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Longtime Malibu artist and surfer Warren Long has died. He was 62. 

Long, best known for his whimsical paintings and furniture that featured fish, mermaids, angels and flying pigs, was also a teacher. He worked at the Malibu Garden School in the 1990s and his Big Rock beach studio — full of paintings and sketches of the found objects collected along the shore that he used as sculptural elements in his work — was always open to students and visitors.

Alex Vejar

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

Malibu resident Mark Jason looked out onto 100 acres of raw land just southeast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was his newest business venture with his longtime friend and Mexican national Manuel. The only question: what to do with it.

“The first thing we bought was a chipper — we really transformed it into some beautiful farmland,” Jason said. “It was more than that, though. We wanted it to be a way to help people around there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu High School baseball coaches Ari Jacobs and Phil Johnson served a one-game suspension on Thursday, April 23, amid an administrative investigation into incidents that allegedly occurred during a spring break tournament in San Diego. The team has also be prohibited from attending overnight tournaments for the next two years.

Chris Bashaw

On March 3, Malibu’s historic Adamson House and Museum temporarily closed its doors. California State Parks, which owns and administers the house and museum as part of Malibu Lagoon State Beach, initially announced that “the house tours program, garden tours, and the gift shop would be temporarily closed from March 3 through March 31, 2015.” That deadline passed two weeks ago, and a notice on the Adamson House website that states that the house will be “closed until further notice,” has raised concerns in the community that the closure may become permanent. 

Ashleigh Fryer

When wildlife biologist Stan Gehrt set out to study coyotes in Chicago, Illinois he thought it would be a quick “one-and-done” situation. He was wrong. Almost two decades of research on Cook County, Illinois’ coyotes — estimated to number not one or two, but 1500-2000 — continues to yield astonishing data about the lives and habits of this intelligent, ingenious and seldom seen urban carnivore. 

Ashleigh Fryer

A common adage says it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s not far-fetched to think the same for a small business – a small village, or a close-knit town such as Malibu, may be exactly what it takes to get a small business off the ground.

That’s at least the experience of Ann Ryan, a Malibu resident of nearly 20 years, who, with her daughter Beth Levine, started what is now Beachy Cream Organic Ice Cream.

Chris Bashaw

A Superior Court of California judge ruled Malibu’s Measure R unconstitutional on Tuesday, Dec. 14, Malibu City Attorney Christi Hogin said Wednesday.

“Yesterday late afternoon, we got the court’s ruling on the Measure R state case,” said Hogin, confirming a statement sent to the Malibu Surfside News from Marshall Camp, the attorney representing a group of Malibu property owners.

The property owners acted as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed on Jan. 5, challenging the city of Malibu on Measure R.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu will welcome another restaurant along Pacific Coast Highway, Tavern 1 American Grill, in early June.

The restaurant — which focuses on “real southern barbecue cuisine,” chef and owner Marco Gonzalez said — will be the sister location to Gonzalez’s barbecue joint in Agoura Hills, Tavern 101.

“There’s no barbecue out in Malibu,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll be the only ones. So we’re hoping to fill a need out there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

A man is in custody for the alleged burglarly of a Malibu home owned by singer Lana Del Rey, as well as alleged stalking of the entertainer.

Police responded at 8:20 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to a burglarly call made from the residence by an unnamed construction worker, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

The worker told police he found the man, later identified by detectives as 19-year-old Zachary Self, in the home’s garage. Del Rey was not at the home during the incident, police said.

Chris Bashaw

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