News Briefs


Attempted robbery reported

An attempted robbery at knife point was reported to Pepperdine University’s Department of Public Safety on Dec. 13. The victim was jogging on Pacific Coast Highway, adjacent to Alumni Park, at 2 a.m. when the suspect approached the victim.

The suspect is described as a male of unknown race, medium build, around 5’9” and middle-aged. He does not have any facial hair or other distinguishing features. The suspect was wearing a plain dark grey hooded sweatshirt, with the hood pulled tight over his face, and dark colored jeans with the right knee possibly frayed. The Department of Public Safety at Pepperdine has increased patrol as a result and asks that any relevant information about this incident or any other suspicious activity be reported to the department.

Reusable bag giveaway

Heal the Bay hosts “Day Without a Bag” Dec. 16. More than 25,000 reusable bags will be given out at nearly 200 locations throughout Los Angeles County. Local sites include HOWS market, 30745 PCH, Pavilions, 29211 Heathercliff Rd., PC Greens, 22601 PCH, Ralphs, 23755 Malibu Rd. and Banana Republic, 3844 Cross Creek Rd. All locations are hosted by City of Malibu Environmental Programs. The event comes after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ vote to ban plastic bags in certain areas of the county, which uses more than six billion disposable plastic shopping bags each year. “This year we have more than tripled the number of bag giveaway sites,” Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, said.

Gold added, “It reflects the growing groundswell in Los Angeles for reusable bags, which not only save the environment, but taxpayer dollars as well, especially in a time of drastic budget shortfalls.”

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Sheriff’s station releases tips to avoid theft

While the holiday season traditionally includes time with family, the increase in shopping also results in an increase in theft. The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station released a set of precautions holiday shoppers can take to avoid becoming victims of theft.

First, never leave gifts or personal items, such as cell phones or cameras, in plain view in a vehicle and be sure to keep vehicles locked. Additionally, while shopping, do not place recently purchased items in the car and return to shopping; thieves have reportedly followed shoppers to their cars to steal such items. Also, when going out of town, leave a car in the driveway or a radio on inside the house to make it appear that people are home. Finally, watch for suspicious individuals following delivery trucks or postal workers; criminals frequently follow delivery personnel and steal packages after they are left on the doorstep.

Be sure to report any type of criminal activity by calling the closest police station, Sheriff’s Department or 911 in an emergency situation. The number for the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station is 818.878.1808.

Bone marrow drive

A bone marrow drive will take place at Malibu Presbyterian Church and Malibu High school Dec. 17 to benefit an individual battling leukemia. The drive will take place Friday between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Malibu Presbyterian Church, 3324 Malibu Canyon Rd., and at Malibu High School, 30215 Morning View Dr.

1 northbound PCH lane closed till Friday

The California Department of Transportation will close one northbound lane of Pacific Coast Highway from Winding Way to Ramirez Mesa Drive daily beginning Monday, Dec. 13, through Friday, Dec. 17, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. to realign lanes and install a K-rail. Lane closures are subject to change.

This work is part of a project to repair damaged drainage pipes and prevent slope erosion. As part of this project three to five oak trees may require pruning or removal. Any trees deemed necessary for removal will be replaced with native oak trees.

Peterson-Chase Construction, Inc. of Irvine, Calif. is the contractor on this $220,000 project. The project is expected to complete by Spring 2011.

Construction is ongoing on Malibu Canyon Road, causing delays of more then 20 minutes in both directions.