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Public Safety Commission

5 p.m. June 7, Malibu

City Hall Multi-Purpose

Room, 23825 Stuart Ranch

Road. The Public Safety

Commission will hold its

regular meeting. For more

information, contact (310)

456-2489 ext. 232 or mlin

Dark Sky Workshop

6:30 p.m. June 7, Malibu

City Hall Council Chambers,

23825 Stuart Ranch

Road. This public workshop

will be led by an International

Dark-Sky Association

technical advisor

and lighting engineer. Topics

will include the June 6

tour experience, survey results,

community concerns,

a draft ordinance, compliance

and enforcement. For

more information, contact

(310) 456-2489 ext. 234 or

Malibu Garden Club

7 p.m. June 7, Point

Dume Club House, 29500

Heathercliff Road. The

Malibu Garden Club

will present a talk by Jo

O’Connell, owner of Australian

Native Plants, on

why Australian plants are

ideal for a Southern California

garden. All are welcome

to this last meeting

of the season. For more information,

call (310) 457-



Malibu Blood Drive

10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 8,

Malibu City Hall Multipurpose

Room, 23835 Stuart

Ranch Road. Donate blood

at the Malibu Community

Blood Drive, held in partnership

with the American

Red Cross. To make an

appointment, visit www. and enter

sponsor code “Cityof

Malibu” or call the Malibu

Senior Center at 310-456-

2489 ext. 357.

Wildlife Wendy & Tropical


3:30-4:30 p.m. June 8,

Malibu Library, 23519 W.

Civic Center Way. Meet

macaws, singing parrots

and more during this family-friendly

wildlife presentation.

This program is

sponsored by the Friends

of the Malibu Library. For

more information, call

(310) 456-6438.

‘A Plastic Ocean’ Screening

6-9 p.m. June 8, Malibu

City Hall Council Chambers,

23825 Stuart Ranch

Road. The City of Malibu

is partnering with Plastics

Oceans Foundation to celebrate

World Oceans Day

on June 8. This event will

include a screening of “A

Plastic Ocean,” a documentary

film that follows

the journey of two explorers

as they travel to some

of the most remote parts of

the world. Watch how the

environmental issues associated

with plastic pollution

impact ecosystems and human

health. There is a $25

suggested donation.


Free Plein-Air Paint Out/

Artist Demonstration

9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 10,

Topanga State Park, 20825

Entrada Road, Topanga.

The Allied Artists of the

Santa Monica Mountains

and Seashore will have its

monthly plein-air painting

meeting, with a demonstration

at 9 a.m. by watercolorist

Helen Groenekamp.

The group will meet in

the parking area; there is a

parking entrance fee. Artists

and art enthusiasts of

all levels are welcome to

participate; no membership

is required. Bring art

supplies, water, lunch, sunscreen

and repellent, hat

and walking shoes. Rain

cancels the paint-out. For

more information, contact

Bruce Trentham at (818)

397-1576 or bmtrentham@ or Russ Hunziker

at (310) 500-6584 or Visit for upcoming

paint outs.


Vocal Workshop

6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11,

Malibu Playhouse, 29243

Pacific Coast Highway.

Rehearse with a band and

work with music director

and performance coach

Julia Holland in this workshop.

A video of the evening

will also be available

for attendees to use. Limited

spots are available, and

the last sign-up day is June

1. Call (310) 429-2665 to

reserve a spot.


Tikes and Tails

11-11:45 a.m. Tuesday,

June 13, Malibu Bluffs

Park, 24250 Pacific Coast

Highway. Join for a free

storytime in the park with

the Malibu Library and VIP

Dog Teams’ therapy dogs.

A snack and art activity will

be involved, too. For more

information, call (310)

456-2489, ext. 239 or contact

SMMUSD School Board

5:30 p.m. June 13,

SMMUSD District Office,

1651 16th St., Santa

Monica. The SMMUSD

School Board will hold a

special meeting. For more

information, visit


Teen/Tween Art Activity

2 p.m. Wednesday, June

14, Malibu Library, 23519

W. Civic Center Way. Create

unique buttons that express

your individuality at

this library event. For teens

and tweens ages 10-18.

For more information, call

(310) 456-6438.

Malibu Library Book Group

5 p.m. Wednesday, June

14, Malibu Library, 23519

W. Civic Center Way.

The library’s book club

will meet to discuss “The

Swans of Fifth Avenue,”

by Melanie Benjamin. Next

month’s book will be “The

Reluctant Fundamentalist,”

by Mohsin Hamid.

For more information, call

(310) 456-6438.

Salon Series

7-9 p.m. Thursday, June

15, Malibu City Hall Civic

Theater, 23825 Stuart

Ranch Road. The Cultural

Arts Commission presents

this hour-long documentary,

titled “Malibu Stories,”

which was created by local

filmmakers Jay Armitage

and Jules Williams. The

film is inspired and collated

from short clips and is produced

by 27 Miles. After

the movie screening, there

will be a discussion with the

producers and several residents

featured in the film.

The screening is free with

open seating to the first 240

individuals who arrive.


7-10 p.m. Saturday, June

17, Malibu Bluffs Park,

24250 PCH. The City will

show “Willy Wonka and the

Chocolate Factory.” There

will also be face painting,

interactive demonstrations, a

children’s craft and art activity

and giveaways. Admission

is free, and the movie

will begin at sunset. For

more information, call (310)

456-2489 ext. 239 or email

Teen Japanese Cooking

2 p.m. Wednesday, June

21, Malibu Library, 23519

W. Civic Center Way. Learn

to create Japanese-style

bento boxes with cooking

instructor Yoko Isassi. Participants

will explore their

artistic side by creating

cute faces and flowers out

of edible ingredients. This

program is for teens ages

12-18. Parents, food will be

served. A list of ingredients

will be available at the program.

For more information,

call (310) 456-6438.


Malibu Cars and Coffee

7-9 a.m. second and

fourth Sunday of the

month, Malibu Bluffs

Park, 24250 PCH. Attendees

are welcome to have

a cup of coffee and check

out all the cars, or bring

their own cars to show.

No RSVP or registration

is necessary. The parking

lot opens at 7 a.m. and is

first come, first served.

All ages are welcome. For

more information, contact

the Parks and Recreation

Department at (310) 317-

1364 or visit www.malibu

Families United for


6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays,

Alo House Recovery Centers,

28955 Pacific Coast

Highway #200, Malibu.

This free, weekly support

group is for parents and

family members of anyone

struggling with addiction

issues. The facilitator, Andrea

Arlington, is a certified

coach who will teach the

families to have peace of

mind, get their power back

and teach them to be their

loved one’s best chance

at recovery. For more information,

call (888) 466-


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Homeless count records 18-percent spike in Malibu area

Lauren Coughlin, Editor

The Los Angeles Homeless

Services Authority’s

2017 Greater Los Angeles

Homeless Count results

were unveiled last week,

with results from this past

January demonstrating

a spike in homelessness

across the county.

In Los Angeles County

as a whole, 57,794 people

(42,828 of whom are

unsheltered) experience

homelessness on a given

night — a 23-percent increase

from 2016, according

to the 2017 report.

“The overall increase

was higher than we expected

— the 23 percent increase

in LA County,” said

Tom Waldman, LAHSA director

of communications.

Waldman said LAHSA

‘Sheltered’ vs. ‘unsheltered’

The LAHSA commonly refers to homeless

populations within “sheltered” and “unsheltered”

categories. For the purpose of this story and the

report, sheltered refers to “an individual/family living

in a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter

designed to provide temporary living arrangement,”

whereas unsheltered is defined as “an individual/

family whose primary nighttime residence is public/

private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a

regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.”

had anticipated somewhat

of an increase in 2017, but

he believes the housing

crunch and rising rent costs

are two major factors driving

the rise in LA County


“As these numbers indicate,

we’re in the midst of

a crisis — a county-wide

crisis,” Waldman stated.

According to the report,

“Los Angeles County

needs 551,807 more affordable

rental homes for very

and extremely low income


The 2017 LAHSA

Homeless Count was conducted

Jan. 24-31 by 8,000

volunteers, as well as police,

homeless coalitions

and others.

Please see Homeless, 10

2017 Los Angeles County Results

57,794 People experiencing homelessness on a given night

23% Increase from 2016 total of 46,874

(26%) 12,173

(74%) 34,701

Total Homeless Population

Los Angeles County, 2016 - 2017

(26%) 14,966

(74%) 42,828

2016 2017

Total: 46,874

Total: 57,794




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LA County



(Sheltered and


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Board envisions path to district separation

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

“All politics is local,”

the late House Speaker Tip

O’Neill once said.

However, decisions

about how school districts

are operated are “even

more local,” said one attendee

at the Santa Monica-

Malibu Unified School District

Board of Education’s

special meeting May 30 at

Malibu City Hall.

The board, the Malibu

Unification Negotiations

Committee, and attendees

met to discuss how to fairly

divide the SMMUSD into

two districts.

“We understand the

strong desire of the Malibu

community to separate

from SMMUSD,”

SMMUSD Superintendent

Ben Drati said in a statement

emailed to the Surfside.

“The School Board

is continuing to look for a

path toward separation that

will not have significant

negative fiscal effects on

the Santa Monica portion

of the existing district. That

was the charge given to the

Malibu Unification Negotiations

Committee, which

that committee continues to


Drati’s comments followed

the special meeting

during which the board

considered discussion

items for staff direction

about MUNC’s recommendations

concerning the proposed

financial terms for

the proposed district split.

MUNC, a voluntary

citizens’ committee doing

yeomen’s work, consists of

representatives from Santa

Monica and Malibu.

In a March study session,

MUNC presented its report

regarding negotiated terms

and conditions intended to

resolve financial concerns

associated with the unification

of a separate Malibu

Unified School District. At

that special board meeting,

board members considered

various aspects of the report

about: the operating

budget impact of reorganization,

the division of the

SMMUSD’s assets (fund

balances, land/buildings),

bond-related items and other

liabilities, environmental

liability issues, and the

implementation of the committee’s


MUNC also made presentations

on the report in each

community in March.

At the May 30 meeting,

board members heard a

report from MUNC which

noted that, after its initial

presentation to the board,

MUNC considered additional

input and information

and revisited some of

the assumptions underlying

its recommendations.

MUNC’s report informed

that new information has

led MUNC to reassess the

impact of reorganization on

revenues relative to making

it fair for all students

in Malibu and Santa Monica.

Specifically, a previous

MUNC report focused extensively

on Malibu’s ability

to pay Santa Monica for

cost differentials.

MUNC ultimately reported

that a more detailed

analysis of Malibu’s costs

resulted in additional funds

being available for payment

to Santa Monica. This

resulted from a reconciliation

of data provided by

the consulting firm West

Ed, which had suggested

that the method of revenue

splitting for district separation

should focus on average

daily attendance of

students, and the School

Services of California, Inc.

report and district administration

forecasts. Now, annual

RDA funds estimates

from the county show a

materially higher recurring

revenue from the wind

down of RDA’s, a reality

mostly attributable to the

impact of the resolution of

the LAUSD lawsuit which

challenged the way funds

were being distributed back

to the schools.

“Simply stated, when

we look at current conditions,

the original approach

to how to calculate the required

revenue based on an

ADA split will no longer

work as it will either make

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Salon Series event to feature leading Malibuites

Open seating

offered for June

15 screening of

‘Malibu Stories’

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

The Cultural Arts Commission’s

upcoming Salon

Series will feature a screening

of the hour-long documentary

“Malibu Stories,”

which depicts and celebrates

the lives and personal

journeys of 10 eclectic and

leading Malibu citizens.

The screening of the

piece, produced by 27

Miles, will be held at Malibu

City Hall’s Civic Theater

at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June


The piece recounts the

lives and very eclectic journeys

of 10 locals who are

leaders in their own realms.

The individuals represented

in the film series

are: Mati Waiya, Chumash

ceremonial elder; Richard

Gibbs, world-famous film

composer and musician;

Leigh McCloskey, actor

and visionary artist; Skylar

Caputo, a female beach

volleyball player at Pepperdine;

Khalil Rafati, an entrepreneur;

Talley Hutcherson,

an equine therapist; David

Ashwell, a local artist; Dave

Bassett, a musician and musical

producer; Mitch Taylor,

a local surfer; and John

Clarity, whose beach art depicts

the glories and nuances

of Malibu’s golden coast.

“I’m a Malibu boy, I was

born and raised here. It is

my soul and my delight,”

McCloskey said. “It has cultivated

a profound sense of

community and love of the

land that has been a blessing

and an honor to be part of.”

Hutcherson, on the other

hand, was drawn to Malibu

as a young adult because of

her lifelong love for horses.

