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A slate of new protections for California fire victims were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom after the passage of Senate Bill 872 in 2020, meant to ease the financial strain most fire victims experience in the days, weeks and months following a wildfire.

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July 16 and 18 saw the most recent two fires under the Pacific Coast Highway bridge across Malibu Creek. As it turns out, that area is a major homeless gathering spot that is now filled with tons of trash and belongings that regularly catch fire.  

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An additional 11 Malibu residents tested positive for the coronavirus in the week from July 20-26 as the Delta variant continued to spread around LA County. Since early 2020, a total of 491 cases of the virus have been reported among Malibu residents. Eight local deaths are known to have bee…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, churches and places of worship had at times been ordered to close to the public and engage with their communities in new ways. Many have been providing services, gatherings, prayer and song through Zoom and livestreams on Sundays and throughout the week. 

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“Escape locally. Enjoy your own private pool, by the hour,” reads the headline on the Swimply website. Clicking on “Find pools near me” brings up detailed listings and photos of the 200 private swimming pools already signed up as hosts in the LA area—renting at anywhere from $40 per hour to …

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The City of Malibu’s new fire safety liaison hit the ground running since coming on board in March. Chris Brossard replaces the retired Jerry Vandermeulen who was hired after the Woolsey Fire wiped out hundreds of homes in the city. The 41-year-old brings expertise as a former wildland firef…

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The City of Malibu is gearing up against what could be a disastrous wildfire season. So far, 2021 has all the hallmarks leading to dangerous conditions: low rainfall contributing to drought and unseasonably dry, hot and often windy conditions.

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Malibu City Council meets Wednesday, July 21, to select community members to sit on a new 10-person homelessness task force. The special meeting was announced on Tuesday, just one day before it was to be held, and comes as homelessness complaints reached a fever pitch in Malibu. In recent we…

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The sky above eastern Malibu was abuzz with firefighting aircraft on Monday, July 19, during a full-on assault of a brush fire burning in Tuna Canyon. The fire, which was held to seven acres, was first reported at 3:12 p.m., burning at Tuna Canyon Road and Las Flores Heights, about 3.5 miles…

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Indoor masking is mandatory for all Angelenos as of Saturday, July 17, as the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout Southern California. The return of the mask mandate came amid a more than 500 percent increase in the rate of spread of the virus since the state “reopened” on June …

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There is no slowing to this once-a-generation super powered real estate market. Malibu saw at least 30 single family home sales during the month of June alone. Inventory remains at levels not seen since 2005, the last time such a seller’s market reigned.

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Pepperdine’s University Management Committee (UMC) announced on Friday, July 9, the university’s COVID-19 vaccination policy decision, which requires all faculty, staff and students—with the exception of those who claim an exemption—to be vaccinated before returning to the Malibu campus in t…

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Residents, along with the local population of Mallard ducks, Canada geese and coots will soon get their Legacy Park nature preserve back. The pond, which is normally kept full most of the year with storm runoff water, totally dried up this spring in the middle of duckling season. The statewi…

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On Monday, July 12, the City of Malibu released a statement updating the public on the ongoing investigation into allegations reported in a December 2020 affidavit from former mayor Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner.

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A milestone was accomplished last weekend when a newly rebuilt Mulholland Highway bridge in Agoura Hills was revealed to the community. This was the second bridge that was rebuilt after being destroyed by the November 2018 Woolsey Fire. 

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A July 9 fire that burned above Tuna Canyon in eastern Malibu was likely caused by a homeless encampment in the mountains, according to LA County Fire Department Battalion Chief Drew Smith. Smith described the firefighting efforts to Malibu City Council on Monday.

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“In my opinion, we are failing,” Malibu City Council Member Mikke Pierson told his colleagues during the Monday, July 12, Malibu City Council meeting. “As a city council, at this time, we are failing to take enough proper actions to deal with our homelessness issues, which has resulted in in…

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Bad news for public safety fire risk in Malibu, good news for cold camping enthusiasts: The California Coastal Commission voted on July 7 to allow the LA County Local Coastal Program (LCP) for the Santa Monica Mountains to include cold, low-impact camping in ESHA (environmentally sensitive h…

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Update: On Wednesday afternoon, July 14, the City of Malibu issued a statement of assurance that local water was not contaminated by the spill: "The City of Malibu monitors beach water quality three times a week for compliance with public health requirements. The most recent samples collecte…

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Tesla Head Designer Franz von Holzhausen Buys $23 Million Home on Encinal Bluffs

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LA faces an urgent challenge: More than 3,900 homeless veterans are still living on the streets, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all homeless veterans nationwide. Most of the time, at least some of those homeless veterans are in Malibu.

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Born and raised in Malibu, Noah Taublieb has been making award winning compositions for video games, social media accounts, podcasts and feature film documentaries as well as having worked for the Malibu Farmers Market since he was 16 years old. He’s proud to present his music Sunday, July 1…

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Longtime local Anthony “Tony” Stearns, 58, owner and sole proprietor of the Radfish Malibu Surf Shop in Zuma Beach Plaza, died on June 22. Not long after his death, the store was broken into and thieves spent days hauling out the merchandise—loading it into the back of a rental truck.

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Life, community and America’s independence were celebrated once again in Malibu over the Independence Day Weekend. After a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic and Woolsey Fire, the Point Dume community came together and delivered a spectacular July 4th parade. The return of the two-decade…

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Malibu experienced an uptick in COVID-19 cases reported among residents in the week from June 29-July 5, with seven new confirmed cases—the first new cases recorded in the city since June 11. The total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus sat at 454 as of Tuesday, July 6.

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Another fun date drive-in movie night fundraiser at Paramount Ranch is coming up on the evening of Saturday, July 10. Buster Keaton’s 1923 comedy “Our Hospitality”—from the silent film era—will be showing, with live music performed by renowned composer Michael Mortilla.

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