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Perhaps not for the first time, an arguably influential resident of Santa Monica voiced support for the separation of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District during an Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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

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

Tensions over Malibu’s Measure R escalated at the Malibu City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 13, when residents sought answers for claims put forth in a letter Monday morning, signed by Rob Reiner of the Yes on R campaign.  

Ashleigh Fryer

After 43 years, Our Lady of Malibu is finally getting a renewed look.

Several parishioners gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at Our Lady of Malibu Church on Friday, July 11, to celebrate the start of a large renovation project.

The project, which is already underway, seeks to make improvements to the church, Sheridan Hall and the elementary school in three phases, said Rev. Bill Kerze, pastor of the OLM parish. 

Chris Bashaw

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

Unkept promises

Dear Ms. Lyon and the board of the SMMUSD,

We are writing to you regarding your statement about recent environmental test results.

It was last October when all of us parents and you gathered in the auditorium of Malibu High School and you assured us, moved to tears, that you personally will take care of the looming environmental danger as soon as humanly possible.

Chris Bashaw

Setting the record straight

Chris Bashaw

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

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