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California is still caught in a cycle of persistent drought, but Malibu has had enough rainfall this winter for a bountiful crop of wildflowers, and in many of the area’s most easily accessible parks spring has already arrived in full force.
One of the most spectacular displays of spring wildflowers can be found at Point Dume State Beach, where the Point Dume Headlands and the bluffs along Westward Beach are golden with a mix of giant coreopsis — a flower found along the coast and nowhere else in the world — bush sunflower and California poppies.

Chris Bashaw
10 Questions with Trey Cotwright
Alex Vejar

There’s something familiar about the Malibu Roadhouse.
It might be that it occupies the space that used to house the BeauRivage, a storied Malibu restaurant. It might be its familiar position, across PCH from Dan Blocker Beach — a section of Malibu most residents cruise through daily.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident Tova Fagan said jewelry design came to her on her birthday eight years ago in Las Vegas.

“I was celebrating with my family when we walked by a particular shop with a bracelet in the window,” she said.

The bracelet transfixed Fagan with its thoughtfully beaded pattern and a diamond charm dangling from its center. Its only off-putting component was the “ginormous” sum of money scrawled on its price tag.

Ashleigh Fryer

As of Monday, July 3, Los Angeles County fire officials had gained the upper hand on two area brush fires which began Thursday, June 29. 

The Topanga Canyon fire was reported at South Topanga Canyon Boulevard about half a mile off of Pacific Coast Highway at 3:09 p.m. Thursday, June 29. As of noon July 3, it had burned 55 acres and was at 80-percent containment, LA County Fire Inspector Richard Licon said. On Friday, Licon had relayed that the terrain presented difficulties for the firefighters. 

Lauren Finkler

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

Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring, owners of the 25-acre One Gun Ranch located a couple miles above Rambla Pacifico, have a solution for growing healthier food and living a healthier lifestyle: biodynamics.

“Biodynamics is like organics on steroids,” Bamford said. 

It’s a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food and nutrition. 

Lauren Finkler

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

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

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