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Supreme Court declines to hear TLC case against city

The California Supreme Court decided earlier this month not to hear a case filed by Taxpayers for Livable Communities against the city of Malibu. This was the only one of TLC’s four lawsuits that it has filed against the city that had not reached a conclusion. TLC and former TLC President Jay Liebig had alleged that a meeting between two City Council members in 2001 to discuss the city’s Land Use Plan violated the Brown Act, the state’s open meeting law. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge and a Court of Appeal panel had ruled that the meeting did not fall under Brown Act rules. In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, Councilmember Sharon Barovsky said, “Mr. Liebig’s lawsuits have cost the city over $100,000, and in almost every case proved to have no merit. I would hope that people would stop doing frivolous lawsuits, because it takes money away from parks, recreation and amenities that this community desperately needs.”

Liebig, who resigned as the head of TLC in 2004 prior to his run for City Council, said he had not heard about the Supreme Court’s decision. He declined to comment specifically about the decision until he could speak to TLC’s lawyers. But he did respond to Barovsky’s statement: “If I felt confident in her [Barovsky] leadership and that the City Council did the right thing, these cases [TLC’s lawsuits against the city] would never have been brought. But there is no confidence in the city’s leadership from myself or from many other people in this community. The citizens will speak, and speak in a much different voice given the next opportunity.”

Summer of peace march

Malibu resident and actor Lou Gossett Jr. is inviting the public to a summer peace march at Leimert Park Village on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The community gathering is intended to bring awareness to the rising senseless violence in urban communities. The ceremony will focus on encouraging at-risk youth to stay out of gangs and pursue their dreams. There will be an array of speakers at the event and an African drum ensemble.

“On May 28 we take our first steps towards a Summer of Peace in Los Angeles,” Gossett wrote in a press statement. “… All youth need the inspiration to say No to the invitations, which threaten their very existence. I’m asking for your help and support, asking that you join me on Saturday, as we make a statement to young people that their lives are precious.” The Gossett Summer of Peace program mentioned in the May/June issue of Malibu Times Magazine has been postponed until next year.

Event to raise funds inner-city youth programs

The Children’s Nature Institute is holding its annual fundraiser on June 4. Kids will be able to participate in any of the dozen activities that are scheduled. There will be a costume parade, information booths and auctions.

The event will help raise funds for the Outreach Discovery Program, which helps inner-city kids experience nature for the first time. The festival will take place at Temescal Gateway Park, located at 15601 Sunset Blvd. in Pacific Palisades.

Operation smile to host fundraiser

Operation Smile is hosting an event on June 3 at the Sunset Restaurant, located at 6800 Westward Beach Road. The gala event will be hosted by the Malibu High School chapter and feature the school’s Funk Band, guest appearances and a three-course meal. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds are to benefit Operation Smile International. Operation Smile is a volunteer network that offers free reconstructive surgery to children and young adults. To attend or make a donation, call 457.6701 ext. 200.

Michael Reagan to speak in Malibu

The Malibu Republican Women, Federated will host a fundraiser luncheon and book signing on June 3 with Michael Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan. The event is to honor the former president on the first anniversary of his death.

The event will take place at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Executive Center, located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 818.880.6232 for more information

Gov. opposes possible coastal drilling

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed opposition to the possibility of coastal drilling in a recent letter to the Energy Regulatory Commission. There has been much debate about plans to open several liquefied natural gas facilities off the coast of California, including two near Malibu. The governor said he does not want control to be handed to federal legislators; instead he wants the state to have the final say on whether these facilities should exist.

Meanwhile, at Monday’s meeting, the Malibu City Council requested city staff send a letter to the state in support of a resolution proposed by the California Assembly that asks the U.S. Congress to continue a moratorium through the next fiscal year and beyond on offshore oil and gas leasing. It was announced late Tuesday, that senators Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced bill S.1090 that would reserve state’s rights in the siting of LNG facilties.

Malibu resident

to be remembered

Longtime Malibu resident Robert E. Storm, who died late last year, will be remembered on Monday as his ashes are scattered in the ocean during a ceremony at the beach across the street from PC Greens, located at 22601 Pacific Coast Highway.