The Malibu Times • April 4, 2024

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Three Malibu restaurants shutter within days of one another

us at our location in Woodland Hills called DELUX BISTRO. We are forever thankful and proud to have served the Malibu community and become a neighborhood favorite.”

Starting a business — any type of business — in Malibu is risky, between the process of obtaining permits from the city — a process that many have described as tortuously labyrinthian — and the significant variances in customer flow from the height of summer tourism season to the lows of the rainy season. Starting a restaurant in Malibu is even trickier as evidenced by the fact that three Malibu restaurants have closed within the space of a week.

Nicolas Eatery’s post on social media on Nov. 29 stated, “LAST DAY ANNOUNCEMENT We are saddened to inform you that we have to close our beloved restaurant. Nicolas Eatery has been a great venture and allowed us to meet wonderful people. My family and I worked tirelessly to keep the doors open, but the reality and lack of consistent business has created a financial burden we can no longer support.”

Proprietor Nicolas Fanucci’s post continued stating, “Our last day of service will be March 31st. Stop by if you can, otherwise you can come see

Within moments of that posting, Malibuites expressed their shock and sadness, with one person summarizing the communal response in a single word: “Devastating.”

Another posting summed up the current restaurant and general business sector situation: “Malibu really needs to figure out how to keep businesses open!”

The Fanucci family’s efforts to make Nicolas Eatery a success had weathered through the COVID pandemic and the Woolsey Fire. Lucas, the eldest son, operated a food truck during the pandemic while the family waited for permits and the venue’s construction to finish. His doing so and the consistently popular cuisine that the venue served after it opened, as well as the family’s hands-on participation in warmly welcoming customers to the restaurant, garnered the respect and gratitude of guests from the local community as well as visitors, according to several social media postings following the closure announcement.

Western Malibu also lost two food venues in the last few days, each founded and operated by local favorite chef and proprietor,


Rain or shine: Easter celebrated in Malibu

Locals enjoy visits with the Easter Bunny, great egg hunts, and petting bunnies at holiday gatherings

With his big, big floppy ears and giving everyone big, big hugs, the Easter Bunny stole the show at Easter on the Green, Trancas Country Mart’s annual Easter celebration on March 30. Attendees were delighted that Mother Nature provided a respite from the rain just in time for the event to begin.

“We have been coming to Easter on the Green since the girls were babies and we look forward to it every year,” Malibuite Celeste Csato Grundman said. “It’s such a wonderful event to bring the community together. We love seeing our friends and meeting new people.”

As wee ones scurried about amidst the marvelous mayhem carrying Easter baskets and hunting for eggs, adults tried to keep up and snap a few photos for posterity. Older children adroitly vied for the colorful eggs, darting about to grab as many as possible, but the littlest also garnered their share in the spoils.

A smiling, victorious little girl sporting a colorful and adorable

unicorn basket stopped to count her colorful winnings–blue, yellow, pink, green, and purple eggs–what a haul!

Soon, they were off to explore

the various games. Tic tac toe, duck hunt, cornhole, and bowling. The choices of activities were all so interesting. The littler attendees

shyly observed the older children so they would know how to play each game. Soon they had the hang of it and were holding their own.

“Look at all the kids coming together to enjoy this event!” Sean Newhouse exclaimed as his son Dylan, 9, adeptly played the duck hunt game.

Carolina Londono heartily agreed, saying, “I think it’s really lovely to feel the warmth of the community and to get together and be on common ground with everyone and to enjoy the children’s innocence.”

Little Lily Johnson shared her perspective about the whole gathering, saying, “It’s really fun because my friends are here and I get to spend time with my grandparents, my mom and dad, and my sissy!”

Other small attendees also enjoyed the experience.

“I liked when I hugged the Easter bunny and when I went bowling with the Easter Bunny and my friends!” Soleil Grundman, 4 said. Her older sister,  Ciel Grundman, 6, chimed in, saying, “I liked it when I almost scored a goal in cornhole.

I also liked it when I hugged the Easter bunny. I really liked the singing and music!”

The Easter Bunny himself shared his input, leaning in closely to the

With just one year on the job as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu Liaison, Sgt. Christopher Soderlund said Malibu is turning a corner toward being a safer city with the help of concerned residents.

The 39-year-old sergeant said despite a difficult year with deaths on Pacific Coast Highway, including a suicide traffic collision March 29, safety on the roadway should be improving with extra patrols by LASD and the California Highway Patrol.

“We’ve seen the dangers on PCH that came to a head with

sent out a press release stating the incident was a suicide and not an accidental traffic collision 16-year LASD veteran gives update on safety, crime, homelessness, says statistics improving locally

On Friday, March 29, a homeless individual, male, was killed by a semitruck on Pacific Coast Highway near Cross Creek around 6:30 a.m., just a block away from the Ghost Tire Memorial on Webb Way. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by members of the Los Angeles

County Fire Department. On Friday afternoon, LASD sent out a press release stating the incident was a suicide and not an accidental traffic collision. “At this time in the investigation, all evidence leads us to believe this incident is a suicide and not an accidental traffic collision; however, the investigation is ongoing,” the presss release says. “The pedestrian was in the roadway and was subsequently struck by the semitruck.” Malibu/Lost Hills Station traffic investigators, as well as LASD Homicide detectives, responded to the incident to

investigate and closed off PCH both ways for about four hours.

According to the LASD, the semitruck was traveling eastbound on Pacific Coast Highway in the No. 2 lane, just east of Cross Creek Road.

Malibu/Lost Hills LASD Sgt. James Arens was seen at the incident investigating the scene while they waited for the coroner to arrive.

The Medical Examiner’s office identified Dimitri Failla, 32, died from blunt force injuries.

Concerned bypassers and cyclists asked officials questions such as if the victim was a cyclist

At Monday night’s Planning Commission meeting, the first item addressed was the Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvement Project Coastal Development Permit. After

the deaths of the four Pepperdine students in October. Since then the city, Sheriff’s Department, and various public agencies have been collaborating trying to make PCH safer,” Soderlund said. “We know residents have been beating the

an hour discussion, the commission approved the proposal without a restroom facility.

The proposal includes improving accessibility with the installation of a new ADA accessible singlestall restroom, onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS), gate, access improvements, ADA van parking space and access aisle, and reconstruction of existing view platforms and staircases. The proposal also includes a conditional use permit for an

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CONTINUED ON PAGE A10 CONTINUED ON PAGE A8 CONTINUED ON PAGE A10 The commission approved Southern California Edison’s permits for the replacements of four deteriorated power poles Closures at Nicolas Eatery, Ju Ju Kitchen and Ciel Orange illustrate difficulties of the restaurant business By SAMANTHA BRAVO Of The Malibu Times By BARBARA BURKE Special to The Malibu Times By SAMANTHA BRAVO Of The Malibu Times By JUDY ABEL  Special to The Malibu Times  Pedestrian struck, killed by semitruck last Friday LA County Sheriff’s Liaison Sgt. Soderlund hits one year in Malibu By BARBARA BURKE Special to The Malibu Times Ciel Grundman, 6, and Soleil Grundman, 4, hang out with the Easter Bunny during Easter on the Green at Trancas Country Mart on March 30. Photos courtesy Celeste Csato Grundman of Malibu The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Fire Departments responded to a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a semitruck on Pacific Coast Highway, near the intersection of Cross Creek Road. Both lanes were closed while the incident was under investigation. Photos by Samantha Bravo/TMT.

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‘21 Miles’ petition for safety improvements and educational initiatives on the Pacific Coast Highway Dear Editor,

This is being submitted to keep at the forefront of the community. If you haven’t already signed the petition, please consider doing so. On April 3, 2010, Emily Rose Shane was tragically killed along PCH, and now, 14 years later, we are still seeking justice and awareness.

To the City Council of Malibu, County of Los Angeles, State of California: As concerned citizens, we write this petition to express our deep concern over the safety issues surrounding the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Year after year, we have witnessed an increasing number of crashes and incidents that pose a risk to human lives and the tranquility of our community. We strongly believe it is time to put human life and safety first.

On Tuesday, the 17th of October, four young women, Niamh Rolston, 20, Peyton Stewart, 21, Asha Weir, 21, and Deslyn Williams, 21, all in the prime of their lives, were brutally killed by a speeding driver while standing outside a fraternity house house on a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that is within the City of Malibu, known to the locals as “Dead Man’s Curve.”

This is not the first preventable tragedy along this stretch of PCH. On April 3, 2010, my 13-year-old daughter, Emily Rose Shane, was intentionally struck and killed on PCH while walking home after a sleepover. She was doing everything right as a pedestrian. Emily was the light of my life, and her loss has haunted me every day of my life since then.

Shortly after I lost my daughter, I met with a Caltrans traffic engineer who acknowledged that the stretch of PCH where she was hit was unsafe for pedestrians, and I detailed suggested changes. Nothing was ever done.

In September 2015, the PCH Pedestrian Safety Project re -

trians run across PCH with no other safe way to cross. As a result, people continue to be seriously injured or killed.

Per UC Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System, in the last 10 years (2013-2022), on the 21 miles of PCH that are within Malibu city limits, there have been 44 fatalities and 2009 people injured. The single most significant factor in these fatalities is speeding. 100 percent of these fatalities were preventable. You can see more about the dangers of PCH and the lives lost by visiting the website

The lack of action to remedy the dangers of the Pacific Coast Highway is no longer acceptable. We demand that:

1. On an immediate basis, Caltrans needs to reduce the speed limit along the 21 miles of PCH within Malibu city limits to speeds appropriate for roads with businesses, residential homes, pedestrians, and cyclists. In addition, they need to install quick-build traffic calming measures to protect pedestrians and cyclists on this road.

2. For the long-term solution, Caltrans needs to provide a comprehensive proposal on how to make all sections of PCH safer for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists with an exact timeline for implementation and a start date for construction that is no longer than 1 year from the date of this petition.

