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Before chef Thommy Craig took over as executive chef at Vintage Grocers this summer, he spent the past 30 years building a name for himself as a personal chef for celebrity clientele. But Craig’s first gig in the kitchen was the far less glamorous role of a dishwasher.

Alex Vejar

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

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
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

Tris Imboden, of the band Chicago, has traveled around the world and back behind a set of drums.

But at home in Malibu, he is able to unwind a bit, and he recently offered his expert opinion to young, aspiring musicians during the Malibu Rotary Club’s annual choral competition at Pepperdine last month. It was here that the Surfside caught up with Imboden. 

“I’m delighted to serve the community of Malibu by judging this competition,” Imboden said. “I’m not able to give back as much as I wish I could because often I am on the road.”

Lauren Finkler

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

When people ask Malibu resident Fred Walecki if he’s a luthier, he likes to tell them flatly that he’s been thinking about becoming a Presbyterian.
He’ll let the joke rest for a second or two, which is more or less the amount of time it takes for a bright, wide smile to betray his deadpan humor.

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

It’s the farm where various restaurants throughout the city with 27 miles of scenic beauty source their salad greens.

Sowing, planting and harvesting by paying age-old attention to the movements of celestial bodies relative to the movement of Earth, the farmers at One Gun Ranch in Malibu strive to achieve an entirely holistic approach to farming in the hills of Malibu.

Chris Bashaw

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