KBUU Newswire – Day 71 – Fri Jan 18: Whale Washes Up At Trancas – Fire Chief To Address Malibu Fury – Mal Cyn, Top Cyn Closed – $90M Canyon Murder Claim – Why Isn’t SCE Using Safer Cables?

Written by on January 18, 2019

This is KBUU News – the headlines:

  • =   A dying whale washes up at Trancas overnight.
  • =   The fire chief will appear before an angry city …in Malibu … in a week.
  • =   Kanan Dume is open and clear this morning.  Malibu Canyon and Topanga Canyon … closed.
  • =   Evacuations are over … schools are open
  • =  A 90 million dollar claim filed against the sheriff … for failing to prevent the Malibu Canyon murder.
  • =  Intrigue in Santa Monica politics again dribbles down into the local school board.
  • =  And a federal judge says a California power company should prevent fires by covering their bare wires with plastic.
  • Malibu’s Only Local Daily News … it’s the   ((((  Friday   ))) edition … from Radio Malibu  …. F-M 99 point 1 K B U U. Good morning … I’m Hans Laetz reporting.


A whale … a small one … has beached itself at Zuma Beach late last night.

The whale was spotted at about midnight.

The witness who spotted it last night consulted a chart and said the whale looked like an adult  “pygmy sperm whale.”

Bystanders tell KBUU News they called the sheriff’s office … they said to call the California Wildlife Center … which was of course closed for the night.

The sheriff did not tell the caller to call the fire department … which could dispatch lifeguards or perhaps find the California Wildlife Center in the middle of the night.

It was at first spotted thrashing around in the surf line.

By 8:45 it had beached itself.  

The California Wildlife Center crew consulted vets at Sea Wrold, who told them this whale sounded very poor, and that pygmy sperm whales do very poorly in confinement.

The animal was euthanized. 

The carcass will be examined at the L A Natural History Museum.


Ten inches of rain was predicted over the past week … somehow … Malibu emerges soggy but not flooded.  There are no evacuations … the schools are open … and there’s no rain in the forecast for the next seven days.  Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/10-inches-was-predicted/ .

LA County fire Chief Daryl Osby is going to face City full of furious people next weekend … in eight days.  Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/fire-chief-agrees-to-town-hall/ .

Tristan Beaudette should have been warned that a madman was taking shots at random people in Malibu Creek State Park.

That’s the charge made in a 90 million dollar claim … filed against the Los Angeles County sheriff office … by his family.  Details:  https://www.radiomalibu.net/camping-slaying-sparks-90-million/

A federal judge in Northern California has made a court ruling that will echo in Malibu.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup has ruled that the giant power company … Pacific Gas And Electric … has been negligent in failing to replace its uninsulated …. bare-wire power lines on poles with much-safer … insulated wiring. Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/bare-wire-power-lines/ 


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Two Santa Monica Malibu Unified School Board members are applying to become Santa Monica city council members.

The City Council there gets to pick a person to serve on the council … because Tony Vazquez has won a seat of the state Board of Equalization.

76 people have submitted applications … hoping to be picked.

School board members Maria Leon-Vazquez and Oscar de la Torre included…. According to the Santa Monica lookout newspaper.

Maria Leon Vazquez has been under a cloud … as the district attorney reportedly has been investigating her for financial self dealing.

She voted on contracts that benefitted her husband … the one who just got electted to the state office.

Oscar de la Torre has sued the city of Santa Monica in a voting rights lawsuit …

If de la Torre or Leon Vasquez get appointed to the city council … that would open up a seat on the seven member Santa Monica Malibu unified school District board.

But as we said … there are 76 applicants for the one seat.

All of this Santa Monica political intrigue has a dribble down effect on the Malibu school board.

We will keep you posted.


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Weather for the Malibu ….

((((   Santa Ana type wind gusts tonight  )))) … highs  ((((   63   )))) beaches … mountains and canyons.

Northerly winds …  (((   25   )))) miles per hour on the beaches …. 30 miles per hour this afternoon.

Sunset tonight is at   ((((    5:08   )))).

After that … (((   still windy  )))) tonight … low ((((  52  )))) beaches …  ((((  45  )))) mountains and canyons.

Tomorrow should be   ((((    less windy … sunny …. and … get this … high 78 degrees    )))).


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