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step by step Malibu’s Rindge

Dam plans continue toward final federal

decision, Page 5

Speaking up Malibu man alleges

police caused him ‘extreme emotional

and physical distress,’ Page 6

Rhyme and reason Malibu

Library hosts poetry open mic featuring

Florence Weinberger, Page 9

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Imagine Fest attendees

come together in

community and song to

the music of kirtan leader

Girish during a prior fest.

This year’s event, which

includes yoga, music

and more, is to be held

Saturday, April 21, at Peter

Strauss Ranch in the Santa

Monica Mountains.

Cecily Breeding

Imagine Fest to offer day of yoga and healing while benefiting Unlikely Heroes, Page 4








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THURSDAY

SMMUSD Board of

Education

5:30 p.m. April 12, SM-

MUSD District Office,

1651 16th St., Santa Monica.

The SMMUSD Board

of Education will meet.

For more information, visit

www.smmusd.org/board/

meetings.html.

FRIDAY

Classical Guitar Concert

3-4 p.m. April 13, Malibu

Library, 23519 West

Civic Center Way. The Pepperdine

Guitar Department

presents a concert featuring

musicians studying with

world-renowned classical

guitar virtuoso Christopher

Parkening. A variety

of works will be presented

in solo and ensemble settings.

All ages welcome.

For more information, call

(310) 456-6438

Wings Over Malibu

6:30-10 p.m. April 13,

The Sunset Restaurant,

6800 Westward Beach

Road, Malibu. Emily Shane

Foundation’s annual spring

fundraiser for its Successful

Educational Achievement

program will be held.

The event will include

dinner, drinks, silent and

live auctions, live musical

entertainment, clairvoyant

readings, and a photo

booth. Tickets are $150 per

guest, and there are a limited

number of sponsorships

available. For more information,

visit emilyshane.

org. For any questions,

email info@emilyshane.

org.

SATURDAY

Wildflower Walk

9-10 a.m. April 14, Malibu.

Join the City’s naturalist

on an educational hike and

learn about native plants in

bloom. Each hike will take

place at a different Malibu

location. Call (310) 317-

1364 or email Kriesgo@

malibucity.org for the hike

location and meeting information.

This event may be

canceled in the event of inclement

weather.

Paint-out and

Demonstration

9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 14,

Peter Strauss Ranch, 3000

Mulholland Highway,

Agoura. Join the Allied

Artists of the Santa Monica

Mountains and Seashore

for a free plein air paintout.

Bring art supplies,

water, lunch, sunscreen

and repellent, hat and walking

shoes. A short painting

demonstration from pastelist

Virginia Kamhi will occur

at 9 a.m. near the picnic

tables besides Triunfo

Creek, and at noon there

will be a positive group critique.

All are welcome; no

membership required. Rain

cancels the paint-out. For

more information, contact

Bruce Trentham at (818)

397-1576 or bmtrentham@

charter.net or Russ Hunziker

at (310) 500-6584 or

hunz1234@mac.com.

Chumash Day Powwow

10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 14,

and Sunday, April 15, Malibu

Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific

Coast Highway. Join

for the 20th annual Chumash

Day Powwow, held

rain or shine to celebrate

Native Americans from all

over the country, representing

hundreds of tribes who

will gather at Malibu Bluffs

Park. Native American

food, craft vendors, tribal

ceremonies, and dances

will be a part of the event

on both days. There will be

free admission, parking and

shuttle service (on the corner

of Webb Way and Civic

Center Way) to and from

the event. Onsite handicap

parking spaces are very

limited. A handicap accessible

shuttle will be offered

at the offsite parking

lot. For assistance or additional

information prior to

the event, call (310) 456-

2489 ext. 239. For general

information, email afiori@

malibucity.org or call (310)

456-2489 ext. 239.

SUNDAY

Dog Rescue at the Farmers

Market

10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 15,

Malibu Farmers Market,

Malibu Library Parking

Lot, 2355 Civic Center

Way. Rescued dogs will

be looking for homes with

loving families. For more

on the dogs that are available

for adoption, visit

www.AdoptaPet.com/shel

ter92270-dogs.html.

The Art of Wine

3-6 p.m. April 15, Saddlerock

Ranch, 32111 Mulholland

Highway, Malibu.

Join for the second annual

Art of Wine, a fundraising

event to support the schools

at the Malibu Jewish Center

& Synagogue. For more

information, or to purchase

tickets, visit mjcs.org or

call (310) 456-2178.

MONDAY

Preschool Storytime

3:30-4:30 p.m. April

16, Malibu Library, 23519

West Civic Center Way.

Join for an hour of fun featuring

picture book stories,

songs, a short art activity,

and playtime. For ages 2.5

to 5 years old. For more information,

call (310) 456-

6438.

Planning Commission

6:30 p.m. April 16,

Malibu City Hall Council

Chambers, 23825 Stuart

Ranch Road. The Malibu

Planning Commission will

hold its regular meeting.

For more information, visit

www.malibucity.org.

TUESDAY

Music And Motion

11 a.m.-12 p.m. April

17, Malibu Library, 23519

West Civic Center Way.

Linnea Richards conducts

a musically rewarding and

motivating class for babies

and toddlers and their parents

and caregivers. For

children 0-3 and their caregivers.

For more information,

call (310) 456-6438.

WEDNESDAY

Benita Bike’s DanceArt

Performance

6-7:30 p.m. April 18,

Malibu Library, 23519 West

Civic Center Way. Benita

Bike’s DanceArt Company

has been awakening audiences

to the spiritual, emotional

and intellectual depth

of dance for more than 35

years. In this interactive

dance performance, enjoy

dance pieces while learning

from the creators about

how each work came into

being. There will be many

opportunities for artists and

audience members to talk

about dance performance,

choreography, and the

modern dance approach to

movement. All ages welcome.

For more information,

call (310) 456-6438.

UPCOMING

Senior Center 15th

Anniversary

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 19, Malibu

Senior Center, 23825 Stuart

Ranch Road. Join for a

western-themed celebration

of the Malibu Senior

Center’s 15th anniversary.

The event will include

dancing, live music, food

and giveaways. Participants

are encouraged to

dress up in western-themed

wear. Dance instructor MC

Callaghan will offer a free

workshop in country western

two-step dancing from

12-12:30 p.m. Admission

is free. RSVP by calling

(310) 456-2489 ext. 357.

For more information, visit

MalibuCity.org/Senior

Center.

Bilingual Family Concert

3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday,

April 19, Malibu Library,

23519 West Civic Center

Way. Children’s singersongwriter

Nathalia performs

a fun bilingual and

interactive concert. For

children ages 5-11 and their

families. For more information,

call (310) 456-6438.

Zuma Health Talks

6:30-8 p.m. Thursday,

April 19, Malibu Healing

Center Kinetic Center

suite, 21355 Pacific Coast

Highway, Suite 200. Jared

Tavasolian will speak on

“The Wim Hof Breathing

Method” at this month’s

Zuma Health Talk. The

speaker is followed by

refreshments and hors

d’oeuvre next door at Zuma

Wellness Clinic (Suite

202). The event is free, but

donations are accepted.

For more information, or

to RSVP, visit www.event

brite.com/o/dr-sarah-mur

phy-15937591628 or call

Elissa with Zuma Wellness

at (310) 317-4888.

ONGOING

NAMI Support Group

6-7:30 p.m. first Tuesday

of every month, Malibu

Library, 23519 West Civic

Center Way. The National

Alliance on Mental Illness

Support Group meets

the first Tuesday of every

month. This group is for

parents/caregivers who

have a loved one with a

mental illness.

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Deadline is noon Thursdays.

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malibu City council

PCH traffic woes

discussed by City

City asks for LACOE

petition to be heard

Michele Willer-Allred,

Freelance Reporter

Caltrans officials said too

many construction projects

coupled with too many

spring break visitors created

a “perfect storm” for

traffic congestion on the

Pacific Coast Highway.

“We’ve heard all the

concerns from the public,

as well as the City, regarding

the congestion on PCH,

especially during the last

three or four weeks where

it’s been very unusual,” said

Abdi Saghafi, Caltrans office

chief of traffic engineering,

at the Monday, April 9 City

Council meeting.

Saghafi said Caltrans is

working to alleviate congestion

at Cross Creek by

having an electrical engineer

evaluate traffic patterns

and add more “green

time” on lights at PCH.

Caltrans is also reportedly

working on improving public

traffic alerts, and it is

moving some construction

work to evening hours.

Saghafi said “the pain is

short term,” and all of the

improvements will improve

highway safety for

pedestrians, bicyclists and

motorists.

Councilmember Skylar

Peak said the timing of the

light at PCH at Topanga

Canyon should also be

looked at.

“That is a public safety

hazard in our community,”

Peak said.

Saghafi said it is a challenge

since that is where

two major highways intersect,

but an engineer will be

studying the area to come

up with a better plan for

distributing “green time.”

Saghafi said a “roundabout”

is also being studied.

LACOE petition action

The council also unanimously

agreed to ask the

Los Angeles County Office

of Education to move forward

with the City’s petition

for a unified Malibu

school district.

At its March 20 meeting,

the Santa Monica-Malibu

Unified School District

Board of Education agreed

on a 50-year revenue sharing

framework and asked

the City to withdraw or hold

its petition until an agreement

can be made.

The council is asking

LACOE to accept the petition,

but then will look to

request a temporary suspension

on further action,

pending the outcome of negotiations

with the district.

Councilmember Laura

Rosenthal said withdrawing

the City’s petition

might be “detrimental” to

the City’s efforts.

Rosenthal said that once

it is accepted, LACOE can

help with negotiations. Further,

if special legislation is

needed, she said it’s important

for legislators to know

that the petition was accepted

and that LACOE and the

City are still engaged in

unification process.

“We think it’s important

for our Malibu stakeholders

to know that the petition

has been formally accepted

and suspended as we move

on to our next steps,”

Rosenthal said.

Schwarzenegger’s former advisor, a Malibu resident, dies

Staff Report

Malibu resident Bonnie

Reiss, who served as

the director of the University

of Southern California

Schwarzenegger Institute,

died April 2 of cancer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

described Reiss, 62, as a

“true treasure” in a public

statement on April 3.

“For the past year, she

has bravely fought cancer,

just as she fought for equality

and justice, students and

the environment, and every

other important issue you

can imagine throughout

her life of public service,”

Schwarzenegger’s note

states. “It was in her DNA

— Bonnie never accepted

things as they are — she

was born to shake the status

quo to its core and shape

the world.”

A scholarship in Reiss’

honor has been created at

the University of Southern

California Price School of

Public Policy.

“I will miss her dearly, but

I am so happy that she will

continue to leave the world

better than she found it

through each of the students

whose lives she impacts,”

Schwarzenegger wrote.

Schwarzenegger appointed

Reiss as the University

of California regent

in 2007. In that role, Reiss

served as chairwoman of

the Education Policy Committee

as well as on a taskforce

which sought to address

sexual violence.

University of California

President Janet Napolitano,

in an April 3 statement, reflected

on Reiss’ tireless advocacy

efforts.

“Our students, faculty,

and staff — both current

and those to come — have

benefited from Bonnie’s

efforts to improve policies

that combat sexual harassment

and sexual assault,

and her work to ensure that

California’s public research

university maintains its

academic excellence while

remaining accessible to our

state’s students,” Napolitano’s

statement read.

Napolitano further reflected

on Reiss’ passion

to combat climate change,

and announced that UC’s

Carbon Neutrality Student

Fellowship Program has

been renamed the Bonnie

Reiss Carbon Neutrality

Student Fellows Program.

“These accomplished

and extremely promising

UC graduate and undergraduate

students will now

be known as Reiss Fellows,”

Napolitano states.

“Their work will become

part of Bonnie’s long and

distinguished legacy. The

University of California,

and I personally, will deeply

miss her.”

According to bonniere

iss.com, Reiss was a 1976

magna cum laude graduate

from The University of

Miami School of Business,

with a major in accounting

in finance. In 1978,

she enrolled at Antioch

Law School in Washington,

D.C., and graduated at

the top of her class before

working for U.S. Sen. Edward

Kennedy in 1979.

Reiss moved to Southern

California in 1981 to practice

entertainment law and

later founded the Hollywood

Womens’ Political Action

Committee. In the late ’80s,

Reiss began to focus on environmental

matters and

Malibu Urgent Care

founded the Earth Communications

Office, of which

she was the CEO until 1993.

Reiss was also responsible

for producing the opening

ceremony of the 52nd

Presidential Inaugural.

“Bonnie passed on the

opportunity to stay in D.C.

and work in the Clinton

Administration to return

to Malibu, California and

continue her high impact

nonprofit work,” Reiss’

public profile states.

