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ELECTION 2020

Nine eye three seats on

Malibu City Council

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Voters could be asked to

fill three seats from a field

that includes one incumbent

in November’s Malibu City

Council election.

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With the lone Malibu City

Council member able to seek

another term pulling papers

for the Nov. 3 race, the filing

period for those eyeing one

of three seats up for grabs is

Friday.

As of late last week, nine

people had pulled papers,

including incumbent Rick

Mullen, according to Heather

Glaser, city clerk.

None has qualified for the

ballot.

Mullen, a captain with the

Los Angeles County Fire

Department, was first elected

in November 2016. His

deciding to make another

run moved the filing deadline

up from Aug. 12.

The others indicating their

intentions to run are: Paul

Grisanti, real estate; Andy

Lyon, real estate; Alia Ollikainen,

artist; Bruce Silverstein,

attorney; Lance Simmens,

writer; Doug Stewart,

finance and a Malibu Public

Safety Commission member;

Regina Voarino, enterprise

sales and business

development; and Mark

Wetton, real estate and financial

services.

Two other members of the

council, Skylar Peak and Jefferson

Wagner, are termed

out and can’t seek reelection.

More election information

is available online at

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A baby stroller is not a safe-deposit box

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED,

Staff Reporter

July 29

• A $400 jackhammer, a $300

fan, a $200 weedwacker and

a $200 vacuum were among

the items stolen from a residence

on Blue Dane Lane.

The alleged victim stated

that around noon, he noticed

his tools were missing from

inside the residence. Security

camera footage showed an

unknown male enter through

an opening above the front

door and exit with the stolen

items

• A burglary was reported at

a residence on Pacific Coast

Highway. At about 4 a.m., a

resident said she was sleeping

upstairs and heard movement

downstairs. Looking

out a window, she saw a

black vehicle parked next to

the house. When she went

downstairs, she saw a male

run from the side of the house

to the vehicle, which sped

off. The resident found the

laundry room ransacked and

a knife on the floor, but does

not believe anything was

taken. The resident was able

to get a photo of the suspect’s

vehicle, and the knife was

booked as evidence.

• Sheriff’s deputies arrived at

an audible alarm call at 4 a.m.

at Lululemon, 3880 Cross

Creek Road, and noticed the

side door was slightly open

and the window next to the

door was smashed. They believe

that the unknown suspects

were inside the store between

July 28-29 and exited

through the side door.

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• A $5,000 Cartier diamond

ring and a $1,000 Michael

Kors purse were among the

items reportedly stolen from

a vehicle at trailhead parking

on Solstice Canyon Road.

The alleged victim stated

she went hiking at about 5

p.m. and when she returned

at 6:15 p.m., her purse was

missing from her friend’s car,

which she believes was left

unlocked.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Malibu

Surfside News police reports

are compiled from official records

on file at the Los Angeles

County Sheriff’s Department

Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

Anyone listed in these reports

is considered innocent until

proven guilty in a court of law.

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Info kiosks, sirens part of Malibu’s

emergency preparedness plan

The Woolsey Fire

fresh on their

minds, officials

putting safety first

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Magnetic vehicle placards, emergency lights and handheld

loudspeakers like those used in a drill shown here are among

the gear Malibu city officials can use to share information with

residents when the power goes out and phone infrastructure

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A $60,000 study on a system

of neighborhood outdoor

warning sirens was set

to get a first airing before

the Malibu Public Safety

Commission on Aug. 5.

City officials call the

study “the first step in moving

forward with an outdoor

emergency siren system.”

According to information

provided by the city, an

outdoor warning system —

similar to air raid sirens of

days gone by — is intended

to improve emergency

communications during disasters

such as wildfires or

floods when cellphone and

traditional phones may not

be working. This could be a

result of power being out or

damage to telecommunications

infrastructure.

Mayor Mikke Pierson

cited the 2018 Woolsey Fire

as one such emergency.

“The size and ferocity of

the Woolsey Fire and other

California mega-wildfires

was a game-changer, and

we are working to address

the vulnerabilities that they

revealed,” he said.

Malibu’s proposed system

is part of the city’s

disaster preparedness efforts;

specifically, part of

the Zero Power Plan “to

increase emergency communication

capabilities

during widespread power

and phone service outages

that may occur during high

wind, disasters” or when

Southern California Edison

shuts off the power for public

safety reasons.

City officials note the

Woolsey Fire damaged cellphone,

landline, electricity

and internet infrastructure,

“creating a virtual communications

blackout in the

entire city of Malibu.”

This increased the danger

of the fire, and hindered

emergency communications

and evacuations.

The city responded by

developing the Zero Power

Plan, which includes the

proposed siren system,

along with emergency supplies

and information stations

“that can be set up

along the 21-mile length of

the city at gathering places

such as shopping centers.”

These stations would be

staffed by volunteers with

the Community Emergency

Response Team and would

feature kiosks or “sandwich

boards” with printed emergency

information that can

be updated as needed.

This way, even if their

phones don’t work, residents

can keep up with

emergency information.

During the Thomas Fire in

late 2017 and the subsequent

flooding in January 2018,

emergency personnel in

parts of Ventura County and

in unincorporated Montecito,

in Santa Barbara County,

used similar means to provide

daily fire maps, evacuation

zone updates, sandbag

distribution centers and other

helpful information.

The city of Malibu has

also purchased megaphones,

flashing light bars

and emergency vehicle ID

placards so that city staff

and volunteers can pitch in

when power and communications

go out.

Several drills have already

been conducted.

