Are you kidding me? Did you see how disgusting the highway was when this group was homesteading between Topanga Canyon and Coastline Drive on PCH? It was horrendous: The filth, urinating and defecating on the sides of the roads. Crime went up in the area. Views of the coast were hindered. 

The extraordinary influence of supposedly expert modelers is the great COVID-19 scandal. In some cases, modelers completely misinformed government leaders, the news media and, ultimately, the public about the scale of the threat.

In response to “From the Publisher: Houston, the Eagle has Landed,” published May 7

The pandemic is the major independent variable and government efforts must, therefore, also be a major offsetting variable.

Approximately 40 years ago, I left New York to come to Malibu. It was a cold, damp, wintry November morning. I was wearing my London Fog, which I had recently bought from Bloomingdale’s after arriving at JFK. I very quickly boarded the plane. As I got to my seat on the plane, I took off my L…

No, no, I have not turned into a Hollywood reporter, and I do not mean to imply that there is something going on between these two superstars. They just happen to be two celebrities who are using their fame and fortune to help us all combat this worldwide pandemic, and they both deserve a he…

I have been a regular customer at R Quick Stop in the Heathercliff shopping center for more than two decades. When I picked up my mail recently, I was told that Quick Stop is closing.  

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance! With well-educated government leadership employing a policy of maximum transparency, Taiwan’s 24 million people have managed to limit their COVID-19 cases and deaths to 420 cases and six deaths, so far. New cases rarely exceed six cases dai…

More than ever, this period of withdrawal from the hum and buzz has me thinking about our culture. A culture is cultivated, first by family, then by a larger group—be it city, state, nation, or religion, or...? To cultivate is to strive after. This striving defines a collective identity. Wha…

The economy was shut down so that the coronavirus wouldn’t overrun hospital resource capacity. If we overran capacity, we would end up like Italy, with a lot more people dying because they couldn’t get treatment. In California, we hit peak hospital resource use on April 14. In California, we…

Change is knocking on our door. I heard, Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. I hope we take to heart all that is happening now. That we understand our part in creating what has happened. That we marvel at the wonderful wet spring coming our way. And the clean air. 

In response to the letter “Thank you,” published April 9

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision just hours before the scheduled April 7 Wisconsin primary election confirms the devolution of our nation’s high court from impartial arbiters to blatant partisans. At the request of Republicans, the five Republican-appointed conservatives on the court reject…

As we approach the middle of April, I hope Governor Newsom and his staff are crafting plans to reopen California’s economy.  

Here’s a forward of my experience contacting federally recommended lenders off the SBA PPP website on April 3, basically telling me I can’t work with them since I’m not a customer of theirs, despite the federal website recommending them. My business bank, Bank of America, also was a fail sin…

To all of the families and individuals in the Malibu community that have stayed in place, practiced social distancing and stayed home, I want to thank you for your resolve. My family has stayed in place for 25 days; I know from experience that isolating is, at times, difficult. Sometimes I f…

I have just met two angels here in Malibu and I want to make the rest of the community aware of them. They are Katie (Katherine) and Sam (Samantha), who are part of a group called the Mighty Underdogs. This group provides free delivery service to seniors and others most vulnerable. I learned…

The Trump administration and congressional allies have given big business every stimulus it wanted, which has ultimately been bad for business. To stimulate the economy, they passed a tax bill that returned $3 trillion in taxes to businesses, embraced the largest peacetime federal deficits i…

There seem to be a number of individuals on Nextdoor complaining about construction. I’m sure none of them had their homes burned down in the WoolseyFire. The people that are rebuilding these homes are paying their mortgage and rent during construction, financially straining homeowners who w…

Please read about the major Earth Day land preservation goal for Malibu on Facebook: “Save Open Space over the Edge.” Given our world-wide health crisis, it’s best to change direction on how to save this majestic, lush, green Malibu mountainside. We now request that the Irish band U2 collect…

In response to “Edmiston’s executive power expands despite local outcry” published April 2

Your suggestion of a possible domestic use of the back page of the Times brought a smile to my face. It also reminded me of my childhood days during and after World War II. We would use the Liverpool Echo newspaper during the week and, as a treat on the weekends we would use The News of the …

It was only a few weeks ago that Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a “Democratic hoax” which would disappear by April. Of course, his propagandists, led by Sean Hannity, echoed the “Democratic hoax” theory. Then, in a remarkable, head-spinning turnabout, Trump suddenly announced we wer…

Closing beaches, trails and most of our economy is really stupid but, because of the lack of test kits, it’s better than the alternative. If everyone had been tested quickly, with positives quarantined, the rest of the country could be back at work. But mistakes like New York not replenishin…

With millions of Americans now working and learning at home, many of us are spending more and more time online. While the internet offers us many opportunities for communication, exploration and collaboration, in many homes it brings with it an unseen problem: exposure to radio-frequency mic…

I do not like it when companies lie to me. As a SARS-CoV-2 virus home-sheltered senior, I was forced to purchase Lucerne plain yogurt instead of my usual Mountain High plain yogurt. I made sure that the front of the container said “plain” because I did not want added sugar, added starch, sta…

Last weekend, the Malibu Pier was packed with people obviously ignoring social distancing. This posed the risk of spreading the virus to all Malibu visitors and residents and beyond. In contrast, the city of Santa Monica, which owns its pier, wisely ordered it closed. I know that the Malibu …

I went out today and the roads, hiking trails and beaches were absolutely packed with belligerent, non-social distancing hordes. 

With the coronavirus devastating lives across the globe, I am disappointed with our community’s response here in Malibu to the virus. Instead of following the executive order from the governor of California to stay at home and shelter in place, it seems that Malibu residents have disregarded…

Letter addressed to Senator Henry Stern, Assembly Member Richard Bloom and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

As a senior, I am grateful for the special shopping hours that the local supermarkets have made available to us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Immune system functioning declines with age through no fault of the seniors. But as I entered Pavilions Saturday morning with other seniors, I felt gu…

In rural areas, railroad crossings rarely have lights and gates to warn drivers of an oncoming train. Tax revenue in rural areas is too small and railroad crossings too many to afford lights and gates at rural railroad crossings, even though most traffic-related deaths at railroad crossings …

We are concerned about the recent acts of terror at Malibu High School. We are concerned that this matter, the use of a noose with regard to a Black student, was insufficiently addressed. 

In the coming days, we expect that almost 10 of Malibu’s finest teachers will be receiving pink slips, as the school district begins its efforts to cut costs and dig out of the budget crisis it created. The question we should all have is why teachers are the first to be cut.  Shouldn’t the s…

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