The City is in the process of improving the Las Flores Canyon Park, installing a restroom and a small bridge that goes over the creek from Las Flores Canyon Road to Rambla Pacifco, which adds additional parking on the Rambla Pacifico side. If you’ve never been there, it is a lovely little park, which includes a children’s play area with equipment and a very restful atmosphere. I assume the bridge is for pedestrians and for the occasional mountain lion that might have business on Las Flores.
Congratulations to Arnold York for the most cogent analysis, in his March 5 editorial, that I have seen about Bibi Netanyahu’s effort to undermine American foreign policy regarding the negotiations of the P5+1 with Iran over its nuclear program. A petition by Moveon.org is now circulating calling for the indictment of Speaker Boehner for violating the Logan Act, which makes it a felony for American citizens to negotiate separately with foreign governments to undermine American foreign policy. That is exactly what Boehner has done by inviting Bibi to speak before Congress without first clearing it with the Obama Administration, and he should be indicted.
I found the article, “Traffic, fire safety big concerns for Whole Foods Project,” in last week’s paper to be misleading with critical facts omitted. Being a resident with both interest and skepticism for new development, I attended and sat through the entire Planning Commission meeting. I watched facts being presented and saw resident after resident stand up and speak in support of this project, describing a number of benefits this development would bring to Malibu, our schools and our kids. The vast majority who spoke was there to express support. I left the meeting feeling good about (and supportive of) this project and was glad to see that many parents/residents are also supportive.
The core problem with our deadly highway has been and still will be distracted drivers and a highway system that is dysfunctional because it promotes complacency. Ironically, lack of alertness comes from traffic cops not enforcing one law, impeding traffic; and, they get no assistance from the city or CalTrans. If all three worked together to maintain the rules of the road as written in the DMV drivers manual (where it states something to the effect that slow drivers must keep right unless passing) and traffic cops issued citations for breaking this law with video monitors as evidence and with a significant fine, I’m certain drivers would be alert. Detroit is building cars for the future that drive themselves, perhaps they’ll make them to adhere to the passing lane laws too. In the meantime, failure to “keep right” negatively impacts three main issues: traffic safety, traffic congestion and emergency response. Bicyclists would like cars to slow down, especially on the east end, from Malibu Pier to Topanga, where bicyclists pack together or individually weave in and out of oddly parked cars and traffic where it is the most congested. Residents along this same stretch would prefer slower speeds so their oddly parked cars can park or leave safely. The problem has been and will continue to be that those who are promoting slower speeds rather than alerting drivers are bicyclists and residents who have tenants that park along the highway. We need to have drivers become alert and concerned with other drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians around. “Slower traffic keep right signs” should be big and placed clearly on the side of the highway and painted in the left lane. Video monitors should be strategically placed along the entire 27 miles of Malibu and traffic cops should be noticeably patrolling the highway. With these actions in place and a penalty system that is significant, drivers will become very alert and much less distracted.
I was bothered by the recent response to a letter critical of President Obama by the Vice President of Malibu’s Democrat club, not because of his interpretation of current events — these type of political disagreements will be with us in perpetuum — but because he concluded by telling the person with which he disagreed to stop writing “inflammatory” letters and you, his soapbox, to stop printing the opinions of those with which he disagrees. A vibrant democracy is founded on political dissent and the unabashed ability of those whom disagree with the powers that be to say so loudly. It is especially important that the views of a minority not be suppressed — and if there was ever a minority view, it is that of a conservative in the echo chamber of liberal Malibu. If this is the opinion and goal of the Democrat party in Malibu, I want nothing to do with it.
The Chumash Indians of Humaliwu at Malibu Lagoon hosted the Cabrillo expedition on its voyage up the west coast of Alta, Calif on Oct. 10-13, 1542. Cabrillo named their village the Pueblo de las Canoas, “The Town of the Canoes.” The Chumash supplied Cabrillo’s ships with fresh water and respite from a lengthy sea journey from Mexico. Five months later on March 8-9, 1543, the Chumash again hosted Cabrillo’s crew at Malibu Lagoon on its return journey to Mexico. March 8-9, 2015 is the 472nd anniversary of this second epic meeting of the Chumash with the Cabrillo expedition at Malibu Lagoon.
