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Have you been wondering what that shadowy ship has been doing off Paradise Cove for the past few weeks? So were several other Malibu residents who contacted The Malibu Times to learn more.Here’s what we found.A heavy-duty explorer standing what looks to be five decks above the waterline, the…

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One circuitous but welcome side effect of the tragic Woolsey Fire: Malibu’s teachers are uniquely experienced for this fall. The upcoming semester will be online as per a directive from California Governor Gavin Newsom earlier this month, which compounded an already-existing Santa Monica-Mal…

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Easy come, easy go. When the Malibu Playhouse property went up for sale a couple of years ago, residents were hopeful someone would buy it with the intention of keeping it as the longtime community playhouse. When Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin purchased it for $4.5 million in June 2018, …

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A female pedestrian was struck by a car and killed as she crossed Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) on Tuesday, July 21, around 8:30 p.m., the LA County Sheriff ’s Department confirmed. The incident took place near the intersection of Winding Way West and PCH, which is close to two crowded tourist…

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Pepperdine University announced last week that classes will be held primarily online in the fall 2020 semester.Weeks before the latest announcement, the university released a restoration plan during the summer and said they were well-positioned to reopen for the fall semester.“Although we ar…

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Loud, speeding car clubs, mailbox theft and emergency preparedness were just a few of the topics Topanga- and Malibu-area residents discussed as they peppered Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva with questions in a virtual town hall on Thursday, July 16.

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Malibu High School Sharks football may still take place during the upcoming school year—but according to guidance released Monday, July 20, the fall season will be pushed back to January 2021. The first approved practice date for eight-man football is not until Dec. 14, 2020.

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“I’m going to ask my wife to join us and she’s gonna administer the oath,” Mikke Pierson said. His wife popped into view: “Hi, Malibu!” 

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For the first time in decades, there will be no carnival rides, no outdoor concerts, no games and no chili contest in Malibu this Labor Day Weekend.

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After months of preparing a restoration plan and hoping to reopen in the fall, Pepperdine University announced on Wednesday, July 22, its fall semester will be taking place entirely online. The decision followed Governor Gavin Newsom’s order last week, which prohibits in-person instruction b…

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On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all schools in Los Angeles County and the 31 other counties on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list cannot resume in-person learning next month.

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Government filings released Monday, July 6, revealed that high-end, visitor-serving Malibu businesses such as Nobu took up to five million dollars in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, while other smaller businesses received much less. 

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As the call to defund police has echoed after nationwide protests against police brutality, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has cut nearly $150 million from the Sheriff’s Department budget for fiscal year 2020-21. The move is the latest salvo in the rocky relationship between the…

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Malibu City Council ticked off a laundry list of agenda items during its Monday, July 13, virtual meeting—the only council meeting scheduled for the month (council traditionally takes its summer recess the second week of July).

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Malibu had up to 69 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus among residents as of Wednesday, July 15, marking an increase of 12 cases since last Tuesday. City Manager Reva Feldman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Malibu had marked its second reported death due to the virus.

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Dr. Ben Drati, superintendent of the Santa Monica Malibu United School District (SMMUSD) kicked off a town hall Zoom meeting for Malibu last week with three detailed options for re-opening local schools for the new school year. The lengthy meeting covered preschool, elementary schools and se…

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The rickety old stairs at Point Dume are finally ready to be torn out and constructed anew. After years in disrepair, the metal staircase that leads from the Point Dume headlands to Big Dume Beach has construction crews at the ready. They’ll be ripping out the decades-old metal stairway that…

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Update, 3:32 p.m.: Forward progress was stopped on a fire reported burning at Carbon Mesa on Monday, July 13, according to the LA County Fire Department.

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Malibu skateboarders of all ages and abilities gather at Malibu Bluffs Park on Friday, July 3—the first to enjoy a skate park in Malibu in nearly a decade, since the closure of Papa Jack’s in 2012. 

