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Last night’s council meeting underscored Council Member Bruce Silverstein’s distrust of City Manager Reva Feldman. Silverstein has made many records requests from City Hall for the apparent purpose of oversight into some of the city’s processes. In response, Feldman placed an item on last ni…

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As parents and caregivers of students in the special education program, we want you to understand why we feel it is critically important that you appoint Jason Feldman to SMMUSD School Board.

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As we remain in the darkest days of the worst public health crisis in the last century, it is hard to look ahead to when we return to “normal.” For the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) it has been equally challenging, as we must focus on facing the daily challenges of COV…

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I just got back to Malibu, jet lagged but exhilarated from yesterday’s trip to the U.S. Capitol. The Georgetown University-sponsored political science group was a master class in U.S. governance. Even better than advertised, the full immersion experience put me literally in the seat of Ameri…

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What a difference one week makes in U.S. corporate tolerance for bigotry and conspiracy theories that undermine the legitimacy of our elected leaders! It is more than coincidence that the sudden upwelling of concern by Amazon, Facebook and Twitter with bizarre social media messages being cir…

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I, like others, receive numerous COVID updates that we now take for granted. In the near future, there will be vaccinations available out here, but where and when? Ralphs does not have a pharmacy and I know of no other place in Malibu where they are prepared. Does the city need to intercede …

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The Republican Party prides itself in being the party of “law and order.” When hundreds of thousands of people protested police brutality against African Americans, the GOP and its propaganda station Fox News incessantly called for law and order.

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The surreal events of the last few weeks, culminating in the illegal and seditious insurrection at the Capitol Building, is not a surprise given the malignant narcissism of Donald Trump and his blind, misguided, sycophant enablers.

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We all kind of waited, holding our breath to see how the first real substantive council meeting would go. None of us was sure what Bruce Silverstein would do. Would he hold it together? Would he lose it? Once again, Bruce proved himself up to the task. One of the first items was to approve t…

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I hope council members who are put off by Council Member Bruce Silverstein’s aggressive style won’t let that distract their focus from the substance of actions recommended by Silverstein. For the upcoming council meeting, Silverstein has drafted an agenda item to consider city process reform…

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A personality cult arises when a country’s regime uses the techniques of mass media, propaganda, the big lie, patriotism and rallies to create an idealized, heroic, and worshipful image of a leader. The term came to prominence in 1956 when Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union, criticized t…

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As many of you know, Poison Free Malibu has been working to alert homeowners, businesses and government leaders to the dangers of toxic pesticides. We were very pleased with the recent passage of California Assembly Bill 1788, which puts a moratorium on second generation anticoagulant rodent…

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In case of President Biden concluding a pact with Iran or North Korea, there has to be the opportunity for immediate inspection of all suspected sites—or else, during a waiting period, the country in question will be able to move the materials in question to another site, during whose waitin…

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Were he alive today, Joseph Goebbels, head of Hitler’s propaganda machine, would have admired Fox News and Fox Business. Never before in our history have a media network and a presidential administration worked closer together to disseminate falsehoods and to coordinate messages.

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I’d like to share how thankful my wife and I are to have the Malibu Urgent Care Center available in our community. The ER doctors use the best kind of medical treatment and have superbly taken care of a multitude of our ailments and accidents over the years. Today, it is especially important…

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The next few days may mark a monumental moment in America history, and maybe even alter the way our government functions. Today, as I write this, Georgia goes to the polls to select two U.S. Senators. The polls close at 7 p.m. EST, which is 4 p.m. here. Normally, or at least in the past, you…

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If the last local election in Malibu demonstrated anything by awarding the most votes to two of the candidates committed to reforming city government, Bruce Lee Silverstein and Steve Uhring, it was that at long last our iconic seaside village might live up to its promise of a livable communi…

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When most of us hear the word “addiction,” we tend to think of drugs or alcohol, but narcissism, a behavioral disorder, can also be an addiction. Our leader is a classic case in point.

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Supreme Court justices Alito and Thomas dishonored the court and undermined this nation’s democratic principles. They did so by asserting that the State of Texas had standing to sue swing states Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin because of election irregularities alleged by Presi…

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The long-anticipated Christmas holiday is nearly upon us. It conjures visions of happy families gathered by a warm fireplace, opening presents, sharing their love, and... feasting on ham and turkey. It’s the happiest time of the year, but not for the animals.