3. The City of Malibu must immediately increase traffic enforcement along PCH to slow down unsafe drivers until Caltrans can implement the changes to PCH.

4. In addition, Malibu needs to launch a flanking education and awareness campaign to encourage those driving through PCH and those living in and around Malibu to drive responsibly and at safe speeds.

We call for decisive action to make the Pacific Coast Highway safer for everyone. These

OFrom the publisher HAYLEY MATTSON

ver the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of celebrating the remarkable members of our community through the Malibu Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Awards.

On Thursday, March 21, we celebrated the 4th annual Women’s Leadership Awards. Ani Dermenjian, who passionately advocates for women’s empowerment, was honored with the Lifetime Legacy Award. The event, hosted at Duke’s Restaurant, showcased the exceptional women in our community, with Dr. Deborah Crown delivering a keynote speech underscoring the significance of compassionate leadership. The ceremony honored local women for their remarkable achievements, recognizing Ingrid Steinberg for her philanthropic endeavors.

A special acknowledgment was also extended to Bridget Thomas, a Pepperdine student, who received the Emerging Leader Award for her unwavering advocacy in enhancing Pacific Coast Highway safety following the tragic loss of her four friends last October. Her heartfelt speech moved many of us to tears, showcasing the profound impact of her dear friends’ loss and her commitment to ensuring such tragedies do not continue to occur. Diane Kale was awarded the Women’s Leadership Committee Member of the Year Award, while Alice Meyering was celebrated as Woman of the Year for her contributions to Santa Monica

College’s Malibu Campus. All of the awardees shared their profound love and dedication to our community and their work, expressing a personal commitment to its growth, well-being, and prosperity.

The next day, I was asked by Robyn Ritter Simon to moderate a panel discussion hosted by the Chamber, featuring five local leaders: Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin; Los Angeles County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath, the youngest elected woman on the currently all-female board; Karen Jackson, executive director of recruitment at Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School; and Malibu City Council person Marianne Riggins.

Each of these women shared their experiences and aspirations for young women seeking role models to guide and nurture them. Their resilience shines through their dedication to our communities and relentless efforts to drive positive change.

As we conclude this week, I want to take a moment to remember another young woman taken from us too soon, Emily Rose Shane, who was tragically killed along PCH on April 3, 2010. Exactly fourteen years later, we continue to strive to make a difference, ensuring that fewer families endure the devastation of losing a daughter, sister, and friend. Our thoughts are with the Shane family this week, as well as all families impacted by the lives lost along our PCH.

The Malibu Business Round Table

Friday, April 5 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

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The community is welcome to join the meeting by sending an email to us at, and we will add you to the email invitation.

The Malibu Times, along with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, look to make each meeting informative and engaging, allow for open conversations and an in-depth look at what is important to the community and keep everyone well informed.

We look forward to seeing you.

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The following incidents were reported between:

Mar 2 - mar 11

 3/2 | Attempted vandalism

A property near Tuna Canyon was broken into and vandalized. The victim said the suspect used a pry tool to enter the property. The damage was estimated to cost $350. There were no witnesses available for evidence. The property next door had security cameras and the Sheriff’s Department said they would contact the homeowners regarding any recording of the crime.

 3/4 | Petty theft

A vehicle parked near Kanan Dume Road was broken into, and a wallet, gift cards, and car registration were stolen. The victim said they noticed their vehicle was left open and rummaged through. There were no security cameras available for evidence.

 3/7 | Vehicle burglary

A vehicle parked near Topanga State Beach was broken into and ransacked. The victim left the key underneath a rock nearby his vehicle and upon return, the doors were left locked but the glove compartment was left open. There were no witnesses or security cameras available for evidence. There was no sign of forced entry or damage made to the vehicle.

 3/10 | Vandalism

A vehicle parked on Cross Creek was vandalized on the front driver door, passenger door, and trunk door. The victim parked their vehicle, went to work for six hours, and returned to see the scratches and dents. The damage was estimated to cost $3,000 to repair.

 3/11| Grand theft

A vehicle parked near Paradise Cove was broken into and ransacked. The victim ensured the vehicle was locked before going surfing; however, when they returned, they saw the vehicle was left unlocked, and their iPhone worth $1,200, was stolen. The damage was estimated to cost $1,000 to repair.

Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. has died

Academy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. has died. The former Malibu resident will not only be remembered for his career-defining role as a hard nosed drill sergeant in the 1982 movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” but also for his Emmy-winning performance as a slave named Fiddler in the influential American TV classic miniseries “Roots.”

The Brooklyn, New York, raised Gossett was also a civil rights activist. He founded the Eracism Foundation to provide training for youth and adults that enrich their lives by assisting them in setting the example for living a racially diverse and culturally inclusive life. Gossett was 87.

Volunteers needed for Point Dume Nature Preserve weeding day

Get your hands dirty and feel good doing your part! This event held every second Wednesday of the month is to remove invasive plant species by hand-pulling. Bring gardening gloves, water, a hat, and sunscreen! Parking available at Point Dume Entrance (Limited two-hour free parking), Westward Beach County Parking Lot (hourly rate), and Westward Beach Road (free). To sign up visit, 20F0E49A9AD2FAB9-monthly1?useFullSite=true#/.

24th Annual Chumash Day Native American Powwow and Intertribal Gathering set for April 6-7

The City of Malibu will host the 24th Annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering at Malibu Bluffs Park (24250 Pacific Coast Highway) on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7. The community is encouraged to attend the festive cultural celebration honoring Malibu’s original residents and First Americans, the Chumash.

Continuing a generations-long tradition of powwows in California, Native Americans will gather at Malibu Bluffs Park to sing, dance, socialize, and heal. The event will feature a variety of Native American arts and crafts, Native American tribal ceremonies, dances, special guest performances, and Chumash history storytelling.

This family-friendly cultural festival is free and open for all to attend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No on-site event parking. Parking is available off-site, with free shuttle rides available to Malibu Bluffs Park. General off-site parking and complimentary shuttle: 23575 Civic Center Way. ADA off-site parking and complimentary shuttle: 23825 Stuart Ranch Road. For more information, contact the City of Malibu Community Services Department at (310) 317-1364 or ChumashDay

Private street residents asked to help with installation of ‘Bot Dots’ to aid


Residents on private streets in Malibu are asked to help firefighters responding to fires by allowing the installation of “Bot Dots” that indicate fire hydrant locations.

The reflective blue dots are highly visible at night and are placed at the edge of the roadway. Many Bot Dots were never installed, and some have been scraped away during storm debris clearance work.

The Bot Dots cannot be placed on private streets without permission and access from the property owner or Homeowner Association (HOA). For more information, or to help provide street access, please contact the Fire Safety Liaisons

Clean Power Alliance update

Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is a locally controlled electricity provider in Southern California, including Malibu and 30 other communities. As part of the city’s commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate change, and building resiliency, city staff attends local meetings, researches potential grants, and stays up-to-date on relevant legislation.

Through collaboration between the city and the CPA, Malibu’s residents and businesses are leading the way to a greener future. The recently released quarterly status report shows that 95.2 percent of Malibu participates in Clean Power Alliance, and 96.5 percent of active customers have taken the 100 percent Green Power option. Overall, member agencies reduced greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 10 billion pounds since 2018, which is equivalent to planting 74 million trees over 10 years. For more information, visit the webpage energy.

Homeless Outreach update

The city’s Homeless Outreach Team, which consists of two outreach workers and a housing navigator from The People Concern, reported that in February 2024, it engaged with 69 people experiencing homelessness in Malibu, 11 of whom went into permanent or interim housing where they will be connected to a broad network of services. The high number of people that exited homelessness throughout February is a reflection of the Outreach Team’s success in being proactive with their engagement, service provision, and housing identification, as well as a strong partnership with city staff and the LA County Sheriff’s Department. Current and past monthly Homeless Outreach reports are available on the webpage www.malibucity. org/1051/Outreach-Support.

Update on CHP traffic enforcement in Malibu

The CHP Malibu Task Force reported on its enforcement work between March 4 and March 10. They issued 87 citations: 77 for speeding, six for other moving violations, one for unsafe turning, one for distracted driving, one for a seatbelt violation, and one for an equipment violation. Three verbal warnings were issued. A motorcyclist going 115 mph was arrested for reckless driving. Year to date, the CHP Malibu Task Force issued 612 citations. The city signed a long-term contract to bring

CHP patrols back to Malibu as part of the city’s efforts to address PCH safety. This active, visible enforcement sends a strong signal that speeding and reckless driving in Malibu will not be tolerated. For more information on the city’s efforts to address PCH safety, visit the webpage pchsafety.

Wildfire and Disaster Insurance Online

Town Hall set for

Thursday, April 4

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, and the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (LVMCOG) will host an online town hall meeting to discuss wildfire and disaster insurance on Thursday, April 4, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hear from the experts about how California is addressing the homeowner insurance crisis and how you can navigate the tools to help you get coverage for fires, floods and earthquakes. Free with RSVP. Register for the Zoom event register/WN_9OLNwviLQ8CGfdzJJB6kMQ#/registration.

Spring Recreation Guide and City Newsletter

The city’s Spring 2024 Recreation Guide and City Newsletter are available online( View/33335/2024-Spring-Recreation-Guide-WEB) and will be mailed to Malibu residents the week of March 4. The guide includes information on spring programs offered March through May, such as Afterschool Programs, Outdoor Recreation, Parent and Me Programs, Senior Programs and Excursions, Spring Break Day Camps, and the 24th Annual Chumash Day Native American Powwow and Intertribal Gathering. Registration opens on Monday, March 11, at 8 a.m., visit

theregistration webpagefor a list of programs at Community-Services.

