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The holiday spirit will be alive

despite the pandemic as the Community

Christmas Tree Lot benefiting

the Malibu High School

Athletic Booster Club returns to

the Civic Center area.

When it met Nov. 9, the Malibu

City Council was asked to waive

facility use and staffing fees for

the boosters’ use of the Ioki Property,

at Civic Center Way and

Webb Way. Doing so, according

to a staff report, will cost the city

more than $37,000. But the move

allows the club to bring in that

much more money for sports programs

at the high school.

The fees break down like this:

$36,120 for use of the property

Nov. 27 through Christmas Eve.

Staff fees for the period amount

to $1,760.

The boosters asked for and the

council approved a similar waiver

in 2019, saving the boosters about

$36,000.

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sizes ranging from 2 to 10 feet.

Prices were $49-$400 and home

delivery was available. The 2019

lot also featured wreaths and garlands,

along with Malibu ornaments,

candles, gifts and Shark

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In the wake of the General

Election, Mayor Mikke Pierson

is urging Malibu and the

nation to move forward in a

less divisive way.

“I want to thank all the

candidates that ran,” he said

during the Nov. 5 City Council

meeting. “It’s a big commitment

to even step up and

give it a go. And I want to

congratulate the winners.”

According to preliminary

results from Los Angeles

County election officials,

Bruce Silverstein, Steve

Uhring, and Paul Grisanti

were the top three vote getters

during the Nov. 3 election

for three open seats on

the Malibu council.

Both Skylar Peak and Jefferson

Wagner are termed

out after serving eight years

on the council. Council

member Rick Mullen failed

to garner enough votes for a

second term.

City Manager Reva Feldman

said official election

results are supposed to be

posted by the county on Nov.

30, and that the city will be

installing new council members

at the Dec. 14 regular

meeting that will be held

virtually.

Pierson said he is disheartened

about the state of the

city and the nation.

“We all live here, and I

think we all generally care.

And, my wish would be

that we don’t always agree,

we agree to treat each other

well and with respect and

understand that everybody is

doing their best in a difficult

situation.”

“I really hope we can

find a way as a city to heal

through a lot of difficult

times lately,” he added.

Pierson also said that current

and future council members

have a mandate to bring

the city forward successfully.

He said they won’t always

agree, and that’s OK as long

as they discuss things and

find a positive way to move

forward and support the city

and its residents.

Pierson said he talked

to the presumptive council

winners and they feel the

same way.

“We do all want to bring

the city forward in a positive

manner, while recognizing

we’ve been through some

tough times and we may still

have more. We don’t know,”

he said.

Feldman said she was also

pleased to announce the passage

of Measure T, which

raises the city’s Transient

Occupancy Tax from 12 to

15 percent. That measure

received 57 percent of the

vote.

“It will certainly provide

some much needed additional

revenue to the city once it

comes into effect,” Feldman

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Thieves target credit cards, water pumps, apparel

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED

Staff Reporter

Oct. 26

• A $1,000 iPhone and a

$500 Goyard wallet containing

credit cards were

among the items reportedly

stolen from a vehicle parked

just outside the Surfrider

Beach parking lot at 23000

Pacific Coast Highway. The

alleged victim stated he

placed his car keys on top

of a tire before going to surf

at around 10 a.m. He also

stated he might have left the

vehicle unlocked. When he

returned, items were missing

from his car. He was notified

by the bank that there

were $18,000 in fraudulent

charges on his credit cards

at unknown stores.

Oct. 23

• Seven women’s jackets,

with a total value of $945,

reportedly were stolen from

Lululemon, 3880 Cross

Creek Rd. Employees reported

that on Oct. 6, four

suspects wearing face masks

entered the store. They removed

items from the hangers

and placed the clothing

inside a large bag and left

without paying. Security

video also captured the theft.

Oct. 22

• Generators, water pumps,

and various tools, with a

total value of $2,580, reportedly

were stolen from

a property on Gorge Road.

The land owner stated she

noticed a wooden cabinet

broken into and the items

missing. A neighbor spotted

an unknown white

Ford pickup truck parked

on the property at around

8:30 a.m. Trash was left

behind.

Oct. 20

• Two iPhones valued at

$1,800 and various credit

cards reportedly were stolen

from a vehicle parked at

28128 Pacific Coast Highway.

At around 9:30 a.m.

Sept. 12, the alleged victim

parked his vehicle on the

north side of PCH to go

surfing at Paradise Cove.

He placed the car key between

the chassis of a tire

and wheel well area. After

returning from surfing at

12:30 p.m., he was unable to

find the key but also had another

key he hid on a spare

tire. He was notified by his

bank that his credit card

was charged approximately

$20,000 at Bloomingdales

in Glendale. It was noted

that the store used a dual

authentication process to

verify the charges, but the

suspect(s) were able to use

the victim’s phone as a

means of verification.

Oct. 17

• A vehicle door sustained

$1,500 in damages during

a road rage incident that

occurred at 21203 Pacific

Coast Highway. The alleged

victim stated that

at around 6:30 p.m., he

was traveling east on PCH

when he was involved in a

road rage incident with an

unidentified male suspect

driving a BMW convertible.

The victim stated he

honked his horn to avoid

a collision when the suspect

made an unsafe lane

change. The suspect then

pulled up next to him and

yelled for him to pull over.

After the victim pulled

over, the suspect exited the

vehicle and then kicked the

passenger side door, yelled

profanities, got back into

the vehicle and drove east

on PCH. The responding

deputy observed a footlong

dent on the passenger

side rear door.

Oct. 17

• An $850 Apple phone and

a wallet with credit cards

were among the items reportedly

stolen from a

locked vehicle parked at

Surfrider Beach, 23200 Pacific

Coast Highway. The

alleged victim stated that

at noon, he locked the vehicle

and hid the key fob in

the front wheel well while

he went surfing. When he

returned at 3 p.m., the key

fob was missing. The victim’s

credit cards were used

at various retail stores.

Oct. 14

• About $51 in cash and

various credit cards reportedly

were stolen from

a vehicle parked at 33850

Pacific Coast Highway.

The alleged victim stated

that on Oct. 11, his wallet

was stolen from the locked

vehicle while he went surfing

at around 8 a.m. He

placed the key fob inside

a lock box and secured it

with a combo lock underneath

the rear bumper, but

when he returned at 11:50,

the lockbox was cut and the

key stolen.

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Presumed City Council winners

talk priorities for Malibu

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

“Lawyers are trained to craft

laws, interpret laws, apply laws

and enforce laws. That is a large

part of what city council is

supposed to do.”

Bruce Silverstein

As America waited for

the final results of the presidential

election, Malibuites

last week also waited for

the final tally regarding the

three vacancies on the Malibu

City Council.

Eight men qualified for

the ballot and, as of Surfside

News’ deadline, voters had

cast the most votes — 2,107

— for Bruce Silverstein, an

attorney whose campaign

championed changing the

status quo in the council.

The candidate placing

second was Steve Uhring,

a member of the city Planning

Commission, who also

seeks to change the council’s

approach to governing.

Real estate agent Paul

Grisanti was the third top

vote getter, with 2,007

votes.

Trailing significantly behind

the top three are Doug

Stewart (1,870 votes), Mark

Wetton (1,774) and Andy

Lyon (1,773).

Incumbent Rick Mullen

lagged significantly behind,

receiving 1,393 votes, while

public policy professional

Lance Simmens garnered

just 896.

Los Angeles County elections

officials reported 8,738

registered voters in Malibu,

and voters were asked to

pick three candidates from

the field.

Whatever happens in the

final tally, the three winners,

running for open seats left

by termed-out members Jefferson

Wagner and Skylar

Peak and that of Mullen,

will join Karen Farrer and

Mikke Pierson on the fivemember

body.

The results remain unofficial

until the county certifies

them on Nov. 30, according

to Heather Glaser, the

Malibu city clerk who commented

on the vote tallying

process when responding to

a query from Silverstein that

was posted on social media.

“Ballots postmarked by

Nov. 3, but still arriving in

the mail, will be counted for

16 days,” Glaser said. “Ballots

uncounted because of

a mismatched signature or

missing signature remain eligible

to be counted if those

issues are cured by Nov. 28

at 5 p.m.”

Silverstein reflected on

the vote tally.

“I have been told that I

am the winner,” he said.

However, Silverstein noted

that it is mathematically

possible that some of the

other candidates could conceivably

secure a position in

the top three slots.

Malibu Surfside News

talked with Silverstein,

Uhring and Grisanti to learn

about the issues they perceive

to be of utmost importance

for the City Council

and each would approach

serving on the council.

Silverstein focused in

part on how his experience

practicing law will serve

him well. He also noted

the council has not had an

attorney as a member for

approximately the last decade,

whereas city councils

of most cities in Southern

California do include attorneys,

which, Silverstein

maintains, helps them govern

more effectively.

“Lawyers are trained to

craft laws, interpret laws,

apply laws and enforce

laws,” he said. “That is a

large part of what city council

is supposed to do”

“I practiced law for more

than 30 years, and I have

worked on many multi billion-dollar

transactions involving

all sorts of complex

issues and I also litigated

numerous complex matters,”

Silverstein continued.

“Those skills are needed on

the City Council because

the council fashions ordinances

and, in doing so,

council members need to

understand what they are

drafting.”

Further, he said, the council

decides appeals and

members need to understand

laws to properly resolve

appeals.

He also noted that the city

council considers and approves

complex contracts

and an attorney’s expertise

will be of great importance

when those matters present

themselves.

Uhring will also focus on

public safety and public employee

responsibility.

“Assuming I take office,

the first key issue we need

to deal with concerns better

decision making by the

council,” he said, citing

what he sees as some recent

examples of poor decisions.

“First, we had the Santa

Ana winds (in late October)

and the power went out

all day on the west side of

town. The city had previously

purchased portable

generators that were supposed

to be set out and

hooked up to the traffic

lights to avoid accidents at

intersections,” Uhring said.

“However, those generators

remained sitting in a building

someplace behind City

Hall. Therefore, clearly,

somebody did not make the

right decision to put them

out.”

City officials, responding

to the winds, earlier issued

a statement that, in part,

explained the generators

“were purchased with the

intent to provide power to

traffic signals in the event of

a fire and evacuations … not

… to provide power to traffic

signals for general power

outages.”

The statement went on to

say the affected traffic signals

“are owned and operated

by Caltrans and the state

of California.”

Citing another example

of what he characterizes as

inept governing, Uhring discussed

the council’s Nov.

5 consideration of a shortterm

rental enforcement

program that will become

effective Jan. 15, 2021.

“That enforcement ordinance

was passed into law

because there were a lot

of bad players in Malibu

operating short-term rentals

and causing nuisances,

destroying neighborhoods

and not being responsible,”

he said. “They were not appreciating

the fact that other

people in the neighborhood

had homes right next to their

short-term rentals.”

“We cast our action as

an enforcement ordinance

to address those concerns.

However, once again, the

city made a half-decision.

The ordinance that was

passed does not contain a

single word about how it

will be enforced.”

Uhring also cited addressing

the homeless issue

and dealing with traffic

nightmares on Pacific Coast

Highway as his other major

priorities upon assuming office.

Asked if it is tough to wait

for a final tally, Uhring assessed

the mathematics.

“There are only 12 votes

between myself and Paul

Grisanti. I’ll get on the

council one way or another,

whether as the second- or

third-place winner, because

the person in the fourth

position is a hundred-plus

votes behind me.”

Grisanti said he will focus

on residents’ most important

needs.

“The community still

wants us to do something

more to provide for their

safety,” he said. “I heard

at a meeting this morning

that there will be an extra

sheriff’s car each evening

in Malibu, so we will have

three cars instead of two and

I think that will be helpful.”

With regard to the parking

problems, Grisanti commented,

“I am hoping that

the (California) Coastal

Commission doesn’t file

any objections to the (recently

passed) no-parking

ordinance concerning parking

on Corral and Zuma

beaches.”

He also noted that the

first reading of the proposed

short-term rental ordinance

occurred on Nov. 5.