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Just as the Malibu real estate market started recovery after the Woolsey Fire and sales were picking up in 2020, the world then turned upside down in March with the novel coronavirus pandemic. This has forced Malibu’s No. 1 business to readjust selling and marketing one of its greatest asset…

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Voters in Malibu who favor the current, at-large voting system may be breathing a sigh of relief—a tentative Appeals Court opinion issued June 30 favors Santa Monica in a Voting Rights Act lawsuit that would have forced it to establish voting districts and pay $22.3 million in legal fees. 

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic that has many still sequestered in their homes, it was a fairly busy weekend for some first responders in Malibu over Independence Day weekend. Typically, the July 4 weekend can draw as many as 250,000 visitors to the area over a three-day period. With local …

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Each year for about the last 20 years, the City of Malibu gives local nonprofit organizations the opportunity to apply for grant money. This year, 25 groups asked for a total of $495,361—even though only $150,000 in grant money was available. The general fund grants come out of the City’s Ge…

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Malibu schools’ fundraising efforts are going through another major shift this year, with the announcement this week of the dissolving of Malibu LEAD (Leading Educational Advancement and Development), which was formed in 2019 to create one unified fundraising arm for all Malibu public schools. 

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County officials have ordered all beaches in Los Angeles County to close over Independence Day weekend, from Friday, July 3, through Monday, July 6. 

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July 13 marks the opening of the nomination period for Malibu residents interested in running for city council seats. There will be at least two empty seats to fill.

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Many Malibu residents own a second home somewhere in the state that they rent out for extra income; many rent out their own homes over the summer here in town. Those homeowners may want to look closely at a recent lawsuit filed by Cal-OSHA (State of California Department of Industrial Relati…

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Malibu resident John Elman saw it unfold on television like most of us on May 31—the looting of more than 100 businesses in Santa Monica after peaceful protests against police brutality turned violent.  

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The novel coronavirus has disrupted virtually every part of our world and the long-term effects will take time to comprehend. In our tiny part of the map and in our tiny little industry, Malibu real estate has not escaped the impact of the pandemic. In the month of April, only five homes in …

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After a decade of hoping, planning and negotiating, Malibu finally has a skate park to call its own—there’s just one caveat. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order closing skate facilities must be lifted before any ollies or kickflips can happen.

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Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station spokespeople reported deputies responded to a felony domestic violence call in the city of Malibu on June 4. The suspect fled the scene, but deputies caught up with him at the intersection of the Ventura (101) Freeway and Westlake Boulevard, where they con…

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Known for its fresh smoothies and friendly service, a Malibu institution—The Vitamin Barn—is getting ready to close its doors for good. The store, specializing in health and nutrition, was first opened 34 years ago at the Fallbrook Mall by Gene Arnold and his parents. Its Colony Plaza Shoppi…

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Long under public scrutiny in Malibu, the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) made headlines in 2019 over a battle with residents of the Sycamore Canyon neighborhood, which resulted in a lawsuit against the MRCA and a counter-suit asking for millions of dollars in fines fo…

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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, California put construction companies on the short list of “essential” businesses that could continue working. And many residents of Malibu and the surrounding areas are eternally grateful for that, since hundreds of houses are in various stages of b…

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When Malibu High School basketball player Cameron Nwede first saw the horrific video of George Floyd being murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, he was overcome with emotion.

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At the first Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments (COG) meeting since Salvador “Chuck” Becerra was named captain of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in an “emergency appointment” earlier this month, Malibu was voted down in its attempt to express formal discontentment with the g…

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday, June 3, in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California wants Pepperdine University to refund tuition and fees paid for 2020 spring and summer semester classes, which are now taking place online with students at home due to COVID-19.

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Finally, there’s some good news about the mountain lions of the Santa Monica Mountains. Female P-54, a three-year-old mountain lion living in the Santa Monica Mountains, recently gave birth to a litter of three kittens—males P-82 and P-83, and female P-84, according to National Park Service …

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The LA County Sheriff’s Department announced last week that Salvador “Chuck” Becerra, acting captain of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, was being promoted to the permanent captain’s spot. His mother, LA County Sheriff’s Department Retired Captain Irma Becerra (who was last captain a…

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