News Briefs


Bonsall Drive permit approval appealed

A group of individuals calling themselves the Concerned Residents of Zuma Mesa have appealed the Planning Commission’s January approval of a coastal development permit for the construction of a 9,963-square-foot home on Bonsall Drive.

At last month’s commission meeting, a large number of people attended to protest the application. With another controversial item also before the commission that night, the meeting lasted nearly eight hours.

Retail store issues to be discussed at council meeting

A discussion is expected to take place at Monday’s City Council meeting on instituting a policy in Malibu that sets the standards for what kind of retail stores can operate within the city. Council member Pamela Conley Ulich, who proposed two years ago a plan to limit retail development in Malibu, requested the item be placed on the council agenda.

State education head makes 41st Assembly District endorsement

Calabasas Mayor Barry Groveman this week received the endorsement of California State Superintendent Jack O’ Connell in the race for the 41st Assembly District seat that is being vacated by Fran Pavley.

Groveman’s endorsement has extra significance because he is competing in the Democratic primary against Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District President Julia Brownley, who has been running as an education candidate. Brownley received an endorsement this week from Assemblymember Loni Hancock, who represents a district in Berkeley.

The other candidates for the June 6 Democratic primary are Shawn Casey O’ Brien, Jonathan Levey and Kelly Hayes-Raitt. The winner of the Democratic primary is expected to win the general election in the fall because of the large Democratic makeup of the district.

Library to honor Women’s History Month

The Malibu Library will host its seventh annual Saturday Speaker Series in March to honor Women’s History Month. This year’s event will begin on March 4 at 3 p.m. in the Malibu Library Meeting Room with a program by Roberta Randall.

The event continues for the next three Saturdays at 3 p.m. with programs by Barbara H. Clark, Leigh J. McCloskey and Kres Mersky.

All programs will take place at the Malibu Library, which is located at 23519 Civic Center Way. More information can be obtained by calling 456.6438.

Ballroom dancing takes Malibu by storm

The Malibu Parks and Recreation Department sponsors ballroom dancing every Monday at 7 p.m. Classes are $15 per session and take place at Malibu Bluffs Park, which is located at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. More information can be obtained by calling 818.880.2159.

-Brian Foy and Jonathan Friedman