In California, she worked

as senior advisor to former

Gov. Schwarzenegger. Reiss

and Schwarzenegger

collaborated on a variety

of education-focused efforts,

including the creation

of the voter-approved After

School Education and

Safety Act in 2002.

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Local yoga teacher’s Imagine Fest returns

Event to support

nonprofit that

rescues child sex

trafficking victims

Lauren Coughlin, Editor

You may say Natalie

Backman is a dreamer, but

she’s not the only one.

For the third time, Imagine

Fest, a yoga and music

festival founded by Backman,

will return to the

Santa Monica Mountains.

This year’s event will be

held at Peter Strauss Ranch

from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on

Saturday, April 21. The

action-packed day benefits

Unlikely Heroes, a nonprofit

that rescues and rehabilitates

children who are

victims of sex trafficking.

“It’s a very positive, uplifting

community event

for the entire community,”

Backman said. “There’s

something for everyone.

And, particularly with the

state of the world and our

country, there’s a lot of

strife, there’s a lot of us

against them ... and I really

believe the best way to

combat [that] is gathering

together in a fashion like

this that’s really proactive

and uplifting.”

The last event drew 800

people and led to a $30,000

donation to Unlikely Heroes,

Backman said. And

that event was in September,

with grueling heat and

Santa Ana winds in play.

In its premiere year,

Backman said Imagine Fest

had over 1,000 attendees.

This year, organizers opted

for a springtime event

and are hoping to see 1,000

people join them. They also

hope to contribute $50,000

to Unlikely Heroes.

Highlights of the day

include headliner Satsang,

a Colorado band whose

style Backman compares

to Michael Franti or Nahko

and Medicine for the People.

Other musicians are:

Govind Das and Radha,

soundhealer Gabriel Logan

Braun, Shawni, and Daniel

Stewart.

Various yoga and meditation

sessions will also be

offered.

Conscious conversations

will be led by various individuals,

including Unlikely

Heroes CEO and Founder

Erica Greve, who will

speak about the victims her

nonprofit serves.

“One of our intentions

for this year’s festival is to

make sure people really understand

what we’re doing

here,” Backman said.

Further, children will be

able to explore programming

appropriate for ages

5-12 with Peace Guardians,

which will lead activities

such as superhero games,

yoga, art, ultimate Frisbee

and more. Those activities

run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The event planning process

is aided by a 15-member

Young Leaders Council,

which involves teenagers

from Malibu, Calabasas,

Agoura Hills, Oak Park and

Topanga.

Imagine Fest sponsors

include The Ave, Jonathan

Goldhill of Goldhill Group,

Agoura Power of Yoga and

Pranamaya Yoga Media.

General admission to

the event is $50. Tickets

for students (IDs must be

presented) or children 6-12

cost $25. Children 5 and

under get in free.

Imagine Fest Founder Natalie Backman (center) dances

alongside Andrea Gootnick (left) and Natasha Mellman to

the bhakti music of Govind Das and Radha, who are again

part of the lineup for Imagine Fest 2018. Cecily Breeding

The festival also offers

Very Inspired Person tickets

for $150, with added

perks of on-site parking,

advance session registration,

a gift bag, and a meetand-greet

with Backman

and Greve.

While some tickets are

expected to be available

day of, cash is preferred for

any walk-ups.

One-hundred percent of

ticket proceeds benefit Unlikely

Heroes.

The nonprofit

According to Greve, the

average child working in a

brothel has 2,300 customers

per year.

“That’s a person, that’s

a child being raped 2,300

times per year,” Greve said.

That realization is more

than enough to light a fire

under Greve and her team,

but she hopes to continue

to spread awareness of the

gargantuan issue at hand.

Unlikely Heroes was

founded in 2011 and has

grown to offer six safe

homes — three in Mexico,

one in Dallas, one in

the Philippines and one in

Thailand — where victims

of sex trafficking can get

the help and services they

need. The newest home, in

Mexico, opened last week

and serves as the first licensed

home in Mexico for

boys rescued from slavery

and child sex trafficking,

Greves said.

All of the children who

come to Unlikely Heroes

are minors, Greve said,

but the average age range

is 12 and under. In one instance,

the nonprofit took

in a 6-month-old who was

being sold for sex.

“Because these children

have had so much trauma,

they need specific services

that really help them overcome

what they’ve been

through,” Greve said.

At Unlikely Heroes, they

receive safe housing, medical

care, therapy, job training

and education. Greves

said education is top of

mind, as many victims have

gaps in their education.

The children’s circumstances

vary, but Greves

mentioned one 8-year-old

boy who was trafficked by

his mom and still doesn’t

Imagine Fest

What: This festival features yoga, music, vendors

and more. The event will support Unlikely Heroes, a

nonprofit working to rescue and rehabilitate children

who are victims of sex trafficking.

When: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Where: Peter Strauss Ranch, 30000 Mulholland

Highway, Agoura Hills

To attend: Tickets are $150 for Very Inspired

Persons, $50 for general admission, $25 for

students and children 6-12, and free for ages 5 and

under. For tickets, visit www.ImagineYogaMusic.com.

know how to write his name.

Some of Unlikely Heroes’

homes offer homeschooling,

while others

send children to nearby

public schools.

Most stay with the nonprofit

for roughly five years

or more, Greve said.

To date, the organization

has saved more than 350

children, and roughly 100

victims are currently split

between the six homes.

How each child gets to

them is different.

Unlikely Heroes has outreach

teams in each country

they work in. In Thailand

and the Philippines,

they regularly visit bars

and brothels to develop

trust with the victims and

keep an eye out for any

new children who are being

trafficked. Volunteers

also train teachers in at-risk

schools on what to look

for. The nonprofit handles

the reporting process and,

when possible, works with

police to rescue the child or

children.

“[Unlikely Heroes is]

small and mighty, and

they’re doing what they’re

doing with an immense

amount of integrity,” Backman

said.

The cost to rescue and

treat a child is about $5,000

per child per year, Greve

said, and funds from Imagine

Fest will help fulfill that

need.

Beyond attending the

fest, the nonprofit is always

looking for volunteers who

have experience as attorneys,

graphic designers and

programmers.

“We often say at Unlikely

Heroes it takes a network

to beat a network, so we’re

building that network together,”

Greve said.

For more details, visit

unlikelyheroes.com.

The festival founder

Imagine Fest is a blending

of many passions for

Backman.

Backman comes from a

musical theater background

and was previously part

of the Broadway scene in

New York.

But when she moved to

LA, her focus changed and

yoga became her life.

Currently, she lives in

Calabasas and teaches yoga

for the City of Malibu as

well as at Agoura Power of

Yoga.

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Rindge Dam plans inch forward with vote

Project still calls for

state, federal review

Suzanne Guldimann

Freelance Reporter

A California Coastal

Commission vote on the

Army Corps of Engineers’

plan to remove Rindge

Dam appears to be generating

some confusion in the

Malibu community.

On March 9, the Coastal

Commission unanimously

agreed that the Corps plan

is consistent with the Coastal

Act, but the vote was not

a final approval for the multiyear

project. Instead, it

was just one of several essential

steps necessary for

the Corps to move on to the

next phase of the planning

process for this complex

project that involves many

layers of review at state and

federal level.

The next step for the project

involves completing the

federal environmental impact

review to meet the requirements

of NEPA — the

National Environmental

Policy Act. The Corps must

then seek funding from

Congress to proceed with

additional studies and technical

review, including geotechnical

review and flood

assessments. When those

technical studies are complete,

the Coastal Commission

will weigh in on the

findings, and the public will

also have an opportunity to

comment. Final approval

must come from Congress,

which has the final authority

to approve or deny the

project.

The Corps project isn’t

set to officially begin until

2025, almost exactly 100

years after the dam was

built. The plan involves

removing the old Rindge

Congress must approve funding before impact studies can be performed at Rindge

Dam. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dam and spillway in Malibu

Creek in stages, demolishing

the 100-foot-high

structure and excavating

the estimated 780,000 cubic

yards of sediment impounded

behind it over the

course of eight years.

The Corps anticipates

that 278,000 cubic yards

of clean sandy sediments

can be mined from the site,

transported to the Ventura

Harbor by truck and then

sent back to Malibu by

barge and placed in nearshore

waters east of the

Malibu Pier for beach replenishment.

However, to

get to those sediments, the

Corps will have to excavate

a deep layer of debris that

core samples indicate consists

of larger rocks, from

cobbles to boulders. That

material is destined to go

directly to the Calabasas

Landfill. Several key stakeholders,

including Heal

the Bay and the Surfrider

Foundation, would like to

see more of the sediment

and rocks used for beach

restoration instead.

Serra Canyon residents

and the Malibu City Council

have raised concerns that the

project could increase flooding

risk in the Civic Center

area, putting Serra Canyon

residents and Cross Creek

businesses at risk. The City

has also questioned whether

the current plan has adequately

addressed the impact

the estimated 52,000

truck trips will have on

traffic and the canyon road,

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Malibu man files complaint against sheriffs

Cusumano claims

‘excessive force’

was used in March

2 incident in Malibu

Missing Malibu Creek

State Park hiker is found

More than 100 officials,

volunteers aid in efforts

Lauren Coughlin, Editor

Michael Tanner Cusumano, 23, of Malibu, was handcuffed and had guns pointed at him

during a March 2 case of mistaken identity. Image Submitted

When 23-year-old Michael

Tanner Cusumano

called the Malibu/Lost

Hills Sheriff’s Station on

March 2, he never anticipated

that he’d end up in

handcuffs in the back of

one of their squad cars.

And he certainly didn’t

expect officers to point

their guns at him despite

what appears to be his full

cooperation, based on Cusumano’s

account as well

as video surveillance of the

incident which was provided

to the Surfside News.

“I was terrified,” Cusumano

said. “I had no idea

what they wanted from me.

I had no idea what I was being

accused of.”

The incident, which was

reportedly a case of mistaken

identity, has led to

a formal complaint which

was filed with the City of

Malibu on March 13. And,

for Cusumano, who said

he no longer feels safe in

Malibu, it’s reportedly led

to visits to a psychiatrist as

well as repeated nightmares

of being shot.

“As a result of LASD’s

intentional actions, the victim

has suffered, and continues

to suffer, substantial

physical pain to his wrists

and extreme emotional

and physical distress, including,

but not limited to,

nervousness, sleeplessness,

anxiety, worry, shock, humiliation,

and indignity,”

the formal complaint, filed

by attorneys Mark D. Baute

and Bryan D. Roth, states.

Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s

Station Capt. Joshua W.

Thai confirmed that the station

was aware of the concerns

regarding the incident.

“Deputies received information

from a victim who

said she was following a

burglary suspect,” Thai

said in a written statement

provided to the Surfside.

“The burglary suspect had

just stolen a registered firearm

and other items from a

vehicle parked in front of

the victim’s business. Deputies

followed protocol and

conducted a high-risk traffic

stop of the vehicle and

detained the driver.

“Subsequently, it was determined

the driver of the

subject vehicle was not involved

in the burglary. The

driver was released without

incident. We believe all

Sheriff’s Department policies

and protocols were followed

during the incident.”

The evening of

Cusumano said he had

dinner with a friend at Little

Beach House and departed

around 9 p.m., heading toward

his Malibu home on

Pacific Coast Highway.

As he was passing Pepperdine,

he noticed another

car on the road was acting

strangely. At first it was

driving slowly in front of

him, he said, and when he

passed it, the driver reportedly

started flashing their

high beams. So, he decided

to make an abrupt U-

turn near Ramirez Canyon

Road, he said, and the other

car followed suit.

“I thought ‘OK, I’m being

followed. This is not

normal,’” Cusumano said.

“And that’s when I called

911 for help.”

The operator reportedly

told Cusumano that police

were on the other line

with the driver of the other

car, and said that the caller

believed Cusumano to be

a suspect in a crime. The

man on the phone, of which

the Surfside has a recording,

declined to say what

the crime was but asked

Cusumano if he could meet

deputies in a safe place.

Cusumano chose the 76

gas station at 26101 PCH,

and waited in his Maserati

for authorities to arrive.

Soon, there were three

cop cars behind him. Cusumano

adds that a helicopter

was also shining its

spotlight on him.

“Every single officer had

a gun pointed on me,” said

Cusumano, who said he has

never been in trouble with

the police.

Footage shows at least

two officers pointing their

guns at Cusumano as he

lifts his shirt, gets on his

knees, and puts his hands

behind his head. He is then

handcuffed and put in the

back of one of the cars.

“They just picked me

up, threw me in the back of

the cop car and I just honestly

felt like a criminal,”

said Cusumano, who said

that police also would not

tell him what he was being

charged with.

With Cusumano in handcuffs,

three officers again

raise their guns and approach

the car, which they

then search. A man in plain

clothing is later seen looking

into the vehicle as well.

