1994: THE NEW CITY COUNCIL INCLUDES JEFF JENNINGS, JEFF KRAMER, CAROLYN VAN HORN, JOAN HOUSE AND JOHN HARLOW
MARCH 1995: PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY BRIDGE REBUILD DONE IN RECORD TIME/HIGGY SCORES BARRELS
Approved by Caltrans in January 1993, rebuilding of the 522-foot Pacific Coast Highway bridge over Malibu Lagoon is delayed by storm damage on Jan. 10, 1995. Caltrans offers a $50,000-a-day bonus for every day the work is done under schedule and MCM Construction finishes 100 days ahead of schedule.
Lifetime resident Jeff Higginbotham also found these times rewarding: “After one of these storms, me and Mike Marcellino find ourselves alone in empty, never-seen, stand-up sand spit barrels across outside Malibu Point. We didn’t see another car around but ours till about noon due to all the road closures ….truly giving us the local’s reward!”
1996: WALT KELLER RETURNS TO THE CITY COUNCIL
Malibu’s City Council elections get livelier with lawsuits and accusations of spying. Joan House receives 2,863 votes, Walt Keller is second with 2,408. Carolyn Van Horn is third with 2,301 votes, and Barbara Cameron is fourth.
JULY 6, 1997: GETTY VILLA CLOSES FOR REPAIRS AND REMODELING
First opened in 1974, J. Paul Getty’s private museum was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum and was home to Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. In 1997, the Getty Villa was closed to renovate the building and the collection – some of which was moved to the $1.3 billion Getty Center, which opened in December of 1997.
MARCH – JUNE 1998 LANDSLIDE CLOSES PCH, HOMES CONDEMNED
Mudslides that began in March and continued into June caused several closures of Pacific Coast Highway and also lead to the condemning of two homes near Las Flores Canyon.
JUNE 2000: HOWS MARKET OPENS IN TRANCAS
NOVEMBER 2000: PAPARAZZO SUES STREISAND, BROLIN AND L.A. COUNTY SHERIFFS
Ever notice that Britney Spears’ 2000 single Oops! … I Did it Again is a speeded up, sexier version of Barbara Streisand’s 1980 single Woman in Love? Along those lines, a few years before Spears became a paparazzi magnet, Barbara Streisand and her husband, James Brolin, were sued by Wendall Wall, A Point Dume neighbor who was arrested by the L.A. County Sheriff for allegedly stalking the celebrity couple. Wall lived a block away from Streisand’s ocean-view home at Point Dume.
On January 8, Wall allegedly followed Streisand and Brolin all the way to Thousand Oaks and photographed them shopping for a car. When Wall returned home to Malibu, he was arrested 200 yards from his front door. No charges were filed but according to the Los Angeles Times”… a sheriff’s spokesman identified him, without naming him, as a ‘stalker’ on national television. All of this caused Wall ‘physical and mental pain and shock to his nervous system, fear, anxiety, torment, degradation and extreme emotional distress.” Wall’s bail was raised from $150,000 to $1 million, and he was kept in jail for three days. Wall sued Streisand, Brolin and the L.A. County Sheriff for civil rights violations, false arrest and imprisonment, conspiracy, defamation, negligence and conspiracy.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of For the Love of Malibu where it’s a beautiful sunny and warm postcard day today.