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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated, Mahatma Ghandi once said. Last Chance for Animals — a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation and public awareness campaigns — is to honor Malibuite and animals rights activist Cindy Landon as Philanthropist of the Year Oct. 22 at its annual benefit gala.
Bill Jones

Under the leadership of coach John Meyers, for the third year in a row Our Lady of Malibu’s novice track team earned the title of league champions in their division at the Valley Catholic Sports League’s track championship meet on May 10 at Chaminade High School. 

Ashleigh Fryer
In one month, real estate platform adds 45 top LA agents.
Alex Vejar

Glendale police remain stumped as of Friday, Feb. 10, in the case of 20-year-old Elaine Park, whose vehicle was found along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Feb. 2. 

Police reportedly located her personal property as well as the keys to the car in the vehicle.

Park’s family reported Elaine as a missing person on Jan. 30, and she has not been seen since Jan. 28.

Lauren Finkler

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

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

Throughout a range of interviews conducted with Malibu residents and professionals, evidence suggested many in the Malibu community hold the City of Malibu’s Planning Department in low esteem.

Included in those interviews were several “on record,” “on condition of anonymity” and “no comment,” conversations that occurred between the Malibu Surfside News and more than 20 people – the majority of whom were unwilling to go on the record.

Ashleigh Fryer

The official website for the California Incline replacement project invites the public to “Be Excited, Be Prepared,” but for many Malibu commuters the prevalent emotion is trepidation, not excitement. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Dick Van Dyke performed with the Vantastix at a benefit performance and fan art exhibit on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Malibu Playhouse.

The show of shows was on as audience members became enthralled by the evening’s performances.

The paint was flying on and off the canvas and a puppeteer pulled the strings as his puppet floated in air. Van Dyke took the stage with his a cappella quartet, as his wife joined him. 

Van Dyke was at the top of his game — laughing, singing and involving the audience in the night’s festivities.

Alex Vejar

Inspired by their worldly travels and a friendship that has lasted more than a decade, Malibu resident Chelsea Bulte and Kristin Cavallari recently partnered together to launch jewelry line Emerald Duv.

“I had been doing jewelry for awhile and Kristin said, ‘I want to do something with you – let’s join forces,’” Bulte said.

The two friends met while dating guys who were best friends about 11 years ago. After those relationships ended, Bulte and Cavallari remained friends.

Chris Bashaw

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