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…

I know many of you are having second thoughts about having evacuated your homes during the Woolsey Fire. Many of you are considering staying next time to protect your homes during a fire. For a fire, staying may be a sensible alternative, but for a mudslide or debris flow, staying is pure in…

It’s been a very difficult week for all of us, on top of a bunch of prior difficult weeks. The Woolsey Fire, which began more than a month ago at this point, has turned our lives upside down. We’ve been dealing with people who have been burned out, people who have been almost burned out, fri…

The fire facts are beginning to come in and although nothing is official yet, it looks like the City of Malibu lost about 460 plus homes in this fire and another 150 plus structures like garages, pool cabanas, guest houses and such. Neighborhood by neighborhood it looks approximately like this:

Slowly, ever so slowly, Malibu is coming back to life. For the first time in weeks, there are some other people at the gym, and people are beginning to take care of themselves again. But it’s just a start—and a slow start at that. It would help if everyone tried to shop locally this holiday …

This coming Sunday, Nov. 25, from 4-6 p.m., The Malibu Times will host the first Operation Recovery meeting at the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, located at 24855 Pacific Coast Highway (just west of Pepperdine). We hope this will be the first of many regularly held meetings to assist …

On Tuesday, many of us go to the polls. In the old days, that would have marked the end of the campaign season for another year, but not anymore. By Wednesday morning, the analysts and the computer programs will have already reviewed the results and the 2020 presidential race will have begun.

After 31 years of owning The Malibu Times, Karen and I have come to the conclusion that it’s time for us to retire—we’ve put both the newspaper and building up for sale. It is not an easy decision for us, sort of like deciding to sell one’s child. But the time has come for us to pass the pen. 

I was very moved to see so many well-written and heartfelt letters to the editor in response to Arnold’s comments in his Sept. 21 editorial regarding the Kavanaugh nomination. The letters reflect a level of openness, awareness and sensitivity that is, only now, being so articulately communic…

Chances are, this week, that the nation’s eyes are going to be glued to TV screens, watching the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the confirmation, or not, of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We’re also all wondering if another shoe is going to drop as some, like attorney Michael Avena…

The Senate is beginning to close in on decision time regarding Judge Kavanaugh and I personally find myself more than a bit conflicted. If I were voting on confirmation, I would probably vote “no” for a number of personal reasons: I don’t agree with him philosophically and this is a lifetime…

This week, there is a mad media scramble going on, with a number of competing narratives vying to be the top story of the week. Normally, the battle over the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee would easily be first, but our prez—never one to let anyone else get top billing—immediately j…

There was a time a mere few years ago when climate change seemed like one of those academic issues that was years away and nothing would really impact us in the now. Well, that was then and this is now—our world is changing faster than any us ever anticipated.

Herbicides have always been a big issue in Malibu, and Poison Free Malibu and others have been battling against the use of the Monsanto Company herbicide weed killer, which sells under the brand name Roundup. It is no longer being used in Malibu, we’ve been told. The fears were it was gettin…

The Manafort case is now several days old and it’s apparent the jury is ultimately going to have to decide whether it believes that a lying liar is lying on the stand to try and save his rear end, or whether it believes the other lying liar who may not even take the stand has lied in the pas…

We can all rest a little easier now that President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have shaken hands and seemingly found in each something they like. We really shouldn’t be surprised because they saw in each other something that was immediately recognizable to both of them a…

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