She chose to attend Pepperdine,

she said, because the

university’s physical education

program included a riding


“I moved to Malibu, finished

school here and never

regretted another decision

after that,” she said. “I have

lived an amazing adventurous

life because of horses,

Malibu and living a life of

service to both.

“The world is a better

place with horses,” she continued

“... It makes me sad

to see horses leaving Malibu

and thinking about how

much we need connections

to nature and animals and

don’t provide resources to

ensure they remain here and

available to those in need.”

Caputo, who also hails

from Pepperdine, said she

was honored to be selected

for the film series.

“After being a part of

the whole process of filming

and getting to know the

crew, I am excited to see all

of their final products and

meet the other featured residents,”

Caputo said. “I’m

looking forward to seeing

other people’s perspective

and connection to Malibu.”

All those featured add to

the narrative that is unique

and very special — the narrative

of Malibu.

“I’m fairly well-traveled.

I’ve been to three continents,

traveled across this

country 11 times and have

been to three islands relatively

recently as well,”

Rafati said, noting he is

highly honored to be featured

in “Malibu Stories.”

“There is absolutely nothing

as unique as Malibu. The

people here are blessed with

the beauty and grace of this

land and ocean.

Pepperdine women’s volleyball player Skylar Caputo is one of the 10 individuals

featured in “Malibu Stories,” which will be shown June 15 at Malibu’s City Hall. Taylor

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Chumash ceremoial elder Mati Waiya is another individual featured in “Malibu Stories,”

a film which highlights 10 locals. 27 miles

“I am a recipient of the

loving and healing energy

of this sacred and hallowed

ground. I know of no other

place where I could have

received such an outpouring

of love.”

Rafati’s story is one of

redemption, optimism and

new beginnings. Once deep

in an abyss of addiction and

perilously close to losing

his life, Rafati fought back,

with the help of Malibuites,

rallied, and is now the owner

of SunLife Organics.

“Malibu Stories” is the

brainchild of film producers

Jay Armitage and Jules

Williams, whose work in

the world of creativity spans

entertainment genre and

includes BBC, Fox, Showtime,

CBS, Warner Brothers,

ESPN and EcoMedia,

just to name a few.

“Jules has a very romantic

view of Malibu that I

endorse,” Gibbs said. “This

work depicts why people

are here and how they come

from all different walks of


Gibbs, who is honored

for his panoramic career as

a composer and musician,

has eclectic and impressive

credits, including: performing

with Chaka Kahn, Tom

Jones, The Staples, Korn,

and Maxine Nightingale;

directing “The Tracey Ullman

Show,” “Muppets

Tonight!”; writing music

for the first season of “The

Simpsons”; and recording

with Robert Palmer, Poco,

Melissa Etheridge, War, and

Stan Ridgway, just to name

a few.

Gibbs, like the others who

are featured, keeps creating

and adding to the Malibu


“Malibu is the co-star in

all of our stories,” Williams

said. “It is a living, breathing

sacred entity ever-present

within the individual

and within the community.

“In making this docuseries,

we learned how

deeply the community loves

Malibu, particularly its nature

and environment,” he

continued. “The biggest

challenge that we faced was

making sure that we did

each contributor’s story justice

both cinematographically

and narratively.”

Ashwell said he is most

impressed with “Malibu


“When I was first approached,

I was worried

that the series might come

across as depicting only the

affluent and seem to be elitist,”

Ashwell said. “Rather,

it depicts a cross-section

of Malibu’s people, from a

student, to artists, to business

leaders. The producers

extracted from all facets of

life. They depict all 27 miles

of Malibu and show that everybody

has a Malibu story.

When one comes to Malibu,

he is struck by the stunning

light here. One wakes up

with a sense of optimism.

Light feeds us all and gives

a great sense of optimism —

and that is Malibu.”

The “Malibu Stories”

screening will have open

seating for the first 240

people to attend; no reservations

are required.

The event will include

an extensive question and

answer session with the producer,

as well as some of

those featured in the film.

Celebrity guest Alan Roderick-Jones,

an Arts Commission

member who is an art

designer that curated “Star

Wars,” will serve as the evening’s

moderator. News

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From Page 5

able or unable to pay the

annual delta (the funding

differential between the

future two districts’ budgets

that requires MUSD

to pay SMUSD to equalize

the amounts spent on

students in the two future

districts),” MUNC member

Manel Sweetmore said.

“Under current assumptions,

the delta does not go

to zero in the foreseeable

future. Indeed, it never may

do so. It remains steady at

approximately 3 percent

of SMUSD’s budget. If

the direction of the board

is to have payments from

MUSD to SMUSD equal

the delta until it is zero,

with the current assumptions,

there isn’t a scenario

with a finite end of payments.”

Sweetmore and MUNC

member Thomas Larmore

emphasized that the board’s

direction is required with

regard to clarification of

whether payments must

be made from MUSD to

SMUSD as long as the delta


“A pay down to zero is

not feasible,” Sweetmore


He said that if some

small amount of delta can

exist over time, then things

for the board to consider

would include developing

a suggested time frame for

starting the reduction of

MUSD’s obligation to pay

SMUSD 100 percent of the

delta and an agreement to

a time frame for declining

payments from 100 percent

of the delta to 0 percent of

the delta.

MUNC also suggested

that a board subcommittee

be established to participate

in MUNC meetings.

Before considering the

MUNC’s proposal, the

board listened to public

comments. Most speakers

wanted a new school district

for Malibu as soon as


“We want to accomplish

this process with you,”

Malibu City Council Member

Lou La Monte said, noting

he was not speaking for

the City Council. “However,

if that doesn’t work, it is

going to happen. We’d like

to do it with you, but we

will have it happen.”

La Monte’s frustration

was palpable, as was that

of many others who spoke

during the meeting.

Speaker Carl Randall

noted that each member

of the board was elected

to represent all of the children

in Santa Monica and

Malibu, and that since reunification

efforts began

years ago, the enrollment in

Malibu’s public schools has


Pervasive in everyone’s

comments throughout the

evening was that all assembled

had the best interests

of every child – in Malibu

and Santa Monica – as the

pivotal consideration in determining

how to proceed.

That focus was most poignant

when little Waylen

Rose, a student so young

that she could barely peer

over the podium, asked the

board to hurry so that she

could do extracurricular activities

that interested her.

During a lengthy discussion,

the board considered

the following: whether or

not board members were

OK with payments from

an Malibu to Santa Monica

ending, even if a delta

still existed; what criteria

could be used to determine

a possible ending date for

payments; the suggested

adjusted delta calculation;

how quickly MUNC could

produce the new projections;

whether or not the

district should contract

with an outside agency familiar

with school funding

to analyze the new calculation

and projections; and

whether or not the board

should create a subcommittee

to participate in MUNC


The board also discussed

employing Local

Control Funding Formula,

versus minimum state aid

for schools, versus basic

aid funding for schools

and projected assumptions

related to the expected

growth rates for property

tax revenue in Santa Monica

versus Malibu and the

impacts of the state’s dissolution

of redevelopment

agency funds.

After hours of deliberation,

Board Member Richard


gave the following direction:

“the Board of Education

tolerates the concept

that even if a delta exists,

payments of the delta from

an MUSD to an SMUSD

could be less than 100 percent.”

All seven board members

supported this direction,

but several board members

expressed concern over

the potential details associated

with determining

what amount below a 100

percent payment would be


Ultimately, the board

directed MUNC to refine

its suggested funding ratio

calculation (adjusted

delta calculation) and develop

a rationale for a time

frame during which payments

from an MUSD to an

SMUSD would cease.”

The board also instructed

that MUNC will collaborate

with the superintendent

and/or his designee

to return to the board with


All seven board members

supported this direction,

with Tahvildaran-Jesswein

clarifying that the board

would not be obligated to

accept the recommendations.

Board Member Craig

Foster wished for the Board

of Education to establish

an ad hoc subcommittee

to participate in MUNC

meetings during the period

in which MUNC develops

the new recommendations.

Foster recommended that

Board President Laurie Lieberman

and board members

Maria Leon-Vazquez,

and Jon Kean serve on the


“Additionally, staff will

consult with legal counsel

regarding the establishment

and Brown Act limitations

of this subcommittee,” he


All seven board members

supported that direction,

although Lieberman

expressed her concern that

her schedule might prevent

her from attending the

meetings, given that future

MUNC meeting dates had

not yet been set. She said

she was concerned because

the end of June 2017 was

the desired goal period for

the MUNC to complete its

supplemental work.

Lieberman gave the following

direction: “The

Board of Education directs

executive staff to determine

if School Services

of [California] or another

outside expert in school

funding should be engaged

to conduct a peer review of

MUNC’s new calculations

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Filmmakers preach peace during visit with Rotary

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

At a well-attended Malibu

Rotary Club meeting

May 31, Ukraine-born

composer and producer

Alex Ayzin shared his mission

to share “Winds of

Freedom,” a multimedia

symphonic film documenting

the past 100 years of

mankind’s loftiest and most

honorable achievements

while the world concurrently

grappled with natural

and manmade disasters,

with oppression, persecution

and war.

Ayzin’s inspiring film

project has one laudatory

goal: to promote peace and

cooperation amongst nations

and peoples in order

to further cultural harmony

and unity.

The film is moving and

informative, providing a

panoramic montage of historical

footage showing the

beauty of Earth’s diverse

environment, natural wonders,

of animals in their

native habitats and of momentous

acts and accomplishments


mankind’s fundamental

goodness and awe-inspiring


After this peaceful, harmonic

montage, the film

segues to showing various

stark depictions of the reality

of the human condition

— images of war, violence,

nature’s capriciousness,

paralyzing storms, and,

most telling, visuals of

those unfortunate and

avoidable disasters caused

by man’s selfishness, myopia

and avarice.

The hauntingly beautiful

program is set against a

backdrop of musical pieces

by Emilian Sichkin, a composer

who, like Ayzin, emigrated

from communism in

order to flee persecution.

The affable, ardent

Ayzin’s message is simple:

We’re all in this together,

so we’d better get it right,

and luckily, if all people

collaborate and think before

they act, we can do so.

“Winds of Freedom” is

a decades-long passion of

Ayzin and it was originally

performed in Carnegie Hall

in the 1990s.

Peter Allman, communications

director for “Winds

of Freedom,” assists in the

effort to share the message

of peace and harmony nationwide.

“The early bird gets the

worm and in this context,

we all need to try to achieve

peace,” Allman said. “If we

don’t have peace within

ourselves, there will be no

peace in society. Alex and I

“Winds of Freedom” communications director Peter

Allman (left) and executive director Alex Ayzin (right)

pose with Bianca Torrence, of the Rotary Club during the

May 31 meeting. Barbara Burke/22nd Century Media

have concluded that people

need to be educated about

that principle and everyone

needs something to guide

their inner peace.”

Allman told attendees

that the “Winds of Freedom”

effort has three initiatives:

to take the film on

a national tour in order to

spread its message of unity

and harmony, to develop a

national television show to

accomplish the same purpose,

and to take a mobile

truck to schools, community

centers and parks to

ensure that it has the most

exposure possible.

“From Malibu to Moscow,

my film needs to be

dispersed to inspire and educate

and to share the message

of peace,” Ayzin said.

“My father, a former Russian

naval commander who

saw atrocities, says that

mankind is in the most dangerous

time since the Cold

War. All it takes is one little

trigger and nuclear weapons

might be launched. We

have to prevent that from

happening. We have to extinguish

the fire of hate and

give peace a chance.”

The essence of “Winds

of Freedom” is that the

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Photo Op

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taken from Sea Level Drive.

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From Page 3

The West Los Angeles

service planning area —

which includes Malibu, Pacific

Palisades, Brentwood,

Venice, and areas of LA

which fall west of I-405 —

saw an 18-percent increase

from 4,659 homeless individuals

in 2016 to 5,511 in

2017. Of the eight service

planning areas outlined

by LAHSA, the West Los

Angeles area saw a greater

increase than area 2 (San

Fernando Valley) and area

8 (South Bay), which each

saw just 4-percent increases.

However, it fell well behind

the other five service

planning areas.

Across all areas LAHSA

tracks, Antelope Valley

and East LA County saw

the largest increases at 50

percent apiece, and San




Gabriel Valley (31-percent

increase) and Metro

LA (30-percent increase)

trailed behind.

“Much has to be done to

reduce the homeless population

because we all see

homeless in the streets everywhere,”

Waldman said.

“There’s really no community

that’s immune from it.”

Trends within the data

The homeless youth and

veteran groups are top priority

groups for LAHSA,

Waldman stated.

