KBUU Newswire Wed Feb 13 – PCH Reopened After Dual Hydrant Geysers – Storm Predictions Iffy – Temp Power Poles Illegal Unless They’re OK

Written by on February 13, 2019

This is KBUU News – the headlines:

  • =   PCH was closed for hours this morning … from the Incline to the freeway tunnel.
  • =   And a major wreck on the 101 west snarls traffic heading to the Malibu exits.
  • =   That major atmospheric river may just sweep past Malibu.
  • =   Rain should start falling this afternoon … but nothing is predictable about this storm.
  • =   No temporary poser poles …. officially … but the city says they will work with you.

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




An impressive Atmospheric River extends from the tropics east of Hawaii to southern CA.

But when and where it will set up in the L-A area is an open question.

Today’s rain could be an inch … or a lot more.

Dry winds from the east will intercept a lot of the rain falling from the big clouds coming in from the ocean.

Those winds may hit 60 miles per hour on the mountain tops.

The atmospheric river will finally arrive sometime late today…. but it will only be 80 miles wide … and it may just scoot past Malibu.

But the National Weather Service says it computers ocntinue to spit out contradictory forecast models.

“The models continue to puzzle over the exact placement of the axis … since the strongest rainfall rates and largest rainfall totals will generally occur within 40 miles either side of the axis. The rainfall rates at the core of plume will likely reach or exceed debris flow thresholds.

Rain will continue through tonight but generally  be  lighter in intensity and more showery in nature until the next  wave arrives tomorrow.

And that one may be rainier than the storm today. 

Rainfall totals look like the Malibu coast will see an inch to 4 inches of rain.

How’s that for specificity???


Malibu’s city council has taken no action to change city policy on temporary power poles.

Technically … putting in a temporary power pole is legal only for a construction project.

But many Malibu residents have burned down houses … plus power gates … swimming pool filters …. irrigation controllers and other electric devices that need power now.

At Monday’s city council meeting … electrical contracting company owner Skylar Peak explained the current policy … no pun intended.

The city policy remains …. they’ll work with you.


The controversial issue of two fancy Malibu eateries …. violating their parking permits and causing traffic jams on PCH … continues.

The Soho House … a pirvate club ,… and the lucrative House restaurant are both in noncompliance  with their Coastal Development Permits … according to evidence provided by the city.

The Soho House is in major compliance … except for one thing.

It’s employees are parking their cars at a nearby opffice building … which is against the law. 

The Soho House has also been caught twice having live concerts … which are also violations of the Coastal Use Permit … which bans live music to keep neighbors happy.

The club is claiming that … since it supposedly focuses on arts and culture … it should be allowed to have live music.

And its preparing an application to allow for that.

And the club also got caught shining spotlights on the ocean waves … something banned by state law and city codes.

Those have been removed.

The Soho House shares a parking lot with Nobu restaurant … next door.
And that has been the source of major parking and traffic problems.

That issue is being negotiated by the city attorney and lawyers for Nobu.

It’s supposed to come up before the Planning Commission this winter.

The Soho Beach House issue goes before planners next Monday. 


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California Governor Gavin Newsom has formed a strike team to come up with a comprehensive strategy for the state’s largest utility company within 60 days.

The computer Pacific gas and electric has filed for bankruptcy …. And the shockwaves from that Will affect Malibu fire victims.

The governor addressed PG&E … as well as Southern California Edison … in yesterday’s State of the State Address … carried live on KBUU.

Newsom noted that “the problems (California) faces are far greater than PG&E.”

He the recent credit downgrades of Southern California Edison … amid concerns about its exposure to damage claims from the Woolsey and Thomas fires.

Newsom yesterday said … and we quote …  “we must map out a longer-term framework not just for the utilities’ future, but for California’s energy future, to ensure that the cost of climate change doesn’t fall on those least able to afford it.”

The governor says he has hired bankruptcy attorneys and financial advisers to help develop a plan and ensure that wildfire victims get justice and ratepayers and employees are protected.

As the state comes up with a plan for P G and E … the long term financial stability for all the state’s utilities is a matter of statewide concern.

A five member commission … call the 901 commission after the Senate bill that formedn it … is quietly meeting in Sacramento to come up with a plan to address the states dangerous electrical overhead power lines.

The 901 commission will make recommendations on things like preemptive power blackouts … undergrounding utilities in high fire risk areas … and other major issues that will directly affect Malibu.


Experts on mitigating fire dangerous from both private industry and the federal government Will be at Allegra Hills hardware store this week to share ideas with the homeowners.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with some local businesses to answer questions and provide tips and techniques geared to do-it-yourselfers and contractors.

The fire mitigation specialists will be at DIY Home Center … the Do It Yourself store … on Roadside Drive in Agoura Hills.

They’ll be there from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday … and also there for shorter hours on Sunday.


One impact of the massive fire that may be lost on people is the effect on birds.

Birds have lost major sources of seeds and other things that they eat.

A store called Wild Birds Unlimited has outlets all across the Southland.

And they’ve chipped in to purchase one ton of wild bird seeds.

The 20 pound sacks … 100 of them … were purchased

The Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Ventura, Thousand Oaks and Yorba Linda outlets for Wild Birds Unlimited stores have donated 100 20 pound bags of bird seed to residents of the Malibu Woolsey fire area.

The bird seed bags will be delivered to Sherman’s Place on Wednesday.

Malibu residents impacted by the wildfire are encouraged to stop by Wednesday and pick up a 20 pound sack of seeds … at Sherman’s place at Zuma Beach on Wednesday.


Traffic … in 88 seconds … first … weather for the Malibu


Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 60. Breezy, with an east southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.


Rain. Low around 55. Breezy, with an east southeast wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.


Rain. High near 64. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest 20 to 25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Friday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

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