News Briefs

An unidentified young man lost control of his car while driving on Encinal Canyon Road Tuesday morning, and the car flew off the road, falling 400 feet. A witness said the man used his cell phone to alert rescuers of his location. Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's officials did not return several calls regarding the incident. Photos by Matthew Higgins

New Web site for MalibuGreenMachine

MalibuGreenMachine, the nonprofit dedicated to “greening” community areas in Malibu, has announced the launch of a new Web site through which donors can contribute and get project news updates.

The site, developed and donated by Santa Monica’s The Ocean Group, provides a look at MalibuGreenMachine’s centerpiece project, a privately funded $1.5 million median enhancement on Pacific Coast Highway, stretching from Malibu Creek Plaza to Malibu Canyon Road.

“We’re thrilled with our new site,,” said MalibuGreenMachine president Jo Giese, who also pointed out that the new site “gives our donors and supporters a great way to stay updated on developments and continue to support us with donations.

“We’ve timed the launch to coincide with the countdown to construction on the highway project,” she added.

MalibuGreenMachine has already raised significant funds. Steve Soboroff, chair of fundraising, said, “We have completed the tough parts -Caltrans, environmental, safety, and other approvals. Our start date for construction is September 25, 2008. We are down to needing one challenge grant of $250,000.”

In addition to donations, Giese also stated that the We site will provide information about volunteer opportunities and activities.

Charity fundraiser

Malibu resident and Realtor Carol Bird is sponsoring The Rob Sanders Show to raise funds for The Humans Society, The Painted Turtle Kids Camp and Alzheimer’ disease research.

The show has been billed as “the greatest retro show on earth” for entertaining audiences with live, on-stage pop music performances from yesteryear. It will include Frank Sinatra classics, Doo-wop and blues music. The show will take place at the Malibu Inn on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.

Labor Day weekend office closures

The Malibu Times Building and Malibu City Hall will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

Open house for Sheriff’s station

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station will have its annual Open House on Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day’s festivities will include demonstrations from several Sheriff’s specialty resources, emergency preparedness and special activities for kids. The station is located at 27050 Agoura Road in Agoura. For more information, call 310.456.6652.

Ham radio training offered

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, in conjunction with the local Disaster Communications Service and the City of Calabasas, will offer ham radio operator training on Sept. 7 at 10:00 a.m. The class will take place at the Sheriff’s station, located at 27050 Agoura Road in Agoura. For more information, call 818.224.1616.

-Olivia Damavandi