“I hope that provision will

be read again and will go to

the Coastal Commission,”

he said. “If it is rejected

there, we would have to do

a lot more work, so we will

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Voters have their say

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

While much was made about voting by

mail in the Nov. 3 election, plenty of Malibuites

cast votes the old-fashioned way —

at the polling place.

These days they’re called vote centers,

and Malibu’s nearly 8,500 registered voters

had three to choose from — Christian

Science Church, Malibu Elementary

School and Webster Elementary School.

The center at the Christian Science

Church on Pacific Coast Highway got an

influx of voters at 3 p.m., among them

Richard Garvey.

“Tradition,” the 58-year-old told Surfside

News as for why he cast his ballot

there instead of mailing it in. “There’s just

something about voting on Election Day.

It’s just not the same if you do it a month

before and you send something in the mail.

It could be a water bill.”

While he was more than willing to discuss

why he voted when he did, it was a

different story when asked if he cared to

share how he voted.

“I talk about it with some people, not everybody

these days,” Garvey said. “Regardless

of what side you’re on, in Malibu there

are very strong opinions. So, why make

more enemies than you already have?”

Garvey’s companion Wendy van Wessel,

58, said, “It’s a shame you can’t have

an adult conversation about why you like

who. It has been so polarizing and enemies

have been created.”

“It shouldn’t be that way.”

Garvey noted the late Democratic House

Speaker Tip O’Neill would have raucous

fights with lawmakers from the other side

of the aisle, “then they’d leave it at the door

and go out and they’d have dinner together.”

“Now everybody is full of hatred if you

disagree with them. It’s nuts.”

The Christian Science Church vote center

was also where Lizzie Gordon cast her

first-ever ballot, arriving with her mother,

Tami Gordon.

“I only turned 18 two days ago and I

wanted the experience of going in and doing

it,” Lizzie told Surfside News. “It was

the one thing I was really excited about

when I turned 18. I was like, ‘Nov. 3 is the

election. My birthday’s Nov. 1. It’s very

exciting that I can vote right after. That’s

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Richard Garvey has been voting in person

for some time. “There’s just something

about voting on Election Day,” he said.

very awesome.’”

“It felt good.”

Lizzie called this election “a biggie …

So I really wanted to come out and vote.”

Going in she knew her three choices for

Malibu City Council. She also knew her

White House pick: “I voted for Biden.”

Tami told Surfside News she was proud

to see her daughter become a voter.

“It’s exciting that she came out and that

she’s interested.”

Was Lizzie following in Mom’s footsteps?

“She has her own foot,” Tami said with

a laugh.

Lizzie said she’s well aware of the polarized

state of the nation at this point and

how politics has come between friends and

family.

“I don’t think you should lose a friendship

with someone over their political

views,” she said. “I don’t care who you

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mission’s action.”

Grisanti also addressed

fire rebuilds.

“I think it is important to

spend some time with L.A.

County Waterworks District

29, which provides water to

Malibu and Topanga, but

not to Malibu citizens outside

of Malibu. I think we

need to get a timetable going

for the preparation of

our water system to make

Malibu more fire resilient in

the future,” he said.

“In 2016, District 29 performed

an environmental

impact study that was withdrawn.

Then, the district

wrote another EIR that was

supposed to come out in late

2018, but the Woolsey Fire

happened. I would love to

see the district present that

EIR soon. It’s spent the

money.”

Finally, Grisanti noted

that, as a private citizen,

he attended a budget and

finance meeting in mid-

October.

“I was relieved to see that

the budget holes that we

thought might be immense

due to COVID were not as

extreme, in part because of

our budget tightening efforts

in the spring,” he said.

“Also, the funds are not as

limited as we feared because

the volunteer patrols

wrote so many traffic and

parking tickets during what

can only be characterized as

a horrendous summer.”

As for the pandemic’s

effect on the city’s budget,

Grisanti said, “The sales tax

revenue still ended up being

$3.7 million, so we didn’t

take as big of a hit as we

thought we would. Nevertheless,

those who are hurting

include all the brick and

mortar locations in Malibu,

and we need to do all we can

to help Malibu’s small businesses.”

WWII vets get their well-deserved close-up

SUZY DEMETER, Staff Reporter

Local World War II Navy veterans

got together recvently to share

memories of their service in a big

and bloody fight that ended with

the allies defeating Nazi Germany

and Japan in 1945.

The gathering at the home of

Malibu Navy League President

John Payne, Capt. USN (ret.) was

documented on video for inclusion

in the 21st annual Malibu Veterans

Day Ceremony, which, because of

the pandemic, took place Nov. 11

via Zoom.

This year’s theme was “Honoring

Heroes & Legends of Past,

Present and Future.”

On Halloween, the Malibu Veterans

Day Committee along with

the Navy League and friends arranged

a video shoot featuring

Jim Shirk, 93, Bob Sutton, 94, and

Martin Copenhafer, 99.

Payne hosted the interviews in

the comfort of his backyard as videographer

Susan Metcalf recorded

the event. The video serves to preserve

and honor the vets’ experiences

and stories from the war.

Shirk was a 1st Class gunner.

He received a Purple Heart having

survived being ejected from a Higgins

landing craft that hit a mine

at Omaha Beach, in Normandy,

France.

Sutton was active in the Philippines

and Okinawa and was with

the staff on an amphibious small

landing ship.

Copenhafer, was chief quartermaster

of a naval landing craft.

Sutton was first to speak, telling

Payne he enlisted at 17, and commenting

on the difficulty of being

divided from family for five years,

compounded by the tragedy of

losing his brother who was in the

Marine Corps. The toll of this loss

still deeply engulfs him.

Sutton further witnessed the

devastation of WWII as he saw

firsthand the aftermath of the attack

on Pearl Harbor.

Further into the interview, Sutton

said, “The three of us are alive

because we landed the troops and

they did the fighting.”

“I try to forget a lot of it,” he

added.

Both Copenhafer and Shirk

were at Omaha Beach on D-Day

(June 6, 1944). Copenhafer spoke

of the plan leading up to the invasion:

“When they were laying out

the courses to go on the landing …

we spread out the charts and laid

out the courses. We were right in

on everything, what was going on,

the quartermaster was. We did a

hell of a good job.”

Said Shirk: “They sealed us

two weeks before Normandy. We

couldn’t get off the base. Just to go

down to the beer chute and have

a few beers and that would be it.”

Each man shared individual experiences,

and general tragedy of

war. They spoke about survival,

the Battle of the Bulge. They reveled

in the overwhelming joy of

victory when the Japanese surrendered.

At the close of the interview,

Payne stated that the “Greatest

Generation” was right there.

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World War II Navy veterans, from left, Martin Copenhafer, Jim Shirk and Bob Sutton get ready for video

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After the interviews Sutton shares some photographs with Malibu Navy

League President John Payne.

In an email to Surfside News,

Payne wrote, “Approx. 290,000

died in WWII combat related

deaths. About 300,000 of this

Greatest Generation are still with

us to share their WWII Stories.”

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10

DAYS AGO

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

In a statement that

added confusion to an already

confusing situation,

Southern California Edison

tried to explain what

happened in Malibu during

a damaging Santa Ana

wind event Oct. 26-27.

On Oct. 26, strong

winds blew across the

region, knocking down

trees, toppling fences and

leaving a Morning View

Drive street sign on Pacific

Coast Highway broken

from one of its holders

and whipping around dangerously

above eastbound

motorists.

Power outages also affected

some 3,000 Southern

California Edison

customers. Several intersections

along PCH were

affected, the signal lights

going dark, leading City

Manager Reva Feldman

to request Los Angeles

County Sheriff’s Department

personnel provide

traffic enforcement.

Were the outages the

planned type the utility

uses in the name of safety

during fire weather, aka

Public Safety Power Shutoff?

Or was the storm to

blame?

The former may have

been the case, some assumed,

because, in advance

of the windstorm,

SCE announced possible

planned outages.

No answers were available

as the day went on.

Nor was there a clear reason

for the outages on Oct.

27, day two of the windstorm,

which saw some

customers still in the dark.

On Oct. 30, SCE provided

answers — and

presented a statement it

“allowed” the city to distribute.

However, the explanation

is anything but clear.

First, there’s no mention

of “outage”; rather,

incidents of no power are

referred to as “de-energizations.”

“The Santa Ana wind

event on Monday and

Tuesday, Oct. 26-27, affected

residents and businesses

across six different

counties in Southern

California Edison’s service

area,” the statement

begins. “Some customers

in Malibu received notifications

due to a circuit

that was not de-energized

as part of a Public Safety

Power Shutoff event, but

lost power due to Santa

Ana winds. Any PSPS

notifications that the customers

received were in

error.”

In other words: There

was an outage caused by

the winds. SCE sent a

message that the outage

may have been planned.

We were wrong. Sorry.

“SCE understands this

confluence of events was

confusing,” the statement

ends, “and is committed

to continuing to improve

its notification process to

better inform Malibu and

other cities of the reasons

for de-energizations.”

See related story, Page 13.

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Officials lay out arduous, but rewarding,

break from Santa Monica schools

13

DAYS AGO

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED

Staff Reporter

Could Malibu breaking

free from Santa Monica

schools take more than 20

years? Would local taxes

increase if Malibu left the

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

School District? And is

pursuing school separation

the right thing to do especially

during a pandemic?

Those were some of the

questions addressed this

week during a virtual town

hall meeting on school district

separation.

On Oct. 12, the five-member

Malibu City Council

took a step toward independent

local schools by voting

unanimously to halt separation

negotiations with the

district, deciding instead to

work directly with the Los

Angeles County Office of

Education. Council members

Karen Farrer and Rick

Mullen, who serve on the

council’s ad hoc school separation

committee, wanted to

have the town hall to discuss

the past and future of school

separation.

Farrer, who has worked

for more than 10 years on the

school separation issue, said

she understands that having

a school district headquartered

in Santa Monica “with

a significant geographic and

cultural divide for Malibu

is not serving Malibu students.”

“I know that our students

will be better served when

Malibu families have a

strong voice in determining

the educational programming

and facilities that our

children receive,” Farrer

said.

Mullen said Malibu residents

have the right to local

control over the education of

their children, a group that

makes up 15 percent of the

total district student body.

He noted the seven-member

SMMUSD Board of Education

has only one representative

from Malibu.

Mullen said the ad hoc

committee was diligently

working to negotiate Malibu’s

separation from the

district, but the majority of

the school board has refused

to support special legislation

protecting parcel tax legislation

deemed critical to separation.

Mullen added that the

board’s vote against that

“shows they’re not really

interested in reaching a deal

with us,” but that Malibu

has a path forward that follows

the State Department of

Education that will lead to a

Malibu Unified School District

and local control that the

area deserves.

“This is one of the biggest

challenges the city is facing,”

he said. “We’re led by

an extremely well qualified

team of experts to help us

navigate that path.”

Deputy City Attorney

Christine Wood explained

that a lot of things need to

happen first before separation

becomes reality. A petition

for separation has already

been submitted to the

county Office of Education.

If the petition is granted, it

then goes to the state, and, if

approved, would ultimately

go to the voters to decide.

Some in Malibu, including the five-member City Council,

would like to see a Malibu Unified School District free

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“This is really a long process.

I just want to make sure

we’re giving everyone an

understanding that this can

really take a very long time,”

said Wood, noting that the

most widely known school

district unifications that have

taken place in the last decade

in Southern California

have taken almost 20 years

or more.

“We will try to do everything

we can to expedite this

situation because we know

that this has been an ongoing

desire for the community,”

Wood added. “But I

just want the community to

understand this is not something

that’s going to happen

quickly.”

Cathy Dominico, a financial

consultant working with

the city, said the timeline is

dependent on external forces,

and could take as little as two

to four years if everything

goes smoothly. The territory

that would be voting in that

election, she noticed, has yet

to be determined, but it could

potentially include both Malibu

and Santa Monica voters.

“If there are major challenges

or objections or legal

challenges, of course that

timeline would extend,” she

said.

Because of the dynamics

between Malibu and Santa

Monica, and the history of

the SMMUSD having such

control over things that happen

in Malibu, Wood added,

“this is not going to be something

that they’re going to

allow to happen very easily.

