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A helicopter circles overhead as the Woolsey Fire burns in Malibu. Jake Welter
Ingrid Strauss writes “Find Elaine” in the Malibu sand Jan. 28 near where missing woman Elaine Park’s car was found the prior year. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
(Left to right) Rio McBreen, Bridget Kennedy-Bailey and Zach Kennedy-Bailey lead protesters marching for stricter gun laws on Feb. 25 at Zuma Beach. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
A pelican swoops in on the commencement crowd during Pepperdine’s April 28 ceremony in Malibu. Rolf Sohlberg
Attendees perform a flash mob dance Aug. 31 at the Boys and Girls Club of Malibu’s first Chili Cook-Off. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
A 6-month-old sea lion that was being cared for at California Wildlife Center poses at the edge of the brand new marine mammal rehabilitation facility that was showcased during a Jan. 11 ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media
Spiritual advisor Alan Salazar (left) wafts sage smoke over staff carrier Richard Myers, from the Lenape and Sioux Nation, at the beginning of the grand ceremony on April 14 at Malibu’s Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Celebration. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Parker Curry surfs June 16 at the second annual Surf Summit held in Malibu. Christina Zimmerman/22nd Century Media
Andy Harper, dressed as Uncle Sam, makes his way along the parade route during 19th annual Point Dume Fourth of July Parade and Picnic. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Holly Katke (center) plants the first flag on Pepperdine University’s lawn Sept. 8, with assistance from Craig Remsburg (left) and Katke’s 12-year-old daughter, Leah. Katke, a retired U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, was the honoree for the 11th annual Ride to the Flags, held later that day. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
(Left to right) City Councilmember Laura Rosenthal, Mayor Rick Mullen, Los Angeles County Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, LA County CEO Sachi Hamai, and Santa Monica College Superintendent/President Kathryn Jeffery dig into the future site of Santa Monica College on Friday, Sept. 21. Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media
Lauren Coughlin, Editor
12:08 pm PST December 31, 2018
The top news item of 2018 is indisputable. When the Woolsey Fire reached Malibu on Nov. 9, thousands of residents were uprooted, and hundreds returned weeks later to find demolished homes and neighborhoods.