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A baby rattlesnake is this subject of this week's Best Shot, taken by Oksana at Malibu Bluffs Park this May.

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In 1970, the median price of a home in Malibu was about $46,000. At that time, a higher percentage of Malibu homes were on the beach—the earliest Malibu settlers understandably plopped down on the sand. By 1980, the median price had increased to $192,000. Prices went up four times higher dur…

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This week’s dramatic Best Shot was submitted by Malibu Search and Rescue Team Leader David Katz, who photographed a team member radioing an observation while working during the Palisades Fire in Topanga over the weekend.

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“The Journey,” an image of Newton Canyon taken in May 2021, is the title of this week’s Best Shot. Captured by Jennifer E. Voorlas, the photograph features “charcoaled trees from the Woolsey Fire ... juxtaposed with lush green life.”

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We are currently living in a time where institutions and leaders are being questioned—where trust and accountability and confidence in many of the pillars of our democratic society are eroding at an astounding clip. The verdict in the George Floyd trial hopefully will act as a catalyst to sl…

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Near the stroke of midnight on April 28, Latigo Canyon resident Rick Singer captured this image of the Pink Supermoon (the April full moon) reflecting off the ocean—“It was truly spectacular, that huge moonlight reflection from the Supermoon onto Big Blue,” Singer wrote.

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This week’s Best Shot was captured just in time for Earth Day, April 22, and features the art installation Hearts of Trees Lost from local artist Claudia Taylor. The photo, submitted by Karen Yablonovitch, was taken on April 17 at the Cameron Nature Preserve at Puerco Canyon. 

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Sam Najah has been around video production his entire life. With more than 30 years of professional experience, Najah has owned multiple companies and produced various commercials, but was recently inspired to begin digital archiving.

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The number of homes for sale in Malibu stood in at 121 in mid-April. The statistic is significant and worthy of review and interpretation. The last time so few homes were for sale during April was 2005—the last time there was a “red hot” market in Malibu and everywhere else. Last year at thi…

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Spring is in the air in this week’s Best Shot, a photograph of the pond in Legacy Park submitted by Ruth Harris. Taken on March 26, Harris wrote “spring is about to be sprung!”

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Premium vodka so smooth, you can sip it straight and actually enjoy the experience? Until now, the notion has been more fantasy than reality. Enter NEFT Vodka CEO Jeff Mahony: a lover of fine spirits who’s taken his own desire to savor truly exceptional vodka to the next level. 

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A sunrise lights up the sea and sky above Malibu Road on Jan. 31, 2021. This photograph was captured and submitted by Malibuite Judy Sloan.

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The hyphen in the title of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District says it all. That punctuation mark symbolizes the uneasy tension of trying to connect two distinctly different, noncontiguous communities into a single school system. It also reminds us in Malibu that we are often an afte…

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A fabulous feline is featured in this week’s Best Shot, submitted by Malibuite Hans Saeby. Saeby captured this photo of a bobcat from his back deck in late March of this year.

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Italy’s finest graces the Malibu community in neighborhood gem Gravina, an intimate restaurant located near the intersection of PCH and Kanan Dume Road. 

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Those who have either served in government service, run for public office or had the privilege of being elected must appreciate the unique honor it is to represent a constituency, regardless of size. Public service is the cornerstone of our democratic foundation. It carries with it the ultim…

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David Strapf submitted this week’s Best Shot: a stand-off between a dog and a bird at Paradise Cove this February.

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During the coronavirus lockdown, there has been an uptick in home renovating and decluttering. Arlo Jenson, 22, Junk Removal Company owner, specializes in appliances, furniture and yard waste.

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A rainbow lights up the sky over Malibu for this week’s Best Shot, captured by John Payne on Jan. 22—an “interesting and beautiful Malibu sight,” according to John and his wife Anne.

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Now that Malibu City Council Member Bruce Silverstein has laid waste to City Hall by baselessly accusing his fellow council members, the city manager, city staff and the city attorney of corruption, lawlessness or nefarious motivation, he has moved on to new targets—the free press.

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This week’s Best Shot features a spectacular egret standing on some kelp and was captured way back in July 2007 by local photographer Bill Swartout, who snapped the shot while kayaking. “This was well out in the ocean, and I found it surprising that the kelp would support the weight of an eg…

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If you live in the Malibu area, you’re already likely  to be aware of Dr. Lisa Benya, aka “Malibu’s Doctor.” Founder of Malibu Medical Group and the community’s leading expert in the fight against COVID-19, Dr. Benya has long been providing locals with gold standard healthcare across the boa…

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Following years of stellar work at top salons in Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles, Kecia Heinz brings her highly personalized expertise to the Malibu community in her own flagship hair studio. Kecia’s aim when it comes to pleasing her clientele (celebrity and otherwise) is honing a…

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Lifelong Malibu resident and MHS alum Cullen Quine captured this week’s Best Shot “off the back of a classic sailing ketch on a dramatic winter day”  in late December. The photo was captured looking off at the horizon near Point Mugu.

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Just when civility and decency are returning to our nation’s capital, we here in Malibu are experiencing a locally disruptive and destructive force like nothing we have ever witnessed.

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Leading the charge when it comes to chic, sustainable clothing, RE/DONE has made its mark on the Malibu community in its flagship Cross Creek location. After selling his premium clothing line, Joie, at the height of its popularity, brand co-founder Sean Barron found himself wondering what to…

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The crescent moon over a calm sea is the subject of this week’s Best Shot, submitted by photographer Haquimah Allah. Allah named the photo “Waning at Zuma.”

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It was difficult not to compare this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day long weekend to a typical Independence Day or Memorial Day bash in Malibu where, despite the ongoing pandemic, tens of thousands of visitors from all corners of Los Angeles descended on beaches, causing monumental traffic…

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This week’s Best Shot features a “happy seagull with his prize,” and was captured by Malibuite Marshall Thompson. Thompson named the photo A Fresh Fish in Every Beak!

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Photographer Janice Nikora submitted her photo of the Christmas Day sunset over Point Dume for this week’s Best Shot. Nikora wrote that she “especialy like[d] how the birds of paradise seem to be enjoying the beautiful sunset, too.”

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Malibu youngsters dreaming of a white Christmas got their wish at Trancas Country Market last week as a snow flurry (of white foam) made the season bright in the days leading up to Christmas. From Dec. 17, the shopping center offered a warm take on the wintry experience for California kids o…

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Malibu’s seniors were invited to pick up goodies from the Malibu Senior Center at a “go-go” gift giveaway on Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas. 

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