They may be rather litigious.”

When asked by an audience

member if it will be

easier for Malibu to meet

local and state health department

COVOID-19 criteria to

reopen classrooms, Dominico

said she couldn’t imagine

that the current health crisis

would go beyond the timeline

of this reorganization.

“It is highly likely by the

time we’re done with this

reorganization process, CO-

VID will be in the rear-view

mirror,” she said.

Dominico added that if

a health or other crisis potentially

does happen in the

future, having local control

allows a school district to

have opportunities and better

meet compliance based on

local criteria.

Terri Ryland, a business

consultant on the school

separation team, emphasized

that local taxes would not

increase if Malibu leaves the

district.

“We’re really just looking

at a reallocation of the current

level of taxes, and those

taxes will stay in the community

that generates them,

which is not the case now,”

Ryland said.

In the proposed Malibu

separation model, the parcel

taxes in either Malibu

or Santa Monica would still

g0 where the money is generated

and each respective

school district would receive

that funding.

The school separation

team addressed a letter released

Wednesday by district

Superintendent Ben Drati,

where he states that separation

would result in “two

very unequal districts,” with

Santa Monica students receiving

about half of what

Malibu students would receive

on a per-pupil basis

within five years.

LaTanya Kirk-Carter, a

consultant with a history in

the school business management

field, responded by

saying that every district has

its own Local Control Funding

Formula and different

criteria controlling per-pupil

funding.

Dominico said separation

would result in each district

having higher per-pupil

funding than the SMMUSD.

She also noted other than

the LCFF property tax share

from Malibu, all other local

taxes would stay with the

new Santa Monica school

district.

“(Santa Monica) will have

the same level of absolute

dollar amount of each of

those taxes with fewer students

to educate so their

per-pupil funding grows.

Each district will grow based

on the rate of the growth of

their specific property taxes

and once the Santa Monica

school district is (a Basic Aid

district) they will start growing

at a much higher compounded

rate.”

During the meeting, one

speaker said Drati inferred in

his letter that it’s not a good

time for Malibu to pursue

unification because of the

pandemic.

When asked if the public

health issue should put a

freeze on separation plans,

Dominico reminded participants

that the process “is

very likely to exceed the

term of the pandemic.

“So, we’re talking about

an idea of putting a freeze

on something that is hopefully

relatively short-term in

nature. This reorganization

process, we need to stay on

top of it, move it forward so

that, hopefully, as soon as

possible, which is still several

years away, we can actually

see a reorganized school

district,” Dominico said.

Malibu has a “good and

credible case” for separation,

she said, adding the plan

meets the state Department

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of Education criteria for doing

so.

“We would’ve liked to

have resolved this in negotiations

(with the school district)

… and unfortunately

the negotiations did not succeed,

so we have to move

forward with the path that

we’re provided,” she said.

When asked if plans to become

its own district would

be hindered if Malibu drops

below 1,500 students, Dominico

admitted that declining

enrollment could be a challenge

to the feasibility analysis.

The Malibu area has just

over 1,500 students in its

public schools.

However, Dominico said

other things need to be considered,

including whether

a Malibu School District

would be financially independent

and would still be

able to offer adequate educational

programs if enrollment

drops.

“Even though we don’t

technically meet that

1,500-student threshold

based on projected enrollment

using historical trends,

it is reasonable to suspect

that we can substantially

meet the intent of that criteria,”

Dominico added.

Dominico also said that

with a locally controlled

school district, some of the

families that have left public

schools may come back and

balance enrollment numbers.

Mullen told participants

there’s no lack of determination

with the Malibu team.

“This is a very high priority

for the City Council and

the whole city of Malibu,”

he said. “There’s no dissenting

vote anywhere in the city

about the importance of this.

We’re going to give it all of

our focus and all of our energy,

but we are dealing with

government bureaucracies.”

Malibu city manager slams SMMUSD

superintendent’s district separation claims

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Calling him disingenuous and

his statements misleading, Malibu

City Manager Reva Feldman

blasted Ben Drati, superintendent

of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

School District, over recent

assertions regarding Malibu’s

five-year drive to take over governance

of its schools.

In a two-page letter unequivocal

in its push for an “independent

and locally controlled” school

district in Malibu, Feldman sets

out to “correct the record” on

Drati’s assessment of negotiations

to separate Malibu from the

Santa Monica-heavy district. The

city manager, who says it is in the

best interest of the communities

to have successful creation of two

districts, specifically takes aim

at four points from a letter Drati

released Oct. 28 in which he expresses

disappointment “in what

appears to be a retreat to a position

we thought we had all moved

beyond in our discussions.”

First, Feldman said backers of a

Santa Monica-free Malibu district

have yet to hear from SMMUSD

on two requests for clarification

of its position on a parcel tax

special legislation, and the city’s

proposal to “revisit the redistribution

of Malibu property taxes to

the Santa Monica community after

the 50-year term of the negotiated

agreement had expired.”

“We never heard back from the

district about either issue,” Feldman

writes, “so it seems a bit disingenuous

to claim that the city

‘abandoned our collaboration.’”

The city manager calls the district’s

refusal to consider anything

less than “a permanent redistribution

of Malibu property

taxes” — a formula that could

Reva Feldman, left, Malibu city manager, and Ben Drati, Santa Monica-

Malibu Unified School District superintendent. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

have totaled $4 billion over the

proposed 50-year term — “one of

the final demonstrations … that it

was not being forthcoming during

our negotiations.”

As such, the five-member City

Council in early October was

briefed on the matter.

Feldman next says the city

asked for third-party review of

SMMUSD’s financial projections

and made clear on two occasions

its intention to brief the

City Council before sharing the

findings of that review with the

district.

“We knew there would be incredible

interest by Malibu residents

and we hoped that in-person

meetings would resume after

the summer,” she writes.

Setting in-person meetings

ended up being “further out” than

expected, and the council briefing

took place Oct. 12.

“We followed that council

meeting with a town hall meeting

(Oct. 28) further affording Malibu

residents an opportunity to

ask questions and be heard on the

issue of school separation,” Feldman

writes. “All of these meetings

and briefings have been public

and completely transparent.”

Third, Feldman calls Drati’s

statements about the presentation

shown at the Malibu City Council

meeting “misleading,” adding

that a link provided by Drati to

information ostensibly about that

meeting “omitted the entire presentation.”

At issue here is per-pupil funding

— and Drati contends separation

would create “unequal

districts,” with Santa Monica

coming out on the losing side.

“(F)unding for the two future

school districts will not be the

same,” Feldman says, “but that is

the case across all of the school

districts in the state.”

The districts will end up with

higher per-pupil funding than that

of SMMUSD because, Feldman

writes, in addition to the general

property taxes “Santa Monicagenerated

local taxes (i.e., sales

taxes, parcel taxes, joint use, and

redevelopment taxes) will all remain

with the future Santa Monica

USD, boosting their funding

far above the average per-pupil

funding in districts with far less

community support.”

Finally, to create a “thoughtful

and strategic plan” allowing

for the successful creation of two

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new school districts, the city, in

an effort to ensure the cities retain

their respective parcel taxes, approved

a formal declaration supporting

special legislation to preserve

the Measure R parcel tax.

“However, to the city’s surprise,

the district’s board declined

to approve a formal declaration

supporting the special legislation

at its March 5, 2020, board meeting

after Board President (Jon)

Kean discouraged the declaration.”

Feldman begins wrapping up

her letter this way: “The City

Council and the residents of Malibu

remain committed to an independent

and locally controlled

Malibu Unified School District.

Even though the path of a negotiated

agreement did not work, the

city still hopes that the district

will cooperate as the city pursues

its Petition for Reorganization”

through the Los Angeles County

Office of Education.

Feldman then issues a challenge

to the superintendent: Forward

her letter to the entities to

whom his letter was addressed.

According to the Oct. 28 letter,

those entities are SMMUSD parents;

SMMUSD staff; SMMUSD

Financial Oversight Committee;

Santa Monica Facility District

Advisory Committee; SMMUSD

District Advisory Committees/

DELAC; SMMUSD community

email list; Samohi Puenta;

AAPSSG; and media.

Feldman notes the recipients’

“exact identities cannot easily be

determined by the city.”

“Alternatively,” she continues,

“we can request a copy of the distribution

list under the California

Public Records Act. Please confirm

when you have completed

this transmission.”


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Charmlee Wilderness Park reopens after rehab

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

After a protracted rehab,

Charmlee Wilderness Park reopened

to the public on Oct. 20.

Located off Encinal Canyon

Road three miles up from Pacific

Coast Highway and open from 8

a.m. to sunset, Charmlee is a tranquil

and remote place featuring

more than 8 miles of trails and,

on clear days, spectacular views

of the Pacific Ocean.

Named for the 532-acre property’s

former owners Charmain

and Leon Schwartz — who’d

built a home there only to see it

destroyed by fire in 1962 — the

park reopened after a long-term

closure prompted by the Woolsey

Fire, in November 2018.

Remnants of the fire remain,

in scorched trees, burned shrub,

torched wood that doubles as

edging material and, on a walkway

near a paved parking lot with

newly painted handicap spaces,

the charred outline of what was

once a parking bumper.

But there are also signs of new

life right next to that which succumbed

to the deadly blaze.

Keep your eyes peeled and

you’ll probably find a rabbit scurrying

across your path. Signs that

went up on reopening day serve

as a reminder that this is also rattlesnake

country — so watch out

for them as you hike the trails.

Picnic areas have been rehabbed,

most of the trails are

cleared and open, erosion measures

are in place and a new

wooden fence went up around a

caretaker’s residence.

The nature center is closed until

further notice, and there are

pandemic protocols in place: stay

away if you’re ill; stay 6 feet from

strangers and those from other

households; and don’t gather with

strangers.

Face coverings are recommended

for everyone.

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It’s official: Masks are now a mandate in Malibu

6

DAYS AGO

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED

Staff Reporter

The Malibu City Council

on Nov. 6 gave final

approval to a pandemic

mask ordinance that would

ticket a person $50 each

time they don’t wear a face

covering in public unless

they immediately comply

with the ordinance.

The council voted 4-1,

with Rick Mullen dissenting,

to approve the second

reading of the ordinance,

which also bans certain

face coverings that are

primarily open at the chin.

The ordinance will continue

as long as the local

public health emergency is

declared by the county and

state.

People don’t have to

mask up in their vehicle or

neighborhood if they are

at least 6 feet away from

someone not part of their

household.

The ordinance also requires

use of a face covering

over both the nose

and mouth, and contains

exceptions for those under

2 or with certain medical

issues, the need to communicate

with persons

who are hearing impaired,

and participation in waterbased

activities.

Face shields without a

mask underneath, openchin

triangle bandanas,

masks with exhaust valves

or vents, and masks with

any openings are not allowed.

People at restaurants or

other establishments that

offer food and beverages

are required to wear a face

covering unless they are

eating or drinking.

During the meeting held

via Zoom, Malibu resident

Hamish Patterson criticized

the council, saying

it should have urged community

members to boost

their immunity during the

past eight months.

“Having this face mask

ordinance isn’t going to do

anything. In fact, I argue

that it’s going to put people’s

lives in danger because

they’re falsely going

to think they’re safe and

protecting other people,

when that will not do anything.

It’s questionable at

best what these face masks

will do,” Patterson said.

Patterson added that

while testing is going up,

COVID-19 positivity rates

and deaths are going down.

Mayor Mikke Pierson

said he knows the issue is

controversial and understood

that it’s not perfect,

but said “wearing a mask

gives you a better chance

of not catching the virus.

There’s a lot of science

that shows that.”

Council member Jefferson

Wagner, who works in

the entertainment industry,

said there is extensive testing

and mask wearing on

his sets, and he believes

they work.

“(Masks) may not be

perfect, but it’s the best

thing we can do to show

our confidence in the

health care system and

support it at this very small

level,” Wagner said.

Mullen said that while he

supports wearing a mask,

the ordinance is “overkill”

because people are already

complying with rules and

regulations from the county

and state.

