Pierce Brosnan, Chris Martin Turn Up At County Board Meeting To Hail Malibu Firefighting Efforts
November 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An otherwise routine Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting became an star-studded affair Tuesday as Malibu residents turned out to give thanks for ongoing firefighting efforts.
Actor Pierce Brosnan and Coldplay singer Chris Martin were among several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting as officials heard from locals as they shared their experiences from the Woolsey Fire, which has devastated much of the Santa Monica Mountains and forced mandatory evacuations in the city of Malibu.
In addition to Brosnan and Martin, other Malibu notables who showed up at the meeting in downtown L.A. include “La La Land” filmmaker Damien Chazelle; “Stargate Atlantis” actor Joe Flanigan; Rory Kennedy, documentary filmmaker and youngest child of U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy; and actor Remington Franklin.
Brosnan said the intensity of the fires was unlike any he had seen before.
“I have witnessed many fires in my community and personally experienced the devastation of those fires up close and personal,” said Brosnan, whose wife Keely also spoke. “But none as catastrophic as the events that have taken place in our community these past five days and nights.”
After thanking first responders for their efforts, Martin later took to the dais to encourage support from the county.
“There is sometimes an image of Malibu that people like me are there more than other people, and there’s a lot of people who need help from outside…from you guys, essentially,” Martin said.
But the meeting also took on a more serious tone when Nick Stewart, a resident of Malibu’s Decker Canyon, voiced frustration with evacuation orders which he said were confusing and potentially dangerous.
“They were sending me towards [Pacific Coast Highway] when I could see the fire coming down Kanan [Road],” said Stewart. “If I listened to these people, I’d be….I don’t know the bad information was really bad.”
Stewart also earned applause after criticizing what he suggested was the media’s focus on celebrity homes and not average Malibu residents.
“I don’t need to be listening to the radio hearing about Caitlyn Jenner’s house burning down,” he said. “I’m wondering how I’m gonna survive tonight.”
The Woolsey Fire, now burning in Malibu after erupting last week in the Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks, is 35 percent contained. It has scorched 96,314 acres and destroyed at least 435 structures, damaged 2 others and still threatens about 57,000.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2018 2:32:38 GMT -5 by eaz35173
Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani to perform at fundraising concert for wildfire victims
Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Chris Martin are to perform at One Love Malibu, a fundraising concert for California wildfire victims.
The performers, which also include Macy Gray, Robin Thicke and Rita Wilson, will play sets at One Gun Ranch on 2 December (18) to raise funds for those who lost their homes due to the Woolsey Fire, which has displaced about 250,000 people and destroyed 1,500 structures in Ventura and Los Angeles counties of California since it began at the start of November.
Songwriter Linda Perry, from 4 Non Blondes, is serving as the event's musical director, and all the proceeds from it will go to The Malibu Foundation and One Love Malibu relief efforts. The funds will primarily help uninsured people or those with limited money and resources as well as animal refuge and care and efforts to rebuild and regenerate Malibu.
Other performers include Natasha Bedingfield, Brandi Carlile, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, while there will be appearances from Demi Moore, Orlando Bloom, Pierce Brosnan, Anjelica Huston, Cara Delevingne, and The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki.
The cause will be particularly close to Blurred Lines star Robin's heart as he recently lost his Malibu home to the wildfires, but is planning to rebuild.
"It's just rubble," Robin recently told Entertainment Tonight. "There's nothing left. It's a great community, it's a community of wonderful people, a lot of parents whose kids go to the same school as my kid. It's just devastating."
The One Love Malibu name appears to be inspired by the star-studded One Love Manchester concert, which was organised in response to the bombing at Ariana Grande's Manchester Arena show in May 2017. Katy and Chris' band Coldplay also performed at that event.