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America is headed for a showdown on election rules that may change our country forever. The Republicans who control many state legislatures have been hurriedly changing the game rules to strengthen their electoral hand. Dems who have no clout in many state legislatures are, as a counter, try…

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People all over California are already seeing “small cell” powerful wireless transmitting antennas being installed on street lamps and utility poles right in front of their homes and children’s schools—sometimes in the middle of the night, without any notice given to the public. The telecom …

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June is National Dairy Month. Time to review the financial, ethical and nutritional burden created by the dairy industry. 

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How do you know what to believe when information comes to you prepackaged by artificial intelligence in some computer that probably knows more about you than you do yourself? If your profile, wherever it may reside, says you’re a political conservative but don’t much care for Trump, but like…

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“April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land” - T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land 

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I am appalled that—without checking the facts—The Malibu Times published the snarky “Special to the Times” (“MRCA Plants a New Hope,” May 22) in which contributor Hans Laetz (and The Times’ photo editor) attempt to discredit the SMMC/MRCA efforts to install and maintain ember catching oak wo…

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With COVID-19 gradually releasing its deadly grip, this Memorial Day we can focus once again on the threat of our outdoor grill.

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It’s taken nearly 75 years since George Orwell’s “1984” was first published for Orwell’s dystopian nightmare to finally take root. It all starts with the manipulation of language and the telling of so many big lies that the lies eventually become the truth—and the truth becomes the lies. Hom…

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In the very center of Malibu are 20 or so acres of city owned Legacy Park, perched between PCH and Civic Center Way, which is often alive with ducks, sometimes geese, numerous species of birds, rabbits, squirrels and pigeons all during the day, and at night numerous others including coyotes …

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Saturday morning, I was riding my mountain bike with a friend in Topanga State Park. It was cool, drizzle dotted the windshield and we smelled smoke as I parked the car above Entrada. Loving the smell of a fireplace on a cool moist day, I was thinking, “How nice.” But as we hit the trail up …

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To be a livable seacoast city in a fragile, fabled environment, Malibu urgently needs to heal itself after the mismanagement of the now departed Reva Feldman.

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Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) is a champion for animals and taxpayers, and White Coat Waste Project is proud to honor him with a Congressional Waste Warrior award. He was also awarded in 2017 and is just one of a few lawmakers who’ve earned this recognition twice.

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“Truth or Consequences” was such a popular radio and then television game show that a town in New Mexico actually renamed itself after the show in 1950. The premise of the show was quite simple: a contestant would be asked an extremely difficult question, and when he failed to answer truthfu…

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This letter is in regards to the article written by Jimy Tallal, “Women Take Center Stage,” published on May 6.

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May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All.

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Facts should matter, but they don’t seem to these days. In referring to Reva Feldman’s departure as city manager, last week’s letter to the editor by Sam Kaplan falsely referenced, “the thin if insincere praise she received when exiting.” That is simply not true. Nothing could be further fro…

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The beaches in LA county are magnificent. In a perfect world, everybody in the county would have a chance to come park along the side of the road and go for a walk along the sandy shores where the Chumash once roamed. 

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I’ve been a lawyer for 56 years, but I haven’t actively practiced for the last 33 years because I was in the newspaper business, and I didn’t want to spread myself too thin. But to own a newspaper in Malibu means covering litigation, which is often a major factor in some of the stories we co…

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We are currently living in a time where institutions and leaders are being questioned—where trust and accountability and confidence in many of the pillars of our democratic society are eroding at an astounding clip. The verdict in the George Floyd trial hopefully will act as a catalyst to sl…

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As never before, outside forces are making a determined effort to change the character of Malibu, to the detriment of its citizens and those who visit our city. Coming at a time when we are divided, we are in danger of losing the rural character that brought us here. A house divided against …

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Bob Yates’ April 29 response to my letter can be described only as an emotional keyboard temper tantrum. I can only say: Yates, facts don’t care about your feelings.  

