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Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project poll

Malibu Lagoon Restoration Project poll

According to The Malibu Times online poll, 71 percent of voters think that the project should be stopped and the lagoon be left as is. Out of a total 69 voters, 49 voted that the lagoon should be left alone and 20 voted in favor of the project. Cast your vote online at

More remains found in Richardson case

Coroner’s investigators found additional remains in Malibu Canyon Sunday that are believed to be from 24-year-old Mitrice Richardson, the woman who went missing after being released from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in 2009 and was found dead nearly a year later, authorities said. The eight bones are thought to be fragments of Richardson’s ribs, wrist and fingers, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The cause of death remains unknown. In January, Sheriff Lee Baca wrote a letter of request for the FBI to examine the remains, but the FBI declined the request Friday.

Richardson’s family has criticized the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station’s conduct in the situation, citing that she should not have been released late at night without her car, purse or cell phone. Richardson was arrested after being unable to pay a nearly $90 bill at a local restaurant. Reports also indicate that she was acting very strange that evening. The family has filed two lawsuits against the Sheriff’s Department in connection with the matter.

Olympic gold medalist to participate in event

Olympic gold medalist Jessica Mendoza will participate in a free all-ages softball clinic at Malibu Bluffs Park Feb. 27 at 2 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Malibu. The clinic will teach attendees basic fundamentals in hitting, short game, base running, as well as playing the outfield and infield.

Mendoza and the U.S. softball team took home the gold medal from the 2004 Olympics in Athens and the silver medal from the 2008 games in Beijing. She was named USA Softball Athlete of the Year in 2006, World Championship Offensive MVP in 2006 and 2008 Women’s Foundation Sportswoman of the Year.

The event is funded by the $50,000 donation given to the city in July 2010 by the NFL and EA Sports as a part of the NFL Play 60 campaign, which works to prevent childhood obesity.

Brosnan designs new “Pet Lovers” plates

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has introduced its “California Pet Lovers Plates,” featuring a design by actor and local Pierce Brosnan, according to the ASPCA.

Proceeds from the license plates, which are sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board, go toward funding for low-cost spay and neuter surgeries throughout the state.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles won’t begin production of these plates until it has received 7,500 orders; so far, approximately 2,150 orders have been received. More information can be obtained online at

Wishtoyo board member appointed to Indian Law and Order Commission

UCLA School of Law professor and Wishtoyo Foundation Board Member Carole Goldberg was recently appointed by President Obama to the Indian Law and Order Commission, according to the Wishtoyo Foundation. Goldberg will serve on the nine-member panel whose goal is to improve public safety on American Indian lands.

The panel was created as a result of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. Goldberg has been teaching at UCLA since 1972. Her classes include Federal Indian Law and Tribal Legal Systems. The Wishtoyo Foundation works to protect the culture and history of coastal Chumash beliefs and practices.

Life Line screening in Malibu

The Malibu Senior Center is hosting a Life Line screening, which screens for signs of stroke and osteoporosis, March 7. Screenings are designed to identify cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries or irregular heart rhythm, as well as check bone density. Screenings are noninvasive, painless and aid in the prevention of osteoporosis and potentially fatal strokes. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete and packages start at $139. For more information, or to register, visit

Malibu/Lost Hills patrol area sees crime increase

The total number of violent and property crimes in the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department patrol area has increased, according to a Crime Summary prepared by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The patrol area includes the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village, Malibu and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

The total number of crimes in the Malibu/Lost Hills patrol area in January 2010 was 83; that number increased to 121 reported incidents for the first month of 2011. In the City of Malibu, however, there was no change in number of incidents. The total number of violent and property crimes in Malibu for the first month of 2010 and 2011 was 21.

However, the total number of crimes in Malibu increased from the year 2006 to 2010. The total number of violent and property crimes in Malibu was 293 in 2006 and 365 in 2010. The total number of violent and property crimes in the Malibu/Lost Hills patrol area was 1,485 in 2006 and 1,352 in 2010.

In January 2010, in terms of violent crimes in Malibu, there were no incidents of homicide or forcible rape. There was one incident of robbery and one report of aggravated assault. In terms of property crimes, there was one instance of burglary, 17 reports of larceny theft, one report of grand theft auto and no arson-related incidents.

In January 2011 in Malibu, in terms of violent crimes, there were not any reports of homicide, forcible rape or robbery, and there was one instance of aggravated assault. In terms of property crimes, there were five reports of burglary, 15 incidents of larceny theft and no reports of grand theft auto or arson.

The overall crime statistics for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol area declined in the month of January from 2010 to 2011, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The full report can be found online. Visit the “Crime Prevention and Information” page at

Senator Pavley introduces breast cancer bill

Sen. Fran Pavley of Santa Monica has introduced “a bill that would ensure that all patients have safer surgeries,” according to an e-mail sent by the communications director of Pavley’s office. The Democrat’s SB255 looks to update the current laws regarding surgeries to reflect changes in breast cancer treatment and to avoid, when medically necessary, “drive-through lumpectomies.” The law would also ensure patients would have the appropriate treatment and hospital stay options after surgeries.

“This bill does not seek to create any new mandate, rather to update the law to reflect that the bulk of breast cancer surgeries are now lumpectomies, and not mastectomies,” Pavley said. “I simply would like to ensure basic safeguards for all women undergoing breast cancer surgery.”

Coastal Commission postpones vote on The Edge’s Sweetwater development

The California Coastal Commission was scheduled to vote on whether or not David Evans, also known as U2’s The Edge, and several of his associates will be granted a permit to build five homes north of Sweetwater Canyon Road Feb. 10. The vote was postponed the evening of Feb. 9 at Evans’ request. The Coastal Commission staff has recommended the denial of the permits.

The controversial project, opposed by many members of the community, now has another element of dispute. The coastal permit applications are currently filed for five separate homes, but the Coastal Commission argues that the project should be considered a single compound of homes because of the close family or business relationships of the prospective homeowners. If the permits are granted as separate parcels of land, it makes it easier for prospective homeowners to build additional homes at the location.

The community has fought the project for years. Those opposed cite mainly environmental concerns. Critics say the homes will disturb a natural ridgeline and harm sensitive habitat areas. On his Web site “Leaves in the Wind,” Evans counters these accusations, arguing mainly that the homes themselves will be environmentally friendly. In response to accusations that the homes will destroy the environment of the Sweetwater Mesa area, his Web site reads, “Nothing could be further from the truth. The houses that are planned for Sweetwater Mesa will be some of the most environmentally sensitive buildings ever conceived in Malibu-or anywhere in the world.”

The project would also require the construction of a 1,600-foot access road. The homes vary in size from 7,220 square feet to Evans’ 12,785-square-foot residence.

It is currently unknown when the Coastal Commission will vote on the development.