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A small fire was extinguished by 8:20 p.m. at the Shell gas station near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road in Malibu.

Shortly before 8 p.m., a sedan collided with a pump at the gas station, igniting a small fire that was contained to the front of the vehicle.

A female passenger of the sedan said she and a male driver were driving in the right lane on the northbound side of Pacific Coast Highway when a taxicab began to move into their lane.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu native and daredevil Johnny Strange, 23, died after a wingsuit accident Thursday, Oct. 1, in Switzerland.

According to TMZ — as well as an earlier  telephone interview Strange gave on KROQ 106.7’s Kevin and Bean show last Monday — Strange said he would be filming a “dangerous wingsuit proximity video,” where “we fly super close to stuff.

Details of Strange’s accident were not yet known, but a wingsuit proximity flight is an advanced technique using a full-body suit to glide across the air — much like a bat.

Chris Bashaw

A common adage says it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s not far-fetched to think the same for a small business – a small village, or a close-knit town such as Malibu, may be exactly what it takes to get a small business off the ground.

That’s at least the experience of Ann Ryan, a Malibu resident of nearly 20 years, who, with her daughter Beth Levine, started what is now Beachy Cream Organic Ice Cream.

Chris Bashaw

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

With less than a month until Christmas and only a couple weeks until Hanukkah, the holiday shopping season is upon us. For those looking to give local gifts this holiday season, Malibu Surfside News is here to help.

Below are 70 great gift ideas in no particular order from Malibu businesses that are fit for just about anyone on your list. Happy shopping!

1. Zuma Organics Herb Tins

Chris Bashaw

Trancas Country Market announced last week that it will undergo a yearlong revitalization endeavor to add Le Village Café to accompany its repertoire of upscale tenants, dining options and new outdoor seating areas. 

RKF, the leading independent retail real estate firm in the United States, has been brought on to align Trancas with the right boutiques, designer stores and restaurants to embody Malibu’s relaxed lifestyle and reflect its cultural affinity.

Alex Vejar

“His was a voice that had its own footnotes,” Douglas Kmiec, Our Lady of Malibu parishioner, said with a laugh that reverberated through the crowd that filled the movie theater, as his fellow parishioners and neighbors watched Kmiec on screen at the premier of “Radical Kindness: The Life of John Sheridan,” a film documenting OLM’s Mongsignor, the late John V. Sheridan. 

Ashleigh Fryer

They say that when one door closes, another opens.  

Kristy’s Restaurant, a Malibu staple, closed as of Jan. 1. However, the restaurant’s patrons and fans should not despair. That old adage about new doors opening has prevailed.

Kristy’s has merged with Le Village Café to form a new establishment, Kristy’s Village Café, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Building B, at Trancas Country Market.

Lauren Finkler

Malibu resident Mark Jason looked out onto 100 acres of raw land just southeast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was his newest business venture with his longtime friend and Mexican national Manuel. The only question: what to do with it.

“The first thing we bought was a chipper — we really transformed it into some beautiful farmland,” Jason said. “It was more than that, though. We wanted it to be a way to help people around there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu will welcome another restaurant along Pacific Coast Highway, Tavern 1 American Grill, in early June.

The restaurant — which focuses on “real southern barbecue cuisine,” chef and owner Marco Gonzalez said — will be the sister location to Gonzalez’s barbecue joint in Agoura Hills, Tavern 101.

“There’s no barbecue out in Malibu,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll be the only ones. So we’re hoping to fill a need out there.”

Ashleigh Fryer

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