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The deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol last week has Malibu Public Safety Commissioners looking at our own security. Hours after the violent attack in Washington D.C., the commission held its regularly scheduled Zoom meeting. It was there, in the wake of the astonishingly brazen attack, that C…

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By the end of Monday, Jan. 11’s six-and-a-half-hour Malibu City Council meeting, the council had barely broached one subject: government transparency, which ultimately resulted in one of the only concrete actions of the evening—a 3-2 vote directing city staff as a whole to spend no more than…

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Malibu’s own Dick Van Dyke is to be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor. The show-biz legend, best known for his eponymous 1960s television sitcom and for his endearing performance in the classic Disney film “Mary Poppins,” is now, at 95 years of age, known as an elder statesman of entertainment …

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Malibu’s first city fire liaison is retiring after nearly two years on the job. Jerry Vandermeulen was hired to help guide the city’s fire safety planning after the devastating Woolsey Fire in 2018. A previously-retired battalion chief from Ventura County, Vandermeulen started a home ignitio…

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While no large doses of COVID vaccine have reached Malibu yet, one Public Safety Commissioner is wasting no time in putting a plan together for a mass vaccination event. Commission Vice Chair Doug Stewart said during the Wednesday, Jan. 6, meeting that a remote meeting is scheduled this week…

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Southern California residents received a rare glimmer of hope about the ongoing novel coronavirus surge in the region when health officials on Tuesday, Jan. 12, noted that hospitalizations across LA County had apparently begun to plateau. Despite this, the region’s healthcare system remained…

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The first few Malibuites have begun receiving Woolsey Fire settlement money from Southern California Edison. The checks have come just over two years after the devastating fire, which legal experts have said is a fairly fast turnover for a natural disaster. 

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California State Senator Henry Stern, who represents Malibu in Sacramento, announced plans for legislation to help the state detect and combat domestic terrorism "by white nationalist militia groups," according to information shared by Stern's press office on Monday, Jan. 11.

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Chiquita’s Friends, the Malibu-based nonprofit animal welfare group, is preparing for its next spay/neuter clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 17. A team of eight volunteers and 12 veterinarians will be participating, along with the nonprofit Birdhouse/DogHouse.

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Still got your Christmas tree sitting around? Malibu welcomes you to drop it off at the Chili Cook-Off Lot at 23575 Civic Center Way as long as you do it by this Sunday, Jan. 10. Trees will be accepted Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are partnering to launch a project-based course where high school students “will create solution-based proposals for current real-world social injustices related to policing, education, homelessness, or the…

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Malibu saw a 16 percent decrease in felony arrests in 2020, but an increase in other crimes, according to a Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department report that assessed the first 11 months of 2020 in comparison to the year 2019. But are those numbers as positive as they seem? 

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The first Malibu City Council meeting of the new year has a number of new council proposals slated to be heard—including two separate council items co-sponsored by new members Bruce Silverstein and Steve Uhring. One Silverstein-Uhring proposal, item 7F on next Monday’s meeting agenda (Jan. 1…

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Hundreds of Malibu homeowners who were told they were out of wastewater permit compliance should check their mailboxes for an apology note from city staff this week, according to a message shared by the city on Tuesday evening, Jan. 5, stating that more than 1,000 letters were sent to proper…

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Update, Jan. 8: By Thursday, Jan. 7, a total of 238 Malibuites have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, meaning an additional nine locals tested positive for the virus between Tuesday and Thursday of this week, a continuance of a surge in cases that has been recorded both locally and …

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”Il Pelicano,” an Amalfi Coast-inspired Malibu property featured in Netflix’s “Selling Sunset” TV show, is officially off the market, according to Variety. It was bought by Chad Richison, “founder and chief executive of payroll processor Paycom and one of Oklahoma’s richest men,” for $26.5 m…

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Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best known for starring as Wonder Woman in the popular DC superhero films, recently purchased a beachside penthouse “just a quick jog from Larry Ellison’s ever-trendy Nobu Malibu restaurant,” according to real estate website Dirt. Gadot purchased the house from Bui…

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Since 2020 may be going down as one of the worst years ever, will a batch of new laws going into effect make for a better 2021?

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Bill Koeneker, a reporter for the Malibu Surfside News for nearly 30 years who covered this community during the historic fight for cityhood in the ‘80s and early ‘90s as well as the shaping of a nascent city, died Saturday morning, Dec. 26, after a long illness. He was 71.

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Santa Monica’s McClure Tunnel, which connects PCH to the Santa Monica (I-10) Freeway, will be closed for construction overnight beginning the first week of January. Caltrans will be installing LED lights within the tunnel for improved visibility and a queue warning system—the first in LA Cou…

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Despite many in LA County and across the country suffering from an ailment known as “COVID fatigue”—burn-out from constant warnings, shut-downs and bad news—county officials have continued efforts to keep residents home amid record-breaking disease spread around Los Angeles, including a new …

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“It’s been eluding us for so long but our first significant rain of the season is finally upon us!” the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Los Angeles outpost, which is based in Oxnard, tweeted on Christmas Day. 

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The Malibu Living Shoreline Project, with The Bay Foundation nonprofit as lead agency, aims to restore approximately three acres of dune habitat at Zuma Beach and Westward Beach (agencies call it Point Dume Beach).  The theory is that Malibu’s sand dunes can be brought back from their curren…

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Barely any rain and it’s already mid-December? Malibu is experiencing drought conditions—but a drought it is not. That’s a key difference: a “drought” can actually only be declared by the Governor of California; his declaration releases key relief funding for several agencies. “Drought condi…

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In the last three to four months, the California State Parks’ Angeles District has added six new peace officers to its Malibu area jurisdictions: five new rangers and one lifeguard. 

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Three drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Webb Way on Saturday, Dec. 19, held from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., according to a press release from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. 

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The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office released a report on Thursday, Dec. 17, that included a play-by-play description of the 2018 mass shooting that took place at Thousand Oaks’ Borderline Bar & Grill, determining that California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Barrett’s use of dead…

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If you don’t work in healthcare or are not deemed an “essential” worker, it is likely you will not be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine until perhaps the summer of 2021. That’s according to Los Angeles County Public Health Department doctors who spoke at a virtual town hall last Thursda…

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Local steakhouse Mastro’s caught some ire last week for staying open for outdoor, in-person dining despite county health regulations requiring restaurants to revert to only takeout and delivery. “Apparently If You’re Rich You Can Keep Eating at Steakhouses in Malibu,” Eater LA headlined its …

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None of the four other city council members who served on Malibu City Council in 2009—during the time former Council Member Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner alleges a bribe attempt took place—said they could recall experiencing any attempts to buy their votes throughout their terms on the city’s …

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A conflict is brewing on the school board after board member-turned Santa Monica City Council Member Oscar de la Torre announced on Dec. 17 that he did not plan to step down from his seat on the school board, which he has held since 2002.

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The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for much of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties—including Malibu—scheduled to last from 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, to 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, due to Santa Ana winds combined with moderate humidity. Though the warning is only in effect fo…

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A clifftop property along the ocean edge of Point Dume was just purchased by Mel Gibson’s ex-wife, Robyn Moore, for $17.5 million. The Cape Cod-style home was designed by well-known local architect Doug Burdge, with “spectacular Zuma Beach and whitewater views,” according to Variety.

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The economic battle against the coronavirus is being fought on the frontlines by restaurants. Unfortunately, many restaurants have closed. Even among those still hanging on, most have suffered, including some beloved locales here in Malibu.

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