KBUU Newswire Wed Jan 15 – Day 432

Written by on January 15, 2020

  • =    A three car crash west of Malibu on P C H early this morning.
  • =    A passenger jet makes an emergency turn over Malibu and starts dumping fuel.
  • =   What to do with unused offshore oil platforms? How about resort hotels?
  • =   Metro plans major improvements for the local bus system … not.
  • =   And rain tomorrow … as our wet winter resumes.


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An early morning three car crash this morning.

It was at P C H at Mulholland Highway, at the western end of Malibu.

At least one person was injured.

The CHP was still on the scene at 7 this morning … 90 minutes after the crash … and the wreckage was still in the road.


A Delta Airlines jet made an emergency return to L A X … right over Malibu yesterday.

It’s not clear when the jet began dumping fuel . … but it soaked at least two schools and some neighborhoods east of L A X.

The plane did pass over directly over Malibu’s Civic Center … as it made an emergency abort from its takeoff yesterday.

At what altitude … and whether the fuel dump had already started … not yet clear.

It was just before noon.

The Boeing 777 jet has two engines …. and something went wrong as it took off with a full load of jet fuel … en route to Shanghai.

The pilot turned north and flew straight north over Malibu to return to the LAX approach pattern from the east.

A plane like that cannot land safely with a full load of fuel… so the at some point pilots began to dump fuel.

Students on a playground in Cudahy … southwest of Los Angeles … were hit with the fuel as the plane made an emergency descent into LAX.

Dozens of kids were drenched.

No reports of any jet fuel hitting the ground as the plane passed directly over Malibu.

The jet may have been too high for the fuel to hit the ground in Malibu …. or the fuel dump may have started later in the emergency loop.


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California has 27 offshore oil platforms.

Some of them are just up the coast from Malibu. 

And they are played out … most of the oil has been sucked out from under them.

A dozen or more could be decommissioned in the next decade.

But here’s a conundrum.

They are ugly and the mere sight of them enrages many ocean lovers.

But they have become rich undersea environments … gorgeous underwater artificial reefs.

So what to do???

The Aquarium of the Pacific in long Beach is hosting a seminar just this week on that very issue.

The Long Beach telegram newspaper reports that several ideas are being considered.

They could just be chopped off … truncated 85 feet or so below the ocean surface.

Or … they could be converted to offshore hotels.

Divers resorts.

Windmill farms?

Sea farms?

Marine research centers?

“We’re limited only by our imaginations,” says the president of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific . in an interview with the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Oil companies would save hundreds of millions of dollars by avoiding the expense of removing the towers …. as they are currently required to under law.

And one state official says some people believe that the oil companies should remove all of the platforms and not leave their trash on the bottom of the ocean floor..

Others see this as a potential tourist attraction and environmental gem … a win win for the local economies and the local environments.

This debate is only beginning … and this story is based on reporting in the Long Beach Press-Telegram.


And finally this morning … Metro has announced plans to totally revamp its bus system across the L A basin.

Major streets will get buses that arrive every 10 minutes or less — and in some cases, as frequently as every five minutes.

But most of the red Metro express bus lines would be eliminated.

Three quarters of a billion dollars would be spent on bus-only lanes, synchronized traffic signals and other traffic improvements.

The big change for Malibu and Metro bus line 534????
Drum roll please.

Route 534 would be renumbered.

Bus line 134.

Metro would also jigger the schedule … fewer Malibu buses during rush hour … more in the middle of the day.

Seems like every 20 years … Metro feels the need to renumber the Malibu bus.


Rain is still on track to start falling in Malibu tomorrow afternoon or evening.

But this storm does not look as wet now … as it did yesterday.

Malibu should see about three quarters of an inch of rain Thursday night.

Maybe a little more … if strong winds coming off the ocean kick in and push clouds against the mountains.

Rainfall rates are still anticipated to peak below a half inch of rain per hour … not enough to trigger mudflows in the recent burn areas.

Snow levels will drop to 35 hundred feet … that might cause problems on the 5 Freeway over the Grapevine Thursday


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((((   Sunny but cold this morning …. with 15 mile an hour mountain winds early this morning … the wind chill is near 35.

Highs later today  ((((  59   )))) beaches … ((((   65    )))) mountains and canyons.

Sunset tonight is at   ((((    5:07   )))).

After that … (((   clouding up )))) tonight … low ((((  47   )))) beaches …  ((((   34   )))) mountains and canyons.

Cold and windy tomorrow … an 80 percent chance of rain in the afternoon … 90 percent chance of rain tomorrow night.   )))).

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

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Paradise Cove … (((    ))).

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In the ocean … it’s ((((    59    )))) degrees in the water at Zuma Beach.

Mo says the waves at Surfrider Beach today are   ((((  1 to 2   )))) feet high ….

(((((  High  tide is at 12:26pm 4.6ft

Low 7:19pm 0.1ft 



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