“We’re concentrated

on all areas, but those are

the ares where we really

want to see a turnaround

as quickly as possible,” he


In its 2017 count, the

LAHSA report states there

were 5,983 youth (4,536

of them unsheltered) experiencing

homelessness on

a given night — a 61-percent

increase from the prior

year’s figures. The agency

defines youth as those who

are “Transition Age Youth

(18-24), Unaccompanied

Minors (under 18) and

Young Families (where no

person is above the age of


In LA County, there are

an estimated 4,828 homeless

veterans on a given

night, with only 1,289 of

them residing in a sheltered

living situation, the report

notes. The figure represents

a staggering 57-percent increase

from 2016 figures

and a 20-percent increase

from 2015 tallies.

Waldman noted that LA

Mayor Eric Garcetti, during

a May 31 event announcing

the results at the LAHSA

building, spoke about the

increase in the number of

homeless veterans.

“That was something

that stood out, because

there had been a concerted

national effort to reduce

that population,” Waldman

said, adding that Garcetti

hopes to amend that issue

on the local level.

The number of veterans

placed into housing in 2016

declined by 5 percent from

2015 to 2016, with 3,548

veterans placed in 2016 and

3,769 placed in 2015.

On the brighter side

The report does also

note a housing placement

increase among some segments.

Despite the number

of homeless youth,

the count noted that 1,209

youth were newly housed

in 2016 — representing a

24-percent increase from

2015 and a 59-percent increase

from 2014.

Family housing placements

were also up 4 percent

from the year prior.

Waldman said that this

year’s data “just serves as

further evidence that we

have so much to do to turn

this around and fortunately,”

he said, “this year the

voters have really provided

tools for us to do that.”

Waldman spoke about

the anticipated positive

impact from Proposition

HHH, which applies to

the city of Los Angeles,

and the county-wide Measure

H, which passed with

a 68-percent majority in


“Sometimes with issues

around social justice,

there’s a certain kind of

hopelessness because you

don’t think you have the

tools and the resources, but

we certainly have been given

that at the right time,”

Waldman said.

Measure H alone is expected

to generate $355

million annually, which is

expected to support roughly

45,000 families and individuals

across Los Angeles

County. Those funds are

expected to be available in

July, Waldman noted.

For its part, LAHSA also

provides county-wide outreach

efforts and emergency

response teams, though

Malibu is fortunate to have

outreach teams such as The

People Concern, the Malibu

Task Force on Homelessness

and the Community

Assistance Resource

Team in its own backyard.

The full results of the

2017 Homeless Count can

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A mutual honor

Navy League honors naval cadet at awards ceremony

Malibu Navy League Board Member Lisajo Magee (left) presents a check and certificate

of achievement to Midshipman 2/C Cyril Pascual at UCLA’s annual awards ceremony.

Photo Submitted

Library’s summer reading

program to kick off soon

Submitted by County of Los

Angeles Public Library

When school lets out and

children are looking for vacation

fun and adventure,

they can join the library’s

summer reading and discovery

program, “Reading by

Design!” and check out the

summer reading and learning

activities at their county


The Malibu Library is located

at 23519 Civic Center

Way. For more information,

call (310) 456-6438.

From June through August

this summer, the County of

Los Angeles Public Library

will introduce children to

reading and learning adventures

at all county libraries.

Participating children

track their own progress by

recording the activities they

complete and books they

read or have read to them.

Using a take-home Reading

Game card or by registering

for the online Reading Game

and tracking their progress,

each child can earn free

books! Plus they can enjoy

the many fun and interesting

activities planned for them,

including programs featuring

STEAM (Science, Technology,

Engineering, Art and

Math education).

Reading is a great way to

use free time, and the library

is ready to help children

make the most of their vacation.

Art activities, puzzles,

special programs, as well as

books, eBooks, magazines,

CDs, and DVDs are offered

by LA County libraries and

will provide hours of enjoyment

for children. And did

you know that the more a

child reads, the better head

start they have when school

begins again?

For more information

about summer fun at County

of Los Angeles Public

Library, call or visit your

County Library or check

our website, www.colapub

Police Reports

Valuable statues reported

missing from Malibu residence

Two statues worth an estimated

$20,000 and two

televisions reportedly were

stolen from a residence on

Cliffside Drive on May 20.

The statues are described

as 3-feet tall and portraying

people standing on pedestals.

They are said to be

from the “Ching Dynasty.”

The alleged victim said

she often has friends and

their acquaintances visit.

She suspected a recent visitor

might have taken the


May 28

• A bag containing baseball

equipment reportedly was

stolen from a vehicle in

the 35000 block of Pacific

Coast Highway in Malibu.

The alleged victim said she

parked the vehicle on the

shoulder of the road while

visiting the beach. Upon

returning, she discovered

the front passenger’s side

window smashed in. The

vehicle has an alarm system,

but she did not hear it

during the alleged theft.

• A backpack, cellphone

and checkbook reportedly

were stolen from a vehicle

in the 35000 block of PCH.

The alleged victim discovered

the rear passenger’s

side window smashed in

and items missing. The reporting

officer noted there

were multiple car break-ins

at the location.

May 27

• A key FOB for a Maserati,

sunglasses, a women’s wallet

and a women’s bathing

suit reportedly were stolen

from a vehicle on Coastline

Drive. The alleged

victim said her vehicle was

unlocked. There were no

signs of damage or forced

entry to the vehicle.

• Two seats reportedly were

stolen from a Cadillac Escalade

parked at a residence

on PCH. The alleged victim

said somebody broke

into the vehicle through

the rear hatch. Video footage

from a nearby camera

showed a white SUV pull

in behind the Escalade.

One of the passengers, described

as male, possibly

Hispanic and 20-25 years

old, entered the Escalade,

removed the seats, placed

them in the suspect vehicle

and drove away.

May 26

• A black leather purse,

passport, credit cards and

military identification reportedly

were stolen from

an individual at Pepperdine

University at 24255 PCH.

The alleged victim was reportedly

unable to find her

purse and other items in

her car or home after going

out to eat. No incidents

of fraudulent activity were

found on her credit cards.

May 23

• A wallet, driver’s license,

iPhone charger, sunglasses,

reading glasses and

toolbox reportedly were

stolen from a vehicle on

PCH. Upon entering his

vehicle, the alleged victim

said he discovered his

wallet missing from the

center console and other

items missing from the rest

of the vehicle. He said the

vehicle was locked, however

there were no signs of


May 21

• A backpack reportedly

was stolen from a car in

the 35000 block of Pacific

Coast Highway. The

alleged victim parked at

the location while surfing

nearby. Upon returning, he

reportedly discovered the

right passenger’s side window

smashed in and the

backpack missing from the

front seat. The alleged victim

said he had locked the


• Two pairs of sunglasses,

with a total estimated value

of $1,396, reportedly were

stolen from Malibu Eye

Center at 3840 Cross Creek

Road. A person working

at the business discovered

the alleged theft while reviewing

video surveillance

from the day. He reported a

white male, approximately

30 years old, wearing a

burgundy T-shirt and blue

jeans tried on various sunglasses.

The alleged suspect

then placed the sunglasses

in his pockets and

exited the store.

May 19

• Two fruit stand signs reportedly

were stolen near

PCH and Broad Beach.

The alleged victim said the

missing signs are 4-feet

by 3-feet, wood, and have

strawberries and cherries

painted on them. The victim

reported witnessing an

unknown suspect drive a

silver Chrysler SUV up to

the signs, place them in his

vehicle and drive away. The

same person allegedly stole

four signs a month prior.

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12 | June 7, 2017 | Malibu surfside news school

Learning to rhyme with reason

Juan Cabrillo learns

from Malibu’s poet

laureate program

Submitted by Juan Cabrillo

Elementary School

Juan Cabrillo fifth-graders post for a photo with Ricardo

Means Ybarra (second row, third from right), Catherine

Malcolm Brickman (second row, second from right), chair

of the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, and Ann Buxie

(second row, far right), founder of the Poet Laureate

Program. Photo submitted

Malibu Poet Laureate

Ricardo Means Ybarra conducted

a four-week poetry

workshop in May and June

for fifth-grade students at

Juan Cabrillo Elementary


Students created original

works of poetry each week.

They were exposed to the

writings of classic poets

including William Shakespeare,

Lewis Carroll and

even Ybarra himself. Ybarra

generously gave each

student the gift of a personalized

copy of his book,

“Scratch and the Pirates of

Paradise Cove.”

The program was made

possible by a generous grant

from the City of Malibu, in

conjunction with the Malibu

Cultural Arts Commission.

Students and Malibu Woman’s Club scholarship winners — (front row, left to right)

Zoe Grace Detweiler (MHS), Hannah Charlotte Maier (MHS), Maya A. Silardi (MHS);

(back row, left to right) Rachel Simone Jacobson (Viewpoint), Sophia Winther Frazier

(Viewpoint), Jacqueline Michelle Tang (Viewpoint), Tyler David Frost (Viewpoint), Grace

Taormina Conway (Louisville), Matthew Jaimeson Le (MHS) and Brenna Elizabeth

Sinding (MHS) — gather for a photo during a May 22 awards banquet. Photos Submitted

Top of their classes


Malibu Culture Arts Commission presents


Malibu Civic Theater

Malibu City Hall 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd.

A short film that follows 10 people who share their connection

to Malibu and how it has impacted their lives.

Free, no RSVP required

Malibu Woman’s

Club dishes out

scholarships, awards

to Malibu students

Submitted by Malibu

Woman’s Club

The Malibu Woman’s

Club awarded 10 scholarships

to Malibu High

School, Viewpoint School

and Louisville High School

at an awards banquet on May

22 at Sunset Restaurant.

Each senior received

a $1,000 scholarship for

scholastic achievement, extracurricular

activities and

community service.

Fourteen fifth-graders

from Juan Cabrillo, Our

Lady of Malibu, Point

Dume Marine Science and

Webster School were also

given writing awards at the

banquet. The theme was

“Follow the Leader”…

Area fifth-graders — (front row, left to right) Mattox

Lemley, Malena Mathis, Tallulah Quartararo, Samara

Toussaint, Sophie Regan, Sonny Gage, Nico Marazzi;

(back row from left) Layla Polito, Drew Harper, Anika

Gelner, Jaden Baron, Johnny Backus, Bea Jasprica and

Cosette Lupo — were the recipients of writing awards

from the Malibu Woman’s Club.

“Identify someone whom

you consider a leader and

talk to that person. In your

eyes, what makes that person

a leader? Would you

like to be a leader like him

or her? If so, why? If not,

why not?”

First place essay winners

were awarded $150

and second place winners

received $100. school

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Honoring their efforts

Malibu High PTSA holds annual Honorary Service Awards ceremony

PTSA honorees (left to right) Anne Blackwood, Holly Kinyon, Marie Wexler, David

Mankoff, Ali Thonson, Geoff Stern, Maria Moss, Doug Masterson, Yanet Morales,

Christine Hinds, Jeff Nikora, Janice Nikora and Kristy Simonian are pictured during the

May 25 Honorary Service Awards ceremony. Not pictured is award winner Jane Damian.

Photos Submitted

MUSE School is proud to announce

our first graduating class in the

school’s history.

With hard work, determination, and

instilling MUSE’s 5 pillars into their

education, students were accepted

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Malibu High School crossing guard and resident Bob Miller (left) and Malibu High

School Assistant Principal Patrick Miller pose for a photo after each received an award

from the PTSA.

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Moody’s upgrades SMMUSD’s general obligation bond credit

Submitted by SMMUSD

School News

Belmont University

Malibu native named to

dean’s list

Grace Netter, of Malibu,

qualified for the spring

2017 dean’s list at Belmont

University. Eligibility

is based on a minimum

course load of 12 hours and

a quality grade point average

of 3.5 with no grade

below a C.

Approximately 30 percent

of Belmont’s 7,700

students qualified for

the spring 2017 dean’s

list. Belmont Provost Dr.

Thomas Burns said, “This

achievement for the spring

semester indicates that

these students have placed

a high priority on their

work at Belmont and have

invested time and energy in

their studies. It is our strong

belief that consistent application

in this manner will

reap great benefits, which

will equip them for a lifetime

of learning and growing.”

The Santa Monica-

Malibu Unified School

District recently received

the top credit rating from

Moody’s Investors Service.

Moody’s upgraded the

district’s general obligation

bond credit rating one

level, from ‘Aa1’ to ‘Aaa,’

the highest possible rating

an issuer can achieve.

“We are so pleased to

have reached Aaa,” said

School Board President

Laurie Lieberman, who

participated in the presentation

to the rating analysts.

“Moody’s was particularly

impressed with

the level of support we

receive from the community,

and it is so gratifying

to report this result back

to our constituents!”

Moody’s generally reviews

four factors in assessing

an issuer’s creditworthiness:

(1) District

finances, (2) District management,

(3) District debt/

pension obligations, and

(4) local economy.

Of these areas, the District

has more control of

its finances, management,

and debt and an influence

on its local economy.