“I personally think because

it’s not as severe as it

was touted to be at the beginning,

I think it’s a bad

move for us in this town,

who love these visitors, to

have people going out on

the beach, I guess, possibly,

and handing out tickets

for no masks,” he said.


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Halloween in Malibu: Surfing ghosts,

goblins, ghouls and good old-fashioned fun

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

Halloween was much

different this year, with

pandemic restrictions on

everything from giving

out candy to who you

could have over for a

party.

So, Malibuites improvised.

John Zambetti of the

Malibooz took to social

media to wish followers

“Happy Halloween from

the Mali-BOO-z,” tagging

the band’s song “The Surfin’

Ghost” on Youtube.

(Search for it and give it a

listen.)

Mari Stanley posted

“Sea Witches be comin’ —

high tide on a full moon or

so I’ve been warned and

now passed to all of you!

Halloweeeeeeeeeen vibes

finally hitting — such a

tricky year that we all deserve

some treats.”

Readers of her post

took heed, hedging their

bets concerning its veracity.

Even the pets were

included as Malibu Coast

Animal Hospital’s sign

was changed to “Happy

Howl-o-ween!”

In the trickiest of years,

festivities abounded.

Although social distancing

and wearing masks,

many Malibuites attended

Halloween activities.

Malibu Gives Sanctuary

hosted three days of crystal

trick or treating in collaboration

with Sorenity

Rocks Malibu and MOST

Kids, an occupationaltherapy-based

organization

offering sensory stations

for child attendees to

enjoy.

Heidi Bernard delighted

in judging the pumpkin

decorating contest at Our

Lady of Malibu School.

“I’ve judged the pumpkins

for five years,” she

said “The pumpkins are

always so great and creative

and the children never

cease to amaze, and it’s

always great to see their

creativeness, especially in

this year of challenges.”

Our Lady of Malibu’s

executive office assistant,

Lisa Hall, heartily agreed.

“It was an amazing day

of normalcy for the students

of OLM,” she said.

“Social distancing went

perfectly and masks were

worn by all.”

Hall explained that the

pumpkin carving contest

began in 2004.

“The tradition has been

going ever since,” Hall

said. “We always use outside

judges. These judges

are on their fifth year

straight.”

The other judges were

Ron Lander (Diagonal

Studios) and Robin Perkins

(Selbert Perkins Design).

Dick Van Dyke and his

wife, Arlene Silver, hosted

a drive-through Halloween

experience with

proceeds from donations

benefiting the Midnight

Mission, an organization

near and dear to Van

Dyke’s heart that provides

emergency and healthy

living services for homeless

people and services

supporting women and

children in crisis.

“It was really great to

see all of the Halloween

Fifth-grader Julian Thicke’s jack-o-lantern won the grand prize.

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characters,” said Maggie

Luckerath after driving

through the experience.

Halloween wasn’t the

only event celebrated during

that weekend as the

next day, Nov. 1, is celebrated

by many cultures

as Día de los Muertos, a

holiday that blends indigenous

Aztec ritual with the

celebration of All Saints

Day inherent in Catholic

principles brought to the

region by the conquistadores.

Curious passersby

stopped at the intersection

of Grayfox Street and

Fernhill Drive on Point

Dume in the days preceding

Día de los Muertos.

There, they viewed an

installation containing

shrines with calacas and

calaveras — skeletons and

skulls — symbols depicting

the departed as enjoying

life.

OLM’s first-graders pose for a Halloween photo.

Fourth-graders at OLM dressed up for Halloween.

WINNERS IN THE OUR LADY OF

MALIBU PUMPKIN CARVING

CONTEST ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Pre-K

Third place – August Scott

Second place – George Gorby

First place – Jojo Posey

Kindergarten

Third place – Caden Malleck

Second place – Aaron Reyzelman

First place – Leo Gigliotti

First grade

Third place – Presley Posey

Second place – James Whitworth

First place – Yoyo and Michael

Anderson

Second grade

Third place – Pascal Papic

Second place – Naomi Reyzelman

First place – Heidi Anderson

Third grade

Third place – Noah Hurd

Second place – Ruby Ribnick

First place – Skylar Graham

Fourth grade

Third place – Andi Beman

Second place – Declan Vaughan

First place – Emma Whitworth

Fifth grade

Third place – Grace Drobny

Second place – Roux Sanders

First place – Lexie Brath

Sixth grade

Third place – Maddie Foster

Second place – Rachel Graham

First place – Shelby Dwyer

Seventh grade

Third place - none

Second place – Marshal Lazar

First place – Staley Brath

Eighth grade

Third place - none

Second place – none

First place – Maria Griesemer

Grand prize overall

Fifth grade – Julian Thicke

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SCE issues apology over windstorm outages

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED

Staff Reporter

A Southern California Edison

official says the utility was

not prepared for the damaging

winds that hit Malibu on Oct.

26, causing widespread power

outages that also left traffic signals

at several intersections on

Pacific Coast Highway dark.

During the Nov. 5 City Council

meeting, Rudy Gonzales,

government relations manager

for SCE, also apologized for the

confusion during the event.

At around 9:30 a.m. the day

in question, City Manager Reva

Feldman requested Los Angeles

County Sheriff’s Department assistance

at several intersections

where the traffic lights had gone

out, including PCH and Corral

Canyon Road.

Speaking to the council, Gonzales

said it was a high wind day.

“However, we did not anticipate

that the winds would reach

a level to implement our Public

Safety Power Shutoff plan for

any circuits in the city of Malibu,”

he said.

Power Safety Power Shutoffs

are planned outages SCE and

other power companies use to

prevent their equipment from

malfunctioning during, say, a

windstorm, and causing a fire.

Gonzales said that those plans

changed that morning because

of two out-of-service circuits

originating at the Latigo Substation

off of Hillview Drive west

of Latigo Canyon. Those circuits

make their way down to the

southern and western part of the

community.

Gonzales said SCE was not

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personnel to do traffic control

on Pacific Coast Highway Oct.

26 after a Southern California

Edison power outage plunged a

wide part of Malibu and several

traffic signals in the dark. SCOTT

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able to conduct any automated

switching at that time, so those

circuits remained out of service

until the lines were repaired.

Gonzales added that while it

did take a fair amount of time to

complete the repairs, SCE officials

did notify the city that one

of those circuits was also being

added to the watchlist for PSPS

shutoff.

He also said that at the same

time, an electrical wire did come

down on Malibu Road, but that

circuit was one of those already

de-energized.

“So, there was some confusion

about the notifications that

went out to the community and

to the city, and I’m just here to

commit to you that we will do

a better job of communicating

both emergency outages and

outages related to PSPS,” Gonzales

said. “These are still fairly

new processes that are in place

and we’re committed to making

improvements and we will learn

from this Oct. 26th experience

that we had.”

Commemoration

of Woolsey Fire

anniversary

MICHELE WILLER-ALLRED

Staff Reporter

The second anniversary of the

Woolsey Fire was commemorated

during a special Malibu City Council

meeting Nov. 9 via Zoom.

A video made by city staff and

commemorating the anniversary was

shown during the meeting.

The fire ignited in Ventura County

on the afternoon of Nov. 8, 2018, and

reached Malibu early the next day.

The fire burned 96,949 acres, destroyed

1,643 structures and killed

three people. Malibu lost more than

480 homes in the fire.

“I know it will be a tough day for

all of us,” City Manager Reva Feldman

said about the anniversary.

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Moving beyond the fire by looking into it

4

DAYS AGO

SCOTT STEEPLETON

scott@malibusurfsidenews.com

E

ric Myer made

some moving

images of people

who lost everything in the

Woolsey Fire, including

almost two dozen of his

neighbors.

His project, “Malibu

After,” at malibuafter.

com, encompasses four

themes from that deadly

blaze — portraits, panoramics,

vestiges and

abstracts — and described

by Myer as “high-resolution

large-scale panoramic

environmental portraits of

individuals and families”

along with artifacts rescued

from the blaze and

post-fire abstracts from 42

destroyed homes.

The eyes of his subjects

grip your soul, their faces

touch your heart. Many

wear street clothes, while

one family is in what

can best be described as

hazmat gear.

The placement of some

of the subjects is intended

to draw you into their

world, while for others

it’s simply to show what

their world had become

because of the fire.

“Vestiges I” focuses on

hands cradling a variety

of objects dug from the

rubble, including a 35 mm

film camera obliterated

by the flames, diamond

wedding set and a baby

Buddha.

“I wanted to ‘bear witness’

to this catastrophe

and through my photography

capture its profound

physical and emotional

impact,” he says in the

artist statement accompanying

the portfolio. “I

felt that it was important

to reveal the authentic

Malibu that I have known

for 35 years.”

As someone forced

from home for months

because of the Thomas

Fire three years earlier,

I was brought to tears

by the panoramic titled

“Trancas Highlands Rainbow

— Tallal Residence.”

Here, Myer captured a

rainbow over the rubble of

the home of Malibu Film

Society’s Scott Tallal and

wife Jimy Tallal.

In it, I see the rainbow

connection.

The piece reminded me

of just how badly vendors

bungled our repairs and

how poorly the insurance

carrier treated us, taking

me back to moments

where I stopped believing

in rainbows and what’s on

the other side because, for

a time, neither existed.

On Instagram (@ericmyerphoto),

Myer adds to

the stories. For instance,

accompanying a shot of

Mary Pritchett and three

neighbors standing amid

a razed home is this caption

from Pritchett: “We

brought Champagne to

the photo shoot because

enough time had passed

that we wanted to celebrate

life instead of loss.”

Had the shoot taken

place earlier, Pritchett

says, “it would’ve been a

totally different vibe.”

If you’ve already seen

the photos, take a look

again. If you haven’t,

you’re missing out on an

important piece of Malibu

history.

Malibu

Surfside News

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Board spars over Malibu’s charting new course for schools

Drati email called

‘deeply offensive, wildly

hypocritical’

CRAIG FOSTER

Open Letter to Santa Monica-

Malibu Unified School District

Superintendent Ben Drati:

Dr. Drati, your recent email

to all school district parents was

equal parts deeply offensive,

wildly hypocritical and completely

inappropriate.

The city of Malibu recently

chose to withdraw from fruitless,

never-ending negotiations

with SMMUSD and, instead, to

take its grievances to the proper

authorities. That is not bad faith,

that is common sense after five

years of constantly receding goal

posts in what has become an utterly

selfish, bordering on narcissistic,

school district bargaining

position. Please spare us your talk

of “equity” when your district and

ours and any combination thereof

will have more money per student

than 99.9 prcent of California’s

1,000 school districts. You want

“equity?” How about you give

$4,000 per student to Compton

Unified right now to create “equity”

where it really means equity.

What you mean is extortion:

Malibu gives you $4 billion over

the next 50 years for the right to

what every other school district in

this state has by law: contiguous

borders and local control.

This is not an abstract political

exercise. Under Santa Monica’s

rule, Malibu’s lost 35 percent

of our students in six years. Our

100 percent Santa Monica school

Critic of superintendent

‘very harsh, inflammatory

and unfair’

sion of the facts. As board members,

we feel compelled to set the

record straight by addressing the

factual inaccuracies and baseless

assertions raised in the letter.

JON KEAN, LAURIE LIEBERMAN,

RICHARD TAHVILDARAN-JESSWEIN

First, Dr. Drati serves as the superintendent

for all 9,700 students

in SMMUSD, not just the students

A letter written by Craig Foster, who live in Santa Monica. To imply

anything else perpetuates a

one of our colleagues on the Santa

Monica-Malibu Unified School fallacy that is dragged out every

District Board of Education, levels

some very harsh, inflammatory and

unfair accusations at Superintendent

Ben Drati concerning recent

developments about “unification”

(separation of Santa Monica and

Malibu schools into two separate

and distinct districts).

