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It’s been a year since our community was devastated by the Woolsey Fire, the worst calamity in the history of LA County. The aftermath will be felt by all of us for years to come, and we don’t know how long it will take for a “new normal”  (whatever that means) to take hold.

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In last week’s column I mused about the possibility of scheduling a Sandcastle building contest On Corral Beach directly across from Malibu Seafood. The purpose was to remove the contestant’s sand from under the bridge/drainage device that also connects the Sara Wan Trail to the beach. I bel…

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As president of Friends Of Malibu Urgent Care, I would like to take this moment to thank Dru and Rick Margolis for opening their beautiful home in order for Friends to have our Sunday event on Nov. 3. 

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Every year, we hear about yet another iceberg the size of Rhode Island or Delaware breaking off from the west Antarctic and the corresponding warnings about rising sea levels and the end of life as we know it. While these are truly massive displays of nature at work, this spectacle has been …

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For the past 40 years, many in the community of Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Malibu, Calabasas and Thousand Oaks, became involved with a Santa Come to Agoura and Beyond Food Drive to help those in need.

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Rosarito, BC, was devastated by a wildfire less than two weeks ago. Their city budget is a fraction of Malibu’s, yet Rosarito City has provided free medical exams to victims and opened a special document center to replace birth certificates, drivers licenses and deeds. They provided large te…

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We just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire this weekend in numerous locations in Malibu, although “celebrate” is really not the right word. “Commemorated” is really more accurate. Still, 12 months post-fire we still don’t know why 750-plus homes burned in greater Malibu,…

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My letter is in response to the alarming report of another urgent care opening in our city, Malibu Urgent Care has supported my family’s health needs for the 20 years we have lived here. Their recent Improvements were paid for by our community’s donations. We will continue to support them as…

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The LA County Grand Jury has indicted the alleged shooter in the Malibu Creek State Park shooting of the father sleeping in a tent with his two young daughters last summer. He’s being charged with murder and numerous counts of attempted murder for the many incidents that occurred in the park…

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Last March, I attended a meeting where several members of the city council, all of the public works, public safety and planning commissioners, and some members of the public met with Caltrans to learn about a crosswalk they intended to add in the vicinity of Malibu Seafood. That meeting was …

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Donald Trump will be impeached. The ostensible reason: He abused his power for personal domestic political advantage when requesting favors from Ukrainian officials. He compounded this offense with repeatedly obstructing Congressional investigations into this abuse. The real reason why he wi…

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No, this is not a Disney animated short about a little boy and the sun. Rather it is a story about my daughter the doctor (a proud Jewish parent never forgets to tell the world his kid is a doctor) who the other day looked up at the sun and let forth “achoo.” One “achoo” was not the end of i…

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Malibu Urgent Care is an independent urgent care center, not affiliated with any healthcare system such as UCLA or Kaiser—which only refer patients to physicians and hospitals in their network.

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Earth’s vegetated lands have shown a significant, 14 percent increase in greening over the last 35 years, largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25, 2016.

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Our Legacy Park resembles the miles of natural landscape that surrounds our city. But, wait a minute, isn’t that the same stuff that the fire department requires us to [clear] each year? What if an ember were to float into it and cause the whole park to ignite? Then, while our fire departmen…

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In response to “Enough of this nonsense” published in the Oct. 17 edition of The Malibu Times

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Every place you turn the world seems to have a new normal. There isn’t a country anywhere where things seem to be functioning and stable. It used to be just third world countries and banana republics that had rioting in the streets and governments threatening to or actually arresting their o…

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I built house in Malibu in 1979 and, as a past officer in the United States Navy, I was entitled to obtain homeowners’s insurance with USAA. I never had a claim until my house burned down completely in the 1993 fire. I had to sue USAA to collect my money. It took three years to settle the cl…

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Halloween is quickly approaching. As a kid, this was always one of my favorite holidays. Carving pumpkins, dreaming up a costume (then trying to make it) and collecting pillowcases full of candy... What could be better? 