Moody’s noted the following

as credit strengths:

Oregon State University

Malibu’s Lewis earns

bachelor’s degree

David D. Lewis, of Malibu,

is to graduate from Oregon

State Saturday, June

17, with a bachelor of science

degree in environmental


The university’s commencement

speaker is

Hüsnü M. Özyeğin, who

headed to Oregon State

University in 1963 with

only $100 in his pocket

and graduated to become a

highly successful business

leader and philanthropist

in Turkey and throughout


OSU is one of the few

large universities in the nation

to hand out students’

actual diplomas during the

commencement ceremony.

School News is compiled

by Editor Lauren Coughlin,



• Large, diverse and

growing tax base

• Very high resident

wealth levels

• Robust supplementary

revenues bolstering financial

position and per pupil


• Strong reserves

“A natural ‘Aaa’ rating

is rare for a Local Control

Accountability Plan

(LCFF) district,” said Anthony

Hsieh of Keygent,

the district’s financial

advisor. “We expect this

rating upgrade to attract

Thank you Malibu families, friends and businesses

for supporting our annual

Children's Creative Workshop Fundraiser

on Sunday May 21, 2017

Special thanks to the CCW parents who spent countless hours preparing for the event!

Malibu Makos- Tom Corliss

Spiritual Gangster - Walters Family

Caesars Entertainment

Jakks Pacific

Agoura Hills Dance

Chef Jayden

Paradise Cove

James Perse Clothing

Dr. Richard Jacobson DMD


Sheri Reingold- The Piano Place

Randy Zisk

Laetitia Winery

Ring Security Company


Beauty Collection Malibu

Dru Jacobson & Family

Paul Mitchel

Galpin Rent-a-Car

Malibu Seawolves Swimming

Warrior Heart Karate

Eterie Flower Crowns

Malibu Wine Safari & Wine Hikes

Brian Gallagher Dog Training

Heather Wildman

Malibu AYSO

more investors and result

in lower taxpayer costs.”

The district has received

a formal credit report

from Moody’s, which will

be disseminated to the investment

community. The

district’s rating was updated

as part of its upcoming

$60 million Measure ES

general obligation bond

issuance to fund projects

in the district.

The report can be

viewed at www.smmusd.



Travis Walker’s Double Cross


Dogeared Jewelry

Joey Escobar Marital Arts

Green Gorilla

Heather Wildman Fitness

Anawalt Lumber Malibu

Melinda Roth Photography

Point Dume PTA

Wildlife Waystation

Yongmei Hu

Island Packers

Lonnie Gordon

Cie Sparks Salon

Sicky Eyewear

Letterpresse Jewelry

Ultimate Escape Room Ventura

Lisa Jo Cohen PhD

Malibu Fitness

Aviator Nation Malibu

Alger Family

Debbie Irwin Private Courts

Barbie Herron’s Barbie’s Goods

Six Flag Magic Mountain

27 Miles Clothing Company

Craig Mathew - iCracked

Our Donors:

Glamifornia Style Lounge

Marmalade Cafe

Soul Space

Monarch National Training Center

Soul Cycle

Jamie Malibu

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malibu

Buzz Wax Malibu

Centre Barre


DIY Center Agoura Hills

Tova Malibu

Dee Dee Davidson Porter

Kerri Wilder Jewelry

Pacific Park Santa Monica

Super Soccer Stars

Pure Barre Malibu

Casa Escobar

Duke’s Malibu

Geoffrey’s Malibu

Grom Gelato

Juice Served Here

Malibu Oasis Salon

Nina Greenberg

Old Place

Paradise Cove Beach Café

Pepperdine Athletics

Sycamore Farms


5 Points Yoga Malibu

Dry Bar


Discovery Cube

Hollywood Wax Museum

Bubululu Malibu

Aquarium of the Pacific

Belefit Leggings

Jinky’s Cage

Kids World

Sky High Sports

Iceoplex SImi Valley

Toy Crazy Malibu


Spruzzo Restaurant

SQN Sportswear

People Magazine

The Play Destination

Trader Joe’s Agoura Hills

Paula Heintz

Vintage Grocers

Natural History Museum

GO Pants LA

Children’s Creative Workshop

6955 Fernhill Drive, Malibu

Shari Latta, Director • 310- 457-2937

An inside look

Point Dume students visit Stern at

California State Capitol Building

Point Dume Marine Science fourth-graders visit

California Sen. Henry Stern, who represents Senate

District 27, in the Senate Chambers at the California

State Capitol Building. Photo Submitted

Sorenity Rocks Malibu

Drill Malibu

Woodranch Agoura Hills

Santa Barbara Zoo

M Frederic Malibu

Trancas Nursery

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Zulu Nyala Game Lodge

Chance For Children

Greg Bonan & Tai Collins

Surfside News

Ale & Doug Deluca

Joanne Laskowski

Graham Family

Novotny Family

Lari Family

Sanchez Family

Hemsworth Family

Pappas Family

Belzberg Family

Parker/Brusnick Family

Webb Family

Ryan Family

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Bobbett named president of California

Park and Recreation Society

Submitted by the City of Malibu

Malibu Director of Community Services

Jesse Bobbett accepts his appointment

as the president of the California Park and

Recreation Society District 9 last month.

Photo Submitted

The City of Malibu’s Director of Community

Services, Jesse Bobbett, was

elected president of the California Park

and Recreation Society, and several Community

Services staff members won CPRS


“Having City staff serving in leadership

positions of professional associations like

the CPRS elevates the City’s reputation

and helps ensure that Malibu is up-to-date

on industry best practices,” Mayor Skylar

Peak said. “These connections will help us

provide the best possible recreation, parks,

arts and culture programs for our community.”

Bobbett, who was hired as director of Malibu’s

Community Services Department in

November 2016, will serve a one-year term

as president of the society’s District 9, which

stretches from Malibu to Rancho Palos

Verdes, Torrance and parts of Los Angeles.

At the CPRS District 9 Awards and Installation

Ceremony on May 4, Community

Services staff members Rebecca Ramos,

Bryanna Edwards and Amara Gwyn were

recognized for their hard work and dedication

to the community while working for the


CPRS is a nonprofit, professional and

public interest organization with close

to 4,000 members. CPRS membership is

well-distributed, with 86 percent of park

and recreation agencies in California boasting

at least one CPRS individual member.

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agencies are themselves CPRS member organizations.

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and recreation profession through education,

networking, resources and advocacy.

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and events that strengthen California’s

public parks and recreation industry

and our professionals. CPRS unites members

and creates networks across disciplines

and agency boundaries to achieve

together what can not be done alone.

City unveils new summer enrichment camps

Lauren Coughlin, Editor

The City of Malibu has

new offerings in store for

this year’s summer camps,

with some selections catering

to 3- to 6-year-olds.

“We really never catered

to the younger crowd, so

we’re excited to try and see

if that’s a need in the community,”

Recreation Supervisor

Katie Gallo said.

Those new offerings include

enrichment camps

with Momentum Academies,

including Pop Star

camp, Bakers Corner, Spy

Adventures, Marine Life

Under the Sea, Pirate Treasure

camp and more. A $10

sibling discount is offered

for those who register for

the same Momentum Academies


Camps begin June 12

and conclude on Aug. 10.

Camps which still have

space but have met their

minimum registration requirements

will allow

walk-up, day-of registration

for an additional fee of


Gallo added that camps

are also open to out-oftown


For details on the City’s

sports camps, check out

Page 34 of this week’s Surfside


For more information, or

to register, visit malibucity.

org/daycamps. News

Malibu surfside news | June 7, 2017 | 17

City installs new sustainable

water bottle filling stations

Submitted by the City of


City reminds of polystyrene foam ban

Measure strives to

protect local wildlife

Submitted by the City of


The City of Malibu and

West Basin Municipal

Water District unveiled

two new sustainable water

bottle filling stations that

were recently installed at

Malibu City Hall on Tuesday,

May 23.

Mayor Skylar Peak and

Councilmembers Laura

Rosenthal and Jefferson

Wagner were joined by

West Basin Board Member

Scott Houston and

West Basin and Malibu

Environmental Sustainability

staff. The new water

bottle filling stations

offer cold, filtered water

with a convenient, hygienic,


spout and a digital counter

that displays the number

of plastic bottles that the

filling station saves.

“Malibu prides itself on

being a champion of the

environment, and our lifestyle

revolves around water,”

Peak said. “So we’re

proud to partner with

West Basin on this effort

to encourage residents and

employees to be sustainable

water users and ditch

those single-use plastic


“These water bottle filling

stations represent a

small but progressive step

in caring for our ocean

and water supplies,”

Houston said. “By using

these stations to fill up

their reusable water bottles

or stainless steel cups,

visitors and employees at

Malibu City Hall can further

do their part to help

protect our environment.

I commend the City of

Malibu for its leadership

and commitment to environmental


The billions of single-

Please see Bottle, 18

The City of Malibu reminds

visitors, residents

and businesses that polystyrene

foam is banned in

the City and urges everyone

to help keep polystyrene

foam and other trash

off our beaches and out of

the environment.

“Malibu is a proactive

and forward-thinking environmental

leader, and our

ban on polystyrene foam

addresses the environmental

damage that foam

causes,” Mayor Skylar

Peak said. “I urge all beach

visitors this summer to join

us in our effort to protect

the beautiful beaches and

oceans that we all cherish

and enjoy. Please be vigilant

about keeping polystyrene

foam, and all trash, out

of the environment.”

As part of its effort to reduce

the huge amounts of

polystyrene foam trash that

pollute beaches and oceans,

and harm marine life and

the ecosystem, the City

strengthened its 2005 polystyrene

foam ban. Starting

on Jan. 1, 2017, the law prohibits

the sale of any product

made from polystyrene

foam, the petroleum-based

foam that is molded into

disposable dishes and cups,

takeout food containers,

packing materials (foam

peanuts), day-use coolers

and beach toys. Foam trays

used for eggs, meat and fish

packaging will be prohibited

beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The goal in banning these

materials is to help keep

Malibu’s ocean, beaches,

and coastal waterways

clean while protecting wildlife.

Once released into the

environment, polystyrene

foam breaks down into tiny

pieces that are easily blown

into the sea where it is

eaten by birds, fish and sea

turtles. Even remote Pacific

island beaches hundreds of

miles away from any cities

are littered with thousands

of pieces of polystyrene

foam, and massive patches

of floating plastic in the

oceans are filled with polystyrene

foam bits.

There are many alternative

materials on the market

today. Eco-friendly food

ware that is recyclable or

compostable is allowed in

Malibu, and reusable plates

and utensils further reduce


For a list of alternative

products and more information

about the City’s

polystyrene foam ban, visit


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Don’t Panic, It’s Organic

Identifying, solving a common local soil issue

Andy Lopez

Contributing Columnist

Invisible Gardener

Many folks in

Southern California

have hardpan

on their properties and do

not even know it.

Recently, I visited a customer

who has a coral tree

that appears to be dying.

A quick look at the subsoil

revealed that this property

had hardpan, a layer of

soil that has transformed

into hard rock and does

not allow air or water to

travel past it.

This person has a

beautiful lawn. She was

watering three or four

times per week for about

5 minutes each time. This

was not long enough to

allow water down deep.

The water was sufficient

for the grass, but was not

reaching the roots of the

tree. Usually, in the past,

Malibu never got very hot

past 90 degrees or so. In

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the last few years, this has

risen to close to 100 degrees.

This is hot enough

to bake out clay soil. Do

you know what happens

when you add water to

clay and then heat? It will

turn into hard rock. Nothing

will go past this layer.

This is a common

problem here in Southern

California and in any

place with clay soil that is

getting high heat.

Normally, one has a

thick topsoil layer that

prevents this from happening.

But, if you have

been reading my column,

I have been telling folks

that they have no topsoil

left. Combine that with

improper watering and

throw in high heat, and

you have hardpan.

Here is what you can do

about it.

First off, you have

to start adding topsoil

back onto your property.

Topsoil should be a mix

of compost and soil mix.

You should top dress your

property several times

per year with rock dust,

compost and mulch. Compost,

if properly made,

will have soil and compost

mixed. You always

add your local soil to the

composting process then

return it to the soil.

This will not only protect

your topsoil, but also

will help to keep it alive

and functioning.

Live soil is essential is

having healthy trees and


Your trees are stressed

out from not receiving

watering and air as well as

important nutrients they

need for healthy growth.

Lack of proper nutrients

will always cause pests

and diseases to attack your

trees and/or plants.

Bark beetles attack

your tree because the bark

beetle knows the tree is

stressed and therefore it

has become food for them

and their children.

Once a tree has bark

beetles, there are not many

things you can do about it

(see my last article on how

to control Bark Beetles

and what to do if your tree

has them).

It is important that you

learn to be proactive and

not reactive.

Keeping your soil alive

is being proactive.

OK, so you want to see

if you have hardpan?