In this day and age, it is increasingly

critical to our discourse that

we acknowledge over and over

again that everyone is entitled to an

so often by Malibu residents who

support separation from SMMUSD

and actively seek examples of their

perceived mistreatment by the district

to justify that action. In fact,

over the past few years, significant

progress has been made to enhance

Malibu schools’ local control over

fundraising, construction and curricular

choices. Dr. Drati has been

a leader in helping SMMUSD

achieve these very interests. The

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John Struloeff: Meet the third Malibu Poet Laureate

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

Pepperdine University

Professor John Struloeff was

appointed as the third Malibu

Poet Laureate by the Malibu

City Council on Oct. 12. The

director of the university’s

Creative Writing Program,

Struloeff is an associate professor

of creative writing and

English. His appointment

expires June 1, 2021.

Mayor Mikke Pierson

congratulated Struloeff and

discussed poetry’s unique

role in salving weary spirits

during challenging

times. “Poetry can serve as

a soothing, healing, understanding

voice of the community,”

Pierson said, adding

he commends the Poet

Laureate Committee and the

city’s first two poets laureate,

Ricardo Means Ybarra

and Ellen Reich, who, Pierson

stated, “have turned the

program into a valuable

educational and cultural enrichment

for Malibu.”

Malibu Surfside News

chatted with Struloeff about

his life, his distinguished career

and his plans for serving

Malibu as poet laureate.

“I grew up in northwestern

Oregon, near Fort Clatsop,

where Lewis and Clark

spent their (in)famous winter,”

he said. “Much of my

writing has been set in that

part of Oregon, but in my

recent years, my writing

has become historical and

biographical, set in other

parts of the world.”

An avid traveler, Struloeff

realizes that to write

about the world, one must

get to know the world.

“I have traveled internationally

on many occasions

to write and conduct research

for poetry and fiction

projects, trips to England,

Poland, Austria, Germany,

Prague, Bulgaria, Russia,

and Switzerland, among

other places, including

spending several weeks on

Leo Tolstoy’s estate near

Tula, Russia,” Struloeff

said. “I spent the 2017-18

academic year teaching in

Pepperdine’s Lausanne program

in Switzerland, where

I conducted extensive research

on Albert Einstein,

culminating in a book of

poems about the life of Einstein,

‘The Work of a Genius,’

which is scheduled for

release in February 2021.”

Stuloeff has been honored

with numerous literary

awards, including being

appointed as both a Stegner

Fellow (2005-2007) at

Stanford University and a

(National Endowment for

the Arts) NEA Literature

Fellow (2009). He has received

distinguished honors

worldwide, including

being the recipient of a

Sozopol Fiction Fellowship

from the Elizabeth

Kostova Foundation (Bulgaria),

and the Tennessee

Williams Scholarship from

the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Additionally, more

than 50 literary journals

and magazines have published

his works.

Struloeff’s first poetry

teacher and mentor was Ted

Kooser, the 13th Poet Laureate

of the United States,

serving 2004-06.

“He had a profound effect

on shaping my sense of what

poems were and how they

were crafted,” said Struloeff.

“My second mentor was Eavan

Boland, the internationally

renowned Irish poet who

directed the creative writing

program at Stanford University

for many years.”

Struloeff will host a series

of free monthly poetry

programs.

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John Struloeff’s first published poem, “Knee-Deep in the Pacific,” is about his father, who

served in the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War. “He survived the war,” Struloeff

says, “but friends of his didn’t, and he brought that home with him. These wars carry on in

us children.”

Twenty years ago

my father described a picture

he’d taken in Korea,

the forests burning,

the crackling of gunfire

like branches popping in the wind.

He did not want to forget

the day so many friends had died.

But he had forgotten

the film, left it to burn

in the pocket of his uniform

in a fire meant to kill lice and disease.

Now he sees things he can’t describe,

no picture to show, or explain.

Thirty years after Korea,

he liked to split wood for days alone,

and he would try to answer

questions of a ten year-old son,

wanting to give

something I could hold onto

when he was gone.

Now I return this Christmas

from years away,

and he is old

and thinks he will take me

clamming once,

one thing he has never shown me.

KNEE-DEEP IN THE PACIFIC

He describes clams as big as

my forearm

as we drive onto the sand

and as we wade out into the ocean.

But my father has forgotten the lantern,

and the sun has just set,

the roiling water

calm for a moment, the sand

darkening like a blackened highway.

Our jackets flap in the wind,

our knees bend against

the drawing surf.

He purses his lips and shakes his head,

saying without words for

the hundredth time:

he has forgotten.

So when we can no longer see our truck

or our feet beneath us,

we still stand in the ocean.

A city of lights scatters

along the surf-break,

men, families, all waiting

for the surf to recede

so they can begin searching

this darkness

for life.


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Zoom helps St. Aidan’s continue its Harvest of Hope

6

DAYS AGO

BARBARA BURKE

Staff Reporter

Carrying on its annual

tradition, albeit virtually

instead of in-person, St.

Aidan’s Episcopal Church

in Malibu hosted its annual

Harvest of Hope celebration

on Nov. 1.

This year, the fundraiser

benefited Malibu Community

Labor Exchange and

the Episcopal Diocese of

Los Angeles Seeds of Hope

Food Bank.

“The Labor Exchange is

deeply grateful for our longtime

connection with St.

Aidan’s,” Stephanie Cupp,

treasurer of the organization

told Malibu Surfside News.

“The exchange’s trailer was

closed for several months

due to the pandemic and during

those months, we raised

over $60,000 to send checks

directly to our day laborers

who were at home and unable

to work at that time.”

However, the labor exchange

needs community

support more than ever,

Cupp added, noting that although

it is now open, there

has been a significant decrease

in funding from the

city of Malibu.

“We are now in need of

raising funds for our annual

operating costs,” Cupp

said. “We are in the midst

of a new GoFundMe campaign,

but have not raised

our full budget and receiving

half of the needed funds

from the Harvest of Hope

will help immensely.”

As attendees joined the

Zoom call, Rev. Joyce

Stickney welcomed participants

with prayer and then,

the festivities began. Old

Dawgs New Tricks played

classic rock ’n’ roll tunes as

participants enjoyed a winetasting

experience conducted

by Lexi Stephens of

Lexi’s Wine List. The Association

of African American

Vintners coordinated the selections

of wines.

Following tradition, parishioner

Grace Baldridge

emceed the event, interjecting

her deadpan humor as

the participants tasted pinot

blanc, a cabernet sauvignon

and a rose, learned wine tasting

procedures and lexicon

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and bid on auction items.

The piece de resistance

was the wine tasting experience.

Gleeful giggling

tasters listened attentively

as Lexi explained that thoroughly

enjoying a glass

of wine should be a multisensory

exercise. First, you

look at the color of the wine

to discern its age. When a

glass of wine is placed over a

white surface, it will darken

over its color spectrum as it

ages, Lexi explained, noting,

for example, a red wine will

appear purple when young,

transition to a ruby color,

then turn garnet and finally,

garner a tawny brown hue.

The next step is olfactory.

“Smell the wine by swirling

the glass to aerate the

wine,” Lexi advised. “That

will send aromas up one’s

nose.”

Attendees laughed joyfully

as they viewed one

another following Lexi’s

directions on the Zoom call

shared screen.

“What fruits do you smell

from the pinot blanc?” Lexi

asked, noting the variety is

popular these days. “With

white wines such as this,

first look for citrus flavors,

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Two Malibu artists

carry on providing

joy and fun

BARBARA BURKE, Staff Reporter

Keeping the creative juices flowing

and sharing the joy of new

works is a strategy that many Malibu

creatives have taken recently.

For two Malibu artists — Audrey

Rader and “Fireball” Tim Lawrence

— it’s about keepin’ on keepin’

on and doing what they love.

Rader’s inspirational greeting

card and print collection company,

AR-Studios, continued to create

beautiful postcards and prints

throughout the COVID closure.

Her images capture the glory and

spontaneity of life near the sea, of

nature’s dazzling array of activity

and spontaneity in the Santa Monica

Mountains and of life’s precious,

fleeting moments that spread

joy as you revel in the wonder of

nature and its whimsy.

Rader has a unique capacity to

capture color and light as it dances

along a seashore, to patiently wait

until just the right moment for a

butterfly to alight upon a flower, to

create colorful collages that draw a

viewer in and inspire calm and contemplation.

“Enjoy the spirit and truth of our

subjects and, in turn, pass that joy

onto others,” says an inscription

on all of Rader’s cards which are

distributed under the name Happy

Life Greeting Cards.

An avid sailor, Rader is at one

with the sea, in rhythm with its

cycles, tides and waves, always

grabbing an opportunity to create

beautiful works of art that are innovative,

intriguing and inspiring.

“Malibu is a magical place and

I’ve lived here for many years,”

she said. “I grew up in Oxnard and

have always lived by the sea.”

Rader creates her lovely postcards

and illustrations with a purpose.

“My father died of Alzheimer’s

and a portion of the proceeds of

the sales of my artwork goes to the

Alzheimer’s Association,” Rader

said. “In sharing our images and

a message of understanding and

awareness, we hope to help reshape

the way that families and friends

interact with those experiencing

the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s

Disease.”

‘Fireball’ Tim Lawrence pens

‘first-ever autobiographical coloring

book’

Malibu’s “Fireball” Tim Lawrence

is known for his series of automotive

coloring books — there’s

one for everything from Porsches

to surf woodies to Mustangs to custom

cars.

His latest, “The Official Tony

Dow Coloring Book,” is, Lawrence

says, “the first-ever autobiographical

coloring book.”

From “Leave it to Beaver,”

where Dow played Wally, to Dow’s

cool cars, sailing experiences and

sculptures, the coloring book takes

readers along for a wild ride. They

learn a lot about Dow, including

that he had a swimming and diving

career before he signed on to

“Leave it to Beaver,” that he lived

on a sailboat with two unique pets

and that, these days, he’s an artist.

It’s a fun read as well as a cool

coloring book.

“When Fireball approached me

about doing a coloring book about

me, I thought, that’s novel and a

cute way to give a few snippets

about my life,” Dow said. “I never

have done any merchandising

about myself, but I thought what

the heck. It’s a lark.”

To get the coloring book and

other Fireball coloring books, go to

www.fireballtim.com or purchase

them on Amazon.

“Fireball” Tim Lawrence’s “The Official Tony Dow Coloring Book” is as

much fun to read as it is to, well, color. SUBMITTED IMAGE

Malibuites wait patiently for Audrey Rader to release new original

postcards. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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then for the stone fruits.”

“Apples.” said Ayahlushim

Getachew in the

Zoom chat room.

“Strawberries.” Thomas

Pettinelli said.

Said Sarah Fischbach,

“Dragonfruit.”

“This is educational!”

Alexander Hammond commented.

Finally, and most importantly,

you taste the wine.

“Swirl the wine in your

mouth just as you would

a mouthwash,” Lexi explained.

“Pay attention to

the sides of your tongue as

it helps you discern all of

the nuances of the wine’s

flavors.”

Participants complied,

murmuring their appreciation

of the flavors.

“I’m lucky to have my

wife, Sky, as my co-palate,”

quipped Tom Stipanowich.

The celebration was held

in loving memory of Barbara

Bacon, who recently passed

away. The event program

noted that Bacon joined St.

Aidan’s in 1977 when her

dad, Father Charles Weidemann,

became the pastor.

Bacon’s favorite event at the

church was the Harvest Fair,

according to a letter her family

sent to the gathering’s attendees.

At the end of the evening,

as all bid adieu, Getachew

summarized his perception

of the event’s success. “Top

Flight,” he said, enjoying his

pun. “The production of everything

is just incredible.”

Anyone interested in

donating to the Malibu Labor

Exchange may do so

through GoFundMe and

PayPal (search Malibu

Community Labor Exchange

at both) or by check

sent to MCLE, P.O. Box

2273, Malibu, CA 90265.

For more on the labor exchange,

go to malibucommunitylaborexchange.org.


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Want someone else to cook on Thanksgiving?

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Restaurants across Malibu are

preparing for Thanksgiving.

Some will be offering traditional

holiday fare, others will be

doing a not-so-traditional spread.

And if you don’t want to bother

making sides at home, at least one

local restaurant will be offering

many choices to-go.

Don’t see your favorite place

here? Give them a call and say,

What’s for Thanksgiving?

