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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

Malibu resident and founder of the Cliffside Malibu Rehab Center Richard Taite, along with co-author Constance Scharff, PhD, have released the second edition of their book “Ending Addiction for Good.” 

The book is an update to the original version, which was published in 2012, and discusses a recent breakthrough in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field which centers around the concept of neuroplasticity. 

Ashleigh Fryer
Current Malibu City Council members Laura Zahn Rosenthal and Lou La Monte were declared the winners in the Tuesday, April 8, Malibu General Municipal Election for two open council seats, according to unofficial results from the Malibu City Clerk’s office. The results are comprised of a combination of the seven polling place precincts, as well as the seven vote by mail precincts. They do not include provisional ballots. Rosenthal and La Monte recorded 1,427 and 1,399 votes, respectively. 
Chris Bashaw

One of the last major undeveloped canyons in Malibu is slated to remain open space. On June 2, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $6 million allocation to help purchase filmmaker and Malibu resident James Cameron’s 703-acre property in Puerco Canyon. An additional $4.5 million will come from the Wildlife Conservation Board, and $1.5 million from the California State Coastal Conservancy, for a total purchase price of $12 million.

Cameron began buying land in the canyon in 1999, amassing a total of 729 acres on 24 parcels.

Chris Bashaw

It’s official: the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has closed escrow on 703 acres in Puerco Canyon, the largest remaining privately owned open space in Los Angeles County. 

The property, comprised of 24 parcels, was sold to the Conservancy by filmmaker James Cameron for $12 million, and will be named the Cameron Nature Preserve, a press release from the MRCA states.

Ashleigh Fryer

What began as a hobby for longtime Malibu resident Robert Jaye has now grown into a full-time business known as Malibu Olive Company.

Creating three types of Californian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Malibu Olive Company utilizes nearly 350 olive trees throughout Malibu. Working as a director of photography, Jaye began with a small grove of olive trees at his Malibu home.

Ashleigh Fryer

Under the leadership of coach John Meyers, for the third year in a row Our Lady of Malibu’s novice track team earned the title of league champions in their division at the Valley Catholic Sports League’s track championship meet on May 10 at Chaminade High School. 

Ashleigh Fryer

It’s an experimental and bold new program, unlike anything the City has yet sponsored. As the City of Malibu’s Cultural Arts Commission prepares to debut its first Salon Series event, Commissioner Richard Gibbs, who proposed and has championed the series, took some time to share his thoughts on the program with the Malibu Surfside News. 

Chris Bashaw

A 66-year-old man was pronounced dead at Zuma Beach at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7, according to the Los Angeles County Lifeguards.

Although initially reported by various media outlets as a drowning, LAC Lifeguards Captain Captain Dan Murphy, who was at the scene, clarified that the man collapsed by the water’s edge as a result of an unknown medical complication.

 “A bystander saw him on the beach and he appeared to have had a medical emergency on the beach,” Murphy said, emphasizing that the man did not drown, but was “washed in” by strong waves.

Chris Bashaw

With a severe, prolonged drought affecting the State of California, Malibu’s Pepperdine University has been making strides throughout the dry months to maintain it’s “renowned green lawn” with the use of a water reclamation project, said Rhiannon Bailard, associate vice president at Pepperdine’s Center for Sustainability.

Pepperdine has been using reclaimed water to irrigate its 830-acre campus, utilizing a wastewater treatment program, since 1972, Bailard said, a feat which is aided by the use of native vegetation for one third of the school’s land. 

Chris Bashaw

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