Participate in the LA County storm damage survey to help with the recovery effort

The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has created an online survey to gather storm damage information as part of the effort to assist residents, businesses, cities, and property owners impacted by the recent storms. You can help by completing the survey. Identifying damage helps direct recovery activities and resources after any disaster, and helps to determine if the county is eligible for disaster assistance, which in turn helps LA County communities. (Disaster assistance is not guaranteed, so residents and businesses are encouraged to continue working with their insurers.)

For more information and to take the damage survey,visit the county storm recovery websiteat For assistance in completing the survey, call 2-1-1.

Registration is now open for the next CERT training, starting April 18

Registration is now open for the city’s next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. As part of its ongoing efforts toward community-wide wildfire and disaster preparedness, the city is offering the next round of the highly popular free training with seven classes to be held on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m., April 18 through May 30, at Malibu City Hall. The program is administered by the city and other public safety agencies across the country and empowers community members to help themselves and their neighbors during disasters. Through hands-on training, participants learn the most up-to-date information on basic disaster preparedness, the use of a fire extinguisher, disaster medical care, first aid, search and rescue, disaster psychology, and neighborhood team building. For more information and to sign up, visit the webpage, at or email, or call (310) 456-2489, ext. 237. Malibu’s Award-Winning Community Paper Since 1946 Thursday, April 4, 2024 • PAGE A-3
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HALL California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, and the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (LVMCOG) will host an online town hall meeting to discuss wildfire and disaster insurance on Thursday, April 4, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hear from the experts about how California is addressing the homeowner insurance crisis and how you can navigate the tools to help you get coverage for fires, floods, and earthquakes. Free with RSVP. Register for the Zoom event at

for all to attend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No on-site event parking. Parking is available off-site, with free shuttle rides available to Malibu Bluffs Park. General off-site parking and complimentary shuttle at 23575 Civic Center Way. ADA off-site parking and complimentary shuttle at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.

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The Sea Save Foundation, a nonprofit protecting our oceans by raising awareness of marine ecosystems and advancing international public policy, is holding an online auction of 45 scuba packages to the most exotic locations on Earth, including Mexico, the Caribbean, Fiji, Maldives, Indonesia, Philippines, Truk, the Solomon Islands, and more, all generously donated by the top names in diving. The auction is being held March 29 to April 10 at seasave. org/auction

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cial Earth Month Malibu Library

Speaker Series on April 11 featuring Los Angeles Times environmental reporter Rosanna Xia, discussing how environmental journalists are writing about climate change. Xia will discuss lessons learned on how to turn complex issues into memorable and deeply felt stories. She will also introduce her new book, “California Against the Sea,” and share insights from her award-winning reporting on sea level rise. On Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Pepperdine’s Elkins Auditorium at Pepperdine University. (enter Seaver Drive at Malibu Canyon Road). An RSVP is not required to attend this free event. For parking information, call the Malibu Library at (310) 456-6438.

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The Malibu Art Association

Spring Fling Art Show will take place on April 13 and 14 at 3728 Cross Creek Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy music, food, drinks, and of course, art. This is in con-

The Emily Shane Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity based in Malibu and serving children across Los Angeles and Ventura counties, will be hosting its annual gala spring fundraiser Wings

Over Malibu on the evening of Thursday, April 18, directly over the waves in the Ocean Room at Duke’s Restaurant in Malibu. The gala’s proceeds will benefit the foundation’s SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program, which empowers underserved, disadvantaged middle schoolers at risk of academic failure by providing them with intensive and individualized academic tutoring and mentorship. Highlights of Wings

Over Malibu 2024 include a live auction, an online silent auction, exclusive wines by The Narcissist Wine Company, delicious appetizers, and the popular local band Little Dume, presenting an acoustic set. Members of the Malibu Middle Orchestra will serenade guests as they arrive. Tickets will be available for purchase at as of March 18.

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The Malibu City Council will hold a public hearing on wastewater and recycled water rates for the Civic Center Water Treatment Facility (Phase One) on Monday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and virtually via Zoom. During the hearing, wastewater and recycled water rates will be established for Fiscal Years 2024-25, 2025-26, 2026-27 and 2027-28. If approved by the City Council, the proposed rate increases will be effective for services provided on or after July 1, 2024. For more information, visit the CCWTF Rates webpage


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The City is hosting the West Basin Firescaping Workshop class on Tuesday, April 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Malibu City Hall, in partnership with the West Basin Municipal Water District, LA Waterworks, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. This event is free and will allow Malibu

participants will learn about the nocturnal surroundings of the Santa Monica Mountains. Participants should feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Bring water, a headlamp or flashlight, appropriate shoes, and dress in layers. Reservations are required for this free event. The hike will be canceled in case of rain. For more information, visit the outdoor recreation webpage malibucity. org/1090/Outdoor-Recreation.


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When things ripple, they emanate from a center and move outwards. Ripples are an unfolding interaction. This workshop is for everyone, regardless of ability level. Participants should bring a pen and a notepad! Led by Malibu Poet Laureate Nathan Hassall. The next workshop is on Saturday, April 27, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tue apr 30

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Malibu Association of Realtors among several named real estate sector defendants in copycat lawsuit

Litigation filed by homesellers after Realtors group proposes settlement of Missouri suit

On Jan. 17, Gael Fierro and Patrick Thurber, two Southern California homesellers, sued 35 brokerages, MLSs and associations, including the Malibu Association of Realtors, for alleged collusion to artificially inflate real estate commissions. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California, involves five Southern and Central California counties, including Los Angeles County, and the Malibu Association of Realtors is specifically named as a defendant.   The antitrust suit was filed by the plaintiffs, who each paid 6 percent in commission fees to buyer and seller agents when selling a home. Almost three dozen defendants are named in the suit, including brokerage defendants The Agency, Compass, Berkshire Hathaway and its affiliates, Pinnacle Estate Properties and MLS, and other association defendants, including the National Association of Realtors, California Regional Multiple Listing Service, Combined LA/Westside MLS, California Association of Realtors, Greater Los Angeles Realtors and the Malibu Association of Realtors, among others.



The gravamen of the suit alleges that NAR’s Participation Rule, which requires listing brokers to make a blanket offer of compensation to buyers’ brokers in order to list a property on a NAR-affiliated MLS, constitutes a “conspiracy that has led to various illogical, harmful and anticompetitive effects, including: (a) requiring sellers to pay overcharges for services provided by buyer brokers to the buyer; (b) maintaining, fixing, and stabilizing buyer broker compensation at levels that would not exist in a competitive market; and (c) promoting and steering actions that hinder innovation and entry by new, lower-cost real estate brokerage service providers.”

Fierro is seeking class-action status for a class defined as anyone who listed a property on an MLS in Madera, Fresno, or Los Angeles Counties using a listing agent or broker affiliated with one of the brokerage defendants and paid a buyer broker commission between Jan. 17, 2020, and the present.

The suit is one of a number of copycat suits filed after settlements that must be approved by the court were reached by the National Association of Realtors in Burnett v. NAR et. al, commonly referred to in the real estate industry as the Sitzer Burnett case, the progenitor class-action lawsuit filed by Missouri homesellers alleging a conspiracy to keep commissions high. Under the current system, sellers typically pay 5 percent to 6 percent of a home’s selling price to their agents, a portion of which

New ‘Agents of Discovery’ program promotes environmental education and exploration of Malibu’s habitats

The City of Malibu Community Services Department invites children join the new “Agents of Discovery” augmented reality program, which promotes environmental education and encourages exploration of Malibu’s beautiful natural habitats. The mobile app guides kids ages 4-12 on a “mission” throughout

is shared by the buyer’s agent.

In October, after an 11-day trial, an eight-person jury found NAR and other corporate defendants liable in that case. The jury awarded a $1.8 billion judgment. Under antitrust rules, the judge could triple the verdict, which would have resulted in a more than $5 billion judgment. NAR was the last defendant to reach a proposed settlement with the plaintiffs.

NAR’s settlement in Sitzer Burnett injects confusion and changes little “Home prices are set by the market, simple supply and demand, not the commission paid to the listing agent and the buyer’s agent,” Housingwire’s Budge Huskey wrote on March 20 when discussing NAR’s proposed $418 million settlement in the Sitzer Burnett case that would take effect in July should the Missouri court approve the proposed settlement.

Huskey’s article incisively evaluates the false impressions flying around social media regarding the proposed settlement’s meaning, noting that rumors that the settlement makes homeownership affordable again, forces brokers to reduce their compensation, allows sellers to no longer pay compensation for an agent bringing a purchaser, prohibits sellers from paying a buyer’s agent a commission are all, in his analysis, false. That the settlement would bring significant restitution to the consumers who served as plaintiffs in the litigation is also false, Huskey notes, estimating that

Malibu’s beautiful Legacy Park to learn about native plants, insects, animals, and birds. The mission starts at the Malibu Library and has 11 challenges, such as finding and identifying plants and animals and answering trivia questions. Children who complete the mission will get a free Malibu Agents of Discovery badge at the Malibu Library. The Malibu Library is located at 23519 West Civic Center

the plaintiffs in the class action would be awarded approximately $10 each.  Should the settlement be approved, the plaintiffs’ attorneys would be given 40 percent of the settlement.

Addressing the proposed $418 million NAR settlement in the Missouri litigation announced on March 15, NAR President Kevin Sears said, “There was no perfect option.” He noted the immense bond NAR would have to post if it had appealed and he stated that doing so could have forced NAR to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

NAR announced it was amenable to paying the settlement offer over approximately four years and also announced pending rule changes, including that there will be no more cooperating compensation listed on the MLS — agents will still be able to offer compensation to a buyer-broker, it just cannot be stated on the MLS. Further, realtor MLS participants will need a written buyer brokerage agreement when representing a buyer. NAR proposes for the rules to go into effect in mid-July. For more details, readers can consult

What now?

So where does this possible settlement — and many copycat lawsuits pending across the country and in California — leave purchasers and sellers of real estate and their agents and brokers?

