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The walls of Associate Justice Elizabeth Grimes’ chambers in Downtown Los Angeles are lined with casebooks and treatises, albeit most are published only as recently as 2012 – maybe 2013.
“It’s for cost-saving reasons,” Grimes said, speaking at the Malibu Optimist Club meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19. “If I need to research something and I don’t have it there, I have to visit our library or look it up online.”
In Grimes’ eyes, the latter case is becoming increasingly more common, and is possibly a hint at how the judicial system will function on a grander scale in the future.

Chris Bashaw

Maxine Vera Hansvold Colby, Malibu artist, gardener extraordinaire, peacemaker and community activist, passed from this life into the next on Feb. 27, following a heart attack earlier in the week and a longer battle with cancer. She died in her home, attended by her children, Erin Colby Johnson of Santa Maria, Peter Colby of Malibu and son-in-law Don Johnson. 

Chris Bashaw

The Sunset restaurant in Malibu hosted a Valentines Day Gift Boutique on Feb. 11, featuring local vendors, free wine tasting and live music. 

Locals stocked up on gifts for loved ones, with items like chocolates, kettle corn, jewelry and vintage clothing made by local artisans. 

Chris Bashaw
Measure R has serious consequences for Malibu, particularly for school families and seniors. Measure R says it’s giving us a chance to vote development up or down, but it’s not that simple. The well-intended Reiners, have been misled by a group of traditional school antagonists, including some who are actively suing the District, and others who are causing expensive delays in rebuilding and cleaning our schools.
Ashleigh Fryer

What: Three-bedroom, two and a half-bath art deco home

Where: 31662 Broad Beach Road

Amenities: Enjoy white water ocean views of the Malibu coastline from this 3,000 square foot art deco style, Los Angeles artist’s home. 

The first floor offers ocean views from the living room, which features wooden beamed cathedral ceiling, hand-hewn tiled fireplace, red oak wood flooring and large stained glass windows imported from Belgium. 

This home also features a “hidden” wine cellar.

Ashleigh Fryer

Trancas Riders and Ropers hosted its annual Shrimp Show on Oct. 26.

The show, meant for riders ages 12 and younger, featured a costume contest in which Juliane Mangold won first place in the Cutest Costume category; Lexi Thomas won the Most Original category; Max Taylor won the Most Malibu category; and Tara Dialameh and Cody Hirsch won the Best Pair category.  

Ashleigh Fryer

Charlotte Drummond’s freedom can be found in the ocean.

As a 13-year-old Malibu resident and seventh-grader at Malibu Middle School, Drummond used that aquatic inspiration in her first place winning “Freedom Through My Eyes” submission for the arts and essay competition sponsored by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ashleigh Fryer

This week’s Pet of the Week is Mister, owned by Trisha Milan who works in Malibu.

Mister is a 3-year-old mixed breed.

“Mister is the unofficial mascot of the Malibu Surfside News,” Trisha said. “He’s just like a toy, I even got him out of a box outside of Ralph’s. He loves his toys and he loves to talk to squirrels.” 

Chris Bashaw

The Hills of Malibu, a funky country/rock/blues band fronted by Gary Dayton Hill and The Sage, said their 9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 13 concert at The Lab Brewing Company (Agoura Hills Town Center, 30105 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 (818) 735-0091) will also serve as a drop-off site for a Holiday Hoopla Sock Drive for the Homeless.

Chris Bashaw

For more than 20 years, Judge John Lamont Webster was Malibu’s unofficial Santa Claus, hosting a holiday party at the Malibu Courthouse every year for families in the sparsely inhabited Malibu of the 1930s and ’40s. 

In those early years – after the Malibu Rancho was divided up and sold for development but before the post-WWII building boom began in the 1950s – there were less than a thousand homes and almost no conveniences or easy access to neighboring communities. 

Chris Bashaw