Eventually, Cusumano

was released without being

charged.

In his follow-up interactions

with police, Cusumano

said he has been told

that police followed policy.

“They’re saying this is

standard operating procedure,”

Cusumano said. “It

shouldn’t be. There’s no reason

they need to act this way.”

Detective Tom Lewis,

who sheriff’s station staff

identified as being in charge

of the incident, did not return

the Surfside’s calls for

comment or clarification.

Officials from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, California State Parks,

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, Altadena

Mountain Rescue Team Mountain Bike Unit, and

LACounty Search Dogs aided in a days-long search for a

missing hiker, who was rescued from Malibu Creek State

Park on April 4 after being reported missing on April 1.

Malibu Search and Rescue states that three helicopters

were used, and rescuers worked past midnight each

night. Photo Courtesy Malibu Search and Rescue

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From Page 4

“[Yoga has] been a huge

part of my own healing process

from my own trauma

when I was a teenager,”

Backman said, sharing that

she was given a date rape

drug by someone she knew

when she was 14.

“I didn’t really address

it and deal with it for probably

a good decade or so,

and it was when I discovered

yoga and started making

that part of my life and

realizing the healing benefits

of yoga that I started

processing it.”

Ultimately, her painful

experience led to her drive

to help others who have

been victims of injustices.

So, when she came across

an article on Unlikely Heores

in LA Yoga Magazine,

she couldn’t bring herself

to turn the page — and it

sat open on her coffee table.

“I looked at it every day

to try and figure out if there

was some way I could support

them,” she recalled.

One article led to a Facebook

message, which led to

a festival and, today, Backman

has hundreds of allies

in her mission to support

the cause.

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City, Caltrans share PCH construction updates

Submitted by the City of

Malibu

In advance of the moratorium

on non-emergency

construction lane closures

between Memorial Day

and Labor Day to alleviate

summertime traffic congestion,

the California Department

of Transportation is

working to complete several

projects on Pacific Coast

Highway.

Caltrans and the City of

Malibu remind residents

to anticipate intermittent

daytime and overnight lane

closures along portions of

PCH for construction activities.

The following projects

began in March, and are

expected to continue until

Memorial Day:

News Briefs

California sees small

year-over-year decrease in

human trafficking reports

Since 2007, 6,762 cases

of human trafficking in California

have been reported

to Polaris, which works to

combat and eradicate human

trafficking, according

to the most recent data

available.

In 2017, 1,331 cases of

human trafficking in California

were reported to the

National Human Trafficking

Hotline (1-888-373-

7888) and the BeFree Textline

(233733), according

to the nonprofit. Twenty-six

were reported via text while

1,305 were called in to the

hotline.

For the cases in which demographics

were provided,

the majority of 2017 victims

in California were adults

(848 adults vs. 378 minors).

A total of 1,162 females

• PCH at Cross Creek

Road and Webb Way: There

will be alternating lane closures

in both directions,

Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-4

p.m., and 8 p.m.-6 a.m.

• Additional work is

scheduled at the intersection

of Webb Way/Stuart

Ranch Road and Civic

Center Way beginning in

mid-April, and will include

lane closures on those

streets from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

• The work is for traffic

improvements that will

realign PCH to accommodate

turn lanes, and update

traffic signals, crosswalks,

curb ramps and sidewalks

in the Civic Center area.

• PCH at Malibu Canyon:

Contractors are installing a

new traffic signal pole and

controller cabinet. Stop

were victimized, compared

to 128 males and 12 gender

minorities. Further, 339

were U.S. citizens while

201 were identified as being

foreign national residents.

Sex trafficking cases

were the most frequent,

with 1,009 cases in 2017.

Another 167 labor trafficking

cases were reported last

year. Other cases were either

not specified, or were

a combination of sex and

labor trafficking.

In 2016, 1,353 human

trafficking cases were reported

in the state.

On a broader scale, 8,759

cases were reported across

the U.S. in 2017 — a 13-percent

jump from the prior

year. “Based on the reports

and tips made to the National

Hotline by survivors,

family members, community

members, and others,

Polaris was able to identify

4,863 suspected traffickers

signs will be in place to allow

traffic to pass through

the four-way intersection of

PCH and Malibu Canyon

Road.

• PCH east of Malibu

Pier: The southbound No.

2 lane will be closed intermittently

from 9 a.m-3 p.m.

• A new pedestrian signal

is being installed on PCH

by contractors working for

the Malibu Beach Inn to

improve safety for pedestrians

crossing PCH to access

the Pier and beach. This is

not a City of Malibu or Caltrans

project. The work was

mandated by the California

Coastal Commission and

permitted by Caltrans.

All closures are weatherpermitting

and subject to

change.

The City has requested

or people likely exploiting

victims [in 2017],” the organization

stated in a press

release last month. “Analysis

also found 1,698 suspicious

businesses that were

described as facilitating

potential human trafficking

reported to the National Hotline.

Based on the information

provided and consent

from the individual providing

information, the National

Hotline reported 2,910

cases to law enforcement.”

The total number of cases

reported to Polaris since

2007 has reached 40,987.

“The data from the National

Human Trafficking

Hotline is one of the largest

data sets on human trafficking

for the United States,”

the release said.

News Briefs are compiled

by Editor Lauren Coughlin,

lauren@malibusurfsidenews.

com.

that Caltrans conduct work

requiring lane closures at

night whenever possible to

alleviate traffic disruptions.

Some work cannot be conducted

at night due to material

deliveries. When necessary,

the City is to send

Public Works crews out

to help direct traffic. Additional

sheriff’s deputies

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have also been requested to

keep traffic flowing safely.

Motorists should use caution

when driving through

work zones and allow extra

travel time.

Caltrans is also performing

slope stabilization work

during the day on both

sides of PCH between Sea

Vista Drive and Via Escondido

Roadway. There are

no lane closures, and cyclists

will continue to have

access.

Due to this work, the

speed limit on PCH is 30

miles per hour between

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Sunset Restaurant sets tables for Wings Over Malibu

Annual nonprofit

fundraiser to be

held Friday, April 13

Lauren Coughlin, Editor

The Emily Shane Foundation

was born out of

tragedy, but the present-day

stories surrounding the organization

are nothing but

positive.

The foundation, created

by Michel and Ellen

Shane in honor of their

late daughter, Emily, aims

to make a difference one

child at a time. It does so

through its Successful Educational

Achievement program,

which has offered

one-on-one tutoring sessions

to hundreds of at-risk,

struggling middle school

students over the past six

years.

“I love that it’s in Emily’s

memory and honor, but

it’s really now all about the

results and how it impacts

the kids,” Ellen said.

This week, the nonprofit’s

annual fundraiser,

Wings Over Malibu, will be

held at The Sunset Restaurant

(6800 Westward Beach

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Road) on the evening of

Friday, April 13. Proceeds

will go toward resources

for the SEA program.

The April 13 fundraiser

will include a gourmet dinner,

entertainment from DJ

Sergio Penaloza as well as

musician and Malibu native

Dominic Scott Kay, a photo

booth, private clairvoyant

readings, a Champagne

bubble bar and handcrafted

Champagne cocktails from

Strange Family Vineyards,

and wine from the Buoncristiani

Family Winery of

Napa Valley.

Further, live and silent

auction items include tickets

to “America’s Got Talent,”

hotel/flight/winery

packages, and spa experiences.

Beauty Collection is

also offering gift bags for

attendees, and door prizes

will be available as well.

Last but not least, students

involved in the SEA program

will speak at the fundraiser.

Children from Oxnard,

Malibu, Thousand Oaks,

Santa Monica, Westchester,

Culver City, South Los

Angeles and Pico Rivera

are served through the SEA

program.

“If you can take someone

who is unhappy or lost

direction or is headed in a

negative direction ... that’s

huge to me that you can

actually really make a difference

in someone’s life,”

Ellen said.

Students do not pay for

the services, though the actual

cost is roughly $1,000

per year per child, Ellen

shared. Instead, they are

asked to perform random

acts of kindness.

Last year, the foundation

received a grant from the

Arbonne Charitable Foundation

which enabled it to

provide school supplies

and snacks to the involved

students.

Otherwise, the foundation

holds two annual

events: the Wings Over

Malibu fundraiser, and its

butterfly release, which allows

individuals to sponsor

butterflies. The latter is not

yet scheduled but typically

occurs in late fall.

“As a nonprofit, I love

everything about what I

do and that’s probably the

hardest part is never knowing

how much you’re going

to earn from grants and

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donations and fundraisers,”

Ellen said.

A limited number of fundraiser

tickets will be available

at the door for $200.

Tickets purchased online

in advance cost $150. For

tickets and details, visit

emilyshane.org.

Malibu student among dozens aided by SEA program

Lauren Coughlin, Editor

Currently, 97 students are enrolled in

the Successful Educational Achievement

program.

One of those students is Malibu Middle

School seventh-grader Jordi Garcia,

who said the program has enabled him to

turn F’s and D’s into C’s and B’s. Emily

Shane Foundation Executive Director Ellen

Shane said that the program has also

helped Garcia with his focus and enthusiasm.

“It gives you a lot of help,” Garcia said.

Garcia’s one-on-one mentoring is led

by Pepperdine University freshman Justin

Meza, who is studying to become a teacher.

Meza, who became involved with the

program about eight months ago, meets

Garcia at the Malibu Boys and Girls Club

facility twice a week, for one hour at a

time.

“He’s very open and honest,” Meza

said. “He wants to improve and he wants

to do better.”

Meza’s favorite topic, history/social

studies, is one of the two areas where

Garcia was struggling, as Garcia said humanities

and English were his two weakest

areas.

Together, the two have reviewed class

packets, books and materials.

“I think he’s seeing what an hour a day

can do,” Meza said.

Meanwhile, Meza gets the perk of experiencing

his desired profession on a

smaller scale.

The program has continued to blossom

as the years go by, and Kimberly Meyer

joined the nonprofit’s team as the SEA

program manager last October. Shane

said Meyer has made a “huge difference”

in oversight.

“I was really running the entire thing by

myself and a foundation realistically cannot

be one person,” Shane said.

Shane said that a lot of the program’s

growth can be attributed to word of

mouth. In Garcia’s case, his older brother,

Josue, was also aided by the program.

Shane said that more than 400 children

have been served through the SEA program.

Emily Shane Foundation Executive Director Ellen Shane (second from left) poses

with SEA student Jordi Garcia (second from right) and his parents, Ignacio and

Rosa. Photo Submitted


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Malibu poets share expressive works at library’s open mic

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

Malibu Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra (right)

introduces Pepperdine student Jacob Wolfe, the first

reader of the day at the library’s Saturday, April 7 event.

Caffeinated Verse: Poetry

Open Mic, a free public series

at the Malibu Library,

launched Saturday, April 7,

and provided attendees with

an opportunity for poets to

gather and share.

Malibu Poet Laureate

Ricardo Means Ybarra

emceed the well-attended

event, which was co-sponsored

by the Friends of the

Malibu Library.

Florence Weinberger,

a longtime, prolific poet,

opened the series by sharing

some of her best poems,

many of which she has

written as she experienced

the ocean, beaches and

mountains near her Point

Dume home. Her voluminous

works have appeared

in many poetry journals

and newspapers, and she

is the author of poetry collections,

including “Carnal

Fragrance,” “The Invisible

Telling Its Shape,” and “Sacred

Graffiti.”

“What inspires you to

write your poetry?” Malibu

Surfside News asked Weinberger.

“Quite literally, everything

I see, feel and touch,”

she said.

Weinberger’s poems often

reflect on life viewed

at the water’s edge. Some

poems touch on something

as ordinary as the glistening

of one’s skin as they emerge

from the ocean. Others

evoke the solace one seeks

as they sit alone, gazing

upon the ocean’s expanse.

Another describes the inquisitive

nature and questions

asked by Weinberger’s

6-year-old granddaughter

about the ocean’s creatures

and the coastal flora and

fauna the child saw during a

walk along the beach.

Weinberger’s work celebrates

the simplicity of nature

seen through the prism

of the everyday, and one

person’s perspective when

glimpsing a fleeting thing.

Her verses give life to her

mind’s screenshots of interesting,

unusual and ethereal

moments.

Some of Weinberger’s

poems celebrated simple

joys of life, while others

brought to the fore the reflective

nature of the haunting

introspective isolation

that one experiences after

losing a loved one. One of

her poems in that vein is

featured in “The Widow’s

Handbook.”

Event attendees were impressed

by her incisive yet

illustrative style of writing.

Other poets came to the

mic, some for the first time,

to give voice to works held

close to the vest for many

years.

Jacob Wolfe, a student at

Pepperdine, shared his poem

“Morning Tea.” This work

also manifested how a simple

act or small thing sometimes

makes the best subject

matter for a beautiful poem.

