remarkable. Malibu real estate was experiencing such stability, it was impossible to predict whether a plummet or explosion in sales would occur next. Now we know. It was the former.

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With just 13,000 residents, Malibu makes up only a smidgen of the most populous county in the United States. The County of Los Angeles is home to more than 10.1 million people. Now, the county board of supervisors has unanimously passed its first ever sustainability plan designed so those 10…

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Vendors, traders and beach enthusiasts took over the parking lot of City Hall last weekend, displaying tables and booths overflowing with boogie boards, wet suits, beach accessories, surf equipment and more. They were gathered for the first city-sponsored Community Surf Swap, which took plac…

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In 1970, the median price of a home in Malibu was almost double that of California. Mind you, at that time, the spots along the beach had been built up much greater compared to the hills—as we see now. Malibu’s median was about $46,000 for mostly beach homes, compared to California at $25,000.

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The number of people experiencing homelessness in the City of Malibu as of this past January was 154—no one seems to be arguing that figure. But why that number appears to be more than 400 percent higher than last year’s number is still being disputed.

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The City of Malibu on Thursday, Aug. 1, released the 58-page draft report on the city’s role during and after the Woolsey Fire—including a whopping 53 suggestions for what the City of Malibu can do in the future to better serve the community in the face of a fire, or potential other disaster.

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She is being remembered as the face and heart of Malibu youth sports. Sandy Banducci, who oversaw kids’ sports in many capacities for nearly five decades in Malibu, died on July 3, according to husband Russ Banducci. Sandy’s tenure interacting with Malibu families spanned generations, as chi…

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With little fanfare, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday voted to relieve Woolsey Fire victims of more than $2 million in fees that would otherwise have been imposed by local Waterworks District 29.

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Though establishing a mentor relationship with a teacher could be a valuable path for student learning, educators and administrators are expressing concern over the possibility of inappropriate relationships forming in the classroom—and they are working to nip the potential issue in the bud.

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Now that it is well into summer, the search is on for The Malibu Times’ 2019 Best Dog of Summer. The Malibu Times is currently looking for submissions for the fifth-annual contest.

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[Update: 6 p.m.] Los Angeles County Sheriff's public information officers confirmed a deputy-involved shooting occurred on the 28000 block of Bison Court in Point Dume on Friday afternoon. According to the sheriff's information bureau, the call came in around 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Just about anyone who evacuated the Woolsey Fire on Nov. 9 going southbound on Pacific Coast Highway, and sitting in the gridlock for four to six hours as the fire started coming down the mountains, should welcome the proposed emergency evacuation plan being put forth by Mayor Jefferson “Zum…

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A group of well-heeled Malibu residents are—to quote the film “Network”—“mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.” They’ve put their money where their mouths are by founding the Climate Emergency Fund. It is intended to support a new kind of disrupter activism, the likes that haven’t…

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A chilling federal grand jury indictment released Tuesday by the United States Attorney’s Office alleges a series of violent crimes committed in and around the Malibu area, Angeles National Forest and North Hollywood by members of the notorious MS-13 gang—acts described as “medieval-style vi…

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Two powerful earthquakes jolted most of Southern California out of earthquake complacency last week—the second quake more powerful than the first. Many in Malibu and beyond were caught off guard after July 4’s 6.4 temblor and its July 5 aftershock of 7.1—the southland’s strongest earthquake …

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Nearly 500,000 people visited Malibu’s beaches during the holiday weekend. While many celebrated Independence Day at the beach on July 4, California was struck with a 6.4 magnitude earthquake—followed by an even stronger, 7.1 magnitude quake the following day. 

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“First of all, I’m completely opposed to this proposal moving forward. It is ill-conceived and ill-timed and should not have come before us now or as drafted—and I want to apologize to all of you for my part in what’s up here in front of us,” Council Member Mikke Pierson recited from a prepa…

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A big bus pulled up in the Malibu Country Estates subdivision on Saturday and let off a crowd of people who headed directly to one particular residence—the home of Malibu couple Tom and Chloe Botz. Unfurling banners and signs, they stood in front of the property protesting their eviction fro…

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Survival in the Santa Monica Mountains is currently a mixed bag for native local wildlife. While hundreds of threatened California red-legged frogs (Rana draytonii) appear to have died in the Woolsey Fire—along with one mountain lion—the first golden eagle nest in nearly 30 years was recentl…

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The Malibu Search and Rescue Team joined mountain rescue teams from around California in search of 73-year-old Eugene Jo, who went missing on June 22 while hiking in the Angeles National Forest. The teams successfully rescued Jo early June 29, as shared by MSAR on social media.

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For the last five years, Malibu beaches received “A” and “B” grades for winter and dry weather on the Heal the Bay annual Beach Report Card. This year, however, three of the four Malibu beaches fell off the list—marking Malibu’s lowest grade since 2014-15.

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Four new name placards will adorn the administration offices at Malibu’s four public schools next year, after a year of administrative growing pains comes to a close and principals for Malibu High, Malibu Middle, Webster Elementary and the newly formed Malibu Elementary schools are finalized.

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The Malibu West Volunteer Fire Brigade held a training day at Trancas Canyon Park on Saturday morning, June 22. 

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Canyon rescues can be exciting to watch, but Malibu Times Multimedia Director Julie Ellerton recently witnessed a rescue that involved crowds of lookie-loos pulling over, parking on Malibu Canyon Road, running across lanes of traffic and crowding onto the shoulder of the highway to get a bet…

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Malibu residents can now get $4 per square foot when replacing their turf lawns with more sustainable landscaping to save money and water. As part of the Malibu Smart Water conservation program, some limitations have been waived for residents recovering from the Woolsey Fire, the city shared…

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Gladstones restaurant, located on Will Rogers State Beach just outside Malibu city limits, has been in business since 1972 and was at one time one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the state—but those revenues have been slipping. Sales at Gladstones had declined from $9.8 million in 201…

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