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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

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

If Malibu residents watch a fireworks display over Paradise Cove this Fourth of July, they can thank locally based nonprofit organization RainCatcher and Don Wildman for making it happen.

On July 4, a barge will sit just off the shore from Paradise Cove and launch one of only a few fireworks shows in Malibu. 

RainCatcher’s executive director David Zielski said the display can be seen from areas such as Malibu Bluffs Park, Pepperdine University and Zuma Beach.

The show, however, is put on for more than, well, show.

Chris Bashaw

Los Angeles County Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavky is striking back at claims that a land use plan for the unincorporated Los Angeles County portion of the Santa Monica Mountains will negatively impact equestrian activities and backyard agriculture. 

“A disinformation campaign has been launched by a small army of lawyers and lobbyists, representing developer clients who do not want to play by the rules,” Yaroslavsky said in a press release on Thursday, March 13. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Zoe 

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

Lessons learned from the Conejo Classic tournament two weeks ago played a role in the Sharks’ 13-6 victory over the Rio Mesa Spartans on Wednesday, Sept. 10, head coach Mike Mulligan said.

“We came out with a lot of spark that I haven’t seen before,” Mulligan said. “In the tournament we didn’t move defensively as well as I would have liked, but we were doing that against Rio Mesa.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Setting the record straight

Chris Bashaw

Malibu may soon be home to a playground designed with inclusivity in mind.

The project site will be located at the corner of Cross Creek Road and Civic Center Way in Malibu, where property manager Steve Soboroff hopes to build a Shane’s Inspiration playground.

Shane’s Inspiration is a nonprofit group that designs playgrounds with accessibility in mind for youth with physical and mental disadvantages.

Chris Bashaw

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