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After a meeting in San Francisco regarding the sale of the District’s first series of Measure “ES” bonds, the Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District has maintained its bond rating of ‘Aa1’ and ‘AA’ from rating agencies, Moody’s Investor Service and Standard & Poor’s, respectively. 

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu City Council voted unanimously at its Monday, Feb. 10, meeting to approve of the disposal of metal skate ramps at the former site of Papa Jack’s Skate Park at 23415 Civic Center Way in Malibu.

The City had purchased the ramps in 2004, according to Parks and Recreation director Bob Stallings. But, with the closure of the skate park in October of 2011, the ramps have become a “attractive nuisance,” said Stallings 

Chris Bashaw

Many of you have written to me concerning a mold problem that you are having that seems to be following whitefly infestation. 

What is this “Sooty Mold” you ask? Sooty mold is the common name of several species of fungi that grow on honeydew secretions on plant parts and other surfaces. The fungi is dark and covers the leaves with the appearance of a layer of soot.

Chris Bashaw

Point Dume Marine Science School (PDMSS) enlisted the help of a number of local sponsors for its annual Breakfast with Dad event on Wednesday, Dec.  10.

The hour-and-a-half-long event began at 7 a.m. Featured breakfast food items brought by PDMSS parents accompanied those provided by local sponsors, such as sausages and paper goods from Kristy’s Malibu; quiche from Vintage Grocers; pancakes from Malibu Farm; juices and tea from SunLife Organics and others, including egg flatbread from Jamdys.

Ashleigh Fryer

The Malibu High School boys volleyball team fought for a comeback against Carpinteria in their first league game on Thursday, March 13, besting the Warriors in three of five sets.

The victory had the players, alternates and coaches swarming the court in celebration after the boys came back from a two-set deficit to beat the Warriors on the Sharks home turf.

The Sharks, who had only played one preseason match against Pacifica prior to their first league face-off on Wednesday, were coming off a defeat in which Pacifica dominated them in three sets. 

Ashleigh Fryer

This week’s Pet of the Week is Pebbles, a 3-year-old pot-bellied pig.
Pebbles lives with his owner Lori Morris at Hope Ranch in Malibu.
“She’s very friendly and likes belly rubs,” Morris said. “Pebbles also listens well to food and will come running toward you if she hears it coming.”

Chris Bashaw

Eight Malibu High School students received honorable mentions for their photographs in the 2014 California Streaming Digital Photography Contest.

A variety of subjects and stories are showcased in every photo. One narrates the experience of a lonely street beggar while another illustrates elation against blue-and-pink sky.

The students whose work was recognized are: Daniel Eisner, Mariarely Cruz, Tristan McGowan, Yasmine Diba, Claire Murphy, Lacey Bieler, Sage Smith and Connemara Hutcherson

Carla Bowman-Smith.

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

The Malibu High School softball team couldn’t shake off the rust from their two-week spring break hiatus on Wednesday, April 23, when they suffered a 10-0 loss to Archer at home. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The Malibu Garden Club will conclude its season with a final meeting at 7 p.m. on June 4 in the Point Dume Club House.

The club’s meeting will feature an open forum conducted by radio and television personality Nick Federoff, who is a master gardner.

Federoff is equipped to field a variety of questions from those about specific plants to broader topics.

Ashleigh Fryer