Complicated things beyond

the control of the everyday

person also find voice

through poetry. That principle

was best illustrated by

Homeira Qaderi, an Afghani

fiction writer and poet who

has published many works

to critical acclaim.

“Today I read just a very

short part of my memoir

‘Khashahi,’ which will soon

be published,” Qaderi said.

“This open mic event is

wonderful because it allows

me — a person from Kabul,

Afghanistan — to have a

voice here in California.

The United States has sent

soldiers into our country to

protect us. Most importantly

in that process is that they

protect the power of women

to have a voice — that they

provide protection over

one’s right to use the pen —

and that they not just provide

protection from war.”

Qaderi’s poem spoke

about how women in her

country are taught to refrain

from showing emotions. Indeed,

women are taught to

cry their tears of sadness,

frustration or anger near rivers

where their emotions are

washed away and not heard

by anyone.

Qaderi’s poetic voice is

the essence of all poetic efforts

and demonstrates why

the event at the library was

so important.

Poetry empowers one

Poet Florence Weinberger poses with her books Saturday, April 7, before sharing

poetry with the crowd at the Malibu Library’s Caffeinated Verse: Poetry Open Mic event.

Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media

to write and share one’s

thoughts, memories,

dreams, frustrations, opinions

and objections.

As attendees left, they left

free to celebrate creativity

and collaboration. That freedom

of, and celebration of,

expression was, in the end,

what the event was all about.

Caffeinated Verse: Poetry

Open Mic will be offered

on the first Saturday of the

month from 11 a.m.-12:30

p.m. at the Malibu Library

through June. For more information,

call (310) 456-

6438.


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Stern attends Malibu event held to

remember Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Submitted by the Office of

Sen. Henry Stern​

Speaking at a March 30

event at Malibu City Hall

commemorating the 75th

anniversary of the Warsaw

Ghetto Uprising, Sen.

Henry Stern asked Consul

Ignacy Żarski of the Polish

Republic that his government

reconsider the recent

amendment to the Act on

the Institute of National

Remembrance.

The amendments institute

criminal penalties up

to three years in prison for

any individual who “attributes

to the Polish Nation

or to the Polish State responsibility

or co-responsibility

for the Nazi crimes

committed by the German

Third Reich.”

“I think telling the truth

about history matters,”

Stern said, going on to remark

on the difficulty and

importance of acknowledging

the history of genocide

and slavery in both Europe

and America. “Especially in

the areas of remembrance

and memory, we have to

focus on no fear in speech,

and no fear in dialogue.”

Speaking at the same

event, Carolyn Ben Natan,

of the Consulate General

of Israel in Los Angeles,

said of the heroes of the

Data

From Page 7

are doubled in construction

zones.

The work began last

summer, and is estimated to

be completed in fall 2019.

Motorists can check on

road closures and traffic

conditions using the Caltrans

QuickMap at www.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising,

“We all need to remember

them, regardless of our

faith, our nationality or our

background. We remember

them because it’s up to us

to tell their story. It’s up to

us to never forget, and it’s

up to us to make sure the

world never forgets.”

While thousands of heroic

Poles, honored by

Yad Vashem among The

Righteous of the Nations,

resisted Nazi tyranny and

protected Jews, often at

the cost of their own lives,

there were also many who

assisted the occupying forces

and participated in war

crimes. The recent change

in Polish law could make

discussion of the latter,

well-documented events a

criminal offense.

Assembly Joint Resolution

No. 35, authored by

California Jewish Legislative

Caucus Chair Assemblymember

Marc Levine

(D-Marin), urges Polish

lawmakers to reverse or

revise the amendments.

Though the amendments

exempt research and the

arts from the law, Jewish

Caucus leaders like

Levine and Stern worry

that blurred distinctions

between these and other

forms of expression will

lead to the suppression of

quickmap.dot.ca.gov, or

by downloading the free

QuickMap app on Google

Play or the App Store.

The City of Malibu is

sending out traffic alerts

about all of the projects.

Alerts are also simultaneously

posted on the City’s

Twitter and Facebook accounts,

posted on the website,

and listed on the City’s

legitimate inquiry.

“The new legislation in

Poland may limit the ability

to convey the full story

of what transpired during

the Holocaust,” the resolution

reads.

The resolution also recognizes

the hurtful and inaccurate

nature of statements

that associate the Polish

government or the nation

as a whole with the actions

of Nazi Germany within the

country’s borders.

“We commend Senator

Stern, Assemblymember

Levine, and the California

Jewish Caucus’ call for

truth and justice for the

victims of the Holocaust,”

said Roslyn Warren, acting

director of the Los Angeles

Regional Office of the

American Jewish Committee.

“As longtime advocates

of Poland’s relationship

with the global Jewish

community, the United

States, and Israel, we will

work toward mending the

ties strained by the passage

of this bill.”

The change in Polish law

is currently under review

at the Constitutional Tribunal,

the republic’s high

court. However, the Polish

constitution contains

no restriction comparable

to the United States’ First

Amendment.​

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Malibu Club meets for springtime garden chat

From native

plants to birdbath

maintenance,

Brusius shares tips

Suzanne Guldimann

Freelance Reporter

Master gardener Dani

Brusius knows a lot about

plants, especially the kind

that attract bees, butterflies

and birds to the garden.

Brusius shared her

knowledge with the Malibu

Garden Club at its springthemed

April 4 meeting at

the Point Dume Club.

Brusius encouraged her

audience to think about

their gardens as wildlife

habitat. One way to start is

to reconsider the need for a

lawn.

“Lawns aren’t all bad,”

she said. “They are good

for keeping the soil cool,

they are a place for kids to

play, but NASA estimates

that there are more than 30

million acres of lawn in the

U.S., making it the single

biggest crop cultivated.”

Brusius recommends

taking a look at local open

space to get ideas about

the types of native plants

that will thrive in a Malibu

backyard setting, as well as

which plants grow together

in nature.

“This is a good time for

inspiration,” she said.

She recommends planting

a variety of species.

“Not just flowers, but native

grasses that produce

seeds, and shrubs that provide

twigs and buds,” she

said.

Balancing plants that

bloom or fruit throughout

the year can help attract and

sustain wildlife.

Hummingbirds are attracted

to tube-shaped red

and orange blooms, bees

are often drawn to blue or

white flowers, and many

butterfly and moth species

prefer flat flower heads and

blossoms that are easy to

land on.

“Make sure you have

fall-flowering plants,” she

said.

Brusius isn’t a native

plant purist.

“Not all exotics are bad,”

she said. “But concentrate

on Mediterranean plants

and avoid invasive species.”

Brusius pointed to periwinkle

and feather grass,

two non-natives that have

escaped from gardens

and are creating problems

throughout the Santa Monica

Mountains, where they

crowd out native species.

She recommended growing

a mix of plants that can provide

birds, butterflies and

bees with food, cover and

shelter. The other ingredient

for a successful habitat

garden is water.

“A birdbath needs to be

maintained,” she stressed.

The idea water source

should be no deeper than

three inches. Pebbles can

be used to fill a deeper vessel,

or to provide a place for

birds to perch. Birds also

appreciate a rough surface

with a gradual sloping bottom.

Brusius suggests adding

a flat rock to provide an

extra perching surface.

“Birdbaths should be

refilled every two to three

days to prevent mosquito

larvae from hatching,” she

said, adding that all water

features, big or small, need

to be cleaned frequently

with bleach and water to

prevent the spread of avian

illness.

It’s also important to

make sure the water is in a

sheltered area that is out of

reach from neighborhood

cats and screened from

hawks.

“Consider adding another

source of water if there’s

a crowd,” she said. “This

isn’t the Serengeti.”

Brusius isn’t a fan of

leaving brush piles or dead

wood around for wildlife

cover because of the fire

risk. She prefers to create

shelter and cover by incorporating

elements like

shrubs and stones.

“A stacked stone wall

provides habitat — one

with concrete doesn’t,” she

said.

A small weedy or bare

area in a back corner of the

garden can also provide essential

habit for several native

species of butterflies

and bees. She explained

that 75 percent of the 1,600

species of native bees

found in North America are

solitary. Many tunnel underground

and benefit from

a backyard patch of undisturbed

Earth.

“They don’t produce

honey, but they are important

pollinators,” she said.

“Native bees pollinate between

35-38 percent of

California’s crops.”

“Bees appreciate structure,”

Brusius said. “To

attract them, plant flowers

in patches at least a meter

square.”

Bee and butterfly plants

should be in a sunny location,

and, with bees, far

enough away from human

activity to prevent unwelcome

interaction.

Brusius reminded her audience

that even droughttolerant

native plants require

regular watering.

“Don’t let them get

stressed,” she said.

She also recommended

selecting plants that are compatible

with Malibu’s coast

A monarch visits a Malibu backyard’s native California bush sunflower. Attracting

birds, butterflies and bees to one’s garden was the topic of the Malibu Garden Club’s

latest meeting on April 4. Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media

and canyon microclimates.

“Just because something is

native doesn’t mean it grows

in every zone,” she said.

Working with a neighbor

to extend naturalized

areas can help reconnect

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Brusius’ most important

tip for a wildlife-friendly

habitat? “No pesticides.”

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Photo Op

Malibu resident and

Surfside freelancer

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shared this photo of

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on rocks during her

Feb. 20 hike up

Point Dume.

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Families United for Recovery teaches parents and

families how to quickly regain connection with their

loved ones and become their best chance for

addiction recovery.

City’s spring programs

cater to all ages, interests

Submitted by the City of

Malibu

Sign-ups are now open

for the City of Malibu

Community Services Department’s

spring community

programs.

Starting April 10, enthusiastic

instructors were to

bring energy and life to fun,

educational, and enriching

Parent and Me, Youth and

Adult classes.

Parent and Me Classes

promote bonding between a

parent and child, while developing

cognitive, social

and motor skills. Spring

programs will include

weekly morning classes in

gymnastics, art, dance, soccer,

music, outdoor education,

Spanish, American

Sign Language and animals.

The six-week courses

start the week of April 23.

Park Tales promotes literacy

and a love for reading.

The program is held

at 10 a.m. at Malibu Bluffs

Park. Upcoming events

are the Soccer Storytime

with Super Soccer Stars

on May 1 and the Animal

Adventure with Parker Anderson

Enrichment on June

5. Participants will hear

stories, sing songs and enjoy

a snack while enjoying

the outdoors and beautiful

views at Bluffs Park. Park

Tales is offered in partnership

with the County of Los

Angeles Public Library,

Malibu branch. Children

must be accompanied by an

adult.

Youth Classes help children

in grades K-5 benefit

from an active educational

program while developing

social skills, motor skills,

coordination and self-expression.

The weekly classes

include gymnastics, jewelry

making, soccer, Peace

Talk Circles, songwriting

and ballet. The courses

are six weeks and start the

week of April 23.

Adult Classes encourage

an active lifestyle for adults

of all ages and abilities.

Spring programs include

beginner and intermediate

dog training, ballroom

dance classes with MC

Callaghan, Tai Chi, writing

with Robert Kerbeck,

social dance classes with

Erin Durand, and Modern

Calligraphy. Classes start

April 23. Some classes are

a six-week series and some

are individual and offered

every week.

For more information,

call the Community Services

Department at (310)

317-1364 or email AFiori@

MalibuCity.org. To register

for a program online, visit

MalibuCity.org/Register

and click the “Community

Classes” button on the left.

Online registration is not

available for all classes. For

inquiries about instructing

a new class, contact Adrianna

Fiori at (310) 456-

2489 ext. 239.

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Don’t Panic, It’s Organic

Tips for growing picture-perfect roses

Andy Lopez

Contributing Columnist

Invisible Gardener

Having beautiful

roses is not impossible,

nor hard.

There are seven basic tips

that you need to follow.

1. First up is giving

some attention to the soil.

If you want any chance of

winning first prize in the

rose-growing contest, you

must have living soil. I

talk a lot about this — and

for good reason. Imagine

if your stomach was

not functioning properly.

How long would you stay

healthy? It is the same

with roses or anything else

that grows out of the soil.

I like to tell folks that you

must buy “live” compost

for a reason. Compost,

if properly made, will

contain not only have

living microbial life, but

also the proper sources of

trace minerals required by

both microbes and plants.

Using BioChar will help

to increase the carbon

in the soil needed by the

microbes to process the

minerals. Carbon would

normally be available if

there were regular fires.

Fires are Mother Nature’s

way of adding the

much-needed carbon into

the soil. Carbon is also

available in other ways:

from the air, from decaying

plant and animal life,

from rocks and other

sources normally found

in the soil. I use the word

normally because we no

longer live in a normal

world. You should learn

how to properly use not

only BioChar, but also

mulch. Woodchips are not

mulch. I suggest you use

an acid mulch for growing

in California because the

soil is so alkaline. By the

way, oak leaf mold is an

excellent soil amendment

but is hard to find unless

your neighbor is throwing

it away.