The Malibu Times asked a local, successful, and respected real estate agent, Brian Goldberg, his opinions about the

Way, Malibu, across the street from Legacy Park.

To get started, download the free Agents of Discovery mobile app from Google Play or the Apple App Store. Click on the “Legacy Park” mission, and the city’s great blue heron will guide the user through the challenges.

While the challenges are meant to start and end at the library, they can be started anywhere in Legacy Park by opening the app and scanning the QR code on one of the informational signs posted around the park.

New challenges will be created each season to provide young explorers with new opportunities to learn about Legacy Park’s ecosystems and habitats. For more information about the Agents of Discovery Program,visit the webpage Agents.

City Fire Safety Liaisons get advanced radios for improved communications and collaborations

The City Fire Safety Liaisons procured three fully programable radios that meet the Cal Fire stan-

settlement and its impacts on the local and broader real estate market.

“This proposed settlement opens up a whole host of problems and issues,” Goldberg said. “First time homeowners, even many in Malibu, can barely afford a down payment and now, many may be asked to also pay a commission to their agent — there will be no negotiating as commissions will have to be negotiated before the terms of the sale — the effect is to force a focus on the wrong things.”

Moreover, Goldberg said, “In California, sellers have always had the option to negotiate with the listing agent about what commissions would be paid to buyers’ agents — in reality, nothing has changed.”

Elaborating further, Goldberg said, “NAR reached this settlement without asking its members their opinion — it should have consulted its members, especially given that it collects approximately $1 billion a year from members.

“Overall, nothing will really change with real estate transactions except now, it will be an uncomfortable conversation right when a client is just getting to know his agent.”

In Goldberg’s opinion, real estate is complicated enough without the proposed settlement muddying the waters and the media providing disinformation about the effect of the settlement.

Simply stated, Goldberg thinks that all Realtors in Malibu “should focus on getting the best job done for our clients.”

dard for working within the operational area of a wildfire. The radios were funded by a Fire Prevention grant. This will enable the Fire Safety Liaisons to have full incident communications with Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Los Angeles City fire departments, Cal Fire and all other out-of-area agencies responding to an incident in Malibu. These important tools will help the Fire Liaisons get accurate, real-time incident information back to city leadership, staff, and the Emergency Operations Center, advocate for the community, and assist out-of-area agencies with locally specific information.

The Malibu Art Association Spring Fling Art Show to take place on April 13-14

The Malibu Art Association Spring Fling Art Show will take place on April 13 and 14, at 3728 Cross Creek Road. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy music, food, drinks, and of course, art. This is in conjunction with and sponsored by Surf Canyon. For more information visit,

Wastewater and Recycled Water Rate Study Public Hearing set for April 22

The Malibu City Council will hold a public hearing on wastewater and recycled water rates for the Civic Center Water Treatment Facility (Phase One) on Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and virtually via Zoom. During the hearing, wastewater and recycled water rates will be established for Fiscal Years 2024-25, 2025-26, 2026-27 and 2027-28. If approved by the City Council, the proposed rate increases will be effective for services provided on or after July 1, 2024. For more information, visit the CCWTF Rates webpage Wastewater-Recycled-Water-Rates.

Stay Safe on PCH week April 29 through May 3

LA County Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath, The City of Malibu, and local activists will be holding a weeklong event that will feature daily educational activities for students, information for parents on supporting teen drivers, and conversations around the unique dangers of driving on PCH and local canyon roads.

Monday, April 29: Lunchtime Fair

During each student’s lunchtime, there will be a fair where students can get safe driving resources and information. There will be the California Highway Patrol, LA County Sheriff’s Department, City of Malibu, and Supervisor Lindsey Horvath’s office in attendance.

Stop by to get some cool resources and learn about how to stay safe on the road!

Tuesday, April 30: Sheriff IMPACT Presentation Sheriff presentation to parents 9 to 10:30 a.m. (more info to come)

Wednesday, May 1: “21 Miles in Malibu” film by Michel Shane When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Malibu High SchoolRoom TBD

Panelists: Capt. Jennifer Seetoo, Capt. Dennis Ford, Dr. Robert D Cohen, Michel Shane

Link: Eventbrite for Film RSVP

Thursday, May 2: CHP Presentation for students

Friday, May 3: Principal Newsletter Principal newsletter out to parents on driver safety info

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Topanga Canyon Boulevard closed indefinitely

Geologists continue to assess the best way to clear the roadway and secure the unstable hillside

Topanga Canyon Boulevard, State Road 27, one of the main arteries in the Malibu-Topanga area, has been closed for two weeks due to a crumbling hillside and officials have no idea when it will reopen. The southern section of Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Grand View Drive to the Pacific Coast Highway was shut down on March 11 as incessant rain caused debris to fall off the hillside.

“More rocks and dirt continue to fall from an unstable hillside to broaden a landslide that is covering the roadway at postmile 1.8,”

Caltrans District 7 stated in a social media update on March 26.

“There is concern that rain over the past weekend added to the already saturated hills.”

“Geologists continue to assess


Wilfredo Barrera, who owns Tramanto.

Barrera’s Ju Ju Kitchen and Ciel Orange, each located in Pt. Dume Village, shuttered their doors on March 26, according to social media posts by Malibuites that expressed great dismay about the closures and highly complimented Barrera. “We’ve known Wilfredo since he was a busboy the first week that Tra Di Noi opened,” E. Barry Haldeman posted. “He has worked so hard to keep his locations open.”

Distressed community members suggested that concerned citizens launch a letter-writing campaign or a boycott against the landlords at Pt. Dume Village. Many posted comments lamenting about how many small businesses in Malibu have shuttered and about the “astronomical rental rates,” and absentee corporate landlords.   “Let’s love bomb Tramanto!” Another posting commenter

the best way to clear the roadway and secure the unstable hillside,” Caltrans continued. The National Weather Service estimated one to three inches of rain with a possibility of up to four inches along the coastal areas and in the valleys from Friday, March

29, through late Sunday. In anticipation of the storm, LA County Public Works closed Malibu Canyon from Piuma Road to PCH Friday night through Monday morning for safety due to rain and the risk of slides. Kanan Road was the alternative route. The road

was reopened Monday morning at 6 a.m.

Near Corral Canyon and PCH, large amounts of dirt and rock is currently covering one lane of PCH. The cleanup process is ongoing. The right number 2 lane remains closed with barriers as

safety precaution. Unknown duration when the lane will reopen. On Big Rock Drive, a K-rail has been moved back to open the left northbound lane south of Big Rock Drive. Posts have been drilled atop the K-rail to install fencing as a safety precaution. Unknown duration when the lane will reopen. Drivers are encouraged to follow Caltrans District 7 on X, formerly known as Twitter, @CaltransDist7, and check for the latest updates.

suggested, noting that Barrera and his team operate that favorite locals hangout venue in East Malibu. Reflecting on the business closures, longtime Malibu restaurateur Kristy Apana, owner of Kristy’s Restaurant told The Malibu Times, “People just don’t realize how much it costs to keep a restaurant going!

First, customers don’t realize that California has special laws, such as those requiring that all eggs be free range and all pork must also be free range, so a piece of bacon now costs 20 to 30 percent more than it did just a few years ago.”

“It’s not just the increased food costs and the fact that just to

keep the doors open, minimum wages now run $20 an hour,” Apana added. “It’s also that overhead has increased enormously, including insurance costs. When customers see higher prices, I hope they realize that we didn’t raise them because we wanted to; rather, we’ve raised them just to keep the doors open.”

Jill Ahrens, owner of Malibu Brewing Company, addressed the reality of operating a restaurant in Malibu as well.  Commenting online, she suggested, “I can say without a doubt, if you have the means, Vote With Your Dollars. The local small businesses are here for the community, but we rely on the community’s support as well.”

or if the driver was speeding.

The news release said the driver of the semitruck remained at the scene and was cooperating with detectives and said alcohol, drugs, and speed did not appear to be a factor.

This is the second fatal incident that has occured in Malibu this year. On March 14, one woman was killed after losing control

of her vehicle, and crossing into the southbound lane and crashing near Leo Carrillo. According to California Highway Patrol, the victim was apparently thrown from her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP officers said while speed could be a factor, they could not comment until an investigation is complete. It appears no other vehicle was involved. It’s unclear if there was overhead lighting at the accident location.

Malibu residents were concerned about the incident and shared their thoughts with The Malibu Times. “It was expected, although always a surprise. It’s always sad that there’d be another avoidable death on PCH. Since we lost our four Pepperdine angels, we feel 100 times the pain for every death after that knowing this could have been fixed and should be fixed,” Fix PCH Team member Chris Wizner said. “We’re doing

since 2010.” PCH reopened at 10:22 a.m. PEDESTRIAN KILLED CONTINUED FROM A1

everything we can every day to fix PCH and won’t stop until the death toll stops. Sadly, our PCH and Webb Way Ghost Tire Memorial keeps growing, and we’re sadly going to have to add another tire.”

21 Miles in Malibu posted a video about the incident that same morning.

“Another angel lost on PCH and Cross Creek today, another ghost tire to be placed,” the post says. “Another tragedy that could have been avoided. This is so messed up and our hearts go out to the victim’s family and friends.” The Malibu Township Council shared a statement following the incident.

