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Planning manager steps down

The city announced Monday that Planning Manager Mike Teruya was resigning for health reasons. A person familiar with the situation said Teruya had been suffering from cancer since before he was hired by the city in September 2003. His condition has recently deteriorated.

City Manager Katie Lichtig said an interim planning manager has not been hired, but one will be in place soon. She and Environmental and Community Development Director Vic Peterson will select Teruya’s permanent replacement after a recruitment period. Their selection is not required to go before the City Council for approval.

Meeting to address storm damage issues

The county will host a community meeting on Thursday to discuss storm damage to community roads. County officials will talk about what they are doing to repair access, estimated completions dates and fire/emergency response issues. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Los Angeles County Fire Camp 8, located on 1900 Rambla Pacifico.

One book, one party

One Book, One City-Malibu will come to an end on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a party behind Diesel, A Bookstore. Several events have taken place this month centered around the novel “Gidget.”

Saturday’s party will include an appearance by Kathy Kohner (whose diary inspired her father to write “Gidget”), surf book authors Izzy and Coco Tihany, KCSN FM Surf DJ Les Perry and music by the Malibooz. In addition, the winners of the Surf Essay contest will be announced, the tickets for the Soft Board Raffle will be pulled and food will be served.

Malibu actor’s son arrested on felony drug charge

According to the Associated Press, the 18-year-old son of actor Nick Nolte was arrested Sunday in St. Albans, W.Va. on a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Brawley King Nolte, who like his father is a resident of Malibu, was a passenger in a car that was stopped by state police in St. Albans for having a broken front headlight.

The AP reported the police official smelled marijuana. He then entered the car and found a freezer bag containing 70 grams of the drug. The AP based its story on the complaint filed by West Virginia state police. Nolte posted $2,500 bond Sunday night and was released from jail.

House bill gives feds final LNG say

The energy bill passed by the House of Representatives last week gives the final authority on the location of liquefied natural gas facilities to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Currently, states have some say in the matter. Residents of Malibu and other local cities have been fighting to prevent the creation of two LNG terminals off the coast of Oxnard.

The U.S. Senate is now considering its energy bill. Once it passes one, the two bills would have to be combined through negotiation.

Measure S tax exemption applications due soon

Application forms for seniors requesting exemption from the parcel tax approved by voters in June 2003 are now being accepted. Renewal forms will be mailed in May to all seniors who were approved in past years for the exemption. Completed forms, both new applications and renewals, must be received by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District no later than July 31. First-time applicants can call 310.450.8338 ext. 269 to request an application, or applications can be printed from the Web site: www.smmusd.org (click Senior Exemption then Application for Senior Exemption).

Skate competition to take place

The spring break skateboarding competition will take place at Papa Jack’s Skate Park on April 30 at 12 p.m. All boys and girls under the age of 18 are allowed to participate. Awards will be given based on age groups. Registration deadline is April 28. The cost is $10 and there is a $3 charge for spectators. For more information, call 317.1364.

Trip to USS Ronald Reagan

The Malibu Navy League is sponsoring a bus trip on May 5 to San Diego for a dock-side tour of the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76. The tour is limited to 50 people. The cost is $30 per person. No children under 8 years are allowed and participants must be able to climb ladders. For more information, call 457.7638.