10 | April 12, 2018 | Malibu surfside news News malibusurfsidenews.com MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS is looking for local FREELANCE REPORTERS and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events, meetings and sports in the area. Interested individuals should send an email with a resume and any clips to firstname.lastname@example.org MALIBU'S TOP SOURCE FOR NEWS & INFORMATION MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS Stern attends Malibu event held to remember Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Submitted by the Office of Sen. Henry Stern Speaking at a March 30 event at Malibu City Hall commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Sen. Henry Stern asked Consul Ignacy Żarski of the Polish Republic that his government reconsider the recent amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance. The amendments institute criminal penalties up to three years in prison for any individual who “attributes to the Polish Nation or to the Polish State responsibility or co-responsibility for the Nazi crimes committed by the German Third Reich.” “I think telling the truth about history matters,” Stern said, going on to remark on the difficulty and importance of acknowledging the history of genocide and slavery in both Europe and America. “Especially in the areas of remembrance and memory, we have to focus on no fear in speech, and no fear in dialogue.” Speaking at the same event, Carolyn Ben Natan, of the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, said of the heroes of the Data From Page 7 are doubled in construction zones. The work began last summer, and is estimated to be completed in fall 2019. Motorists can check on road closures and traffic conditions using the Caltrans QuickMap at www. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, “We all need to remember them, regardless of our faith, our nationality or our background. We remember them because it’s up to us to tell their story. It’s up to us to never forget, and it’s up to us to make sure the world never forgets.” While thousands of heroic Poles, honored by Yad Vashem among The Righteous of the Nations, resisted Nazi tyranny and protected Jews, often at the cost of their own lives, there were also many who assisted the occupying forces and participated in war crimes. The recent change in Polish law could make discussion of the latter, well-documented events a criminal offense. Assembly Joint Resolution No. 35, authored by California Jewish Legislative Caucus Chair Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin), urges Polish lawmakers to reverse or revise the amendments. Though the amendments exempt research and the arts from the law, Jewish Caucus leaders like Levine and Stern worry that blurred distinctions between these and other forms of expression will lead to the suppression of quickmap.dot.ca.gov, or by downloading the free QuickMap app on Google Play or the App Store. The City of Malibu is sending out traffic alerts about all of the projects. Alerts are also simultaneously posted on the City’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, posted on the website, and listed on the City’s legitimate inquiry. “The new legislation in Poland may limit the ability to convey the full story of what transpired during the Holocaust,” the resolution reads. The resolution also recognizes the hurtful and inaccurate nature of statements that associate the Polish government or the nation as a whole with the actions of Nazi Germany within the country’s borders. “We commend Senator Stern, Assemblymember Levine, and the California Jewish Caucus’ call for truth and justice for the victims of the Holocaust,” said Roslyn Warren, acting director of the Los Angeles Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee. “As longtime advocates of Poland’s relationship with the global Jewish community, the United States, and Israel, we will work toward mending the ties strained by the passage of this bill.” The change in Polish law is currently under review at the Constitutional Tribunal, the republic’s high court. However, the Polish constitution contains no restriction comparable to the United States’ First Amendment. phone hotline. To sign up for City traffic alerts, visit www.malibucity.org/news and scroll down to “Traffic Alerts.” To access the phone hotline, call (310) 456-9982. To follow Malibu’s traffic alerts on social media, visit www.face book.com/CityofMalibu/ and twitter.com/CityMali bu.
malibusurfsidenews.com News Malibu surfside news | April 12, 2018 | 11 Malibu Club meets for springtime garden chat From native plants to birdbath maintenance, Brusius shares tips Suzanne Guldimann Freelance Reporter Master gardener Dani Brusius knows a lot about plants, especially the kind that attract bees, butterflies and birds to the garden. Brusius shared her knowledge with the Malibu Garden Club at its springthemed April 4 meeting at the Point Dume Club. Brusius encouraged her audience to think about their gardens as wildlife habitat. One way to start is to reconsider the need for a lawn. “Lawns aren’t all bad,” she said. “They are good for keeping the soil cool, they are a place for kids to play, but NASA estimates that there are more than 30 million acres of lawn in the U.S., making it the single biggest crop cultivated.” Brusius recommends taking a look at local open space to get ideas about the types of native plants that will thrive in a Malibu backyard setting, as well as which plants grow together in nature. “This is a good time for inspiration,” she said. She recommends planting a variety of species. “Not just flowers, but native grasses that produce seeds, and shrubs that provide twigs and buds,” she said. Balancing plants that bloom or fruit throughout the year can help attract and sustain wildlife. Hummingbirds are attracted to tube-shaped red and orange blooms, bees are often drawn to blue or white flowers, and many butterfly and moth species prefer flat flower heads and blossoms that are easy to land on. “Make sure you have fall-flowering plants,” she said. Brusius isn’t a native plant purist. “Not all exotics are bad,” she said. “But concentrate on Mediterranean plants and avoid invasive species.” Brusius pointed to periwinkle and feather grass, two non-natives that have escaped from gardens and are creating problems throughout the Santa Monica Mountains, where they crowd out native species. She recommended growing a mix of plants that can provide birds, butterflies and bees with food, cover and shelter. The other ingredient for a successful habitat garden is water. “A birdbath needs to be maintained,” she stressed. The idea water source should be no deeper than three inches. Pebbles can be used to fill a deeper vessel, or to provide a place for birds to perch. Birds also appreciate a rough surface with a gradual sloping bottom. Brusius suggests adding a flat rock to provide an extra perching surface. “Birdbaths should be refilled every two to three days to prevent mosquito larvae from hatching,” she said, adding that all water features, big or small, need to be cleaned frequently with bleach and water to prevent the spread of avian illness. It’s also important to make sure the water is in a sheltered area that is out of reach from neighborhood cats and screened from hawks. “Consider adding another source of water if there’s a crowd,” she said. “This isn’t the Serengeti.” Brusius isn’t a fan of leaving brush piles or dead wood around for wildlife cover because of the fire risk. She prefers to create shelter and cover by incorporating elements like shrubs and stones. “A stacked stone wall provides habitat — one with concrete doesn’t,” she said. A small weedy or bare area in a back corner of the garden can also provide essential habit for several native species of butterflies and bees. She explained that 75 percent of the 1,600 species of native bees found in North America are solitary. Many tunnel underground and benefit from a backyard patch of undisturbed Earth. “They don’t produce honey, but they are important pollinators,” she said. “Native bees pollinate between 35-38 percent of California’s crops.” “Bees appreciate structure,” Brusius said. “To attract them, plant flowers in patches at least a meter square.” Bee and butterfly plants should be in a sunny location, and, with bees, far enough away from human activity to prevent unwelcome interaction. Brusius reminded her audience that even droughttolerant native plants require regular watering. “Don’t let them get stressed,” she said. She also recommended selecting plants that are compatible with Malibu’s coast A monarch visits a Malibu backyard’s native California bush sunflower. Attracting birds, butterflies and bees to one’s garden was the topic of the Malibu Garden Club’s latest meeting on April 4. Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media and canyon microclimates. “Just because something is native doesn’t mean it grows in every zone,” she said. Working with a neighbor to extend naturalized areas can help reconnect CITY OF MALIBU Certified O.W.T.S. and N.A.W.T. Septic inspectors for all single family, multi-family and commercial properties. fragmented habitat or create new corridors for birds, butterflies and bees. Brusius’ most important tip for a wildlife-friendly habitat? “No pesticides.” The Malibu Garden Club McDermott meets every first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Point Dume Club Community Room. 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