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Malibu, California 90265 > Public Safety

Added Security Measures at Malibu Chili Cook Off Include Members of the LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (a.k.a SWAT) Announced Today

As a follow up to our previous article, and the devastating active shooter events that have occurred in three states, including California, Texas and Ohio recently, local law enforcement has had to kick into high gear to secure local events, including for the upcoming Malibu Chili Cook-Off over the Labor Day Weekend Holiday. Former Acting Captain, Lt. Chuck Becerra of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department, shared with The Local Malibu recently that “supervisors of this station will double the man power at all the events, including the upcoming Malibu Chili Cook-off ” also informed us of the latest LASD/LOST HILLS efforts intended to bolster security measures already in...

Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department Doubles Down on Protective Measures Including “Unseen Threat Deterrent Assets”

The devastating active shooter events that have occurred in three states, including California in the last week, have required local law enforcement to kick into high gear preparing for a potential active shooter scenario locally. As we moved towards the Labor Day holiday weekend and the Malibu Chili Cook-Off, Malibu can anticipate tens of thousands of visitors which the event attracts year after year. Acting Captain Chuck Becerra detailed the preparations and proactive measures the Lost Hills Sheriff's Department is taking for events scheduled in the area going forward along with a message to the community meant to promote a sense of safety for residents, visitors...

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer and Santa Barbara DA Joyce Dudley Douse Wildfire Protection Coverage Product Claims by SunFire Defense

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley filed an enforcement action against Sun FireDefense, a product heavily marketed in Malibu, for allegedly misleading consumers about their product's fire prevention effectiveness at least 35 homes in L.A. County, including Malibu have purchased this product. Sun Fire Defense invested in heavy promotion in our area after the Woolsey Fire, including co-hosting the Re-Bu event along with Burdge Architects, Homebound and Euro West in association with Bay Screens and Shades and numerous vendors at the Trancas Country Mart on March 23rd, 2019. Sun FireDefense has also  been featured ongoing in Arnold and...

Post Borderline, Gilroy, and Pre Malibu Chili Cook Off: Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department Prepares Deputies For Active Shooter Scenarios

By Cece Woods The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department engaged in Active Shooter drills just two days after the devastating Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting that took the lives of 3 young people killed and injured 12. According to the L.A. Times, authorities said the shooter, Santino Legan, bought the semiautomatic rifle used in the shooting legally in Nevada on July 9, less than three weeks before the shooting. The weapon, similar to a military-style AK-47, with its standard clip and stocks, is considered an assault rifle that is banned under California law.  It’s unclear if the shooter targeted specific people. The Nevada gun shop, Big Mikes Guns and Ammo, that sold...

Multiple MS13 Arrests In and Around “Malibu Hills” Made by LASD/LOST HILLS Since January

Authorities announced the arrests of 22 people Tuesday in a massive organized crime case alleging MS-13 gang members are responsible for “Medieval Style Murders” in the Los Angeles region, where the gang has had a presence since forming there in the 1980s. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force on Violent Gangs, which includes local law enforcement officers and FBI agents, made the arrests. The vicious crimes committed by MS13 gang members included locations in the “Malibu Hills” as released by authorities. The Local Malibu reached out to Acting Captain Chuck Becerra of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department and asked him to elaborate on the circumstance regarding the MS13...

Q & A With Sheriff Villanueva and Malibu Public Safety Commissioner Andy Cohen

As a 24 year resident of Malibu, and as a new member of the Malibu Public Safety Commission, I am concerned with many of the safety issues that are now facing Malibu. Previous Sheriffs have never visited Malibu during a disaster, and we are very appreciative of the multiple visits Sheriff Villanueva made during, and after, the Woolsey Fire. Although Malibu only has 13,000 residents, over 15 million people visit Malibu annually to visit our beaches, hike our trails, shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants. Sheriff Villanueva has a hard road ahead in charge of the largest Sheriff’s department in the...

CalTrans to Host Meeting for Pedestrian Signal Project / Malibu Seafood

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be hosting a community meeting next week to discuss a Pedestrian Signal Project near 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA. The community is welcomed to learn more about the pedestrian signal and ask the department questions about the project.   WHEN:   Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:30 p.m.   WHERE:   Malibu City Hall 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd, Malibu, CA 90265   WHAT:   Caltrans has plans to install a pedestrian beacon on Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu Seafood to improve pedestrian safety.    ...

4-5 Inches Expected by Wednesday – Please Take Precautions Now!

POTENTIAL 4-5 INCHES EXPECTED IN WEDNESDAY! PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS NOW!  From local meteorologist Jason Daniel Farhang: Important Update!  A very similar pattern that’s eerily identical to the atmospheric conditions of December 2010. The big high pressure in Central Mexico pushing the atmospheric moisture right at  Los Angeles,CA. The big low in the Gulf Of Alaska is becoming a pulley of sorts. The two deepening surface low pressure systems just about 435 miles northeast of Hawaii.  The exact positioning for very heavy flooding rains for our region by Wednesday afternoon . This is indeed looking very significant this morning. At this point it’s becoming a perfect storm as...

Woolsey Fire Burn Scar Area Suffering Mudslide Damage – Who Is To Blame?

As Malibu endured more emergency evacuations due to torrential rains Friday and Saturday, residents living in high risk burn scar areas are facing first time and/or additional damage due to mud and debris flow. We asked fire litigation experts Robins Cloud LLP to help us understand where the liability falls to help homeowners understand their rights during these weather events. [caption id="attachment_16952" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Homes in Ramirez Canyon sustained damage from mudflow and flooding Saturday. Ramirez Canyon area was impacted by the Woolsey Fire.[/caption] Do Insurance Policy Exclusions for Mudslides Exclude Coverage When a Fire Plays a Causal Factor in Causing a Mudslide? Most property insurance policies...