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Unauthorized, independent PCB testing resulted in sanctions.
Alex Vejar

The City of Malibu’s Cultural Arts Commission heard about upcoming and ongoing programs from several local arts organizations at its August 25 meeting, including the Malibu Playhouse and the Malibu High School Arts Angels, a non-profit organization that funds music, theater and visual arts programs at the school.

Claudia Zahn and Rick Wasserman, the Malibu Playhouse’s managing directors, were at the meeting to invite the Malibu community to the playhouse’s upcoming open house and to announce the first production of the 2014-15 season.

Chris Bashaw

Here, in Malibu, we are graced with mellow weather and mild winters.

While this is good for us, it is not good for certain plants that need cold winters to kill off certain pests. One of these pests is the white fly. If you happen to have a hibiscus plant, then you know what I am talking about. This winter was not cold enough or long enough to kill off any over wintering white flies, so now you will see an early appearance of them on many of the plants that get white fly infestation.

Chris Bashaw

Flanked by stone, a mahogany door with the semblance of a tree sprouting from its base guards the bottom entrance of Gary Richardson’s home in the hills of Malibu.
When sunlight hits the door, it glows golden brown and fades to darker, richer hues of brown as the sun slumps toward the horizon.
In 1996, Richardson set out to build the door – a “Tree of Life” door – for his ailing wife, Adele, who was dying of breast cancer.
“She may have known, but I didn’t know she was dying,” he softly said. “I thought she still had a chance.”

Chris Bashaw

Several Malibu restaurants are preparing for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner.

Whether residents or visitors are on first dates—or longtime spouses—romance can be found at four local spots offering a special menu for the holiday. 

Below are the restaurants and the evenings they’re offering. 

Carbon Beach Club

Alex Vejar

After hours of testimony, 11th-hour modifications, and an outpouring of support from residents and conservation organizations that drowned out the voices of critics more than 10 to one, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the first phase of Los Angeles County’s Local Coastal Program for the Santa Monica Mountains. 

Chris Bashaw

Record participation was the catch phrase of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce’s 68th annual Malibu Leadership Awards and Board Installation on Friday, Feb. 13, at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Executive Center.
In keeping with the idea of participation, the Chamber honored the Malibu Surfside News by presenting the staff with the 2014 Malibu Community Ambassadors award.

Chris Bashaw
MHS swim teams propel themselves to multiple CIF berths.
Alex Vejar

On Saturday, July 19, the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue hosted Malibu Rocks, a concert sponsored by the Scotts Wells Memorial Fund to “celebrate summer — celebrate life.”

The event featured performances from Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Lenny Goldsmith and The New Old, Jared Weinstock, Steph Wells and The Berger Sanchez Project among others. 

The Scott Wells Memorial Fund was created in memory of Scott Wells, who died in 2012 after a two-year battle with colon cancer. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Sophomore guard Shawn Olden of the Pepperdine men’s basketball team will undergo season-ending ankle surgery last week and will seek a medical redshirt, one of several roster updates announced today by head coach Marty Wilson.

Alex Vejar