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The year 2020 is rapidly drawing to a close and most of us will be only too happy to see it go. I can’t remember a year so angst-filled, whether by COVID-19, the presidential election, the collapse of the work economy and the insecurity of so many, or simply being without close contact with …

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The holidays provide a good opportunity to spend quality time (even remotely) with family, friends and coworkers. Rather than getting stressed about holiday obligations, think about these opportunities as making “deposits” in your relationship banks. The time you spend is an investment into …

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Justice Jill Karofsky wrote: “This lawsuit smacks of racism. I do not know how you can come before this court and possibly ask for a remedy that is unheard of in U.S. history—it is not normal.” She was ruling on one of the lawsuits filed to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The relief…

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President Trump appointed Christopher Krebs director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in 2018. Two years later, Krebs famously declared that this past presidential election was “the most secure election in American history.” This declaration infuriated President Trump,…

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This will be our 41st annual Santa Comes to Agoura, Malibu, Ventura and Los Angeles. Due to the coronavirus, we will be purchasing food for food banks. We find out what their needs are.

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I’ve been watching city councils come and go ever since we became a city in 1991. Typically, when the new council members are sworn in, people say nice things about the outgoing council, whether they mean it or not, and the new council members keep their initiation speeches brief and—typical…

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Will our Malibu as a fabled address somehow survive as a livable community with a sense of place and not just a trough for real estate interests and a bloated bureaucracy?

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I am a licensed California attorney. I am a Malibu resident and have been for over 20 years. I am also a “local boy” to SoCal (grew up in Venice). I’ve owned and operated businesses in both the private and defense sectors. I put myself through college and law school. But one thing I will not…

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As Trump continues to rant and rave about how the election was fraudulent and how he was cheated, this poor loser, this spoiled brat, hasn’t provided an iota of evidence in a single court of law. Republican secretaries of state, Republican appointed judges, and even Republican government off…

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The Nov. 3 election was a more democratic presidential election than occurred in 2016 for several reasons. By “democratic,” I mean an election that accurately reflected the electorate’s presidential preference. Presidents Nixon, G.W. Bush and Trump were all minority presidents in their first…

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Now that the election is over, this should be a time for healing the destructive political division. However, as a blatantly biased political cheerleader, your paper remains a contaminated cauldron, filled with glowing embers—fanned by hatred.

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This coming Thursday evening marks the beginning of the Festival of Lights, known as Chanukah. For the last 26 years, we came together as a community to light the Menorah, eat latkes and celebrate in person. This year, we will be celebrating online and in spirit. And although it will be very…

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As you may or not be aware there have been at least three fires at the bottom of Tuna Canyon Road in the last month. They were accidentally set by the homeless who are encamped down there. Fortunately, the county fire department was able to contain them all to a few acres. The weather cooper…

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Each morning, I look out the windows on one side of my house and see a few houses being rebuilt and on the other side I see my neighbors still living in their trailer where their lovely house used to be. It makes me sad beyond belief that only 16 houses have been completed out of 454 burned.

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Of all the departments in the California government, the employment development department (EDD) seems to have the most problems in carrying out its designated tasks. The EDD handles unemployment insurance and there are legions here in California still waiting from almost the beginning of th…

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Several years ago, a good friend of mine called to tell me she was going to become a grandmother. Her son in high school had impregnated his high school sweetheart, and he and the expectant mother were living in my friend’s home. My friend, a religious Christian, assured me they were living …

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On Nov. 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted injunctive relief to the Roman Catholic diocese of Brooklyn, NY. The five Roman Catholic justices comprising the court majority decided that the fiscal needs of the Catholic Church superseded states’ rights to decide what public health practices wer…

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It is the holiday season, and to be sure a subdued one while trying to stay safe, if not sane, in the nagging pandemic. 

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In the old BT (before Trump) world, facts mattered. A politician who lied lost his or her credibility. Then we went to the polls and voted and the results counted. That doesn’t mean that people weren’t constantly gaming the system. For decades, it was almost impossible for a Black person to …

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Thanksgiving is when our entire family gathers, but not this year. The best we can manage is a Zoom meeting with 10 or so families staring at each other on a computer screen and we’re all eating these tiny turkey dinners on TV trays. But we have to be thankful that we’re all healthy, other t…

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The year 2020 has proven to be another deadly year for those living in California’s Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). And, with over 30 people perishing this year alone in wildfires in California, it’s time to take a realistic and pragmatic approach to living in high-risk fire zones. That appr…

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