2. Genetics are important.

Grow roses that are

fit for your area. Growing

roses that are bred for

other areas will only lead

to trouble. So buy from

your local nursery instead

of through catalog unless

you follow their instructions

as to picking roses.

Many folks buy what they

like regardless of where it

can grow.

3. Nutrition is also

very important. Proper

access to minerals is key

to healthy soil and plant

growth. All diseases

originate in the soil. They

are there waiting for the

proper conditions. It is

the role of the microbial

life to process the minerals

into a form that is then

available to the plants.

They transfer the minerals

through the root hairs to

the plants. Trace mineral

deficiency is the No. 1

cause of many pests and

diseases in plants, animals

and humans. All living

things need the proper

trace minerals to function

as a healthy being. It is

also important not to use

chemical fertilizers, as

they destroy the microbial

life. It destroys the plant’s

root hairs. Chemicals are

absorbed directly into the

plant, causing massive

growth but also massive

stress. Remember, the

higher the stress, the more

the pest or disease. Many

things happen when you

use chemical fertilizers,

and none of it is good.

It’s just like a weightlifter

who uses steroids to build

up his/her body. Ask their

doctor, and he/she will

tell you the body is under

massive stress. So chemical

fertilizers are like cocaine.

Always use organic

fertilizers made for roses,

or make your own. I like

making my own organic

rose fertilizer since I know

what they need and want.

4. The proper use of water

is also very important.

Too much water makes the

soil waterlogged, killing

off all microbial life. Use

a drip system and never

water overhead. If possible,

use a fertigation unit

to which you add compost

tea or some other natural

microbial liquid. There are

many on the market these

days. Try SuperSeaweed.

5. Pruning is also very

important. Prune wrong,

and there go your blooms.

There are two times

when you need to prune.

During the winter time,

roses require rest. So they

are pruned down to last

year’s growth. Remove

all plant materials,

because they can spread

diseases back into the

soil. This is a good time

to apply compost, etc.

Normally you would do

that after winter is over,

but we do not have snow

to worry about here. The

other time you want to

prune is when you have

roses you want to take

inside and enjoy. Usually,

a good rule of thumb is to

pick roses below where

the leaf is five-pointed.

There is a node that you

cut just above that. Make

sure you clean your pruners

between cuts.

6. Foliar spraying your

roses is also key. Roses,

like all plants, can absorb

nutrients through their

leaves. Take advantage of

that. Use foliar applications

to provide minerals

and other nutrients on a

regular basis. This will

also help the root systems

function better. This is very

useful when you are trying

to bring the soil back to

life. You can also control

many pests and diseases

this way.

7. This is a simple one.

Never plant roses next to a

lawn or under a tree. Roses

do not like overhead watering.

This causes many

problems and basically

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From Page 5

impact statement.”

City officials have been

assured that the project’s

timeline allows for geotechnical

studies to ensure that

the removal project won’t

cause the canyon walls to

collapse, or increase flood

risk to the Serra Retreat,

and that the sand deposited

offshore won’t impact the

Surfrider surfbreak, or water

quality.

The biggest obstacle for

the project remains congressional

approval. The

project is estimated to cost

between $172 million-$187

million. However, once the

first round of funding is

approved, and the technical

studies are undertaken,

the Coastal Commission

will have statutory authority

to make changes or take

remedial action, including

making supplemental consistence

determinations if

the project changes or new

impacts on coastal resources

are found.

While restoring the creek

and improving connectivity

for the endangered steelhead

trout and other species is the

primary goal of the removal

project, the dam has also

become a safety and water

quality issue in recent years,

as videos on social media

have attracted big crowds to

the derelict structure.

State Parks, which owns

the dam and is the Corps

partner in the project, officially

closed the area to the

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public in 2014, after several

serious accidents, including

at least one fatality accident

and a tragic 2011 suicide, as

well as an environmental toll

that has included erosion and

elevated fecal bacteria levels

in the water. Videos showing

daredevils diving from the

rocks into the pool below the

dam continue to be posted

and attract visitors, but the

park agency now has the authority

to fine trespassers.

“There’s a dramatic difference

between now and

before the closure,” State

Parks Angeles District Superintendent

Craig Sap told

the Malibu Surfside News.

“We had hundreds of people,

now it’s just a trickle. The

new ‘no pedestrian’ signs at

the tunnel have helped, too.”

Sap said his rangers have

gone from issuing 30 citations

a month down to just

a few, but, with warmer

weather arriving, that number

is expected to rise.

“This is a resource issue

as well as a safety issue,”

Sap said. “User trails created

massive erosion. There was

graffiti, trash, human waste.”

Sap said the closure will

remain in place until the old

dam is finally removed, to

protect the area’s environmental

resources as well as

to ensure the safety of park

visitors.

The full text of the staff

report on the project is available

at the Coastal Commission

website: https://

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reports/2018/3/f11a/f11a-3-

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Ride of the Week

SoCal — where classics are around every corner

Fireball Tim Lawrence

Contributing Columnist

Malibu resident

There is literally

nowhere you can

go on this planet to

see what we see here in

Southern California.

I mean there are wonderful

places in the world for

sure, but if you love cars,

then all you have to do is

literally step outside your

door and you’ll spot something

cool.

The other day, I was

traversing around and just

getting some errands done.

It was not an eventful day,

but after a couple hours I

ran across a very unique

car. Pictured here is a 1948

Chevy Fleetline Fastback.

Now, at first glance,

you may say that it’s just

an old car. And you’d be

partially right. It’s not even

restored. But let’s take a

closer look, shall we?

The Chevy Fleetline was

made from 1941-1952.

Only 11 years, but keep

in mind that this car was

state-of-the-art and the best

that Chevy could produce.

It was introduced late in

the 1941 model year as a

four-door and as a fastback

two-door “Aerosedan.”

And in 1947, it made up

almost 72 percent of Chevrolet’s

sales. But production

was delayed in 1942

due to WW2 after 110,000

were made.

It was called a “fastback”

because of its sloping

roof to the trunk lid.

Really the first of its kind

and made famous by the

1968 Bullitt Mustang. This

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makes the Fleetline series

highly collectable and

lots of them are made into

street rods with Chevy 350

small block V8s.

It’s a car that you really

have to go to a car show to

see ... unless you’re in So-

Cal and Malibu like us.

The fascinating thing

about cars like these is

that, of the millions of

cars that exist on the

road today, none of them

existed at the time that

this one was built. This

was new, fresh and the

best. They were hand-built

without robots or computers.

Dipped in paints

that were toxic, cigarettes

were en vogue and some

cars even had beer taps on

the inside. There were no

seat belts or virtually any

safety features at all.

And this was the norm.

We’ve come a long way in

our automotive mindsets

for what is acceptable and

normal for today’s standards,

which makes this

car and cars like it truly

unique. It’s not about the

car, but about the mindset

that created it.

And as it stood there in

the parking lot, I felt like

I was looking into history.

A time of World Wars,

new roads, families and

I wondered how things

were different. Of course,

technologically we are

vastly different, but has

the world really changed

all that much? It’s a question

only to be answered

personally.

The 1948 Fleetline is

officially 70 years old now.

Seventy years of progress

has changed our automotive

world dramatically

and makes me wonder

what the next 70 years will

bring? 2088? Sounds like

science-fiction. But one

day, they’ll look back on

this time and I’m pretty

sure there’ll be a Fleetline

around for them to see. I

just wonder if there will

be a 2018 Corvette. Will

plastic last that long?

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Knowing thy heroes

is just as important

as knowing thy

enemies.

And when it comes to a

massive issue like sex trafficking,

this is especially

true.

Among the various

heroes in that uphill battle

is an organization called

Unlikely Heroes, which

was founded by former

LA resident Erica Greve.

This week, I learned a bit

more about Greve and her

work because of the justas-notable

hero in Natalie

Backman, who founded a

massively inspirational day

(Imagine Fest, highlighted

on Page 4) that allows

Malibu-area residents to

support and learn about the

nonprofit while unwinding

through yoga, music and

more.

The enemies that Greve

and her allies work to

combat are very real, even

in Southern California.

Last year, I got the

chance to chat with Malibu

High School twins Lana

and Jade King, who had

started MHS’ Stop The

Traffick club after learning

about trafficking from

iEmpathize’s Apathy Effect

Exhibit.

And last July, Malibu

saw a group of cyclists

travel through on their

360-mile journey to spread

awareness of human trafficking.

Now, as Imagine Fest

makes its third return to the

Santa Monica Mountains,

the issue of trafficking

again comes into focus.

The good news is that

Malibu is among the communities

willing to talk

about the ugly issue. The

bad news is that trafficking

is still happening — and to

an extent that most probably

do not realize.

Recent data from

Polaris, which you can

read more about on Page

7, show that 1,331 cases

of human trafficking in

California were reported to

the organization’s hotline

in 2017. Of those, more

than 1,000 were identified

as sex trafficking cases.

California’s numbers are

actually on the decline, at

least in comparison to the

number of cases that were

reported in the prior year.

And across the US, 8,759

cases of human trafficking

were reported in 2017 —

representing a 13-percent

jump from the prior year’s

data.

Of course, those numbers

are not all-inclusive,

as those are just the cases

that have been reported.

And, as Greve can attest,

the issue is very real in

Mexico, Thailand and the

Philippines, too.

Greve shared how

awareness is a crucial first

step in this fight. And in

her organization’s case,

sharing that awareness

with teachers and others

has saved the lives and

futures of hundreds of

children.

But that same knowledge

could come in

handy locally, too. Polaris

received 3,998 phone calls

from California residents

in 2017 — and 942 of

those calls were to report

trafficking tips. While

some of the calls the hotline

receives do come from

victims or family members,

a total of 1,050 calls

in 2017 were from community

members, while

969 were from victims of

trafficking.

It’s easy to pretend that

an issue does not involve

us, but when you look at

the harsh reality, it’s not so

easy to ignore.

For Greve, the children

behind those data points

are not just a number.

They are living, breathing

human beings who

deserve better. And with

one glimpse at the stories

shared on unlikelyheroes.

com/rescue-stories/, these

victims certainly become

very real.

Many of the victims,

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Greve shared, are sold by

their own parents. They are

utterly powerless without

advocates and champions

who are willing to stand up

on their behalf. And while

Greve is happy to fight that

fight, no hero is complete

without a support system.

While so many areas of

human civilization as we

know it are improving, this

form of modern-day slavery

is still thriving. Little

by little, the differencemakers

in this world are

taking aim, but they could

certainly use some extra

hands in the fight.

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Where it all

began

Former resident, author

chooses Malibu as setting for

fiction books, Page 18

Laughter

in the air

Jugglers to entertain crowds

at Smothers show later this

month, Page 18

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Malibu’s Zimmer works to keep creativity at core of Malibu’s culture, Page 19

Malibu’s Suzanne

Zimmer, executive

producer of the

Concert on the

Bluffs, poses in

front of the event

stage at a previous

event. Chris Ward


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Author pens fiction novels inspired by ‘old Malibu’

Kateri Wozny

Freelance Reporter

When Gretchen Van

Lente reflects

on her days of

living in Malibu

on Point

Dume during

the 1970s to

2000, she recalls

that nature

ruled the

roost.

Van Lente

“It was like a grassy planet

and it wasn’t incorporated,”

Van Lente recalled.

“There were not many

mansions or palm trees, the

cliffside had a lot of space.

Movie stars would come

because it was remote and

a lot of the people were

folksy and neighborly.”

Van Lente said that once

the early 1980s came, mansions

started being built.

She had moved to the scenic

city from her hometown

of Muskegon, Mich., when

she was 24 years old with

aspirations of becoming a

writer.

“As a kid growing up

poor, I discovered that I

needed to be an artist, so I

picked up a pen and pencil

and decided that’s what I

needed to do,” Van Lente

said. “Nothing stood in my

way.”

Van Lente, the ninth out

of 10 children, said the first

thing she wrote were pages

of resentment against her

brothers and sisters, which

she joked was a “thick

book.” She later took a

piece of scrap paper and

wrote a story about a Jewish

boy she never met and

mailed it to The Atlantic

Monthly.

“They replied back on

a piece of scrap paper and

said that maybe someday I

would meet a Jewish boy,”

Van Lente said.

Her mother chuckled,

but it wasn’t funny to Van

Lente at the time. Then,

years later while she was

attending community

college, the publication

awarded her fourth place in

creative writing and gave

her a certificate of merit for

poetry.

While finding her creative

edge in Malibu, Van

Lente wrote book reviews

and performed interviews

with authors. She also received

her Master of Fine

Arts in creative writing

from Syracuse University

and took courses through

the University of California

– Los Angeles’ Creative

Writing Program. As a student,

she received an award

from PEN America Los

Angeles.

