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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

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

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

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

On any given evening, just before their parents called them in for dinner, Ari Andersen, Monty Biglow and Dusty Kramer could be found roaming the streets of Malibu West, “a roving pack of 10 year olds — like a tribe.”

“We must’ve spent thousands of hours together; playing hockey, playing tag in the street,” Andersen said. “That’s how it was all day, every day. And these guys are still my best friends to this day. They’ll be my friends for the rest of my life.”

Chris Bashaw

The City of Malibu made an interest-free, personal loan to the publisher of the Malibu Times that has gone unpaid for nearly four years.
The loan came due Dec. 5, 2011, and has yet to be repaid. In May 2014, a lien was placed on the property as result of not paying the City.

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

CLOVIS, Calif. — Senior Caroline Pietrzyk reached into her bag while surrounded by her coaches, family and friends and pulled out what she said were all the race stickers she’d worn since her freshman year at Malibu High School.
The were stacked one on top of the other, forming the shape of a rectangle. She then stuck the sticker she wore for her last track meet for MHS onto the others, and placed the entire collection on her chest for fun.
That moment symbolized what has been a long, successful journey for Pietrzk as Malibu High athlete.

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

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

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