After successfully switching our service to a different circuit, Southern California Edison has confirmed the Malibu Campus will have power today, with the exception of the Crest Tennis Courts.
Malibu Canyon Road is now open in both directions for all vehicle traffic. Drivers, however, should be mindful of falling debris in the canyon, including loose dirt and rocks. Due to fire suppression activities in the area, rocks may have become dislodged from water drops, and topsoil in certain areas may be unstable.
At this time, the Emergency Operations Committee is deactivating, and the University is beginning to return to normal operations. However, members of the committee remain available for questions or concerns.
Pepperdine officials have just learned that the Malibu campus will be without power from 8 AM to 8 PM on Monday, November 19, 2018. Southern California Edison must shut down power at the substations that feed the region in which the campus is located in order to replace four transmission poles that were damaged in the Woolsey Fire. The University will update the community as it receives more information and appreciates your patience and understanding as we begin to return to normal operations.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has announced a repopulation of areas in the City of Malibu including a full opening of the Civic Center area west of Serra Road effective 2 PM today. Pacific Coast Highway is now open without roadblocks to Corral Canyon Road. All other road closures, including Malibu Canyon Road, and evacuated areas are still in effect.
Campus homeowners and community members are now welcome to return to campus as needed. The Malibu campus will remain closed for business through November 26 as previously announced, and those returning to campus should be advised that normal operational services, including housekeeping, trash collection, dining, shuttles, and campus recreation, will be limited through the Thanksgiving holiday period. Community members should also expect limited access to wifi connectivity and internet access following damage to cable lines into campus. Faculty and staff residences served by Spectrum still have no internet connectivity.
As the University continues to work through the impacts of the Woolsey Fire, Malibu and Calabasas faculty and staff are encouraged to work remotely until Monday, November 26 due to campus building cleaning and reduced operational services. All employees will continue to be compensated through November 26 if they are unable to work remotely but should address work expectations with their supervisors.
The University has begun an effort to clean areas of campus affected by the Woolsey Fire. Remediation and cleaning crews will begin arriving on campus tomorrow and will be cleaning through the week to prepare for our community’s return.
The Woolsey Fire is now 69 percent percent contained and has burned more than 98,000 acres and destroyed more than 615 structures. The University is not currently under a Red Flag Warning, but wind gusts from 20 MPH and higher minimum relative humidity are expected throughout the day today.
The Pepperdine community is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions and to continue to adhere to new or existing road closures and evacuation warnings.