News Briefs


City Council rejects Portshead Road appeal

At its meeting on Monday, the City Council by a 4-0 vote, with Councilmember Pamela Conley Ulich recusing herself, rejected an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a coastal development permit for a 14,950-square-foot office building on Portshead Road. David Schack, one of the appellants, said after the hearing that he would likely appeal the council ruling to the California Coastal Commission.

Hume Road slides as repair work continues

Several Hume Road residents became concerned this past week as their unincorporated Los Angeles County street slid while repair work continues in the area. Ken Pellman, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, said minor sliding should be expected.

“We’re grading, taking away tens of thousands of yards of cubic material,” Pellman said. “That’s [sliding] the nature of the area.”

Pellman said Las Flores Canyon Road should be reopened by Christmas and all the work on Hume Road should be finished by January.

Missing body found

The body of Devin Goodman, the Deer Creek resident missing since his car overturned onto Deer Creek Beach on Nov. 5, was found in the ocean about one-half mile from the crash site, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Detective Mike Powers said that Goodman’s truck most likely skidded across the lanes on Pacific Coast Highway and flipped over onto the beach. It was assumed that Goodman’s body went into the ocean but this was not confirmed until his body was found near beach front homes on Nov. 23.

A memorial service for Goodman has been temporarily postponed because his mother, Bonnie Brown, who is battling pancreatic cancer, is too ill to attend a service. The family has stated that Brown is in her final days and wishes to postpone Goodman’s service until one can be held for both her and her son.

Malibu resident to star in A&E film

Ted Danson stars in the A&E original film “Knights of the South Bronx,” which will appear on the network on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. Danson plays English teacher David MacEnulty in a true story about a man who saved the lives of seven underprivileged children from the South Bronx by teaching them to play chess and to face life’s challenges.

Danson, an Emmy Award winner, has had a career in television, film and theater and is best known for his role as Sam Malone in “Cheers” and the title role on “Becker.”

Helping the soldiers in Iraq

Malibu residents are being asked to continue their support of the 101st Airborne Division “Gators” troop by dropping off needed items at City Hall such as prepackaged food, magazines, hygiene products, DVDs and disposable cameras.

More information on what other products are needed and other ways to help the soldiers, including the Adopt-A-Soldier program, can be obtained by visiting the city’s Web site at

-Gracy Abbott and Jonathan Friedman