News Briefs


Hooters banner a joke

Apparently a banner that read “Hooters Malibu Coming Soon,” which was hung on the fence surrounding the closed Chevron Station on Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Road, was a practical joke.

City of Malibu Principal Planner Stefanie Edmonson said, “There’s no Hooters coming. We’re not quite sure why that banner was put up there but it’s my understanding that Hooters was called directly and a representative told a staff member that there’s no Hooters coming to Malibu. Also, the Realtor selling the site said that they didn’t put the sign up and doesn’t know who did.”

Commercial Realtor Tony Dorn confirmed the planner’s statement: “Hooters is not going into the Chevron station. Someone’s playing a practical joke. It’s Halloween.”

Nic Harcourt emcees 9th Harvest & Crush event benefiting City Hearts

Malibu Family Wines will host the 9th Annual Family Fun Fest, Harvest & Crush Event benefiting City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, Sunday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Saddlerock Ranch, home to Malibu Family Wines. All proceeds from the event benefit City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, the 24-year-old arts intervention non-profit organization that transforms the lives of the most disadvantaged and at-risk children through arts education, training and experiences. DJ Nic Harcourt will serve as emcee and will be spinning the music.

During the event, artist and vintner Lisa Semler will host the “2nd Annual Art Competition for Children” where young people will have an opportunity to paint alongside the accomplished artist. The event will also feature an interactive Children’s Area with an array of activities including a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party created by City Hearts faculty where children can dress up, have their photos taken and have tea with the Mad Hatter and other characters. City Hearts students will perform at the event.

Adults can taste the fine wines produced by Malibu Family Wines, and can bid on unique items in the silent and live auctions, and can even crush grapes.

Guests can enjoy samples of signature dishes donated and served by local restaurants.

Sherry and Bob Jason met as attorneys in the Public Defender’s Office working in the juvenile court. They founded City Hearts in 1984 on the belief that the arts are the most powerful tools to communicate with and rehabilitate troubled youth at risk of becoming involved with gangs and drugs. The organization has worked with more than 25,000 children since its inception and now serves more than 500 children per week, ages five to 18, with free after-school and weekend classes in drama, dance, photography, musical theatre, fabric arts, playwriting and Shakespeare.

Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children. More information and tickets can be obtained by calling 310. 455.2898 or online at or

Step Forward Day celebrates service

Nine Malibu volunteer sites have been chosen as part of 75 worldwide locations for Pepperdine University’s 21st Annual Step Forward Day taking place Saturday.

An estimated 1,900 Pepperdine students, alumni, parents and friends will take part in the service projects that are scheduled in communities across the nation and world. In Malibu, the Pepperdine community will conduct nine service projects ranging from giving the Malibu Boys and Girls Club’s learning center a makeover to cleaning up Webster Elementary School’s gardens and overall campus.

What began as a single service project by two students in 1988 has grown to engage generations of alumni, parents and friends spanning the globe.

Malibu is where Step Forward Day began when two students recognized the need for volunteers in the local community and wanted to share their passion for service with their peers. The projects began as small acts of service from helping with repairs on homes of local senior citizens to planting gardens at Webster Elementary.

Now, 21 years later, the reach of Step Forward Day has grown to include work with more than 50 organizations spanning from Ventura County to Downtown Los Angeles and alumni chapters across the nation and world, including Tokyo.

Malibu Step Forward Day sites this year include all three elementary schools, Malibu High School, Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, Camp Kilpatrick, Papa Jack’s Skate Park, Vital Zuman Farms and Malibu Methodist Nursery School. A full listing of Step Forward Day projects and times can be obtained online at

Brawl breaks out at local juvenile detention center

A racially charged fight among two-dozen juvenile inmates at Camp Kilpatrick detention center in Malibu broke out during the weekend. Authorities used pepper spray to help end the fight.

The fight began with name-calling between a black and Hispanic youths in the camp’s dormitory about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, said L.A. County Chief Probation Officer Robert Taylor. The brawl lasted about an hour, and two staff members and several inmates suffered minor injuries.

Twenty-three inmates were removed from the camp and housed at two other facilities, and one of the housing units sustained minor damage, Taylor said. “We’ll be looking into the causes of this,” he said.

Many of Camp Kilpatrick’s youth are known for their performances in the improv group Locked up in Malibu, performing skits, poetry, songs and “talk-story”-made up at the moment-but with a twist. Local resident Suzie Duff founded the group 10 years ago, and was honored with a Dolphin Award in 2008 for her work with the juveniles at Camp Kilpatrick and Camp Gonzalez.

Camp Kilpatrick was also the setting of “The Gridiron Gang,” a 2006 film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a true story of one staffer’s trials in organizing a cohesive team of disciplined players out of former gang members and other social outcasts.

30th annual children’s bookmark contest

Entries for the 30th Annual Bookmark Contest sponsored by the County of Los Angeles Public Library can be submitted at your local library until October 30. This year’s theme is: “Books and Beyond / ¡Libros Y El Mas Allá…!”

Entry forms are available at the Malibu Library. Children can enter their designs in the following groupings: kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3rd grade through 5th grade, 6th through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade.

Each library will announce their winners in November, and these winners will be entered into a regional judging. The winners of this competition will be announced in February 2010.

Winning bookmark designs will be printed by Pentel of America, Ltd., and be available at County Libraries during National Library Week, April 2010. They will also be published online at

Malibu Library is located at 23519 W. Civic Center Way. More information can be obtained by calling 310.456.6438.

-Laura Tate