Van Lente cites writers

such as Shakespeare, Flannery

O’Connor and George

Saunders as her inspirations.

“No one will ever handle

language like [Shakespeare]

did,” Van Lente

said. “Flannery was so funny

and an absurdist, while

George found no limits to

what he could describe. He

had a wide imagination and

an amazing work ethic.”

In 2000, Van Lente left

Malibu to teach creative

writing at Florida Gulf

Coast University.

“I would tell my students

to find their own voice and

help bring out the best in

what they wrote,” Van

Lente said. “They were already

good storytellers.”

After writing and publishing

short stories for various

publications throughout

the years, Van Lente

began publishing books

with Malibu as a setting.

She now resides in Portland,

Ore.

“I finally had some distance

to write about my

experiences and used ‘old

Malibu’ as a setting for

literary horror,” Van Lente

said.

She said that many of

these horror stories appear

in a 261-page collection

called “She-Thing and Other

Righteous Tales,” which

was published this February.

“I use composites to

write about all the fascinating

people I have met

over the years and beyond

that,” Van Lente said. “The

stories are highly fictionalized.”

Then, last month, Van

Please see Author, 22

Comedy, juggling duo brings talents to Smothers stage

Submitted by Pepperdine

University

The Passing Zone brings

its award-winning combination

of comedy, dexterity,

danger and hilarity to

Pepperdine University’s

Smothers Theatre at 2 p.m.

on Sunday, April 22, at the

Lisa Smith Wengler Center

for the Arts.

Tickets, starting at $17

for adults, $15 for youth 17

and under, and $10 for fulltime

Pepperdine students,

are available now by calling

(310) 506-4522 or visiting

arts.pepperdine.edu.

The Passing Zone, comprised

of Owen Morse and

Jon Wee, is one of the most

successful and sought-after

comedy acts working today.

Morse and Wee met in

1986 at a juggling convention

while they were both in

college, and instantly knew

they were destined to be a

team. Two weeks after their

first performance together

they won the silver medal at

the International Jugglers’

Association Teams Competition.

The next year they

won the gold. That recognition

earned an invitation

to appear at the renowned

Comedy and Magic Club in

Los Angeles, where on their

first night they were approached

by a talent scout

from “The Tonight Show”

and booked for their first

national television appearance

in September 1990.

Their first feature film

was “The Addams Family

Movie,” in which Morse

and Wee doubled for Gomez

(Raul Julia) and Uncle

Fester (Christopher Lloyd)

in the climactic Mamushka

dagger-passing scene. This

was followed by an appearance

in the award-winning

comedy documentary, “The

Aristocrats.” The Passing

Zone’s first London appearance

was in the Royal

Variety Performance at the

Dominion Theatre, performing

for Prince Charles

and sharing the bill with

Tony Bennett and Riverdance.

The Passing Zone

has also performed at the

White House.

Morse and Wee are

known as much for their

comedy as their juggling

skills. They were featured

twice on the gala stage at

the Just for Laughs Comedy

Festival in Montreal

and have opened for comedians

George Carlin, Bob

Newhart, Bob Hope, and

Penn & Teller. Television

appearances have included

“Comic Strip Live,” “An

Evening at The Improv,”

“MADtv,” “Penn & Teller’s

Sin City Spectacular,”

“Steve Harvey’s Big Time

Challenge,” the “Miss

America Pageant,” Seasons

The Passing Zone

When: 2 p.m. Sunday,

April 22

Where: Pepperdine

University Smothers

Theatre, 24255 Pacific

Coast Highway, Malibu

For tickets, which cost

$17 for adults, $15 for

youth 17 and under,

and $10 for Pepperdine

students, call (310)

506-4522 or visit arts.

pepperdine.edu.

1 and 11 of “America’s Got

Talent,” and regular returns

to NBC’s “Today.”

Morse and Wee were also

commentators on ESPN for

their coverage of the World

Juggling Federation competitions.

The group has received

numerous awards and recognitions.

They are the

first juggling duo to ever

The Passing Zone will bring hilarity and dexterity to

Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre on Sunday, April 22.

Photo Submitted

pass 11 clubs, and hold five

Guinness World Records

and 18 gold medals from

the IJA. They are also recipients

of IJA’s Award of

Excellence, given to only

13 acts worldwide since the

organization’s inception.

In their newest show,

“The Passing Zone Saves

the World,” Morse and Wee

attempt to take on the troubles

of life through power

of infectious laughter and

the thrill of dangerous

stunts involving a stun gun,

chainsaws, ping-pong balls

and more.


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Zimmer has an eye, a vision for art in Malibu

Barbara Burke

Freelance Reporter

She’s an advocate for

arts in Malibu, serving on

the Malibu Cultural Arts

Commission and as executive

producer of the Concert

on the Bluffs.

She’s an animal lover

and an animal rights advocate.

She’s a mother of

three. She’s a writer. She’s

an entrepreneur.

In short, Malibu’s Suzanne

Zimmer is a delightful

dynamo who strives to

create a better, artistically

rich Malibu.

“I grew up in Malibu at

the Colony,” Zimmer said.

“My dad, Harold Keith,

was the chair of the California

Arts Council and he

would always take us to

the theater when we were

children. The arts were

part of my life from my

early childhood.”

Today, Zimmer cares

about Malibu and how its

residents interact with art

on a daily basis.

“We need to create a

mechanism for artistic expression

to be displayed,”

she said. “We need to find

places and an opportunity

for public arts expression.”

To that end, she championed

the Public Arts ordinance.

The ordinance,

she explains, “provides

and requires public art or

an in-lieu contribution by

developers to the Cultural

Arts fund.”

“Our goals for the Malibu

Arts Commission are to

provide beautiful works of

art that community members

can enjoy throughout

Malibu,” she said. “We

want to promote, support,

encourage and facilitate

“This very creative place is unique in the world. The

arts, animals and the environment all make Malibu

very special. We all need to keep it that way.”

Suzanne Zimmer — Malibu Cultural Arts Commission member

first-rate artistic expression

and experiences in

Malibu.”

Before serving on the

Malibu Arts Commission,

Zimmer served as a member

of Malibu View Protection

Task Force from

2008-2009, and she was

a member of the Library

Task Force from the fall of

2011 to April, 2012.

In her application to

serve on the commission,

Zimmer wrote that

she wants “to support the

cultural arts by forming a

strong partnership between

the cultural arts and community

leaders, businesses

and residents.”

Zimmer is delighted

with the success of the first

two Concerts on the Bluffs,

an event she believes helps

to achieve that aspiration.

“The first year, we had

about 700 people attend.

That was really a proof of

concept effort,” she said.

“Last year, it burgeoned to

between 1,800 and 1,900

attendees, according to

City staff.”

The Concert on the

Bluffs showcases worldclass

arts performances

and benefits arts education

in Malibu.

“Last year, we raised

$36,000 for arts education

in the public schools,”

Zimmer said. “Clearly, the

community wants these

types of events and it also

benefits from them.”

Although the next Concert

on the Bluffs is not yet

scheduled, Zimmer said

that she and others have

big hopes and plans for the

event.

“It is important to have

events like the Concert on

the Bluffs where people

can gather and enjoy spectacular

programming,” she

said. “Our vision for the

next concert is to include

jazz dance, ethnic dance

and world music. We have

discussed possibly having

the concert in two parts,

with an event in the earlier

part of the day and then an

evening program. We hope

to host world-class performers

and to have many

live performances on the

stage.”

Stay tuned for more information,

as Zimmer and

others are actively working

on planning the next

event.

Further, Zimmer and

others would like Malibu

to have a Performing Arts

Center that would serve as

a permanent cultural arts

center, a space for the creation

of all types of artistic

expression.

“I think the community

would be very supportive

of that,” Zimmer said.

“Of course, it would take

a comprehensive effort on

many fronts, from both

the public sector organizations,

as well as from private

donations.”

An author, a baker, a jam

maker

Although art is a huge

part of Zimmer’s life, she

has other interests.

She is currently working

on a novel that explores a

complicated lifelong relationship

between two sisters

and, when it is completed,

she hopes to go on

a book tour.

“My novel is at times

comical and touching,” she

said. “At other times, it is

raw and painful.”

Zimmer also thoroughly

enjoys working in her Malibu

orchard, and she enjoys

baking pies and making

jams from the orchard’s

fruits.

“My orchard on Point

Dume is in a microclimate

and we grow apples, oranges,

figs, lemons, guavas,

berries, grapefruit and avocado,”

Zimmer said. “For

many years, I’ve submitted

pies to the Pie Festival

and I have often won blue

ribbons. Working with the

soil, harvesting the fruit,

and making my jams are all

terrific culinary activities,

and they keep one close to

the Earth.”

And so, Happy the Golden

Jam was born. The jams

are made in Malibu with

held from chef Gilles Dirat,

who previously served as

the head chef of The Bistro,

The Bistro Garden and

Mistral in Beverly Hills.

Suzanne Zimmer holds a poster for Concert on the

Bluffs. Chris Ward

Malibuites can buy the

jams at P.C. Greens or Vintage

Grocers.

There’s orange marmalade,

sweet and tart; vegan

lemon curd, tasty and terrific;

and apple cinnamon,

which tastes just like pie. A

portion of the profits from

the jam sales are donated

to homeless animal shelters

to assist in funding medical

treatment and care for the

animals.

“We adopted a dog

named Hope from the Lancaster

Animal Shelter on

Valentine’s Day in 2013

and our Golden Retriever

was named Happy,” Zimmer

said. “That’s how the

company got its name.”

Being happy and hopeful

are integral to Zimmer’s

outlook on life.

“I grew up here in Malibu

and it really matters to me,”

she said. “When you grow

up here on the beaches, you

have a unique relationship

with the sea. This very creative

place is unique in the

world. The arts, animals and

the environment all make

Malibu very special. We all

need to keep it that way.”


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Faith Briefs

Malibu United Methodist Church (30128 Morning

View Drive, 310-457-7505)

Malibu Music Nights

6:30-9 p.m. third Saturday of

the month. Malibu artists (from

established musicians to students)

will perform in the courtyard. To

perform, or for more information,

email devonmeyersproject@

gmail.com.

Malibu Music and Art Youth

Group

3-5:30 p.m. every Monday.

The Malibu Music and Art Youth

Group, supervised by Devon

Meyers, will meet in the Mayhugh

Education Center Community

Room next to the Malibu

Methodist parking lot. The group

is open to local middle and high

school students interested in the

arts, free of charge. Students are

welcome to bring their instruments

and imagination and play,

write, collaborate, sing and jam

with fellow students. Photography

and art students are welcome,

too. For more information,

contact Meyers at (310)

442-9380 or email devonmeyer

sproject@gmail.com.

Prayer and Healing Circle

7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. A non-denominational

gathering of likeminded

people united in different

forms of focused prayer and healing

modalities. Featured speakers

and workshops are offered

throughout the year.

Alateen Meeting

10 a.m. Saturdays, Alateen

meeting

Yoga with Jodi

6:30 p.m. Mondays and

Wednesdays.

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.

Bible Kids

3-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays for kindergarten

through second-grade

children; 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays

for third through fifth-grade children.

Bible Kids is an after-school

child care program.

Al Anon Meetings

7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.

Saturday

Youth Group

6:30-9 p.m. Fridays. For middle

through high school students.

Sunday Worship

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

Child care available.

Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue (24855

Pacific Coast Highway, 310-456-2178)

Baby & Me Class

9:30-11 a.m. Thursdays. The

synagogue hosts weekly classes

where babies and toddlers are

welcome to explore the school

through blocks, paints, dramatic

play, puppets, music, cooking,

movement, sensory play, and, of

course, bubbles. There will be a

weekly discussion pertaining to

babies and toddler’s beginning

years. Open to all.

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 dancing.

Torah Study

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

Waking Up to Jewish Ethics

7:30-9 a.m. Every Thursday. A

discussion group based on Talmudic

sources. For more information,

call (310) 456-2178.

Hand in Hand

4-5:30 p.m. Every Thursday.

Hand in Hand is an inclusion

program that integrates youth of

all abilities in an after-school social

program. For more information

on how to participate, email

cantor@mjcs.org.

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

lunch

Sunday Services

9 a.m.

Parent and Me Program

9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. This

program is held at Gan Malibu

Preschool. For more information,

call (310) 456-6573 or email

sarah@ganmalibu.com.

Malibu Presbyterian Church (3324 Malibu Canyon

Road, 310-456-1611)

Sunday Worship Services

10:15 a.m. Sundays

Connect Hour

9-10 a.m. Sundays

Men’s Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m. Wednesdays at

Marmalade Cafe, 3894 Cross

Creek Road, Malibu.