• At Geoffrey’s, 27400 Pacific

Coast Highway, Executive Chef

Bijan Shokatfard has a threecourse

meal for guests:

FIRST COURSE

Creamy squash soup garnished

with herbed crème fraiche

Creamy pumpkin bisque with

spicy croutons

Oven roasted boneless quail

stuffed with a fall fruit bread pudding

with a sage infused duck jus

Caesar Salad: Romaine lettuce,

garlic croutons, Parmesan cheese,

Caesar dressing

Roasted pumpkin salad: Watercress,

feta cheese, toasted almonds,

pumpkin seed vinaigrette

Organic kale salad: Golden raisins,

roasted pistachios, teardrop

tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, grain

mustard vinaigrette

Duck confit spring roll with

sake gastrique

SECOND COURSE

Roast turkey roulade stuffed

with a spinach bread pudding,

served with traditional trimmings

and cranberry relish

Herb crusted Atlantic salmon

with fall root vegetable puree,

pumpkin seed vinaigrette

Grilled filet mignon with roasted

shallot potatoes, grilled asparagus

and a Cabernet reduction

Slow braised lamb shank with

roasted eggplant mashed potatoes

and braising jus

Pan seared day boat scallops

with cauliflower and pea risotto,

sweet carrot reduction

Oven roasted chicken breast

stuffed with fall fruit bread pudding,

Brussels sprouts ragout,

rustic country sage gravy

Miso braised tofu: Sautéed

Asian greens, hot and sour sauce

THIRD COURSE

Pumpkin cheesecake

Chocolate crunch bars

Poached Pear Tart

Price is $85 per person; $48 for

children 12 and younger.

On the web: geoffreysmalibu.com.

• Taverna Tony, 23410 Civic

Center Way, is doing Thanksgiving

with Greek eats and sweets —

the alternative to the traditional

American feast.

The restaurant, at Malibu Country

Mart, will feature its full menu

and a Greek Feast prix-fixe offering.

The feast features 15 different

specialties, including all dips:

taramosalata, melintzanosalata,

tzatziki and hummus; tabouli;

dolmathes; spanakopita; keftethes

(Greek meatballs); Greek

potatoes; orzo; chicken souvlaki.

On the web: tavernatony.com.

• Duke’s Malibu, 21150 Pacific

Coast Highway, is known for its

decadent Thanksgiving buffets.

This year, the dinner menu will

be served from noon to 7 p.m.

along with a plated turkey dinner

special.

A family-style dinner will be

available for takeout, with a la

carte sides as well.

On the web: dukesmalibu.com.

• Malibu Farm Restaurant on the

Malibu Pier will serve a traditional

dinner and will be offering

side dishes for pre-order, including

sweet potatoes, cornbread

stuffing, green beans with roasted

beets, green beans with roasted

red bell peppers, cauliflower

steak, and a green salad with walnuts

and blue cheese.

On the web: malibu-farm.com.

Sides make a good home-cooked Thanksgiving meal great

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Pre-pandemic, the best

way to wow guests on

Thanksgiving was pulling

a huge, perfectly browned

bird from the oven and

placing it in the center of

the table for all to see.

Baked in a bag, roasted

on a beer can, smoked over

apple wood or fried in hot,

Cajun-spiced oil, the bigger

the better.

Things are different this

year; the gathering may not

be so big, if there is a “gathering”

at all.

This year, everyone “at

the table” may be sharing

what they’re thankful for

via just another video conference.

This year, some may be

eating Thanksgiving alone.

All the more reason to

make the food as special as

can be.

We know everyone probably

has a favorite turkey

recipe, so we asked around

for some awe-inspiring

sauces, sides and desserts.

Nicolas Fanucci, formerly

of Thomas Keller’s

famed Bouchon in Beverly

Hills and The French

Laundry in Yountville, was

quick to respond with a dish

that may have you rethinking

mashed potatoes. It’s

gratin dauphinois, which he

says reminds him of Sunday

night dinners with his

family in Cannes, France.

Nicolas’ mother would

make this dish often, so

it brings back childhood

memories.

GRATIN DAUPHINOIS

• 2 pounds baking potatoes

(peeled and cut

crosswise into 1/4-inch

slices)

• 2 garlic cloves (lightly

crushed)

• 5 cups heavy cream

Tradition is good. But you could be serving an

unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner with help from two

local chefs. SCOTT STEEPLETON/SURFSIDE NEWS

• 1 1/2 cups crème fraiche

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon ground

black pepper

• Pinch nutmeg (freshly

grated)

• 2 tablespoons butter

(softened)

• Optional: 2/3 cup

Gruyere cheese (grated)

In a large saucepan over

medium heat, bring the

potatoes, heavy cream and

garlic to a gentle simmer,

simmering the potatoes

for 15 minutes, until they

just start to become tender.

Preheat the oven to 365

degrees. Drain the heavy

cream from the pan and add

crème fraiche, salt, pepper

and nutmeg to the hot

potatoes. Heat the cream

mixture to a gentle simmer

(a few bubbles are fine but

not more) for 10 to 15 minutes

until the potatoes are

very tender but not falling

apart. Butter a large baking

dish and carefully layer

the potatoes into the dish.

Cover the potatoes with

the cream from the pan.

Spread the Gruyere cheese

over the potatoes. Bake in

the oven for 20 to 25 minutes,

until the potatoes are

golden brown on top and

the cream has soaked into

the potatoes.

Helene Henderson, owner

and chef at Malibu Farm

Restaurant, sent over an

alternative to pumpkin pie

as well as a quick and easy

alternative to cranberry

sauce.

POMEGRANATE RELISH DELISH

• 1 cup of pomegranate

seeds

• 1 small jalapeno chili, or

to taste

• 1/2 shallot finely chopped

• 2 tablespoons, something

green, cilantro,

parsley, chives

Squeeze something citrus,

lemon or lime

Small squeeze of pomegranate

molasses (if you

got some lying around),

optional

Dash of good sea salt and

pepper

Mix together, join together,

be together, be thankful.

Think spicy. Think sweet.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE ICE CREAM

• 1 package cream cheese

or 1 can coconut milk

(love coconut milk)

• 1 3/4 cup sugar

• 2 cups yogurt

• 1 cup pumpkin puree

• 1 teaspoon vanilla (or

bourbon vanilla, available

at Trader Joe’s)

• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin

pie spice

Blend, and into the ice

cream maker you go.


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CONGRATS, COMPASS!

* Based on The MLS, Areas 32 & 33, single family residences, number of listings, listing dollar volume, number of sales and sales volume from January 1, 2020 to November 1, 2020.

Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is

intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made

without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate.

2020 Malibu Choice Awards’

Best Real Estate Brokerage

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Advisory issued over

beach bacteria fears

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

The public was being

urged earlier this week to

avoid beaches in Malibu and

elsewhere in Los Angeles

County over fears the runoff

from recent rains brought

bacteria and other hazards

flowing to the ocean.

Los Angeles County

Health Officer Dr. Muntu

Davis on Monday issued a

Beach Water Use Advisory

for all L.A. County beaches

through 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The advisory noted that

chemicals, debris, trash and

other public health hazards

from city streets and mountain

areas “are likely to contaminate

ocean waters at and

around discharging storm

drains, creeks and rivers after

a rainfall.”

Anyone entering the water

in these areas, the advisory

stated, could become ill.

If more rain falls, the advisory

could be reinstated. The

National Weather Service

says there’s a chance of rain

in the region again Nov. 12.

A wind advisory was also

in effect earlier this week

along the coasts of Los Angeles

and Ventura counties

and the Santa Monica Mountains,

where west winds 15

to 30 mph and gusts of 35 to

45 mph were expected.

Tree limbs could be

blown down, resulting in a

few power outages, according

to the National Weather

Service.

Anawalt’s Hardware &

Supply is a Choice honoree

Opened in August of

2011, Malibu Hardware

and Supply is the accomplishment

of fourth-generation

hardware store

owner Dave Anawalt,

whose family has owned

the Anawalt Lumber

stores since 1923.

Dave Anawalt moved to

Point Dume in the 1950s,

after his father, an avid

surfer, bought a property

overlooking his favorite

surf break.

“[Malibu Hardware]

has the best items of all

of our departments,”

Anawalt said.

There are 3,500 square

feet of indoor floor space

and all major departments

are represented

from paint to a full-service

garden center, power

and hand tools, lighting,

plumbing, automotive,

tools, and this year they

added a rental center.

Malibu borders the

ocean and contains large

portions of undeveloped

land so being ecologically

mindful was a huge

concern when stocking

the store. Environmentally

friendly alternatives

were included whenever

available, down to low

phosphate lawn food.

There are no poisonous

rodenticides in the store

and they offer organic

solutions for all your gardening

needs.

The store was even

physically built around

California sycamores

on the property, whose

trunks ramble through the

center of two rooms.

The reasoning behind

the opening wasn’t just

basic expansion; Malibu

residents have been aching

for a hardware store

ever since the Malibu

Lumberyard closed several

years ago.

Anawalt’s Malibu

Hardware & Supply is

proud to be your neighborhood

home improvement

store with everything

you need and

something you can’t live

without.

Submitted by Anawalt’s

Malibu Hardware & Supply,

3730 Cross Creek Road.

For more information, call

310-456-2772.

care of your four legged loved ones!

Thank

you for entrusting us with the

2020 WINNER

Malibu's Favorite

Veterinarian

23431 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA. 90265

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Malibu’s Favorite

Veterinarian

and Pet Boarding!

23431 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

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A U T O M O T I V E H Y G I E N E

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READERS VOTED FOR

THEIR FAVORITE LOCAL

BUSINESSES IN MORE

THAN 70 CATEGORIES AND

HERE ARE THE RESULTS!

2020 WINNERS

THE MALIBU CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS ARE:

Malibu Surfside News announces list of 2020 winners

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Readers of the Malibu Surfside News cast their

votes and now it’s time to reveal the winners of

the annual Malibu Choice Awards.

We asked readers to pick their favorite local

businesses in nearly 80 categories. Voting

took place through the ballot in our October

special print edition and online at www.

MalibuSurfsideNews.com.

All the votes were counted, and below are the

winners of the 2020 Malibu Choice Awards.

BEAUTY

Facial

Shine Beauty Collective

(424) 644-0667

www.shinebeautycollective.com

Hair Color

Cie Salon

(310) 456-2300

www.ciesalon.com

Hair Salon

Cie Salon

(310) 456-2300

www.ciesalon.com

Mani/Pedi

Malibu Nails & Spa

(310) 456-1700

Massage

Christiane Cerochi

Beaton Orthopedic

Physical Therapy

(310) 456-9332

www.maliburc.net

Waxing

Oceanne Salon and Day Spa

(310) 457-5262

www.oceannesalon.com

HEALTH

Chiropractor

Dr. Ronald Maugeri, Malibu

Chiropractic and Wellness

(310) 579-5949

www.malibuchiropracticandwellness.com

Dentist

Dr. Thomas Hirsch

(310) 456-3363

www.themalibudentist.com

Dermatologist

Dr. Janet Vafaie, Vafair

Dermatology

(310) 456-5459

www.losangeles-dermatologist.com

Internist

Dr. Milica E. Simpson

(310) 456-1668

www.uclahealth.org

Naturopath

Dr. Sarah Murphy

(310) 317-4888

www.drsarahmurphy.com

Pediatrician

Dr. Milica E. Simpson

(310) 456-1668

www.uclahealth.org

Physical Therapy

Gregory Beaton, PT OCS

(310) 456-9332

www.maliburc.net

Rehabilitation Center

Seasons in Malibu

(866) 890-8539

seasonsmalibu.com

DINING

Bakery

Malibu Kitchen & Gourmet

Country Market

(310) 456-7845

Breakfast

Lily’s Malibu

(310) 457-3745

www.lilysmalibu.com

Brunch

Ollo Restaurant & Bar

(310) 317-1444

www.ollomalibu.com

Burger

Ollie’s Duck & Dive

(310) 589-2200

www.olliesduckanddive.com

Business Lunch

Ollo Malibu

(310) 317-1444

www.ollomalibu.com

Candy Shop

SweetBu Candy Co.

