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Every now and then, I get a ride in something truly spectacular. So when Jerry Berger’s son Jeff reached out to me about his dad and his car, I knew that this was going to be a fun jaunt. Enter an amazing 1954 Jag with only 39,000 original miles.

Alex Vejar

The Malibu Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously agreed to recommend that the City of Malibu continue using pesticides, including the controversial herbicide Roundup, at Malibu Bluffs Park and Trancas Canyon Park, while developing a two-year volunteer-based poison-free pilot project at Legacy Park, Las Flores Canyon Park and the Malibu Equestrian Center.

Alex Vejar

The 2014 year in sports contained continued success for many Malibu teams, athletes and supporters, as well as many firsts.

The Surfside News looks back at the moments that made headlines in the sports section this year.


— Malibu High School girls soccer makes it to CIF playoffs but falls in first round. 

— MHS boys basketball earns wildcard spot in CIF playoffs, lose in first round. 


Chris Bashaw

Saxon Rhodes is a seventh grader on the Malibu Sharks Surf Team. 

How did you get involved in surfing and how did you get started? 

My dad introduced me to surfing through his work travels to Fiji and Hawaii.

What is your favorite thing about surfing? 

Catching the perfect wave.

What’s the most challenging part about surfing? 

Paddling, lol.

Ashleigh Fryer

Neptune’s Net doesn’t mess with success. 

That could be why, after more than 50 years in business, the seaside restaurant on the border of the Malibu and Ventura County lines still sells out of the same dishes they pumped through their kitchen on the day it first opened. Classics like fish and chips, clam chowder and the ever-hearty fried Neptune’s sampler plate, loaded with a litany of ocean-fresh options, are the kinds of attractions manager Dan Walden thinks will never go out of style.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Movie Colony may be famous for its fabulous real estate prices and astonishing architecture, but there’s another kind of Malibu colony that is arguably even more amazing. However, its architects and residents aren’t celebrities; they’re a species of tiny marine worm.

Lauren Finkler

In 1944, James Shirk was a Navy man who fought in the invasion of Normandy during World War II.

“Complete chaos,” Shirk said about the battle. “You’d have to see actual pictures of when the newsreel filmed all of it. It was just something you can’t explain really the magnitude of it.” 

He was discharged a year later, having spent 27 total months in the Navy. 

Alex Vejar

In honor of National “Spay and Neuter” and “Pet Dental Health” month in February, the Malibu Country Mart and Best Friends Animal Society — a national animal welfare organization leading the No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) initiative to stop the killing of shelter dogs and cats — are launching a pet-friendly adoption and wellness event called “The Malibu Pet-A-Palooza” on Saturday, Feb. 21.  

Chris Bashaw

What: Five-bedroom, eight-bath architectural estate

Where: 2050 Rambla Pacifico Street

The unconventional design of this home properly named The Temple of Muses, is silhouetted against the Santa Monica Mountains.

The property, located on five acres, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and uses alternating sizes, shapes and colors to make it stand-out from the surrounding landscape.

Ashleigh Fryer, a social media networking site for parents, was born out of both love and frustration.

When entrepreneur Melanie Lekkos moved from Dallas, Texas, to Malibu, her children went from an enrollment at a small school where it was easy to keep an eye on them, to Malibu High School.

To Lekkos, the larger enrollment and physical size of MHS caused her some initial pause, but she said the culture shock set in when her daughter, a freshman, would come home from school.

Alex Vejar