The siren sound study included

analysis “to examine

the feasibility of the project,

analyze the effectiveness of

different system types, and

consider potential locations

and the number of outdoor

sirens needed,” according

to spokesperson Matt Myerhoff.

Calistoga, Sonoma and

Mill Valley are reportedly

among cities pursuing a siren

system after the deadly

wildfires in Northern California.

Officials here hope the

federal government will

provide a grant to help offset

the cost of the system.


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Malibu’s skate park plans go off the rails

COVID-19, rebel side of

skateboarding got the

best of the new park

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Intended to be an example of

successful recreation policy during

a pandemic, Malibu’s experiment

with opening a skate park while

everything around it was closing

reinforced the narrative that things

are getting back to normal too soon.

The temporary park, located

on the Crummer/Case property

adjacent to Malibu Bluffs Park,

opened July 3, just as every beach

(and beach parking space) in Malibu

was shut down, businesses

struggled to make ends meet under

ever-changing open and close

orders, while people who use local

hiking trails were told again

and again that, yes, social distancing

and face-covering rules

apply even in the great outdoors.

All of this was enacted to curb

the spread of COVID-19, which,

up to that point, had upended life

as we know it, and claimed the

lives of two in Malibu, while the

number of confirmed cases in the

city of nearly 13,000 was around

50. (It has since topped 70.)

Still, leading up to the Fourth

of July weekend, as beaches,

parking lots and parking spaces

along PCH were closed to curb

the spread and to discourage illegal

fireworks, Malibu City Manager

Reva Feldman insisted that

Bluffs Park would remain open

over the holiday.

Questions about the virus possibly

suspending the planned opening

of the skate park were put to

rest by Feldman, and the facility

opened to eager skaters on July 3,

albeit with limited capacity, based

on pandemic protocols: Only 12

skaters per session, six walk-ins

and six by reservation; sessions

last 55 minutes; face coverings

required when not skating; physical

distancing of 6 feet required.

In addition, no visitors allowed.

“It’s better than I can ever

imagine,” skateboarder Finn

Murphy told Malibu Surfside

News on opening day. “They did

a great job designing it.”

“Thank you so much for everyone

who helped out, and all the

kids.”

Added skater Axel Polito: “I

like riding the park because it has

two segments: a beginner segment

and intermediate segment.”

But did the park open too soon?

At 7:15 p.m. July 11, essentially

a week after it opened, the city

announced via Twitter that Bluffs

Park and the skate park “will temporarily

close effective immediately”

to “protect the health and

safety of visitors and city staff.”

Other than citing “the current

COVID-19 conditions,” the announcement

included no specifics.

Feldman would later share

some details with Surfside.

“Visitors have not been complying

with the COVID-19 regulations

… Skaters are not following

the limit of people allowed in the

skate park (12 max) and are not

leaving when asked by city staff.”

“Parents are refusing to wear

masks and continue to congregate,”

she added.

Explaining the Bluffs Park closure,

Feldman said, “We keep getting

large groups of people playing

sports on the fields.” This, she

added, resulted in numerous daily

calls to the Los Angeles County

Sheriff’s Department to try to enforce

the rules.

Meanwhile, the city opened

another recreation facility — the

community pool at Malibu High

School — the very day the skate

park closed.

A crew from Upland-based California Skateparks assembled Malibu’s

temporary skate park in early June. SCOTT STEEPLETON/SURFSIDE NEWS

Feldman’s sentiments were

echoed by city Parks and Recreation

Commission member Joshua

Spiegel who, responding to our

July 11 tweet about parks’ closures,

said of the skate park: “It closed because

many people did not respect

the rules of the pandemic.”

“I’d say I’m bummed but not

surprised.”

Spiegel added that he’s been

“begging” parents to counsel

their kids on the importance of

following the rules.

It’s unclear when the skate park,

no doubt a popular recreation facility,

and a sign of what’s to come

when the permanent site opens

nearby in the future, will reopen.

Surfside asked Feldman to

share what criteria is being used

to determine how and when skaters

can return. Is it guidance from

the county? The City Council?

Is it, perhaps, just Feldman’s gut

telling her the time is right? Or,

does someone else make the call?

She wouldn’t say.

“We will be providing an update

on this,” Feldman said in

an email, “on the August 10 City

Council meeting agenda.”

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Bridge at Trancas Canyon Creek and PCH set for upgrade

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

A longer, wider, modern

bridge on Pacific Coast

Highway over Trancas

Creek is moving along.

In mid July, Caltrans and

the city of Malibu laid out

plans for the $12.5 million

structure, a project that entails

demolition of the existing

85-foot-wide, 90-footlong

concrete span built in

1927, and replacing it with

a concrete bridge 105 feet

wide and 240 feet long.

The new bridge will

include two 12-foot traffic

lanes, a bike lane and

10-foot shoulders in each

direction. Northbound and

southbound traffic would be

separated by a 6-foot striped

median.

The two-year construction

work could begin in

February 2021.

At the same time, the city

is proposing adding a turn

pocket on northbound PCH

at Trancas Canyon Road. It

would be 430 feet wide and

also allow access to Trancas

Country Market shopping

center.

That project would be

funded by Measure R Highway

Operational Improvements.

In effect since July 2009,

Measure R is a half-cent

sales tax in Los Angeles

County to help finance new

transportation projects and

programs, and accelerate

those underway.

Fifteen percent of expenditures

is for local city sponsored

improvements.

