KBUU Newswire – Day 376 – Wed Nov 20 – Trancas Gets 1.05 Inches Of Rain In Weird Spotty Storm – Malibu West Blacked Out – Edison Tries To Explain PSPS And Fails

Written by on November 20, 2019

  • =   Surf is up. Cloudy and 70 percent chance of rain.
  • =   Thunderstorms still possible for Malibu at midday.
  • =   Power is back on in Malibu West … after a long night in the dark.
  • =   Southern California Edison fails to explain why it intentionally shut off the power last month.
  • =   Cellphone and cable companies tell the state … no way can we keep service up during big blackouts.
  • =   And the governor bans new steam oil drilling … like the operations just up the coast.

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



  • SURF…
  • Surf building to between 4 and 7 feet with local sets to 8 feet on west facing beaches this evening and continuing through Thursday morning.

A strange little rainstorm is pushing east into Malibu.

We may see a thunderstorm this afternoon … but this system will not be that much of a rain maker.

The forecast was that Malibu would see a tenth to a quarter inch of rain.

That was true for most of the area.

But here at … we observe 1.05 inches of rain in the KBUU rain gauge out by the squirrel condo.

But this is hit or miss.


The Civic Center got some brief rain this morning … while it was sunny at Trancas.

And we’re seeing strong winds out of the west… wind gusts hit 50 miles an hour in western Malibu this morning.

(Current to 8 a-m)


No official word on why Malibu’s third world power system had another failure yesterday.

Lights were observed flickering on and off during much of the day in Trancas area … and west to the county line.

Then late in the afternoon … a total blackout for about 200 houses … in Malibu West and up Trancas Canyon Road.

There was apparently a delay in getting parts.

Electricity was not restored until about 3:45 this morning.

Edison officials said it was not an intentional power blackout. 


Southern California Edison yesterday issued its official report on the first big intentional power outage to Malibu. And the utility failed not only to keep the lights on … it failed to explain why.  Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/sce-report-on-intentional-outage/


Getting backup power for all communications services is “infeasible” or “impossible” during extended power outages, according to filings providers made with California regulators.

The reports from phone and internet companies,

Companies said most sites have batteries or generators, and some even have both, but they could last anywhere from two hours to a week. And many said it was logistically impossible or unsafe to deploy or refuel gas generators.

After Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Communications Commission tried to require cell sites to have at least eight hours of backup power.

The cell companies  challenged the rule in court.

The George W. Bush administration sent the rule back to the FCC for further review.

The commission withdrew it.


KBUU news is pretty hard on Southern California Edison … so this item is pretty important to broadcast.

Two Southern California Edison employees conducting an aerial survey over Moorpark … checking the power lines.

They spotted a car on fire  … right next to a house.

They called 911 to report it … they circled the chopper over the house.

No fire trucks yet.

So the pilot landed in the driveway.

The crew rushed to the car and began trying to put out the flames with the helicopter’s fire extinguisher … then grabbed a garden hose.

The Edison helicopter crew … kept the car fire from spreading to the house.


Pushing steam into the underground oil deposits 20 miles up the coast from Malibu may be causing unexplained gas bubbles in water that is pumped out for people to drink.

Ventura County has already banned new oil extraction wells … and won’t let oil companies put in new steam injection equipment either.

Now Gov. Gavin Newsom … has banned new steam injection well statewide.

The oil industry is reportedly stunned … pumping steam is cheaper than fracking and pretty effective at squeezing oil out of fields that had been though tto be played out.


The Malibu Foundation is hosting a community meeting tonight on Point Dume.

Malibu resident and activist Vidas Enck in welcoming Climate Reality Los Angeles.

me people in Malibu have extensively investigated climate change … and what it means to Malibu in particular.

Jefferson Wagner … for example …  will be talking about the Climate Crisis and Its Solutions: Coastal & Local Impacts.

This is part of a global event focused on the truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it.

It’s called 24 Hours of Reality-Truth in Action.

It’s tonight at 6:30 at Malibu Elementary School … on Point Dume.

Also tonight … at City Hall … a n expert on rural areas and Native Americans … will speak.

Winona LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota.

She leads several organizations that focus on cultural-based sustainability through renewable energy and sustainable food systems

Winona LaDuke is an international thought leader in the areas of climate justice, renewable energy, and environmental justice.

She speaks at 7 p-m tonight at Malibu City Hall.


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Weather for the Malibu ….

((((  Cloudy windy and an increasing chance of rain today   )))) … highs  ((((  62   )))) beaches … ((((      )))) mountains and canyons.

Downcoast winds …  (((  gusting above 20  )))) miles per hour.

70 percent chance of rain this afternoon.

Sunset tonight is at   ((((   4:50     )))).

After that … (((  30 percent chance of showers  )))) tonight … low ((((   55  )))) beaches …  ((((   )))) mountains and canyons.

Tomorrow …   ((((   10 percent chance of showers.    )))).

Right now here at the KBUU studios in Trancas … it’s  ((((       )))) degrees.

Leo Carrillo beach … (((    ))).

Paradise Cove … (((    ))).

Big Rock … (((    ))).

In upper Malibu Canyon … (((    ))).

Calabasas … (((    ))).

And Civic Center L-A … (((    ))).

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

Mo says the waves at Surfrider Beach today are   ((((    )))) feet high ….

Those are ((((  fair )))) surfing conditions …. according to Mo.

(((((   tide is at     

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