6 | January 25, 2018 | Malibu surfside news News malibusurfsidenews.com tell us your love story! Enter the Malibu Surfside News’ How We Met Contest for a chance to win a one-night stay at Malibu Beach Inn Hotel and Spa, a day of service at Cure Spa (including a massage and facial), and a $250 gift certificate to Geoffrey’s Malibu. Send your love story (500 words or less) and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Thank you to our sponsors! MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS Mail call: Important letter from the Surfside News to arrive Staff Report We know you get a lot of mail — whether it is information you requested or bills you’d prefer to ignore. Then, every Thursday, you receive your community newspaper, Malibu Surfside News, free of charge. This week, you’ll be getting a letter from Surfside News Editor Lauren Coughlin that we want to be sure you open, because the letter has a simple, but important purpose: We need your help to keep the Surfside News free. Every three years, we ask residents to complete a simple task that allows us to send our newspaper for no charge. It’s that time again, and all you have to do is fill out a card requesting the newspaper, sign at the bottom and send it back to us. That card will be arriving in the mail this week, along with the letter from our editor. Even if you returned your City outlines upcoming volunteer opportunities Submitted by the City of Malibu request card three years ago, we do still need you to send in a card to renew your request for the newspaper. It is a requirement of the U.S. Postal Service that our readers request the newspaper and renew that request every three years. If you have never sent in a card, we ask that you fill one out and send it in. If you did send a card in the past few weeks, we thank you, and you will not be receiving a letter. As a convenience, the card is also available digitally at MalibuSurfside News.com, where you can fill it out and submit in just a few seconds. The request card is not a subscription form that requires payment information or anything beyond your name, address and signature. And we promise we will not share your information with outside parties. The information is required by the U.S. Postal The City of Malibu Community Services Department has many volunteer opportunities that offer youth and adults the chance to assist seniors, participate in sports, arts and cultural activities, and help to protect the environment. The City’s volunteer opportunities are a great way to give back to the community, learn new skills and make new friends. The City of Malibu is an approved organization for Malibu High School Community Service Learning and offers a great opportunity for Malibu High School students to complete their service-learning hours that is part of their curriculum to graduate. In the coming months, the department has the following volunteer opportunities: • Youth Basketball League: Saturdays through February • Student Art Exhibit (event prep for the Feb. 10 event): Thursday-Friday, Service to ensure the Surfside News readers want to receive the free community newspaper. We need you and your neighbors’ signatures to qualify for this important designation that allows us to continue to mail the Surfside News free to the residents of and businesses in Malibu. The letter you will receive explains the project in more detail, and also includes a copy of the card so you can send it back right away. Should you happen to misplace the card, do not worry. The project is so important that we print a copy of the card in the Surfside News each week. All you have to do is tear it out of the paper, fill it out, and mail or fax it back to us. This week, you will find it on Page 10. So, please sign the card and send it back to us. And remind the neighbors! Feb. 8-9 • Gold Hunt (event prep for the March 16 event): Thursday, March 15 • Cars & Coffee: second and fourth Sunday of every month • Chumash Day (event prep for the April 14-15 event): Thursday-Friday, April 12-13 To sign up, visit www. MalibuCity.org/volunteer. For more information, call (310) 456-2489 ext. 279 or email PGomez@ MalibuCity.org.
malibusurfsidenews.com News Malibu surfside news | January 25, 2018 | 7 Fire officials, police respond to report of Malibu landslide Lauren Coughlin, Editor A passerby called Los Angeles County Fire officials at 3:46 p.m. on Jan. 17 to report a landslide at a three-story Malibu home in the 2800 block of Hume Road. LA County Fire Public Information Officer Randall Wright said the home was red-tagged — meaning “no one can go in and no one can go out” — and left in the care of Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station deputies as of roughly 8 p.m. “There’s lines of tape that say it’s not safe to enter that area,” Wright said. The homeowners were out of town at the time of the incident, Wright confirmed. News footage depicts a damaged retaining wall to the rear of the home. Wright said the cause of the landslide has not yet been identified. The determination of whether or not the home is permanently uninhabitable remains in the hands of the county’s Building and Safety Division, as well as the homeowner, Wright said. Police investigating sexual battery allegation against Seal Lauren Coughlin, Editor Malibu Canyon Road incident lands one in hospital Lauren Coughlin, Editor An individual reportedly was extricated from their car and flown to UCLA after plunging roughly 250 feet over the side of Malibu Canyon Road around 3:30 From Jan. 16 A Malibu woman reportedly told police that she was sexually battered by 54-year-old Malibu resident Samuel Henry Olusegun, who is better known as the musician Seal, in November 2016, according to a Jan. 16 press release issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff’s deputies were informed of the alleged sexual battery case while responding to a Jan. 13 disturbance call in the 28900 block of Verde Mesa Lane. No disturbance was discovered by police Jan. 13, but the police are now investigating the sexual battery allegation. No further information is available at this time, police said. Anyone with information about this incident is en- p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. Malibu Search and Rescue, the Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol responded. According to a City of couraged to contact police at (818) 878-1808. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-8477, use their smartphones by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google Play or the App store, or by using lacrimestoppers.org. For more on this and other Breaking News, visit MalibuSurfisideNews.com. Malibu alert, all lanes of Malibu Canyon Road were open as of 5:16 p.m. LA County Fire officials were not immediately available for further comment. Visit us online at MalibuSurfsideNews.com Police Reports Scooters allegedly stolen out of garage DUI checkpoint planned for Friday Submitted by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Services Detail, in conjunction with the Malibu/ Lost Hills Station, is to conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Friday, Jan. 26, at an undisclosed location within Malibu city limits from 8 p.m.-3 a.m. In recent years, California has seen an increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The Office of Traffic Safety aims to CITY OF MALIBU Certified O.W.T.S. and N.A.W.T. Septic inspectors for all single family, multi-family and commercial properties. A garage door opener and two Razor electric scooters reportedly were stolen from a residence on Shoreheights Drive in Malibu, according to a Jan. 14 police report. The alleged victim said person(s) unknown entered his unlocked vehicle in the driveway and used the garage door opener to gain access to the garage and steal the scooters. The alleged victim said he shut the garage door at night, but upon waking in the morning discovered the garage as well as the door to his car open. EDITOR’S NOTE: The educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” Those who take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. In California, alcoholinvolved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014. Over the course of the past three years LA McDermott Malibu Surfside News police reports are compiled from official records on file at the Los Angeles County Lost Hills/ Malibu Sheriff’s Department headquarters. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. County Sheriff’s Department deputies have investigated 3,374 DUI collisions which have claimed 72 lives and resulted in another 2,609 injuries. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. • Residential • Commercial • 310-456-1173 McDermott Pumping has provided excellent service to Malibu for over 23 years! 310-456-2286