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Malibu Unites, a Malibu based nonprofit focusing on the heath of Malibu’s public schools, hosted a town hall meeting at Duke’s Malibu on Thursday, May 1, to discuss the ongoing situation regarding PCBs at Malibu High School.

The meeting introduced a board of experts who each shared their experiences dealing with PCBs, pesticides and toxicants, and were available to address questions from the crowd of a few dozen. 

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Country Mart and the Malibu Chamber of Commerce will host an Earth Day celebration at the Malibu Country Mart, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 27.

Throughout the four-hour event, some member businesses of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce will showcase and share their eco-friendly tips and services, while light vegetarian appetizers from Malibu Country Mart restaurants will be served.

Children’s activities include eco-friendly face painting and succulent plant potting.

Ashleigh Fryer

Dear Editor,

The F-grade Malibu received on a historic preservation report card from the LA Architectural Conservancy has generated debate and discussion in the community. The Malibu Beach Esplanade supporters join the discussion and welcome the attention it brings to the local designated historic landmarks. The Adamson House, Serra House and the Malibu Pier. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Just before noon on Wednesday, April 1, Los Angeles County Fire and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Malibu Search and Rescue team responded to Malibu Creek State Park regarding an injured climber. 

The climber, a woman in her 20s, suffered a climbing fall and struck a rock face, resulting in a broken leg. She was found in the gorge area of the park which is frequented by climbers and hikers because of its excellent bouldering and rock face features. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Horticulturalist Jorge Ochoa, a leading authority on passion flowers, shared his enthusiasm for this spectacular family of plants at the Malibu Garden Club’s June meeting.

Ochoa said that he was always interested in plants, but that the first time he encountered a passion flower in bloom was a transformative experience.

“It was growing in someone else’s garden,” he recalled. “When I saw it I could not keep my eyes off it.”

Alex Vejar

The owners of the property known as the Ranch at Solstice Canyon – former location of Malibu’s BeauRivage Restaurant – addressed members of the Planning Commission on Monday, Sept. 15, regarding the new restaurant’s conditional use permit violations.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu Unites, a Malibu-base nonprofit focused on the health and safety of schools, in conjunction with Malibu residents Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, hosted its first fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Mangia in the Trancas Country Market. 

The event welcomed more than 200 people, with live music and entertainment, live and silent auctions, dinner and drinks. 

Chris Bashaw

The California Wildlife Center has treated 3,200 wild patients so far this year, and the non-profit Malibu-based wildlife rescue organization is anticipating exceeding last year’s all-time record of 4,700. Patients have ranged from tiny hummingbird chicks to the Malibu area’s top cat, mountain lion kittens. 

Thanks to a new marine mammal enclosure, dozens of sea lion and elephant seal pups have also received life-saving rehabilitation at the facility this year.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident Terry Hale remembers the tail end of what he regards as a largely bygone era of Southern California beach culture.

In the 1980s, he and his friends may have cut school a little early to go surfing. When the sun slumped over the horizon, it was time for music, friends and beachside revelry.

For Hale, it was the tail end of a simpler time before the advent of widespread mobile communication, and still a decade or two away from the forerunners of modern social media.

Chris Bashaw

Due to warmer than normal ocean temperatures and the impact of El Niño conditions, 2016 is forecasted to be an extremely challenging year for marine mammals across the coast of California. 

Alex Vejar