The city must be feeling pretty feisty coming off a legal victory against the groups that wanted to block the lights at Malibu High School. The city was defending that one, so they didn’t have much choice but to answer once the other side sued and served them. The fact that cities get sued is a fact of life in today’s political world. The courtroom is fast becoming another political arena, kind of an extension of the ballot box.
We, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Health and Safety District Advisory Committee, strongly support the school district’s efforts in educating the public regarding the importance of vaccination given the recent cases of measles we’ve seen in the district. The Health and Safety District Advisory Committee is composed of a group of community members and parents that advises the district on issues related to health and safety.
I have to respond to the letter “Future of America,” published in the Feb. 19 edition of The Malibu Times by Scott Dittrich. He characterizes President Obama as “inept” and opines that he has failed “in almost every area, including long-term, inherited problems.” He goes on to call the President’s foreign policy “an unmitigated disaster” and that he “has overseen the slowest economic recovery in 50 years.”
Regarding the recent statements by Rudy Giuliani about President Obama: It is sad. We can all disagree with a politician, but when someone acts like Giuliani (whether he is right or wrong), it diminishes not only the office but also Giuliani.
Other than at high end restaurants, of which Malibu has plenty ... Now we can’t even get good fast Mexican food in our town with La Salsa closing. What a drag for all of us taco lovers. Another one bites the dust.
This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.
We just announced the 2014 Malibu Times Dolphin recipients in this week’s newspaper. As usual, we had a slew of enormously worthy candidates, so although we picked eight, we could have easily chosen twice that. Many of you sent in nominations with detailed bios and letters from supporters. All of it helps us in deciding. As you can see, Malibu is a very diverse community and we try to select a diverse group of honorees.
As a registered nurse, I have a health issue with people who bring their pretend service dogs into the market and into a cart. This is a recent phenomenon and seems to be spreading like wildfire, not just in Malibu, but everywhere.
Why would anyone want to be president? Confidence — that with changed policies we can fix the many things wrong in our country. Then Senator Obama promised this. Sadly, it was an empty promise. While Arnold’s editorial from Feb. 12 enumerates some of the failures of the Obama administration, it is total denial suggesting that a future president would be just as inept.
Malibu: where every dog is a service dog and welcome everywhere. Dog tushies in grocery store carts are no problem. All Malibu dogs are meticulously clean. Every resident has a housekeeper to ensure that. Bring your precious pups to Ralphs. After all, they’re like our children and smaller ones fit perfectly in the foldout seats where we put our human toddlers.
As a Ventura County Line resident for 28 years who almost exclusively shops in Camarillo and formerly worked there for 10 of those years, I can attest to the inconvenience of PCH’s closure between Yerba Buena and Las Posas roads. This current closure is certainly not the first or the last time this will happen — albeit the longest in memory.
Regarding the article “Eyes turn to Malibu as measles outbreak grows,” it states, “Once an outbreak occurs, there is a higher probability of anyone in contact, vaccinated or unvaccinated, contracting the disease.” If you have a 90% or higher rate of vaccinated kids and they can still get measles, what’s the point of getting vaccinated? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that live vaccines stay in the urine for up to two weeks. You can get measles from a vaccinated child or from the vaccine itself.
My very first memory on this earth is looking up from my hospital bed and seeing the worried look on the faces of my grandparents. It was 1946 and at the age of three, I almost died from double pneumonia and measles. On Sept. 9, 1950, only four years later, I was stricken with polio, and my life was never the same. For months, I could not walk. For years, I wore a brace. After two surgeries, I walked with a limp, which grows worse over time. The pain of spending five months in a hospital at age seven, removed from my parents, remains with me to this day.
It’s one thing to have opposite opinions on an issue. It’s another thing to use one-sided, slanted spin in a news article. Under the front page headline, “Lawsuits costing city nearly $1 million” in the Feb. 5 edition of The Malibu Times, a quote by Malibu City Attorney Christi Hogin stating “The two lawsuits that take up the lion’s share of resources in Malibu are the ridiculous lawsuit by the Malibu Township Council (MTC) ... ,” was certainly a cheap shot. Since 1946, the MTC has steadfastly and, in many ways, served the interests of the residents of Malibu to keep the city on track to preserve our uniqueness. When people don’t agree on important issues of public interest, legal action frequently results. Then, an impartial judge hears the issue without vested interest in the outcome. The use of the word “ridiculous” seems to try to divert the attention of the Malibu voters and taxpayers from the high amounts of attorney fees Hogin bills our city.
