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 …

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,…

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…

Every place you turn the world seems to have a new normal. There isn’t a country anywhere where things seem to be functioning and stable. It used to be just third world countries and banana republics that had rioting in the streets and governments threatening to or actually arresting their o…

Gas prices in California have exploded in a very short period. Autumn is usually the slow season when gas prices go down everywhere—but apparently not here in California. The California average recently hit $4.18 per gallon, the highest price since May 13, 2014. The national average is $2.65…

The U.S. House of Representatives has opened an investigation to consider whether or not to impeach the president of the United States for high crimes and misdemeanors. No matter how you view it, the action is historic and has only occurred a few times in American history. The House impeache…

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi didn’t want a formal impeachment inquiry. For now, a majority of the country didn’t want a formal impeachment inquiry. Many Democrats, including myself, didn’t want a formal impeachment inquiry because there is a presidential election coming up in November 2…

The new fire season is now upon us and the county has previously spent time and money trying to help us all learn how to better manage this new upcoming fire season. They’ve held meetings and seminars after the Woolsey Fire to teach us how to manage fire in today’s more dangerous climate. Su…

I’m beginning to think that White House staffers should have their names and perhaps a number on the back of their jackets to make it easier for all of us to keep track of who is in and who is out. Apparently, to get hired into the Trump White House you have to look the part, and say somethi…

All over California, people are complaining there are no affordable rentals available. Zillow, which tracks the real estate world, put, some numbers down for each local community. Zillow estimates that no one should expend more than 30 percent of their income each month for rent. Here are so…

This is the weekend of the Malibu Chili Cook-Off, our unofficial end-of-summer event that’s been going on for over 35-plus years. It’s one you took your kids to and now they’re taking their kids to it. You can buy your tickets online at malibuchilicookoff.org. It was produced for many years …

We just came back from a wonderful week in Aspen, C.O.—a town with a bit of magic in it, filled with music and art and lectures, young musicians and, most of all, a street life that actually doesn’t close up at 8:30 at night. I can understand why people return year after year; it’s sort of l…

America has always had a problem with drugs—mainly, illegal street drugs. Those street drugs, like heroin and cocaine, usually came from some distant places and were imported into our country by crime organizations and then cooked into dozens of variations to squeeze out every last dollar on…

Once upon a time, in the olden days, people actually communicated with each other by speaking in person, standing directly in front of each other with words that were actually spoken out loud. This process had some distinct advantages. You got to see the person’s face and their facial expres…

After two long nights, one before the planning commission and the last before city council, four members of the city council finally saw the light and decided to kill the ill-thought out and highly unpopular downzoning ordinance. The only holdout was Jefferson Wagner, who seemed to think his…

It isn’t often you see a city council consciously try to hurt its own citizens. To intentionally try and make them all poorer. To tell the citizenry what the council believes is good for them. To tell them to stop complaining and take the council-prescribed medicine. Well, they’re doing it a…

The City of Santa Monica has just received the legal bill for the gigantic lawsuit it lost when it resisted breaking up the city council into separate, distinct council districts. Currently, all city council members are elected citywide and the plaintiff lawyers maintained that this process …

If you’re a reader of our letters to the editor on this editorial page, you will soon see that a number of people are unhappy with what we print. Perhaps it’s time to go over our rules concerning letters to the editor. There are really only three rules: First, the letter has to be no more th…

The Woolsey Fire and a cold, wet winter are beginning to take their toll on some western Malibu businesses. All of Malibu has suffered, but restaurants and real estate on the west end of town have been hit the hardest and a number have had to dip into savings to keep going. Coral Beach Canti…

“Game of Thrones” has ended and apparently many of our fellow Americans seem to have lost their reason for living. I must confess that during the entire time it ran, I never watched it—not one single episode. It has left a gaping hole in my cultural knowledge, and Karen and I are seriously t…

Loreto, Baja Mexico—Sometimes it’s difficult to tell how tense you’ve become until you get out of town and do nothing for a few days. There is so much happening in our world, from Washington D.C. to Malibu, Calif., that I’ve found myself tied up in knots, never quite able to unwind and barel…

The face of terrorism is changing. I used to think of terrorists as disgruntled, impoverished loners looking to make a statement about their futureless lives. Then we have Sri Lanka and Poway and a vet from Reseda and it looks as though, apparently, some terrorists aren’t sure who they want …

This Sunday, April 28, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., all of the Malibu Woolsey Fire heroes—who are listed on page A8 of this newspaper—are invited to come to the Malibu Farmers Market in the Civic Center area near the library and pick up their heroes certificate, Malibu Dolphin pi…

It’s tax time and we just completed our tax return. Actually, Karen and our accountant completed our tax return and my part consisted of “sign here and here.” Truthfully, I don’t mind paying taxes. I think it’s the obligation of every American to pay taxes; however, I just don’t want to pay …

“You’re fired.” Those magic words that made Donald Trump a reality TV star have come back with a vengeance. Trump appears to be cleaning out the Department of Homeland Security as if he was still on TV. I’m beginning to have this uneasy feeling that the man is beginning to recreate what he b…

It’s two years into the Trump presidency and you would think by now the staff would begin to know how to manage the boss. I hold them personally responsible for the mass of somewhat weird tweets that Trump unleashed on the nation this weekend. As soon as I heard Trump would be staying in the…

A college admissions scandal broke this week and caught up 50 people including parents, school athletic coaches, test monitors, lawyers, corporate executives, celebrities and others who all paid to get their children into “elite” colleges. The perpetrators, who, of course, are now spilling t…

I thought I’d be able to report in this column that the LA County Fire Department was going to relax its standards for water flow in Malibu so that many people in the canyons who were burned out would be able to rebuild. That’s what we were told at the Business Roundtable meeting just last F…

They’re clearing the burned out lots now, which, I suspect, is the reason you see those big double dump trucks on the highways. A lot of that debris is headed for the landfills or special hazardous waste dumps. For many, it was a tough decision. If you went with the state program for debris …

The Woolsey Fire has had a devastating effect on Malibu, not least of which is lots of people are very, very angry and looking for it all to be someone’s fault. They are mad at the fire department that never came, at the sheriff’s department that manned roadblocks as if the population was th…

The wind has died down, the air is crystal clear, the hills are beginning to turn green, the sun is shining, the ocean is quiet and gentle, and it’s easy to forget what chaos we’ve gone through in the last three months. The recovery is slow, people are still stumbling around about what to do…

This past Saturday afternoon, LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby and others from the top echelons of the LA County Fire Department came to Malibu City Hall to explain, in front of a packed house, what happened during the Woolsey Fire. They explained what they did, what they didn’t do and what t…

Like any red-blooded American male, I spent Sunday afternoon watching the football championship games. I am that occasional fan who only watches the second half of the championship games (After all, why bother with the first half and the silly half time shows?) This one felt personal because…

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