News Briefs


Malibu parent support group seminar

The Malibu Special Education Foundation is presenting a parent support group/seminar for parents, teachers and professionals at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23. The seminar will help parents recognize symptoms in their children that might need professional intervention, and which do not. The evening will be facilitated by local therapists Karen Derman, LMFT and Susan Stiffelman, LMFT, and will take place at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, 30237 Morning View Dr. For more information call the Malibu Special Education Foundation at 310.457.4001.

Sierra Club joins CAN lawsuit against city

The Sierra Club has joined Malibu Community Action Network (CAN) in its lawsuit against the City of Malibu and the City Council regarding the Malibu Bay Company (MBC) Development Agreement. CAN filed its suit last month, alleging the council’s passage of the agreement violates the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Coastal Act and various other laws.

CAN attorney Jan Chatten-Brown will represent the Sierra Club in the suit.

Following former City Council candidate and Sierra Club member Robert Roy van de Hoek’s announcement of the group’s decision at Monday’s council meeting, Councilmember Jeff Jennings said the Sierra Club sues the city “every time we take a third breath, so it’s not too surprising.”

Group files lawsuit against Perenchio over golf course

The Wetlands Action Network (WAN) has filed an enforcement suit against Malibu Bay Company President Jerry Perenchio in the Los Angeles Superior Court over the golf course at his Malibu Colony property. According to a press release issued by the group, WAN says the golf course was built illegally and has been draining hundreds of pounds of poisonous insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers each year into the Malibu Lagoon and the surf zone of Surfrider Beach. The group is seeking penalties of up to $15,000 for each day the violation continues and injunctive relief.

Perenchio’s after-the-fact permit application goes before the California Coastal Commission next month. In 1982, Perenchio received a permit for the construction of a variety of items on the property, including a jogging trail and other park features, but instead he built the golf course. However, a Perenchio spokesperson told The Malibu Times last week that the site is not a golf course at all, but rather a grassy park with a green. Therefore, he said, Perenchio did nothing to violate the permit granted by the commission.

-Cortney Litwin