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As Malibu entered its 10th week living under the Los Angeles County Safer at Home order, dine-in restaurants as well as barber shops and beauty salons received the go-ahead order to begin reopening last Friday, May 29—with distancing measures in place.

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A small but dedicated group of about two dozen protestors took to the busy intersection of Webb Way and Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu Civic Center on Monday, May 25—Memorial Day—to bemoan the government’s ongoing Safer at Home order. 

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In a split decision last Tuesday, and facing pushback from local environmentalists, Malibu City Council voted to allow owners of a vacant lot in the Civic Center to gain rights to connect to the second phase of the City of Malibu Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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Update: 4:57 p.m., June 3: For the fourth night, all of Los Angeles County was under a quarantine order put forth by the LA County Supervisors and the LA County Sheriff's Department. The curfew on Wednesday night was pushed back to 9 p.m., after three evenings of 6 p.m. curfews.

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Cooking, fitness, and arts and crafts projects have been making waves on social media as parents find ways to keep their kids occupied with online activities during the ongoing Safer at Home order. 

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While fire season 2020 in California technically goes year-round now, most residents and officials still think of September and October as being the start of it. Malibu’s worst fire ever, the Woolsey Fire, began Nov. 8, 2018. That means the time is now to get plans in place, clear flammable …

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The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM) has stepped up its ever-expanding social services. It is now feeding 250 vulnerable Malibu families that have become food-insecure while the novel coronavirus pandemic rages. Senior citizens make up 198 of these households.  

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Speculation about when life will return to normal—or at least, a more familiar version of the “new normal”—has dominated headlines and dinner table conversations across the country for the last few weeks, as governors and county leadership work out roadmaps for reopening public spaces such a…

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Now that trails in Malibu and elsewhere are open for hiking, beware of rattlesnakes. With warm weather this past month, reptiles are more active and could be found on trails. Sightings have been reported in Malibu on trails, backyards and neighborhood streets. While no bites to humans have b…

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Dr. Barbara Ferrer has been described as Los Angeles County’s version of Dr. Anthony Fauci (director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases). As director of the LA County Department of Public Health, Ferrer is the public face of the county’s response to keep the infecti…

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After weeks of closures due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, which by Tuesday had caused more than 1,900 deaths in Los Angeles County alone, Malibu’s beaches and trails reopened last week under strict restrictions. Hikers and beachgoers were told to wear face masks (except during o…

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Drug and alcohol abuse problems don’t go away just because there’s a pandemic, and in fact may even get worse. Recent real-life news headlines like, “America is drinking its way through the coronavirus crisis” and “Quarantinis and beer chugs: Is the pandemic driving us to drink? Alcohol sale…

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Alongside the reopening of hiking trails, golf courses and beaches, Los Angeles County’s retail businesses—clothing stores, book shops, florists, toy stores, music shops and sporting good stores—are beginning to reopen for curbside pickup.

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Andrew von Oeyen is a world-renowned concert pianist who plays with dozens of symphony and philharmonic orchestras around the globe, normally spending much of his year traveling and on tour.  Unfortunately, the global coronavirus emergency caused this year’s concert tours to be cancelled and…

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City leaders and school representatives continued to ring alarm bells over critically low census turnout in Malibu, as the deadline for the count drew closer.

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With mounting criticism against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ possible violation of the Brown Act (California’s open meeting law) by holding meetings without allowing public comment, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents Malibu, held her first-ever virtual tow…

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At last Thursday’s Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education meeting, parents and teachers from both cities took board members to task over district spending and subsequent teacher layoffs.

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Los Angeles County officials announced beaches would open for recreational uses—walking, running, swimming and surfing—on Wednesday, May 13, five days after hiking trails reopened countywide. 

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As the City of Malibu nears one-and-a-half years after it was ravaged by the Woolsey Fire, rebuild statistics offer a sobering view of the progress in western Malibu: two homes had completed their rebuilds as of Tuesday, May 5.

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On Saturday, May 9, hikers will be invited to return to many—but not all—trails around Los Angeles County that have been closed to help enforce social distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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As a City of Malibu community services department recreation supervisor, the duties for Katie Gallo have changed now that City Hall is shut down. One of her new duties is now a highlight of her week. That happens every Wednesday, when she and other staff make wellness calls to members of the…

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People experiencing homelessness are at risk for all kinds of hazards, but the novel coronavirus emergency now makes their lives that much riskier. They can’t stay “Safer at Home” during the quarantine or even spend time at the local library, which is closed. Most public restrooms in town ha…

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California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state was ready to gradually reopen some businesses as soon as May 8 in the face of progress made with COVID-19 testing and hospitalizations. This week, LA County officials unveiled the initial steps toward reopening in what's being called the LA Cou…

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Numerous social media posts from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in the past couple weeks show image after image of imported racecars and American muscle cars pulled over on the side of Malibu’s roads, with radar guns displaying speeds above 80, 90 and even 100 miles per hour.

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Mere weeks after dire predictions of a budget shortfall after revenue fell by millions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, City Manager Reva Feldman, during the most recent virtual city council meeting on Monday, April 27, announced the preliminary fiscal year 2020-21 budget currently pred…

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It is now going on six weeks since Malibu and the rest of the state closed down “non-essential” businesses to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus—a long time without income for a small business that still has to pay rent, business loans and other expenses. 

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Editor's note: Late in the day on Wednesday, April 29, after this story went to print, news broke suggesting Governor Gavin Newsom was planning to make an announcement to close all beaches in California. On Thursday, April 30, Newsom announced a "hard closure" of all Orange County Beaches as…

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The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station is home to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s newest lieutenant. That’s after former Sgt. James Braden—who is the current Malibu liaison to the station—received his bars on Saturday, April 18. The promotion looked a little different than usu…

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As Malibu, along with the rest of California, has been hunkered down with stay-at-home orders, some are getting restless with the urge to step up and serve their community. 

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Last Thursday, April 16, the Malibu Democratic Club hosted its first virtual meeting, with Congressman Ted Lieu, State Senator Ben Allen, Malibu Mayor Karen Farrer, Mayor Pro Tem Mikke Pierson, Mark Gonzalez, chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and the presidents of four neighb…

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On Feb. 24, The Malibu Times ran a story summing up the California Coastal Commission’s 30-page rejection of a residential construction project on Broad Beach, which had already been approved by the City of Malibu. One of the five reasons the commission rejected the project was, they said, t…

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has thrown our world upside down, but when life starts to take a more normal course it is important we be counted. The 2020 Census started last month. So far, Malibu’s response to the government’s headcount has been pretty dismal. So, the Malibu City Council is…

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With an in-person graduation ceremony unlikely to occur, Malibu staff members are brainstorming ways to celebrate high school seniors and their achievements. 

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While restaurant dining rooms are closed, Malibu continues to enjoy takeout and delivery from restaurants all over town, whose kitchen staff are carefully obeying best practices for cleanliness. 

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