News Briefs


Application for new LNG project deemed complete

Round two of the liquefied natural gas battle could begin soon. The application for the proposed project by Texas-based NorthernStar Natural Gas to convert an unused oil platform 13 miles off the coast of Oxnard into an LNG platform was deemed complete by state and federal officials this week.

The determination by the State Lands Commission, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration sets up the process for the creation of a draft environmental impact statement/environmental impact report for the project. A press release issued this week by the company said it expected the document to be ready for public review by the spring.

Like the failed Cabrillo Port proposal, this plan would need approval by various state and federal bodies. BHP Billiton’s Cabrillo Port project was rejected in the spring by the Lands Commission, California Coastal Commission and the governor.

Meeting to update progress on Legacy Park

The City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint-session on Thursday to discuss the transformation of the city-owned Chili Cook-Off site into Malibu Legacy Park. City Manager Jim Thorsen said the meeting would include a presentation by the city’s consultant for the project, RMC Water and Environment, on some geotechnical investigations it has done since the last joint-session meeting on the project took place in April.

At the April meeting, RMC’s Steve Clary said the city might need to acquire more land to complete the storm water/wastewater treatment program because the treated wastewater would need to be fully dispersed on land, and there is not enough room on the approximately 15 acres of the undeveloped Chili Cook-Off site.

But Thorsen said in an interview this week further geotechnical investigations by the consultant revealed that acquiring more land might not be necessary. “It looks like we’ve found some areas where we can reuse it [wastewater],” Thorsen said. “It’s looking a bit more favorable. It may mean having to come up with agreements with property owners.”

Various other issues involving the project will also be discussed at the meeting

The Malibu Legacy Project is estimated to cost $12.5 million. City officials say they will raise this money through grants, private donations and possibly by participating in what is called the State Revolving Fund Loan Program. This involves a small interest loan that would be paid back by those hooking up to the wastewater treatment system, including local businesses and the city.

The City Council this week authorized Grants Coordinator Barbara Cameron to pursue a grant application with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Cameron said in an interview on Monday that she is also in active discussions with other state agencies, including the State Coastal Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Board and the Resources Agency.

“They want to wait until we are further along in our plans,” Cameron said. “The consultant team is moving along with the design very well. Hopefully, I would expect in October we’ll be ripe for making some more applications, and the agencies can see more about how their missions are being met [with this project.]”

Party at the Pier

Friday marks the final screening of this summer’s movie series at the Malibu Pier. Along with the screening of the surfing documentary “The Lost Wave: An African Surf Story” and the movie “Blue Crush,” there will be special guest appearances and a silent auction.

The makers of the documentary will be on hand to introduce their film at 7:15 p.m. “Blue Crush” will be screened after the documentary. Also in attendance will be Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, also known as the real-life Gidget.

Malibu Pier Partners is donating several private boat charter and sport fishing trips as well as a six-hour private charter for 24 sailing along the coast for a silent auction. Additionally, 10 Cane Rum will be hosting an open bar on the land-side of the pier with free cocktails and live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The gates open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 818.880.0350.

Loud fireworks set off alarms

Malibu residents were up in arms over a fireworks display that took place at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and were so loud car alarms were set off repeatedly on Pacific Coast Highway near Carbon Beach. One resident said the fireworks were so loud, they wondered whether anyone might have suffered a heart attack. The display, which another resident said they saw from the Rambla Pacifico neighborhood and were the most extravagant and beautiful fireworks they’ve ever seen in Malibu, lasted about 15 minutes. Reportedly, Terry Semel, former CEO of Yahoo, arranged the display to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary.

-Jonathan Friedman