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Dear Editor,
As I sit here writing this I find tears streaming down my face and I feel as sad as I have been in a very long time.
Yesterday I received a phone call from Rick Cavalleri and he indicated that his beloved mother and my lifelong friend was gone.
Betty Cavalleri, “Malibu’s First Lady,” died of cancer a few days ago.
The Cavalleri and the Haynes families go all the way back to the 1950s. I have known and spent time with them, it seems, for a lifetime.

Chris Bashaw

The following is a response to Paul Grisanti’s letter to the editor in last week’s paper. Frankly, all of the points he makes are not questions, but veiled accusations, however I’m excited for the opportunity to answer them again and spread the word.

1. Grisanti claims R is not consistent with “conditional use permits”: 

This is just false. All centers in the civic center must still obtain a conditional use permit for all new chain store locations.

Chris Bashaw

Duke’s Malibu will begin its 16th annual Big Wednesday promotion in the Barefoot Bar on Wednesday, June 25.

The promotion, which expires after Aug. 13, is intended to raise funds that will benefit local charities such as Therasurf, Surfaid, Life Rolls On, Malibu Coast Surf Lifesaving Association, Marina del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club and The Young and Brave Foundation.

Each Duke’s Big Wednesday will feature drink specials in the Barefoot Bar and raffle prizes of merchandise from action sports manufacturers and local businesses. 

Chris Bashaw

Fiesta Malibu is a special event this year, celebrating children and the community which supports them.  This year’s event will have something for everyone.

Children of all ages will have something exciting for them. The younger ones, will enjoy a range of activities from field games, booths, giant inflatables, face painting and snacks. Middle and high school aged-children can enjoy laser tag, a fly trap and an amazing video game truck.  

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu High School baseball team won its third consecutive Southern California Invitational, sweeping the five-game series with a close win on Wednesday, March 12.

The tournament came down to two nail-biters for the boys, on March 8 and March 12, where the team came back from multiple run deficits in the late innings of both games. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The City of Malibu will host its eighth annual Halloween Carnival for children 3-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 at Malibu Bluffs Park.

The event, appropriate for children ages 2-10, is an effort by the City to provide a fun and safe activity for Malibu residents and their children to enjoy.

“It’s a safe haven for smaller children when parents don’t like to take them out late at night,” said Leanna Parish, City of Malibu recreation coordinator.

Chris Bashaw

Los Angeles Waterkeeper will host its fourth annual Stand Up for Clean Water Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Race on Saturday, April 18, at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu.

The event will host 5-mile and 1-mile races, as well as a children’s race and a SUP relay race for participants.

Registration for the races begins at 8:30 a.m., with all races beginning at 10 a.m.

After the conclusion of races, an after party and awards ceremony will be held from 2-4 p.m. to honor race winners.

Ashleigh Fryer

What: Two-bedroom, two-bath Bonsall Canyon home

Where: 6009 Bonsall Drive

Amenities: This Bonsall Canyon home is surrounded by more than six acres of usable land featuring avocado and fruit trees. The home, itself, has been remodeled in mid-century style.

Oak and sycamore trees, as well as a seasonal creek, are also present on the property.

The property can be well-suited for horses, or can be kept as-is.

Ashleigh Fryer

Last Monday Malibu’s Planning Commission held a comment session on the Whole Foods Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Here is a bit of what we learned at that session:

Chris Bashaw

With another school year wrapped up, the Malibu High School Shark Fund has also closed the books on what chairman Doug Masterson characterized as “a challenging but successful year.”
With more than 350 donors for the 2014-2015 school year, the Shark Fund — the umbrella fundraising arm of Malibu Middle and High School — came just short of its monetary goal. Despite that, Masterson said the organization was able to fully fund its budget, which pays for the budgets of the MHS Athletic Booster Club, Arts Angels and the PTSA.

Chris Bashaw