News Briefs

A two-seater plane crashed into the surf line of Carbon Beach, just east of Malibu Pier, Friday about 5:14 p.m. The two occupants of the plane who were rescued suffered injuries, although officials could not disclose the extent of their injuries nor their identities. They were airlifted to UCLA Medical Center. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Photo by John Bakken

Pepperdine says ‘no’ to Yes on 8

The campaign in favor of Proposition 8, the state ballot measure calling for a ban on gay marriage, has agreed to no longer use the name of Pepperdine University in its advertisements after the university president announced his disapproval.

President Andrew Benton told the media he wanted Pepperdine’s name removed from the ads after they started airing earlier this month. The initial television ads featured School of Law professor Richard Peterson and a message on the screen calling him a legal scholar at Pepperdine. Peterson is actually a law professor at the school. The campaign has since removed the name of the university, but Peterson still appears in the ads on television and the radio.

Earthquake preparation drills

The Earthquake Country Alliance-consisting of experts from CalTech, USC, the Red Cross, U.S. Geological Survey and other groups-is conducting an earthquake drill known as the Great Southern California ShakeOut on Nov. 13, 2008 at 10 a.m. The event will postulate a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas Fault and will be the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history.

The Alliance will provide ongoing earthquake readiness tips leading up to drill. More information can be obtained online at

Nature hike docents needed

The Cold Creek docents of the Mountains Restoration Trust are seeking adults to lead nature field trips at UCLA Stunt Ranch Reserve in Calabasas for this school year. Those interested will be trained o lead trail hikes and activities that focus on early local Chumash and Tongva cultures and nature-related programs. Docents receive a stipend for each program they teach. The training fee is $5 per session. For further information, call 818.591.9363.

No drugs down the drain

Several water agencies throughout the state are promoting the “No Drugs Down the Drain” campaign to tell the public not to dispose of drugs into the toilet or drain.

While some pharmaceuticals end up in the wastewater stream through normal human use, much of what can be detected comes from the direct disposal of drugs into the toilet or drain, according to a press release from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. Disposal options include returning unused medications to a small number of pharmacies or household hazardous material collection sites that accept them. The closest one to Malibu is located at 2500 Michigan Ave. in Santa Monica.

For updated information on local disposal options and collections, go to

Coldwell banker holding sale

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage this week beginning on Wednesday is having a “sales event” on homes through Oct. 19. Thousands of home sellers, including some in Malibu, will reduce their listing prices by 10 percent or more in an attempt by Coldwell Banker to jump-start the U.S. real estate market. “Here in Los Angeles, the 10-Day Sales Event is especially timely,” said Betty Graham, president and COO Coldwell Banker for the Greater Los Angeles region, in a press release. “Our participating home sellers feel that a home priced properly to sell will generate much more interest. Plus, we’re hearing loud and clear from many of our sellers that they’re comfortable with lowering their listing prices if it means getting offers and selling quickly.”

-Jonathan Friedman