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Alex Vejar

It was a few lines from Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” that changed the direction of Diane Luby Lane’s life.
“‘Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes,’” Lane recited to an audience at the Malibu Library Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 25. “That phrase, alone, reverberated all through me.”

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu High School boys water polo team racked two back-to-back victories last week against Foothill Tech High School (18-4) on Oct. 7 and Cate High School (19-8) on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

At press time, the Sharks were headed into a half-season Oxnard Tournament Oct. 10-11, and were set to face off against Carpinteria on Monday, Oct. 13.

Scoring seven goals in the first quarter, Owen Franz’s aggressive close-range shooting against Cate was no accident – instead, it was treated as something of a practice by head coach Mike Mulligan.

Chris Bashaw


I don’t know about you, but the battle over Measure R leaves me perplexed. With this in mind I gave the arguments another reading, wearing the spectacles of a former urban affairs reporter for The New York Times, design critic for the LA Times, NPR commentator, best selling author and academic, and a longtime resident with an abiding love for Malibu.

My conclusion, I know, will anger some of my good friends and neighbors, but based on my planning knowledge and experience I am voting NO.

Here are my reasons why:

Chris Bashaw

In the span of six days, a flurry of developments put the progress of the Malibu Unification Negotiations Committee in jeopardy. 

Talks stalled after the Advocates for Malibu Public Schools filed a voting rights lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica that mentioned the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Malibu team member Kevin Shenkman represented AMPS in the suit. 

Alex Vejar

For local artist James Crowley, a family trip to the Four Corners monument, winning and losing at gambling in Las Vegas, and his father’s death all have one thing in common — they inspire his art.
“Almost every piece has something personally to do with my life,” Crowley said while standing next to a piece called “Heart Luck,” which was inspired by his father’s heart attack.
Crowley’s work was shown at the Spindle & Canister clothing store in Malibu Country Mart on Saturday, March 7.

Chris Bashaw

Point Dume Marine Science School 

Living history 

PDMSS students enjoyed a presentation from Chumash Wishtoyo founder Mati Waiya, who shared his knowledge of Chumash values, history and environmental preservation through stories, songs and dance. The students will celebrate Chumash Day on April 13. 

Our Lady of Malibu School 

Science smarts

Chris Bashaw

Evergreene Studio is pleased to present the work of Olivier Mosset (CH), Blair Thurman and Larry Bell, featured this summer at a warehouse exhibition that will be celebrated at an opening reception between 7-9 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Art Space Malibu at 3728 Cross Creek Road.

Ashleigh Fryer

The Los Angeles Marathon turns 30 on Monday, March 15, and with it, Malibu resident Rick Wallace’s marathon-running career.
“The first LA Marathon was touted on the heals of the ’84 Olympics, which had drawn a lot of attention to marathon running for both men and women,” Wallace said. “I thought the race would finish inside Coliseum, just like the Olympians had. That’s why I signed up — I’d never been a runner before that.”

Chris Bashaw

Dear Editor,
We have to do better to guarantee the safety of people like the young woman murdered recently on PCH after she got out of her car and was killed by another driver.
No other highway with as much traffic as PCH seems to get the lack of attention from its pedestrians and drivers.
If we had a larger emergency lane for parking or walking, maybe this never would have been a murder and accident site that I will never, ever, get out of my mind.

Chris Bashaw