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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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They’re coming down to the wire in Washington D.C. and it looks like the Democrats have decided to keep it tight with only two counts for the impeachment: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. All of the facts related to those two counts are already in the record and my judgment is the…

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The city council just finished a review of City Manager Reva Feldman’s performance and voted three to two to give her a raise. For those who are upset that it isn’t done in public, know that reviews of personnel performance are almost always done in closed session, not just in Malibu but pre…

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Hi there... great idea to have a revolving book review column! Jo is a consummate writer and will be a splendid addition to The Malibu Times!!

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In last week’s Times, Matthew Borenzweig instructs us not to use the term “global warming” but “climate change,” then spends his words talking about a warming planet as an existential threat. He cites no facts.

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Twelve months ago, the repopulation of Malibu was just beginning. Anger, confusion, pain and uncertainty about the future were the primary emotions tearing apart our lives and the community. The County of Los Angeles and the City of Malibu were just as gobsmacked as the residents. Finger poi…

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I am thrilled to see a book review column in this week’s Times. In the absence of a local bookstore, this is terrific! Thank you! Please keep them coming!

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The recent report on the actions of LA County, the fire department and the sheriff’s department was a little less than news to the victims of the Woolsey Fire. I wrote a 44-page document along with 30 pictures of the damages and have heard nothing from anyone in charge, or the politicians wh…

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Mixing politics and Vets Day aroused my memory of my “quid pro quo” situation while serving in France and Germany, 1943-44. The three illiterate “dog faces” in our squad would swap their chocolate bars if I would read and write their letters, plus my cigarettes. You write with pencils (no ba…

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Thanksgiving is upon us and like many we know, we’re making the rounds visiting family. We’ve spent an early Thanksgiving in Sacramento with my son’s family and leave tomorrow for San Diego for another Thanksgiving with the southern branch of the family. We went north on Southwest Airlines, …

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I’ve been half-following the impeachment investigation and to no one’s surprise, including my own, the usual cast of characters are reciting their lines, along a highly predictable path. But there is one thing that was a major surprise. In answer to the inquiry about who actually was on the …

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In last week’s column I mused about the possibility of scheduling a Sandcastle building contest On Corral Beach directly across from Malibu Seafood. The purpose was to remove the contestant’s sand from under the bridge/drainage device that also connects the Sara Wan Trail to the beach. I bel…

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As president of Friends Of Malibu Urgent Care, I would like to take this moment to thank Dru and Rick Margolis for opening their beautiful home in order for Friends to have our Sunday event on Nov. 3. 

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Every year, we hear about yet another iceberg the size of Rhode Island or Delaware breaking off from the west Antarctic and the corresponding warnings about rising sea levels and the end of life as we know it. While these are truly massive displays of nature at work, this spectacle has been …

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For the past 40 years, many in the community of Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Westlake Village, Malibu, Calabasas and Thousand Oaks, became involved with a Santa Come to Agoura and Beyond Food Drive to help those in need.

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Rosarito, BC, was devastated by a wildfire less than two weeks ago. Their city budget is a fraction of Malibu’s, yet Rosarito City has provided free medical exams to victims and opened a special document center to replace birth certificates, drivers licenses and deeds. They provided large te…

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We just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire this weekend in numerous locations in Malibu, although “celebrate” is really not the right word. “Commemorated” is really more accurate. Still, 12 months post-fire we still don’t know why 750-plus homes burned in greater Malibu,…

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My letter is in response to the alarming report of another urgent care opening in our city, Malibu Urgent Care has supported my family’s health needs for the 20 years we have lived here. Their recent Improvements were paid for by our community’s donations. We will continue to support them as…

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This is the time of year we remind communities in the wildland/urban interface of the dangers of wildland fires. Though fire season is year-round, with the deadly Santa Ana Winds the risk skyrockets. So, we use the fall season to remind residents to follow the “Ready, Set, Go” model of wildf…

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The LA County Grand Jury has indicted the alleged shooter in the Malibu Creek State Park shooting of the father sleeping in a tent with his two young daughters last summer. He’s being charged with murder and numerous counts of attempted murder for the many incidents that occurred in the park…

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Last March, I attended a meeting where several members of the city council, all of the public works, public safety and planning commissioners, and some members of the public met with Caltrans to learn about a crosswalk they intended to add in the vicinity of Malibu Seafood. That meeting was …

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