News Briefs


Crowds hit the beach, DUI arrests made during Labor Day weekend

PCH lane closures scheduled for this weekend

One lane in each direction of Pacific Coast Highway will be closed this weekend in west Malibu for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon. The right lane of the highway will be closed in both directions between Heathercliff Road and Deer Creek Road from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, according to a release from Caltrans. Motorists are encouraged to use caution when driving near the lane closure areas.

View restoration applications due Sept. 26

The deadline for property owners to submit an application for the City of Malibu’s View Restoration Program is Sept. 26.

In March, the City Council adopted the View Restoration Ordinance, which allowed property owners to preserve their primary views as they existed on Feb. 13, 2012, or anytime thereafter. It also established a six-month period in which property owners could submit applications to restore pre-existing views obstructed by landscaping, should restoration language be added to the ordinance.

“The city does not currently have an ordinance that allows for restoration of a pre-existing view obstructed by landscaping,” states a city press release. “The View Restoration Program provides property owners the opportunity to inform decision-makers of their interest in restoration of views if an ordinance were to be adopted in the future.”

If future view restoration regulations are adopted, they will apply only to those residents who have submitted a View Restoration Program (VRP) application. Results from the six-month program will be looked at by the City Council, which will then consider granting view restoration rights to the VRP participants.

Residents who want to both preserve their existing view, as well as possibly restore a view they had in the past, if an ordinance is adopted in the future, can submit both a Uniform Application requesting a primary view determination and a VRP application. A $271 application fee must be included at the time of submittal.

For more information, or to download a VRP application form, visit

One killed in motorcycle crash north of Malibu

A woman was killed when her motorcycle collided with a car making a U-turn on Pacific Coast Highway at Vista Point north of Malibu on Friday at 7:30 p.m., California Highway Patrol officials said.

The victim, 52-year-old Teresa Marcellino of Santa Monica, was riding a black 2007 Ducati Monster S2R northbound on the highway when the 32-year-old driver of a 2006 Toyota Sequoia began making a U-turn into the path of the motorcycle. The motorcycle collided with the left front of the car and the victim, who was reportedly wearing a helmet, was thrown off the motorcycle.

According to the CHP, several passing drivers stopped at the scene to attempt to help Marcellino. Emergency officials arrived on the scene of the collision shortly after, where the victim was pronounced dead.

The CHP is currently investigating the crash.

Woman’s body found in car off Mulholland Highway

A woman was found dead Saturday in an overturned car at the bottom of a canyon about two miles east of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu Search and Rescue Team.

Members of the rescue team were scouting locations for upcoming training locations Saturday around noon on Mulholland Highway when one member noticed “something white” at the bottom of a nearby canyon. Team members descended to the canyon floor, where they found an overturned sport utility vehicle (SUV) on its roof. Inside the SUV they found the body of a woman, who appeared to be the driver of the vehicle, according to the release.

Personnel from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene. The woman’s body was removed from the canyon after the coroner completed an initial investigation.

The investigation into the woman’s death is being handled by the California Highway Patrol.

The woman owned the SUV and did not have a city of residence, as she had apparently been living out of her vehicle, according to the report.

Injured cliff jumper rescued

The Malibu Search and Rescue Team responded to Malibu Creek State Park to aid an injured cliff jumper on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The cliff jumper, identified as a 23-year-old man from Sherman Oaks, injured his ankle after jumping off a cliff above the “rock pool” area of Malibu Creek State Park.

Malibu Search and Rescue Team hiked to the injured man’s location with a litter basket and litter wheel. After being placed in the basket, the injured 23-year-old was hiked out of the location and given medical assistance by Los Angeles County Fire paramedics.

The “rock pool” area of the park has had an increase in rescues in recent years. The Sheriff’s Department believes this may be due to the location’s popularity on social media sites.

“Thrill seekers are drawn to the cliffs above the rock pool water feature,” said Malibu Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Reserve Sergeant David Katz.

Transient convicted of choking pelican

A transient was sentenced to 60 days in jail last week for choking a brown pelican to death near the Malibu Pier Aug. 22. Sergio Diaz, 30, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty and will also be on probation for one year.

On Aug. 22, bystanders told authorities they saw the bird flapping its wings as Diaz strangled it near the Malibu Pier. Diaz originally told authorities the bird was dead when he found it, according to sheriff’s deputies, then later claimed he intended to eat the pelican because he had not been able to catch any fish.

City launches interactive site for PCH study

The City of Malibu launched an interactive site to help gather public input for a study on the safety of Pacific Coast Highway. The site,, surveys users in several areas such as how safe they believe PCH is, suggestions for improvement and their chosen methods of transportation. Visitors can also map out their daily travel route and specific areas on the road where they would like to see improvements.

The PCH Safety Study, jointly conducted by the City of Malibu and the Southern California Association of Governments, is broken up into three sections: Study Area 1 covers Topanga Canyon Road to Cross Creek Road, Study Area 2 includes Cross Creek Road to Busch Drive, and Study Area 3 is from Busch Drive to the western city limits.

Officials will conduct public meetings on Sept. 13, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 for each of the areas of study and a fourth meeting on Oct. 4 to review all materials presented. All meetings are taking place at Malibu City Hall at 6 p.m.

Boy Scouts recruitment night Sept. 19

The local Boy Scouts group is hosting a recruitment night Wed., Sept. 19 at Our Lady of Malibu.

Boys ages six through 11 and their families are welcome to attend the event, which will feature information about the Boy Scout Pack, an animal entertainment show and refreshments. The event will also include sign ups for Cub Scouts and events like a trip to Catalina.

The recruitment night takes place at Our Lady of Malibu’s Sheridan Hall, 3625 Winter Canyon Rd., at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the club master at