Malibu Play House Presents “The 39 Steps”


“Brilliant theater at the Playhouse”

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“The 39 Steps ” based on the novel by John Buchan and  the classic Hitchcock film, has been adapted into a clever, entertaining mystery/comedy by British playwright, actor and comedian Patrick Barlow. The lively, innovative production, blends improv , sly British humor and audience participation into a whirlwind experience (no dozing in this house)!


This is the last weekend to see this amazing production directed by Ron West , produced by Claudia Zahn / Rick D.Wasserman, starring Derek Manson, Dieterich Gray, Mike Funt and Emily Goss.    GO to for tickets. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 3PM. 310-589-1998.

IMG_2777The Sunset Restaurant

After the matinee my friends and I gave the Sunset which, for a while, went through a rough patch with its cuisine.  We all feasted on hamburgers and fries with a Hess Cabernet while enjoying the view from the private upstairs dining room.  Happy to report the food was great!


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Malibu Aritists Series

Neil Young Super Deluxe: Memoirs of Life and Cars”


This past Monday , November 3rd , I attended the opening of “Super Deluxe” at the Robert Berman Gallery in Bergamot Station Arts Center.  The gallery was crowded with Neil Young fans who came to view the multi-talented musician’s prints and water colors of cars . Young has now added “author” to his vast resume of talents with the recent release of his book “Super Deluxe: Memoirs of Life and Cars”.

I enjoyed viewing some of Young’s car collection on display in the parking lot , as well as the water colors and prints of his beloved cars. The only regret I have was not summoning up the courage to take a selfie with the brilliant musician and true Renaissance man . The exhibit runs through November 29th and gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11-6.



Neil Yong the Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded an album live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra and choir.  The deluxe edition offers a bonus disc including a solo version of “Storytone” .

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Malibu From Mountains to Ocean

“Once in a lifetime luxury homes”

Mendenhall Estate


Mendenhall Estate

One day a young couple from the westside of Los Angeles decided to purchase some land outside the city where they would build a home for their growing family. The first lot they saw was (after looking at many others) the only one with which they fell in love!

Today that large barren parcel surrounded by the majestic Santa Monica Mountains is home to the lushly landscaped and environmentally friendly Mendenhall Estate.  The appx. 16 acre parcel has unprecedented flat acreage offering room for horses and even a helipad.  The landscape is watered with well water and solar panels provide much of the electricity.  The house is appx. 12,000 square feet with 8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms

Being shown to qualified buyers with 24 hours notice.





Two years ago Marisol Malibu opened for business, offering for sale in its first phase, 13 perfectly finished one-acre oceanfront, bluff top Malibu lots.   Presently only 4 oceanfront lots, and one luxurious home under construction are left in Phase 1.

“Time is running out  to purchase a premium parcel on which to build a Malibu Beach house” says developer Richard Morris. The development  which is exempt from Coastal Permits and review by the California Coastal Commission, also offers a “turnkey”  Home Building Program.  A Doug Burdge, designed 13,000 square foot modern home is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015. Also available in Phase 2 , are three super 2 acre parcels , elevated above the ocean front lots.

Mountain or Ocean these extraordinary properties are rare opportunities to own one of the finest estates in the most beautiful of locations.

For viewing appointments or additional information contact:

Gracee Arthur / Sotheby’s International Realty  310-804-0708

Cal BRE # 01118257










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Malibu Adjacent Mendenhall Estate

“A Trophy Estate in the Santa Monica Mountains”

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Unprecedented nearly all usable 16 acres, close to civilization and the beach. The 16 lushly landscaped acres (adjacent 7 acre parcel also available for simultaneous purchase) are each zoned for horses & w/ space & water to accommodate a vineyard. The appx. 14,000 sq. ft. (incl. 4 car garage, loggia w/ fireplace, outdoor media room) has an add’l appx. 2,000 sq. ft. of hardscape entertaining areas plus built in bbq., bar, 4 gazebos , gardens, landscape lighting and outdoor music system. 65′ pool w/hot tub and baby pool; sunken N/S tennis court; 500 ft long back yard; outdoor showers, Italian bocce, media room/game room/ intercom system and much more. Secreted in privacy; gated location with room for a helipad. Convenient to shopping, restaurants , schools, beach and the city.
The property boasts a massive 50 Kwh solar farm plus well access to underground aquifers prove 90% of the electricity and water usage (except drinking water). The savings are appx. $150,000 per year. This includes watering of dozens of varieties of fruit and nut trees in a productive organic orchard, vegetable garden (plus organic honey and eggs). Exceptional property for Celebrity or Corporate retreat.

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Listing Price $15,999,000 shown with 24 hours notice to qualified buyers



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Proposition 45: “Insurance Commissioner may deny unjustified rate hikes”

“Vote YES on 45″ November 4, 2014

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones at Press Conference March 7, 2013

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March 7, 2013 I was invited to speak, as a consumer, at a press conference conducted by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Commissioner Jones spoke against unjustified rate hikes by Blue Shield of California based on a study by Insurance Department analysts. I was one of two subscribers chosen to speak of the constant hikes in our Blue Shield policies. Unfortunately, the Commissioner , who has the ability to review and reject unjustified rate hikes for every other type of insurance, including automobiles, does  not have the right to do the same for health insurance. The reason is because the health insurance lobby pays a lot of money to your representatives to vote against consumer interests in regard to insurance rates.

“Justify” is the name of the current campaign for the consumer friendly Proposition 45 which will grant the Insurance Commissioner the right to deny health insurers the ability to implement unjustified premium hikes. The Insurance companies are currently running misleading ads on this proposition with no factual basis, in an attempt to trick the consumer into voting against their own interests . Do not be fooled. Please take a few minutes to view the links with the actual content of Proposition 45. Please turn out to vote because the other side will vote. This proposition will save consumers as a group millions of dollars in  future unjustified insurance premium rate hikes.  Blue Shield has already sent out on their ominous letters warning of “changes” to health plans, coming in 2015 (this is code for rate hikes)!

This is posted from a comment in the L A Times on  2013 health insurance premium increases. “Health Insurance has a license to steal until the Insurance Commissioner can deny unreasonable rate increases.”   LA Times Editorial Board “As of 2014, the health care reform law will require all adult Americans to obtain health coverage. Regulators ought to have the power to stop insurers from gouging the captive market.”  So do not be fooled by the LA Times and other papers dependent on the insurers for advertising dollars now urging consumers to vote against their own interests.   Do not be fooled. Our Insurance Commissioner Jones is a consumer advocate. He works for us. Give him the power to smack down the insurance lobby!”  VOTE YES on 45.

Consumer comment:
“In 2008 Aetna Healthcare paid their CEO over $24 Million in salary and bonuses. Blue Shield also has a “Foundation” that gives away money, services and who knows what else. Of course this nice sounding, charitable “Foundation” is funded by every paying Blue Shield member, whether they like it or not.” I will add “non profit” Blue Shield has little left to donate at the end of the fiscal year because their CEO makes 4.6 million per year.

More information is available to consumers at the links below:    

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