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Pepperdine University today announced the death of Caruso School of Law Professor Jim McGoldrick.

He was 76.

In a statement, university President Jim Gash, who counted McGoldrick as a longtime associate and former instructor, said the passing "is a profound loss to our community.”

“Jim was one of my favorite professors when I was a law student at Pepperdine and was a beloved colleague during my 20 years of teaching alongside him. His dry wit and easy laugh will be greatly missed.”

Scott Steepleton

It’s official: the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has closed escrow on 703 acres in Puerco Canyon, the largest remaining privately owned open space in Los Angeles County. 

The property, comprised of 24 parcels, was sold to the Conservancy by filmmaker James Cameron for $12 million, and will be named the Cameron Nature Preserve, a press release from the MRCA states.

Ashleigh Fryer

Design/build firm Classical Progression, Inc. – founded by Malibu resident Kevin Cozen – completed on Feb. 11, the world headquarters of the World Surf League, formerly known as the Association of Surfing Professionals.

Chris Bashaw
The Malibuite can add to his resume a role that isn’t a piece of fiction — that of Emmy nominee for “Hate Among Us,” a Popstar TV documentary he produced with talk-show host and longtime friend Montel Williams that explores the rise of anti-Semitism.
Scott Steepleton

Malibu resident Jadwiga Kofin suffers from anxiety and intermittent restless legs and hands. These ailments cause her distress and the only way she has been able to get relief from these symptoms has been with medical marijuana.
“It’s changed my life completely,” Kofin said. “I’d probably be a little ball of anxiety and chaos if it wasn’t for marijuana in my life.”
Kofin has had to travel to other cities such as Venice to get what she calls her medicine. But that changed last week with the grand opening of a marijuana dispensary where she lives.

Chris Bashaw

Making its debut at Trancas Country Market, luxury home furnishings and décor store Malibu Beach House is a new retail venture by lifelong friends Lisa Houge and Laura Burdge. Known for their Malibu-based interior design firm, Quintessential Designs, as well as their Bloody Mary mix, Malibu Mary, the pair has set their sights on sharing their love of “home” through entertaining and design, by launching Malibu Beach House.

Chris Bashaw
Damon Michael Geller, 48, reportedly drowned Dec. 20 during a late-night surfing session at Topanga Beach in Malibu.
Lauren Finkler
Cameron Johnson is not a name cloaked in tragedy — Pepperdine University’s Psi Upsilon fraternity has ensured that.
Lauren Finkler

Vintage Grocers, a new independent market created for the Malibu community and the surrounding area, will launch its Grand Opening Celebration on March 5 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special events throughout the store, including gift bags for the first customers, custom-made Malibu Gift Baskets and much more.

The public is invited to join the celebration beginning with the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at Vintage Grocers located in the Trancas Country Market. The first 250 customers will receive gift bags filled with Vintage Grocers’ products.

Chris Bashaw
Elaine Park’s loved ones and social media followers brace themselves each time a body is found in the Malibu area. Over the past two years, it’s happened too many times. Most recently, on Jan. 21, unidentified human remains were found near Latigo Canyon and Calicut roads; as of Friday, Feb. 1, the coroner’s office had yet to release information on the individual’s sex or age.
Lauren Finkler

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