Our Lady of Malibu Church (3625 Winter Canyon

Road, 310-456-2361)

OA Meeting

6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, in

the rectory. These meetings are

open to anyone with a desire to

stop eating compulsively.

Learn About Catholicism

Join for an informal meeting

with no obligation over a cup of

coffee or tea. The group meets

on Sundays and shares stories of

faith and community. Contact the

rectory office for meeting times.

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 Hall.

Evening Bible Study

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Lower

Conference Room. Come to this

in-depth study and dialogue of

the Gospel of Mark. Bring your

Bible, or let the church know if

you need one. For more information,

email sonia@olmalibu.org.

Narcotics Anonymous

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sheridan

Hall.

OLM Book Club

6:30 p.m. Second Tuesdays.

This club meets to discuss short

stories.

Circle Prayer Group

8 a.m. Thursdays, Rectory.

Bible Class

10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays.

Men’s AA Meetings

6 p.m. Fridays, Sheridan Hall.

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (28211 Pacific Coast

Highway, 310-457-7966)

Contemplative Worship

8 a.m. Sundays

Traditional Worship

10 a.m. Sundays

Martial Arts

4-7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays,

Thursdays. Class with Kurt

Lampson.

Sacred Yoga

7:15-8:15 p.m. Thursdays.

Class with Liz Lutz.

Sunday School

10-11 a.m. Sundays.

University Church of Christ (24255 Pacific Coast

Highway, 310-506-4504)

Worship Assembly

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Wednesday Youth Bible Class

7 p.m. Class for 6th-12th

grades. Contact dusty.breeding@

pepperdine.edu.

Calvary Chapel Malibu (30237 Morning View

Drive, 424-235-4463)

Service

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

info@calvarychapelmalibu.com.

Meditation Group

7:30 p.m. Thursdays. An open,

ongoing sitting group in central

Malibu. Meditate to the sound of

the waves. Non-denominational,

free, welcoming. Simple guidance

offered. For more information, contact

Carol Moss at (310) 456-3591

or email greenlotus@earthlink.net.

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.”

Waveside Church (6955 Fernhill Drive, 310-774-

1927)

Waveside Espanol

5:30-7 p.m. Last Monday of

every month. Waveside’s Spanish-language

worship service in

Malibu. Meet at the Boys and

Girls Club of Malibu. For more information,

email info@waveside

church.com.

Service

10:10 a.m. Sundays

Have an event for faith briefs?

Email lauren@malibusurfsidenews.

com. Information is due by noon

on Thursdays one week prior to

publication.


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Author

From Page 18

Lente released her 136-

page literary horror novella

called “Hydrophilica”

(Latin for “water lover”),

which tells the story of a

young woman suffering

from cognitive dissonance

while living in the foothill

mountains of Malibu during

the 1950s to 1980s.

She hallucinates in order

to pursue a more comfortable,

less confusing life as

a swamp monster devoid of

conscience.

Van Lente wrote the story

in the 1990s as she was

approaching 40 years old

and took a glimpse into her

own mortality.

“[The book is] about the

quest for mortality,” Van

Lente said. “People come

to Malibu looking for that

immortality through fame,

and the monster needs to

be in an environment with

a lot of nature and creative

people. The monster has a

fluid gender where she is

female but could also be

male. She believes that a

young girl turning into a

woman is the most important

thing. Then the story

becomes sad because the

monster is searching for

mortality.”

Van Lente’s ultimate goal

is to produce a book that is

both literary and commercial.

“I’m talking to a lot of

agents and I’m getting closer,”

Van Lente said. “I like

a lot of genre literature, like

mystery, horror, family sagas

and Sci-Fi. I do all kinds of

writing right now; it’s fun.”

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Surfside puzzler CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Vigorous pull

5. Army NCOs

9. Uncertain

14. Cream additive

15. Crete currency

16. Goes with oohed

17. Pinot Noir, e.g.

18. Colorado resort

19. Petitions

20. One of Malibu’s

most talented, he

turned 71 in 2017, goes

with 35 across

22. Not these or those

24. “Bed-In” participant

of 1969

25. “Cool!”

26. Looks down on

30. Hey, mister ___ jay!

31. Latin 102

34. Emily Watson, in

“Gosford Park”

35. See 20 across

38. Milk source

39. Blows one’s top

40. Duke of ___

41. Go for

43. Stroll

44. _____ high (elated)

45. Malibu utility company,

abbr.

46. Antedate

47. Put to work

48. “Shop ___ you drop”

49. Condense on a surface,

chemically

52. Hormone secreted

from the pancreas

57. Assert as true

58. Jamaican fruit

60. Russo of the “Lethal

Weapon” series

61. Kept mum

62. Shade of red

63. Crackers

64. Center of Beaujolais

country

65. C-worthy

66. Martian ships

Down

1. Swerves at sea

2. Hopped off

3. What Hubbard’s dog

had

4. Maintain

5. Most common dice

rolls

6. Bat dung

7. Prefix for angle

8. Chewbacca’s buddy

9. “Marriage of the Virgin”

painter

10. Furnished with boat

movers

11. Arctic ___

12. Most important factors

13. Fabric-store meas.

21. Edge

23. Growths

26. Melee

27. Spic-and-span

28. Japanese city

29. Ceremonial act

30. South Beach, for one

31. Quit

32. Not standard

33. Ice house

35. Bar order, with “the”

36. Org. with Eagles

37. Big game

39. Kitchen device

42. Classifies

43. D.C. bigwigs

46. All done

47. The lightning Bolt

sprinter at the Olympics

48. Mahjongg pieces

49. On the road

50. Painting style

51. Friends

53. Karachi language

54. Table extender

55. Press release contents

56. Takes home, as pay

57. Arch city, for short

59. General Motors division

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has

been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares.

To solve the puzzle each row, column and box must

contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

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Keeping the momentum

Pepperdine’s men’s volleyball, women’s tennis teams

net sweeps, Page 26

Catching up Surfside chats with cheerleader

Dominique Murphy for Athlete of the

Week, Page 28

In weather-delayed game vs. Carpinteria, Sharks accumulate 15 runs, Page 27

Malibu High School’s Colter Barish rounds to third, with Tyler Ray close behind, as both head in Thursday, April 5, to score for the Sharks in a 15-1 matchup against

Carpinteria. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media


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Pepperdine Athletics

Women’s tennis completes perfect week with three sweeps

The Waves recorded

their fifth West Coast Conference

sweep of the season

Saturday, April 7, against

Portland at Louisiana Pacific

Tennis Center.

The 4-0 win bumped

Pepperdine to 16-1, 5-0

WCC on the season.

The Waves came out to

dominate doubles, winning

the 14th-doubles point in

the team’s 17 total matches

and 11th-uncontested doubles

point of the season.

No. 17 Mayar Sherif and

Luisa Stefani — who were

named WCC doubles pair

of the week on April 3 —

opened with a 6-1 win on

Court 1 to start things off.

Then, on Court 3, Ashley

Lahey and Adrijana Lekaj

clinched the doubles point

with a 6-0 win to send Pepperdine

into singles with

the advantage.

The Waves took all singles

first sets on Courts 1-3.

No. 72 Evgeniya Levashova

blanked her opponent on

Court 3 with a pair of 6-0

sets. Then, Lahey went 6-1,

6-3 in the No. 2 position to

put Pepperdine in a position

to clinch the overall. Stefani

gritted out a 7-6 win in

the first set, but fell 6-4 in

the second. She was leading

4-1 in the third when

the match was clinched.

Dzina Milovanovic went

6-1, 6-0 to win the overall.

No. 115 Laura Gulbe was

leading 6-1, 5-1 on Court 4

before the match ended due

to the clinch.

Gulbe and Levashova are

on an eight-match winning

streaks in singles, while

Sherif is on a seven-match

streak. In doubles, Lahey

and Lekaj have won eightconsecutive

matches.

On Friday, April 6, the

Waves beat Gonzaga 4-0

on the road.

Pepperdine also went 4-0

in a non-conference match

against USC at home on

April 3.

BASEBALL

Waves drop series finale to

visiting Pacific

Pepperdine rallied for

three runs in the ninth on

Sunday, April 8, but ultimately

fell 4-3 to Pacific in

its home series finale.

Trailing 4-0 in the bottom

of the ninth, Pepperdine

(14-16, 6-6) got an

RBI single from Jordan

Qsar and a two-run single

from Mike Malinchak to

cut the Pacific (12-18, 4-8)

lead to 1, but the Waves left

the game-tying run stranded

at first.

Sophomore second baseman

Quincy McAfee went

2-for-3 with a double and

run scored.

Sophomore right-hander

Michael Mahony entered

the game with the bases

and no outs in the eighth

inning and got the Waves

out of the jam with a pair

of strikeouts and a lineout.

On Friday, April 6, the

Waves beat Pacific 5-3, and

on Saturday, April 7, the

Waves had a 6-3 victory

over Pacific.

On April 3, the Waves

dropped a game to CSUN

10-4 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

The Waves’ Cory

Wills and Billy Cook each

went 2-for-4 to account for

four of Pepperdine’s five

hits in the contest.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Waves sweep Standford on

senior night

In familiar fashion, Pepperdine’s

David Wieczorek’s

team-leading 15

kills helped the Waves

sweep their opponent Saturday,

April 7.

The Waves beat Stanford

25-21, 25-17 and 25-21 in

the senior night matchup at

Firestone Fieldhouse.

In the Waves’ 22 matches,

Wieczorek has led the

team in kills on 15 occasions.

He also leads the

conference in points/set,

aces/set and kills/set, and

is second in hitting percentage.

In this game, Wieczorek

had a .629 hitting percentage,

three aces, four digs,

two blocks and 20 service

receptions.

Colby Harriman had 13

kills, a .600 hitting percentage,

one ace and seven

blocks.

Pepperdine commanded

the net offensively and defensively,

demanding 48

kills on a .500 clip and 10

team blocks throughout

three sets of action, while

the opposition posted 34

kills and four team blocks.

The Cardinal led the floor

in digs with 24 to the

Waves’ 16, but Pepperdine

outserved Stanford with

four aces to two.

Waves Robert Mullahey

and Max Chamberlain rank

in the Top 5 in two separate

statistical categories, with

Mullahey averaging 10.46

assists/set and Chamberlain

posting 1.27 blocks/set this

season.

A few days earlier, on

Thursday, April 5, the

Waves were felled in three

sets by No. 2 BYU in Firestone

Fieldhouse. The Cougars

posted a strong offensive

throughout the match

to mark 25-20, 25-17 and

25-14 set scores over the

Waves.

Pepperdine begins postseason

in the MPSF quarterfinal,

which will take

place on April 14 at home.

TRACK

Multiple Waves set PRs,

season bests

Pepperdine’s 4-by-400

relay team raised the bar on

Saturday, April 7.

Runners Brandon Davis,

Preston Gromer, Kieran

Halewyn and Treet Allison

took seventh at the Pomona-Pitzer

Invitational,

where they ran the event in

3 minutes, 25.57 seconds

and lowered the school record

for the second time

this season. The previous

record of 3:27.79 was set at

Westmont on Feb. 17.

Several other Waves also

put up notable performances.

A week after putting her

name into the Waves’ alltime

Top 5 in the women’s

5,000 meters, freshman Abbey

Meck added her name

to another list as she went

4:45.74 in the 1,500 meters,

good for No. 5 all-time. She

came in 23rd place out of

126 runners.

Allison also excelled individually,

coming in 13th

place out of 107 runners in

the men’s 800 meters. His

time of 1:55.48 was the

best by any Wave this season.

Gromer and Adam Fahey

won heats in that event.

Senior Kevin Maeda also

had a season-best time in

the men’s 1,500 meters. He

took 17th place out of 138

runners in 4:00.04 in winning

his heat. Halewyn was

21st in 4:00.94 and Jalen

Frantal was 28th.

Other Pepperdine women

finishing with the team’s

top times on the day were

Sheridan Davis in the 100

and 100 hurdles, Katie

O’Malley in the 200 and

the 400, and Kaitlyn Davenport

in the 800. Davenport’s

2:23.04 was a season-best

for any Wave in

the 800.

The Waves head to UC

San Diego’s Triton Invitational

Saturday, April 14.

The event is likely to be

the season’s final event for

much of the squad.

MEN’S TENNIS

Waves defeat Gonzaga, UC

Riverside

The men’s tennis team

picked up two 4-0 wins

Sunday, April 8, while facing

Gonzaga and UC Riverside

at home.

Against Gonzaga, doubles

pair Dennis Uspensky

and Yusuf Khamis won

6-1. Max Mendelsohn and

Brian Berdusco won their

match 7-6 in a tiebreak.

Singles play went the

Waves way as well, as Pepperdine

got wins on Courts

3, 5 and 6 to earn the sweep.