Here is a simple test:

Get a coffee can and cut

out the bottom. Make a

hole big enough to put the

coffee can into the soil,

the top being level with

the top of the soil. Pour

water into the coffee can

up to the top and watch

and see if it goes down.

The water should start immediately

going down. If

it does, so far so good. If

it doesn’t then the hardpan

is closer to the top layer of

the soil.

If the water goes down,

then you need to do test

No. 2.

Get a PVC pipe about

the same width as the coffee

can (about 4 inches).

Any PVC pipe will do.

Get it about 3-feet long.

Use a post hole digger to

bury down to level of soil.

Bury in the same place as

the coffee can. Pour water

in again and watch the water.

If it goes down, then

you do not have hardpan.

Hardpan is usually within

3 to 5 feet below the surface.

If the water does not

go down, then you have


To remove hardpan, you

must start applying rock

dust, microbes with the

compost and mulch.

Secondly, you need

to change your watering

habits. It’s best to water

twice a week but deeper.

This will take time, so

adjust your sprinklers to

allow more water to flow

into the ground over time.

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Just watch the water and

see when it starts to run

off and that’s the length of

time to water.

You should convert your

sprinklers to drip except

for the lawn. You should

create the whole property

before you apply the compost

and much. Aeration

will allow more water to

enter the soil.

You should add tree

vents that go down at least

3-5 feet. These are pipes

that have holes in the soil.

They sell a nice PVC pipe

that will do this.

I would also start doing

deep root feedings. The

mix should be a microbial

mix that adds microbes to

the soil. The bacteria will

break down the hardpan

over time. There are two

products that I use that

work well for breaking up

hardpan. One is called Nitron

A-35, and the other is

called AgriGro Pink. Both

are enzymes that break

down anything.

I would also add a

fertigation unit to the

sprinkler system to allow

the continued application

of enzymes and microbes

into the soil through the

sprinkler system. Try EZ-


Compost tea added to

the deep watering will

go a long way in helping

the soil come back to life.

Your trees will love it,


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From Page 17

use plastic water bottles

produced and disposed of

are a waste of fossil fuel

and contribute to plastic

waste that damages the

environment and wildlife.

Americans buy about 30

billion water bottles every

year, making bottled

water the second mostconsumed

beverage in the

U.S., according to

While single-use water

bottles can be recycled,

most are not since the

nationwide average recycling

rate is only about

34.6 percent, according to

the US EPA. Manufacturing

bottles to meet America’s

demand for bottled

water consumes more

than 17 million barrels

of oil annually, enough to

fuel 1.3 million cars for a

year, according to Banthe- That does not

include the oil used for

transporting the bottles.

To encourage Malibu

residents to cut down on

single-use plastic water

bottles, the City and

West Basin are offering

custom-made, insulated

refillable steel water containers

for free to the first

50 people who come in to

City Hall, get a container,

fill it with the new filling

stations, and post a photo

on social media with the

hashtag #OneWaterMalibu.

All City staff members

were also provided with

a container to reduce the

City’s use of single-use

plastic bottles.

For more information

on Malibu’s environmental

programs, visit www.

For more information

about West Basin Municipal

Water District, visit Sound Off

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

from as of Friday,

June 2

1. Malibu’s Hiptique settles in to Trancas

Country Market

2. Swimming: Tran sets school mark;

Hotchkiss, Armitage medal

3. Pet of the Week: Hana

4. Sharks baseball advances to semifinals

5. Malibu’s Louis Gossett Jr. to accept

Community Visionary Award

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From the Editor

Digging for positives in

the 2017 Homeless Count

Lauren Coughlin

The news is not all

good, but there are

glimmers of hope

for the homeless.

There are many who

are on their side, and in

some ways that impact is

evident. In other ways, that

full impact won’t come

until later this year, when

dedicated funds kick in to

provide for the homeless.

The overall takeaway of

this year’s Homeless Count

is that homelessness in Los

Angeles County is rising

— and rather significantly

at 23 percent year over

year — but the news is

certainly not all bad.

For those who haven’t

yet looked at the full report

for the Los Angeles Homeless

Services Authority’s

2017 Greater Los Angeles

Homeless Count, I’d encourage

you to do so. You

can also find the skinny

on the Homeless Count on

Page 3, but the 57-page

report is jam-packed with


Compared to other

areas within Los Angeles

County, Malibu area

numbers of homeless

individuals were low, and

that’s surely in large part

due to the efforts that have

been put forward by local

organizations. Still, there is

work to be done, in Malibu

and beyond.

While the overall

outlook is discouraging in

many ways, with a lot of

spikes across the board,

there are some positive

details, too, and I’d like to

take some time to touch on

the brighter side:

• Substance abuse declined:

The report recorded

an 11-percent decline in

homeless individuals with

substance abuse disorders

in those above 18 years of

age in LA County. With

that 11-percent drop, the

figure is still quite big;

9,285 homeless individuals

claim to have a substance

abuse disorder, according

to response cards collected

by LAHSA, but any

decline in substance abuse

is a good decline.

• Housing placements:

Both youth, people and

families saw increases

in housing placement

across LA County. For

youth, it was a 24-percent

increase from 2015 to

2016, individuals were

placed 30 percent more,

and families were placed 4

percent more. The chronically

homeless fared the

best of all groups, with a

jaw-dropping 121 percent

increase from 2015 to 2106

and an even more astonishing

536 percent increase

when compared to 2014.

Those figures are nothing

to sneeze at.

• Measure H and

Proposition H: These

two efforts are to provide

funding for combating

homeless, with the countywide

Measure H targeting

rapid rehousing, permanent

supportive housing,

emergency shelter system

enhancements and homelessness

prevention efforts.

Proposition HHH, too, is

expected to provide permanent

supportive housing.

Tom Waldman, LAHSA

director of communications,

noted, “sometimes

with issues around social

justice, there’s a certain

kind of hopelessness

because you don’t think

you have the tools and the

resources, but we certainly

have been given that at the

right time.”

Time — and next year’s

count — will be the telling

signs of just how powerful

those tools may be. But as

it stands today, homelessness

is an issue too big for

any one group to tackle.

The data is there, but

now it’s up to everyone to

strive for a brighter tomorrow.

The homeless in LA

County have been victims

of domestic violence

(17,945 in 2017), sex trafficking

(41,216 in 2017),

serious mental illness

(15,728 in 2017) and HIV/

AIDS (1,160 in 2017),

among other ailments. And

while not all hail from LA

County prior to homelessness,

the grand majority at

71 percent were from the


As neighbors and as

humans, homelessness is

not something that can be

ignored. Waldman went so

far as to call homelessness

in the county “a crisis” and,

unfortunately, I think the

data justifies that outlook.

Take a look for yourself



From Page 11

May 17

• A black wallet, $300 in

cash, sunglasses and a

credit card reportedly were

stolen from a vehicle on

Surfwood Road. The alleged

victim left his vehicle

parked in front of his

residence. Upon returning,

he discovered the interior

had been ransacked and

items missing. The credit

card was used by an unauthorized

person at a Jack in

the Box restaurant in Altadena.


Malibu Surfside News police

reports are compiled from official

records on file at the Los

Angeles County Lost Hills/

Malibu Sheriff’s Department

headquarters. Anyone listed

in these reports is considered

to be innocent of all charges

until proven guilty in a court

of law.


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‘The DNA of New

York’ Malibu Kitchen

draws inspiration from

the ‘Big Apple’ with New

York style deli items,

more, Page 26

A magical

journey Malibu

Playhouse performs

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Famed transgender celebrity

Caitlyn Jenner puts civil rights

in focus with new life, newer

book, Pages 22-23

Malibu resident Caitlyn Jenner, the famed woman behind the battle

for transgender acceptance and rights, is pictured.

Photo by Ruven Alfanador

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‘This is about my personal journey’

Malibu’s Caitlyn Jenner

sits down with the

Malibu Surfside News

following book release

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

“Biology loves variation. Biology

loves differences. Society

hates it.”

That intriguing quote by human

sexuality expert Milton

Diamond begins longtime Malibuite

Caitlyn Jenner’s recently

released book, “The Secrets of

My Life.”

The book is a captivating rendition

of a harrowing six-decade

odyssey involving fame and fortune

watched by millions — and

isolation, confusion, and angst

known to none other than Jenner.

“The Secrets of My Life” recounts

Jenner being idolized at

times and demeaned at others,

having high emotions at some

points and being so numbed that

there were no emotions at other

points. The reader becomes intimately

and, often, somewhat

uncomfortably familiar with

Jenner having paralyzing selfdoubts,

confusing self-exploration,

and ultimately, liberating

self-expression as Jenner underwent

gender reassignment,

enabling a transition to the person

whom she always knew she


“Think about how it would feel if you

know you’re left handed, but always

have your left hand tied behind your

back and are forced to write with your

right hand.”

Caitlyn Jenner — Malibu resident and celebrity, on gender


From birth to rebirth

Jenner’s life began with relatively

humble beginnings. Ostensibly,

Jenner was a typical

male child in a typical post-war

nuclear family with three typical

siblings. However, the then

Bruce Jenner grappled with

dyslexia, was often teased mercilessly,

and in his elementary

school years was quite disinterested

in extracurricular activities.

Jenner’s nuclear family

members recount that in looking

back at Jenner’s early years,

the child manifested no outward

signs of the war waging within.

However, despite social mores

and familial and community

expectations shaping Jenner to

ultimately become “the world’s

greatest athlete” after winning

the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics

in Montreal, inside, Jenner

always knew she was female.

Caitlyn always wanted to be


Just two years ago, Caitlyn

finally manifested through a series

of gender reassignment surgeries.

However, as the intriguing

story tells its readers, her

journey is ongoing.

Malibu Surfside News sat

down with Jenner a few days

after she returned from London,

where she was awarded

the Huffington Post’s Loud and

Proud award at London’s LGBT


“This is not a self-help book,”

Jenner adamantly declares.

“This is about my personal journey.”

Jenner’s voice – the one she

has always had – resonates in

an affable, but focused tone. It’s

that same focus that drove Jenner

to become the world’s greatest

athlete which now motivates

her to make a difference by

Caitlyn Jenner, 67, of Malibu,

released her new book, “The

Secrets of My Life,” earlier this

year. image Submitted

telling her own story, using her

nonprofit organization to assist

the transgender community and

nudging an often-recalcitrant society

along the path of evolving

toward a world where transgendered

people are recognized for

whom they are, where they are

accorded civil rights and, ultimately,

receive the respect and

dignity to which every citizen of

the world is entitled.

Because it is her story, of

course the book discusses Jenner

being on the side of a Wheaties

box, a hero to millions as the

quintessential image of virility

and machismo, a television

broadcaster, a motivational

speaker, and a spokesperson for

a myriad of products.

Because it is her story, the

book, as it must, discusses Jenner’s

three marriages and divorces.

It also delves into life

in the world of reality television

with the Kardashians after Jenner

married Kris Jenner in the

1990s. The book also discusses

her “I Am Cait” stardom. Jenner’s

experiences with what she

characterizes as the hounding

and “often brutal paparazzi” are

also discussed.

Because it is her story, most

importantly, the book takes the

reader through Jenner’s harrowing

ups and downs as she

struggled to keep Caitlyn hidden,

often stealing a few moments

to dress as a woman in

order to briefly liberate Caitlyn.

The compelling depictions

of shame, confusion, and selfdoubt

convince that the life of

dealing with gender dysphoria

— the term for one experiencing

a conflict between her or his

physical gender and the gender

with which he or she identifies

— is often a lonely, confusing

and isolating existence.

‘Gender is who you go to bed


Jenner is painfully aware —

as many in the transgender community

whom she seeks to help

have bluntly told her — that her

affluence and personal history

hardly make her a typical person

with gender dysphoria. Nevertheless,

she is convinced that she

can make a difference in furthering

transgender rights.

Jenner has 10 children — six

biological, and four step-children.

She recently welcomed

her 11th grandchild. Part of why

she is so vocal is because she

doesn’t want future generations

of people with gender dysphoria

to go through the brutal experiences

she suffered through, she


“I want to make some constructive

change in the world for

this marginalized community,”

Jenner says with a probing gaze

which solidifies her conviction

to do just that.

“People don’t understand this

issue,” she said. “Hell, for a long

time, I didn’t understand this issue.”

This is a paradigm illustration

of the old adage that unless one

has walked a mile in another

person’s shoes, one cannot understand

what that person faces.

Many inject issues of morality

into the conversation about

those with gender dysphoria.

Many cannot get their arms

around the issue at all.

Many judge.

“Think about how it would

feel if you know you’re left

handed, but always have your

left hand tied behind your back

and are forced to write with your

right hand,” Jenner said. “This is

not an issue of sexuality. Sex is

who you go to bed with. Gender

is who you go to bed as.”

