News Briefs


Fire breaks out on Encinal Canyon Road

A fire broke out at 427 Encinal Canyon Rd. last week, Wednesday at 11:50 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque confirmed.

The fire started when a camp crew was refilling a weed whacker and gas leaked and hit the exhaust manifold, causing nearby grass to ignite.

“The extent of the fire was two and a half acres,” Levesque said.

One fire captain suffered heat exhaustion and was transported to a local hospital. He has since been released.

The fire occurred on state resources land, so no private property was damaged.

The fire was extinguished by around 1:15 p.m.

Khankhanian’s pretrial hearing postponed again

A pretrial hearing for Sina Khankhanian, the man charged with murder for fatally striking 13-year-old Emily Shane with his car in April 2010, has been postponed until July 20. This is the fourth time the pretrial conference has been postponed.

Khankhanian, 27, is charged with one count of murder and for use of a deadly weapon, the car that struck Shane. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Shane died on April 3 last year when Khankhanian drove his car off Pacific Coast Highway, hitting her as she was walking home from a friend’s house.

Authorities, in a sheriff’s report on the incident, indicated they believed Khankhanian did not intentionally hit Shane, but was trying to kill himself by driving his car off the road and into a power pole. If convicted, he faces a possible maximum penalty of life with the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors have said they expect a trial to begin sometime in the summer or fall.

Organization warns against tree trimming

The Valley Wildlife Care center has issued a release reminding the public to avoid tree trimming during the spring and summer months.

Not only is it healthier for trees to be trimmed during the winter, but a large number of trees house birds’ nests this time of year. Nor should dead trees be trimmed during the spring and summer. Numerous species, including the acorn woodpecker, build nests in the cavities of dead trees.

Valley Wildlife Care receives hundreds of birds each year as a result of spring and summer tree trimming.

More information can be obtained by visiting

Location changed for Regional Water Board meeting

The Los Angeles County Regional Water Quality Board has changed the location of its hearing on the septic ban agreement with the City of Malibu. The hearing will now take place at 9 a.m. Thursday morning at Glendale City Hall, located at 613 East Broadway, Glendale.

The board is expected to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Malibu and the State Water Resources Control Board, which was approved by the Malibu City Council June 27. Under the MOU, different property owners in the Civic Center area will be required to hook up to centralized wastewater treatment facilities by 2015, 2019 and possibly 2025.

CineMalibu to screen ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’

The second 2011 CineMalibu, co-hosted by the City of Malibu and the Los Angeles County Library, will feature “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” July 30, at Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway. The family film begins at 7 p.m. on an outdoor screen and is free to the public.

Families who arrive early are invited to participate in games and enjoy food from No Tomatoes, Valentino’s Pizza and Temaki Sushi food trucks before viewing the movie from blankets and beach chairs on park grounds. Picnics are welcome, but barbecues, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited in the park.

Public hearing on Malibu Inn hours rescheduled

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission for July 19 has been adjourned to the Aug. 2 regular meeting due to a lack of a quorum, according to a press release from the City of Malibu.

The public forum will hear the application for a conditional use permit to change the hours of operation of the Malibu Inn Aug. 2. The current hours are from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with the exception that it may be open until 2 a.m. only on Sundays when the following Monday is a federal holiday. The permit would allow the establishment to operate from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

More information can be obtained about this notice by calling the Planning Department at 310.456.2489 x256.