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Local gets council's support in run for judge From left: Mayor Pro Tem Andy Stern, City Councilmember Jefferson Wagner, Los Angeles Superior Court judge candidate Cynthia Loo, City Councilmember Sharon Barovsky and City Councilmember John Sibert. Loo has been endorsed by the four council members in her bid for the bench. She grew up in Malibu and is the daughter of local activist Mona Loo. Loo currently works as a Superior Court referee, where she performs the same duties she would if elected as a judge. She was the top vote-getter in the June primary, but did not get a high enough percentage to avoid a November run-off.

Southern California Edison to upgrade circuit equipment

Southern California Edison is enhancing its local distribution network that serves the Malibu area. Beginning this month, SCE is upgrading its electric circuit equipment in the Civic Center area. The work includes the replacement of the main underground electrical lines and an electrical switch.

“Installation of this new distribution equipment will help minimize the likelihood of unanticipated service interruptions in the Malibu area,” said Mark Olson, SCE regional manager.

SCE employees are working in existing underground structures, and excavation is expected. There may be isolated power outages to energize the new system, according to an SCE press release. Affected homeowners will be notified about any potential outages in advance, SCE officials say. The project is not expected to affect traffic.

Afternoon of festivities planned for Pepperdine

The Pepperdine University Crest Advisory Board is welcoming locals to visit the school campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, where they can enjoy a variety of special activities. The event is free.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Weisman Museum director Michael Zakian as he guides tours of the current exhibit, Carolyn Van Kleefeld. The art on display was nurtured and inspired by the beauty and solitude of Big Sur as she embarked on a journey of personal artistic discovery.

In conjunction with the exhibit, families and children are invited to explore their artistic sides at the Children’s Art Corner, giving youths an art experience of their own. Visitors are encouraged to stay for the reception to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live musical entertainment.

Also, Malibu Planning Commissioner John Mazza’s collection of surfboards spanning nearly 100 years will be on display in the nearby Library Loft located in the Payson Library. There is also a children’s story time at the library from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

To RSVP for the event call the Crest Associates office at 310.506.4745.

Fundraiser to benefit Free Arts for Abused Children

Actress Felicity Huffman will be the honorary event chair for a fundraiser at Geoffrey’s Malibu on Nov. 13 to benefit Free Arts for Abused Children. The nonprofit uses the arts to heal abused, homeless or at-risk youth and their families.

Geoffrey’s is located at 27400 Pacific Coast Highway. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an auction. Tickets are $150. For more information on the event, call 310.313.4278 or go to

Ryan O’Neal and son charged with felony drug possession

Malibu actor Patrick “Ryan” O’Neal and his son, Redmond, were charged last week on Wednesday with felony drug possession and other counts. The men were arrested Sept. 17 after deputies allegedly found drugs during a probation search at the 67-year-old actor’s La Costa Beach home. The search was related to a case involving Redmond O’Neal, 23, who was on probation following his guilty plea in June for felony drug possession and misdemeanor driving under the influence.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Ryan O’Neal with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Redmond O’Neal is charged with the same felony along with two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor count of illegal possession of pepper spray.

The father and son are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 13 at the Malibu Courthouse.

-Jonathan Friedman