City Will Honor Sheriff Capt Demoted By Sheriff, Endorse Underground Power Lines

Written by on August 9, 2019

The former commander of the Malibu-Lost Hills sheirffs station we’ll be honored by the Malibu city Council on Monday night.

Captain Josh Thai was unceremoniously dumped by the incoming sheriff … Alex Villanueva … as part of a management purge.

Thai was in charge of the police force in Malibu for several years before the Woolsey fire.

The day before the fire hit … tie was in his office when he suffered a stroke.

He was in the hospital already when the fire arrived … and insiders say that complicated how Malibu was treated during the fire.

After the fire … Thai and his top lieutenant … Jim Royal … were given effective demotions by the new sheriff.

Captain Thai as made an amazing recovery from his stroke.

He will be recognized for his service by the mountain city council on Monday night.


Also Monday … the city Council will be asked to endorse a move by Ranchos Palos Verdes to try to convince the state to put power lines underground in very high risk fire areas.

Like Malibu … Rancho Palos Verdes is threatened by terrain that can host disastrous fires when power lines fall.

Unlike Malibu … Ranchos Palos Verdes is taking steps to get state law changed.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says it’s time to change the state policy … which currently bans the use of underground powerlines to reduce wildfire dangers.

That policy is in effect to prevent ratepayers in areas better not threatened by fires … to pay for putting powerlines underground in places like Malibu.

The governor wants that policy changed … Southern California Edison once that policy changed … and Ranchos Palos Verdes is campaigning to get the policy changed.

The city of Malibu is being asked to support that.

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