Funding from Measure R

is intended for synchronizing

traffic signals, providing

clean-fuel buses and expanding

subway/Metrolink/

bus service, among other

thins.

Measure R also includes

dedicating millions of dollars

for community traffic

relief.

Changes coming to the Trancas Creek area include a longer,

wider, modern bridge on Pacific Coast Highway and a

dedicated northbound turn lane from PCH to Trancas Country

Market and Trancas Canyon Road. SCOTT STEEPLETON/

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Malibu Planning Commission

adds teeth to short-term rental rules

Recommendations

include revoking

permits for

recalcitrant owners

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED,

Staff Reporter

The Malibu Planning

Commission unanimously

agreed to send a controversial

short-term rental

ordinance back to the City

Council, but not before

adding recommendations

such as revoking permits

for recalcitrant owners.

During a special meeting

July 29 via Zoom, the

five-member commission

reviewed proposed amendments

to the short-term

rental ordinance, which is

modeled after Santa Monica’s

home-sharing and

vacation-rental ordinance

allowing eligible residents

to “share” for fewer than

30 days their primary residence,

if the property owner

or an agent stays on the

property while it is being

rented.

Back in December, the

council first decided to bypass

approving an interim

short-term rental ordinance,

referred to as a zoning text

amendment, to focus on

a Local Coastal Program

amendment, a legal requirement

for changing the intensity

of use of properties in

the coastal zone.

The coastal program process

can be long, first having

to go to the Planning

Commission, then back to

the council for approval.

Eventually it would also

have to be certified by the

California Coastal Commission,

a process that city

officials said could take

more than a year.

However, in June, the

council decided to fasttrack

the process by considering

the ZTA at its Aug. 10

meeting, while also sending

the coastal program process

back to the Planning Commission.

At the July 29 meeting on

the 29th, both commissioners

and speakers noted that

the LCP doesn’t even mention

short-term rentals, so it

really doesn’t need Coastal

Commission approval. The

Planning Commission ultimately

agreed to bypass

making recommendations

to the LCP, and left the decision

to pursue the matter

further with the council.

The council has already

identified certain provisions

for inclusion in an

ordinance that address conditions

unique to Malibu,

most notably for hosting

requirements and multifamily

short-term rentals.

The council directed that

the ordinance requires the

host to live on-site during

the rental, but the ordinance

need not require that the

host live within the rented

dwelling unit. Regarding

multi-family short-term

rentals, the council directed

that up to two dwelling

units in a multi-family

building can be rented on a

short-term basis without a

host provided that the other

units are rented on a longterm

basis.

Owners of rental properties

must be primary residents

and require applicants

to show proof of primary

residency. It allows two units

in a multi-family building to

be rented without a host, and

prohibits off-site parking except

in rare instances where

on-site space is limited.

Assistant City Attorney

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Trevor Rusin explained that

since there is no prohibition

right now, the city can’t legally

shut down short-term

rental operators but can cite

them for noise and other

specific violations.

“There will be a significant

difference when an

ordinance comes through,”

he said.

Planning Director Bonnie

Blue added that the ordinance

also puts in place

a whole new regulatory

scheme that the city doesn’t

have, including that people

who are going to do shortterm

rentals will have to

get a permit that needs to

be renewed annually. Permits

can also get denied

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Longtime restaurant worker

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DAYS AGO

in Malibu dies of COVID-19

BARBARA BURKE, Staff Reporter

A fixture on the Malibu restaurant

scene has died from CO-

VID-19, according to his family.

For a quarter-century, Francisco

Garcia Perez — known

around town as Don Francisco

— worked at various eateries,

including Casa Escobar, Allegria,

Marmalade and Sunset

Restaurant, and for 16 years at

Coral Beach Cantina and its

adjacent restaurant, Zooma Sushi,

according to his nephew,

Neymar Garcia, who spoke to

Malibu Surfside News Aug. 1

with help from translator and

co-worker Alex Aspron.

Most recently, Garcia Perez

worked at Nicolas Eatery and V’s

Restaurant.

According to Neymar, a day after

management at Nicolas Eatery

told Perez Garcia to go home because

he was ill, he was admitted

to Good Samaritan Hospital in

Los Angeles.

The next day, according to Neymar,

“he could not hardly breathe

and was immediately placed on a

ventilator.”

That was in May.

“The doctors did a tracheotomy

and tried to save him, but he died

of COVID-19 on July 20.”

Aspron, who worked at Zooma

Sushi as a hostess for years alongside

Perez Garcia, remembers

how hard-working he was and

how he was a team player, helping

coworkers in every way.

“He could fill most any position

at the restaurants and he always

had a smile and was a gentle

soul,” Aspron said. “He worked

six long days a week at Zooma

Sushi for years and years. He was

always working so hard.”

Nicolas Fanucci, proprietor

of Nicolas Restaurant, told Surfside

he sent Perez Garcia home

because he was not feeling well

one evening right after Mother’s

Day. “And I immediately called

our doctor to inform him of his

illness.”

“All of our employees were

tested for COVID-19 and all

the results were negative,” said

Fanucci. “We, of course, did a

thorough deep cleaning as we do

four times a week to prevent CO-

VID-19.”

Fanucci said he is extremely

saddened by the loss of Perez

Garcia, who he understood had

some health issues.

“He was an amazing man and

always working very hard and V

(owner Vassil Pertchinkov) and I

spoke when he got sick,” Fanucci

said. “Francisco was introduced

to me by one of the persons at V’s

because he was incredible … we

will miss him very much.”

