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I find myself starstruck. Growing up in Malibu, I’ve had my share of celebrity encounters, but I refused to be in awe of entertainers. Driving home on PCH stopped at a light, I happened to look over at the car beside me with a large green sticker: “CORE Community Organized Relief Effort.” Th…

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Bruce Silverstein may be laborious, as some learned lawyers are, in stating their positions, and he might have been precipitous in proposing reforms before he was even seated on city council.

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Because of a legal decision, Martin v. Boise, that says a municipality can’t criminalize sleeping on public land if a person has no other option, the suggestion is being made that if we have a shelter in Malibu and a homeless person is offered but refuses to sleep there, the city can therefo…

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My family has been members of the Malibu community since the early 1960s.  My father, David Kagon, was a founder of the city and one of many highly respected leaders in its history. Growing up, I was fortunate to observe firsthand what good leadership requires: integrity, emotional intellige…

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In response to Scott Dittrich’s diatribe last week against Judy Abel’s measured and thoughtful article on vaccine priorities for those with high risk medical conditions, I can only say it’s unfortunate we have not yet developed a vaccine to protect against dumb. In April 2020, Mr. Dietrich s…

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Now that Malibu City Council Member Bruce Silverstein has laid waste to City Hall by baselessly accusing his fellow council members, the city manager, city staff and the city attorney of corruption, lawlessness or nefarious motivation, he has moved on to new targets—the free press.

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As firefighters, we know the pump intake valve allows the flow of water from the hydrant into the pump panel on our fire trucks. We need to have clean water with no debris, otherwise it will clog the pump and we will be unable to pump water effectively, or at all, if too clogged.

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When I was a young boy growing up in Ohio, crazy existed on the fringes of society, but was not often heard from. DC Comics did create dual worlds on Earth 1 and Earth 2, but those realities were for the comics. In school, we read “The Trial” by Kafka and Heller’s “Catch 22,” yet those dark …

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Never having been a shining example of journalistic integrity, The Malibu Times has sunk to a new low in its pursuit of a smear campaign against me, led by its co-owners, Arnold and Karen York.

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I find myself in a bit of dilemma. There are five members of the city council to be reported on, but only one, Bruce Lee Silverstein, has such a totally obsessive need to be in the spotlight that he cranks out volumes of material practically every day, posting on social media and NextDoor ac…

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I have been brought up to trust the people who are in places of authority to perform their duties truthfully and faithfully. We have a congresswoman, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who denies the Parkland massacre, the 9/11 attack as a terrorist attack and the validity of the Jewish people’s right …

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Reading the letter published here last week praising “the exemplary work ethic,” of City Manager Reva Feldman, one has to wonder how the select signatory former Malibu mayors might have been accommodated during their tenure.

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Get out of the way—Bruce Silverstein is on a rampage! He has attacked our city manager, our former city attorney, the current city attorney, and he has now set his sights on our three council members who have dared to question his scorched-earth tactics. 

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In response to last week’s Letter to the Editor (“My advice”), Phyllis O’Callahan’s comments attacking Karen York are really uncalled for.  I’ve known Karen for 16 years and know her to be one of the most generous, selfless people I’ve ever met—as far from a narcissist as one could possibly …

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I’ve been reading the nonsense dribbled by William McCarthy here on a near weekly basis for years. We get it— you are far left. We even learned last week that your kid is a “hard-core Biden supporter” (didn’t know any existed). But a constitutional scholar you are not. McCarthy falsely claim…

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Ten former mayors endorsed the malfeasance of the city manager in a letter to your publication last week. As we citizens and the signers themselves know, the title of mayor is simply ceremonial, apparently until it benefits someone’s political purpose to self-aggrandize as in the aforesaid letter.