Jenner is devoted to explaining

gender dysphoria, or the

state of being, as she says, intersexed

and having gender nonconforming

genitalia. She notes

that many well-intended people

grapple with understanding,

and most ask a simple question:

“When did you know that you

were a girl?”

Suffering with gender dysphoria

is something “that is in one’s

head 24-7-365,” Jenner explains.

“You know who you are in your

soul and in your brain.”

Yet, outwardly you present to

others as being of the opposite


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tionally paralyzes children

as they grow up, often with

complications ranging

from being troublesome to

being life-threatening.

The statistics stagger.

“Those with gender

dysphoria are nine times

more likely to commit suicide

— nine times,” Jenner

said. “The bullying is

endless and has lifelong


When Malibu Surfside

News asked what loved

ones surrounding a young

person with gender dysphoria

can do to help the

person, Jenner simply and

strongly advised: “Love

your child. Adore your

child. Provide a safe environment

for your child.

Ultimately, it is not for the

parents to figure out what

the child will do with regard

to his or her gender,

it is for the child to make

that decision.”

Caitlyn as ‘a crucial ally

and supporter’

Jenner sees herself as

ever-evolving, noting that

Bruce was at the fore for

65 years and Caitlyn is,

after all, only a little more

than two years old.

Jenner is dedicated to

fundraising and assisting

in furthering the rights of

the transgender community.

“I am very impressed

by Caitlyn Jenner’s generosity,

kindness, realness

and dedication to the

transgender community,”

said Diana Oliva, program

manager for the St. John’s

Well Child and Family

Center transgender clinic

in South L.A. “I am mesmerized

by her growth

since she transitioned. She

clarifies that she is only a

spokesperson for Caitlyn

Jenner. She acknowledges

that she is privileged. But

she has been very giving

of her time, and was

highly influential in helping

our clinic get a grant

from MAC Cosmetics last


Jenner has also supported

Trans Chorus L.A.,

a group which founder and

director Lindsey Deaton

said is made up of the largest

number of trans people

in the world who meet regularly

to make music.

“Caitlyn Jenner has been

a crucial ally and supporter

of the chorus from its

inception,” Deaton said.

“She has bestowed upon

the chorus a gift that is

both amazing and lifegiving.

It will allow us

to pursue our mission of

fiercely empowering trans

and non-binary voices

to change hearts and


Further from home, in

Washington, D.C., Jenner

has met with Republican

leaders who, like many,

strain to understand gender

dysphoria, let alone to

comprehend the challenges

many in the community


Going forward, she

has big plans to use her

nonprofit organization

to give grants to entities

serving the needs of the

transgender community

and all of its various demographics.

As society attempts to

come to grips with the

civil rights issue of our

time, Jenner is proudly

and prominently stepping

out in front.

Once again, Jenner —

an Olympic decathlon

champion (then Bruce),

and a Malibu thought leader

furthering this important

narrative — is leading

the race.

She is, as Jenner did in

the 1976 Olympics, taking

all of America and the

world along on the journey.

Artist rows her boat and her

message onto the Trancas lawn

Suzy Demeter

Freelance Reporter

A graphic rowboat staged

in the middle of the lawn

at Trancas Country Market

was enough to catch the eye.

But artist Ash C. Davis had

another goal in mind: conveying

a profound message.

On Sunday, May 28, under

a gorgeous sky, Davis

unveiled her performance

piece titled “Nothing to

SEA Here: Take a Journey

to Find Love.”

The art conception,

which was Davis’ first performance

of its kind, grew

out of Davis’ deep concern

of the environmental disaster

impact from the Louisiana

oil spill.

“It stuck with me,” said

Davis, who had grown up

in Texas surfing from the

age of 14. “It spurred me to

finally do something about


The rowboat is handpainted

in vibrant, moving

patterns, which “are colliding

and mismatched, ideas

that shouldn’t go together,

but they do, much like people,”

Davis said.

The performance involved

the artist holding up

signs, one at a time, slowly

turning to show the audience

the statement.

Each sign carried a message:

“When the oil spill hit

Louisiana I had to do something.”

“I did nothing.”

“Doing nothing broke my

heart everyday.” “This ship

took me to the other side

of the universe to find love

and courage.” “It is beautiful

here.” “Jump in together

then we will journey way

out of there to find a world

of love, healing and hope.”

Then, Davis stepped out of

the boat and went to her paint

can. She dipped and brushed

out the word “nothing” in

blue and wrote “something.”

The sign evolved to phrase

“I did something.”

In the midst of this journey,

Davis’ message conveys

hope. The feeling emanates

from the background music

track of Peter Tosh’s “Walk

and Don’t Look Back.”

“The overall message is

to bring people together,

colliding ideas and love for

everyone will share being

protectors of the world,”

she said.

After the performance,

Davis and her husband,

artist Andy Davis, thanked

and invited the audience to

explore the exhibit and sit

in the rowboat.

The Surfrider Foundation’s

Greg Welch, partnership

director, and Graham

Hamilton, chapter coordinator,

came to support the


“With all the things that

are threatening the coastline,

no portion is too

small,” Hamilton said.

“It was healing for me, it

felt really good,” said Davis,

of sharing the message at

the conclusion of her show.

“We really need more

love,” Davis said.

“Love” is painted on the

side of her boat — a small

rowboat which holds afloat

a large message.

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Safety Harbor Kids gathers for concert, poker party

Submitted by Safety

Harbor Kids

Topa Mountain Winery

hosted a concert and poker

party fundraiser for nonprofit

Safety Harbor Kids

on May 19.

The event was the charity’s

10th Anniversary and

featured music by Paul

Barrerre and Fred Tackett,

the legendary guitars of the

rock band Little Feat.

Kicking off the event

was vocal sensation Kirsten

Collins with a beautiful

performance of “Amazing

Grace,” followed by

the cool sounds of the Dan

Grimm Band. The more

than 350 guests enjoyed

music throughout the day,

while sipping wine and

enjoying the spectacular

view from the well manicured

grounds of the Topa

Mountain Winery, owned

and operated by proprietor,

Larry Gurero. Between

music sets, the crowd was

entertained by the Hamsa

Bollywood Dancers.

With security provided

by Garnet Security, the VIP

guests were treated to food

by AJ’s Chinese Express

(delivered by Ojai Food

Taxi) and complimentary

beverages including Topa

Mountain Wines, Hint Water

and Lori’s Lemonade.

Additional refreshments

for the event were provided

by Charles and Company

Tea and Longshot Expresso


Guests also enjoyed test

Safety Harbor Kids Board Members Fred Tackett (left)

and Paul Barrere, of Little Feat, perform May 19 at the

nonprofit’s concert and poker party fundraiser. Photo


drives by Tesla of Santa

Barbara of their Model S

P100D and their new Model

X 90D, the electric SUV

as well as a Texas Hold ‘Em

poker tournament sponsored

by Aces and Eights.

The poker tournament was

won by Andrew MacCalla

of Santa Barbara. Prizes

included a Tesla for the

weekend, a round of golf at

the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

and dinner at the Inn of the

Seventh Ray.

As the evening progressed,

headliners Paul

and Fred were joined by

Little Feat bassist, Kenny

Gradney, Grammy winning

drummer, Tony Braunegal

and guitar slayer, Coco

Montoya, for their final

set. Paul Barrere and Fred

Tackett of Little Feat tour

the world performing their

longtime popular songs including

Little Feat favorite,

“Dixie Chicken” and others.

Fred Tackett has played

on many rock classics with

artists including Jackson

Browne, who sits on the

Safety Harbor Kids board.

Other businesses supporting

the event included

Ojai Community Bank,

SoCal Life magazine,

Rainbow Bridge, Bamboo

Creek Spa, Deer Lodge,

Ojai Business Center and

Osteria Monte Grappa.

Safety Harbor Kids is a

501c3 nonprofit with the

mission to enrich the lives

of orphans, foster and

homeless children through

education in the areas of

College, Career, Music and

the Arts. The charity has

been serving teen foster

children in Ojai, Ventura

and the greater Los Angeles

area since 2007. Visit

for more information.

Faith Briefs

Malibu United Methodist Church (30128

Morning View Drive, 310-457-7505)

Wednesday Night Dinners

5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The church will cook

free dinners. Donations are

welcome at anytime.

AA Meetings

6:30 p.m. Sundays; noon

and 7 p.m. Mondays and

Tuesdays; noon and 7:30

p.m. Wednesdays; noon

and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays;

noon and 8 p.m. Fridays;

noon and 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Sunday Worship

10:30-11:30 a.m., Sundays.

Childcare available.

Children’s program held

during worship.

University Church of Christ (24255

Pacific Coast Highway, 310-506-4504)

Worship Assembly

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Meeting in Stauffer Chapel

for the summer.

Summer Bible Classes

9 a.m. Sundays. Classes

for all ages: adult class in

Stauffer Chapel; teen class

in Waves Café; children’s

classes in Plaza classrooms.

Youth Bible Class

7 p.m. Wednesday, for

6th-12th grades. Contact


Chabad of Malibu (22943 Pacific Coast

Highway, 310-456-6588)

Evening Shabbat Services

7:30 p.m. Fridays.

Saturday Services

9 a.m., Kabbalah on

the Parsha; 10 a.m. Shabbat

service; 11 a.m. Words

from the Rabbi & Torah

Reading; 12:30 p.m. Kiddush


Sunday Services

9 a.m.

Our Lady of Malibu Church (3625 Winter

Canyon Road, 310-456-2361)

AA Meetings

6:30 p.m. Mondays,

Sheridan Hall.

Women’s Bible Study

7 p.m. Mondays,

Okoneski Room.

Al Anon Meetings

8 p.m. Mondays, Sheridan


Narcotics Anonymous

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays,

Sheridan Hall.

Circle Prayer Group

8 a.m. Thursdays, Rectory.

Thursday Morning Bible


10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays.

Men’s AA Meetings

6 p.m. Fridays, Sheridan


St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (28211

Pacific Coast Highway, 310-457-7966)

Contemplative Worship

8 a.m. Sundays

Traditional Worship

10 a.m. Sundays

Malibu Presbyterian Church (3324

Malibu Canyon Road, 310-456-1611)

Sunday Worship Services

9, 10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Men’s Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m. Wednesdays

at Marmalade Cafe, 3894

Cross Creek Road, Malibu.

Calvary Chapel Malibu (30237 Morning

View Drive, 424-235-4463)


10 a.m. Sundays

Midweek Bible Study

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Rev. Brian La Spada

holds a weekly Bible study

at his home to walk through

the book of Genesis. For

more information, email

Pre-Church Prayer

9:30 a.m. Sundays, Juan

Cabrillo picnic tables.

First Church-Christ Scientist (28635

Pacific Coast Highway, 310-457-7767)

Wednesday Meetings

8 p.m. Wednesdays. Testimony

meetings include

readings from the Bible and

“Science and Health with

Key to the Scriptures.”

Sunday School

10-11 a.m. Sundays.

Sunday Service

10-11 a.m. Sundays.

Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue

(24855 PCH, 310-456-2178)

Religious School

3:45-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

Tuesday Mamas

4 p.m. Tuesdays

Tot Shabbat

11:30 a.m.-noon. Fridays.

Celebrate Shabbat

with prayers, music and


Torah Study

9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.


Waveside Church (6955 Fernhill Drive,



10:10 a.m. Sundays at

Point Dume School, 6955

Fernhill Drive.

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The Dish

From breakfast to charcuterie, Malibu Kitchen satisfies

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

Malibu Kitchen is a cross

between a New York deli, a

country mart and a bakery.

Malibu Kitchen and Gourmet

Country Mart, owned

by Bill Miller, was dubbed

by Esquire Magazine as the

sixth best place to see on a

summer trip.

Malibu Kitchen is known

for its New York style deli

items, especially its meatloaf

($13.50), served with

fresh, very wet coleslaw,

and mashed potatoes and

gravy. The gigantic portion

could easily be shared and

features “Grandma’s secret

sauce” on the meatloaf.

Locals praise the fare and

the environment.

“It’s exactly what you

would hope a neighborhood

place would be like,”

10-year customer John

Woldenberg said. “You

walk in and it’s a sensory,

culinary experience.”

Woldenberg recommends

the breakfast burrito and the

corned beef sandwich.

Miller, on the other

hand, pegs The Mulberry

— named after the famous

Mulberry Street in Manhattan,

the quintessential artery

of Little Italy dating back

centuries — as his favorite.

The Mulberry ($12.95)

combines black forest ham,

genoa salami, finocchiona

(fennel salami originating in

Toscana), capocollo, three

types of cheeses, roasted

tomatoes, balsamic vinegar,

pepperoncini, tomatoes and

onions, all served on freshly

baked focaccia bread. The

dish can also be grilled on a


“It’s a feast,” Miller said.