Perez Garcia is survived by 11

children and many extended family

members, both in Los Angeles

and in his native Guatemala. Private

services were held July 25.

Service announcement for

Francisco Garcia Perez, aka Don

Francisco. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED,

Staff Reporter

It may be some time before

in-person public meetings

can resume as the pandemic

continues, so what

can city officials do to make

the Zoom video conference

experience go smoother?

That topic was discussed

during the Malibu Planning

Commission meeting Aug.

3 — held via Zoom.

Saying the platform has

become the “new normal”

and not just a “stop-gap

measure,” Malibu resident

Kraig Hill suggested during

public comment that

the city should look into

ways that speakers can donate

their minutes to other

speakers, and find ways to

call on experts if clarification

is needed on issues.

Using the “raised hand”

function on Zoom, or having

speakers vetted at the

beginning of meetings, were

among the suggestions.

Planning Commissioner

Chris Marx said there was

actually a lot of confusion

during the Planning Commission’s

recent special

meeting on short-term rentals.

He said people dialing

in to speak just couldn’t

get connected and a good

portion of valuable public

comment got blocked

because of technical problems.

“The parallel in city

hall would be if your car

broke down on the way

to city hall, you are kind

of screwed,” he said. “So,

those that don’t have a

working computer are also

screwed, or can we somehow

get a better way to

manage those that have to

dial in?”

Having test-runs prior to

the meeting was also suggested

by Marx.

Planning Chair Jeff Jennings

said consideration for

donating time must be done

fairly for both sides.

Jennings added that he

has heard from applicants

and their representatives

that they are not happy

with the way meetings are

being held, but also said it’s

a “learning process.”

Planning Vice Chair

John Mazza said the recent

short-term rental special

meeting showed the commission

can actually handle

any matter now on Zoom.

“I think we ought to consider

not restricting what

we hear from now on,”

Mazza said. “I think we

had enough time to get (the

process) down to where we

can hold a real meeting (on

any matter).”

SHORT-TERM RENTAL

UPDATE

An agenda is now online

for the interim short-term

rental ordinance that the

Malibu City Council will

consider on Monday.

The interim ordinance,

which would amend the

municipal code zoning

provisions, is the first step

toward new permitting and

regulations for short-term

rentals in the city.

The agenda is available

through the Agenda Center

at https://www.malibucity.

org.

The interim ordinance is

one of two efforts regarding

short-term rentals in the

city and would be in place

while a permanent ordinance

is established.

The Planning Commission

made several recommendations,

and the permanent

ordinance is scheduled

to go in front of the council

in September.

If approved on Monday,

the interim ordinance will

return to council on Aug.

24 for second reading and

final approval.

According to the staff report,

the proposed interim

ordinance provides for a

new short-term rental permit

system with stricter requirements

for non-primary

resident permits and multifamily

permits. It also adds

new regulations to address

nuisance and other issues,

and establishes significant

penalties for violations.

The permanent measure

is similar to Santa Monica’s

“home-share” ordinance requiring

an on-site host during

the rental, but Malibu’s

ordinance doesn’t require the

person to be within the same

dwelling unit as the renters.


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California

Wildlife Center

First year won’t be the same

for university students

Online classes, lack of

social events a challenging

way to start college

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Having suffered injuries to its legs and an eyelid, this mule

deer fawn was in bad shape. But after medications and

rehydration, it is on the mend and could be back in the wild in

October. SUBMITTED PHOTO/HEATHER PATRICE BROWN

CWC’S patient of

the week: Injured

mule deer fawn

HEATHER PATRICE BROWN

CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE CENTER

On July 21, California

Wildlife Center received a

mule deer fawn from Santa

Clarita. It was lethargic and

had wounds on its legs and

eyelid. Staff immediately

administered pain medications

and antibiotics and

treated his wounds topically.

Luckily his abrasions

were superficial and did

not require sutures. Technicians

also gave the patient

subcutaneous fluids

to combat his dehydration.

At this stage, the fawn’s

prognosis was guarded, and

staff was concerned about

his ability to recover.

The day following his arrival,

the fawn still had low

energy and hadn’t eaten

anything. Staff tried handfeeding

the deer wild grape

leaves, a snack they usually

enjoy, but without success.

Fortunately, a day later, his

appetite and energy improved

thanks to effective

medications and rehydration.

He was soon standing and

would try to head-butt staff

when they approached. It

is reassuring for us to see

aggression in wild patients

because it means they have

retained a healthy fear of

humans.

Four days after his arrival,

the fawn was introduced

to the other five deer in

care. He had made a quick

recovery and his prognosis

is now listed as good.

He will be released with

the other fawns in October.

California Wildlife Center is

a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides

medical and rehabilitative

care to more than 4,300

sick, injured, and orphaned

native California animals

every year.

Alexis Thomas was hoping to join

a student club or go out for a sports

team when she starts college. But the

17-year-old from Malibu realizes the

pandemic — which has led to distance

learning, a dearth of athletic

opportunities and little in the way of

meaningful social interaction — has

changed all that.

Like others who graduated from

high school this year and were looking

forward to university life, Alexis,

who will be studying hospitality and

tourism management at California

Lutheran University in Thousand

Oaks, is rethinking what “going off to

college” is all about.

“Distance learning is a bit more

challenging for me because I naturally

work harder in a classroom setting

than somewhere else, like home,”

the Malibu High School graduate told

Malibu Surfside News. “Also, I am

more motivated and less likely to be

distracted being in a classroom than

doing school virtually.”

