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We have in Malibu three very competent and well regarded individuals holding our congressional, state senatorial and state assembly seats and all are most certainly worthy of reelection. We are fortunate we are represented by a political all-star team.

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Much is unknown about how 2019-nCoV, a new corona virus, spreads. Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats and bats. Most often, spread from person to person happens among close contacts (about six feet). 

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In response to the “Do the Math,” published in the Jan. 30 print edition of The Malibu Times

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The U.S. Senate should have removed President Trump from office. The transcript of his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Zelensky was incomplete but what remained provided ample evidence justifying his removal. In this phone call, President Trump expressed belief in a conspiracy theory u…

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Today, my presidential primary ballot for the March 3, 2020, presidential primary arrived in the mail simultaneously with a letter from Nancy Pelosi saying, “Urgent, send money immediately,” and the first direct mail piece from Mike Bloomberg, until he opens his wallet. With the presidential…

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If you missed the insurance town hall Thursday evening with Commissioner Ricardo Lara, you missed the future of fire insurance in California. Our state commissioner and his staff were there helping people suffering from problems with their insurance companies, but more, Commissioner Lara out…

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I just finished reading “Malibu Burning” by Robert Kerbeck, and what a compelling read it is. Having lost my home to the Woosley fire, I thought I knew pretty much everything there was to know about the devastating fire, but as usual, I was wrong. 

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Thank you for the informational article in the Jan. 23 Malibu Times about the new foundation SOAR. Two clarifications, please: First, the foundation’s name SOAR stands for Sharing Opportunities Assisting Recovery. At first, the “S” in SOAR stood for Seminole Springs where we lost 110 homes o…

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Fifty million Chinese locked down! Fifteen countries affected! Five confirmed cases in the U.S.! These dramatic headlines announce one more pandemic caused by our abuse of animals.

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New home construction must navigate numerous permit conditions, including approved color (no rust and road dirt), setting story poles to consider view blockage and many more. Neighbors may object to the proposed project. Temporary housing on a burnout lot may not be approved. Even small high…

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I am writing to every independent newspaper in LA County regarding Measure FD., which will be on the ballot in the upcoming election. 

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Californians are looking forward to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2. The San Francisco 49ers, of our Golden State, will face the Kansas City Chiefs.  

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I attended a ribbon cutting and presentation of a certificate of occupancy on Monday, Jan. 27, in Malibu West. The homeowner participated in the event because she wanted to let others know that rebuilding is possible. She thanked her architect, decorator, contractor and the City of Malibu, w…

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The MRCA is illegally cutting down live oak trees on the Weintraub Park and my own personal property in Escondido Canyon without permits. I have been told they are untouchable; I have filed a complaint with regional planning over a month ago, no response. I talked to Arnold yesterday, I will…

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On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Malibu and the MRCA had a scoping meeting at King Gillette Ranch. There were about 30 citizens and 16 who spoke. We were fortunate to have two city officials; Planning Director Bonnie Blue and two-time mayor and senior council member Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner.

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We’ve all noticed there seems to be more homeless people in Malibu. They just completed a homeless count and, although the numbers aren’t in yet, none of us would be surprised if the numbers are up. The state, the county and our city are all struggling with the same problem and no one seems …

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It’s important for every senator to hear that their constituents care about a fair trial —and are expecting them to stand up to Mitch McConnell and vote in favor of one. Senators must base their decisions only on the evidence and cannot under any circumstances accept fundraising help from Tr…

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I am so thankful to Mike at Duke’s Malibu, and Gabe, and Universal Waste Systems, Inc. and their crews who helped out in this morning’s wonderful E-Waste, Clothing Drop Off & Mulch / Compost event held in the Duke’s parking lot!  

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Today, the impeachment trial began and, as expected, the rules immediately came under attack, mostly from the Democrats but also from a number of senate Republicans, most of whom are up for re-election and are very nervous with this entire process. As is everything in Washington D.C., there …

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In response to Ellen Reich’s letter, “An insult,” the only shocking thing about the letter titled “Presidential brilliance” is the phrase “Deranged Syndrome Democrats.” That syndrome does not exist. The correct term is “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” TDS is real, and lots of Democrats suffer f…

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During a hazardous materials incident, as firefighters and first responders we isolate the area and deny entry to keep it contained. Like a brush fire and blowing embers, germs spread like wildfire. The same goes if you have the flu. Both are toxic and pose an unreasonable risk to our health…

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My Australian homeland is burning. Areas the size of many U.S. states are completely blackened, billions of critters dead, thousands of homes destroyed, over 20 people dead and many more missing. Why? Let me share a memory. Lighting fires, riding horses through the Australian Outback droppin…

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This Wednesday, Jan. 22, Malibu will be tested to our core. The MRCA is trying to pull a fast one. They are having a scoping meeting at King Gillette Ranch at Mulholland Highway and Malibu Canyon Road. 