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Reva Feldman may have resigned as city manager, but the divisive clouds over Malibu remain, and may take a good rain to dissipate.

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Sunday night’s Oscar for best documentary went to Netflix’s trailblazing documentary “My Octopus Teacher.” The documentary chronicles a complex relationship between a man and the world’s most bizarre animal—an octopus. It further testifies to our highly conflicted relationship with non-human…

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The 2020 election furor is over. Time for pollsters to change their ways. Closely tracking battleground states would [be] a much better indication of the race. The popular vote is almost meaningless. Although Biden had a comfortable vote electorally at the end, it’s scary how close the race …

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We’ve always tried to keep our letters to the editor interesting, which means letting all sort of things run that we don’t necessarily agree with. I’ve also made it a practice of not commenting on letters, just leaving that to other readers to respond. But times have changed and I find we’re…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought with it uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial pressures and social isolation. You may worry about getting sick, how long this will last and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make your life feel ou…

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Letter in response to the letter “No comparison” published April 22

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Thanks for running my letter. I’m curious why a previous letter didn’t make it to print. It concerned individuals leaving cars and homes unlocked, thereby increasing the insurance premiums for all of us. To think that because you live “in a gated community” you can blithely leave your posses…

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Oscar night 2021. Cut to Union Station. Fog and light drizzle. The winner for best documentary, “Chauvinist” by 17 year-old Darnella Frazier. The countdown:

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I visited Claudia Taylor’s art exhibit in Puerco Canyon on Earth Day. Not only is the work beautiful and haunting, it is enhanced by its placement within an area affected by Woolsey. This art would be less impactful in a courtyard shopping mall or hotel. But on that bluff, colored the same a…

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Reva Feldman has served this community in one capacity or another, most recently as City Manager, for the better part of this century. Her accomplishments are noteworthy: 

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In response to the question from your guest columnist, Rick Wallace, in The Malibu Times’ April 15, 2021, edition wherein Rick asks, “Anyone else walked every bit of Malibu’s 27 miles of beaches and all 66 miles of the Backbone Trail?,” I am raising my hand to say yes, I have... including ma…

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Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman and the City of Malibu struck a deal. I’m both relieved for Reva because her continuation had become an impossibility and she chose the sanest of all alternatives, and at the same time I’m appalled about how all this happened. The attacks on Reva were nothing…

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This letter responds to Michael Klein’s April 15 letter (to which The Malibu Times assigned the title “A Breonna Taylor Moment in Malibu”) concerning the Malibu sheriff’s accidental invasion of his home. Mr. Klein has every reason to be furious with the sheriff, but also with the Times for c…

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This Monday City Council will discuss item 4A, the exorbitant fee of $2,615 for a view preservation permit that needs to be obtained if someone’s vegetation is blocking your view and they will not trim. Everyone who has applied and received a primary view determination (PVD) in Malibu should…

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The unanimous verdict is in and the outcome is not terribly surprising. Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer stands convicted on all counts: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Was it a fair trial? That’s a little difficult …

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National Public Safety Dispatchers Week is celebrated the second week of April each year. This week, April 11-17, 2021, aims to honor all 9-1-1 fire/police/paramedic dispatchers and staff whose work is involved in public safety communication. This weeklong event gives recognition and express…

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Malibu Creek begins its 30-mile journey behind Boney Mountain at the headwaters of Triunfo Creek in Ventura County. How many dams does it pass through? Keep reading to find out.

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It’s been three weeks since the 1 a.m. intrusion of our home by the LASD. No, they weren’t serving a warrant. These two deputies had apparently mistaken my (well-lit) address for another home several hundred yards away as the site of a potential burglary and decided to enter through a closed…

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Until this week, Malibu may be the hardest place in the U.S. to find a COVID-19 Vaccine shot. We’ve got all the elements lined up against us: 

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Hans Laetz’s editorial published on March 31 in The Malibu Times titled, “Power Blackouts Recorded in Winds Less Than 30 Miles per Hour,” includes several inaccuracies and distorts numerous facts. 

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