2018 in Review: November

    Malibu voters take to the polls at the Point Dume Club House in 2018. 

    • The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), which sets the rules for airlines and airports, has changed the takeoff and/or landing patterns for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and certain neighborhoods in city and county Malibu (particularly Monte Nido, Big Rock and many Santa Monica Mountain locales) are seeing a marked increase in air traffic over their homes in addition to a marked increase in air traffic noise. They are virtually up in arms to get their neighborhood quiet back. Lawsuits are probably next.

    • Malibu went to the polls on November and voted in two new council members, Karen Farrer and Mikke Pierson, to replace termed-out Laura Rosenthal and Lou La Monte.

    The final count was:

    Karen Farrer—2,855 votes; 30.61 percent of votes cast

    Mikke Pierson—2,460 votes; 26.37 percent of votes cast

    Olivia Damavandi—1,896 votes; 20.33 percent of votes cast

    Jim Palmer—1,486 votes; 15.93 percent of votes cast

    Lance Simmens—631 votes; 6.76 percent of votes cast 

    The two Malibu Measures on the ballot both passed easily.

    Measure M (Malibu school bond issue):

    Yes—5,382 votes; 71.04 percent of votes cast

    No—2,194 votes; 28.96% of votes cast

    Measure G (marijuana home delivery):

    Yes—3,616 votes; 70.09 percent of votes cast

    No—1,543 Votes; 29.91 percent of votes cast

    • In what has become an all-too-regular scenario, an angry shooter entered the Borderline Bar & Grill, a western bar in Thousand Oaks that was featuring a college night, and shot 12 people dead. Among them was Alaina Housley, a talented 18-year-old Pepperdine freshman. The gunman was later identified as 28-year-old Ian David Long, a Newbury Park resident and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the weapon a legally purchased .45-caliber Glock 21.

    • Before people had a chance to catch their breath, Malibu and environs exploded in one of the largest and worst fires in Malibu and Los Angeles County history, an event that was named the Woolsey Fire. The Woolsey Fire was unique because it occurred at the same time several other major fires were raging in the state of California. The largest and deadliest was the Camp Fire in Butte County, which almost wiped out the town of Paradise, Calif., and caused the deaths of 86 civilians, as well as numerous injuries. The Camp Fire is considered to be by far the deadliest and most destructive fire in the entire history of California.