KBUU NEWS Thurs Nov 17 – 1 Lane Only On PCH East at Moonshadows Thru Next Tuesday – City Task Force Rebels Against City – Caltrans Testing Mud Under Half-Finished Bridge
Written by 991KBU on November 17, 2022
This is Malibu’s Only Local Daily News … the Thursday edition … I’m Hans Laetz reporting.
County Says One Lane Only On PCH East At Moonshadows Through Tuesday
The water main repair project in eastern Malibu is going to take another six days.
PCH will remain minus one eastbound lane all the way into Tuesday night.
Repair of the road and a water main is completed by LA County Waterworks District 29 crews.
Major traffic jams have developed at times in mornings, daytimes and evenings as one lane of PCH is blocked near the Moonshadows restaurant, east of Las Flores Canyon Road.
Westbound traffic at times been slow in the area, but it has both westbound lanes available.
Work will be done all weekend, a county spokesman said, but it is not clear if work is bring done at night.
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No Change In Malibu Election Results
The daily elections result dump has not changed anything in Malibu …. with one exception.
Lindsay Horvwath has widened her margin of victory …. And appears to be the victor in the race to become the new county supervisor from the western one fifth of LA County.
Horvath padded her slim lead by another 4,000 votes … in the result totals released yesterday (Wednesday).
More than 400 thousand votes were cast.
Horvath is at 52% of the vote … compared to 48% for Hertzberg.
In Malibu … no substantive changes.
Doug Stewart and Marianne Riggins are the apparent new city council members.
Meanwhile, Measure SMC, Santa Monica College’s $375 million bond measure now has 56.66 percent yes vote.
It needs 55 percent to pass.
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Homelessness Task Force Tells City ‘No’ After Item Yanked From Agenda
Malibu’s Homeless Task Force had a most unusual meeting Tuesday.
By a unanimous vote … the task force rejected the meeting agenda and aborted the meeting as it started.
Members of the task force were very not happy that the city staff had removed an agenda item… that they thought was very important.
Buy an eight to nothing vote at the meeting a month ago… the task force voted to discuss with the sheriffs department … its enforcement of the city’s no camping .. no sleeping ordinance.
But that item was removed from the agenda by the city’s public safety Director… Susan Duenas.
Task force members were not happy with that at all.
Bill Sampson was one.
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“There is an item from the last meeting that is supposed to be on the agenda … we specifically approved it … it includes a discussion about the parking …. and it’s not on the agenda.
“And it should be.”
Duenas said the Homeless Task Force was getting out ahead of the city council … if it wanted to discuss legal strategy for dealing with homeless persons with the sheriff’s office.
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“Staff makes decisions on the agendas all the time to make sure that things are listened to at the appropriate time with the appropriate information.
“So that item will go to the council after the holidays, when we have a new council on board.”
Task force member Wayne Cohen rarely agrees with Sampson on major homelessness policy.
But he agreed that city staff should not preclude the commission from talking with the sheriff’s office.
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“Because we’re talking about enforcement, enforcement, enforcement.
“It is my position that we clearly understand what that relationship is, so when we talk about enforcement issues, we understand it.”
But the city staffer insists that the Homeless task Force is getting out ahead of the city council on policy setting … especially since two new members of the city council have just been elected
Again … Susan Duenas.
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“What you were proposing what is projecting already did the council has approved your recommendation they’ve already told in the sheriff is refusing.
“Right now the sheriff has not even weighed in on this.”
Upshot … for the first time in recorded Malibu history … a meeting was aborted by a commission before it really even started.
Duenas told the Homelessness task Force she will work with them on a new plan to talk with the sheriff’s office.
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Caltrans Starts Testing Mud Near Half-Finished Bridge
Two years after construction started on the new Trancas Creek bridge… Caltrans begin test drilling in the creek bed where the bridge will be erected.
A small bore-drilling rig appeared Tuesday just south of the bridge… where engineering mistakes have cost months of time and possibly millions of dollars.
As KBUU has been reporting… State engineers miss calculated how deep mushy sand extends and designed bridge supports that were only halfway deep enough.
That’s put the bridge project way behind schedule and left the Nero detour narrow detour up after October 31… When the first half of the bridge was supposed to be completed.
Meanwhile… tons of rocks are being dumped next to the bridge this morning.
This rock will apparently be moved into position to protect the new construction from Trancas Creek…. which threatened to take out the bridge abutment 20 years ago.
Construction crews had apparently walked away from the bridge on October 31… When the state fish and wildlife department permit ran out.
KBUU News pointed out that the bridge had apparently been left unprotected for the winter rains.
The permit has now been extended until the end of the year… allowing the Caltrans contractors to go back in to add the rocks to protect the bridge.
Caltrans officials have prohibited the construction crews from talking to KBUU news… And they have provided few details on what went wrong with the design of the bridge.
But one government engineer monitoring the situation expressed incredulity that the state is only now drilling down a test bores into the actual creekbed … two years after construction started.
And six months after the new bridge support piers were doubled in depth.
And KBUU News cannot get an answer … on why construction stopped for the winter leaving the construction site unprotected against any heavy stream flows … in the creek.
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Santa Monica Cuts Ribbon At Stormwater, Sewage Recycling Plant
In news from down the coast …Santa Monica will cut the ribbon on a project that will capture rainwater and curb water … clean it … and eventually turn it around as drinking water.
The $95 million project is underground … beneath the parking lot between the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and the Courthouse … on Main Street.
Stormwater in Santa Monica will be diverted into a new 1.5-million gallon stormwater harvesting tank.
Then comes a treatment plant … that can simultaneously treat stormwater runoff and sewage generated in Santa Monica.
It’s not going to be stinky … planters on the surface level of the site mask air vents that will release filtered air up from the treatment plant.
The clean water right now can be used for irrigation, dual-piped buildings and groundwater replenishment.
And when state water regulations get updated … this plant is poised to recycle sewage into drinking water.
potable water supply if and when state regulations permit.
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