KBUU Newswire Thurs Jan 10 – Day 63 – Trump FEMA Cut Threat Echoes – Duenas: City Could Not Block Roadblocks – Rain Tomorrow Raises Mud Risk

Written by on January 10, 2019


This is KBUU News – the headlines:

  • =  Is FEMA money for Malibu cut off? The White House won’t explain.
  • =  Malibu public safety director Susan Duenas says the city’s hands were completely tied …
  • =  But some Malibu residents don’t accept her explanation about evacuations and roadblocks.
  • =  City planners continue to work on rules to allow temporary housing on burned out lots.
  • =  And enough rain to cause real mudflow problems … may start falling tomorrow night.

This is Malibu’s only local daily news.

It’s the   ((((  Tuesday  ))) edition of the news … from Radio Malibu  …. F-M 99 point 1 K B U U. Good morning … I’m Hans Laetz reporting.


Is federal disaster relief money for California cut off? President Donald Trump’s twisted grammar is not being clarified by the White House or FEMA. Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/trump-cuts-fema-money/

Malibu’s public safety director Susan Duenas has become a lightning rod of criticism … for the government response to the Malibu firestorm. And last night she shared some facts that many did not want to hear. Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/state-overrides-malibu-authority/

City planners have tinkered and revised their propose definition of temporary housing.

But temp houses cannot become permanent ADUs. Details: https://www.radiomalibu.net/loosen-rules-for-temp-housing/

The deadline to sign up for the Cal Recycles demolition project has been extended. And Mayor Jefferson Wagner says ‘take the deal.’  Details:  https://www.radiomalibu.net/cal-recycles-deadline-now-jan-28/


Rain is coming.

Lots of rain.

And maybe intense rain … strong enough for mudflows.

Rain could fall at ther rate of 3 quarters an inch on hour at times.

That is way strong enough to create mudflows.

Alarms bells are not ebing rung … yet.

But LA County Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Williams says the fire department is looking at the forecasts.


“When we look at National Weather Service predictions, and we see the predictions that we’re looking at, and we augment our staffing — that means we think there is something is going to occur.

“So I’ll get that information to the city.

“That way they can let the residents know that we are augmenting our staffing, which should be a really strong indicator to you as residents that evacuation should be strongly considered.”

Malibu West is partly protected by a series of detention basins that collect mud as it falls off the canyon walls.

These were installed after the 1978 brushfire.

The detention basins twice this winter have filled up about halfway with debris… and county department of public works crews have been busy this week hauling dirt out of the debris basins.

For historical reasons … Malibu West is just about the only neighborhood in Malibu with county operated debris basins.

City officials say Escondido Canyon is another worrisome area … with steep canyon walls and no debris basins.

Also, the mountainside above Malibu high school, where mud has already oozed off of hillsides above harvester … Cuthbert and Philip.

But the biggest threat may be to the Civic Center area … with hundreds of square miles of burned hillsides and mountainsides upstream in the Malibu Creek watershed.

And there are no structures … add not much along the side of the creek … to prevent mud from flowing into occupied business and residential areas near Cross Creek.


Jefferson Wagner will host his second  “Meet the Mayor” a week from today.

This is his ongoing series of open office hours … together with City Manager Reva Feldman.

Community members can meet city leadership face-to-face, ask questions, voice concerns, discuss ideas and get information.

All topics open.

The Mayor asks only that a civil, constructive discourse be maintained. 

Next Thursday, 10 a-m, at Malibu City Hall.


Surf between 7 and 10 feet with max sets to 12 feet will be possible at exposed west-facing beaches in Los Angeles County

Millions of summonses detected a review fast radio burs through this morning.

Surf will likely subside to 6 to 9 feet through this evening.

High surf is also possible again over the weekend.


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Weather for the Malibu ….

((((   Mostly sunny   )))) … highs  ((((   63  )))) beaches … mountains and canyons.

Winds …  luffing about this afternoon.

Sunset tonight is at   ((((    5:03   )))).

After that … (((  mostly clear  )))) tonight … low ((((   53   )))) beaches …  ((((   46   )))) mountains and canyons.

Clouding up tomorrow … 60 percent chance of rain in the evening … very windy … and possible intense rain or thunderstorms could trigger mudflows late at night.   


For Saturday … a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10am, then a slight chance of showers..

A series of storms lined up at us all next week … with possible strong rain at midweek.

At 8 a.m. … at Trancas it’s ((((    53   )))) degrees.

Leo Carrillo … 54.

Upper Malibu Canyon …  ((((    53   )))) .

And at Civic Center Los Angeles … ((((   50   )))).

In the ocean … it’s ((((    58   )))) degrees in the water at Zuma Beach.

Mo says the waves today are   ((((   4-6 )))) feet high ….

((((  fair )))) surfing conditions …. according to the lifeguards.

(((((   High tide is at 11:06 AM  … 4.7ft .

Low tide is at 6:23 tonight.   ))))


The KBUU Newswire is posted midmornings … at RadioMalibu.net and at the MalibuTimes.com websites.

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