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The City of Malibu broke ground on a construction project at the Pacific Coast Highway and Big Rock Drive intersection on Tuesday, March 25, and will break ground on another project at PCH and Kanan Dume Road on Thursday, March 27.
Both projects are funded by Measure R, an approximately $40 billion traffic relief initiative approved by Los Angeles County in 2008 to install transportation upgrades across the County.

Chris Bashaw

It’s often important to remember your roots and not forget where you came from. It’s something the owners and staff at Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch believe in firmly, as they use the cafe’s menu as a way to acknowledge the cowboy lifestyle the Malibu ranch was once known for. 

“It’s super casual here and our menu is very country kitchen,” said Valentino Caceres, general manager of Malibu Cafe. 

Ashleigh Fryer

As the organizer of Malibu’s Dry Gulch Theatre of Anarchy, Tommi Trudeau’s Monday evenings are filled with entertainment in the most unexpected of places.

“You can get up there and tell us what you had for lunch if you want to,” Trudeau said, laughing. 

“And we’ll sit there and think, ‘Hmmm, delicious! But I shouldn’t be eating that,’” added Trish Van Devere, Dry Gulch Theatre member and seasoned actress. 

Ashleigh Fryer

A born and bred New Yorker, current Malibu resident Ita Olsen learned at an early age the persuasive power of speech and inflection.

“When I was 14, I knew I had a New York accent,” Olsen said, laughing. “I remember talking to my teachers, my classmates, everyone around me, and trying to categorically improve my accent. I did it systematically. Years later that was what helped me design my own program.”

Chris Bashaw

“Should we do this?”

That was the message Estel Day sent Mark Tango on the social networking site, Friendster, in 2004. He lived in Los Angeles, she lived in New York and the pair hadn’t spoken in years. 

“Yup,” was the reply she received. 

The brief exchange was enough for Day to immediately jump on a plane and move back to Los Angeles, where she and Tango would begin work on the “this” they had been dreaming of since they met; the Malibu-based fashion design and music duo, Mark and Estel.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident Josh Waldbaum looked down at the Rolex watch clasped to his wrist one day in 2008. Just days before, the item served as a testament to his success as a private fitness trainer, his social status and his worth. It was now worthless to him.

“I had no job, I had nowhere to live and I had about $100 in the bank,” Waldbaum said. “I thought, ‘All this watch does is tell time. I’ll make my own watch.’”

Ashleigh Fryer

Robb Stephenson first laid eyes on Bluffs Park 14 years ago as he drove down Pacific Coast Highway.

He had just arrived in California, after “packing everything in a Dodge pick-up, just me and my dog,” and moving from his hometown in the Texas panhandle. 

“I saw that field and all I could think was, ‘that’s got to be an amazing place to coach,’” Stephenson said. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The Miss Malibu Pro Women’s Longboarding Invitational debuted at Surfrider Beach in Malibu  Aug. 9-10. 

The first-place title of Miss Malibu Pro was awarded to Kaitlin Maguire of Oceanside, California. Maguire not only won the final, but also earned the Wave of the Day award and cash prize from Jericho Poppler for scoring a perfect 20 in her semi final. 

Runner-up was awarded to Makayla H. Smith.

Ashleigh Fryer

With a quick motion, a pair of yellow-green eyes — each with a black, vertical slit — came into view against a dark brown chair in Bank of Books Malibu.

The form of Malibu resident Karen Smythe’s feline friend, Kool Kat — who is black in color — soon became apparent as he quietly sat above Rachel Hasserling, who was reading a book to her children; Hasserling’s young son, Caleb, reached over to stroke Kool Kat’s back.

Chris Bashaw

On any given evening, just before their parents called them in for dinner, Ari Andersen, Monty Biglow and Dusty Kramer could be found roaming the streets of Malibu West, “a roving pack of 10 year olds — like a tribe.”

“We must’ve spent thousands of hours together; playing hockey, playing tag in the street,” Andersen said. “That’s how it was all day, every day. And these guys are still my best friends to this day. They’ll be my friends for the rest of my life.”

Chris Bashaw

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