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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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KBUU is experiencing occasional, annoying loss of signal on the microwave link that delivers our audio to the FM tower. We apologize. While the FM is being repaired, you can stream us at www.radiomalibu.net

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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 …

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After a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, the Malibu Chili Cook-Off returned full throttle over the Labor Day Weekend. The four-day-long event, presented for the second time by the nonprofit Boys & Girls Club of Malibu (BGCM), appeared to be a huge success despite pandemic protocols cal…

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Labor Day crowds returned to Malibu to cool down—inland temperatures reached sweltering triple-digits—celebrate at the beach and enjoy the Chili Cook-off. Overall, it was fairly quiet considering the crowds, but the weekend ended tragically as a pedestrian was struck and killed on Pacific Co…

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[Update, Sept. 8:] As of Wednesday, Sept. 8, there were a total of three Malibu students/staff quarantining following districtwide COVID-19 testing. Across the district, 489 students/staff were in quarantine as of Wednesday, with the vast majority of those coming from Samohi (265) and John A…

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It’s a period that only comes around every 15 or 20 years and makes a deep, lasting imprint on the marketplace of Malibu real estate. This year, 2021, has blown the lid off normalcy as home sales and prices reach staggering new levels. Through August, already more than 200 homes have sold in…

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Nine Malibu residents tested positive for the coronavirus in the week from Aug. 31-Sept. 6, according to the LA County Department of Public Health, marking the first week with fewer than 10 new cases since the first week of July. The decline in new cases aligns with a stabilization in the ra…

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= Air B and B … the company … is trying to torpedo Malibu’s Air B and B ordinance.

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Topanga bird photographer Chris Tosdevin caught sight of an extremely rare bird at the Malibu Lagoon on Aug. 22, about 8:15 a.m., at a local Audubon outing. He said the bird has been staying around, and has been seen every day for the past six days (so far, as of Tuesday, Aug. 31)—the Red Ne…

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As wildfires rage through northern California and Malibu is still reeling from the Woolsey Fire nearly three years ago, the city is taking action with an aggressive campaign during National Preparedness Month. To help prepare and inform residents the city has a number of workshops scheduled …

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After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Malibu’s signature social event of the year is returning this weekend. But expect some changes as organizers comply with Los Angeles County Health Department guidelines.

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With 94 new coronavirus cases reported among Malibu residents in the past 31 days, August 2021 is now the month with the single highest rate of transmission of the virus since testing began in March 2020. The 94 cases recorded from Aug. 1-31 make five more than the previous record for new in…

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= A brush fire at the top of the hill in Calabasas last night … it’s out.

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Ann Buxie has been bringing creative written and spoken words to the Malibu community for more than 25 years through her free Poetry by the Sea and Tales by the Sea programs, so it seemed only fitting that she should be the city’s next poet laureate, serving a two-year term from 2021-23 as M…

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A five-year-old Monte Nido boy is recovering at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after a rare mountain lion attack. The mauling occurred Thursday morning, Aug. 26, in the boy’s own front yard. 

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The board of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California issued a supply alert at a press conference last Tuesday, calling on businesses and residents throughout the region to voluntarily cut water usage and prepare for continued drought. The decision marks the first time in…

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Malibu residents on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) email list were in for a shock last week when they received a school district-created video full of alleged misinformation about the negative consequences the district says would occur if Malibu created its own sepa…

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With a staggering 17 fires reportedly started by unhoused people in Malibu so far in 2021, Malibu City Council is scrambling to find a way to enforce what could effectively be considered a ban on camping—but don’t call it a ban on camping.

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= Passersby use sports bottles and shovels to snuff a string of fires on Kanan Dume Road.

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Another 22 residents tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week from Aug. 17-23, with the total number of positive tests among residents now at 584. There remained nine deaths attributed to the disease COVID-19 locally. Nearly 100 cases of the virus have been reported in town sin…

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= Bruce Silverstein and Mikke Pierson come up with an emergency homeless ordinance … and a 5-0 yes vote.

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[Update, Sunday:] The LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors reported on Saturday evening that the Westward Beach access road was impassible due to erosion. "It's worse than it was before," a representative from the department wrote, including a photograph showing the majority of the ro…

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Those who are still delaying coronavirus vaccines may start to see their lives become more difficult.

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Last spring, an old fence was replaced along a stretch of sand between Carbon and La Costa beaches. Within days, the new one was gone, removed by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), which opened the stretch to the public—without trash cans, restrooms or a gate. The mo…

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The U.S. 2020 Census data is in and Malibu received some staggering news. Our city population, which always been thought to be at about the 13,000 mark, took a major dip downward and the new census number says we have 9,946 residents and are currently declining at the rate at a rate of 8.61 …

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The federal government’s release of the first local-level results from the 2020 U.S. Census took place on Aug. 12, with some startling results for Malibu. According to the government census’ “quick facts,” the Malibu 2010 population was 12,645, which dropped to 10,654 by 2020—a 15-percent loss.

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This week (Aug. 10–16), an additional 20 Malibu residents tested positive for the coronavirus, making Malibu’s total cases 562 since testing began in early 2020. There remained nine deaths attributed to the virus among Malibu residents.

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The California Department of Justice (CADOJ) announced on Friday, Aug. 13, there would be no criminal charges filed against Southern California Edison (SCE) for its role in the devastating 2018 Woolsey Fire.

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