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The marketplace of illustrious Malibu homes and estates sales lives on. The Woolsey Fire of November 2018 slowed but did not stop that. The COVID-19 shutdown has further slowed, but not halted, local home sales.

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On Sunday, July 26, I was reminded why I try not to leave the neighborhood after noon on a summer weekend. I accepted three appointments between 1 - 3:30 p.m. and ventured forth into Malibu’s version of Dante’s Inferno.As I inched past Zuma Beach I counted four cars that had stopped on the t…

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It’s likely not the way 2020 high school seniors wanted to end their secondary education, but for 12 area seniors, they’ll at least have a little money to help defray some college expenses. The Optimist Club of Malibu has awarded the 12 exemplary students with scholarships, each worth $1,000. 

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Mei dresses with flair while staying safe shopping at Ralphs.

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Are you kidding me? Did you see how disgusting the highway was when this group was homesteading between Topanga Canyon and Coastline Drive on PCH? It was horrendous: The filth, urinating and defecating on the sides of the roads. Crime went up in the area. Views of the coast were hindered. 

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With all the time on my hands, I have resorted to reading news outlets ad nauseam.  I have read all the news that’s fit to print (the New York Times’ promise) and some news that’s not so fit to print (I think People Magazine’s promise). I want to share with you two news items which especiall…

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The Under the Oaks teachers greet parents during a drive-through Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday. The recognition of school moms included handing out hand-picked bouquets from flowers grown at the school on Las Flores Canyon Road

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Drug and alcohol abuse problems don’t go away just because there’s a pandemic, and in fact may even get worse. Recent real-life news headlines like, “America is drinking its way through the coronavirus crisis” and “Quarantinis and beer chugs: Is the pandemic driving us to drink? Alcohol sale…

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A bioluminescent “red tide” (so called for the algae’s color during the day) has been setting the Pacific’s nighttime waves ablaze in blue this spring, with the colorful glow-in-the-dark algae spotted from Baja California all the way up to Ventura County. Weeks after the natural (and non-tox…

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One of the joys of life in Malibu is the opportunity to spend time with friends, neighbors and clients who are very smart, talented, and successful in a variety of fields.  

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It’s been quite a while, but I can still hold out hope that my mother is not reading my column (written on this Mother’s Day).

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The extraordinary influence of supposedly expert modelers is the great COVID-19 scandal. In some cases, modelers completely misinformed government leaders, the news media and, ultimately, the public about the scale of the threat.

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A wise person once said you should never turn down a birthday party invitation for anyone over the age of 80. That’s a milestone that can’t be ignored. But during the age of the novel coronavirus, how does one celebrate? By Zoom, of course. So, when Malibu resident Ellie Somerfield turned 90…

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The drama was palpable as local author Robert Kerbeck read the opening paragraphs from his award winning “Malibu Burning” at a virtual Malibu Rotary Club meeting last week. Recognizing that “this is a crazy time,” while his book is about “back when we thought a wildfire was the worst thing t…

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Longtime Malibu resident Emerson “Mac” Stewart MacGregor, 98, died peacefully at home with his family on Feb. 26, 2020. Mac was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1921, the only child of William and Clara MacGregor. When he was a baby, his family moved to Los Angeles. Mac graduated from H…

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Alongside the reopening of hiking trails, golf courses and beaches, Los Angeles County’s retail businesses—clothing stores, book shops, florists, toy stores, music shops and sporting good stores—are beginning to reopen for curbside pickup.

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Andrew von Oeyen is a world-renowned concert pianist who plays with dozens of symphony and philharmonic orchestras around the globe, normally spending much of his year traveling and on tour.  Unfortunately, the global coronavirus emergency caused this year’s concert tours to be cancelled and…

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City leaders and school representatives continued to ring alarm bells over critically low census turnout in Malibu, as the deadline for the count drew closer.

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Local businesses are teaming up to find innovative ways to serve the community during social distancing due to the novel coronavirus. For the past two Sundays, local pizza shop D’Amore’s and Sorenity Rocks Malibu, a local crystal store, have established a drive-thru where residents can pick …

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With mounting criticism against the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ possible violation of the Brown Act (California’s open meeting law) by holding meetings without allowing public comment, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who represents Malibu, held her first-ever virtual tow…

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The waves were up a bit today. The surfers were out and it looked almost like normalcy. The surfers told me that the beaches were not open but they just weren’t enforcing the empty ocean rule, so they were all going back out to ride their boards. There still is no parking near the beaches bu…

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In response to “From the Publisher: Houston, the Eagle has Landed,” published May 7

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The pandemic is the major independent variable and government efforts must, therefore, also be a major offsetting variable.

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For Malibu’s Howdy Kabrins, Cape Town, South Africa, is a place of mixed emotional ties. His only child, Gabriela Kabrins Alban, was brutally murdered in the bustling metropolis known as the “Mother City” five years ago. Yet, the place—which he called home from 2015 to 2018 while fighting fo…

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Approximately 40 years ago, I left New York to come to Malibu. It was a cold, damp, wintry November morning. I was wearing my London Fog, which I had recently bought from Bloomingdale’s after arriving at JFK. I very quickly boarded the plane. As I got to my seat on the plane, I took off my L…

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At last Thursday’s Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education meeting, parents and teachers from both cities took board members to task over district spending and subsequent teacher layoffs.

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Los Angeles County officials announced beaches would open for recreational uses—walking, running, swimming and surfing—on Wednesday, May 13, five days after hiking trails reopened countywide. 

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As the City of Malibu nears one-and-a-half years after it was ravaged by the Woolsey Fire, rebuild statistics offer a sobering view of the progress in western Malibu: two homes had completed their rebuilds as of Tuesday, May 5.

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Season six of “Bosch” on Amazon Prime Video is one of the best so far, featuring all the excellent elements of the universe that make up Michael Connelly’s mystery novels about Hieronymus Bosch, LA detective: great shots of the city, intriguing plots, growing tension and suspense, and colorf…

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Although my Mom was well read and well educated and skipped two grades in school, nevertheless she suffered from what I called the “Mr. Magoo syndrome.” Mr. Magoo was a cartoon character who, to put it mildly, could not see very well, and got into trouble because of his misidentifying all ki…

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Pepperdine professor Dr. Donna Nofziger describes her teaching style as “very interactive.” 

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The front-page picture in this week’s Malibu Times is of the protest rally downtown this past weekend—people who want California to reopen now protesting the closure orders. They are packed together, certainly less than six feet apart, many refusing to wear masks, and dramatically exercising…

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As a City of Malibu community services department recreation supervisor, the duties for Katie Gallo have changed now that City Hall is shut down. One of her new duties is now a highlight of her week. That happens every Wednesday, when she and other staff make wellness calls to members of the…

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People experiencing homelessness are at risk for all kinds of hazards, but the novel coronavirus emergency now makes their lives that much riskier. They can’t stay “Safer at Home” during the quarantine or even spend time at the local library, which is closed. Most public restrooms in town ha…

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California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state was ready to gradually reopen some businesses as soon as May 8 in the face of progress made with COVID-19 testing and hospitalizations. This week, LA County officials unveiled the initial steps toward reopening in what's being called the LA Cou…

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A geranium farm, in the middle of Malibu, overwatched by Serra Retreat and those rugged hills and mountains. Photographed in Kodachrome, which brings out the nice, bright colors...

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The problem with being housebound for too long is that you start to imagine things. I might have been hallucinating the other night when I turned on my television set only to see what seemed to be Matthew McConaughey playing virtual bingo with the residents of a senior citizens facility outs…

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