Pertaining to the closure of PCH between Las Posas and Yerba Buena roads: now Caltrans wants another month to complete the work that a private company could have completed in far less time. It seems you go to work for the state and, right away, the urgency to keep our state highways flowing (as you may or may not know, that is Caltrans’ job) seems to be less important.
I just read Councilmember Laura Rosenthal’s insensitive comments about how the closure of PCH in my neighborhood (Yerba Buena Road/Neptune’s Net) is “kind of a blessing in disguise” by reducing traffic for her constituents living in central Malibu. Traffic is annoying to everyone, including the thousands of workers from Oxnard trying to get to jobs using the fastest and best route possible — PCH. And what about those who live near me, where St. John’s Hospital ER used to be 35 minutes away? Now it’s an hour and a half. People have heart attacks, get bit by snakes or encounter other serious problems, where going north is a matter of life or death. How does that compare to your traffic concerns, Ms. Rosenthal?
As the presumptive runner up (along with Tom Larmore) for the appointment to the open Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education seat, I want to extend my congratulations to Ralph Mechur for emerging as the selection. Mechur is a good person and passionate about our schools.
The environmental hazards at Malibu High School and the vaccination rates, which are below state averages in Malibu schools, are cause for concern. On the surface, both are invisible public health threats. Yet the PCBs, pesticides and other toxins found at Malibu High are the issues being rallied around by the Malibu community, not the issue of improving the vaccination rates.
I finally got to see “American Sniper” at the 3:55 show at our local Malibu movie house after two earlier tries had failed because the theater was already sold out. I went to see what the buzz was all about as much as I wanted to see the film. I will confess, I’m a Clint Eastwood fan and “American Sniper” is very much in the genre. It’s sort of like “Dirty Harry” in camos. It’s clear who the good guys are. They’re the ones in the uniforms — the coordinated camos — with standardized, high-tech equipment, humvees and tanks, also in a kind of desert tan.
In the rain last weekend, a pole on Winding Way East apparently caught fire and dropped lines. I am not an electrical engineer and I do not know what exactly happened. I do know that Southern California Edison (SCE) poles have a proven tendency to collect contamination on the insulators, which conduct parasitic current in rain, and eventually cause wood pole components to heat to the point of fire.
After a short holiday recess, last year’s Measure R battle is back on the frontburner. This time, though, it’s not the ballot box but in Downtown L.A.’s Federal Court. Not unexpectedly, the Perenchio family’s Malibu Bay Company (numerous holdings in Malibu and the Civic Center) and Steve Soboroff (Whole Foods project and park in the Civic Center) have filed a joint lawsuit, asking a Federal judge to declare that Measure R violated a number of federal and state constitutional provisions. They are also asking for an injunction, which simply means the city be stopped from enforcing Measure R because of said violations.
I have an airplane based at the airport in Camarillo and have taken the opportunity to check out the road conditions on the stretch of PCH between Yerba Buena Rd. and Mugu Rock. I have an airplane that allows me to fly low and slow so I can observe the road.
In response to “Malibu developers file federal suit against Measure R:” Two sentences in your excellent article stood out for me. They are quotes from David Waite, the attorney who filed the suit for Steve Soboroff and his fellow developers (I have added my own single quotation marks and translations):
I tend to be a very loyal customer. I shop at the same places, eat at the same restaurants and fly the same airline. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been flying Southwest Airlines and, like most Southwest Airline customers, I have been intensely loyal. I generally don’t check sites that compare all the airfares. In fact, I never had to, because Southwest always had good deals, particularly on flights to Sacramento. What Southwest also had was wonderful customer service, primarily because their founder and CEO Herb Kelleher believed in it. He built his business on it and it worked.
It was the day of the surf championships this summer. I was on my way to Ralphs when suddenly the highway became eerily quiet. Quiet gets your attention around here, not noise. Soon, I was up the highway checking out the source of the silence. A downed power pole shut down both sides of the road with no way in or out.
One of the best friends of the citizens in Malibu City Hall during the past four years has been Planning Director Joyce Parker-Bozylinski, who’s now leaving us to retire (too young). Having been very involved in community issues during that time, I’ve had dozens of meetings and interactions and 100 email exchanges with her and had the chance to appreciate up close how important it is to Malibu to have a good person in that role.