News Briefs


Malibu Inn reopens

The Malibu Inn, which has been closed for the majority of this year, has reopened for breakfast and lunch. It will resume operation as a night club venue at an undetermined date, when a liquor license is obtained, sources said Tuesday.

The Malibu Inn restaurant and nightclub property is slowly being revived under its new owner, Kambiz Hakim, who bought it at a foreclosure auction in January for a reported $5.3 million.

Hakim, the owner of Paseo Del Mar office building in Santa Monica, also remodeled the 30,000-square-foot office building located at 22761 Pacific Coast Highway, next to Kentucky Fried Chicken, local Realtor Tony Dorn said in May.

Resident dies from fall in Sequoia National Park

A 19-year-old Malibu resident died in a fall Monday near Tokopah Falls in Sequoia National Park, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.

Kevin Trevor Rodriguez was pronounced dead at approximately 4 p.m. Monday after sustaining severe head injuries following a 50-plus foot fall, officials and the report state.

Rodiguez and a friend were scrambling on the rocks above a trail when the incident occurred. Instead of climbing down in the same location as they had ascended, they attempted to descend via what appeared to be an easier route, the report states. While less steep, the rocks they chose to descend were made slippery by water passing over them during normal high water, and Rodriguez took a tumbling fall-landing in a small pool below, according to the report.

Rodriguez’s traveling companions and bystanders attempted CPR for approximately 45 minutes. Park medics arriving on-scene attempted an additional 15 minutes of CPR before Rodriguez was pronounced dead.

Local actor marries

Resident Cheech Marin, 63, married longtime girlfriend and Russian pianist Natasha Rubin at a sunset ceremony at their Malibu home last weekend.

The ceremony, officiated by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was attended by approximately 75 guests including actor Don Johnson and film director Robert Rodriguez.

Streisand to auction memorabilia

Local actress Barbra Streisand will auction more than 400 personal items at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in October to benefit the Streisand Foundation.

The auction includes a huge selection of gowns and costumes she wore while filming, accepting awards or appearing on the red carpet and at other special events.

The collection will be on public exhibition at The Beverly Hilton from Oct. 10-16 prior to the auction. The auction catalogue, featuring photographs of auction items as they appear, sells for $100.

The items will be displayed on a special cruise of the Queen Mary II. The auction will also feature collectibles from Streisand’s homes in New York, Malibu and Beverly Hills. A preview of the collection will travel to England in August and highlights will then be exhibited at The Museum of Style Icons in Ireland from Sept. 1-13.

Encinal Canyon traffic update

Verizon will be installing facilities between 4310 and 4400 Encinal Canyon Road between from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday of this week. Delays are expected, as traffic in both directions will be reduced to one lane through the work zone during construction hours.

More information can be obtained by calling 310.456.2489 ext. 264.

Charges pending for city employee’s alleged hit-and-run

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department last week said it would file charges with the District Attorney’s office against City of Malibu employee Robert S. Sanchez, an alleged hit and run driver accused of fatally injuring a bicyclist last month, a county traffic investigator said last week.

A meeting between the D.A. and the investigators was scheduled to take place last Wednesday.

Sanchez would be charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and vehicular manslaughter, the traffic investigator said.

Sanchez is accused of hitting two bicyclists who were riding on PCH last month while participating in an annual organized ride. One cyclist was killed and the other was seriously injured after being struck by Sanchez, who was allegedly driving under the influence.

Sanchez allegedly fled the scene of the accident and was later picked up and taken into custody, according to authorities. He was released on $100,000 bail.

Sanchez, 30, who is employed by the City of Malibu as an administrative assistant, was reportedly driving along the 34000 block of PCH near Nicholas Canyon at 1:27 a.m. on a Sunday night when he allegedly crossed over the fog line and struck Rodrigo “Rod” Armas, 45, of Tehachapi, a Los Angeles County deputy probation officer, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also hit was Armas’ son Christian, 14, who suffered serious leg injuries. The two cyclists were participating in an annual event sponsored by a Los Angeles bicycling club and were nearing the end of the event when the incident happened.

-Olivia Damavandi and Zach Hamilton