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Tragic wildfires raging in Australia are too close to home. While there has been much attention to the Woolsey Fire and improved response, there are still things to be done.

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If a government agency sent their minions out to arrest you just because you publicly disagreed with what the agency wanted to do, well, people would be outraged and rushing to court shouting “First Amendment!”

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Last year, I donated my left kidney in an eight-person transplant chain. My employer, Los Angeles County, was not subject to California Labor Code section 1510, which requires private employers with 15 employees or more to support and protect their employee living organ and bone marrow donor…

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The new year has begun with our first fire scare on the evening of Jan. 5, 2020, with a small brush fire on Malibu Canyon outside city limits during a Santa Ana condition. The city, Nextdoor and the Pulse Point app all provided information in a timely fashion. LA County Fire responded quickl…

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As temperatures cool down, home heating use goes up—and firefighters respond to more reports of gas inside structures. It’s important for homeowners and renters to inspect their home-heating appliances and perform any maintenance necessary to avoid any health or safety hazards.

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I was totally shocked and personally insulted to read the phrase “Deranged Syndrome Democrats” in the letter to the editor entitled Presidential Brilliance.

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Thank you to Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Rabbi Michael Schwartz, Reverend Joyce Stickney, Chaplain Kathy Gooze, Arielle Verinis, Lenny Goldsmith, The Bu Notes, Joellen “Cha Cha” McNaughton and MJCS Choir and orchestra—everyone who took the time to plan, attend, sing, and comfort us at Hallie’s m…

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Good to be back from afar in my treasured Malibu, warmed by a welcoming sun. But I’m sorely disappointed by the continued willful ignorance of a city council scammed by a conniving city manager building a bloated bureaucracy.  

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There is a two-item red hot agenda in Washington, D.C. this week. The first is the upcoming trial for the impeachment of the President of the United States in the United States Senate. The second is the war clouds that are gathering over Iran after our targeted killing of one of their major …

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Two weeks ago, I was visiting relatives and friends on the East Coast, just outside Philadelphia, and spent a few hours on a cold, gray afternoon observing the rehearsal of an annual Christmas Day reenactment of Washington crossing the Delaware. It just so happens to take place in the small …

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The holidays provide a good opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and co-workers while making deposits in our relationships. Naturally, conversation and talking with people is a big part of this season. Most people are very good at talking about themselves; however, the best…

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As a Jew who loves Christmas as much as Hanukkah and deeply respects American Christians, I’m thrilled when the holidays coincide. The Founding Generation rejected centuries-old European anti-Semitism, immediately accepting Jews as full citizens. Their first idea for the American seal was an…

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I accept the fact the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals wants California to treat public defecation and rampant homelessness just like Calcutta, India. What I don’t understand is how our local and state officials are now allowing “car ranching,” especially along the PCH. The RV owners who are n…

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The six-page letter from Donald Trump to Nancy Pelosi is one of the most brilliant communications by any president in history. Every single line is clear, brave and pin-point accurate. People on the left and the propaganda media don’t understand why half the country supports Donald Trump—it …

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Malibu Surf Team coach John Cross (center right) accepts a check presented by Malibu Rotary Club members (from left) Steve Harwood, Carlye Rudkin and Margo Neal. The check was one of several donations made by the Rotary Club in December.

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It’s the beginning of the new year and time to look back a bit and forward, and I must confess it’s a little bit scary. It’s not just that this is a presidential election year but, once again, we all actually get to choose which of the two Americas we want to belong to: the blue America or t…

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The year began with anger, confusion, pain and uncertainty about the future on all sides. The County of Los Angeles and the City of Malibu were just as overwhelmed as the residents. Finger pointing, commiserating and rumors were the currency of the day. Woolsey was larger than anyone (state,…

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Last Friday, the California Coastal Commission was meeting at the beautiful King Gillette Ranch in Malibu Canyon and the first item on their agenda was a discussion about sea level rising (aka SLR). It’s been a while since I’ve attended a Coastal Commission hearing and it felt changed. It se…

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Since writing my last piece about how to watch a city council or planning commission meeting, I have been contacted by several people who described their negative experience watching the most recent planning commission meeting (Dec. 3). I had seen parts of the meeting and have recently tried…

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