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I’ve not met a single rational person who denies global warming. The warming trend of the last 150 years or so is universally accepted and documented. However, climate scientists disagree on details, like when the warming began and what caused it.

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I’m a local Malibu surfer who surfs Staircase often. On Saturday afternoon, it was clean with a little swell running. I had heard that a boat had wrecked off shore on Thursday and was disintegrating in the area but had forgotten about it when I saw the surf reports for the weekend. I remembe…

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A letter in last week’s Times predicts President Trump will lose next year “because of his lifelong resentment and hostility toward urban values of respect for multiculturalism and social innovation.” To the extent we can decipher this elitist psycho-babble at all, it’s simply wrong, and unw…

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi didn’t want a formal impeachment inquiry. For now, a majority of the country didn’t want a formal impeachment inquiry. Many Democrats, including myself, didn’t want a formal impeachment inquiry because there is a presidential election coming up in November 2…

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My name is Charles Beck, I’d like to share my opinion regarding the devastation done to our town during the fire last year. Prior to this fire, I had only ever heard of natural disasters affecting residential areas on news channels, and I never imagined that my family and my neighbors could …

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“Impeach him!” The mantra we have heard literally since Trump took the oath of office, and in fact it was discussed even before he took office. Local Congressman Brad Sherman formally initiated impeachment efforts in 2017 with HR438, which failed, 58-364. However, in the current overheated p…

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One of the undeniable virtues of the representative democratic form of government here in the United States is its enumerated and implied structural impediments to consolidation of power. The basic tenets of our federalist structure embody both separation of powers and checks and balances. C…

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Donald Trump will be a one-term president because of his lifelong resentment and hostility toward urban values of respect for multiculturalism and social innovativeness. 

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This coming Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 a.m., the Board of Supervisors is going to vote to allow unsupervised camping in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu. 

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The new fire season is now upon us and the county has previously spent time and money trying to help us all learn how to better manage this new upcoming fire season. They’ve held meetings and seminars after the Woolsey Fire to teach us how to manage fire in today’s more dangerous climate. Su…

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I was very happy about the news that Malibu Towing is returning to our city. Adail Gayhart, the owner of the company, deserves all the credit for Malibu’s reputation through his service and commitment to the city. We lost a similar business some time ago, the original Malibu Lumber. Adail ca…

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When I moved to Malibu over seven years ago, I had never heard of Nextdoor. I quickly signed up for Nextdoor Kanan since my home was on Kanan Dume Road. I liked the small town flavor of it, the sense of community which attracted me to Malibu in the first place. 

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I’m very proud that Vintage Grocers—our local grocery store—stepped up in a big way for Malibu by being the main sponsor of the 38th Annual Chili Cook-Off this year, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu. 

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As a senior who takes daily medication for high blood pressure and a wife to an 80-year-old husband who has a family history of Alzheimer’s, I am passionate about medical research and innovation.

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It seems that the older I get, the more I hear people screaming at each other. Most of the pundits in the media are reasonable.

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Searching your online paper, the last mention of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project I could find was a 2016 reader letter. Your paper should write a piece on the results of the six-year post-construction study, released just last month by The Bay Foundation. 

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Last Saturday, Sept. 7, my wife Sara and I were fortunate to join about 200 Pepperdine students, staff, faculty and other community members to participate in the university’s 12th annual “Waves of Flags” installation on Pepperdine’s PCH and Malibu canyon lawns. This 9/11 commemoration has a …

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I’m beginning to think that White House staffers should have their names and perhaps a number on the back of their jackets to make it easier for all of us to keep track of who is in and who is out. Apparently, to get hired into the Trump White House you have to look the part, and say somethi…

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In light of the fact that the LA County Board of Supervisors will soon be voting to amend the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program to allow camping in ESHA areas of the Santa Monica Mountains, I feel it is vital to write this note in the hope that Supervisor Sheila Kuehl can stop thi…

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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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The city is approaching the one-third milepost on the journey to rebuilding Malibu. According to the city’s website, the city recently granted the 15th building permit for a Woolsey rebuild. A total of 148 applications have been turned into planning since Woolsey. Only 18 of the planning app…

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