News Briefs


Beach robbery suspects detained

Two males suspected of breaking into and stealing from a car parked at El Matador Beach were arrested last Thursday after a witness followed the suspects and contacted Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s deputies. According to Lost Hills officials, the witness observed the men breaking into the parked car at approximately 2:45 p.m. and called 911 to report the incident. The person followed the suspects in her own vehicle until deputies arrived.

The deputies detained the suspects and searched their car, where they found the victim’s purse from the parked vehicle, with credit cards in the victim’s name inside. Deputies also recovered suspicious, possibly unreported stolen property in the car, as well as reported stolen property from a burglary in Calabasas. The names of the suspects were not released.

County approves plastic bag ban

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-1 to ban single-use plastic bags in unincorporated areas. Businesses that offer paper bags must charge customers 10 cents for each one. Malibu banned plastic bags in 2008.

The ban comes a little more than two months after the defeat of AB 1998, a statewide plastic bag ban measure written by Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D-Malibu).

The move was hailed by environmentalists.

In his blog, Heal the Bay President Mark Gold called the measure “the farthest-reaching bag ban ordinance in California and should result in a 600 million-bag-a-year reduction in the county.” Opponents included the plastics industry headed by the American Chemistry Council.

“It’s extremely disappointing that the Board of Supervisors would take this approach, which threatens to derail existing recycling programs and fleeces consumers,” said Tim Shestek, senior director of State Affairs for the American Chemistry Council.  “We believe there are more effective ways of reducing bag litter and waste that do not result in raising grocery costs for families, put at risk hundreds manufacturing jobs in the Los Angeles area, or require more government bureaucracy.”

Other cities in Los Angeles County are pursuing similar measures. A Manhattan Beach ban is part of a current legal battle. Opponents challenged the ban in that city because no environmental impact report was done. The county did complete an EIR, and any city in the county that wants to propose a ban can use that EIR for its ordinance.

Adamson House Christmas tours

The Adamson House will begin their Friday Evening Christmas Tours next month. The 1930 home, which is complete with its original furnishings, is decorated for Christmas.

There will be holiday music and refreshments, as well as a hand-crafted gift for each guest.

The tours will take place on Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and are given by reservation only, at the Adamson House, 23200 PCH.

For reservations, call 310.456.8432.

Toy donation drop-off at Duke’s

Safety Harbor Kids, an organization that aids orphans and homeless children, is collecting toys for children in need.

The organization is looking for toys, school supplies, clothing, sporting equipment and other goods for children ages 10 to 17. Duke’s Malibu will host the organization’s annual Spirit of Goodwill holiday party on Dec. 11. In addition, there is a collection can where toys can be dropped off, at Duke’s, located at 21150 Pacific Coast Highway.

Art collection debut

Surf photographer Aaron Chang debuts his collection at Gladstone’s on Sunday. The photographs, which focus on Malibu’s surf culture, will be on display throughout the restaurant and are available for purchase.

A portion of sales from the collection will be donated to Heal the Bay.

The installation will be open to the public this Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Gladstone’s Malibu, which is located at 17300 Pacific Coast Highway.

Malibu Christmas tradition in danger of ending

The Point Dume Santa Sleigh tradition, a Christmas Eve parade that began in 1958, will not happen this year unless an interested group steps forward to take on the project.

The Point Dume Santa parade began when local lifeguards Bob Burnside and Jack Campbell dressed up as Santa and his elf and hosted the parade, which they carried on until the early 1970s. At that point, Gary Tory and friends kept the tradition alive until 1984 when Tim and Laurie Biglow, along with Kim Ledoux, put on the parade for the next 22 years. In 2006, when the parade was in danger of coming to a close, the Cole and Lovaas-Dijker families took over.

Once again, this year the parade will not happen unless another group comes forward to take the project on.

To find out how to help save the project, e-mail Brian Dijker at