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Council to consider LCP amendments

At its meeting on Monday, the City Council, will consider several amendment proposals to the Malibu Local Coastal Program. The Planning Commission reviewed the amendments on Wednesday and made recommendations to the council.

The amendments include a reduction in the bluff-top setback minimum from 100 feet to 50 feet, an elimination of the requirement of waivers for the construction and maintenance of shoreline protective devices and an incorporation of the city’s stringline rule into the LCP. The amendments also address other issues, including zoning changes and technical language corrections.

After the council approves final language for the amendments, they will be sent to the Coastal Commission staff for review. The staff must either recommend the Coastal Commission voting body approve the amendments or tell the city why it does not find them to be satisfactory.

Also at Monday’s council meeting, a zoning code amendment will be considered that would allow the Farmers’ Market to take place on the county-owned courthouse property in the Civic Center. Although the market has taken place there for several years, it was recently discovered the property is only zoned for educational, religious and governmental facilities. If the council approves the amendment, which the Planning Commission last month recommended, that does not necessarily mean the Farmers’ Market will be able to take place in 2006. Cornucopia, which runs the market, must apply for a conditional-use permit, and there are several groups and people who are opposed to Cornucopia receiving that permit.

Supreme Court declines to hear Forge Lodge case

The California Supreme Court issued a notice on Nov. 30 that it would not hear the Sierra Club’s lawsuit against the city over its approval of the Forge Lodge Bed and Breakfast, a proposed 16,240-square-foot, 27-unit facility to be constructed near the Beau Rivage Restaurant at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road.

The court’s decision brings an end to the Sierra Club’s attempt to overturn the municipal approval for Forge Lodge. However, the California Coastal Commission rejected the project for a coastal permit in August. Project owners Daniel and Luciana Forge have since filed a lawsuit against the Coastal Commission.

PCH deaths of Malibu residents still under investigation

The investigation into the death of two Malibu men in a motorcycle-car collision on Pacific Coast Highway last month has been delayed as a key piece of evidence is examined by the FBI, a Los Angeles Police detective said.

Tyler Love and Keith Naylor, both 22, were on a motorcycle being driven by Love on Nov. 12 when, the LAPD said, the driver of a Mercedes sedan made an illegal U-turn across a double set of yellow lines on Pacific Coast Highway just south of Sunset Boulevard.

But LAPD detectives said they want the FBI crime lab to look at the cycle’s headlight and electrical system to determine if the light was operating at the time of the accident, when it was dark.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the car, 40-year-old Orange County resident Mark Paozella, pending the outcome of that test, said LAPD Det. Mike Dunn.

“After we have all those answers, we can present the case to the city attorney and they will determine whether charges will be filed,” he said.

SMC selects new president

The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees picked Dr. Chui L. Tsang this week to be the college’s new president. His job will begin on Feb. 27.

The 54-year-old Cupertino resident, whose parents emigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong, was selected from three finalists for the $175,000-a-year post. He succeeds Dr. Piedad F. Robertson, who left the college in January to take over the presidency of Denver-based Education Commission of the States.

Tsang was previously president of San Jose City College. Prior to that, he served five years as dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology at the City College of San Francisco

From 1982 to 1992, Tsang served as Executive Director of Career Resources Development Center, a vocational training and employment agency approved by the California State Department of Education.

He has taught at Stanford University, De Anza College in Cupertino and San Francisco State University.

Tsang has two children, Richard, 20, a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in political science and history, and Kathryn, 19, a sophomore at UC Davis whose major is biology.

Sen. Feins tein endorses Groveman

for Assembly seat

U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein officially endorsed Calabasas Mayor Barry Groveman in his bid to replace Fran Pavley as the 41st Assembly District representative. Groveman is one of five Democrats in the Race. There are so far no Republican candidates.

The Democratic Primary election is in June, with the winner competing against the other parties’ candidates in November.

Pavley will step down in 2006 due to term limits. She has endorsed Louise Rishoff, a member of her staff, to fill her seat. Julia Brownley, vice president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, is another candidate in the race. She has been endorsed by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl. The other candidates are Santa Monica residents Jonathan Levey and Kelly Hayes-Raitt.

Juan Cabrillo opens renovated library

A ceremony took place on Friday to mark the opening of the improved Juan Cabrillo Elementary School library.

Included in the updated library are 75 oak-custom cabinets and pieces of furniture that were built in Germany, shipped to the United States and installed by master craftsman Ralf Hillenbrand.

The Juan Cabrillo renovation project was extensive and included many volunteers, large fundraising and several planning committees.

Malibu actress sues photographer over topless photos

Actress Jennifer Aniston filed a lawsuit Friday in the Los Angeles Superior Court against freelance photographer Peter Brandt, alleging that he invaded her privacy by taking topless photos of her sitting inside her Malibu home through the use of a high-powered lens.

The former “Friends” star is also attempting to prevent the photos from being circulated commercially.

This is the second privacy issue involving Aniston this year. A transient was sentenced to one year in jail last month after pleading no contest to breaking into Aniston’s home.

Holiday boutique a Point Dume school fundraiser

The Jingle Bell Rock ‘N’ Shop Holiday Boutique will take place on Saturday with designer clothing, jewelry and other gift items for sale. There will also be food, entertainment and a raffle.

The boutique will take place at Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School, located at 6955 Fernhill Drive, and is a fundraiser for the school. It will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until

3 p.m.

Mary Kuepper memorial to take place on Saturday

A memorial service will take place on Saturday for Mary Markey Kuepper at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, located at 3625 Winter Canyon Road. Kuepper, a longtime Malibu resident who was the driving force behind “Keep Christ in Christmas,” died on Nov. 20 from pneumonia at age 90.

The service will begin at

11 a.m.

Portion of PCH

to be closed

Intermittent closures of one southbound lane on Pacific Coast Highway between Carbon Canyon Road and Topanga Canyon Boulevard should be expected through Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is utility work being done in the area.