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The guy in the buckskin and buffalo horns is at it again. Only, this time he is using internet message boards to invade capital, instead of the Capitol. Using Vlad the Impaler, and his band of merry men, the investor militias have occupied Wall Street. Bobby Axelrod’s hedge fund protégé was …

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Today, Tuesday Feb. 9, 2021, is a historic day. Future generations of academics will write textbooks about this second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Future generations of Americans will see the tape of the protesters storming the U.S. Capitol building and wonder if that is what democrac…

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As you prepare for the big football game this weekend, make sure to be a good sport and keep your safety front and center at all times. We know first and foremost social distancing and avoiding large crowds is our number one priority. Unfortunately, that will not stop people from huddling to…

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The incoming First Family recently made animal-lovers’ hearts sing by announcing that they’re adopting a cat to join their German shepherds Champ and Major in the new White House. 

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I would like you to play a game, a learning exercise we are all familiar with, one we all learned as children. Match the State in Column A, with their Covid Statistics in Columns B/C:

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The reasoned proposal for “transparency, affordability and ethics” in Malibu City Hall sadly was dead on arrival, no thanks to City Manager Reva Feldman and a willfully ignorant city council majority.

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Taken out of context, the actions and words of Senators Cruz and Hawley and those of former President Trump seem defensible in a “gentlemen will disagree” sort of way. Hawley, after the fact, said that his vote to challenge Pennsylvania’s certified electoral college electors was a symbolic, …

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My comments are in response to the editorial dated Jan. 26. The Times can be an often useful source of news. It is not a trusted source of legal or psychological analysis. I find it ironic that the amateur and biased excoriation in that editorial employs the same methods that it decries as h…

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This letter responds to Karen York’s Jan. 27 column concerning Bruce Silverstein. Ms. York’s attack of Mr. Silverstein begins and ends with the clinical definition of narcissism. A shockingly ironic argument for someone suggesting that the will of the people should be overturned by recall el…

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• Letters to the editor are opportunities for our readers to say their piece. We don’t limit the letters other than to try and restrict them to 350 words. We don’t edit the letters. We don’t verify the facts offered in the letters, nor are we responsible for the tone of the letters, which ar…

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Each of us is a former mayor who has served with Reva Feldman when she was either the director of administrative services, the assistant city manager or, as presently, the city manager. All of us can attest to her exemplary work ethic. In each capacity, Ms. Feldman carried out her duties pro…

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Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, which must always be immediately available on the shelf. Blood has a truly short shelf-life span and must be constantly replenished year-round to ensure availability for all patients.

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The incongruity of City Manager Reva Feldman’s grousing demand letter her lawyer slapped on Malibu, charging what she calls harassment, is by any administrative measure basically reasoned requests that she do her job.

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I read the city manager’s demand letter from her attorney with great delight. I did not expect Mr. Silverstein to succeed so quickly. We are so lucky to have such an effective leader on the city council. I cannot wait to see what else he is able to accomplish with the same speed. Perhaps he …

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For an inside glimpse of the new Biden administration, check out the 46th minute of a streaming video at: youtu.be/q3Uh_48zG9M. It features a virtual swearing-in ceremony on the evening of Inauguration Day, when Biden addressed several hundred newly appointed political appointees (and their …

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Sometimes I root for nature in her often lopsided battle against the human race. A tornado versus the local trailer park—I’m not supporting the home team. While COVID-19 has killed almost as many Americans as the First Civil War, we are not entirely innocent victims in our war on Mother Eart…

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As a nation struggles to comprehend the labyrinth of statements, proclamations, confusion and outright uncertainty over how and when to get a COVID-19 vaccine, one of the common refrains from our elected leaders is exasperation over the fact that, despite the apparent availability of vaccine…

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Just when civility and decency are returning to our nation’s capital, we here in Malibu are experiencing a locally disruptive and destructive force like nothing we have ever witnessed.

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I am deeply disappointed to learn that our city manager, Reva Feldman, has decided to resign her position and is asking the city to buy out the last year of her employment contract. However, I understand. No one should tolerate the abusive interactions and slanderous social media rants heape…

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