News Briefs


Suspected thieves arrested at gunpoint

Two men were arrested at gunpoint for vehicle burglary after allegedly stealing from a car Saturday morning on Pacific Coast Highway near Tuna Canyon Road, Malibu/Lost Hills Lt. James Royal confirmed.

At around 10 a.m. Aug. 18, some beachgoers flagged down deputies and reported they saw two males breaking into a car parked on the PCH west of Cross Creek Road. The witnesses gave descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle and explained they drove away eastbound toward Santa Monica. Deputies located the car near Tuna Canyon and pulled over the suspects, where they were arrested for the burglary.

The witnesses later positively identified the suspects as the two men they saw breaking into the car.

It is currently not known what specific items were stolen from the parked car.

Dick Van Dyke to receive SAG lifetime achievement award

Malibu performer Dick Van Dyke has been honored with the 2012 Screen Actor’s Guild Life Achievement Award, which will be presented during the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 27, 2013. The award is given each year to an actor who exemplifies “the finest ideals of the acting profession,” a SAG press release states.

Van Dyke has worked as an actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian. He starred in such films as “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Mary Poppins,” along with the TV series “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Additionally, he has won five Emmys, a Tony Award and a Grammy.

“Stage, big screen, small screen, literally everywhere he has worked he has inspired millions of fans and has had a tremendously positive impact on the industry and the world,” SAG Co-President Ken Howard said in the release. “He is so deserving of this honor and I congratulate him.”

Van Dyke was given The Malibu Times 2010 Citizens of the Year Dolphin Award for his contributions to local charities and the community.

The Malibu local is also slated to perform in a show at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre on Sept. 12 to raise funds for local arts programs in Malibu.

Motorcyclist injured in crash

A motorcyclist was injured in a crash Sunday afternoon on Pacific Coast Highway near Paradise Cove, Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed. The motorcycle was traveling westbound on the highway about 350 feet west of Paradise Cove Road when a car in the left lane moved into the right lane and struck the motorcycle. The motorcyclist suffered a compound fracture of the left leg and was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Traffic safety near Paradise Cove has been a growing concern of many local residents. At the July 23 City Council meeting, Public Safety Commission representative David Saul expressed concern over weekend and summer traffic in the area, while Councilwoman Joan House agreed, echoing residents’ worries about severe car backups occurring frequently during peak hours.

The Malibu Times office closed for Labor Day

The Malibu Times office will be closed Mon., Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day.

All people and sports items must be submitted to by noon Fri., Aug. 31 in order to make it into the Sept. 6 issue.

The advertising deadline for the Sept. 6 issue will also be Fri., Aug. 31. Contact an advertising representative for more information.

Malibu City Hall and other government offices will also be closed.

Three injured in Malibu Canyon crash

Three people suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Malibu Canyon Road just north of Piuma Road Aug. 14 around 6 p.m.

Six people were riding in the silver 2006 Ford Expedition when the vehicle lost control and crashed, CHP Spokesman Leland Tang said. The reason the car lost control was not known, Tang said.

None of the five passengers, whose ages ranged from 15 to 22, suffered serious injuries, but one was transported to UCLA Medical Center with a possible fracture and two were taken to Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills for minor injuries.

City awarded for financial reporting

The City of Malibu has been given The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its annual financial reporting. The certificate is the highest award related to governmental accounting and financial reporting, according to a press release from the city.

“This award presents an opportunity to demonstrate that the core values of the officials who manage and govern the City of Malibu—professionalism, responsiveness, ethical conduct, and putting the public first—are the foundation for everything public servants should do,” Malibu Mayor Laura Rosenthal said. “We thank the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for recognizing the city with this certificate.”

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving about 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

City to begin accepting student intern applications Aug. 27

The City of Malibu will be accepting applications for its Student Intern Program for the 2012-2013 school year from Aug. 27 through Sept. 10. Applicants must be currently enrolled high school students, undergraduate or graduate students. Interviews will be conducted during the week of Sept. 17 and interns will start Sept. 26.

Interns work in a variety of city departments, including Administrative Services, Parks and Recreation, and Public Works, and have the opportunity to work on administrative assignments and special projects.

For more information, contact city clerk and student intern supervisor Lisa Pope at 310.456.2489 ext. 228.

Local artist to open Ventura exhibit

Malibu artist Johanna Spinks will be featured in a new exhibit, “The Face of Ventura,” featuring 56 different portraits, at the Museum of Ventura County this Sunday.

The collection of portraits is the result of a nearly two-year journey for Spinks. She created the paintings in 56 single sittings, with no photos used.

“Each painted shorthand sketch was an attempt not only to document my sitter’s life story with my brush, but also to expose them to the relevant world of contemporary portraiture,” Spinks said in a statement.

The exhibit opens Aug. 26 at the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Pavilion, Museum of Ventura County, 100 E Main St., in Ventura, at 2 p.m.