Pre-pandemic, Alexis said she

would have been “thrilled to have

been able to do all my school work

at home. But going through it now

has changed my opinion. I’ll definitely

miss being in a classroom with

a teacher and classmates, as well as

being able to sit in a different location

for each class.”

“Virtual learning can be difficult for

me,” she added, “because it is sometimes

hard for me to sit in one place

over a long period of time.”

While looking forward to joining

a club or a sports team, Alexis now

realizes “the college experience I

dreamed of will probably be different

than I was expecting.”

Jibriel Taha, an 18-year-old graduate of

Malibu High School, will be attending

Stanford University in the fall, studying

economics and political science.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Another member of the MHS class

of 2020, Jibriel Taha, one of the 14

valedictorians, said distance learning

is neither as effective nor enjoyable as

in-person learning, “but circumstances

make it necessary, so I’m trying to

make the best of it.”

The 18-year-old will be attending

Stanford University, studying economics

and political science.

“Although there will probably be

fewer activities, I’m hoping there will

be enough to get a good college experience,”

he said.

“Because many of the activities

will take place virtually, it will be

more difficult to determine whether

the activity is a good fit and something

I would like to pursue further,”

he added.

Taha said he’d much rather be in a

physical classroom with a professor

and other students.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get

back to that soon.”

Malibu High Principal Patrick

Miller told Surfside, “Similar to our

(grade) 9-12 students, we know that

the freshman experience for our graduates

in the class of 2020 will be different

as well, regardless of their college/university

choice. Like our grade

Because of the pandemic, said Malibu

High 2020 graduate Alexis Thomas,

17, “the college experience I dreamed

of will probably be different than I was

expecting.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

9-12 students, they will miss out on

many of the aspects of school beyond

the strict academics.”

Miller likes to say that no matter

the grade a student is in, 90 percent of

schooling is social.

“People think I’m crazy when I say

that, but in meaningful learning … the

academic and social development are

intertwined,” he said. “At a time of

social/physical distancing, it’s hard to

do that hands-on, mind’s-on learning

that is part of our school and part of

the college experience.”

“I would encourage all of our graduates

to stay focused on their goals

and to press forward with a positive

attitude, finding ways to apply themselves,”

he added. “They should look

for ways to develop that independence

that is part of the college experience,

not rely too much on Mom’s laundry

service or cooking, regardless of how

their classes are being delivered.”

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NOT JUST EATS, AN EXPERIENCE

For some,

the Old Place is

the best place

for steaks,

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“Emily’s Gift:

The True Story

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and Jackson.”

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Ellen Shane with

then 9-year-old

daughter, Emily,

who in April 2010

at just 13 was

run down and

killed by a crazed

driver on Pacific

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Old Place: Not just eats, an experience

Owner Morgan

Runyon making

sure customers are

safe, satisfied

BARBARA BURKE,

Staff Reporter

“You are not in the mountains

- the mountains are in

you.” - John Muir

That inscription on a

sign nestled among the tall

trees in the patio area between

the Old Place and

the Cornell Winery & Tasting

Room sets the tone for a

lovely outdoor dining experience

that is perfect during

COVID-19 times.

The Old Place, originally

a general store and post office

that opened in the early

20th century, now a saloon

and steak house, has served

as the set for many a movie

and television show, as a

favorite haunt for many a

celebrity and as a favorite

steak place for many a local.

Today, the Old Place continues

to be an iconic venue

where Hollywood meets the

Old West, but also where

bikers meet cyclists, and

families and friends meet

and enjoy eating out in one

of its open-air booths.

An old truck has been

converted into a coffee

shop in the back, and if

you’re in the mood for libations,

next door the Cornell

Winery offers a tasting

room celebrating wines

sourced from Monterey to

Santa Clarita to Los Angeles

and provides a lovely

outdoor sitting area to take

in the views of the beautiful

trees and lush foliage.

“It’s very peaceful here,”

Lyssa Hurvitz said as she

and Anna Petrelli enjoyed

glasses of wine. “It’s really

nice to be able to leave the

house and enjoy drinks outside.”

For eats, the Old Place

is known for steaks grilled

over a local red oak fire,

served with all the fixings.

Try the 12-ounce Old Place

cut sirloin ($31), cooked to

perfection and served with

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THE OLD PLACE

29983 Mulholland

Highway, Agoura Hills

Hours

3-7:30 p.m. Thursday;

noon-7:30 p.m. Friday;

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday;

closed Monday-

Wednesday

Phone: (818) 706-9001

Email:

oldplacecornellrez@

gmail.com

On the web:

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a side salad and a loaded

baked potato. For a heartier

appetite, the 18-ounce ribeye

($46) satisfies even the

most hungry customer. Add

on thick crust sourdough

bread and butter for $4.50

a Caesar salad — with tasty

Old Place sourdough croutons

— for $16; .

Non-meat-eaters can also

enjoy some terrific fare. Try

the oak-grilled portobello

mushroom sandwich ($18)

with roasted garlic, sage ash

aioli and caramelized onion,

served on sourdough bread

with a choice of potato wedges

or a mixed green salad.

“The portobello sandwich

is excellent,” said Emma

Goodwin as she sat on the

porch of the Old Place with

husband Matthew Goodwin.

“We came to support

(owner) Morgan (Runyon)

and the Old Place because

it’s a true Malibu icon.”

The Goodwins, who operate

Surfrider Hotel in Malibu,

fully understand that

locals must support locals.

As Emma spoke, Runyon

smiled with appreciation and

You won’t leave hungry and might just have enough for

another meal at home with the 12-ounce Old Place cut sirloin,

with salad and baked potato ($31).

