KBUU Newswire Thurs Nov 16 – Moorpark College Professor Arrested For Death Of Pro-Israeli Protestor – Malibu’s Dark Skies Ordinance May Get Some Changes – Ocean Flooding Will Be A Major Problem At Malibu Civic Center, Onetime Skeptic Says

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Moorpark College Professor Arrested For Death Of Paul Kessler

Investigation leads to arrest of suspect in connection with the death of Paul Kessler …. the pro-Israel protestor who was apparently knocked down … with fatal consequences. 

Early this morning …  detectives from the Ventura Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau contacted Loay Alnaji in the City of Moorpark and arrested him for the death of Paul Kessler. 

Alnaji is a professor at Moorpark College and lives in Moorpark, news reports said.

Alnaji was booked for California Penal Code section 192(b) – suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.   and his bail will be set at $1,000,000.

The sheriff’s office says that, although an arrest has been made, they continue to encourage community members who may have information about this criminal investigation.

Any person who was driving a vehicle equipped with video recording equipment, such as a Tesla, in the area of Westlake Boulevard and Thousand Oaks Boulevard between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on November 5th, is asked by the department to reach out to Detective Stump at (805) 384-4745.

Ocean Flooding Will Be A Major Problem Ate Malibu Civic Center, Onetime Skeptic Says

Malibu is going to have a significant problem with flooding int he Civic Center … and low lying areas of Pacific Coast Highway … as ocean levels rise and storm intensity increases. 

That’s the conclusion of Paul Grisanti …a one-time global ocean level rise skeptic.

Grisanti spoke after looking at maps and hearing from city building official Yolanda Bundy … at a public workshop on Malibu’s future under rising ocean levels.

That workshop wil be repeated for the public this afternoon at 3.

At one time … state officials were planning on a six point six foot ocean level rise. 

Grisanti says newer studies are discounting that.


“Not 6 point 6.

“That was NOAA who actually created that number.

“They said that this has 1/2 of one percent of chance of happening, which of course means it has a 99 1/2% chance of not happening.”

Grisanti says the science is being refined every year ,,, and the 6.6 projection is now recognized as not plausible.

“It’s impossible to be exact because there are so many variables and no matter what your projected are, if three volcanoes go off in a year, then you’ve got the same emissions as dozens of coal plants or as if you had a zillion cars from the 50s.”

But the one time ocean level skeptic says the latest studies do show big problems ahead for Malibu.

Particularly … the civic center … where higher oceans and higher water tables will combine to make flooding a real issue.

Grisanti says every person in Malibu will be affected by a future project … to move and fortify the only water delivery pipe to this area.


“The effect on the Civic Center and the effect on Pacific Coast Highway… this is not going to be pretty.

“I am too old to be around when it’s actually happening … but it’s not a good future. “Waterworks District 29 is working on it and one of their projects, hey’ve already started the application process, is to put in a row of soldier piles in front of their pipe along Pacific Coast Highway… 

“And then also move the pipe to the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway. 

“It’s going to be messy it’s going to be not smooth, and people will go through a period of time is when the roads are being torn up.”

Caltrans Sitting On Data About How Many Overpasses Have Potential Infernos Under Them

It could take crews working around the clock between three and five weeks to repair the freeway.

Gov. Gavin Newsom tells the LA news media that the state sill reassess the practice of leasing land under roads to bring in money for mass transportation projects.

But if you want details of the Caltrans land leasing program … don’t ask the gov.

Newsom’s office is pointing reporters to direct their questions about whether the state has any regular inspection protocols to state transportation officials. T

Caltrans is not responding to questions about inspections or provide information about how many properties the state leases.


Carjacking Suspect Tackled And Squashed By Irate Santa Monicas

A group of Santa Monica residents tackled and held a carjacking suspect Tuesday.

Over several hours … the homeless man had accosted people in parking garages in downtown Santa Monica.

The Santa Monica Lookout reports the man confiscated victims’ cell phones and forced them to drive him around the city, police said.

Santa Monica cops got a call that a group of individuals was “holding down the suspect in the middle of Adelaide Street,” said Lt. Erika Aklufi, the Police Department spokesperson.

The victims reported that they were returning to their vehicle in Parking Structure 8 when Dugas approached them “while simulating a handgun concealed within a duffel bag,” Aklufi said.

Adrian Jose Dugas, a 24-year-old male from the Los Angeles area, was arrested last Tuesday night.

The story is based on reporting in the Santa Monica Lookout.

Malibu’s Dark Skies Ordinance May Get Some Changes – Or Might Not

Malibu’s dark sky ordinance looks like it is going to get some changes.

City lighting consultant Zachary McFan spoke at a special city council subcommittee meeting yesterday. 


“Our recommended amendment would be to add this prohibition of lighting around the perimeter if the site does not apply to (a) lighting required for security lighting purposes where such lighting is controlled by a motion detector, which extinguishes the light no later than 10 minutes after activation, or (b) the lighting needs to be for parking areas. 

