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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Council Member Is Implicated in Solo Car Hit and Run Incident

BY BILL KOENEKER

The big issue of a city land swap with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the tumult surfacing at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station over an alleged sex scandal at the top (see separate stories) seems to have helped Malibu Councilmember Skylar Peak weather another apparent brush with the law.
Peak appeared calm and relaxed at his first public appearance at a city council meeting Monday night and made no attempt to address the issue.
His comments and deliberations on the issues this week were cogent and on point in contrast to his first public appearance in the aftermath of an earlier incident.
 At that previous council meeting rebuke was swift at the council dais where he was denied the Mayor pro tem position and attacked by an unfriendly public. His public demeanor that night was unsteady and his comments were filled with non-sequiturs.
After this week’s meeting, Peak was asked to comment on allegations of a hit and run accident on Christmas Day morning on Pacific Coast Highway, involving alleged damage to reflective paddles installed in the center divider, and later the discovery of his parked truck a short distance away.
In contrast to his “confession-like” interviews with the media in the aftermath of the Point Dume Village allegations, which were ultimately dropped by authorities, Peak has been resolute in not talking this time.
Repeated queries have been turned down by the freshman council member. “No comment” has been his standard reply.
He has referred media queries to his attorney, who has talked to reporters with standard answers saying that nothing can be shared until a full investigation is concluded.

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