News Briefs


Waves damage three Malibu homes

Last week’s strong waves caused some damage to beachfront homes in the Malibu Colony. Capt. David Enriquez of Los Angeles County Fire Station 88 said the windows of three homes were broken, but no injuries were reported.

An article in the Los Angeles Daily News said an electrical box at one of the homes sustained damage and caused a small fire. Enriquez said the fire did not occur, but the electrical box was damaged.

People come out to clean the beach

This year’s California Coastal Clean Up Day brought out 240 volunteers, up 100 from last year, to Surfrider Beach. They gathered 72 bags of trash and five bags of recyclables, weighing 323 pounds, said Surfrider Clean Up Capt. Rob Hoover.

The number of cigarette butts gathered was 6,312, up more than 700 from last year, but results may be misleading due to a contest conducted only this year, Hoover said. The cigarette butt contest was won by three students from Medea Creek Middle School in Oak Park, who gathered 1,490 butts. Hoover said there are most likely an equal number of butts under the sand that cannot be seen.

The day also included a drum circle celebration by New York-based drummer Mazir and his company, Slaptonebass Productions.

Portshead office building approval appealed

Two men who live near the site proposed for a 14,950-square-foot office building on Portshead Road filed an appeal Friday of the Planning Commission’s Sept. 6 approval for a coastal development permit for the project. David Schack and Jordan Tarlow wrote in their appeal notice that the traffic study for the project was inadequate and the proposal did not meet the criteria to allow for the variances requested by the applicant. The appeal will be heard by the City Council.

Coastal commissioner quits over revelations of his past

Coastal Commission member Jim Aldinger announced Sunday that he was stepping down after it was revealed he had never disclosed a 1995 public-intoxication charge and a 1998 temporary restraining order filed by an ex-girlfriend. Aldinger, who serves on the Manhattan Beach City Council was an appointee of Senate Pro Tem Don Perata. According to the Los Angeles Times, Perata had requested Aldinger resign last month, but he had initially refused.

SMC searches for a new president

The search for a new Santa Monica College president is underway as the Sept. 30 application deadline fast approaches. The search began earlier this year with the school advertising for the position nationally in newspapers, mailings and e-mail lists. A search committee, assembled from SMC employees, students and community members, will begin the screening and interviewing process in October and narrow the field to three to five candidates, who will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees.

The next step occurs during the week of Nov. 14-18 when the finalists visit the campus and participate in open public forums and closed-door interviews with the board. The new president could be announced as early as Dec. 5 during a regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting, according to an SMC press release.

The search for a new president began earlier this year after Piedad F. Robertson left the post to take the presidency of Denver-based Education Commission of the States.

Portion of Moonshadows parking lot condemned

A portion of the Moonshadows restaurant parking lot was closed to the public recently. Malibu Environmental and Building Safety Manager Craig George said the area was condemned after the city received a letter from a structural engineer saying it was unsafe. George said this was probably caused by age. Restaurant owner Andrea Bullo was out of town and not available for comment.

City offers emergency response training

Community Emergency Response Team training is being offered in a series of classes given on Saturdays in October. The city of Malibu is presenting these free classes for members of the public and city employees. The classes will cover disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical, light search and rescue, terrorism, team organization, disaster psychology and more. To sign up for the classes, call Brad Davis at 456.2489.

Pepperdine continues to aid Katrina victims

The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University has been collecting money and goods to be sent to areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The Women and Public Policy and SPP staff bake sale collected more than $314 to be sent in aid. The students and staff have organized a huge donation drive and have collected goods including clothes, duffel bags and umbrellas. The drive was so successful that when the items arrived at Los Alamitos Army Airfield to be flown to the Gulf Coast, they had exceeded their weight limit.

The donation drive for clothing and non-perishable food items will continue until Sept. 22.

Skydivers raise money for breast cancer research

Malibu resident Mallory Lewis will join 165 other this month to attempt a new women’s world record in formation skydiving to raise $500,000 for the City of Hope Cancer Center. Lewis founded Jump for the Cause, a group that organizes skydiving fundraisers, in 1998 after her mother, the famed puppeteer Shari Lewis died from breast cancer.

In past years Lewis and other skydivers have set two world records and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight breast cancer. This year’s event will take place in Perris, Calif. from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1.