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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District notified the public of a suicide which took place on the campus of John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 23. The man, who was identified as a JAMS parent, reportedly used a firearm to take his live in front of the school, according to the district statement, which is attributed to Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati. Nobody else was injured.
Lauren Finkler

A former Malibu resident is crowd sourcing funds for a monetary award she hopes will lead to the prosecution of the person who shot and killed an albino raven.
Madena Bennett, who now lives in Thousand Oaks, discovered on May 13 a rare albino raven she cared for escaped from its cage and was shot to death in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood near the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Hampshire Road.

Chris Bashaw
A deadly wildfire that started in Woolsey Canyon on Thursday, Nov. 8, has decimated the City of Malibu, killing at least three and destroying at least 1,600 structures while covering more than 98,000 acres.
22nd Century Media Staff

The 2015-2016 gray whale migration is well on its way to being the second busiest season on record and Malibu beachgoers have a ringside seat.

“It’s difficult to compare anything to last year because it was way off the chart, but this year we’ve already seen double the average number of southbound gray whales,”  Alisa Schulman-Janiger, gray whale census director for the American Cetacean Society, told the Malibu Surfside News.   “We are within 20 or 30 whales of catching up with the second best year,” she said.

Alex Vejar

Steve Karsh, a 40-year resident of Malibu, passed away Thursday, June 9, after a courageous year-long battle with esophageal cancer.

He is survived by his wife Sharone and their “almost perfect” 14 years together; his mother, Irene; daughter, Dawn; son-in-law, Mark Morgan; grandchildren, Cade and Samantha; brothers, William and Howard; and his beloved yellow Labrador, Lola.

Alex Vejar

An audience of approximately two dozen braved the rain on Saturday, Jan. 10, for the debut of the Malibu Playhouse’s new interview series,  “A Conversation With.”

“It’s like a Malibu version of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’” series producer Diane Namm told the Malibu Surfside News. The series will feature one-on-one talks with actors, directors and writers.

“It’s a great way to involve people in the playhouse,” Namm said. “It’s just an hour but the best hour ever.”

Chris Bashaw

Dean & DeLuca, a purveyor of fine foods, has announced its latest store opening in Malibu. The newest Dean & DeLuca development will be located in Malibu Village, located at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road, a recently repositioned shopping center with name brand outfitters, cafes and shops, that caters to the affluent community and year-round influx of visitors nearby. 

Lauren Finkler

Tris Imboden, of the band Chicago, has traveled around the world and back behind a set of drums.

But at home in Malibu, he is able to unwind a bit, and he recently offered his expert opinion to young, aspiring musicians during the Malibu Rotary Club’s annual choral competition at Pepperdine last month. It was here that the Surfside caught up with Imboden. 

“I’m delighted to serve the community of Malibu by judging this competition,” Imboden said. “I’m not able to give back as much as I wish I could because often I am on the road.”

Lauren Finkler

The search continues for 30-year-old Jenny Lorber, a Colorado resident last seen in the late-evening hours of Thursday, May 23, near Paradise Cove in Malibu. 

Lorber is a Southern California native, spending most of her childhood in the Los Angeles area, according to family members. Her grandparents, Norman and Joyce, owned a home on Paradise Cove for more than 30 years, said Rosie Sanchez, Lorber’s lifelong friend, speaking on behalf of the family.

22nd Century Media Staff

The official start of spring is still three weeks away, but all along the California coast record numbers of sick, malnourished and dying sea lion pups are washing ashore, and rescue facilities are already overwhelmed. 

The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, the largest local center for marine mammal rehabilitation, is reporting five times as many sea lion pups as usual and more than twice as many for the same time period in 2013, when the number of sea lion deaths was officially declared an unusual mortality event.

Ashleigh Fryer

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