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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

Many Malibu residents have never seen one, but scorpions are surprisingly common in Malibu and while none of the local species are considered dangerous, they can deliver a painful sting.

Often described as bugs, scorpions are actually arthropods, and are more closely related to spiders than they are to true insects. 

Scorpions occasionally turn up inside a house or garage, but most encounters occur outdoors and sting reports tend peak in late summer, when humans are more likely to be outside at night and to go barefoot.

Chris Bashaw

At its meeting on Monday, May 12, the Malibu City Council authorized Mayor Skylar Peak to execute the issuance subpoenas to websites advertising short-term residential rental properties located throughout the City to seek compliance with the Municipal Code. 

The City’s Municipal Code allows for the collection of a transient occupancy tax of 12 percent on a quarterly basis, which hotels, motels and homes rented out for 30 days or less at a time are subject to .

Chris Bashaw

Before the sun shined through the clouds at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4, the corner of Birdview Avenue and Bluewater Road was quiet. 

Then, one by one, cars and golf carts, which were decked out in red, white and blue streamers, pinwheels, signs that read “USA” and American flags of all sizes, started to arrive. 

Hundreds of Point Dume residents celebrated American independence with their 15th annual Fourth of July parade. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Rehab Center Richard Taite, along with co-author Constance Scharff, PhD, have released the second edition of their book “Ending Addiction for Good.” 

The book is an update to the original version, which was published in 2012, and discusses a recent breakthrough in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field which centers around the concept of neuroplasticity. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Local realtor of 27 years Jeff Chertow opened Pinnacle Estate Properties Inc. in the Malibu Colony Shopping Center on May 17 to “focus on what’s best for our clients, our community and our agents.”

Chertow, who served as the manager of another Malibu agency for 13 years, created Pinnacle as an “agent-centric company, which prides itself on being very supportive of not only the local community, but also its agents.”

Chris Bashaw

With an upbeat market comes word of super high-end sales such as the revelation of a recent deal in Beverly Hills that topped $100 million. The pinnacle of the residential real estate pyramid seems to always elevate higher into the sky. 

Ashleigh Fryer
Current Malibu City Council members Laura Zahn Rosenthal and Lou La Monte were declared the winners in the Tuesday, April 8, Malibu General Municipal Election for two open council seats, according to unofficial results from the Malibu City Clerk’s office. The results are comprised of a combination of the seven polling place precincts, as well as the seven vote by mail precincts. They do not include provisional ballots. Rosenthal and La Monte recorded 1,427 and 1,399 votes, respectively. 
Chris Bashaw

It’s an experimental and bold new program, unlike anything the City has yet sponsored. As the City of Malibu’s Cultural Arts Commission prepares to debut its first Salon Series event, Commissioner Richard Gibbs, who proposed and has championed the series, took some time to share his thoughts on the program with the Malibu Surfside News. 

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Country Mart will host its second annual Summer Block Party on Aug. 10, as a “last hurrah before school starts,” said Elizabeth Maulhardt, director of marketing at the Country Mart. 

The afternoon will consist of live entertainment from a steel drum band and a DJ. Other family-friendly activities such as caricature portraits, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, face painting, a petting zoo and photo booth will fill the center’s playground area from noon-3 p.m.

Chris Bashaw

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