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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

Most teachers boast an impressive collection of coffee mugs — gifts from colleagues, students and parents. But, for Daniel Estes — a fifth-grade teacher at Our Lady of Malibu School — one mug in particular holds special significance.

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

Dear Malibu neighbor,

As former mayors, we have not always agreed on issues facing Malibu, but we are united in our concerns about how Measure R will affect our community. After reading all 16 pages of Mr. Reiner’s initiative, we have come to belief that its inconsistencies and overreach could result in crippling lawsuits which could do irreparable harm to the City. Even worse, it could result in increased development and devastating unintended consequences. Here are only a few of our major concerns:

Chris Bashaw

The first time Milton Greene can remember cooking in a kitchen was when he was 11. Greene’s definition of cooking was a loose one at that age — cooking, to him, meant heating up Van de Kamp’s or Swanson frozen TV dinners in the microwave of his grandparents’ home.

“I was not going to eat boiled food,” he said. 

Ashleigh Fryer

When her childhood ballet teacher passed away in September 2012, Malibu resident Martine Harley assumed the acclaimed, former ballerina’s torch as the Westside School of Ballet’s artistic

Yvonne Mounsey – a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet between 1949 and 1958 – established in 1967 what would eventually become the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, and where Harley would learn to dance during her childhood.

Picking up where Mounsey left off, the school’s two yearly productions are now in Harley’s hands.

Ashleigh Fryer

An early morning garage fire Tuesday, Nov. 18, shut down Birdview Avenue on Point Dume in Malibu.

The fire began just shortly before 7 a.m. in the 7300 block of Birdview Avenue, near Sea Lion Place.

According to Arson Watch volunteer Steve Harrer, who owns Coastal Roofing in Malibu, he was one of the first people on the scene. He said he could see a puff of smoke from the end of Kanan Dume Road.

Danielle Tabor

The Malibu Village was acquired by an East Coast-based real estate investment and management company, Jamestown, for an undisclosed sum Thursday, May 22, after a successful deal with seller KRE Capital, the shopping center’s now-previous owner.

“We went to Jamestown because we thought they could be vested to bring a great retail experience to the community and keep with what our goals were to the community,” said Matt Khoury, KRE Capital founder. “We thought they would be ideally suited as they are probably the top urban retailer expert in the country.”

Ashleigh Fryer

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

After sending out close to 100 letters and dialing the telephone numbers of dozens of collegiate basketball coaches across the nation, Malibu High School senior and basketball star Justin Holmes picked up the phone one more time to call the head coach at the University of Oregon.

“I started talking to the coach and I accidentally said, ‘so how is San Diego?’” Holmes laughed. “I’d called so many coaches, I forgot who I was talking to. It was pretty embarrassing.”

Chris Bashaw