“I got the idea for it when I

visited Eataly in New York,

a huge Italian food emporium.”

Another version of the

sandwich consists of prosciutto,

salami, black truffle

cheese, aged provolone,

roasted tomato, pesto and

balsamic, pressed and melted


That traditional Italian

deli fare does not eclipse

some hidden gems at Malibu


The charcuterie plate, offered

only on weekends,

features imported Italian

Malibu Kitchen

3900 Cross Creek Road

#3, Malibu


8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

Phone: (310) 456-7845

meats, Parmesan, provolone,

and black truffle cheeses,

mixed olives, roasted

tomatoes, Cioppino onions,

and a variety of bread sticks

and flatbreads ($55 for a

plate for four; $35 for a

plate for two).

For breakfast, try the

breakfast burrito, chockfull

of ham, bacon, sausage,

eggs, cheeses, and cottage

fries that can go in the burrito

or be served on the side.

Or, one can have a breakfast

bagel sandwich served on

bagels shipped from New

York and baked fresh daily.

“This place is family, it’s

comfortable,” Miller said.

“We cater to every need.

We have lots of choices for

vegetarians and vegans and

gluten-free options ranging

from our fish to glutenfree

baked items, including

gluten-free chocolate fudge

cookies, macaroons in

chocolate, and peanut butter

bars. We’re flexible and

cook for the kids in sizes

that accommodate them.”

Miller goes the extra mile

for people, as evidenced by

his yearlong effort to get

Jessica Seinfeld Ibiza chips

she saw while in Spain. The

almost impossible-to-find

Sal de Ibiza white truffle

chips are quite addictive

Malibu Kitchen owner

Bill Miller displays the

charcuterie plate (prices

vary). Barbara Burke/22nd

Century Media

($8.50 a bag), as is a smaller

salt and vinegar Ibiza chip


“The DNA of New York

is in this place,” Miller said.


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Ride of the Week

In a barn for over 50 years

Fireball Tim Lawrence

Contributing Columnist

Malibu resident

The last Wheels and

Waves show in

Malibu was truly

epic. There were tons of

amazing classics, muscle

cars and much more, but

what truly stood out was

a story that was almost

beyond belief.

Blake Weddington, a

real estate investor and

property manager, brought

a unique truck that turned

heads and dropped jaws. A

1939 Ford Rat pickup truck

that barely seemed to be

holding together, but that

was just an appearance. Underneath

this pockmarked,

rusted, stitched and dented

Rat truck was the heart of

a brand new Ford. Starting

with a 302/c4 motor,

Weddington’s beast was on

a full Accuair E Level Air

Ride with Heidt Mustang

2 front suspension, disc

brakes, parallel 4-linked

rear end and power steering.

“The truck was purchased

new by a farmer in

1939 on central California,”

Weddington stated.

“It was used as his farm

truck until 1951 when he

replaced it with an International

Harvester. So it went

in the barn and sat literally

untouched and rusting

away until July 2016.”

Then, Weddington resurrected


Blake Weddington poses with his 1939 Ford Rat pickup

truck. Fireball Tim Lawrence/22nd Century Media

“It was sent to JG Design

and Fab in Ventura for

a full seven-month build,”

Blake continued. “JG built

the exact truck that I had

designed in my head and

I wanted to leave all of

the original characteristics

from the barnfind but have

the reliability and modern

upgrades available today.”

And that he did.

This 1939 Ford had

always been a dream

truck for Weddington. He

mentioned that it was so

ugly that it’s good-looking.

Plus, you never see very

many of them.

Best part of the truck?

The story and patina, obviously.

“It’s nature’s 78-year old

paint job!”

When Blake came back

up to Malibu for this shoot,

the dialogue between us

was enhanced by the trucks

spits, pouts, growls and

burst — its own dialogue

conversing with us.

“I use it daily,” mentioned

Weddington again.

“Unless my fiancée wants

to go somewhere, then we

have to take the boring

new car most of the time.”

As we wrapped up the

shoot and the sun began

to peak, I noticed so many

more colors emitting from

the body of this rusted

Ford that each inch seemed

to have a story.

“I just love hearing all

the old-timers talk to me

about the truck and how

they used to have one, or

their father had one,” Weddington

said. “I get to hear

a lot of great stories and

meet a lot of great people

because of it.”

Weddington belongs to a

local car club called ODD-

SQUAD where they meet

at a Coffee Bean in LA

every Wednesday night.

Mostly modified rusties

and some new shine. But

rest assured, lots of smiles

and eager stories. I, for

one, will be heading there

soon to capture them for

the show. There’s a unique

connection with those that

allow Mother Nature to do

her things and add their

own touches. It’s called art.

Thanks Blake for allowing

me to experience

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ takes audiences on a journey

Young Actors

Project presents

beloved tale at

Malibu Playhouse

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

“It’s opening night and

the actors are so ready for

an audience. We’re so glad

that audience is you,” said

Shoshana Kutner, executive

director of the Young

Actors Project, on the June

1 opening night of “Alice in

Wonderland” at the Malibu


Family members, friends

and well-wishers in the audience

were enthralled from

the beginning of the performance.

The lights went down,

spirits went up, and some

fine, remarkably outstanding

young actors took the stage.

We all know the basic

plot, but what made this

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tale different was some

very impressive special effects

sending the cast – and

the excited, impressed and

amused audience - down

the rabbit hole, the excellent

costuming by Aurora Sanchez,

and incredible back

stage support by alumni of

the Young Actors Project.

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details, as well as to the acting,

is what has made Kutner

stand out in youth theater

in Southern California.

There was the traditional

mayhem and cacophony

throughout the tale, silly

nonsense and colloquy, and

experiential acting depicting

the confusion of living

with time going backwards

and without the ability to remember.

Stellar on-stage performances

were delivered by

Georgia Kennedy-Bailey,

as Alice; Dillon Eisman,

the Mad Hatter; Ashlyn

Kunerth, the Duchess; Ava

Bradley, the White Rabbit;

Zoe Kofsky, Humpty

Dumpty; Kamilla Peters,

as Edith; Layne Jacobson,

the cook and the Walrus;

Abigail Mills, Tiger-Lily and

the Queen of Hearts; Jersie

Byford, Red Queen; Lena

Hurtubise, White Queen;

Nicole Reynaga, King of

Hearts; and one of the best

renditions of the Tweedledee

and Tweedledum episode by

Bailee Calabria and Maayan

Milchan, respectively.

The story takes the audience

down the rabbit hole

to the nonsensical world

of mystery and magic. The

cards were alive and confused

and perplexed poor

Alice, the Queen has a petulant

propensity to order that

everyone’s head be chopped

off, the Duchess is confused

and a beautiful mess, the

Mad Hatter hosts a most peculiar

tea party, and there is

a trial of the knave, wrongly

accused, that is very far south

of including due process.

The caterpillar will not communicate,

the Cheshire Cat

grins beguilingly, confounding

and intriguing Alice, the

door mouse will not awake,

and no one knows how to

play croquet properly.

The first scene ended with

Alice, portrayed by Georgia Kennedy-Bailey, performs

in the Thursday, June 1 opening night performance

of Young Actors Project’s performance of “Alice in

Wonderland” at the Malibu Playhouse. Photos by Suzy

Demeter/22nd Century Media

Young Actors Project actors (left to right) Isabella

Quintanilla, as the March Hare; Georgia Kennedy-Bailey,

as Alice; and Dillon Eisman, as the Mad Hatter perform at

the Malibu Playhouse on June 1.

attendees oohing and aaahing

about the costumes and

acting, and anticipating a

wonderful Part II.

The actors did not disappoint.

The theater went on

a wonderful, child-like excursion

through the looking


Alice manages to negotiate

a reconciliation between

the White Knight and the

White Queen, and after a series

of mishaps and confusing

experiences, makes her

way through the garden path

and earns her way to being

a queen.

“Alice in Wonderland” is

a time-honored and revered

childhood tale by Lewis

Carroll (adapted by John

Litten) that always intrigues

and excites in the telling.

The Young Actors Project’s

rendition delighted.

After the curtain fell, one

of the cast members ably

summed up the mood of the

evening and how terrific all

aspects of the play were orchestrated.

“The Young Actors Project

is where magic happens,

like the magic that happened

in this show,” said Claire

Anneet, 16, who played the

Cheshire Cat. Malibu

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This is more than your average crossword. The Surfside Puzzler features clues pertaining to Malibu each week.

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5. 23 in blackjack

9. Villa near Malibu

14. Key ___ pie...

15. Card player’s payment

16. Spring

17. Kind of twin

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19. Woodworking


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29. What a party invitation

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43. Instrument that’s


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47. Show affection by


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53. Malibu beach

58. It stretches across

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All good

things Malibu

baseball’s stellar 14-15

season comes to an end,

Page 34

Gearing up

City of Malibu’s

sports camps to

kick off next week,

Page 34

malibu surfside news | June 7, 2017 |

Malibu High School athletes celebrate college commitments

from coast to coast, Page 35

Malibu student-athletes (left to right) Jesse Nikora, Tobias Jensen, Benjamin Cohen, Trevor Simonian, Abby Blackwood, Braxton Pierce, Harrison Cohen and Liam

Noonan gather for a photo during Malibu High School’s College Athletic Recognition Day Wednesday, May 31. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media

34 | June 7, 2017 | Malibu surfside news Sports


Sharks can’t overcome early deficit, fall in semis

Erin Redmond

Assistant Editor

By the time Malibu’s

bats got going, it was too

little, too late.

The Sharks scored four

runs through the final

three innings, but it wasn’t

enough to overcome an

early Moreno Valley lead.

Despite outhitting its opponent

12-9, Malibu ended

its season with a 6-4 loss to

the Vikings in the California

Interscholastic Federation

Southern Section Division

6 semifinals May 30 in

Moreno Valley.

Malibu trailed 6-2 heading

into the sixth, but

closed the gap when Cade

McMillin tripled to score

Louie Thrall.

Trevor Simonian led off

the final frame with a double

and was brought home

off an RBI single from Tyler

Ray. Ray would get into

scoring position, capitalizing

off a Vikings’ error, but

would be stranded there as

Malibu grounded out to end

the game.

The hosts built a 4-0 lead

before the Sharks could get

on the board in the top of

the fifth.

With two outs, Simonian

doubled on a fly ball to center

field, sparking a rally.

William Tamkin singled

on the next play, scoring

Simonian for Malibu’s first

run of the game.

Ray kept things going,

singling on a line drive to

the pitcher to score Tamkin

and slice the Vikings’ lead

in half at 4-2.

Moreno Valley stole the

momentum right back,

however, knocking into

two more runs in the bottom

half of the inning to

take a commanding 6-2


Simonian, Ray and Tamkin

each had three hits a

piece in the game. Simonian

also scored two runs,

while Ray had two RBI.

Tamkin scored a run and

knocked in an RBI.

Justin Truschke was

handed the loss, giving up

four runs — three earned

— on six hits through four

innings of work. He also

struck out four Vikings.

Ray came in for relief

and allowed two runs on

three hits over an inning of

work. Tamkin took over in

the sixth, pitching a scoreless

inning that saw Moreno

Valley go up and down

in order.

Malibu opened postseason

play with a dominant

20-2 win over Animo

Leadership on May 18. The

Sharks continued to assert

their dominance with a 3-0

shutout win over Polytechnic

before beating Barstow

11-1 in the quarterfinals.

The Sharks end their season

with a 14-15 overall


Malibu’s sports camps to start next Monday

Lauren Coughlin, Editor

Malibu youngsters looking

to keep moving all summer

long have plenty of

options through Malibu’s

sports camps.

From the ever-popular

Aspects Surf Camp at Surfrider

Beach — now in its

ninth year — to co-ed flag

football, volleyball, soccer,

tennis, basketball, baseball,

the options are plentiful.

Recreation Supervisor

Katie Gallo said spots are

filling up fast, as registration

opened on April 3. Programs

kick off on June 12

and run through Aug. 10.

With the exception of

surf camp, which is for

ages 7-14, the City’s sports

camps cater to ages 6-13.

Gallo added that the City

would consider a younger

participant if they were advanced

in the given sport.

“We just really wanted

to provide an outlet to the

kids in the community to be

engaged this summer, try a

new sport, try a new activity,”

Gallo said.

Xavier Godbile runs through a drill during the City’s soccer camp at Bluffs Park in 2016.

The City’s sports camps

also serve as an early introduction

to a few familiar

faces in the community.

“If at all possible, we

really enjoy working with

the high school coaches,”

Gallo said.

This year’s participants

include Malibu High track

coach Ray Humphrey,

MHS junior varsity tennis

coach Bruce Young, and

Malibu girl’s basketball

coach Andy Meyer. Gallo

added that physical education

teacher Rich Lawson

also teaches surf camp.

