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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

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

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

With less than a month until Christmas and only a couple weeks until Hanukkah, the holiday shopping season is upon us. For those looking to give local gifts this holiday season, Malibu Surfside News is here to help.

Below are 70 great gift ideas in no particular order from Malibu businesses that are fit for just about anyone on your list. Happy shopping!

1. Zuma Organics Herb Tins

Chris Bashaw

The former Godmother of Malibu Catering Company in the Malibu Racquet Club officially reopened on Monday, March 9, with a new name — West Kitchen and Catering — and a new executive chef and owner, Wes Whitehead.
Whitehead — an Agoura Hills native who used to visit Godmother’s as a child — acquired the restaurant from longtime Malibu resident and business owner Dolores Rivellino in January, and has since executed a few changes to the establishment, along with a brand-new menu.

Chris Bashaw

During its Oct. 27 meeting, the Malibu City Council approved by a 3-2 vote the Conditional Use Permit for Malibu resident Yvonne Green’s 99 High Tide Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary that will be located in the second story of the Zuma Jay building at 22775 Pacific Coast Highway.

Ashleigh Fryer

When it comes to video in the real estate business, Malibu real estate broker Bill Kerbox has a way of thinking outside of the box.

Before the crackdown on commercial and consumer drones by the Federal Aviation Administration last year, Kerbox used their ability to gather video from unique perspectives to show potential buyers a fuller picture of their possibly soon-to-be Malibu homes.

Alex Vejar

Malibu resident Josh Waldbaum looked down at the Rolex watch clasped to his wrist one day in 2008. Just days before, the item served as a testament to his success as a private fitness trainer, his social status and his worth. It was now worthless to him.

“I had no job, I had nowhere to live and I had about $100 in the bank,” Waldbaum said. “I thought, ‘All this watch does is tell time. I’ll make my own watch.’”

Ashleigh Fryer

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