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Editor’s Letter – The Stranger Things Issue

Editor’s Letter – The Stranger Things Issue

Although the theme of this issue was inspired by our cover story with actor and longtime Malibu resident Cary Elwes who plays Mayor Kline of the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things”, the theme actually began two years before when a series of unusual events took place in my life, and the lives of many in our community.

On June 22nd, 2018, the news announced that a young father of two was shot to death while he lay sleeping in his tent at Malibu Creek State Park. Needless to say, to have something so tragic and unexpected happen so close to home rocked our community to the core. 

I had recently switched focus from to activism-based journalism for our online news publication, The Local Malibu. The site mostly reports on local politics and public safety issues and the evening of the murder, a resident sent me a message that a Tesla was  shot at on Malibu Canyon  Rd. four days before the murder. 

Fearing a sniper was on the loose, I released a public safety alert on our Facebook page, which prompted victims of previous shootings to come out on that thread exposing a two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings. 

During the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings case I was introduced to Dr. Ronda Hampton, a clinical psychologist, and an integral part of seeking justice for Mitrice Richardson. Hampton was the conduit to my meeting and  establishing a relationship with Sheriff of L.A. County, Alex Villanueva. Both relationships have been invaluable on so many levels, and  vital to the on-going fight to create tranparency,and giving a voice to the murdered and the missing.

Dr. Ronda Hampton and I during a “smokeout” searching for new information in Missing Persons cases in 2019.
The Local Malibu has received hundreds of thousand of hits per article for our reporting on the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings.

A few months after the shootings, the Woolsey Fire ravaged the area, not only changing the landscape, but changing the dynamic in our community.  Paul Taublieb’s “Woolsey: A Story of What Didn’t and Didn’t Happen” was an important article to include in the re-launch issue as it is a detailed account of what truly transpired during the most devstating natural disaster to hit our town.

In closing, had I not taken the hiatus from 90265 Magazine to pursue investigative reporting, important stories would have never been told and relationships that inspire change would have never been formed.

With Malibu regaining new momentum after so many changes in our community, it seemed like the perfect time to bring back 90265 Magazine in its tangible and interactive form. 

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We look forward to sharing many more issues with you.

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