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Malibu city leaders and community organizers are urging residents to attend and speak at the upcoming LA County Office of Education (LACOE) hearing on Malibu’s petition for an independent school district, set to take place virtually via Zoom on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m.

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One of eastern Malibu’s most recognizable eyesores is set to become a new, 39-room hotel complete with a pool and spa, large ocean-view deck, and restaurant, after city council voted, 4-1, to approve permits for the project this week.

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This week’s new COVID-19 numbers show a continued elevation in positive test results among Malibu residents compared to numbers from earlier this summer—a total of 15 more residents tested positive for the viral disease from Tuesday, Sept. 7, through Monday, Sept. 13. Since March 2020, a tot…

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There was a full house for LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s “Community Conversation” at Duke’s Malibu Restaurant on Thursday, Sept. 2—an event organized to discuss public safety concerns in Malibu. The crowd largely appeared to be Villanueva supporters from Malibu as well as other cities …

Malibu Life

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“Hit and Run" (Netflix) Gilbert and Sullivan wrote a song called “Things Are Seldom What They Seem” for one of their operettas, and so it is with this Israel/U.S. co-production, a nine-episode series. A happily married man, an Israeli tour guide, says goodbye to his wife who is on her way to…

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Malibu may have worldwide recognition, but for many of its inhabitants it’s just a small community made up of many caring neighbors. That community was captured in artistry from 2012 through 2017 by painter Johanna Spinks. Her portrait series “The Face of Malibu” (featured in The Malibu Time…

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After months of uncertainty, vendors for Topanga Vintage Market were able to return to the Pierce College campus to sell antiques, vintage decor and homemade items to shoppers on Sunday, Aug. 22. 

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The Topanga Bubbles is a popular fishing spot about a mile from the beach, where natural gas rises up from the seafloor. Why it attracts fish is a mystery, but one guess is that they like the rocky terrain around the vent. 

Opinion

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This is the first week of September and, all of a sudden, my phone line seems to be besieged by Malibu folks (familiar, I guess, with my Malibu Chronicle Memory articles of past years) worrying over memory loss and dementia.

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Voters, do not be fooled! The ballot question about whether Governor Newsom should be recalled is not a referendum on his performance. It is a cynical Republican effort to win statewide power in a special election when Democratic voters typically participate in lower numbers than during regu…

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The mayor and council are correct in trying to prohibit certain types of overnight camping during these unprecedented drought conditions. The foremost responsibility of government is to protect its citizens, and the risk of fire from overnight camping, whether from homeless people or from re…

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I never met my father. When Sirhan Sirhan murdered him in the kitchen hallway of the Ambassador Hotel in front of scores of witnesses, my mother was three months pregnant with me. Of my 10 older brothers and sisters, Kathleen, the eldest, was 16, and Douglas, the youngest, was little more th…

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The political landscape has recently featured a raft of policy decisions by conservative politicians and jurists that unerringly support the pro-death side of the decision. 

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I am not making this up, but there are more than a few people who refuse to get the Covid-19 vaccine because they actually believe it creates some sort of magnetic pull. Now please do not ask me to explain how this magnetic pull works. The important thing is they believe it and are not about…

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Now that we have all been disheartened by the official United States Census which states unequivocally that there are more people on our City Council than live here in Malibu, I wish to divulge my own very unofficial census taken by me during a recent hallucinatory nap:

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My bride and I recently returned from a quick trip back East to see my family, most of whom I hadn’t seen since the beginning of the pandemic. This was the first time I have been on a plane in quite some time. I wore a mask during the flight and in the airports, and took a number of other pr…

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I think I have fully recovered from watching the Olympics. To see all these athletes perform at a higher level than I could ever dream of is physically and mentally exhausting, to say the least. I am glad that I will have three years to recuperate before watching another summer Olympics.

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I am sick and tired of hearing all the misinformation spouted by the anti-vaxxers who refuse to get vaccinated against Covid-19. I heard that one young man insisted that the far left was injecting a chip in the vaccine so the Democrats would always know his whereabouts. Why anybody, let alon…

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