“The camps will be presented

in a fun and invigorating

training environment

and offer the core skills of

each sport to ensure correct

instruction by many Malibu

High School coaches,” the

City of Malibu stated in a

press release.

For more information, or

to register, visit www.mali

Dylan Keeffe rides a wave toward shore during last

year’s Aspects Summer Camp at Surfrider Beach in

Malibu. 22nd Century Media File Photos Sports

Malibu surfside news | June 7, 2017 | 35

Celebrating what’s to come

Malibu High

athletes gather for

College Athletic

Recognition Day

Hannah Muery

Freelance Reporter

Malibu High School celebrated

its college-bound

athletes Wednesday, May

31, with a College Athletic

Recognition Day in

which eight of the school’s

student-athletes showcased

their college commitments.

“We are really proud to

have this recognition,” said

Kristy Simonian, mom of

athlete Trevor Simonian

and member of the Athletic

Booster Club. “It really

shows how you can play a

sport at the college level,

even from a small public


Malibu High athlete

Jesse Nikora will be attending

Occidental College as

a member of the track and

field team.

Both Liam Noonan and

Abby Blackwood will be

continuing their soccer careers,

with Noonan attending

Connecticut College

and Blackwood attending

Trinity University.

“It’s like a family for

me and you create a really

amazing bond playing

on the field with them and

hanging out off the field

with your teammates,” said

Blackwood, who also ran

track and cross country

during her time at Malibu

High. “Being on a team

definitely makes the transition

to college easier because

you’re already able

to make friends and it eases

you into the process.”

Malibu High’s Tobias

Malibu High School seniors Abby Blackwood (left) and Braxton Pierce sport garb from

their respective colleges on College Athletic Recognition Day.

Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media

Jensen will be furthering

his water polo career at Los

Angeles Valley College.

Harrison Cohen — who

has played club and AAU

ball across Los Angeles

and played guard on the

Sharks’ varsity squad this

school year — will be playing

basketball for Newbury

College this fall.

Benjamin Cohen and

Trevor Simonian of Malibu

High’s baseball team have

also committed to play college

ball, but on opposite

coasts. Benjamin Cohen

is to attend Santa Barbara

Community College, and

Simonian will be playing

for the University of Pennsylvania.

“I’m looking forward to

playing at the higher level,”

said Simonian, who was a

three-year starter for the

school’s varsity football

and baseball teams. “It’s

much faster paced, everyone’s

one of the best players

from their region or

high school, so I’m excited

to play at the highest level

of college baseball.”

Braxton Pierce has committed

to Colorado State

University-Pueblo. Pierce

was the quarterback on the

Malibu High School football

team this year after

joining the team in his junior


“I love Colorado and I

love playing football in the

snow,” Pierce said. “I’ve

been going to Colorado my

whole life and always wanted

to go to college there, so

I’m super excited.”

Malibu High is wrapping

up its final days of the

spring semester, and the

athletes will be graduating

on June 8, alongside their

fellow classmates.

MHS senior Liam Noonan, who committed to play soccer

at Connecticut College this fall, is pictured during last

week’s College Athletic Recognition Day.

Malibu student-athletes Tobias Jensen (left), Benjamin

Cohen (middle) and Trevor Simonian are pictured.

36 | June 7, 2017 | Malibu surfside news Sports

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Lars Peterson

Lars Peterson, 17, a

sophomore, plays second

base for Malibu High’s

baseball team.

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What were your

thoughts on this past


This season was a great

experience for me as well

as my teammates. We made

it to the semifinals and had

fun doing it. Throughout

the season we played a lot

of great teams and we battled

through every game.

We did very well and I am

confident we can compete

and win CIF next year.

In what area did you

improve most as a

player this year?

This year I worked a lot

on hitting off-speed pitches

and being ready to hit in

any count. This practice improved

my confidence and

allowed me to excel in crucial

moments of the game.

Do you have any

specific goals for the

offseason or next


In general, I want to become

a better player on

both offense and defense.

My main goal for next year,

which I share with my teammates,

is to make it back to

CIF and to win it all.

How did you first get

into baseball?

My parents signed me up

for T-ball a year early, at 4

years old, and I have played

ever since.

What do you like about

going to school in


The ability to essentially

meet the whole school and

to know everyone. This

interconnectedness makes

Malibu High feel like a

family and causes school to

be more enjoyable.

Do you have a favorite

spot to hang out in


My go-to place is Lily’s

on Point Dume. I go there

everyday, after practice to

get the best burrito in Malibu.

What are your hobbies

outside of baseball?

I play water polo when I

am not playing baseball, in

the summer and fall. Also, I

suzy demeter/22nd century media

love to snorkel and to scuba

dive when I get the chance.

What would you say is

the best advice you’ve

ever gotten?

My coaches have always

told me to enjoy every

second of the amazing

game I have the privilege to

play, including my current

coach, Billy Ashley.

Does any one moment

from this past season

stand out to you?

Hitting a game-tying

double in the bottom of the

seventh inning against St.

Bonaventure, which is our

greatest rival within our


What is your dream


I love math and science

and I would like to pursue a

career in engineering.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Ryan Flynn Sports

Malibu surfside news | June 7, 2017 | 37

Pepperdine Athletics

Baseball’s Aaron Barnett earns Academic All-American nod

Aaron Barnett became the

program’s third Academic

All-American this week,

earning the honor from Co-

SIDA after a stellar senior

season both on the field

and in the classroom as announced

Friday, June 2.

Barnett joins now head

coach Rick Hirtensteiner

and Pete Nicholson as the

only Pepperdine baseball

players to garner the honor

after being named to the

second team this season.

Hirtensteiner was a firstteam

Academic All-American

in 1989 and Nicholson

was named to the third team

in 1972. Across all sports,

Barnett is just the 11th Pepperdine

student-athlete to

earn Academic All-American

recognition and the 12th

selection overall with men’s

volleyball player Clint Olson

earning the honor twice.

Barnett, who has garnered

CoSIDA Academic

All-District honors each

of the last three seasons,

graduated this year with a

3.83 GPA as an economics

major. He led the Waves in

batting average, hitting .298

this season, while posting

team highs with 57 total hits

and 14 doubles. He had 25

RBI and 22 runs scored and

posted a .352 on-base percentage.

Barnett also was the

fourth toughest player to

strike out in the country this

year, going down on strikes

just once every 19.1 at-bats.

He started all 48 games he

has played in for Pepperdine

this season.

Barnett finishes his career

with an impressive list of

accolades that include; Academic

All-American, threetime

Academic All-District,

All-WCC first team, twotime

All-WCC honorable

mention, three-time WCC

All-Academic, Freshman

All-American, two-time

NCAA All-Regional Team

and WCC All-Freshman

Team. For his career he

owns a .314 batting average,

101 RBI and 93 runs scored.

His 269 career hits are good

for the fifth most all-time in

program history.

Waves trio nabs WCC

postseason awards

Aaron Barnett was named

to the All-WCC first team,

Jordan Qsar picked up All-

WCC honorable mention

and Quincy McAfee was

named to the WCC All-

Freshman Team.

The Waves have had a

player on the first team every

year since 1985 when the

conference started awarding

both first and second-team

all-conference honors. It is

Barnett’s first All-WCC first

team nod after earning honorable

mention in both 2014

and 2015.

In his senior season, Barnett

posted a team-high

.362 batting average during

WCC play, driving in 14

runs and scoring 13, with

seven doubles and one triple.

He posted a conference

slugging percentage of .448

and an on-base percentage

of .413, both of which were

tops on the team during

WCC play. Barnett drew 12

walks during the conference

season and struck out just

once against WCC pitching.

He also garnered academic

recognition this season,

earning WCC All-Academic

and CoSIDA Academic

All-District honors for his

work in the classroom.

Qsar finished third on the

team with a .289 average

during WCC play, driving

in 12 runs and scoring nine

as well. Qsar was a regular

in the Pepperdine lineup as

the team’s right-fielder, but

also served as a reliever for

the squad out of the bullpen.

McAfee started 51 of the

52 games the Waves played

this season as the team’s

shortstop and secondbaseman.

During conference

play, McAfee hit .268,

driving in seven runs and

scoring a team-high 15. Always

solid with the glove,

McAfee had a team-high

109 putouts, committing

just five errors which was

good for a .971 fielding percentage.

Barnett, Crowder make

WCC’s All-Academic list

Aaron Barnett and Matt

Crowder earned recognition

on the WCC’s All-Academic

list for their work in the

classroom and on the field.

Three other Waves also

earned honorable mention.

Barnett and Crowder are

two of four athletes on the

list to also earn CoSIDA

Academic All-District honors

earlier this year. Also

earning honorable mention

were Brandon Caruso, Kiko

Garcia and Ben Rodriguez.

Barnett posted a 3.84

GPA as an economics major,

good for the fifth best GPA

on the All-Academic team.

The senior designated hitter/

catcher led Pepperdine this

season with a .298 batting

average, compiling 57 total

hits with 14 doubles and one

triple. Barnett drove in 25

runs and scored 22, posting

a .382 slugging percentage

and .352 on-base percentage.

He was the sixth toughest

player in the country to

strike out this year, fanning

just once every 19.1 at-bats.

Crowder, also an economics

major, had the

fourth best GPA on the list

with a 3.91 average. The

senior infielder compiled

26 hits this season, scoring

12 runs and driving in nine.

Crowder posted a .317 onbase

percentage and had

four extra-base hits on the

year, all doubles.

Caruso posted a 3.26 GPA

as a film studies major, Garcia

a 3.54 GPA as a business

administration major

and Ben Rodriguez a 3.43

GPA as a physics major.

Rodriguez led the team this

season with 31 RBI and five

home runs, and was also

named an Arthur Ashe Jr.

Sports Scholar this season.

Caruso was second on the

team with 12 doubles on the

year and Garcia had a 4-1

record out of the bullpen

with a 2.53 ERA.


Theegala, Cootes earn All-

West Region honors

Sophomores Sahith Theegala

and Roy Cootes were

both recently named to the

Golf Coaches Association

of America/PING All-West

Region team.

The duo, who helped lead

Pepperdine to a 13th-place

finish at the NCAA Championships

on May 29, previously

both earned All-West

Coast Conference first team

honors this season.

Theegala wrapped up his

season with a tie for 19th

place at the NCAA Championships.

The West Coast

Conference co-Player of the

Year and a Jack Nicklaus

Award semifinalist, Theegala

posted a season scoring

average of 70.95 — the second-best

all-time in Pepperdine

single-season history.

He had five Top 10 finishes,

while his 12 Top 20 results

out of 14 tournaments rank

tied for fourth in program

single-season history, and

his 21 below-par rounds

rank third.

Cootes was second on the

team with a 72.14 scoring

average, which ranks 10th

in program single-season

history. He had six Top 10

and eight Top 20 finishes

this year, and 20 below-par

rounds (fourth in program



Four Waves earn MPSF All-

Academic accolades

Mitchell Penning, Joshua

Stewart, Weston Barnes and

David Wieczorek garnered

Mountain Pacific Sports

Federation All-Academic

honors as announced by the

league office on May 30.

Penning graduated with

a Bachelor of Science degree

in International Business

and a Bachelor of

Arts degree in Religion.

He amassed a 3.2 grade

point average throughout

four years with the Waves.

This is his third-consecutive

MPSF All-Academic honor

and he has been a four-time

Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

Stewart graduated with a

bachelor of science in sports

medicine after amassing a

3.3 grade point average at

Pepperdine. He has been

a part of the Waves’ family

for three seasons after

transferring from University

of the Pacific. This is his

second all-time MPSF All-

Academic honor and he was

also a Pepperdine Scholar-

Athlete for three seasons.

Barnes earns his first

MPSF All-Academic honor

with the award after amassing

a 3.3 grade point average

as a redshirt-junior

studying Economics. He

has played two seasons with

the Waves after transferring

from George Mason.

It’s the second straight

MPSF All-Academic honor

for Wieczorek, who posted

a 3.6 grade point average

and studying Sport Administration.

He also received

honorable mention honors

as an AVCA All-American,

and was an All-MPSF first

team honoree this season.

Women’s Basketball

Lacie Johnson joins

recruiting class

Waves head coach

DeLisha Milton-Jones announced

the addition of

Lacie Johnson as the fourth

signed member of the 2017

Pepperdine recruiting class

May 15.

Johnson is a 6-foot wing

out of Pope High School in

Marietta, Georgia and joins

fellow signees Mia Satie,

Rose Pflug and Monique


Johnson was ranked at

one point on Hoopgurlz and

rated a three-star athlete by

ESPN, while also playing

volleyball and competing in

track during her prep career.

She turned in a stellar four

varsity seasons on the hardwood

at Pope, leading her

team into the state tournament

each of the past three


Information from Pepperdine

University and


by Assistant Editor Erin Redmond,


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