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The Whole Foods and the Park project will be in the hands of Malibu voters this November.

After six-and-a-half-hours consisting of the project’s staff report, public comment and council member discussion, members of the Malibu City Council voted 4-1 to approve the project, which ultimately will be decided by Malibu voters.

Alex Vejar

Malibu attorney and resident Paul Shoop passed away peacefully on May 16 at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 67 years old. Paul was a loving father and will be missed by his wife of 32 years, Lee, and his six children. 

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

Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cheroo!

Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke’s 90th birthday lands on Sunday, Dec. 13, and will be celebrated with a trip to Disneyland open to his neighbors in Malibu.

The chartered bus trip leaves the Malibu Playhouse for Disneyland at 9 a.m., and will leave Disneyland at 10:30 p.m. after the fireworks show. The cost to attend is $140 per person, and includes bus and Disneyland entrance fees.

Alex Vejar

Heather Gardner can still remember the signature piece of jewelry that encouraged her to consider making her jewelry designing hobby a full-time job.

“One night at a springtime dinner party back in 2006, I was wearing a statement piece that had gold chain, smoky quartz gemstones, and an abalone pendant,” the Malibu resident said. “A friend who was attending my party noticed my necklace and loved it. She had seen other pieces that I had designed and worn around previously, and that night encouraged me to put some time and money into my then-hobby.

Chris Bashaw

Storm drains are those slits along the side of the road that make people who are texting grip their cell phones a little tighter as they walk by.

They’ve probably swallowed more bouncy balls, keys, coins and small toys than anyone can count, but storm drains consume far more than the things we wish to hold on to.

Ashleigh Fryer

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

Ciara, Amber and Jade Collins sat silent in the car. Palpable anxiety filled the air between the triplets — a staunch contrast from the chorus of laughs, shouts and bubbly conversations that usually characterized their car rides together. 

Halfway through their senior year at Malibu High School, the girls were on their way to take the ACT for the first time; a test that would make or break their college applications.

Chris Bashaw

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

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

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