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Last week, I attended a City Council meeting for a project at 20220 PCH—an empty lot for 35 years, the original home having slid into the ocean during the 1983 landslide. The proposed structure is nearly twice the square footage and height than previously with a rooftop deck that would make …

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All over California, people are complaining there are no affordable rentals available. Zillow, which tracks the real estate world, put, some numbers down for each local community. Zillow estimates that no one should expend more than 30 percent of their income each month for rent. Here are so…

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On the first Monday of September, many workers take the day off and enjoy time relaxing with friends and family for Labor Day. Many Americans will turn the time off into an extended weekend by hosting barbecues, going on a mini vacation or spending time outdoors. 

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This is the weekend of the Malibu Chili Cook-Off, our unofficial end-of-summer event that’s been going on for over 35-plus years. It’s one you took your kids to and now they’re taking their kids to it. You can buy your tickets online at malibuchilicookoff.org. It was produced for many years …

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After walking in the bluffs last week, I saw a poster on the office window announcing that Alfie Kohn will be speaking in Malibu on Aug. 28 at the Malibu Library. This is wonderful.

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We just came back from a wonderful week in Aspen, C.O.—a town with a bit of magic in it, filled with music and art and lectures, young musicians and, most of all, a street life that actually doesn’t close up at 8:30 at night. I can understand why people return year after year; it’s sort of l…

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America has always had a problem with drugs—mainly, illegal street drugs. Those street drugs, like heroin and cocaine, usually came from some distant places and were imported into our country by crime organizations and then cooked into dozens of variations to squeeze out every last dollar on…

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Arnold York didn’t write it in any recent columns, but he said it to me directly and I agreed: The July 1 planning commission public hearing was the most raucous, loudest display of passion for the Malibu people since cityhood in 1991. Others have concurred. I will go even further. It may ha…

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There comes a time when partisan politics irrevocably conflicts with the truth and obstructs the single most important goal of a functioning democracy: namely, to move forward the process by which the greater good for the greatest number of people is advanced. This week, the American people …

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Once upon a time, in the olden days, people actually communicated with each other by speaking in person, standing directly in front of each other with words that were actually spoken out loud. This process had some distinct advantages. You got to see the person’s face and their facial expres…

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After two long nights, one before the planning commission and the last before city council, four members of the city council finally saw the light and decided to kill the ill-thought out and highly unpopular downzoning ordinance. The only holdout was Jefferson Wagner, who seemed to think his…

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Here are the 10 best reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and hot dogs this Independence Day, rather than ground-up animal body parts:

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Mayor Wagner and members of the City Council, my name is Burt Ross, and I appear before you this evening to thank you; our city manager, Reva Feldman; and our city employees, who have worked together tirelessly to help the thousands of us who have been uprooted from our homes. Many of us are…

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I wish to voice my shock and dismay at receiving the letter in the mail from the Together for Dwelling Size Fairness Team. I have a modest home in the amount of approximately 2,700 square feet in Point Dume. The TDSF proposal would downsize it to 1,800 square feet. 

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It isn’t often you see a city council consciously try to hurt its own citizens. To intentionally try and make them all poorer. To tell the citizenry what the council believes is good for them. To tell them to stop complaining and take the council-prescribed medicine. Well, they’re doing it a…

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We all watched proudly as our president, along with his beautiful family, visited the royals in England with the French president and his wife while honoring those who defended and protected our freedom and liberty—as Donald Trump does very capably at home each and every day.

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In response to the letter, “The ugly American,” published on June 13

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The City of Santa Monica has just received the legal bill for the gigantic lawsuit it lost when it resisted breaking up the city council into separate, distinct council districts. Currently, all city council members are elected citywide and the plaintiff lawyers maintained that this process …

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Just cool it because temperatures won’t be so cool this week. Add in some humidity and this will put an even greater strain on us. Extreme heat is a potential health concern. It’s the first big heat wave of the season and more are in store...

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Last Thursday, June 6, Malibu hosted its best Homeless Connect Day ever. Between 70 and 75 homeless guests had their needs met by over 50 volunteers and a multitude of providers. There was an atmosphere with an abundance of warmth, caring and festivity.

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If you’re a reader of our letters to the editor on this editorial page, you will soon see that a number of people are unhappy with what we print. Perhaps it’s time to go over our rules concerning letters to the editor. There are really only three rules: First, the letter has to be no more th…

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We all watched in horror as America’s Ugly American, with his whole crime family in tow, invaded France and England spouting insults aimed at loyal Americans, while perched in front of the graves of the dead at Normandy.

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This letter is addressed to Burt Ross, in response to his column “A whole lot of columns,” published on May 16

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On Monday, the 20th of March, the City of Malibu officially announced issuance of the first fire rebuild permit for a replacement home that had nothing in the pipeline before the Nov. 9, 2018, Woolsey Fire. The “six months or less to a permit” goal, which wasn’t even discussed until well int…

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Your choice—federal money and resources to those entering our country illegally, or to the tax-paying recent storm victims who have lost everything.

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The Woolsey Fire and a cold, wet winter are beginning to take their toll on some western Malibu businesses. All of Malibu has suffered, but restaurants and real estate on the west end of town have been hit the hardest and a number have had to dip into savings to keep going. Coral Beach Canti…

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After 37 years of serving the Malibu community, the Coral Beach Cantina and Zooma Sushi are being forced out of business. We have been through many fires, floods, road closures, power outages, torrential rains and mudslides, but never faced the prospect of closing our doors permanently. We h…

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On Saturday, I attended a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training conducted by Malibu’s new Fire Safety Liaison, Jerry Vandermeulen. It was Mr. Vandermeulen’s sixth day working for the City of Malibu. He comes to us after completing a 35-year fire service career with a seven-year s…

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“Game of Thrones” has ended and apparently many of our fellow Americans seem to have lost their reason for living. I must confess that during the entire time it ran, I never watched it—not one single episode. It has left a gaping hole in my cultural knowledge, and Karen and I are seriously t…

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Identifying state firearm policies that protect more than they harm requires scientific studies. Under the U.S. Constitution, states set firearm policies for their residents, not the federal government. Despite that fact, the National Rifle Association sponsored federal legislation in 1996 b…

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On Monday, May 6, we were having a coffee outside at Starbucks by Ralphs when we heard this very loud flapping noise from the rafters. We looked up to see a mother pigeon hanging by her foot, which was impaled by the spikes in the rafters. The spikes are there to prevent birds from nesting; …

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With summer fast approaching, the beaches are a popular destination for many—including plastics. If no change regarding plastic production and consumption is made, the ocean will house more plastic products than fish. Imagine taking a dip in the ocean to find heaps of plastic swimming with y…

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The Malibu Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Malibu, hosted its annual state of the city event last Friday, featuring reports from California Senator Henry Stern, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Mayor Jefferson Wagner. The Malibu High School Choir opened the meeting wit…

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Loreto, Baja Mexico—Sometimes it’s difficult to tell how tense you’ve become until you get out of town and do nothing for a few days. There is so much happening in our world, from Washington D.C. to Malibu, Calif., that I’ve found myself tied up in knots, never quite able to unwind and barel…

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