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President Donald Trump and Governor Gavin Newsom sat at the same table here in California, six-plus feet apart and, as I see it, basically tried to stare each other down over climate change and forest management. In the politest terms, each accused the other of not doing his job properly. Ne…

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To cap a reasonably insane week with some Los Angeles areas (like Woodland Hills) putting up temperature numbers above 115 degrees, which sounds more like Death Valley then LA, something new happened. Some damned fool decided to make a getaway—from what, I’m not quite sure—and as I write thi…

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Less than 80 days to go to the national Election Day and my definite impression is that everyone is getting nuttier. There was a time in past elections when you could talk to friends and get some sense of where the election seemed to be headed, but today it’s all over the place depending on …

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This past weekend, we took a chance on driving to Sacramento to see my son and his family, whom we hadn’t seen for almost six months. We prepared for it and packed food and survival gear as if we were making a run through the Donner Pass in wintertime. But even watching the California fires …

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It’s just 76 days from today that we go to the polls, except most of us are not going to go to the polls, we’re just going to drop a ballot into a mailbox. The U.S. Post Office has already warned California that we are one of the states that may have mail trouble getting all of our ballots i…

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After some dithering, Biden decided to go with U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. It was the smart choice. It was the safe choice. It’s the kind of choice you make when you think you’re in the lead. Of all the VP candidates on his short list, she has the best résumé. Former District Attorney of San…

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Many residents of Malibu are concerned about the many small cell wireless antennas being deployed in our community. These powerful antennas, part of the next generation of wireless technology (5G), are being placed in close proximity to our homes, schools (two new ones on Morning View Dr., a…

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I’ve been reading on message boards some very terrible accusations and attacks on the character of our city manager, Reva Feldman. I wanted to take this opportunity to share my experience and perspective, as I think some of what has been said is unfair and this forum doesn’t allow her the op…

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Rarely, if ever, in our nation’s history has there been a greater disconnect between Main Street and Wall Street.

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“I alone can fix it [U.S. governance]” was President Trump’s mantra at the 2016 Republican Convention. Last Friday, the public witnessed a complete breakdown in White House and congressional decisionmaking at a time when the pandemic is exacting its highest U.S. death toll ever (164,000 and …

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I take pen in hand to write a letter to the editor to say thank you to Arnold and Karen York for their wonderful newspaper, The Malibu Times! For 34 years I have read the paper cover to cover every week. The paper is a positive influence on everyone in Malibu and surrounding areas. We are an…

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On Sunday, Aug. 2, I got up at 5:45 a.m. and crept into the bathroom to get ready for my day. I flipped the light switch and nothing happened. Immediately, my mind switched into Woolsey mode. Why is the power off? Did I pay the bill? Did someone hit a pole? It was too early in the day for th…

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There are less than 100 days to the Nov. 3 presidential election and everyone is so focused on the Trump-Biden contest that it’s easy to forget there is an entire slate of candidates, ballot propositions and a Malibu City Council race also in the mix. Because of the novel coronavirus pandemi…

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The fevered rants of Republicans are becoming as disjointed as their dear leader’s less-than-commanding connection to reality. Weisdorn’s letter (July 30) is an example.

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President Trump has wondered why infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci’s national poll numbers were higher than his, despite both of them having changed their recommendations to Americans about how to avoid COVID-19 infection. Dr. Fauci is world-renowned for his work with HIV-AIDS and as h…

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On Sunday, July 26, I was reminded why I try not to leave the neighborhood after noon on a summer weekend. I accepted three appointments between 1 - 3:30 p.m. and ventured forth into Malibu’s version of Dante’s Inferno.As I inched past Zuma Beach I counted four cars that had stopped on the t…

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Summer is upon us. Temperatures are heating up this week and many people are spending their time in pools to beat the heat. Unfortunately, there is the dangerous side to summer and swimming pools.Drowning incidents are on the rise, both locally and state-wide. Parents whose children have dro…

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Every weekend, and even more on the summer weekends, crowds of visitors head up Winding Way to go to Escondido Canyon’s only access. They park their cars in the limited amount of parking at the lot on Winding Way and PCH, which, of course, immediately fills up, and then people park for sever…

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Here is what is at stake in this election: Middle class men, women and all retirees get absolutely killed by Biden’s tax plan. Joe Biden’s campaign announced that AOC will be his EPA chief and Elizabeth Warren will be his treasury secretary, overseeing taxes and the economy. Their plan is to…

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If you care about the future of Malibu and the value and enjoyment of your home, you have to be concerned about the upcoming local election now in its formative stage. 

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Words matter. Democratic Representative Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) made that point masterfully during a 10-minute speech (viewed 12-plus-million times in one day!) in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, condemning Republican Representative Yoho for verbally denigrating her earlier last wee…

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The sheriff is saying we will see diminished services due to budget cuts. How are we supposed to notice when we have been ignored for years? Especially in the unincorporated areas. The only times they are visible are when they are getting extra funding. If we are not getting services then wh…

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Automobiles burn gasoline and oxygen to produce energy. Human bodies and brains burn glucose and oxygen to create energy. Put a rag in front of the air intake of your car’s engine and see how well it runs. Put a face mask on a human being and it reduces oxygen levels measured at the nose by …

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Speed humps! Last week, I submitted a letter to the editor which the editor titled “Rush Job.” A more apt title would have been “The Bums’ Rush” and no, I am not referring to myself. The “Bums” in this case are the five city council members who, for reasons best known to them, decided to ign…

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Shortly after the Woolsey Fire, I learned about the Malibu West Fire Brigade in the Malibu West neighborhood where my wife and I had been remodeling the income property that is now our home. I attended some meetings and submitted my application and fingerprints to the LA County Sheriff’s Dep…

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An article in the June 21 LA Times by Michael Hiltzik detailed the latest effort by the insurance industry to neuter the consumer protections guaranteed by Proposition 103. Proposition 103 was adopted in 1988, creating the office of insurance commissioner, and has been a thorn in the side of…

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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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