SUBMITTED PHOTO/MAGGIE PEDERSEN

The breezeway at Cornell Winery is the perfect place to pick

up a lovely plant, enjoy a glass of wine and chill while your

food is being cooked at the steak house.

BARBARA BURKE/SURFSIDE NEWS

talked about the synergy between

locals and their businesses

and his energy spent

on expanding outdoor eating

areas on the property.

Runyon gave Malibu

Surfside News a tour of the

grounds.

“We’re making sure our

customers are safe, taking

every precaution, having

customers eat outside, wearing

masks and social distancing,”

Runyon said. “My next

project is to have a two-top

in a tree house bolted into a

eucalyptus tree.”

As your food is cooking,

venture over to the winery

and buy a glass or a bottle

or choose from a variety

of small craft California

beers. The small shop has

a variety of items from local

vendors and vintners.

A foray out into the garden

breezeway is not to be

missed because the carefully

curated merchandise features

beautiful succulents,

cactuses and other plants.

The Old Place affords

a space to enjoy the Santa

Monica Mountains and

some excellent fare as well

as indulge in communing

with nature, a respite in uncertain

times.


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MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS | August 6, 2020 | 17

Mother pens delightful tribute

to a daughter lost too soon

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DAYS AGO

BARBARA BURKE,

Staff Reporter

With her entire life before

her, Malibu’s Emily Rose

Shane, 13, was tragically

taken too soon at the hands

of a maniacally violent driver

on Pacific Coast Highway in

2010, leaving her parents, Ellen

and Michel, sisters Gerri

and Leigh, extended family,

friends and the Malibu community

devastated and distraught.

Emily’s motto, a lovely

tribute honoring her life recounted,

was: Dance, love,

sing, live. Emily also left behind

two dogs — Sherlock

and Jackson who, Ellen says,

“were true gifts as the family

came to grips with the senseless

loss.”

The dogs are the central

characters in a book by Ellen

Shane, “Emily’s Gift: The

True Story of Sherlock and

Jackson,” which was set for

release Aug. 4. The story in

its entirety came to Ellen in

a vivid dream two years after

Emily was killed.

“The dream was like a

message — I literally saw the

cover, turned the pages, read

it and closed it,” Ellen said,

noting that she immediately

woke up, turned toward the

still-slumbering Michel, and

exclaimed, “I have to write a

book!”

His surprised response:

“What are you talking

about?”

She was talking about

the beautifully illustrated

book that tells a tale about

how — with dogged determination

— Emily brought

two puppies into the Shane

household, which previously

had been petless, save for a

hairless guinea pig, the only

pet allowed because Michel

suffers from serious allergies.

The moral of the book: Do

not give up on your dreams,

keep believing, and one day,

they will come true.

“Animals have a way of

finding their way into our

hearts,” Ellen told Malibu

Surfside News. “The dogs

literally rescued us. We got

them in December and Emily

was killed in April. They

were still puppies when the

tragedy happened.”

With Gerri off to college

and Leigh about to leave,

Ellen noted, she and Michel

“would have been emptynesters.”

A hole left in a home

by Emily’s loss would have

made the tragedy even more

unbearable.

“But we had the puppies

to feed and they wanted to

play,” Ellen said. “We were

forced to go out on walks.

The dogs really brought so

much life into the house and

they were like a gift from

Emily. It was like almost on

some level, she left us with

these dogs. We wouldn’t have

had them except for her.”

Since the dream in 2012,

Ellen has steadfastly nurtured

The Emily Shane Foundation,

a nonprofit organization

offering the Successful

Educational Achievement

Program, which provides intensive

mentoring to middle

“Emily’s Gift:

The True Story of

Sherlock and Jackson”

by Ellen Shane

KP Publishing,

$36.95 (limited first

edition); $9.95 (e-book)

On the web: kp-pub.com

school students who, like

Emily did, struggle in a mainstream

classroom because of

processing challenges.

SEA hires university students

or recent college graduates

to mentor students in all

areas, including study skills,

turning frustration and poor

performance into academic

success. The need for such

support services has never

been greater, Ellen noted, referring

to local schools teaching

online during the pandemic.

However, fundraisers

to support SEA were canceled

in light of COVID-19.

With the book release at

kp-pub.com, Ellen is hoping

there is an increased awareness

of the work SEA does.

“More than 90 percent of

The idea for Ellen Shane’s children’s book “Emily’s Gift: The

True Story of Sherlock and Jackson,” came to the author in a

dream in 2012. SUBMITTED PHOTO/KP PUBLISHING

the kids in the SEA program

are kids of color and if one

looks at the online learning

situation, the need has never

been greater,” Ellen said. “I

am hoping that the awareness

the book raises will result in

increased support for our important

work.”

The road the Shanes have

traveled since Emily’s loss

has been difficult but inspiring.

“It’s been a long journey

to get ‘Emily’s Gift: The

True Story of Sherlock and

Jackson’ written and in the

proper format,” Ellen said.

“It is a passion project and

we are so fortunate that

Michel knew animators in

Canada who illustrated it. I

described what I saw in the

dream and what the cover

looked like to them and

they captured it so perfectly.

When I saw what they illustrated,

it was uncanny

and incredible that they captured

the vision I saw in the

dream.”

Ellen has started writing

the second book in the series

and she promises to continue

the stories about the dogs.

“I think that the message

in the book I just released

is to never give up,” Ellen

said. “When you have a

dream about something —

even when it seems impossible

— forge ahead and figure

out what to do and make

it work.”