“The intent of this would be to allow lighting around the perimeter of a parking area for safety reasons. 

“Light trespass requirements would still apply.”

But longtime activist Patt Healy asked … why???


“There were hearings is on it, and it was taken very seriously. 

“So I don’t see why we are considering any changes to it now, other than to accommodate the commercial owners.”

The proposed dark skies ordinance changes go to the full city council.


Bathroom Proposed For Permanent Skate Park, Back To Planning Comm Monday 

A third revision in the proposed permanent skate park at Malibu Bluffs Park goes to the Planning Commission on Monday.

A set of public restrooms is being added to the proposed blueprints.

The bathrooms would be across a crosswalk from the Little League Snack Shack.

The basic design of the permanent skate park… At the north eastern corner of Bluffs Park… Would pretty much be unchanged… Other than the addition of the bathroom.


Tran cas Wants 75 Outsider Events per year, Up From 6 (Legal Ones)

Trancas Country Market is asking for a big change in its city operating permits.

The shopping center management wants to host 75 outdoor events per year at the shopping center.

Current city rules allow six … and they prohibit the use of amplified sound … like at the very-popular Friday evening concerts.

The city rules also prohibit car shows … 

Hidden in the approval … language that would authorize the shopping center to resume car shows.

But the attorney for the shopping center … Ken Ehrlich … says that’s a mistake.

No car shows are requested or planned. 

Previous unauthorized car shows at Trancas caused uproar in the community … with loud engines roaring on Pacific Coast Highway as early as 6 in the mnorning on Sundays.

Spectators parked on Trancas Canyon Road all the way 

The Friday night outdoor concerts … on the other hand … have not been opposed by anyone.

But neighbors we’ve talked to have endorsed the concerts … which have become popular community events … even if they don’t have permits.

The shopping center owners want to increase the number of concerts about five fold. 

They want 75 outdoor events per year … with estimated turnouts of 50 to 100 attendees each.

That goes before the Planning Commission Monday night at 6:30.


Malibu May Be Wet, But Water Use Restrictions Still Apply, Waterworks Says

Rain is approaching … the reservoirs are full.

But Malibu and all of southern California remain in a state of permanent water shortage. 

The local water system still has water use restrictions in effect in Malibu. 

Watering of non-functional grass … decorational lawns… Is still prohibited by law in the entire state of California. 

Outdoor watering if functional grass … playgrounds … residential yards … that’s OK so long as water is not allowed to flow into the street. 

Using drinking water out of a hose for decorative fountains, or other ponds and lakes .. a no-no.

Washing off a driveway with a hose is also against the law… nnless there’s a human health and safety need… then it’s OK.

And using a hose to wash your car?

You can do that… but you have to have a hose with an automatic shut off nozzle. 

The updated watering restrictions were sent out this week from the LA County Waterworks District 29… which serves Malibu. 


Free Hazmat, Paint, Electronics and Med Waste Collection Saturday 9-3 At City Hall

It’s fall,… and that means it’s time for Too Toxic To Trash.

This Saturday … haul your hazmat stuff to the county’s annual Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Recycling Collection Event.

You CAN Bring the following:

  • Motor oil, antifreeze, paint and thinner
  • Turpentine,
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • batteries big and small.
  • Old computers and television sets
  • Sharps or used needles
  • Expired pharmaceuticals and mercury thermometers
  • Fluorescent light bulbs

All that is OK.

But things You CANNOT Bring

  • Explosives, ammunition or radioactive materials
  • old tires
  • Big things like washers, stoves, refrigerators or air conditioners.
  • General trash

Those are no nos. 

Load it in your car … label it … and take it to the Malibu City  Center’s rear parking lot … this Saturday … from 9 to 3. 

Support Your Local Thespians!  Almost, Maine Friday and Saturday Nights, With Matinee Sunday at 2

This weekend is an opportunity to support our high school’s Theatre Arts students by attending one of three performances of “Almost, Maine” on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m., or Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m.   Your attendance makes a difference!  Please plan to attend, and share the information out to your friends and neighbors!  All are invited. The link to register is below.

The play “Almost, Maine” is a wonderful winter tale of love, community, and identity set in New England and performed by a cast of Malibu High School students. 

Welcome to “Almost, Maine,” a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. And it’s not quite a town because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.


State of California vs Barbie

This story is just too funny.

UCLA is suing Barbie.

The local university says Mattel has failed to contribute the 49 million dollars it promised to UCLA Medical to name its children’s hospital unit after the company.

It was a big marriage back in 2017.

UCLA … a state university … even wove the Mattel name into its hospital logo. 

Like any divorce involving Barbie … this one centers over money … movie profits and real estate. 

Mattel is rolling in cash after the Barbie movie struck it rich.

For its part … Mattel says UCLA failed to build a new hospital tower and name it after the company.

The university is asking for its 49 million dollars in court.

It’s not clear who will get custody of Ken. 

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