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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

A woman was rescued from Point Dume State Beach by officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 30. 

Sergeant Philip Brooks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Malibu-Lost Hills station said a 9:56 a.m. call came in to the station regarding the hiker, Olivia Kristen, who Brooks said the caller told authorities was “stuck on a rock and could not move or else she would fall.” 

Danielle Tabor

Everyone knows the adage that “the only sure things in life are death and taxes,” but the  maxim neglects to mention another equally inevitable occurrence: change. 

The graduates of Malibu High School celebrated finishing four years of school on Friday, June 6, in a ceremony where “change” played central role in the celebration.

Chris Bashaw

Although belonging to a small chain of nine restaurants scattered throughout the west side of Los Angeles – and one in Santa Barbara – Malibu’s Marmalade Café has endeavored to remain in touch and relevant with a community that loves its mom-and-pop businesses.

Throughout its 23 years in business, manager Alex Bekeza said the café has molded itself into the community not just by its menu and décor, but also by making its operation as compatible as possible with Malibu.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Sharks tennis team lost 10-8 in a round-robin tournament Wednesday, April 2, against the Oak Park Eagles. 

Senior Gabe Rapaport won all three of his matches against his opponents, only losing four out of 18 total games. His first match was against his rival David Goulak, and this was Rapaport’s first win against him in high school play. 

“David and I are best friends, pretty much,” Rapaport said. “We hit together all the time and we play doubles together. It was a good win for me.”

Chris Bashaw

For a few hours following the highest night tide of each full or new moon during spring and early summer, the California grunion leave the water to lay their eggs on Southern California’s sandy beaches from Point Conception north of Santa Barbara to Punta Abreojos in Baja California, Mexico.

Chris Bashaw

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

For those of you who know about Cars & Coffee shows, you know that it’s the ultimate automotive get together, where people who love cars and bikes can share their passions, swap stories and get inspired. Up until now, the closest one to our Bu has been Warner Center or Irvine. But — big thanks to the City of Malibu and Armando Petretti of Exclusive Motorcars — we’ll be officially launching this fun event right here at Bluffs Park on Oct. 5. That’s this Sunday.

Chris Bashaw

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

Condominium values have been in steady ascent for the past two-and-a-half years, increasing in Malibu from a median value of $528,000 in 2011 to $827,000 so far in 2014. That calculates to a 57 percent increase.

The median prices during 2012 and 2013 were $665,000 and $795,000, respectively. Price appreciation has been steady and consistent.

Sales units have been about average during the first half of this year, projected to approximately 72 sales after last year brought 79 transactions.

Ashleigh Fryer