“Sadly this shows the need for a uniform 45 mph speed limit. MTC encourages drivers to drive no more than the posted limits. The city is currently working with one of our members on a campaign to make this achievable. PCH never was designed to carry as many cars as currently use it every day,” Malibu Township Council President Jo Drummond said. “The more slowly you are driving, with fewer cars on the road, the more time you have to react. This also points to the need for action by City Council and planning agencies to start curbing overdevelopment. The initial city charter acknowledged that Malibu is special because it is a natural and environmental area — past the outskirts of the Los Angeles metropolis but close enough for residents to be active in the Southern California business community. Our hearts go out to the individual who is the 61st


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Topanga Canyon has been closed due to slides and an unstable hillside. The closure is from Grand View to PCH. Photos Courtesy of Caltrans District 7.
on PCH
Law enforcement personnel tend to the scene on Pacific Coast Highway after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a semitruck on the morning of Friday, March 29. Photos by Samantha Bravo/TMT
An “Available” sign is seen in the window of the shuttered Ju Ju Kitchen restaurant in Malibu, which went out of business on March 26. Contributed Photo Malibu’s Award-Winning Community Paper Since 1946 Thursday, April 4, 2024 • PAGE A-9

journalist to say, “The Easter Bunny is having the best time ever hopping around Trancas Country Market and bringing the children Easter cheer!” Shaking his long, floppy ears around and hopping up and down, he joyfully added, “Let’s all have a great holiday!”

Sharing greetings of “Happy Easter!”, families slowly departed, with moms and dads carrying sleepy wee ones who seemed very ready for their naps — no doubt they were enjoying sweet dreams remembering their wonderful experience at one of Malibu’s favorite spring events.

On Easter Sunday, little ones carefully crafted Easter baskets at their Sunday school classes at Malibu United Methodist Church. Carefully drawing flowers and other decorations and sitting amidst stickers galore, the little artists were waiting with great anticipation for the church service to end so that they could get on with the business of the day — the annual Easter egg hunt! Little Emmanuel Rodriguez, 4, showed his little basket off, as did Aaeelia Delgado, 4, who shared that she had butterflies, dinosaurs, flowers, rainbows, and beautiful eggs adorning her basket. Soon, it was time to chase after the eggs, an event moved into the church sanctuary to accommodate the weather. A bevy of bouncing, bubbly children found all the beautiful eggs amidst the altar’s floral arrangements, in the pews and under the pews and, well, everywhere! Across town little Sylvie Denenberg, 4, and other children had some fun facetime with bunnies on show at Malibu Farm on the pier. “I like to feed them carrots!” Sylvie announced to no one in particular as she tried to coax a recalcitrant rabbit to take nibbles from the vegetable.

As the afternoon wore on, Malibuites commented that another Easter day full of that silly Easter rabbit hopping all over town had come and gone, leaving children and adults alike with wonderful memories and, of course, wonderful chocolates and Easter treats!

drum to make PCH safer and I just didn’t realize how long they had been demanding change.”

The 16-year LASD veteran has only been assigned to the local Malibu/Lost Hills Station for four years. He’s since been immersed in safety studies and “taken a deep dive” into the statistics on collisions, injuries and fatalities and “how deadly the road is.”

Soderlund’s first year as liaison has been challenging, but he said, “I think we have really made a difference on PCH since the deaths of the Pepperdine students. We’ve put enforcement at the forefront and education through social media and I hope citizens are seeing the difference we’re making.”

The sheriff’s department has issued 1,340 more moving violations on PCH in 2023 than in 2022. “Having more enforcement will lead to more

citations, but honestly it’s a drop in the bucket because Malibu is 21 miles long and we only have so many deputies and CHP officers out at a time. We can’t be everywhere at once,” Soderlund commented. “Speeding is our number one focus right now. I wish we had more officers, but we’re doing the best we can with what we have.”

A success Soderlund pointed to is that the homeless count in Malibu is dramatically lower. From a high of more than 100 unhoused individuals last year there are now 51. During the pandemic, as many as 200 unhoused people were in Malibu.

“We’ve made a real impact collaborating with the city’s outreach team, the Sheriff’s HOST (Homeless Outreach Services Team), and other nonprofits,” said the sergeant. Soderlund attends the Malibu Public Safety meetings and gives statistics on local crime. The stats have improved under his watch.

“Year over year from 2023 compared to 2022, crime is down 1.7 percent overall in Malibu,” he said. “There was a significant reduction in grand thefts and petty thefts.”

“We’re rolling out our Real Time Disaster and Crime Center,” Soderlund reminded. The LASD initiative is a registry system where businesses and private residences can enroll their cameras into a system. If a crime occurs, LASD can pull up a map that indicates what cameras are registered in the area. Then through the registry messages are sent asking camera owners to check their feeds and upload suspicious footage. Those wishing to register their cameras can go to There is no cost and sharing does not mean the department will have access to your cameras.

“I think that the cooperation between the city, Sheriff’s Department and everybody involved in public agencies are working very effectively,” Soderlund stated.

OWTS and leachfield to be located on separate properties, variances for locating public access improvements on a steep slope, for a reduction in the blufftop setback, and for retaining wall heights in excess of six feet, and a sign permit for the installation of informational signs.

This project was previously addressed at the Feb. 20 Planning Commission meeting. The main concern was the restroom but additional concerns were expressed regarding emergency evacuation access for residents and visitors, vehicle and pedestrian public safety on West Sea Level Drive, and nonnative landscaping in the proposed development area.

In summary, the Planning Commission expressed five primary issues with the project as proposed on Feb. 20.

1. Relocate the restroom building or remove it from the project entirely due to public view impacts, scenic and visual impacts, and potential for public safety and environmental hazards from wave action.

2. If the restroom were to remain in the project and depending on its location, the applicant should be required to post a bond for removal after the 25-year design life or if damaged by wave action, whichever occurs first.

3. Require all public access gates to open automatically in the event of a power outage to provide emergency egress

“I know sometimes there’s a lot of bureaucracy and red tape, but our captain, Jennifer Seetoo, she is an innovator who thinks outside the box. She is a real go-getter on trying to effect change as soon as possible. I’m following her lead. She is very determined and I think it shows in the collaboration between everybody. We are effecting change and so the credit has to go to everybody involved because without everybody’s participation and collaboration none of this could be possible. So, I’d like to thank everybody involved.”

And the Malibu liaison would encourage more people to get involved by becoming an LA County Sheriff’s deputy. The LASD Malibu substation, located at the Santa Monica College Malibu campus, is still not open due to staffing shortages.

“We are actively hiring. If anyone wants to apply they can go online to,” Soderlund said. “Tell your family, tell your friends. It’s a great job. Great benefits, great pay and we need everybody we can.”

After public comment, MRCA Coastal Project Special Council Elena Eger attended the meeting via Zoom to answer any questions. Commissioner Skylar Peak asked what MRCA would do if the gate closed and locked during a power outage or wildfire. “Not knowing the

through. Chair Kraig Hill said his main concern wasn’t mentioned in the staff report in regard to the concrete and materials used in this project. The commission motioned to approve the project without a restroom facility.


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for residents and visitors
Lechuza Beach. 4. Widen the West Sea Level Drive paved roadway to provide safer vehicle and pedestrian access between Broad Beach Road and the public access location at the base of West Sea Level Drive.
the bottom of East Sea Level Drive in the
5. Remove ornamental/ non-native planting (ice plant) near
project development area and replant with native vegetation. This 782 page report can be seen on the city’s AgendaCenter/ViewFile/ Item/6594?fileID=60277.
next emergency, I think it is our policy to try to get there and open up gates, and that’s as reasonable and as practical,” Eger said. Eger said they will have their officials open the gate if it’s safe for them to do so. She also said the residents will have the code so they may be able to open the gates for
to get
circumstances of the
anyone needing
existing utility pole within the public right-of-way located at 3016 Malibu Canyon Road. The Planning Commission
Coastal Development Permit No.
and Demolition Permit No. 24-010, a previously approved application for the construction of a new guest house, garage, onsite wastewater treatment system and
and partial
An application for
new single-family
commission approved four Coastal Development Permits for the replacements of four deteriorated Southern California Edison power poles and to install a new 34-foot-tall wooden guy pole to support an
associated improvements,
demolition of an existing accessory structure. The motion passed. The commission approved Coastal Development Permit No. 22-050.
residence, detached second unit, art studio, and associated development with the condition to remove the fencing parallel to the creek. The motion passed.
The next Planning Commission meeting is on April 15 at the Council Chambers.
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Malibu Life

Let Your Light Shine: Priya Sharma Asencio displays her works

Village Books launches artist-inresidence series as Third Space Malibu hosts Sip & Shop

Priya Sharma Asencio greeted attendees warmly as she shared her creative works at Malibu Village Books’ first art exhibition gala on March 26. The bright colors of her acrylic paintings and mixed media works added warmth to the space, embracing and gracing the store’s expansive collection of books for all ages and interests, including works by local authors, that are available at Malibu’s only bookstore, a space whose motto is “Where the page and ocean meet.”

“We are launching an artist-in-residence program,” bookstore proprietor Michelle Pierce said. “This exhibition will be on show until mid-July.”

Attendees mingled as they surveyed Asencio’s colorful works displaying positivity and intriguing perspectives. As she surveyed the upbeat gathering, Pierce smiled broadly as she saw her dream of the bookstore being a place to discuss, share and learn come to fruition.

“I love Priya’s art!” Pierce said. “An intuitive painter, she creates works from emotion, music, spirituality, and nature.  Its vibrancy and her use of color, the feelings they emote, bring life to our walls.”

Asencio discussed her creative process, noting that she often paints while listening to an eclectic array of musical artists

— from Taylor Swift to Kanye West. “Painting in the abstract is easy,” she said, noting that her work flows quite

effortlessly. “I’m never quite sure what I’ll create.”

Next door, Third Space Malibu hosted

a vendor meetup and Sip & Shop event, showcasing the talented artists and makers of Malibu whose works are on show there

as attendees sipped on champagne. “The 1st Space is home, the 2nd Space is

Old Malibu locals showed up in force at Red Ladder Gallery on March 27 as proprietor Eamon Harrington introduced the first featured guest for his conversation salon, the Malibu Icon Speaker Series.

“There’s no one more fitting to kick off our conversation salon series than Malibu’s one and only Tracy Park!” Harrington declared to a delighted audience. “She’s been a gallerist in Malibu for 22 years!”

