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Jennings vies for Coastal Commission seat

Councilmember Jeff Jennings has expressed an interest in taking a position on the California Coastal Commission. Although he did not officially apply, he has submitted a resume that he said makes a statement that he is available if a position becomes open. Jennings said he would like to see some change on the Coastal Commission.

“I’ve been a supporter of the Coastal Commission for years, but the Coastal Act is sort of a delicate balance between statewide interests and local interests,” he said. “The local interests have been submerged in recent years. The commission has lost sight of the original balancing of interests that has made the Coastal Act so successful. I would like a role in bringing it back, so that it can fulfill its goals and respect local interests.”

Jennings is up for re-election in April. He announced last month his intention to seek a second consecutive and third term overall.

New planning commissioners to be named

At its Jan. 12 meeting, the City Council is expected to select who will fill the three vacant seats on the Planning Commission. At a special afternoon council meeting last month, Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Barovsky and Councilmember Andy Stern fired their respective appointed commissioners, Deirdre Roney and Robert Adler, because of alleged Brown Act violations and due to a concern that the commission’s decision to hear a controversial appeal against the advice of the deputy city attorney had put the city in serious financial risk. That night, Richard Carrigan resigned from his post on the commission in protest of the councilmembers’ actions. Carrigan told The Malibu Times the firings had nothing to do with Brown Act violations, but rather were a response to the commissioners’ publicly neutral stance on Measure M in the November election, and because of a fear that Roney and Adler would run for City Council in the April election. Stern and Barovsky both denied the allegations.

Only two people remain on the Planning Commission, David Fox and John Sibert. The commission’s first meeting of the year was to take place on Jan. 5, but it was canceled since there are not enough members to make a quorum. As of Monday afternoon, nobody had applied for the open positions.

Alpha Company

American Supporting Americans, the organization through which Malibu adopted the 101st Airborne Division Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, has been advised to stop sending packages to Iraq. The troops are preparing to return home to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and officials don’t want to risk losing packages during the transition. The organization thanks the city for its continued support.

2020 Vision Workshop

The workshop designed to have Malibuites discuss what direction they want to take as a community in the future takes place on Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. in the Malibu High School Library. The workshop is open to the public and is intended to be the initial phase in planning the Vision 2020 project. The first workshop, which took place last month, drew an attendance of 64 people. Seats are limited so those planning to attend should call Rich Davis at 456.6301.

Las Flores Creek Park

The park will be rededicated and formally open to the public in a ceremony on Jan. 12, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 3805 Las Flores Canyon Road. The event will include a look at the park’s proposed designed and a welcome from the City Council. Residents who sit on the Las Flores Creek Advisory Committee, and students and teachers from the Odyssey School will lead guests on a tour around the park. More information can be obtained by calling 456.2489, ext. 225.

New Sports Channel

Charter Communications is adding KVMD, a Southern California Local Sports Station, to the Malibu channel line-up. As of Jan. 8, residents can preview the station on Channel 23. The channel change was a regulatory requirement, though officials believe residents will welcome the addition. For more programming information, go to www.kvmdtv.com or call 579.7011.

Recycling Christmas trees

The city offers residents three ways to recycle Christmas trees until Jan. 26. Trees can be dropped off at PCH and Heathercliff Road or Civic Center Way across from the Malibu Library. Residents may also remove all ornaments, cut the trees in half and place them in their green waste containers. Water containers, metal stands and bars, ornaments and tinsel must be removed before recycling. For more information call 877.797.4744.