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A 29-year-old man was prounounced dead at Zuma Beach on Sunday, July 11, said Kenichi Haskett, ocean lifeguard captain in the lifeguard division of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

At approximately 3:45 p.m., four people were caught in an ocean rip current between Zuma towers 8 and 9. Lifeguards already in the water attempted to rescue them, Haskett said. 

The 29-year-old man began flailing in the water, an indication he did not know how to swim, Haskett said. He was submerged seconds later, Haskett said. 

Alex Vejar

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

An elderly man was in stable condition Saturday, June 20, after being stabbed during a Malibu home invasion incident the night before, according Los Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.
At 10:50 p.m. Friday, June 19, the Malibu/Lost Hills station received a call from the Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch advising that they were responding to an apartment unit in the 20700 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu to treat a possible stabbing victim.

Chris Bashaw

Tony Barrera was born in Lyons, Kansas in 1964 and moved to Malibu with his family in 1973 where he spent his childhood/teenage years growing up. Tony played baseball for Malibu Little League and was a great and still talked about catcher. He loved surfing, film making and had a great passion for playing the drums. In Tony’s teenage years, he worked at Trancas Restaurant and The SandCastle as a cook and would be known in later years for his amazing culinary talents. 

Ashleigh Fryer

As the organizer of Malibu’s Dry Gulch Theatre of Anarchy, Tommi Trudeau’s Monday evenings are filled with entertainment in the most unexpected of places.

“You can get up there and tell us what you had for lunch if you want to,” Trudeau said, laughing. 

“And we’ll sit there and think, ‘Hmmm, delicious! But I shouldn’t be eating that,’” added Trish Van Devere, Dry Gulch Theatre member and seasoned actress. 

Ashleigh Fryer

While the Malibu Arts Festival enjoyed its 44th anniversary on July 25, several artists in the fray of tents, food trucks and art enthusiasts introduced themselves to the community for the first time. 

Cameron Jordan, an abstract painter and photographer by profession, shared her thoughts on being a first-timer at the festival.  

Alex Vejar

It’s the farm where various restaurants throughout the city with 27 miles of scenic beauty source their salad greens.

Sowing, planting and harvesting by paying age-old attention to the movements of celestial bodies relative to the movement of Earth, the farmers at One Gun Ranch in Malibu strive to achieve an entirely holistic approach to farming in the hills of Malibu.

Chris Bashaw

The sign welcoming visitors to Malibu describes this stretch of rugged coast and its dramatic mountain backdrop as “27 miles of scenic beauty.” To earthquake researcher Robert de Groot, the landscape of the Santa Monica Mountains isn’t a peaceful picture postcard. Instead, it tells a story of violent geologic upheaval. 

Alex Vejar

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

Malibu resident and MUSE School co-founder Suzy Amis Cameron appreciates a good bouquet of flowers, just not the kind one might think.

“Three years ago I was in Sydney, Australia with Jim and it was my birthday ... He pulled out this display and said, ‘This is your birthday present,’” Amis Cameron said. “Most girls like to get jewelry, they like to go to the spa ... Things like that.”

Chris Bashaw

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