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For the local real estate industry, Wednesday is the day of caravan. That is the day new listings are revealed as listing agents host special open houses for other agents to see the new inventory. There may be houses (and condos) that have been exposed this way many times, perhaps with diffe…

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When Arnold Maeda was 15 years old, the U.S. government separated him from his home and his pet dog. That was in 1942, when he and around 1,000 members of the west side Japanese American community were forcibly removed from Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu and sent to an American concentrati…

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The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains is hosting a silent auction to raise funds to support the last reproducing population of southwestern pond turtles in the Santa Monica Mountains. To see and bid on a 13” x 15” watercolor painting by local Topanga artist Catheri…

Malibu Life

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A lake of fog settles over Monte Nido on the morning of Oct. 26, 2021, following the rainstorm on Oct. 25. Lina Whitworth captured the image from Piuma Road around 7:30 a.m. that day.

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The Fred Segal retail location at the Malibu Country Mart recently unveiled an eight-foot-tall sculpture entitled “Peace Piece,” by Los Angeles artist Nathan Mabry. 

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Most Malibu locals recognize the name Joey Escobar as the owner of his eponymous karate studio near Zuma Beach. Escobar’s face was also immortalized as part of The Malibu Times’ and artist Johanna Spinks’ Face of Malibu portrait series in 2014. What some may not know is that the local karate…

Opinion

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A gas station clerk greeted me with a smile when I entered to pay for gas. She was in mid-sentence when I walked in, but since no one else was there, I assumed she was talking to me. After an awkward moment, she gestured that she was speaking to someone on her hands-free phone. Awkward for m…

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Most of us felt powerless when SCE preemptively turned off our power in anticipation of Santa Ana winds which unfortunately materialized right on schedule: Thanksgiving Day. Restaurants from one end of Malibu to the other shut their doors, not only losing holiday customers for the day but al…

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Happy Thanksgiving—almost like the first one in 1621. No electricity. But ingenuity rules, so we barbecued the bird and the generator kept the fridge cold enough for two days and lanterns and candles added a romantic touch. I wonder if the pilgrims and Indians felt that way.

Sports

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Malibu Boys U14 AYSO Extras earned first place in their section for the 2021 season, closing out regular season play with a 4-1 victory over Ventura on home turf at Malibu Bluffs Park on Saturday, Nov. 20. The boys will now go on to compete at regionals and plan to enter other tournaments as well. 

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Local surfers from the Malibu Sharks surf team earned accolades at the Oct. 30 and 31 competition at Summers / Emma Woods Beach. From Malibu Middle School: Emerson Brady, Dest Dorigny, Calvin Petkus, Stevie Clarke and Dakota Gardner. From Malibu High School: Vanessa Clarke, Allegra Barzan, W…

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When years ago my daughter Kate was applying to medical schools in California, Joan Gavin, my late mother-in-law, didn’t quite understand why anybody would move to a place ravaged by wild fires and earthquakes. She was anything but a worry wart and unusually non interfering, so I figured she…

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I remember as a young firefighter responding to a structure fire in the south end of town. Upon arrival, we had a single-story, single-family dwelling with heavy smoke from the bravo [left] side. My captain told me to pull a pre-connect and make entry. RIT teams, two in, two out were not policy.

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Those of you who know me well understand I like to complain (make that “love to”). In fact, there are few things which give me more pleasure 364 days a year than a good old-fashioned “kvetch.” On one day a year, and today is that day, I reverse gears, and shut the “f” up about all the things…

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And you thought you read this column simply to be amused. Little did you know before now that this is the place in The Malibu Times to learn about the most important things in life.    

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