FAITH BRIEFS

Malibu United Methodist Church (30128

Morning View Drive, 310-457-7505)

Livestream service

10:30 a.m. Sunday. Worship

via Zoom. To register

to join, go to malibuumc.

org.

Our Lady of Malibu Church (3625 Winter

Canyon Road, 310-456-2361)

Livestream Mass

8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday;

12:10 p.m. Monday

through Saturday (followed

by The Rosary).

Email frmatt@olmalibu.

org for the links and passwords

to join.

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (28211

Pacific Coast Highway, 310-457-7966)

Livestream service

10 a.m. Sunday. To join

worship, go to facebook.

com/staidanmalibu/videos.

Malibu Pacific Church (3324 Malibu

Canyon Road, 310-456-1611)

4, 5, 6 Ministry

7 p.m. Thursday. For

more information, go to

malibupacific.church/456.

Livestream service

10:15 a.m. Sunday. Live

worship broadcast. Tune

in at malibupacific.church/

live.

Virtual prayer

To share a prayer request,

submit to Wendi.

To pray with a deacon,

contact Annie McRae or

(310) 310-4889.

Community Care Board

Anyone with a need can

visit the online community

care board: malibupacific.

church/board.

Virtual ministry gatherings

Individual ministries

will meet through their

devices through various

digital platforms

like Zoom and YouTube.

Each ministry leader will

contact members on how

to connect.

Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue

(24855 PCH, 310-456-2178)

Livestream Friday Night

Services

6 p.m. Friday.

Shabbat Morning Service

9-10 a.m. Saturday.

Livestream Torah Study

10:15 a.m. Saturday, with

Rabbi Michael Schwartz.

For more information, go

to facebook.com/MJCS2020.

Waveside Church (6955 Fernhill Drive,

310-774-1927)

Sundays Live from the Barn

10:10 a.m. Sunday at

wavesidechurch.com/live.

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Dean Cain-produced anti-Semitism

documentary wins Daytime Emmy for directing

‘Hate Among Us’ is the

follow-up to a look at the

Armenian genocide

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Round two for the Television

Academy’s 47th annual Daytime

Emmy Awards was a winner for

Malibu actor-producer Dean Cain.

“Hate Among Us,” the Popstar!

TV documentary about the rise

in anti-Semitism that Cain coproduced

with talk-show host and

longtime friend Montel Williams,

won the award for Outstanding

Directing Special Class for David

McKenzie.

The award presented July 26

is given to a single original program,

with fiction, non-fiction,

music and variety events eligible.

“It’s wonderful for this film to

be recognized by the Television

Academy, and I really hope this

film can make a difference,” Cain

told Malibu Surfside News after

the win. “Please try and see the

film, and help us stop the hate.”

When the nominations were

announced, Cain, who turned 54

on July 31, sat down with Surfside

over coffee at Starbucks

in Malibu Colony Plaza to talk

about the movie, the atrocities

against Jews and Armenians, his

support of President Trump and

the danger of “cancel culture.”

For many, the longtime Malibuite

became a household name for

playing the Man of Steel opposite

Teri Hatcher on ABC’s “Lois &

Clark: The New Adventures of

Superman” in the early 1990s.

Others may know him from his

2005-07 turn as Casey Manning,

the millionaire who buys the

Montecito Resort and Casino on

NBC’s “Las Vegas.” Since 2014,

he’s hosted the magic show “Masters

of Illusion” on The CW. And

in one of several darker roles, the

never-married father of one portrays

Scott Peterson, the young

husband who is on death row for

murdering his wife and unborn

child, in Sony Pictures Television’s

“The Perfect Husband: The

Laci Peterson Story.”

While these credits and numerous

others have gained Cain lots

of attention — including perennial

feuds over who is “the best”

Superman — the 92-minute “Hate

Among Us” (hateamongus.com)

is his first to earn such high notice

from the Television Academy.

It was nominated for two

awards, including Outstanding

Special Class Special — a recognition

for the producer.

“The subject matter is tough,

especially during these times,”

Cain said. “I was extremely happy,

and really full of hope that, by

being nominated, a lot more eyeballs

would fall on to the project.

That serves our ultimate purpose

of educating.”

While another project took the

Outstanding Special Class Special,

those awards handed out earlier

last month, Cain admitted he

was “pretty giddy” just to get the

nominations.

“I immediately changed my

resume to Emmy-nominated producer.”

“Hate Among Us” — the follow-up

to Cain and Williams’

documentary “Architects of Denial:

Genocide Denied Is Genocide

Continued” on the Armenian

genocide — connects stories of

survivors of recent violent acts

of anti-Semitism to those of the

Holocaust. It includes interviews

with descendants of those murdered

by the Nazis as well as

those who survived but still met

their fate because of their faith.

“It’s the Holocaust repeating

itself,” said Cain.

The genesis of “Hate” began

with 2017’s “Architects of Deni-

Dean Cain’s documentary

“Hate Among Us” is available

at hateamongus.com.

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al,” which looks at the systematic

killing of 1 million Armenians by

the Turks of the Ottoman Empire

in 1915, a quarter century before

Hitler’s state-sponsored murder

of 6 million Jews.

“What we kept finding during

the discussions of that genocide

was that the denial of that genocide

allowed other genocides to

continue and to be perpetrated,”

said Cain. “The largest one, of

course, being the Holocaust. Adolf

Hitler, during one of his early

speeches — you know, trying to

get his base rallied — when he’s

talking about his Final Solution,

said, after all, who remembers

the Armenians? That’s just paraphrasing.

