We all kind of waited, holding our breath to see how the first real substantive council meeting would go. None of us was sure what Bruce Silverstein would do. Would he hold it together? Would he lose it? Once again, Bruce proved himself up to the task. One of the first items was to approve t…

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The next few days may mark a monumental moment in America history, and maybe even alter the way our government functions. Today, as I write this, Georgia goes to the polls to select two U.S. Senators. The polls close at 7 p.m. EST, which is 4 p.m. here. Normally, or at least in the past, you…

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The year 2020 is rapidly drawing to a close and most of us will be only too happy to see it go. I can’t remember a year so angst-filled, whether by COVID-19, the presidential election, the collapse of the work economy and the insecurity of so many, or simply being without close contact with …

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I’ve been watching city councils come and go ever since we became a city in 1991. Typically, when the new council members are sworn in, people say nice things about the outgoing council, whether they mean it or not, and the new council members keep their initiation speeches brief and—typical…

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Of all the departments in the California government, the employment development department (EDD) seems to have the most problems in carrying out its designated tasks. The EDD handles unemployment insurance and there are legions here in California still waiting from almost the beginning of th…

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In the old BT (before Trump) world, facts mattered. A politician who lied lost his or her credibility. Then we went to the polls and voted and the results counted. That doesn’t mean that people weren’t constantly gaming the system. For decades, it was almost impossible for a Black person to …

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Thanksgiving is when our entire family gathers, but not this year. The best we can manage is a Zoom meeting with 10 or so families staring at each other on a computer screen and we’re all eating these tiny turkey dinners on TV trays. But we have to be thankful that we’re all healthy, other t…

Malibu’s just getting a new council, with three new members—Bruce Silverstein, Steve Uhring and Paul Grisanti—added to the two hold-overs, current mayor Mikke Pierson and former mayor Karen Farrer, with the new members being sworn in next month on Dec. 14, 2020. Typically, the period between…

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Some people seem to think that President Trump’s public refusal to accept the verdict of the voters is the next-to-last act of the 2020 presidential campaign. The last act, of course, is when they have to carry him out of the White House bodily, still sitting in his chair and watching Fox Ne…

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It’s the end of the game, the ninth inning of the World Series, the last two minutes of the Super Bowl. The efforts of thousands and thousands of Americans and millions and millions—if not even several billion—dollars have been spent to pick our leader for the next four years. It is now all …

Despite the president’s magical thinking that if we ignore it, somehow it will go away, that nasty virus seems to be winning in most every state in the USA. For now, the Midwest and Great Plains states are hurting the most, but, clearly, we are in for a tough winter and probably equally toug…

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There was another PCH highway fatality this past weekend. A 58-year-old Malibu man, walking west alongside PCH—we’re told somewhere off the highway, on or close to the shoulder—was killed in a hit-and-run accident. The driver fled and is yet to be found (See story page A1). Of all the inters…

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Tonight is the first debate of the presidential showdown. Typically, debates don’t mean much and infrequently move the needle—with some exceptions. In the 1960 presidential race of Vice President Richard Nixon vs. Senator John Kennedy, the Republicans had pounded away on Kennedy’s youth, his…

An American icon passed on this week. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who tried her best to hang on through the election despite being in the final stages of cancer, lost the battle and, barring anything unpredicted, the Republicans will fill her seat. There are two terribly sadde…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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…

I can feel the pressure building to open up the country. Locally, the traffic on Pacific Coast Highway is already increasing, particularly morning traffic headed toward Ventura County. Ventura opened its beaches this weekend and people streamed to the beach, just to get out of the house for …

Congress just passed another bailout bill for small businesses, this time for $484 billion (that’s billion with a ‘B’) on top of the earlier $350 billion bailout for small business that somehow never seemed to get to any small business that I’m aware of—certainly not to The Malibu Times. Fra…

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I never thought I would say this, but I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for Donald Trump. Whatever he has said recently seems to be wrong. Earlier, he said it was the responsibility of the state governors to take control of the pandemic and the federal government was just the backup. And th…

A few days ago, a story broke about US Navy Captain Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the Navy nuclear aircraft carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt, who sent an email to 20-plus recipients in the Navy. He very eloquently expressed his dismay that his ship, which was in quarantine in Guam, …

You reach a certain august age and you pretty much have your life’s rhythm worked out. Sleep at a certain time, up at a certain time. Eat at a certain time, go to the gym at a certain time. No drama, no fear, little uncertainty. All kind of boring and predictable. Then, along comes a nasty l…

Apparently, our leader in Washington is now pushing a new narrative that essentially says, “We’re going to get this country working again [which I assume means checking into his hotels], and get the market up, and if the downside is that a bunch of you have to die, well then, so be it.” The …

It’s actually the old normal. We’re back living in 1820: families together around the hearth, no restaurant or saloons to go to, kids being home schooled, momma having to try and figure out how to make the food last, cars kind of useless because there really is no place to go... It’s the sim…

In the last few days, the coronavirus (and the disease it causes, Covid-19) has exploded into the public consciousness and something bordering on a panic is happening. I certainly believe concern is warranted and the danger from the virus is real—but there are things we can do to minimize ou…

There is good and bad going on in Malibu. First, the good. Our congratulations to this year’s Dolphin Award honorees, all of whom went well past what any of us had a right to expect. These are our people, of all ages, who gave time and energy above and beyond the call of duty to this communi…

We are in the process of doing several stories about the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) and its satellite, the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), both led by Joe Edmiston, a longtime political fixture in our community and many other local communities. The co…

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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, …

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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