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On page A1 this week we published the last of our articles, for now, about the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA). I had hoped, with the help of a number of  talented Pepperdine journalism students, to take a deep dive int…

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Are you kidding me? Did you see how disgusting the highway was when this group was homesteading between Topanga Canyon and Coastline Drive on PCH? It was horrendous: The filth, urinating and defecating on the sides of the roads. Crime went up in the area. Views of the coast were hindered. 

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One of the joys of life in Malibu is the opportunity to spend time with friends, neighbors and clients who are very smart, talented, and successful in a variety of fields.  

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The extraordinary influence of supposedly expert modelers is the great COVID-19 scandal. In some cases, modelers completely misinformed government leaders, the news media and, ultimately, the public about the scale of the threat.

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The waves were up a bit today. The surfers were out and it looked almost like normalcy. The surfers told me that the beaches were not open but they just weren’t enforcing the empty ocean rule, so they were all going back out to ride their boards. There still is no parking near the beaches bu…

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In response to “From the Publisher: Houston, the Eagle has Landed,” published May 7

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The pandemic is the major independent variable and government efforts must, therefore, also be a major offsetting variable.

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Approximately 40 years ago, I left New York to come to Malibu. It was a cold, damp, wintry November morning. I was wearing my London Fog, which I had recently bought from Bloomingdale’s after arriving at JFK. I very quickly boarded the plane. As I got to my seat on the plane, I took off my L…

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The front-page picture in this week’s Malibu Times is of the protest rally downtown this past weekend—people who want California to reopen now protesting the closure orders. They are packed together, certainly less than six feet apart, many refusing to wear masks, and dramatically exercising…

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No, no, I have not turned into a Hollywood reporter, and I do not mean to imply that there is something going on between these two superstars. They just happen to be two celebrities who are using their fame and fortune to help us all combat this worldwide pandemic, and they both deserve a he…

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I have been a regular customer at R Quick Stop in the Heathercliff shopping center for more than two decades. When I picked up my mail recently, I was told that Quick Stop is closing.  

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I can feel the pressure building to open up the country. Locally, the traffic on Pacific Coast Highway is already increasing, particularly morning traffic headed toward Ventura County. Ventura opened its beaches this weekend and people streamed to the beach, just to get out of the house for …

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Last Wednesday, I followed through on the opportunity presented by the city and had myself tested for COVID-19 to reassure myself that I am not an asymptomatic spreader of the virus.

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If you think education is expensive, try ignorance! With well-educated government leadership employing a policy of maximum transparency, Taiwan’s 24 million people have managed to limit their COVID-19 cases and deaths to 420 cases and six deaths, so far. New cases rarely exceed six cases dai…

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More than ever, this period of withdrawal from the hum and buzz has me thinking about our culture. A culture is cultivated, first by family, then by a larger group—be it city, state, nation, or religion, or...? To cultivate is to strive after. This striving defines a collective identity. Wha…

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Congress just passed another bailout bill for small businesses, this time for $484 billion (that’s billion with a ‘B’) on top of the earlier $350 billion bailout for small business that somehow never seemed to get to any small business that I’m aware of—certainly not to The Malibu Times. Fra…

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The “staycation” has gotten markedly less fun in the last few weeks as the number of locally diagnosed cases has increased. We have been sobered by the two reported deaths. It hasn’t helped that the projected end has been shifted, first to the end of April, then the middle of May and now the…

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The economy was shut down so that the coronavirus wouldn’t overrun hospital resource capacity. If we overran capacity, we would end up like Italy, with a lot more people dying because they couldn’t get treatment. In California, we hit peak hospital resource use on April 14. In California, we…

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Change is knocking on our door. I heard, Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. I hope we take to heart all that is happening now. That we understand our part in creating what has happened. That we marvel at the wonderful wet spring coming our way. And the clean air. 

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision just hours before the scheduled April 7 Wisconsin primary election confirms the devolution of our nation’s high court from impartial arbiters to blatant partisans. At the request of Republicans, the five Republican-appointed conservatives on the court reject…

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As we approach the middle of April, I hope Governor Newsom and his staff are crafting plans to reopen California’s economy.  

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I never thought I would say this, but I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for Donald Trump. Whatever he has said recently seems to be wrong. Earlier, he said it was the responsibility of the state governors to take control of the pandemic and the federal government was just the backup. And th…

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Here’s a forward of my experience contacting federally recommended lenders off the SBA PPP website on April 3, basically telling me I can’t work with them since I’m not a customer of theirs, despite the federal website recommending them. My business bank, Bank of America, also was a fail sin…

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To all of the families and individuals in the Malibu community that have stayed in place, practiced social distancing and stayed home, I want to thank you for your resolve. My family has stayed in place for 25 days; I know from experience that isolating is, at times, difficult. Sometimes I f…

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I have just met two angels here in Malibu and I want to make the rest of the community aware of them. They are Katie (Katherine) and Sam (Samantha), who are part of a group called the Mighty Underdogs. This group provides free delivery service to seniors and others most vulnerable. I learned…

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The Trump administration and congressional allies have given big business every stimulus it wanted, which has ultimately been bad for business. To stimulate the economy, they passed a tax bill that returned $3 trillion in taxes to businesses, embraced the largest peacetime federal deficits i…

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A few days ago, a story broke about US Navy Captain Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the Navy nuclear aircraft carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who sent an email to 20-plus recipients in the Navy. He very eloquently expressed his dismay that his ship, which was in quarantine in Guam, …

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