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Hip-hop music and environmental awareness merged at a post-Earth Day celebration at the Malibu Library on Friday, April 25. 

Archie Hill, founder of Third Rock Hip-Hop, presented a video version of the first four chapters of his upcoming five-chapter book, “Third Rock and Friends: A Trip to the Beach” to a crowd of about 25 children from Juan Cabrillo Elementary School.

Chris Bashaw

Rick Metzler, chief instructor at The Pit Malibu, likes to think his 14-year-old son, Sage, was sensing the rhythms and patterns associated with Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima stick fighting while still in his mother’s womb.

“Sharine was earning her second-degree brown belt at the time, so she was fighting, doing rolls and sparing with sticks while she was pregnant with Sage,” Rick said. “You can hear things in the womb, and there’s a lot of rhythm, motion and patterns that are associated with the Eskrima system.”

Ashleigh Fryer

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

A born and bred New Yorker, current Malibu resident Ita Olsen learned at an early age the persuasive power of speech and inflection.

“When I was 14, I knew I had a New York accent,” Olsen said, laughing. “I remember talking to my teachers, my classmates, everyone around me, and trying to categorically improve my accent. I did it systematically. Years later that was what helped me design my own program.”

Chris Bashaw

An elderly man was in stable condition Saturday, June 20, after being stabbed during a Malibu home invasion incident the night before, according Los Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.
At 10:50 p.m. Friday, June 19, the Malibu/Lost Hills station received a call from the Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch advising that they were responding to an apartment unit in the 20700 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu to treat a possible stabbing victim.

Chris Bashaw

On April 18, at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, a musical gathering took place, benefitting Malibu nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids, which aids foster and at-risk youth in Los Angeles.  

The evening began with a look at reality through a Safety Harbor Kids video narrated by Malcolm McDowell, depicting the struggles of teen foster children and the reason for the concert. 

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

Tar continues to wash ashore at Malibu beaches, despite clean-up efforts, although the situation is “being monitored,” according to the Coast Guard.
Officials have been hesitant to link the globs of oil washing ashore on Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange county beaches to the Refugio spill in Santa Barbara County until chemical analysis tests are completed—a process that could takes weeks.

Chris Bashaw

Members of the non-profit environmental advocacy group Poison Free Malibu and other wildlife advocates were on hand at the Dec. 8 Malibu City Council meeting to support an amendment to the Malibu Municipal Code that would ban deadly anticoagulant rodenticides. But they didn’t need to address the Council, except to express gratitude after the meeting, because the item passed unanimously as part of the consent calendar.

Ashleigh Fryer

In 2014, the newly-formed Malibu Cultural Arts Commission hosted its first event: a talk by art restitution legal expert Randol Schoenberg, the attorney who successfully negotiated the 2006 return of Gustav Klimt’s painting Adele Bloch-Bauer I to the heirs of the prominent Austrian Jewish family from whom it was taken by the Nazis.

Schoenberg returned to Malibu on Friday, June 12, as a guest speaker at the Malibu Arts Commission’s first fundraising event.

Ashleigh Fryer

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