Warmly embraced by her loyal tribe, the vivacious, savvy, and engaging Park talked about how she first arrived in Malibu and her various gallery locations and exhibits over the years. She also reminisced about one of her favorite jobs in Malibu: working at Tops Gallery, a beloved venue that entertained the art denizens of Malibu with an enchanting display of creative home furnishings, captivating jewelry and inspiring works in every medium. Sadly, Tops Gallery sang its swan song in 2007.

“I used to own a San Marino gift store and as I closed it, I came to Malibu to work at Tops as well as at the toy store where I’ve now worked for 30 years,” Park said. “At Tops, we represented painters, potters, sculpters, folk artists and jewelers, and I learned an enormous amount from all the amazing artists.” Park studied studio art at UCLA, but soon discovered that being a gallerist was her calling. She noted that, as she ventured out in owning galleries on her own, she first started by “offering pop-ups before there were very many pop-ups.” She also noted, “I was initially nervous about committing to having my own gallery.”

Yet, she soon was operating a successful gallery in Santa Monica.

“I kept my job at the toy store and operated the gallery a few days a week,” Park said, “It was a crazy time especially because at that time, I lived way out on Harvester.”

Soon, Michael Koss, who developed and owns The Malibu Country Mart, approached Park about having a gallery in his retail center.

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Vertical takeoff and filming

“Malibu Fire” is one of many ideas banging around in my Gulliver. This would be good for Netflix maybe, and the Hollywood Math is “Entourage” x “Baywatch” x “Northern Exposure” x “Emergency!” with notes of “Californication.”

The elevator pitch goes like this in under 100 words: “Malibu Fire” follows the dedicated men and women of (the fictional) City of Malibu Fire Station 00 as they deal with dramas large and small by land, sea, and air along the California Riviera. There is a show bible for “Malibu Fire” online, and the teasers for the first three episodes. The citizens and firefighters of Malibu live in fear of those Santa Ana Murder Devil winds, and the very first shot follows — to the tune of “Los Angeles is Burning” by Bad Religion — a gust of Santa Ana winds from 8,000 feet over Las Vegas on a winding course over a lot of desert, over and past Mount Baldy, over a whole lotta Los Angeles then turning left on Malibu Canyon Road, through the tunnel over Rindge Dam up through the New Castle (with Scott Gillen’s permission) and out to

sea to First Point, where Gene Rink or Allen Sarlo pulls into a tubing wave made crisp by those Santa Ana Devil Murder Winds.

A wild ride and cool establishing shot, but is it feasible? While poking around online I saw an Instagram story for Fred North — a renowned helicopter film pilot. On Valentine’s Day 2023, I cold-emailed a query describing that shot and he responded quickly and positively:

“Yes 8000 feet no problem but if over Vegas we will need to coordinate with the airport as Inside their airspace.

“The helicopter will be an Airbus H125 as it is very powerful and fast .

“The flight from Vegas to LA is about 2.5 hours in a straight line so if we were to film the whole thing with the right light I will suggest a 2 days shoot.

“Between the ferry, the shoot , the camera system, the crew and flight permits I will say around $xxxxK (classified).

“That would be the plan.”

(If David Ellison is reading thisor if anyone has a pipeline to David Ellison - “Malibu Fire” is a job for Skydance Media. Have your people call my people!)

Some time after that — registering 4.6 on the synchronicity scale — a book appeared at Malibu Newsstand called “Flying Sideways: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Stunt Pilot.” A bold subtitle by that very same quick-quoting Fred North helicopter pilot dude.

And then a few days after that, there he was with entourage at Zinque, doing a book signing. I briefly said hello then ducked out but should have talked more, because like Alan Roderick-Jones, Fred North is an interesting chap with stories to tell. Or maybe type interessant is more apropos, because Fred is short for Frédéric with those accent acute or grave or whatever suggesting this guy is French — which he is.

It’s all there in “Flying Sideways,”

Burt’s Eye View: Africa, Part IV: Zigzag


This is the fourth and final column about my recent trip to Africa. I like to learn something, an important takeaway, from each and every one of my travels, and this trip to East Africa was no exception. I want to share with you what I learned.

On our next to final day on safari, our guide spotted a black rhinoceros far off near the tree line. I looked through my binoculars and could not believe how big the beast appeared, even from that far away. The guide, a Masai who knew the area well, said that the animal was a mature male, and if we were lucky, it would be crossing the road we were on several hundred yards away.

She was right on, and sure enough, it was only a matter of several minutes before the rhino whose photo accompanies this column headed right towards our vehicle. It had two sizable horns, and as it looked right at us, the rhino didn’t seem like it was in an especially welcoming mood. The several ton monster certainly had the strength to destroy our vehicle, but fortunately, our guide was able to restart the engine and move us out of harm’s way.

And now comes the takeaway. I had been told that rhinos have notoriously bad eyesight, and they only see what is right in front of them. So, if you are ever attacked by a rhino, and you are on foot, all you have to do is zigzag. I am happy to say that since our vehicle was not toppled over, I did not have to zigzag.

Now I understand that you, my loyal readers who read this column in the comfort of your homes in Malibu, might feel that this advice does not remotely pertain to you and that the chances of your ever having to escape a wild rhino are slim, to say the least. I look at this matter a different way, and you are probably not surprised to hear that. I believe the quality of the advice should not be measured by how often it comes in handy, but rather how important the advice is when you need it. This advice is one that could literally save your life. So please remember to avoid being mauled by a raging rhino, it is not enough to zig or to zag, but you need to zigzag when the rhino is upon you.

how a rascal kid born to ex-pat French parents survived growing up in Tunisia, then Senegal, then wartorn Addis Ababa — a youth that put the adventure hook in him, as did seeing his first helicopter at 8 years old.

The Amazon description synopsized nicely nicely: “As a young, misunderstood boy, Fred North was never a fan of the rules. Then, on an unremarkable day in 1969, a helicopter touched down in his hometown of Saint-Louis, Senegal, and turned his world upside down. Fifty years later, he’s Hollywood’s go-to stunt pilot with a world altitude record and over two hundred film credits to his name, including ‘Inception,’ ‘Spectre,’ and ‘Fast X.’ But a lot of incredible things happened in between.

“’Flying Sideways’ is a nonstop thrill ride, reminding us that the most dangerous thing we can do with life is give up on it.”

“Flying Sideways” details the evolution of a wild kid who felt he wasn’t good for much, until he climbed into the seat of a helicopter and put his hand on the collective and his feet on the rudders.

Bill Graham, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Kobe Bryant, and Vic Morrow are the more famous names who have died in helicopter crashes. Helicopters are dangerous in the best of conditions

but during his long apprenticeship, North often found himself flying in the worst of conditions: Very close calls with high-voltage wires, bad gas, bad weather, bad men, and ill-timed explosions. explains:

“In 1985, Fred began his career as a Camera Helicopter Pilot flying for desert rally car races, working in very difficult and dangerous conditions. He served as Chief Helicopter Pilot for ‘Paris-Dakar’ and ‘Paris-Moscow-Beijing’ rallies spanning the Morocco, Sahara and Namibia deserts, and crossing Russia and China. He also coordinated helicopters for the famous sport trek, ‘Raid Gauloises,’ crossing the jungles of Costa Rica, Madagascar and Malaysia, and the desert and mountain regions of Argentina.”

As he racked up flying hours and experience, North had his eye on Hollywood, but was made all too aware that there wasn’t a whole lot of egalité or opportunité in the Hollywood aerial filming fraternité.

But that didn’t stop him. Working in Europe he started to make a name for himself working on commercials and movies like “Seven Years in Tibet” with Brad Pitt, and then he made a move to Los Angeles, where he found that the shop was indeed closed, but he put a foot in the door,

“I first had a teeny, tiny gallery at the Malibu Shaman,” Park recalled. “Then, I moved around to several spaces at Country Mart. What was so great about Michael Koss was that he would offer me a pop-up space at a great deal; I’ve been in the space where the Old Room at the Beach was, where the motorcycle store is, where Coldwell Banker is now and also where Aroma 360 is now.”

A loyal audience member, familiar with all of Park’s locations, called out. “Tracy! Don’t forget the space at The Malibu Lumber Yard.”

Another interjected, “You were also in the Compass Building.”

Murmurs of agreeing approvals arose in the audience. This crowd knew their hero’s ventures almost better than she did.

Park segued into how she has succeeded in operating galleries, which are notoriously tough businesses to own. She characterized the purchase of art as “an emotional purchase. You don’t really sell art in the classic sense — you can’t talk someone into buying a painting.”

Over time, she added, “It’s a tricky business and setting values for art works is really a mathematical equation. Over time, one learns how to price the works. A gallerist has to help artists be realistic about what their pieces will go for, which is a function of what other galleries they have exhibited in and also whether their works are exhibited in museums or are in private collections.”

The lively colloquy turned to discussing how important it is for the Tracy Park Gallery — and for Malibu as an artistic community — to lift up emerging Malibu artists.

“When we started the Malibu Masters art scholarship, I discovered Hunter Blaze Pearson, who is an amazing artist who graduated from Malibu High School,” Park said. “His works are in my gallery now. I’m in love with his work, it’s so beautiful!”

Harrington queried, “There is a big arc to your artistic palette; how do you pick which artists you show?”

Park responded, “One’s gallery is her living room,


work or school, and the 3rd Space is a place to care, connect, and create,” a large sign at the venue says, welcoming visitors to enjoy the capsule collections of Malibu-based designers, Stapelstein, the popular modular play concept, and interesting works by local designer DAYTONER (Daniel Hahn) who creates character designs for companies such as EPIC Games. His complete compilation of his concept art, “Enslaving Humanity in Style,” garnered a lot of attention.

“A big thank you to Malibu Bookstore for partnering with us for this event!” #ThirdSpace posted on social media on the evening of the events.

As The Malibu Times prepared to leave, Pierce called out, “Don’t forget that Independent Bookstore Day is April 27! Come see everything that’s on show at the bookstore!”

