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After four years of becoming the star water polo player for the Malibu Sharks, Owen Franz was burnt out.

Franz, 18, not only competed at the high school level, but was also a member of various club teams and an Olympic development program. 

When his high school career was coming to a close, he began having doubts about his passion for the sport. That seemed to have started at the end of his junior year, in the wake of the Sharks’ devastating loss in the CIF Finals, when many of Franz’s close friends and teammates graduated. 

Alex Vejar
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Alex Vejar

If a tire on your golf cart catches a nail over a holiday weekend, chances are pretty good Douglas Randall can still be there in 20 minutes to fix it.

It’s no guarantee, but Randall – a Malibu resident as well as owner and primary laborer of Malibu Custom Carts – firmly believes in providing reliable service to Malibu’s golf-cart goers as much, and as consistently, as possible.

Chris Bashaw

Spring is in bloom in Malibu, despite the drought. Although it isn’t one of those stellar years when wide swaths of the Santa Monica Mountains are transformed into a living tapestry of color, there are still many places to experience the sight and scent of spring flowers.

Ashleigh Fryer

After more than 25 years in business, Lily’s Café has changed very little – if at all.

Tucked in a nook at the Point Dume Village across the walkway from Bank of Books, the cozy café was originally a doughnut shop until the early 1980s, when an 18-year-old Lily Castro acquired the venue and began its transition to a restaurant. 

“Little by little, I made this place a restaurant by adding burritos, hamburgers and tacos to our menu,” Castro said. “My vision was to make this restaurant a family business, and it worked.”

Chris Bashaw

In the same room on Galahad Drive where 16-year-old Barbie Herron and Amber Laforet began their friendship, 22 years later, the pair returned to fill the space with a new set of memories, this time as business partners and co-founders of Head Regal.
“That room where I lived with Barbie for a summer when we were 16 became our first office,” Laforet said. “Basically, our business was born in one night over sushi. We came back into each other’s lives after all these years and we just absolutely connected — it was magnetic.”

Chris Bashaw

There’s something familiar about the Malibu Roadhouse.
It might be that it occupies the space that used to house the BeauRivage, a storied Malibu restaurant. It might be its familiar position, across PCH from Dan Blocker Beach — a section of Malibu most residents cruise through daily.

Chris Bashaw

For a few hours following the highest night tide of each full or new moon during spring and early summer, the California grunion leave the water to lay their eggs on Southern California’s sandy beaches from Point Conception north of Santa Barbara to Punta Abreojos in Baja California, Mexico.

Chris Bashaw

Cynthia Merritt passed away peacefully at her home May 8 with her husband, George, by her side.

“Cindi” braved a long battle with health issues but forever kept her keen sense of humor. 

Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Lakewood, California, she attended Orange Coast College.

A flight attendant for American Airlines for 35 years, she flew often to some of her favorite places — Honolulu, Tokyo, London and Rome.

Ashleigh Fryer

California Wildlife Conservation board members will consider at their Sept. 3 meeting in Sacramento allocating a grant of $610,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to fund completion of the feasibility study and environmental impact report for the removal of Rindge Dam in Malibu Canyon.

The removal project was first proposed in 2002 by the Southern California Steelhead Coalition. Plans for the project were released in 2013, and scoping began. 

Chris Bashaw

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