14 | April 12, 2018 | Malibu surfside news Sound Off malibusurfsidenews.com Rindge From Page 5 impact statement.” City officials have been assured that the project’s timeline allows for geotechnical studies to ensure that the removal project won’t cause the canyon walls to collapse, or increase flood risk to the Serra Retreat, and that the sand deposited offshore won’t impact the Surfrider surfbreak, or water quality. The biggest obstacle for the project remains congressional approval. The project is estimated to cost between $172 million-$187 million. However, once the first round of funding is approved, and the technical studies are undertaken, the Coastal Commission will have statutory authority to make changes or take remedial action, including making supplemental consistence determinations if the project changes or new impacts on coastal resources are found. While restoring the creek and improving connectivity for the endangered steelhead trout and other species is the primary goal of the removal project, the dam has also become a safety and water quality issue in recent years, as videos on social media have attracted big crowds to the derelict structure. State Parks, which owns the dam and is the Corps partner in the project, officially closed the area to the Come visit our showroom public in 2014, after several serious accidents, including at least one fatality accident and a tragic 2011 suicide, as well as an environmental toll that has included erosion and elevated fecal bacteria levels in the water. Videos showing daredevils diving from the rocks into the pool below the dam continue to be posted and attract visitors, but the park agency now has the authority to fine trespassers. “There’s a dramatic difference between now and before the closure,” State Parks Angeles District Superintendent Craig Sap told the Malibu Surfside News. “We had hundreds of people, now it’s just a trickle. The new ‘no pedestrian’ signs at the tunnel have helped, too.” Sap said his rangers have gone from issuing 30 citations a month down to just a few, but, with warmer weather arriving, that number is expected to rise. “This is a resource issue as well as a safety issue,” Sap said. “User trails created massive erosion. There was graffiti, trash, human waste.” Sap said the closure will remain in place until the old dam is finally removed, to protect the area’s environmental resources as well as to ensure the safety of park visitors. The full text of the staff report on the project is available at the Coastal Commission website: https:// documents.coastal.ca.gov/ reports/2018/3/f11a/f11a-3- 2018-report.pdf. Ride of the Week SoCal — where classics are around every corner Fireball Tim Lawrence Contributing Columnist Malibu resident There is literally nowhere you can go on this planet to see what we see here in Southern California. I mean there are wonderful places in the world for sure, but if you love cars, then all you have to do is literally step outside your door and you’ll spot something cool. The other day, I was traversing around and just getting some errands done. It was not an eventful day, but after a couple hours I ran across a very unique car. Pictured here is a 1948 Chevy Fleetline Fastback. Now, at first glance, you may say that it’s just an old car. And you’d be partially right. It’s not even restored. But let’s take a closer look, shall we? The Chevy Fleetline was made from 1941-1952. Only 11 years, but keep in mind that this car was state-of-the-art and the best that Chevy could produce. It was introduced late in the 1941 model year as a four-door and as a fastback two-door “Aerosedan.” And in 1947, it made up almost 72 percent of Chevrolet’s sales. But production was delayed in 1942 due to WW2 after 110,000 were made. It was called a “fastback” because of its sloping roof to the trunk lid. Really the first of its kind and made famous by the 1968 Bullitt Mustang. This Malibu Glass & Mirror 310.456.1844 This Chevrolet Fleetline Custom was produced from 1941-1952. Photo Submitted Windows and Doors Showers and MIrrors Railings and Skylights Screens and Glass Repair Additional Services www.malibuglass.com fax: 310.456.2594 3547 Winter Canyon, Malibu CA 90265 Licensed Contractor #396181 makes the Fleetline series highly collectable and lots of them are made into street rods with Chevy 350 small block V8s. It’s a car that you really have to go to a car show to see ... unless you’re in So- Cal and Malibu like us. The fascinating thing about cars like these is that, of the millions of cars that exist on the road today, none of them existed at the time that this one was built. This was new, fresh and the best. They were hand-built without robots or computers. Dipped in paints that were toxic, cigarettes were en vogue and some cars even had beer taps on the inside. There were no seat belts or virtually any safety features at all. And this was the norm. We’ve come a long way in our automotive mindsets for what is acceptable and normal for today’s standards, which makes this car and cars like it truly unique. It’s not about the car, but about the mindset that created it. And as it stood there in the parking lot, I felt like I was looking into history. A time of World Wars, new roads, families and I wondered how things were different. Of course, technologically we are vastly different, but has the world really changed all that much? It’s a question only to be answered personally. The 1948 Fleetline is officially 70 years old now. Seventy years of progress has changed our automotive world dramatically and makes me wonder what the next 70 years will bring? 2088? Sounds like science-fiction. But one day, they’ll look back on this time and I’m pretty sure there’ll be a Fleetline around for them to see. I just wonder if there will be a 2018 Corvette. Will plastic last that long? Want to be featured in Ride of the Week? Send Fireball an email at askfireball@ fireballtim.com.
