After walking in the bluffs last week, I saw a poster on the office window announcing that Alfie Kohn will be speaking in Malibu on Aug. 28 at the Malibu Library. This is wonderful.

Here are the 10 best reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and hot dogs this Independence Day, rather than ground-up animal body parts:

Mayor Wagner and members of the City Council, my name is Burt Ross, and I appear before you this evening to thank you; our city manager, Reva Feldman; and our city employees, who have worked together tirelessly to help the thousands of us who have been uprooted from our homes. Many of us are…

I wish to voice my shock and dismay at receiving the letter in the mail from the Together for Dwelling Size Fairness Team. I have a modest home in the amount of approximately 2,700 square feet in Point Dume. The TDSF proposal would downsize it to 1,800 square feet. 

We all watched proudly as our president, along with his beautiful family, visited the royals in England with the French president and his wife while honoring those who defended and protected our freedom and liberty—as Donald Trump does very capably at home each and every day.

In response to the letter, “The ugly American,” published on June 13

Last Thursday, June 6, Malibu hosted its best Homeless Connect Day ever. Between 70 and 75 homeless guests had their needs met by over 50 volunteers and a multitude of providers. There was an atmosphere with an abundance of warmth, caring and festivity.

We all watched in horror as America’s Ugly American, with his whole crime family in tow, invaded France and England spouting insults aimed at loyal Americans, while perched in front of the graves of the dead at Normandy.

This letter is addressed to Burt Ross, in response to his column “A whole lot of columns,” published on May 16

Your choice—federal money and resources to those entering our country illegally, or to the tax-paying recent storm victims who have lost everything.

After 37 years of serving the Malibu community, the Coral Beach Cantina and Zooma Sushi are being forced out of business. We have been through many fires, floods, road closures, power outages, torrential rains and mudslides, but never faced the prospect of closing our doors permanently. We h…

Identifying state firearm policies that protect more than they harm requires scientific studies. Under the U.S. Constitution, states set firearm policies for their residents, not the federal government. Despite that fact, the National Rifle Association sponsored federal legislation in 1996 b…

On Monday, May 6, we were having a coffee outside at Starbucks by Ralphs when we heard this very loud flapping noise from the rafters. We looked up to see a mother pigeon hanging by her foot, which was impaled by the spikes in the rafters. The spikes are there to prevent birds from nesting; …

With summer fast approaching, the beaches are a popular destination for many—including plastics. If no change regarding plastic production and consumption is made, the ocean will house more plastic products than fish. Imagine taking a dip in the ocean to find heaps of plastic swimming with y…

I want to confess that I love The Malibu Times. Yes, they’re a great publication that provides so much information about the Malibu we all want to know about, but there’s so much more they do. They love Malibu back with their huge, caring hearts. 

Another mass shooting at a place of worship took place at a synagogue in Poway. Its rabbi, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, proudly described how his congregation evacuated the synagogue within seconds after a 19-year-old with an assault rifle started shooting. As thousands of other congregations be…

The past few days of news around the Woolsey Fire has me enraged. My house and our turtle hospital burned to the ground. (Turtles are safe.) But just this week, I learned that LA County and the City of Malibu are suing Southern California Edison. For what? They lost nothing—their buildings a…

I simply cannot believe SCE’s [Southern California Edison] plan to interfere with healthy, growing trees that were probably there long before the unsightly telephone poles and wires. Trees are the lungs of the earth. It has been scientifically proven that trees and large-leafed plants are pe…

New York lost 5,700 millionaires in 2017. California is losing so many people and businesses are also leaving.

It has to come my attention that somebody named Ken Luskin, whom I do not recall ever meeting, is accusing me, our city manager and our city of public corruption. Luskin is either misinformed or didn’t do his homework because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Here are the facts, all o…

Malibu has spoken. Why isn’t our city council listening? Barely six months ago, our community passed Measure M at a stunning 66 percent, choosing to spend $195 million to plan for future generations of Malibu kids by rebuilding our schools. Yet last week, our city council chose not to suppor…

In response to “You’re Fired,” published on April 11

The MRCA is continuing to do great harm to the landscape and natural habitat of Malibu. Recently, Joe Edmiston‘s recreation agency brought in truckloads of dirt that were not checked for contaminants. The dirt went next to a blue-line stream, which dumps into the ocean. This is to modify the…

The following excerpts from the California Coastal Act are provided to you in response to your editorial regarding construction activity at Puerco Canyon.

In response to “Elementary school decisions delayed following complaints from Point Dume parents” published on March 28

Anybody who has ever had a billing issue with Frontier Communications knows the company’s business model is a unique blend of incompetency and dishonesty. It will make promises it will never honor and it will eventually threaten to turn you over to a collection agency in the hopes you will f…

On Nov. 9, we lost our home as well as our barn, turtle hospital and everything we own in the Woolsey Fire, along with many, many homes in Malibu Park.

For about 800 nights in a row, the American people have been treated to total hysteria by the news media. The obsession with Trump-Russian collusion has dominated every mainstream media newscast and newspaper. The delusion and denial (and outright hate) of half the country over Trump’s elect…

At the time of the 2010 Edge/Evans application, then-California Coastal Commission Deputy Director Jack Ainsworth admitted that the proposal was in violation of the Coastal Act, but he ultimately approved it.

In response to “Court decision nail in coffin for ‘The Edge’ Sweetwater Mesa development” published on March 28

On March 19, 2019, Cal Fire and Ventura County Fire found that Southern California Edison equipment was responsible for starting the Thomas Fire. As a similar result is expected for the most recent fires in Malibu, one has to wonder who makes the decisions at SCE. How many fires, how much lo…

On a Saturday in late February, I attended a listening session at Pepperdine conducted by LA Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. A host of government officials, including law enforcement, fire officials and many others, listened patiently for several hours as members of the public expressed their opini…

In response to “From the Publisher: It Is a Muddle” published on March 7

Last week, fire meetings were held in Big Rock and at Camp 8 for the Las Flores and Rambla communities—standing room only. Were you there or will you be left unprepared when fire hits Eastern Malibu? In 1993, 385 homes burned. Two people died. Your inaction will endanger your home and your n…

Recalling members of our city council at this juncture just makes for a more corrosive and negative environment. We elected these officials and should put our time and energy toward effecting a more positive and successful result. Being divisive at this point in time just makes the future th…

I had a medical emergency related to the stress of the Woolsey Fire. My wife drove me to Malibu Urgent Care late Thanksgiving afternoon about 45 minutes before they closed. The doctor and staff were incredibly thorough, professional and caring. They did tests on me and sent for an ambulance …

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