KBUU Newswire Day 220 – Mon Jun 17 – Nobu At City Hall Again – Shadowy Group Emerges to Oppose Anti-Mansionization – SCE To Use Low-Flying Inspection Choppers



This is KBUU News – Day 220 – the Monday Headlines:

  • =   Nobu … facing a drop dead order to fix its parking problem … up again at City Hall.   
  • =  A murky group emerges to oppose the Malibu anti-mansionization effort. 
  • =  Southern California Edison will be using very-low helicopters in Malibu to check power lines. 
  • =  And the only bottle buy-back center west of the 405 closes … with an impact at Malibu beaches. 

This is Malibu’s Only Local Daily News … from Radio Malibu  …. F-M 99 point 1 K B U U. Good morning … I’m Hans Laetz reporting.


Nobu restaurant and its flagrant violations of Malibu zoning ordinances go back before the Malibu Planning Commission tonight. Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/nobu-makes-another-appearance/


The issue of mansionization in Malibu is heating up.  A group opposing the “neighborhood character” ordinance surfaces … but none of its public supporters live in Malibu.  Details:   https://www.radiomalibu.net/shadowy-advocacy-group-emergencies/


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Southern California Edison plans to start low-altitude helicopter flights over populated areas of Malibu starting Monday, the utility company announced Friday.

The company is doing detailed aerial inspections of its entire overhead power line system in all high fire risk districts, and has found that aerial inspections are more accurate than ground-based efforts, spokesman David Song told KBUU radio Friday.

The low flying chopper flights will start Monday. Test flights were scheduled late Friday afternoon as well.

SCE is under order from the California Public Utilities Commission to rapidly assess the physical condition of its power lines and poles this summer, before the start of the traditional autumn fire season.

“Malibu residents should be aware that these flights are happening,” spokesman David Song told KBUU News. “It is not some sort of black helicopter operation.”

Details about the exact nature of the aerial data gathering were not immediately available. But in the past, engineers have used infrared-based cameras to look at poles and cross-arms for places where electric voltage may be seeping across insulators and flowing into the wood.

Malibu experienced 14 power outages in one weekend in October, 2017, when fog blanketed Malibu and moistened built-up coastal dirt that had accreted on Edison power line insulators. The dirt allowed electricity to flow around the insulation, causing wood fires and possible transformer explosions.

SCE employees told KBUU News that the dirt buildup had formerly been washed away regularly by special trucks using sprayers on booms, but that the company had stopped doing that to save money several years earlier.

The insulator washing program was resumed, and fewer outages have been noticed.


Santa Monica has closed its Community Recycling Center.

This according to the newspaper… the Santa Monica Lookout.

The “Buyback Center” at the Santa Monica City Yards was the last recycling facility to redeem bottles west of the 405 Freeway.

It’s loss will reduce consumers’ chances of getting their beverage container deposits back.

Perhaps more importantly to Malibu … it will  and increase litter on the city’s streets and beaches, consumer advocates said this week. 

The men and women who clean local beaches and roadsides … and who go through garbage cans diverting recyclable deposit containers away from landfills … now have a harder job.

The two nearest recycling centers are in Culver City and near Cheviot Hills.

Santa Monica’s Buyback Center is one of an increasing number of facilities in California that have shut down after China stopped accepting recyclables from the U.S. 

The Lookout newspaper reports that has caused the Santa Monica center to swing from an annual profit of 300,000 thousand dollars per year to a loss of nearly that much.

A city of Santa Monica official tells the Lookout there is no plan to reopen the Buyback Center in Santa Monica at this time.


Caltrans will be repairing storm drains along PCH June 17-21 and has scheduled the following lane closures:

One westbound lane of PCH from Corral Canyon Road to Latigo Canyon Road will be closed from 8 AM to 3 PM today. 

And one eastbound lane of PCH near Winding Way will be closed from 8 AM to 3 PM. One lane will be kept open in each direction at all times. 

The roadwork is scheduled to continue all week … 8 to 3. 


[Ad lib over city press release]

All community members are invited to attend an evening of poetry, music and films reflecting on the experience of and recovery from the Woolsey Fire in conjunction with the art exhibition “Radical Beauty, Malibu Rising” on Friday, June 21, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at City Hall.

The City of Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and Poet Laureate Committee will host the event, featuring poetry readings by artists featured in the book “Radical Beauty, Malibu After the Fire,” by former Malibu Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra. Immediately following the poetry reading, the City will screen several films in the Malibu Civic Theater. The films, made by community members, cover a variety of topics related to the experience of and recovery from the Woolsey Fire. 

Radical Beauty, Malibu Rising is a community-wide collaboration featuring artwork related to the Woolsey Fire. Reflecting on a moment of healing and recovery, the community has come together to show how artists have interpreted the devastation that struck the Malibu community while uncovering the beauty in togetherness, nature and resiliency. 

The exhibition features artwork in all many media including photography, painting, drawing, collage, free standing art, videos and written work. The exhibition is located in Malibu City Hall and will be on display through August 2019. The exhibition can be viewed any time during open hours, Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Fridays 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


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Weather for the Malibu ….


((((   Patchy drizzle and fog before midday  )))) … highs  ((((   65   )))) beaches … ((((   76   )))) mountains and canyons. 

Downcoast winds …  (((  light … luffing around at about 5 to 10  )))) miles per hour this afternoon.

Sunset tonight is at   ((((    8:07    )))).

After that … (((  late night and early morning coastal crud  )))) tonight … low ((((  58  )))) beaches …  ((((  55 )))) mountains and canyons.

Tomorrow should be   ((((    much the same    )))).

Right now … at Trancas it’s ((((    61   )))) degrees.

Leo Carrillo Beach …   ((((    59    )))).

Upper Malibu Canyon …  ((((    56   )))) .

And at Civic Center Los Angeles … ((((   64   )))).

In the ocean … it’s ((((    64   )))) degrees in the water at Zuma Beach.

The lifeguards say the waves today are   ((((    )))) feet high …. 

Occasional 1 to 2. 

Those are ((((  fair )))) surfing conditions …. according to the lifeguards.

There is a grunion run tonight on the high tide …. between 9:50 p.m. – 11:50 p.m.


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