THE WOOLSEY FIRE: FIELD NOTES

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Heart aching, body ailing, spent the day in my Malibu. Gratefully hosed away the ashes, Peg cleaned out the frig, then checked out houses of friends still not able to get in, traversing most streets on the Point and in western Malibu . The devastation is depressing. Relief came by tending to the chickens of a neighbor, and ferrying a friend to the ruins of her ranch in hopes of finding her cats. And there were stalwarts Hans and Diane rebuilding the KBUU studio, and the volunteers attending the Point Dume relief center exuding good cheer. And all this under a brilliant sky that seemed to smile on Malibu, lending the ravaged andscape a hope for the future. Now if only the power comes on.

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The heralded informational meeting for Malibu in Santa Monica last night turned out to be sadly, predictably self aggrandizing. Orchestrated.by a vain glorious city manager featuring a lame duck city council clucking cliches of a stalwart citizenry, it prompted strident heckling, annoying but understandable. In praising herself and staff she related how they hAd to evacuate city hall, but did not address why Pepperdine stAaff and students remained to divert first responders from fighting the spot fires that devastated the point and western neighborhoods! Other items annoyed but hAve to be reviewed later because power low and I’m tired. Ending on A positive note, good seeing friends and neighbors, exchanging sympathy and solace. So much to be rebuilt, including a new Malibu city governance!

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Parallel careers as an urban planner and a journalist, principally at present airing commentaries on pubic radio 99.1 KBU.FM The many arrows in my quiver have included Emmy award winning reporter/ producer for local Fox Television News, design critic for the Los Angeles Times, urban affairs reporter for The New York Times, an editor of The New York Post, contributor to various popular and professional publications, news services and broadcast outlets, including Reuters, NET, NBC, CBS, NPR and the BBC. Founding editor of the East Harlem (NY) Independent. A diversity of professional positions and consultancies in the private and public sectors, (Metro, Disney Imagineering, Howard Hughes, M. Milken, NYC Educational Construction Fund, US Comptroller of the Currency etc,) assorted academic appointments (UCLA, USC, CCNY, Art Center etc.), and always open to new challenge. And let us not forget fashioning sand castles and acting on 90210, crafting TV docs, design reviews, master plans. Books: "The Dream Deferred: People, Politics and Planning in Suburbia," "L.A. Lost and Found," an architectural history of Los Angeles, "L.A. Follies," a collection of essays, and co-author of "The New York City Handbook." Writings have appeared in academic texts, commentaries on the web, scripts for TV, and wherever, latest the Architects Newspaper, The Planning Report and Planetizen.

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