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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
For the second straight game, the Malibu High baseball team held its opponent to, as their coach says, “a doughnut.” Behind a strong effort from senior pitcher Justin Truschke, the Sharks squeaked out another win, defeating visiting Bishop Diego 1-0 on Wednesday, April 5.
Erin Redmond

Tensions over Malibu’s Measure R escalated at the Malibu City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 13, when residents sought answers for claims put forth in a letter Monday morning, signed by Rob Reiner of the Yes on R campaign.  

Ashleigh Fryer

Dear Malibu Parents,

I have read the [Malibu] Surfside News coverage of our School District concerns with great interest. And I’m grateful to live in a community where we value and prioritize our kids. I fear that we are in the midst of an ugly divorce with the school district and our kids stand to lose the most. I’m trying to think of a better way. 

Alex Vejar

Sandy Bettlelman’s JENSEN is a rare find, indeed

In most of our heads, rare cars command high prices. I see that every time I head to an auction. But, the truth is that if you love your car, it’s priceless. And that is certainly true when it comes to Sandy Bettelman and his 1976 Jensen Interceptor convertible. And why it’s this week’s Ride of the Week. 

Chris Bashaw

It may not feel like Thanksgiving in just a couple of weeks away, but all along the Malibu coast an influx of sea birds and migrating waterfowl are a sure sign that winter is on its way. 

Chris Bashaw

Poets and men of faith often say that somehow, inexplicably, out of terrible tragedy good things, indeed, amazing things can bloom.  

Inspired by the legacy of Reuters photojournalist Dan Eldon, Malibu’s Creative Visions Foundation focuses on the use of arts and media to raise awareness of social causes – which they call creative activism.

Lauren Finkler
Patrons of the $1,000-to-$2,000-per-night Malibu Nobu Ryokan Hotel may have access to unimaginable luxury, but they won’t be getting pool privileges at an adjacent office building anytime soon.
Lauren Finkler

Native plants come in all sizes, colors and textures and can help Malibu gardeners conserve water while encouraging pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds to frequent the garden. Autumn is said to be the best time of year to plant natives, and Malibuites will have an opportunity to shop for a wide selection of Santa Monica Mountains-specific plants and get some tips on how and where to plant them at the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RSDSMM)  annual fall native plant sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.

Ashleigh Fryer

10 questions with Tristan Peterson

Tristan Peterson is a soon-to-be sophomore snare drummer for the Malibu High School Drumline.

How did you start performing in the drumline?

Well, technically, I’ve been playing in drumline since the summer before third grade, but I’ve been taking music classes since I was about 2 years old, and drum lessons specifically since age 5.

What do you most enjoy about drumline?

Chris Bashaw