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City Council race to begin

On Monday, potential candidates for the 2006 City Council election can begin pulling papers for the race. The papers must be returned to City Hall by Jan. 13 with at least 20 signatures from Malibu residents. If either or both of the two candidates whose terms expire in April, Mayor Andy Stern and Councilmember Sharon Barovsky, do not return signed papers, then the deadline to turn in papers for all other candidates is extended to Jan. 19.

Stern and Barovsky said last week they did not know if they would run again.

Interim Public Works director appointed

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Bow Bowman was introduced as the city’s interim public works director. The city has been without a public works head since Yugal Lall left in November to take a job as the public works director for the city of Moorpark.

Bowman was the Public Works director for Oxnard until he retired in April. He will work 30 hours per week until the city finds a permanent replacement.

Closures scheduled on PCH

The California Department of Transportation will close various northbound and southbound lanes on Pacific Coast Highway from Las Posas Road to Callequas Creek on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for pavement work. At least one lane will remain open for alternating northbound and southbound traffic.

Caltrans advises motorists to reduce speed to 25 mph through the construction zone and to expect traffic delays.

The $3 million resurfacing project will result in a smoother riding surface, according to Caltrans, and will extend the life of the road. Project completion is expected by the end of the year.

Outgoing city employee receives Malibu Tile

Larry Young, Malibu’s outgoing environmental health specialist, was awarded the Malibu Tile at Monday’s City Council meeting. Young had been working as Malibu’s environmental health specialist since before incorporation.

-Gracy Abbott and Jonathan Friedman