News Briefs


Wastewater treatment meeting

There will be an update on the wastewater treatment options for the Civic Center area on Feb. 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Malibu City Hall. Discussion items include the preliminary results from the ongoing wastewater needs assessment and feasibility study, including: potential service areas, collection facilities, treatment facilities and dispersal and re-use options.

The status of the alternative analysis will also be discussed. Members of Questa Engineering Corp will conduct the workshop.

New Saturday Speaker Series at Malibu Library

The Malibu Library, the Las Virgenes Bookmobile and the Friends of the Malibu Library have announced the fifth annual Saturday Speaker Series in honor of Women’s History Month in March.

This year’s events will feature four programs-one each Saturday in March-beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the Malibu Library Meeting Room. Each program will feature professional stage and screen actresses performing one-act plays of their own creation, honoring the spirit and accomplishments of both contemporary and historical women.

The opening program will be “Classical Heroines on Stage and in Literature,” written and performed by Stephanie Nash. “Apple Strudel,” “Storytelling,” and “Big 3 Times” will be performed on subsequent weeks. Admission to all programs is free. The library is located at 23519 Civic Center Way. For more information, call 456.6438

PCH closure

The California Department of Transportation has announced that one northbound lane and one southbound lane on Pacific Coast Highway near Big Rock Canyon Drive will be closed on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. This closure will be in effect nightly between the times of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. for geo-technical exploration.

New restrooms come to town

A new generation of portable restrooms have arrived. These restrooms feature a trend-setting system of odorless and harmless flush-toilet recirculation that conserves water.

City of Malibu officials will host an “open for business” ceremony on Feb. 15 for the turnkey restrooms, which use odorless flush systems that feature no sewer or septic hookups. The ceremony will take place at Malibu Bluffs Park, where one of the units is located. The other unit is at nearby Las Flores Creek Park.

Each of the new units is capable of serving as many as 300 users a day. Because it is a 100 percent water recirculating flush system, each unit can save up to 1,500 gallons of water a day. The units only use clean-sourced water for hand washing. According to officials, the daily flush conservation translates to a yearly savings of 547,000 gallons of water.

Local tsunami relief effort

Malibu author and fitness expert Mario Hostios has enlisted his book “Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, the ABC’s for Lifelong Health and Fitness” in the support of Red Cross tsunami relief. From Jan. 21st until Feb. 14th, 40 percent of the book sales through his Web site,, will be donated to the Red Cross.

Hostios is a certified personal trainer and certified field-training facilitator with more than 15 years experience.

Memorial service for Malibu resident

A memorial service will take place on Feb. 17 for Julia Anne Webb at Serra Retreat. The 34-year-old Malibu resident died on Jan. 30 in a car accident. The service begins at 4:30 p.m.

-Kevin Connelly