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The golden era of roadside attractions is long gone, but there was a time when Cape Cod cottages and Tiki kitsch were a key part of Malibu’s mojo.
The restaurants and hotels are all gone, or remodeled past recognizing, but ephemera like postcards, matchboxes and menus preserve a record of Malibu’s gloriously goofy past, and in many cases, TV and films shot on location offer a glimpse of vanished local landmarks.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu should build a new school
Are you like me, wondering why we are talking about remediating the schools when there is money and approved plans for building new schools? This is what I have found out.
The Township Council lost their legal battle regarding the field lighting at MHS in October of 2012.

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

Members of a Malibu High School creative writing class recited their original poetry in front of friends, family and members of the community on Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 29, for the Kids on Coffee event inside the Bank of Books bookstore in Malibu. 

Pamela Eilerson, manager of the bookstore, said it is important for teenagers to have an outlet for their feelings during their adolescence. 

Ashleigh Fryer

As the sun set over the horizon in Bluffs Park, young residents of Malibu lined up just outside the Pony baseball field in hopes of finding glowing eggs filled with prizes.

After the last glimmer of light flickered away into the night, the gates opened and dozens of children scrambled to gather as many eggs as they could. 

Jackie Valencia brought her 11-year-old son Nicolas to the glow-in-the-dark event, as well as her two younger children. She said her favorite event was the egg hunt. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Records were meant to be broken.

The daughter of Malibu High School high jump coach Anthony Shafer, Kayleigh, held the record for high jump height for 15 years. But on Wednesday, April 30, junior Michaela Cosentino jumped 5 feet, cementing her name in the record books. 

“I have mixed emotions,” Anthony Shafer said of his daughter’s record being broken. “It’s the last of the records that my daughter held here.”

Kayleigh Shafer held five records at the high school over the years, her father said. But Anthony Shafer was glad it was Cosentino who set the mark. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Everyone knows the adage that “the only sure things in life are death and taxes,” but the  maxim neglects to mention another equally inevitable occurrence: change. 

The graduates of Malibu High School celebrated finishing four years of school on Friday, June 6, in a ceremony where “change” played central role in the celebration.

Chris Bashaw

Making its debut at Trancas Country Market, luxury home furnishings and décor store Malibu Beach House is a new retail venture by lifelong friends Lisa Houge and Laura Burdge. Known for their Malibu-based interior design firm, Quintessential Designs, as well as their Bloody Mary mix, Malibu Mary, the pair has set their sights on sharing their love of “home” through entertaining and design, by launching Malibu Beach House.

Chris Bashaw

Two swimmers from the Malibu High School Sharks swim team qualified for an automatic CIF bid on Wednesday, March 12, in a meet against the Santa Clara High School Bruins. 

Freshman Farah Stack finished with a time of 2 minutes 5.86 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle, easily beating the required time of 2:11.30 for an automatic bid.

In the 50-yard freestyle, junior Logan Hotchkiss finished at 22.95 seconds, barely squeaking by the automatic-bid time of 23:40 seconds. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The Malibu Sharks tennis team lost 10-8 in a round-robin tournament Wednesday, April 2, against the Oak Park Eagles. 

Senior Gabe Rapaport won all three of his matches against his opponents, only losing four out of 18 total games. His first match was against his rival David Goulak, and this was Rapaport’s first win against him in high school play. 

“David and I are best friends, pretty much,” Rapaport said. “We hit together all the time and we play doubles together. It was a good win for me.”

Chris Bashaw

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