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Ashleigh Fryer


Jospeh White and Sandy Nang.

This week’s Pet of the Week is Zoe, owned by Joseph White and Sandy Nang of Malibu.

Zoe is a 14-month-old golden retriever.

“She loves to relax in her bone-shaped pool, chase birds and hike,” Sandy said. “She is very gentle and barks when there are strangers by the front gate or when she is overly excited. She makes friends easily and has many buddies at the Trancas Dog Park.”

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

The Malibu United girls U14 AYSO team went undefeated in the Apricot Jam Tournament in Moorpark.

The girls came out of the gate hustling, connecting passes, winning 100 percent of the balls and playing great defense, resulting in a 4-0 shutout win over Moorpark in the first game of pool play.  

The team’s second game was against a tough Newbury Park team, but the Malibu United players picked up where they left off and delivered another excellent 2-0 result.  

Ashleigh Fryer

On the west side of Los Angeles, the prevailing cry from real estate agents is that there is no inventory of homes to sell. There seems to be plenty of buyers, even with tight lending policies still in place, and plenty of cash to pump into prime real estate. If only more owners were selling.

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

The sound of a thousand LEGO bricks swishing about in a plastic bin is a cacophony to some, a symphony to others.

Judging from the smile across Victoria Mouwen’s face, she may as well have been listening to Mozart.

“I had a bin of bricks when I was a kid and playing with LEGOs was one of my favorite things to do,” the Play Well Teknologies instructor said.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu is the scent of Thymes’ eucalyptus and lavender body creams, the feel of Yves Delorme’s simple white linens and the sight of Denise James’ handcrafted semi-precious stone jewelry. 

After 20 years in business, Tina Nicholls, co-owner of the Malibu Colony Company, has gotten Malibu’s style down to a T.

Chris Bashaw

Setting the record straight

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