(866) 379-3328

www.sweetbu.com

Caterer

Monrose Catering

(818) 707-7307

www.monrosecateringtoo.com

Coffee Shop

Caffe Luxxe

(310) 394-2222

www.cafeluxxe.com

Date Night Spot

Geoffrey’s Malibu

(310) 457-1519

www.geoffreysmalibu.com

Deli/Sandwiches

John’s Garden Malibu

(310) 456-8377

www.johnsgardenmalibu.com

Family-Owned Restaurant

Kristy’s Village Cafe

(310) 457-1018

www.kristysvillagecafe.com

Fine Dining

Geoffrey’s Malibu

(310) 457-1519

www.geofreysmalibu.com

Happy Hour

The Sunset

(310) 589-1007

www.thesunsetrestaurant.com

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

Malibu Yogurt

(310) 456-3522

www.malibuyogurtonline.com

Italian Restaurant

V’s Restaurant & Bar

(310) 456-3828

www.vsmalibu.com

Juice/Smoothies

Sunlife Organics

(310) 457-6161 - Malibu West

(310) 456-7070 - Malibu East

www.sunlifeorganics.com

Malibu Vineyard

Cielo Farms

(424) 234-7242

www.woodstockmalibu.com

Mexican Restaurant

Lily’s Malibu

(310) 457-3745

www.lilysmalibu.com

New Restaurant

(2019-Present)

Howdy’s

(310) 579-7549

www.howdyscafe.com


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2020 WINNERS

Outdoor Dining

Taverna Tony

(310) 317-9667

www.tavernatony.com

Pizza

D’Amore’s Famous Pizza

(310) 317-4500 - Malibu

(310) 457-2838 - Malibu Pt. Dume

www.damorespizza.com

Seafood

Malibu Seafood

(310) 456-3430

www.malibuseafood.com

Sushi Retaurant

Bui Sushi

(310) 456-1500

www.buisushi.com

Tacos

Lily’s Malibu

(310) 457-3745

www.lilysmalibu.com

Tasting Room

Strange Family Vineyards -

Malibu Tasting Room

(310) 750-1722

www.strangefamilyvineyards.com

FITNESS & RECREATION

Dance Studio - Fitness

Malibu Fitness

(310) 457-5220

www.malibuftness.com

Dance Studio - Lessons

Dance Star Malibu

(310) 456-3377

www.dancestarmalibu.com

Fitness Center/Gym

Malibu Fitness

(310) 457-5220

www.malibuftness.com

Hotel

The Surfrider Malibu

(310) 526-6158

www.thesurfridermalibu.com

Live Music

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the

Arts at Peppderine University

(310) 506-4522

arts.pepperdine.edu

Live Theater

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the

Arts at Peppderine University

(310) 506-4522

arts.pepperdine.edu

Music Lessons

Sara Levy, Malibu Music Lessons

(310) 897-4266

Facebook.com/MusicLessonsMalibu

Personal Trainer

Lonnie Weinstock-Galate,

Malibu Fitness

(310) 457-5220

www.malibuftness.com

Pilates

Malibu Fitness

(310) 457-5220

www.malibuftness.com

Spin

Malibu Fitness

(310) 457-5220

www.malibuftness.com

Wedding Venue

Malibu West Beach Club

(310) 457-0195

www.malibuwestbeachclub.com

Yoga

Malibu Fitness

(310) 457-5220

www.malibuftness.com

PET

Pet Boarding

Malibu Coast Animal Hospital

(310) 317-4560

www.malibuvets.com

Pet Groomer

Sherman’s Place

(310) 457-5501

www.facebook.com/shermansplace/

Veterinarian

Malibu Coast Animal Hospital

(310) 317-4560

www.malibuvets.com

SERVICES

Architect

Burdge & Associates Architects

(310) 456-5905

www.buaia.com

Bank

Wells Fargo

(310) 317-1740 - Malibu

Country Mart

(310) 457-8510 -West Malibu

www.wellsfargo.com

Car Wash

Buzz Wax Automotive Hygiene

(310) 880-1793

www.buzzwaxmalibu.com

Day Care

Gan Malibu Preschool

(310) 456-6573

www.ganmalibu.com

Dry Cleaner

Point Dume Cleaners

(310) 457-7961

Event Planner

Ebeling Events

(310) 463-3089

www.ebelingevents.com

Financial Advisor

Laurie Brennan, Oaks Wealth

Partners of Raymond James

(805) 373-5680

www.raymondjames.com/

oakswealthpartners.com

Florist

Sea Lily Malibu

(310) 457-8100

www.sealilymalibu.com

Handyman Service

Howard Ferguson, Hub

the Handyman

(310) 457-8664

Insurance Agent

B.W. Baker Insurance Services,

Inc., Farmers Insurance

(310) 457-5092

www.bwbaker.com

Photographer

Molly Marler

www.mollymarler.com

Real Estate Agent

Patti Palafox, Compass

(310) 889-4829

www.compass.com/agents/patti-palafox/

Real Estate Brokerage

Compass

(310) 457-2229

www.compass.com

Window Washer

C-Thru Window Cleaning

(310) 456-2886

www.c-thruwindows.com

SHOPPING

Art Gallery

PCH Pop Up - Tracy Park

(424) 279-0147

tracyparkart@hotmail.com

Beauty Store

Beauty Collection

(310) 317-0117

www.beautycollection.com

Clothing Boutique

Nati Clothing Boutique

(310) 457-3427

www.natiboutique.com

Garden Center or Nursery

Trancas Canyon Nursery

(310) 457-3981

blogspot.com www.trancascanyonnurseryinc

Grocery Store

Whole Foods Market

(424) 425-7351

www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Hardware Store

Anawalt’s Malibu Hardware & Supply

(310) 456-2772

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FAITH BRIEFS

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Livestream service

10:15 a.m. Sunday. Live

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Virtual prayer

To share a prayer request,

submit to Wendi. To pray

with a deacon, contact Annie

McRae or (310) 310-4889.

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.

Our Lady of Malibu Church (3625 Winter

Canyon Road, 310-456-2361)

Livestream Mass

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Waveside Church (6955 Fernhill Drive,

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Patti Palafox a repeat

Choice Awards winner

I am thrilled to win the

Malibu Choice Award for

Best Real Estate Agent for

the second year running! I

would like to thank all of

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ESTELLE SHAH

Contributing Columnist

Hi again! This week felt

longer than the rest, but at

least some exciting news

came out of it: the possibility

of school reopening!

I know, as crazy as it

sounds, we might actually go

back to school.

Sort of.

As of right now, there are

two possible plans for school

reopening. One is splitting

the school into two groups

that would switch off between

online learning and

in person school. It would

either be one group Monday

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with the rest being online, or

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school completely distanced,

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Let me know which option

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6

DAYS AGO

they are.

I will happily share your

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Estelle Shah is a sophomore at

Malibu High School and serves

as the school’s student representative

for the Santa Monica-

Malibu Unified School District

Board of Education. Email her

at estelle@shahpost.com.

Thank

You,

Malibu!

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MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS | November 11, 2020 | 35

CRITIC

From Page 14

unification proposal submitted

unilaterally by the

Malibu City Council ignores

two years of discussions

and negotiations that

have been grounded in an

abiding belief in the possibility

of an equitable separation

of our two communities

to form two school

districts. As the guardian

of all students in the school

district, Dr. Drati had no

choice but to respond as he

did in his letter. The Malibu

City Council’s petition not

only seeks to severely reduce

student opportunity

in Santa Monica where 87

percent of the students in

the district attend school,

but it also ignores the manner

in which schools have

been funded in California

for more than 40 years.

Some important facts to

know about the process to

date:

1. The negotiating teams

were very close to an agreement

which would have accomplished

equity for all

students when the Malibu

team stopped communicating

and ultimately made a

decision to re-file its petition

with the county without

observing the common

courtesy of sharing their

intentions with our superintendent

(or any of us).

2. There have been attempts

to deliberately draw

attention away from the

stunning inequity in Malibu’s

proposal by pointing

to how well-off SMMUSD

is compared with other

districts, as if that somehow

justifies the harm that

would come to the larger

and more diverse part of

the district that is in Santa

Monica. This misdirection

is intended to take the

focus off of the real issue

at the heart of this controversy;

namely, equity. Let’s

be clear: Malibu’s proposal

would leave the students

of Santa Monica worse off

than they would have been

if we remained SMMUSD

while simultaneously creating

a small, 1,250- student,

largely white, highly

affluent school district in

Malibu.

3. After the city of Santa

Monica and its voters have

repeatedly voted to tax

themselves to provide additional

funding for ALL

students for years — those

in Santa Monica and Malibu

— Foster has the audacity

to imply that the property

taxes that are paid by

Malibu residents should all

go solely to support only

the dwindling numbers

of students in two Malibu

schools, a position grounded

in a completely inaccurate

understanding of the

way school funding works

in California.

4. Any attempt to blame

the declining enrollment in

Malibu’s schools on SM-

MUSD is absurd and dishonest

as are mischaracterizations

of the PCB and the

Woolsey Fire responses.

Furthermore, accusations

about cutting teachers and

programs in Malibu belie

reality. In truth, SMMUSD

spends more per student in

Malibu than in Santa Monica,

the student to teacher

ratio in Malibu schools

is lower than in Santa

Monica, and we continue

to support measures that

help Malibu schools stay

vibrant despite their small

numbers. Malibu’s schools

are highly ranked by every

publication that indulges in

the ranking of California’s

public schools, and with

good reason.

5. To talk about the “price

of Malibu’s freedom” and

attempt to draw bizarre

parallels between Malibu’s

desire to separate and actual

freedom movements

is sadly in keeping with

the dangerous direction of

our country in which seeking

the common good is no

longer a shared value. It is

increasingly being replaced

by greed and selfishness

and the “I’ve got mine”

mentality exhibited by the

Malibu City Council.

Make no mistake, Dr.

Drati is, and has always

been, fiercely committed

to providing opportunities

for all students in SM-

MUSD. His responsibility

does not change once he

drives north on PCH and

Foster well knows that. Dr.

Drati’s commitment to equity

is one of the reasons

he enjoys the support of all

board members. The Santa

Monica-Malibu Unified

School District must always

make decisions based

on the best interests of its

students in Santa Monica

AND Malibu. Dr. Drati is

the superintendent of students

in both of our communities.

To attack him as

being biased in favor of

Santa Monica is not merely

false, but it is unacceptable

coming from someone who

has spent six years serving

both communities and who

knows better.

To reiterate, we believe

there is a pathway for the

creation of two independent

school districts, but

that pathway is inseparably

connected to the principle

of equity. We remain committed

to continuing down

the same path of negotiating

an equitable separation

that we embarked upon

arm-in-arm with the city

should the city wish to do

so.

Jon Kean is president, Laurie

Lieberman is vice president

and Richard Tahvildaran-

Jesswein is a member of the

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

School District Board of

Education.

FOSTER

From Page 14

board chose not to remove

deadly carcinogenic PCBs

from Malibu schools until

forced to by a federal

court because it would be

too expensive for Santa

Monica. You chose not to

close our schools the night

of the Woolsey Fire as we

requested, costing many

their possessions, some,

perhaps, their homes but

thankfully none their lives,

this time. And you continue

to cut teachers, staff and

programs which might have

allowed Malibu schools to

fight to retain students in

this district-induced enrollment

slide because we’re

“too expensive.” Santa

Monica has grievously

harmed our public schools

and continues to do so as it

acts in the interests and at

the direction of the 85 percent

of district voters that

live in Santa Monica.

Let’s talk bad faith. In

2016, six highly respected

community members were

appointed, three by you,

three by us, to a committee.

The MUNC it was called

and its job was to find an

orderly financial transition

to your and our independence.

After 14+ months,

they unanimously agreed

they’d reached the objectives

you’d set, a smooth,

positive financial transition

to political independence.

Your board voted 6-1 to

reject your own committee’s

recommendations and

indeed your own goals.

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Now you demand as the

price of Malibu’s freedom

that Malibu residents sign

over billions of dollars of

their property taxes to Santa

Monica for 50 or more

years.

