News Briefs


Electrical fire damages Malibu Road home

A living area above a garage on Malibu Road was badly damaged shortly after midnight on Tuesday due to an electrical fire.

Capt. David Enriquez of Fire Station No. 88 said the living quarters did not burn down. Nobody was harmed in the fire, although published reports say two cats were killed.

The home is said to be that of actress/filmmaker Actress Bara Byrnes.

Sheriff’s deputy hit by vehicle

Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Duval was released from Saint John’s Medical Center on Saturday after being hit by a vehicle Friday while crossing a street in the Malibu Colony Plaza parking lot.

Lt. Pat Davoren said Duval did not break any bones, although he is sore. He said it will not be known until after an investigation concludes whether any charges will be filed against the unidentified woman who struck Duval.

Deputy Mark Winn, who was one of several officers called to the scene, said that at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Duval was walking across the street portion of the parking lot in front of Starbucks when he was struck by the vehicle. Winn said the sun was blocking the driver’s eyes. He declined to release her name.

The woman’s car had a Texas license plate, and she responded to another person who called her “Samantha.” The suspect declined to talk to The Malibu Times or give her full name. Another deputy said she was either a Pepperdine professor or student.

A witness who was in the outside eating area next to Starbucks when the incident occurred said she did not see the collision because she was facing the other way, but she heard it.

“I heard someone yell ‘Stop, stop, stop,'” said the witness, who did not give her name. “Then I heard somebody scream.”

School board to vote on capital projects plan

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will vote on the proposed projects for the first phase of its capital projects plan. The money for the projects comes from Measure BB, the $268 million bond approved by voters last year.

Approximately $27.5 million worth of projects are proposed for Malibu High School. Projects are also proposed for the elementary schools, but only if it is determined funding is available. A group of Santa Monica High School parents are saying the $37 million slated for that school is not enough, and are planning to voice that opinion at Thursday’s board meeting.

Projects slated for Malibu High School include reconstruction of a new library and administration offices, reconstruction of the middle school wing into a new two-story classroom building, a new parking area with emergency access to a track and field facility, a new drop-off and pick-up area, construction of a new synthetic turf athletic field for soccer and football, construction of two tennis courts, enhancement of the amphitheater, improvement of lockers rooms and the removal of three temporary classrooms and construction of a new high school commons.

The meeting is taking place at 5:30 p.m. at Santa Monica City Hall, located at 1685 Main St.

Malibu Dems fundraiser attracts Wesley Clark

Former presidential candidate Gen. Wesley K. Clark will speak and sign his new book “A Time to Lead” on Oct. 28 at the Malibu Democratic Club’s annual fundraiser.

John Dean, author of “Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches,” will also speak and sign his book.

The event is taking place at a private residence. Tickets are $50. More information may be obtained by calling 310.456.1242.

Celebrities and athletes expected at Santa Monica fundraiser race

Many of the world’s elite runners will participate in the second annual Saint John’s Santa Monica 5000 5K and 10K races on Sunday along the waterfront on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. A post-event party and Health and Fitness Expo will take place at the Santa Monica Pier.

The field this year includes 2006 champions from Kenya: Haron Lagat and Emily Chebet.

The five kilometer race starts at 7:30 a.m., with the 10 kilometer race beginning at 8 a.m. The post-race party and Health and Fitness Expo will take place 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The event will raise money for Saint John’s Medical Center. More information can be obtained online at

PCH lane closure

The California Department of Transportation has announced that one westbound lane of Pacific Coast Highway between Winding Way and Ramirez Mesa will be closed this week on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for utility work.

-Jonathan Friedman