As the two gatherings winded down and attendees warmly greeted friends old and new, it was clear that the two local creative venues do indeed care, connect, and create as they collectively strive to serve Malibu and its creatives and to also provide gathering places for showing and celebrating the works of local artists.

then busted down the door by being Fiable, sûr et créatif.

North is clearly proud of his work — as he should be — and this book is loaded with stories, like North persuading Steve Wynn to stand on the roof of his Wynn Casino as North hovered a few feet in front of him. He got the shot and didn’t blow Wynn off the roof 614 feet to his death.

In South Africa he set an altitude record, flying to 42,500 feet in 2002 and making a remarkable recovery on the way down, when his auto-rotating chopper restarted at around 10,000 feet and saved his bacon.

For “Extraction 2,” North scared the bejeezers out of Chris Hemsworth and everyone else when he landed his helicopter on a moving train.

North’s life goes from desert to city to Hollywood and out to the Malibu — like that opening shot of “Malibu Fire.”

Anyone interested in the movie business, or cinematography, or to anyone facing the slamming doors of Hollywood and needing motivation and inspiration, “Flying Sideways” is a study in perseverance, believing in yourself, living your dream.

Getting the shot.

Let’s hope “Malibu Fire” becomes a reality and Fred North gets to do that long shot from Las Vegas to First Point. That will be cool.

and it is essential to like both the art and the artist.”

Malibu Times then asked Park, “What is your view concerning using artificial intelligence to create art?”

Simply stated, Park is not a fan.

“The reason that art is so important is that it is manmade,” she said. “A computer doesn’t have the emotions a human artist has.”

“We have amazing artists here in attendance tonight and that’s a testament to Malibu,” Harrington said. “People will come out to enjoy interesting art venues and gatherings.”

A detailed discourse between host, gallerist, and attendees ensued, with all agreeing that Malibu needs more spaces for local artists to exhibit.

If anyone can be instrumental in making that happen, it is Park and her loyal fans.

“Tracy is an inspiration and she is such an asset to the Malibu art community,” artist Elise Vazelakis said. “She has always encouraged me and supported my different artistic iterations and my use of different mediums.”

Attendees lingered long after the discussion ended, as if to hang on to the collective and collaborative creativity that those attending exemplify and cherish. Many commented that Harrington’s concept of hosting a conversation salon featuring Malibu icons is a brilliant idea.

“Eamon is an artist and humanitarian,” photographer Joseph McDougall said. “He will contribute to our community whenever he has the opportunity.”

As if on cue, Harrington shared that some of the forthcoming Malibu Icons who will speak at Red Ladder Gallery include Doug DeLuca, producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and a longtime local Malibuite who, along with John Watkins, founded the Malibu Guitar Festival. Harrington also plans to host Keegan Gibbs, a citizen advocate who is leading the effort to help Malibuites harden their homes and structures to be as prepared as possible for wildfires — he led the Pt. Dume Fire Brigade and serves on the Malibu Public Safety Commission; and Michael McCarty, a longtime Malibuite who is known for bringing the Farmers Market concept to Malibu and nearby 40 years ago, and is considered to be one of the fathers of California cuisine.

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TRACY PARK CONTINUED FROM B1 Children from Our Lady of Malibu Preschool, TK and Kindergarten classes, enjoyed an afternoon at the Paradise Cove tide pools during last week’s low tide. They have been learning about Marine Sciences through a weekly program, taught through song and art. The children were thrilled to see the anemones, hermit crabs, rock crabs, sea hare, shells, and various seaweeds and other plants. Each child received a beautiful laminated, fold out “Tide Pool Science Guide”, created and donated by Dawn Ericson of Manta Publications. These illustrated guides are amazing for the kids to have at home, so they can enjoy looking at the animals they saw, as well as the ones they didn’t see! The Marine Sciences program will continue for several more weeks at OLM, with topics such as local fish, pinnipeds (seals/sea lions) and whales! Photo courtesy of Shari Latta. To submit your community spotlight, send a high resolution (300 dpi) jpeg photo by email to, along with a caption up to 85 words
A huge rhino only yards from our jeep. Photo taken by Joan Ross, my bride.
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Hollywood’s favorite helicopter pilot and filmer
Artist Priya Asencio’s colorful works displaying positivity and intriguing perspectives, are showing at Malibu Village Books’ first art exhibition gala. Contributed Photo
copy of “Flying Sideways,” the memoir of stunt pilot Fred North, is shown on the shelves at the Malibu Newsstand. Contributed Photo

Month-long overnight lane closures on 101 freeway in Agoura to start this month

New phase of construction for wildlife crossing

Upcoming overnight closures on Highway 101 in Agoura Hills are signaling a major milestone for the world’s largest wildlife crossing right in Malibu’s own backyard.

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing in Agoura Hills started construction nearly two years ago. The $90 million project funded through state and private agencies, along with individual contributions, is being built by Caltrans, which is about to start the complex process of installing the large-scale concrete beams that will be the first horizontal supports for the crossing. Caltrans’s plan includes placing the girders late at night as well as other measures to make the process as convenient as possible for highway users.

Beginning around April 16, Caltrans will close half of Highway 101, all lanes in one direction beginning at midnight. Closures will occur on Monday through Friday nights until 5 a.m. each night; only one direction of the freeway will be completely closed. Lanes in the opposite direction will stay open for traffic and there are easy detours at Liberty Canyon.

The entire process of placing these concrete beams is expected to take from 30 to 45 days to complete and will feature the placement of a total of 82 concrete beams, or girders, across all 10

lanes of the freeway. The girders, long boxes of reinforced concrete, will become the first level of the wildlife crossing’s multilayered structure above and across one of the nation’s busiest freeways.

To avoid lengthy closures of the freeway, the girders were manufactured offsite in Riverside County and large trucks will transport them to the construction site at Liberty Canyon. Each girder over the northbound lanes is 103 feet long and weighs 140 tons. Each girder over the southbound lanes is more than 93 feet long and weighs over 126 tons. For context, the weight of just one girder is equivalent to the weight of more than 14 African elephants according to Save The Cougars, one of the nonprofits supporting the project.

Weber told The Malibu Times, “Within the next month, the girders will be placed across the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, bringing the longtime vision for a safe crossing closer to fruition.  This is an incredibly exciting step for wildlife conservation and for the residents of the region.”

“We are very excited to celebrate this big milestone in the construction of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing. With the placement of the horizontal supports, the structure is truly going to start looking like the bridge it will become,” said Beth Pratt, California regional executive director for the National Wildlife Federation. “We know that closures of the freeway do have impacts on traffic and the community, and we apologize for any inconvenience this

may cause. Caltrans has a thorough plan for detours, and we trust their excellent team to manage this to minimize disruption. And these ‘closures for cougars’ are for a good cause: helping to save the area mountain lions from extinction and ensuring a future for all wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains.”

Not only will mountain lions benefit from the crossing, the visionary bridge will help other wildlife, including bobcats, birds, lizards, mule deer, and more travel safely across one of the busiest highways in the country. The huge undertaking is to support local biodiversity, expand refuge for critical pollinator species, and prevent the extinction of the local mountain lion population. Beyond the robust engineering it relies on, a sophisticated ecological restoration plan


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The City will not consider awarding any contract based upon any bid submitted by any contractor nor consent to subletting any portions of the Contract to any subcontractor located in a foreign country during any period in which such foreign country is listed by the United States Trade Representative as discriminating against U.S. firms in conducting procurements for public works projects.

All bidders are hereby notified that any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, Business Enterprises must be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color or national origin consideration for an award.

The Contractor may substitute securities for retention monies pursuant to Public Contract Code Section 22300.

To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of MARILOU MILLER.

A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by MARGARET JANE GEGENWORTH in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES.

THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CRIS TIKFESI be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent.

THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 04/22/24 at 8:30AM in Dept. 99 located at 111 N. HILL ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney.

IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code.

Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law.

YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk.

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do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed

the file number assigned to this case 231205444. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. Notice To Tenant: You may have a right to purchase this property after the trustee auction pursuant to Section 2924m of the California Civil Code. If you are an “eligible tenant buyer,” you can purchase the property if you match the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. If you are an “eligible bidder,” you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the last and highest bid placed at the trustee auction. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, 48 hours after the date of the trustee sale, you can call (877) 440-4460, or visit this internet website site, using the file number assigned to this case 231205444 to find the date on which the trustee’s sale was held, the amount of the last and highest bid, and the address of the trustee. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 15 days after the trustee’s sale. Third, you must submit a bid so that the trustee receives it no more than 45 days after the trustee’s sale. When submitting funds for a bid subject to Section 2924m, please make the funds payable to “Total Lender Solutions, Inc. Holding Account”. If you think you may qualify as an

expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. No cashier’s checks older than 60 days from the day of sale will be accepted. Trustor: Zuniga 23732, LLC,

liability for any incorrectness of

or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no


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may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. Notice To Potential Bidders: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property.