The saddest part for me

is that you, Dr. Drati, are

the superintendent of all

the kids. You should not

be spewing baseless insults

and taking sides. It’s

bad enough when the Santa

Monica elected school

board violates its trust but

heartbreaking when you do

it. Shame on you all.

Craig Foster is the lone

Malibu resident on the sevenmember

Santa Monica-Malibu

Unified School District

Board of Education.


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Lahey, Failla finish in ITA Fall Nationals semis

MORGAN DAVENPORT

Pepperdine University

LAKE NONA, Florida – Two

members of the Pepperdine women’s

tennis team completed their

time in the ITA Fall National

Championships as Ashley Lahey

and Jessica Failla finished in

the tournament semifinals while

competing unattached.

RESULTS

ROUND OF 32

Lahey (Unatt.) def. Jaeda Daniel

(Auburn) – 6-2, 6-3

Failla (Unatt.) def. Veronika

Miroshnichenko (LMU) – 6-3,

6-1

ROUND OF 16

Lahey (Unatt.) def. Allie Gretkowski

(Unatt.) – 6-1, 6-2

Failla (Unatt.) def. Adriana

Reami (NC State) – 6-1, 6-2

QUARTERFINALS

Lahey (Unatt.) def. Rebeka

Stolmar (UCF) – 7-5, 7-6(4)

Failla (Unatt.) def. Solymar

Colling (USD) – 6-3, 6-3

SEMIFINALS

Alexa Graham (UNC) def. Lahey

(Unatt.) – 6-0, 6-1

Abbey Forbes (UCLA) def.

Failla (Unatt.) – 6-0, 6-2

RECAP

The pair started off hot through

the first three rounds of the ITA

Fall Nats, defeating highly touted

college players across the country.

In the quarterfinals, Ashley

Lahey defeated hometown hero

Rebeka Stolmar of UCF in a pair

of two grueling sets where Lahey

came out on top 7-5, 7-6(4).

Jessica Failla saw an all-toofamiliar

foe for her semifinal

matchup in San Diego’s Solymar

Colling who Failla defeated in

August for the ITA Summer Nationals

championship. The Wave

took down the Torero yet again

in 6-3, 6-3 fashion en route to the

tournament semifinals.

During last fall’s ITA All-

American Championships, Lahey

beat UNC’s Alexa Graham in the

tournament finals and earned her

third-straight championship trophy.

The tables turned this fall,

however, as Graham got the best

of Lahey, going 6-0, 6-1. Failla

fell in similar fashion, to powerhouse

UCLA’s Abbey Forbes,

6-0, 6-2 to end their time in Florida.

Jessica Failla. SUBMITTED PHOTO

McCarthy, Pepperdine men’s golf win at Rustic Collegiate Classic

ROGER HORNE

Pepperdine University

MOORPARK – Joshua Mc-

Carthy won for the second time

in a month and the Pepperdine

men’s golf team closed out the

fall season with its third victory

in four events as the Waves took

first place at the Rustic Collegiate

Classic on Friday.

Pepperdine had a two-day total

of a 21-under 831 (289-269-273)

at the par-71 Rustic Canyon Golf

Course and finished 22 strokes

better than San Diego.

This tournament was the last

of three West Coast Conferenceonly

events played this fall. Both

McCarthy and the Waves won the

season-opening Pasadera Collegiate

Invitational in early October

against these same four WCC

schools.

The Waves also took first place

at the prestigious East Lake Cup

and finished second against a

strong field at the Maridoe Collegiate

Invitational. It’s the first time

in program history that the Waves

have won three fall tournaments.

All six Waves competing at

this event finished in the top 10.

Of the eight players who ended

up below-par, five of them were

from Pepperdine.

PLAYER SCORES

Senior Joshua McCarthy (Danville/De

La Salle High School)

posted his first college victory on

Oct. 6 at the Pasadera Collegiate

Invitational and his second one

came exactly a month later. Despite

being tied for 17th after the

first round, he bounced back in

a big way to win the tournament

by three shots with a 7-under 206

(75-64-67). His 4-under today was

flawless, with four birdies on 3, 9,

10 and 13. McCarthy had a total of

16 birdies for the tournament, four

more than any other player.

Senior RJ Manke (Lakewood,

Wash./Bellarmine Prep) tied for

second place with a 4-under 209

(71-70-68). His 3-under today

also came without any miscues,

and he posted birdies on 3, 5

and 9 before finishing with nine

consecutive pars. Manke tied for

the tournament lead with 38 pars

overall.

Senior Clay Feagler (Laguna

Niguel/Dana Hills High School)

tied for fifth with a 3-under 210.

His 2-under today included three

birdies and an eagle for the second

consecutive round on the par-

5 ninth hole.

Junior Joe Highsmith (Lakewood,

Wash./Bellarmine Prep)

also tied for fifth with a 3-under

210 (72-67-71). He had three

birdies and an eagle today.

Junior Derek Hitchner (Minneapolis,

Minn./The Blake School)

was eighth with a 1-under 212

(74-69-69). His second straight

2-under included five birdies.

Playing as an individual, senior

Austin Murphy (Morgan Hill/Bellarmine

College Preparatory) finished

10th at 215 (74-72-69). His

2-under today featured five birdies.

QUOTABLE

Pepperdine Coach Michael

Beard said: “After winning at

East Lake, which was such a

prestigious event, it was nice to

come back home and compete

and not have any sort of letdown.

I was a little worried about that.

Our team is very deep and any

chance that they get to play, they

want out to go and prove to themselves

that they belong in the top

five … We’ve got 2 1/2 months

until our next event. Guys will be

Joshua McCarthy. ROGER HORNE/

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

playing some amateur events over

the break, but in January we’ll

be starting over and that’s okay.

It’s nice to have a little break

right now. This fall was a good

warmup and a good gauge for

where we’re at after last season

ended in March. With our home

tournament being the first one in

January, I know the guys will be

practicing and getting ready for

our first qualifier so they can be in

the lineup for that event.”

Joshua McCarthy said: “It obviously

feels amazing. This one was

pretty special to me, I got off to

such a poor start in the first round,

I think I was the highest score on

the team, and I wanted to get back

in the second round and help the

team out. I kind of found something

with the swing and found

something with the putter and tried

to keep it going. To turn it around

after the first round means a lot to

me ... I think we feel very happy

about where we’re at. Three wins

for the team and we’ll be looking

for more of the same in the spring.

We’ll have a lot of confidence

coming out of this fall and we’ll be

looking ahead to the spring.”

UP NEXT

The Waves are off until Jan.

25-27, when they host the Southwestern

Invitational presented by

Topgolf at North Ranch Country

Club. This year’s event will be

televised by the Golf Channel.

THE NUMBERS

Team Scores: Pepperdine 831;

2. San Diego 853; 3. BYU 856; 4.

Loyola Marymount 870; 5. Saint

Mary’s 874.

Top Individuals: 1. Joshua Mc-

Carthy (Pepperdine) 206; T2. RJ

Manke (Pepperdine) 209; T2. Carson

Lundell (BYU) 209; T2. Andi

Xu (San Diego) 209; T5. Clay

Feagler (Pepperdine) 210; T5. Joe

Highsmith (Pepperdine) 210.


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new flooring was recently installed, and the home has been freshly

painted. Malibu West features a private beach club, tennis, and is

located close to schools and the wonderful Vintage Market. Come relax

in one of Malibu’s most desirable neighborhoods.

ASKING PRICE:

$2,100,000

LISTING AGENT:

John Cosentino (CalDRE#

1500327)

310-365-2001 or 310-456-6431

AGENT’S BROKERAGE:

Sotheby’s International

Realty -Malibu


malibusurfsidenews.com MALIBU

MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS | November 11, 2020 | 39

City officials,

volunteers clean

up Malibu

SCOTT STEEPLETON, Editor

Malibu took a beating

recently, and it’s not all because

of the wind.

People looking for relief

from the pandemic’s

stuck-at-home feeling came

to town in droves over the

spring and summer, and not

everyone left the place better

than they found it.

They didn’t slam dunk the

junk. They didn’t hit the can,

man.

As for “Give a hoot, don’t

pollute,” they never even

heard Woodsy Owl’s message.

And despite an aggressive

effort to clean up all the trash

on sidewalks, near creeks,

at the beach and blowing

around streets, Malibu was

looking worse for wear.

That’s where the Clean Up

Malibu Day comes in. On

Oct. 27, more than a dozen

city staff, community members

and representatives of

other agencies fanned out

across town, trash bags and

trash grabbers in hand, trying

to add some sparkle to this

magical place.

Or, as Jeremy Wolf, district

director for Democratic

state Sen. Henry Stern,

whose district includes Malibu,

put it, “A small group of

volunteers got together trying

to do something for their

community.”

City Manager Reva Feldman

took part, as did Heather

Glaser, the city clerk, and

all were in their safety-first

finest.

Surfside News tagged

along.

After meeting at City

Hall, the group split up and

headed off to their assigned

locations. For Mayor Mikke

Pierson, that was Surfrider

Beach.

“This spring and summer,

with COIVD, is the most

people we’ve ever seen in

Malibu, easily, by far. Completely

overwhelmed, overrun,”

he told Surfside News.

“One weekend, I think it

was Labor Day (Supervisor)

Sheila Kuehl’s office

sent out help for the trash.

We sent out city help for the

trash, and Monday morning

the entire city was still completely

buried in trash.”

“It’s really sad, all the

visitors coming,” Pierson

continued. “I understand

they need to get out of town

because of COVID, and it’s

been hot, but it’s been really,

really noticeable and tragic,

the amount of trash, and

we’ve been unable to keep

up, to be honest.”

As he spoke, the mayor

used his grabbers to pick up

small pieces of paper, plastic

beverage holders, even a

broken wine bottle.

Pierson noted that a great

amount of trash the city was

targeting was generated on

other agencies’ property,

the bulk of it Los Angeles

County.

“Including where we’re

cleaning up right here,” he

said. “This is not our property.”

But there’s just not enough

trash cans, not enough people

to pick it all up, Pierson

said.

“With impacted budgets,

it’s a difficult situation.”

GOING RATE Malibu Sales and Leases | Week of October 30 - November 5

TYPE ADDRESS List Price Sale Price Beds/Baths Sold Date Days on Market

Single Family

32802 Pacific

Coast Hwy.

$9,495,000 $9,650,000 3B/5B 11.2.20 39

Single Family 2919 Valmere Dr. $1,475,000 $1,350,000 3B/4B 10.30.20 115

Lease 3000 Sequit Dr. $12,000/mth $12,000/mth 4B/4B 10.31.20 58

Lease

Lease

Lease

Lease

29500

Heathercliff Rd.

#21

29233

Heathercliff Rd.

#4

29500

Heathercliff Rd.

#235

29458 Bluewater

Rd.

$6,700/mth $6,700/mth 3B/2B 11.2.20 38

$3,900/mth $3,900/mth 2B/2B 11.4.20 1

$8,000/mth $8,000/mth 4B/3B 11.4.20 12

$4,500/mth $4,500/mth 1B/2B 11.3.20 10

Land 0 Sea View Dr. $3,395,000 $1,450,000 N/A 10.30.20 44

Land

Condo

Condo

5961 Floris

Heights Rd.

21212 Pacific

Coast Hwy.

26668 Seagull

Way #D101

$1,100,000 $1,090,000 N/A 11.5.20 2

$3,995,000 $3,500,000 2B/3B 10.30.20 115

$795,000.00 $790,000.00 1B/1B 10.30.20 11

Statistics provided by Bobby LehmKuhl with The Address | Malibu Information gathered

from Combined L.A./Westside MLS, Inc. is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Contact Bobby at (310) 456-0220.

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6712

Portshead

Road

$12,995,000

9 Bed | 6.5 Bath | 6,734 Sq Ft

• Deeded Riviera II beach rights

to Little Dume via Wildlife

• 6 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom main

home with luxury finishes

• Rare 3 bed, 2 bath guest home

with a separate gate & driveway

• Pool/spa, tennis court, and 1.2

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Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01991628. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in

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