malibusurfsidenews.com Sound Off Malibu surfside news | April 12, 2018 | 15 Social snapshot Top Web Stories from MalibuSurfsideNews.com as of Monday, April 9 From the Editor It’s time to tilt the scales 1. Filippone, Caputo spark Waves’ success 2. Rattlesnake curls up, basks in Malibu backyard 3. Hilton unlocks dreamy transcendence with ‘Escapism’ 4. Children crack smiles, eggs at Easter Hoppening 5. House of Kinga makes itself at home in Malibu Become a member: malibusurfsidenews.com Malibu Fitness posted April 4: “Happy Wednesday! Your playground is waiting..... “ Like Malibu Surfside News: facebook.com/malibusurfsidenews The City of Malibu’s Environmental Sustainability Department (@ MalibuEnviroDpt) posted April 6: “Earth Month Tip: When using an office or home printer make sure to use the double-sided feature to save paper.” Follow Malibu Surfside News: @malibusurfsidenews Lauren Coughlin email@example.com Knowing thy heroes is just as important as knowing thy enemies. And when it comes to a massive issue like sex trafficking, this is especially true. Among the various heroes in that uphill battle is an organization called Unlikely Heroes, which was founded by former LA resident Erica Greve. This week, I learned a bit more about Greve and her work because of the justas-notable hero in Natalie Backman, who founded a massively inspirational day (Imagine Fest, highlighted on Page 4) that allows Malibu-area residents to support and learn about the nonprofit while unwinding through yoga, music and more. The enemies that Greve and her allies work to combat are very real, even in Southern California. Last year, I got the chance to chat with Malibu High School twins Lana and Jade King, who had started MHS’ Stop The Traffick club after learning about trafficking from iEmpathize’s Apathy Effect Exhibit. And last July, Malibu saw a group of cyclists travel through on their 360-mile journey to spread awareness of human trafficking. Now, as Imagine Fest makes its third return to the Santa Monica Mountains, the issue of trafficking again comes into focus. The good news is that Malibu is among the communities willing to talk about the ugly issue. The bad news is that trafficking is still happening — and to an extent that most probably do not realize. Recent data from Polaris, which you can read more about on Page 7, show that 1,331 cases of human trafficking in California were reported to the organization’s hotline in 2017. Of those, more than 1,000 were identified as sex trafficking cases. California’s numbers are actually on the decline, at least in comparison to the number of cases that were reported in the prior year. And across the US, 8,759 cases of human trafficking were reported in 2017 — representing a 13-percent jump from the prior year’s data. Of course, those numbers are not all-inclusive, as those are just the cases that have been reported. And, as Greve can attest, the issue is very real in Mexico, Thailand and the Philippines, too. Greve shared how awareness is a crucial first step in this fight. And in her organization’s case, sharing that awareness with teachers and others has saved the lives and futures of hundreds of children. But that same knowledge could come in handy locally, too. Polaris received 3,998 phone calls from California residents in 2017 — and 942 of those calls were to report trafficking tips. While some of the calls the hotline receives do come from victims or family members, a total of 1,050 calls in 2017 were from community members, while 969 were from victims of trafficking. It’s easy to pretend that an issue does not involve us, but when you look at the harsh reality, it’s not so easy to ignore. For Greve, the children behind those data points are not just a number. They are living, breathing human beings who deserve better. And with one glimpse at the stories shared on unlikelyheroes. com/rescue-stories/, these victims certainly become very real. Many of the victims, MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS Greve shared, are sold by their own parents. They are utterly powerless without advocates and champions who are willing to stand up on their behalf. And while Greve is happy to fight that fight, no hero is complete without a support system. While so many areas of human civilization as we know it are improving, this form of modern-day slavery is still thriving. Little by little, the differencemakers in this world are taking aim, but they could certainly use some extra hands in the fight. Malibu Surfside News Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. Malibu Surfside News encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. 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