But that’s what it was.

Because nobody remembered

the Armenians. They were able

to get away with this atrocity by

just denying it.”

Whether it’s a Muslim extremist

killing someone over a drawing

of Muhammad, a Turk killing

an Armenian or Hitler’s extermination

of nearly two-thirds of

Europe’s Jewish population, it

all comes from one place and one

word, said Cain.

Hate.

“Having the kind of hate in

your heart toward a person or a

group of people that you want to

kill them, if you tried to explain

it to a rational person, they’d say

Real estate broker Hassen Masri (left) takes a break for morning coffee

and conversation with actor-producer Dean Cain at the Malibu Colony

Plaza. SCOTT STEEPLETON/SURFSIDE NEWS

that just couldn’t happen,” he

said. “But then we have example,

after example, after example of

exactly that taking place. The Armenian

genocide. The Holocaust.

And it goes on and on and on.”

Cain also called out journalists’

participation “cancel culture,”

where you say something that detractors

don’t like; they whip up

support, often through social media;

the mainstream media then

deems it a “story”; and the mob is

now calling for your firing, or for

advertisers to stop doing business

with you.

A recent example: the boycott

of Goya Foods, after CEO Robert

Unanue, appearing in the White

House Rose Garden as part of

Trump’s Hispanic Prosperity Initiative,

an executive order aimed

at improving Hispanic Americans’

access to educational and

economic opportunities, praised

the president. Not rattled in the

face of criticism, Unanue later

told Fox News the boycott was

“suppression of speech” and that

he was “not apologizing.”

Said Cain of cancel culture:

“That’s McCarthyism. It’s frightening.

It’s like, ‘Not only do you

have to agree with what I’m saying,’

but if you have an alternate

opinion, then you are vilified and

they want to cancel you. They

want to take away your livelihood.”

“That is the opposite of tolerance.

That is the opposite of freedom

of speech.”

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Golden Coast Conference

postpones water polo season

SUBMITTED BY PEPPERDINE

UNIVERSITY, Ricky Davis

The Pepperdine men’s

water polo team will not

be able to defend its 2019

Golden Coast Conference

championship until 2021,

as the conference office announced

the postponement

of the season until at least

January because of the CO-

VID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic has had a

major impact in the state of

California over the last few

weeks which has forced us

to make some tough decisions

in collegiate athletics,”

said Commissioner

Mike Daniels. “We are

hopeful this will enable us

to have a full season come

January.”

The move does not prohibit

teams from paractice

or other training opportunities

as allowed by state and

local guidelines, NCAA

guidelines and each individual

campus’ procedures.

“While this decision was

extremely difficult and will

be incredibly challenging

for our student-athletes,

coaches and administrators,

the GCC Men’s Water

Polo Executive Committee

focused on the importance

of the safety, health and

well-being of our campus

communities,” said Andy

Fee, GCC men’s water polo

executive committee chair

and Long Beach State director

of athletics.

“COVID-19 has challenged

each of us in ways

we could never have imagined,

and we are proud that

our student-athletes and

coaches are handling this

difficult time with resiliency

and determination.”

The Waves won the 2019

conference tournament and

reached the NCAA tournament

for the first time since

the 1997 championship

season, reaching the semifinal

round.

A revised schedule will

be released at a later date

after the NCAA solidifies

its plan for the national

championship.

Pepperdine tennis

contributes nine waves to

ITA scholar-athlete lists

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Nine members from both Pepperdine tennis

teams were recognized by the Intercollegiate

Tennis Association for their performances

in the classroom over the 2019-20

year, as both squads were also named ITA

All-Academic Teams.

From the women’s side, #1 Ashley Lahey

(senior; Hawthorne), #35 Jessica Failla

(graduate student; Ramona), #33 Anastasia

Iamachkine (sophomore; Lima, Peru), Astrid

Olsen (freshman; Hagan, Norway) and Lisa

Zaar (freshman; Stockholm, Sweden) earned

Scholar-Athlete status, averaging a 3.71

grade point between the five Waves as well

as a 3.51 GPA as a team.

Lahey is the sole returner to the list after

being named to the All-Academic list for the

fourth year in a row.

The #13 Waves women finished the 2020

spring season 8-4, going 6-3 against ranked

teams as #1 Lahey provided a show each

match, going 10-1 in the dual season.

On the men’s side, the ITA named Daniel

De Jonge (sophomore; Vlissingen, Netherlands),

Tim Zeitvogel (sophomore; Baden-

Baden, Germany), Pietro Fellin (freshman;

Milan, Italy) and Enrique Luque Rico (sophomore;

Cordoba, Spain) to the Scholar-Athlete

list, after averaging a 3.72 GPA between

the four as well as earning a 3.23 team GPA

Jessica Failla

SARAH OTTEMAN/PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

Anastasia Iamachkine

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garnering the All-Academic Team award.

The men also finished the season ranked

#19 as the last undefeated team (11-0) in the

country. They accomplished their best start to

a season since 2006, when the Waves won an

NCAA national championship.


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Dear Friends of Malibu Urgent Care,

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of the lucky ones to receive a grant from the City.

My wife and I would like to supplement the $2,000 awarded by the City

with our own grant to Friends of Malibu Urgent Care for $8,000.

This is a tad less than our previous donations to Malibu Urgent Care, but we

wanted to bring you to the amount you originally requested from Malibu.

We hope that you will be able to further continue the important work you do

for all of us here in Malibu.

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