Did you see this congregation of reporters in Malibu yesterday? Our fearless leader the Queen, invited members of the media out for an announcement from the family of Emily Shane, the teenager who was struck and killed earlier this year on PCH.

CBS, NBC, KTLA, KCAL and FOX, the LA Times, LA Daily News, Malibu papers, Ventura Star and local radio KFI were among the media who covered and promoted the event. The parents said they have filed claims against the state and county citing a lack of safety on the highway (the attorney for the family expects the claims to be rejected, paving the way for civil lawsuits. BTW, any money secured from said lawsuits would be donated to the Emily Shane Foundation).

That lack of safety on PCH (multiple deaths in 2010 alone) has been a big concern for the city as local residents and grassroots organizations such as “A Safer PCH” strive to achieve and implement solutions for making the stretch of road safe for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Just down PCH, a battle is brewing over Malibu Lagoon. The plans are to bring in bulldozers next spring to excavate and grade 88,700 cubic yards of mud and wetland habitat.

In addition, contractors will dewater (drain) the entire lagoon west of the creek channel to transform the site from a series of marshy islands into an area with a rock-defined, hard-edged channel. Bummer. What will happen to all the plants and animals, not to mention removing shelter and food sources for those not killed or otherwise harmed?

We’ll be keeping an eye on this one… visit www.savemalibulagoon.com for more information.

-Dan TWW

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