Hilary Makes Waves In Malibu – Malibu High Gets Leveled Today or Thurs – FEMA Maps Are Coming, and That’s A Big Deal


Hilary is the big story in Malibu …. Hurricane Hilary will send us some huge surf starting Saturday. 

Malibu High’s entrance gets leveled today … maybe tomorrow…

A man is killed in a Malibu Canyon crash last night.

What is a FEMA Map? They’re coming to Malibu and they may affect your pocketbook.


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The big news in Malibu is Hilary … as in Hurricane Hilary.

A long-period southerly swell is expected from Hurricane Hilary …. expected to arrive Friday and linger through early next week. 

The National Weather Service is issuing a beach hazards prediction … it says south facing beaches like Malibu could get surf waves up to 10 feet over the weekend … thru Monday. 

Surfline calls it “one of the more promising forecasts that we have seen in recent years.”

Surfline says Saturday through Tuesday will see a decent blend of tropical SSE/S swell from Hilary … and the smaller nearby Hurricane Irwin.

Waves in the shoulder-overhead range look like a decent bet starting Sunday … and more size certainly isn’t out of the question in Malibu … says Surfline.


Surfers may get some additional parking for Surfrider beach.

Residents and businesses n the Malibu Colony area may get angled parking on Malibu Road.

The section of road between Webb Way ,… and where it merges with the P C H … could provide an additional 23 parking spaces if it were marked with angled parking spaces.

The parking spaces could be used be persons patronizing the little offices and stores on Malibu Road.

Likely they would be very popular with surfers … and people visiting the Malibu Lagoon who don’t want to pay the 12 dollar parking fee.

But like everything at Malibu Lagoon … don’t be surprised if some very sincere people find some very awful consequences of this.

The idea goes before the Malibu Public Works Commission this afternoon at 3:30 at City Hall.


A car went over the side of the road in Malibu Canyon last night … killing the 68-year-old man from Encino who was driving it. 

The 2013 Toyota crashed … it was reported at 6:47 p.m. 

The crash was in the steepest part of the canyon … south of the tunnel.

The first C H P report only says there was an improper turning movement … 

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The road was closed in both directions until late last night.


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If you haven’t grasped the significance of the new FEMA maps being drafted for Malibu … we have some news for you.

This is a big deal … FEMA maps effect real estate values … and insurance costs … and local zoning rules.

FEMA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA is most famous as the federal agency that handles hurricane relief emergencies.

But the agency also draws maps that assess flood hazards.

And FEMA is drawing new maps for Malibu.

And these maps show that nearly every house that has beach sand outside is in a newly-mapped coastal flood zone. 

The City of Malibu says the new maps are based on engineering studies that considered tide, wave surge, wave run-up, and overtopping analysis.

Strangely … FEMA doesn’t mention global ocean level rise.

The maps also better-designate areas along canyons that are subject to flooding. 

The revised maps propose to remove some properties from the currently effective floodplain map, and add other properties for the first time.

New Base Flood Elevations and Flood Zones were established based upon these studies.

We’ve compared the new maps to the old … and the most significant change we could spot was a bigger flood plain that includes some houses in Zuma Canyon … off Bonsall Drive. 

So… that means yet another important public hearing …. in this … the summer of important public meetings.

The FEMA maps will be explained at this public meeting … on Tuesday, August 22 … 6:30-8:30 PM at Malibu City Hall. 


The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District needs to re-examine the way it spends money on back-office functions …. where it spends more than other similar school districts.

That’s the conclusion of the district’s Financial Oversight Committee … as reported in the Santa Monica Daily Press.

The committee members say the district needs to consistently address its ongoing budget deficit position. 

The Committee said the Board should consider new procedures that could result in cost savings in areas like Education Services, Human Resources, Business services and Contractor services 

Specific ideas included immediately implementing the a water use audit program.

This story is baed on reporting int he Santa Monica Daily Press. 


And finally this morning …. it looks like today’s the day that the front of Malibu High School will get knocked down… maybe tomorrow. 

Yesterday … a heavy machine munched through the old library … moving right up next to the old main entrance to the school. 

Workers say they will salvage and save the old Malibu High School sign letters … for possible reuse or display.

They’ve been up there for about 55 years.

Contractors are racing the clock … and have four weeks left to completely demolish the front buildings before school starts for the fall.

Demolition needs to be finished by then so that the front driveways can be used for drop-off and pick-up …. a critical traffic issue. 

We’ve posted pictures of the demolition on the KBUU Facebook page.


From the KBUU Coastwatch traffic desk … If you’re heading to L-A-X or the South Bay today … be advised … Sepulveda Boulevard is being repaved between the 4-0-5 Freeway and the airport. 

Lanes are being closed during daytime hours from 76th Street south … through Westchester … 

 … to 84th.

L-A-X is advising drivers to use La Tijera Boulevard as a detour to and from the 405.

Lincoln Boulevard thru Santa Monica also is a good bypass.

Hours for the resurfacing project are 7 to 3 p.m. today through Friday … and theylll be working Saturday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Traffic …   70 68  71


Weather for the Malibu ….

Typical summer day … fog burning off to haze … highs around ((((  74   )))) degrees today on the beach … ((((   93   )))) inland. 

Downcoast winds will be   (((  about 20  )))) miles per hour this afternoon.

Sunset tonight is at   ((((    7:58    )))).

After that … expect late night and early morning fogginess )))) tonight … a low of  ((((   62 )))) on the beach … down to  ((((  62  )))) in the canyons.

Tomorrow should be   ((((   much the same …. but we may see humidity and inland thunderstorms this weekend.  )))).

At 9 A-M … at Trancas it’s ((((    70   )))) degrees.

In upper Malibu Canyon … ((((    68   )))) .

And at Civic Center Los Angeles … ((((   71   )))).

In the ocean … it’s ((((   67    )))) degrees in the water at Zuma Beach.

The lifeguards say the waves today are piddly   ((((  1 to 2   )))) feet high …. 

((((  there’s a Minimal blend of NW wind swell and southerly swell.  )))) 

Those are ((((  poor to fair )))) surfing conditions …. according to the lifeguards.

(((((   Tide is coming in tide ..a 4 point 6 foot high tide is at 1 P-M

Low tide is at 6:29 tonight.  ))))


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