Notice To Property Owner: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call (877) 440-4460 or visit this Internet Web site, using

PAGE B-4 • Thursday, April 4, 2024 Malibu’s Award-Winning Community Paper Since 1946 NEED TO PUBLISH YOUR LEGAL NOTICE OR FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME? CALL: 310-456-8016 EMAIL: OFFICE@MALIBUTIMES.COM
this 21st day of April 2024 CITY OF MALIBU, CALIFORNIA Travis Hart, Deputy Public Works Director Published: Malibu Times on March 28 and April 4, 2024 MALIBU 76 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: MARILOU MILLER CASE NO. 24STPB03221
MALIBU 78 PUBLIC NOTICE T.S. No.: 231205444 Notice of Trustee’s Sale Loan No.: 22-1825 Order No. 95528431 APN: 4455007-002 Property Address: 23732 Zuniga Road Topanga Area, CA 90290 You Are In Default Under A Deed Of Trust Dated 4/28/2022. Unless You Take Action To Protect Your Property, It May Be Sold At A Public Sale. If You Need An Explanation Of The Nature Of The Proceeding Against You, You Should Contact A Lawyer. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to
trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and
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Total Lender Solutions, Inc. Recorded 5/13/2022 as Instrument No. 20220521740 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 4/25/2024 at 11:00 AM Place of Sale: Behind the fountain located in Civic Center Plaza, 400 Civic Center Plaza, Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $4,108,583.28 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 23732 Zuniga Road Topanga Area, CA 90290 A.P.N.: 4455007-002 The undersigned Trustee disclaims
limited liability
the street address
street address
other common designation
the property
“eligible tenant buyer” or “eligible bidder,” you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase. Date: 3/25/2024 Total Lender Solutions, Inc. 10505 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 125 San Diego, CA 92121 Phone: 866-535-3736 Sale Line: (877) 440-4460 By: Rachel Seropian, Trustee Sale Officer MALIBU 79 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (UCC Sec. 6105) Escrow No. 36879-AU NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a bulk sale is about to be made. The name(s) and business address(es) of the seller(s) are: LEXT INC, A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, 4670 BARRANCA PKWY, IRVINE, CA 92604 Doing business as: LEXT ROBO ACADEMY All other business name(s) and address(es) used by the seller(s) within the past three years, as stated by the seller(s), is/are: LEXT ROBO ACADEMY, 29029 THOUSAND OAKS BLVD., AGOURA HILLS, CA 91301 The location in California of the chief executive office of the Seller is: 29029 THOUSAND OAKS BLVD., AGOURA HILLS, CA 91301 The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) are: LUMINATIONXP LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, 10 PENUMBRA, LAKE FOREST, CA 92630 The assets being sold are generally described as: THE BUSINESS, GOODWILL, FIXTURES, FURNITURE, AND FURNISHINGS, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES, TOOLS, LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS, TELEPHONE NUMBERS, WEBSITE, LIST OF CUSTOMERS, TRADE NAMES, SIGN, ALL TRANSFERRABLE PERMITS, FRANCHISES, LEASES, CUSTOMER DEPOSITS, AND SALEABLE MERCHANDISE FOR RESALE, STOCK IN TRADE, AND WORK IN PROCESS ON HAND and are located at: 4670 BARRANCA PKWY, IRVINE, CA 92604 The bulk sale is intended to be consummated at the office of: ESCROW MATTERS INC, 20300 VENTURA BLVD, #325, WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91364 and the anticipated date of the sale is APRIL 22, 2024 The bulk sale is subject to California Uniform Commercial Code Section 6106.2. 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Pepperdine men’s volleyball team downs USC

Waves will play in the three-day Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships beginning April 17

The Pepperdine men’s volleyball team defeated USC for the second time this season March 30.

The Waves, ranked eighth nationally, beat the 11th-ranked Trojans 3-1 at the Galen Center on USC’s campus.

Outside hitter Cole Ketrzynski, a graduate student, led Pepperdine with 16 kills and a .464 hitting percentage. Ketrzynski also had six digs and one block. Middle blocker Akin Akinwumi, also a graduate student, tallied 18 kills on a .400 hitting percentage

and had three digs and four blocks — including one solo rejection.

Pepperdine won the first set 25-15, while the Trojans took the second one 25-20. The Waves then won the next two

sets 27-25 and 25-19.

The Waves previously downed USC 3-1 on March 14 on the court at Pepperdine’s Firestone Fieldhouse. Ketrzynski, who played for UCLA as an undergraduate, led

Pepperdine in that matchup also.

The Waves tied the first set at 9 when Akinwumi, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Ryan Barnett, and middle blocker Martin de Chavarria, a graduate student, all shared a block. The Waves then took a six-point lead highlighted by some strong swing of the arm by Barnett. Barnett registered an ace, and Akinwumi and Ketrzynski had kills that along with a Trojans error gave Pepperdine the first-set victory.

USC jumped to an 8-3 lead in the second set and never looked back. They led 19-12 before securing the win despite kills by Akinwumi and redshirt freshman Ethan Watson, a middle blocker. The Waves took an 11-6 lead in the third set due to smacks of the volleyball by Akinwumi, Ketrzynski, and graduate student Alex Mrkalj, an outside hitter. Pepperdine then took a 17-12 advantage. Kills by Mrkalj and Watson gave the Waves a 23-20 lead.

USC rallied, but a Ketrzynski kill and Trojans error made Pepperdine victorious. Points by Watson and Mrkalj helped the

Waves jump off to a good start in the fourth set. A block by Akinwumi and Watson gave their team a point lead. Mrkalj then had four kills in five plays as the Waves gained a 17-11 advantage. Points by Akinwumi and Graves cemented Pepperdine’s closing set triumph.

Watson finished the match with seven kills and five blocks, while Graves had 50 assists, three kills, three digs, and two blocks. Senior libero Trey Cole had 12 digs, and Mrkalj had nine kills with a .562 hitting percentage and four digs.

The Waves had 60 kills overall on a .400 hitting percentage. The squad also had eight blocks and one ace.

Pepperdine has a 17-7 record heading into their home contest against The Master’s on Friday at 3 p.m. The Waves play Grand Canyon in Phoenix on April 11 and the next day to close the regular season.

The team will play in the three-day Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Los Angeles, which begin on April 17.

Malibu High School boys volleyball squad ranked first in Division 6

The Sharks undefeated, and have not lost a single set, in Citrus Coast League play

The Malibu High Sharks boys volleyball team sits atop the CIF Southern Section Division 6 rankings.

The Sharks, owners of a 14-8 record, are ranked first in poll composed by the CIF Boys Volleyball Committee.

Being ranked number one, Malibu head coach Derek Saenz said, is cool.

“It’s not like your parents saying, ‘Oh you’re amazing,’” he said. “It’s good to achieve.”

Sharks sophomore middle blocker Sebastian Longo said his team is assiduous.

“We are all truly dedicated to volleyball,” he said, “and we know what must be done to achieve the goals we want, with not giving up until the very end.”

Following Malibu in the top 10 are Summit, Pete Knight, Lancaster, Gabrielino, Samueli Academy, Ganesha, Lakewood, Wildwood, and St. Anthony. Saenz said Malibu has been good, but not great this season.

“We haven’t won anything yet,” he noted before using the popular play about the life of former U.S. President Alexander Hamilton in an analogy. “It’s like ‘Hamilton.’ You are good enough to be in the room where it happens but you’re not president yet. How do you get to the next step of commanding the room and winning a championship?”

The Sharks begin play in the Chatsworth Boys Vol-

leyball Tournament on Friday with a match against Eagle Rock. Malibu will play six to eight contests during the two-day event.

The volleyball spectacle will feature over 40 teams from across the Los Angeles area. Saenz believes the event will be a good challenge for Malibu. The squad’s eight losses this season have been to talented squads — Monrovia, Vista del Lago, Camarillo, San Marino, Reseda, San Juan Hills, and Harvard-Westlake twice.

Saenz said Malibu is a fun, confident squad that can compete with teams from bigger schools.

Longo recalled that one of the Sharks’ best performances this season was against Harvard-Westlake.

“Everyone played well and did some amazing things,” he remembered. “It showed us all the small things we must do to be able to beat a team like Harvard-Westlake.”

Sharks outside hitter Alex Galan, a sophomore, said he and his teammates work to get better daily.

“The sky is the limit with how good we can get,” he said. “We are athletic enough to win titles. If we put in the work, the results will show.”

The Sharks have downed Rio Honda Prep, Vista del Lago, Orange Vista, Viewpoint, Oaks Christian, Dana Hills, Centennial, and University Prep Value this season. The team also has an undefeated record against their competition in the Citrus Coast League, so they are atop the league standings.

In fact, the Sharks have been so dominant that they have not lost a set to league opposition, which includes Channel Islands, Nordhoff, Carpinteria, Hueneme, and Fillmore. Malibu beat each team twice. Every win has been 3-0.

Saenz said Malibu played particularly well in its two victories over Channel Islands.

“Those were ones with the biggest crowds,” he said.

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“We still managed to play well and get wins. Channel Islands is a good, athletic group. Those wins were big confidence boosters.”

The Sharks’ roster includes sophomores Kane Bendler, Taj Menteer, Keegan Cross, Luke Light, and Julian Calvo. The freshman include Dakota Gardner, Hudson Wilcox, Terence Gonzalez, Maxson Chiate, Timur Podgore, Joshua Treptin, Dest Dorigny, Martin Kurial, Lucas Galan, Cohen Superfon, and Madeus Lupo. Junior Nick Shafai and senior Axel Jimenez are also on the squad.

Saenz said Malibu’s strength is their depth.

“We are balanced,” he said. “We don’t have a standout player, where if he plays well we win, if he doesn’t we

lose. We can move kids around. If someone doesn’t play well that is fine. We don’t rely on one player that much. Everyone is good. Every hitter can score points.”

The Sharks will play at Fillmore on April 9 to begin the second half of their schedule against rival Citrus Coast League squads. The team will hold its alumni game on April 13. At least 12 former Sharks are expected to take the court.

Saenz said Malibu has skill but is pushing to be more consistent on the court in making winning plays.

“We are trying to be perfect with attention and effort,” he said. “What part of our team culture helps us win? How to be a better teammate? How do we meet challenges?” Malibu’s Award-Winning Community Paper Since 1946 Thursday, April 4, 2024 • PAGE B-9
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Pepperdine’s Cole Rasic (19) and Alex Mrkalj celebrate during the Waves’ men’s volleyball team’s win over USC on March 30. The eighth-ranked Waves have downed the 11th-ranked Trojans twice this season. Photo by Jeff Golden The Malibu Shark boys volleyball team is shown in action during a game against Viewpoint on Feb. 1. Photos by Devon Meyers/TMT.
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