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Man dies in PCH crash

An older man is dead and another is in critical condition at a hospital following a two-car collision shortly before 12 p.m. Monday on Pacific Coast Highway near Decker Canyon Road, a Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s official said. A woman riding with the young man suffered minor injuries, the official said.

Details about the crash were not immediately released, nor were the victims identified. All the lanes of that portion of the highway were closed for several hours following the collision. Traffic had to be rerouted through Mulholland Highway and Encinal Canyon Road.

Schaar takes over Planning Commission

At last Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, Regan Schaar was voted by her colleagues to serve as chair. Les Moss received the nod for the vice-chair position. Schaar and Moss have been on the commission since 2004, with Moss also serving in the 1990s.

Malibu declares goal to end poverty

Mayor Jeff Jennings read a proclamation at Monday’s City Council meeting declaring the city’s support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the U.N. Millennium Promise’s goal to end poverty. The proclamation was handed to Diana Nicholson, member of the End Poverty Malibu Meetup Group.

MHS ranked among top U.S. schools

In its recently released list of the nation’s best 1,300 public high schools, Newsweek ranked Malibu High School at No. 184 nationwide and 18th in California. The list was determined by the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams at the school divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Malibu High received a score of 2.728. Dallas’ School for the Talented and Gifted, ranked No. 1 on the list, earned a 14.043.

Bird attack

Two birds were reportedly attacking people who came within the vicinity of their nest near Cosentino’s flower shop at the Malibu Colony Plaza on Monday afternoon.

A witness said the birds, apparently “working together” to protect their nest, would fly at unsuspecting passersby and peck at their heads. The small black birds seemed to prefer brunettes, and those who had cell phones, the witness said.

History sold at $14 mil

What was formerly the guardhouse for the Malibu pioneering Rindge family and more recently the home of symphonic conductor Zubin Mehta, sold for $14 million, according to the L.A. Times.

The 2,500 square foot, two-story, four-bedroom beachfront home, built in the 30s, was known as the “Pony Express House” because it was believed to be the site of a mail route stop.

-Jonathan Friedman and Laura Tate