News Briefs


Pepperdine professor addresses GOP women

Douglas W. Kmiec will be the guest speaker at the Malibu Republican Women, Federated luncheon meeting at Guido’s Malibu on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m. Kmiec, the Caruso Family Chair in Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University, will address “How the Republican party, once thought to be merely the party of the affluent, has returned to it Lincolnesque roots.” Widely acknowledged as one of America’s leading constitutional scholars, Kmiec served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. For luncheon reservations, call 457.3530.

Michael Dukakis in Malibu

Former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis will be part of a Malibu Democratic Club forum on the “November Bush Face-Off” on Saturday at 2 p.m. Dukakis will speak about the current political climate, and will address issues of health care policy, poverty and improving the electoral process.

Dukakis is a distinguished professor of Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston, and is teaching this winter quarter at UCLA. Dukakis has also taught at Harvard, where he received his law degree, and the University of Hawaii. He is an Army veteran, having served 16 months in Korea. For further information and directions, call 454.1487 or send an e-mail to

California State Parks call for public input

In efforts to gain extra insight on development plans for the camp store concession at Leo Carrillo State Park, California State Parks is holding a local meeting to round-up public opinion.

Leo Carrillo State Park, located 28 miles northwest of Santa Monica, is open year-round, and is known to be enormously popular among locals and tourists.

The meeting will take place at Duke’s Restaurant on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. Officials are hoping to collect input and ideas to aid in the planning of the development and operation of the concession.

Malibu’s assemblymember to serve on fiscal team

Speaker of the California State Assembly Fabian Núñez has named Assemblymember Fran Pavley to join the Assembly Fiscal team. The newly formed group will begin working immediately on the 2004-05 state budget. Other members of the Fiscal Team are assemblymembers Darrell Steinberg, Judy Chu, Manny Diaz, John Dutra, Merv Dymally and Joe Simitian.

Senate bill addresses identity theft

State Sen. Debra Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) has introduced SB 1279 in an effort to protect people from identity theft.

The bill would require a consumer credit reporting agency to allow a person to add a password to his credit file, and would make a prospective user of a consumer credit report match that password prior to the report being released. In addition, it would require a consumer credit reporting agency to provide a person with the means of creating a password on the telephone and over the Internet. The agencies would not be allowed to charge for these services.

The bill would further require any California agency or person with computerized data that includes personal information that has suffered a breach of the security of the system to provide two years of a credit monitoring service free of charge to each person whose personal information was stolen.

Lastly, the bill would prohibit a person or entity from storing personal information regarding a customer on devices such as hotel card keys or restaurant debit cards.

Mineral money

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton announced this week that 36 states, including California, received more than $1 billion during 2003 as part of their share of federal revenues collected by the department’s Minerals Management Service. The $1,096,699,888 distributed to states during the year, was nearly 46 percent more than 2002 payments to states that totaled $753 million. California received more than $25.3 million.

The nearly $1.1 billion distributed through December of last year represents the states’ cumulative share of revenues collected from mineral production on federal lands located within their borders, and from federal offshore oil and gas tracts adjacent to their shores.

Sobriety checkpoint in Malibu

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department-Lost Hills/Malibu Station will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in Malibu on Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. In a press release issued this week, the department said the purpose of the checkpoint is to educate the public to the dangers involved in driving while intoxicated, and to make arrests of those people operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.