Mendelsohn was the first to

finish, taking his match 6-1,

6-0. He was quickly followed

by Pane, who won

6-1, 6-2. Esses finished

the match for the Waves,

taking his match 6-1, 6-3.

Berdusco was up 5-2 in the

second set after winning

the first when the match

was clinched. Khamis also

won his first set, and was

trailing 2-3 in the second,

while Uspensky was tied in

the second set after losing

the first, 3-6.

Then, vs. UC Riverside,

doubles pair Dane Esses

and Lautaro Pane dominated,

taking their match 6-0.

Uspensky and Mendelsohn

followed suit, going 6-2.

With the advantage of

winning the doubles point,

Pepperdine kept its momentum

going in singles

play.

Pepperdine drops 4-2

match to Portland

Pepperdine fought valiantly

while hosting Portland

in a West Coast Conference

match Friday, April

6, but the Pilots ultimately

pulled ahead 4-2.

The Waves fought back

after losing the doubles

point as both Dane Esses

and Lautaro Pane collected

the first pair of singles

wins, but the Pilots took

wins on Courts 1, 4 and 6

to close out the match.

men’S Golf

Waves take 10th at

Western Intercollegiate

Joshua McCarthy and RJ

Manke both tied for 20th

place to lead the men’s golf

team as play wrapped up at

the Western Intercollegiate

Sunday, April 8.

The Waves came in 10th

place overall with a twoday

total of 1,067 (361-

350-356) in the play-six,

count-five event at the par-

70 Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Sahith Theegala — last

year’s WCC co-Player of

the Year and an All-American

as well as the team’s

leader in scoring average

this season — sat out last

weekend’s tournament with

a wrist injury.

Information from Pepperdine

University and www.pepper

dinewaves.com. Compiled

by Editor Lauren Coughlin,

lauren@malibusurfsidenews.

com.


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Sharks load the bases, surge to 15-1 win

Ryan Flynn

Freelance Reporter

Electrical issues may

have sapped power from

the scoreboard on Thursday,

April 5, but there was

plenty of power on the

field.

Malibu baseball cruised

to a 15-1 beatdown of visiting

Carpinteria, a matchup

that had originally been

rained out early in the season.

The Sharks hit the ball

hard early and often and

relied on a dominant pitching

effort to claim the onesided

victory.

This was a bounceback

game after a poor showing

against Santa Paula

two days earlier, when the

Sharks lost 7-3.

“We had a better eye at

the plate, a far cry from

what we did against Santa

Paula,” coach Billy Ashley

said. “After a loss like

that, that’s how I expect

my team to respond: with a

convincing win.”

Malibu relied on their

ace, senior pitcher William

Tamkin, and the lefty was

dealing early. He retired

the side 1-2-3 in the first

two innings, making it look

easy.

“He’s definitely made

himself into a top pitching

player in our league

and, in my opinion, in all

of Southern California,”

Ashley said. “He’s a player

that’s to be reckoned with

when he’s out there on the

mound. He has the ability

to get outs and keep guys

off balance. When he’s on,

he’s pretty untouchable.”

On the offensive end, the

Sharks’ bats were hungry.

Tamkin opened the game

Alec Morrison bats to bring a fellow Shark home Thursday, April 5, at Malibu High

School. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media

with a leadoff double to

center field. He scored two

batters later, on a hard hit

ball by junior Colter Barish.

After cleanup man Tyler

Ray was hit by a pitch,

senior Chance Irons hit a

deep shot to center field,

scoring two more. The

Sharks were up 3-0 after

one inning.

They added two more

runs in the second inning,

and already it looked like

the rout was on. In the

sixth, Carpinteria pulled

their pitcher — twice —

but no one on their staff

seemed capable of handling

the Malibu bats on

this day. The Sharks loaded

the bases, scoring on walks,

a passed ball, a balk, and

the old-fashioned way: RBI

hits.

“When you can put runs

up like that on a quality

ballclub like Carpinteria, a

top contender in our league,

they feed off of it,” Ashley

said.

Ashley said he has an

“emotional” team, one that

can get caught in a funk

when things go south. On

the other side of the coin,

it’s a team that can get

streaky when things are going

well.

“It’s just a matter of

stringing together a couple

of these victories as we

did at the end of last year

when we went on a 9-0 run

that jump-started us into

the playoffs,” Ashley said.

“Hopefully, now we start

to go on a little bit of a run

here and put ourselves in

position to make another

run.”

Pitcher William Tamkin throws to Chance Irons to try to

pick off the Carpinteria runner.

Louie Thrall (right) gets a high-five from coach Billy

Ashley at first base.


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This Week In...

SHARKS ATHLETICS

Golf

■1 ■ p.m. April 12 - at River

Ridge

■1 ■ p.m. April 19 - vs. Grace

Brethren, location TBD

Track & Field

■3 ■ p.m. April 12 - host

League Meet

■9 ■ a.m. April 14 - at Russell

Cup at Carpinteria

■3 ■ p.m. April 19 - League

Meet at Santa Paula

Boys Tennis

■3 ■ p.m. April 12 - host Cate

■3:30 ■ p.m. April 16 - at

Thacher

■3 ■ p.m. April 17 - host

Villanova

Softball

■3:30 ■ p.m. April 12 - host

Carpinteria

■3:30 ■ p.m. April 17 - at

Bishop Diego

Lacrosse

■3:30 ■ p.m. April 12 - at

Brentwood

■4 ■ p.m. April 17 - host

Viewpoint

■4:30 ■ p.m. April 19 - at Hart

Boys Volleyball

■4:30 ■ p.m. April 12 - host

Cate

■5 ■ p.m. April 17 - host

Fillmore

■5 ■ p.m. April 19 - at Santa

Clara

Baseball

■3:30 ■ p.m. April 13 - host

Nordhoff

■10 ■ a.m. April 14 - at Grant

■3:30 ■ p.m. April 18 - host

Fillmore

Swimming

■3 ■ p.m. April 18 - at

Nordhoff

PEPPERDINE ATHLETICS

Men’s Tennis

■1 ■ p.m. April 12 - at San

Diego

■11 ■ a.m. April 14 - at BYU

Baseball

■6 ■ p.m. April 13 - at Santa

Clara

■6 ■ p.m. April 14 - at Santa

Clara

■1 ■ p.m. April 15 - at Santa

Clara

■3 ■ p.m. April 17 - host Cal

Poly

Beach Volleyball

■9 ■ a.m. April 14 - host

Arizona, Cal Poly

Men’s Golf

■April ■ 16-18 - at WCC

Championships in San Diego

Women’s Golf

■April ■ 16-18 - at WCC

Championships in San Diego

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Dominique Murphy

Dominique Murphy, 16,

is a junior on the Malibu

cheerleading squad.

What do you enjoy

about cheer?

I really love the dancing

and stunting. I’m not the

best when it comes to conditioning,

but I love that my

teammates cheer me on and

encourage me.

How did you first get

into cheer?

I started the summer going

into fifth grade. My

friend said that I should

give it a try.

YOUR LIBRARY,

YOUR VOICE

You are invited to take a five minute survey

to help plan future library improvements.

This is your opportunity to tell the County of Los Angeles

Public Library and the City of Malibu how we’re doing, what

you’d like more of, and where we should be headed.

Surveymonkey.com/r/MalibuLibrary

The survey closes April 20

For more information, visit MalibuCity.org/LibraryNeeds

or contact Elizabeth Shavelson at (310)-456-2489 ext. 254

What’s it been like

having a new coach in

Jess Murray this year?

It’s been amazing. I like

that she makes us work

hard so we can be the best

team that we can be. And

that she believes in us.

What are your hobbies

outside of cheer?

I love fashion and makeup.

When I’m not cheering

I’m usually drawing fashion

illustrations and portraits.

Where in the world

would you most like to

travel?

New York! I’ve never

been and I want to experience

a cold winter with

snow and New York fashion

week.

What is your favorite

sport to cheer?

Football, because the

football moms are always

so energetic and supportive.

What’s the best advice

you’ve ever gotten?

The Scooby Doo animator,

Joe Sichta, once told

me that it’s better to be reliable

than to be well known.

Who on the cheer

squad has the best

nickname?

Carly [Horwitz]. We

sometimes call her lobster

Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media

because she forgot to put

on sunscreen at the cheer

camp and got really burnt.

It just stuck.

What is your favorite

subject in school?

Art, because I can be creative

and express myself.

If you could have one

superpower what

would it be and why?

Invisibility, because I

think it would be cool to

see how people really act

when I’m not around.

Interview by Freelance Reporter

Ryan Flynn.


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATE-

MENT FILE NUMBER: 2018064753

ORIGINAL FILING. This statement was

filed with the County Clerk of LOS ANGE-

LES on 03/15/2018. The following person is

doing business as VALPARAISO PIC-

TURES, 9331 DOHENY ROAD, BEVERLY

HILLS, CA 90210 & 405 EL CAMINO

REAL #152, MENLO PARK, CA 94025

(Articles of Incorporation: NV -

E0005152010-8). The full name of registrant

is: CARRICO MANAGEMENT GROUP,

LLC, 405 EL CAMENO REAL #152,

MENLO PARK, CA 94025 (State of Incorporation:

NEVADA). This business is being

conducted by: a Limited Liability Company.

The registrant has not yet commenced to

transact business under the fictitious business

name listed above. /s/:DAVID CARRICO,

DAVID CARRICO, MANAGER, CAR-

RICO MANAGEMENT GROUP, LLC. This

statement was filed with the County Clerk of

LOS ANGELES County on 03/15/2018. NO-

TICE: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS

NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE

YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED

IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY

CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS

NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED

PRIOR TO THAT DATE. The filing of this

statement does not of itself authorize the use

in this state of a fictitious business name

statement in violation of the rights of another

under federal, state, or common law (see Section

1441et seq., Business and Professions

Code). MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS to publish

03/29/2018, 04/05/2018, 04/12/2018,

04/19/2018

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATE-

MENT FILE NUMBER: 2018067613

ORIGINAL FILING. This statement was

filed with the County Clerk of LOS ANGE-

LES on 03/19/2018. The following person is

doing business as CEU EDUCATIONAL

RESOURCE, 6643 HASKELL AVENUE

APT. #208, VAN NUYS, CA 91406. The

full name of registrant is: MARIA VICTO-

RIA RAMOS DAVA, 6643 HASKELL

AVENUE APT. #208, VAN NUYS, CA

91406. This business is being conducted by:

an Individual. The registrant has not yet commenced

to transact business under the fictitious

business name listed above. /s/:MARIA

VICTORIA RAMOS DAVA, MARIA VIC-

TORIA RAMOS DAVA, OWNER, CEU

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE. This statement

was filed with the County Clerk of LOS

ANGELES County on 03/19/2018. NOTICE:

THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE YEARS

FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED IN THE

OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK. A

NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME

STATEMENT MUST BE FILED PRIOR

TO THAT DATE. The filing of this statement

does not of itself authorize the use in

this state of a fictitious business name statement

in violation of the rights of another under

federal, state, or common law (see Section

1441et seq., Business and Professions

Code). MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS to publish

04/05/2018, 04/12/2018, 04/19/2018,

04/26/2018

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATE-

MENT FILE NUMBER: 2018077629

ORIGINAL FILING. This statement was

filed with the County Clerk of LOS ANGE-

LES on 03/30/2018. The following person is

doing business as CHIC ON THE ROCKS,

2623 GRAHAM AVE, REDONDO BEACH,

CA 90278. The full name of registrant is:

CAITLIN ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON,

2623 GRAHAM AVE, REDONDO BEACH,

CA 90278. This business is being conducted

by: an Individual. The registrant has not yet

commenced to transact business under the

fictitious business name listed above.

/s/:CAITLIN ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON,

CAITLIN ELIZABETH SAPPINGTON,

OWNER, CHIC ON THE ROCKS. This

statement was filed with the County Clerk of

LOS ANGELES County on 03/30/2018. NO-

TICE: THIS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS

NAME STATEMENT EXPIRES FIVE

YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS FILED

IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY

CLERK. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS

NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED

PRIOR TO THAT DATE. The filing of this

statement does not of itself authorize the use

in this state of a fictitious business name

statement in violation of the rights of another

under federal, state, or common law (see Section

1441et seq., Business and Professions

Code). MALIBU SURFSIDE NEWS to publish

04/05/2018, 04/12/2018, 04/19/2018,

04/26/2018

Mountains Recreation and

Conservation Authority

Notice of Intent

Beginning April 16, 2018, The

Mountains Recreation and Conservation

Authority (MRCA) intends

to impose a ten dollar ($10)

parking fee for the West Winding

Way parking lot at the corner of

West Winding Way and Pacific

Coast Highway. A fine of $70

will be imposed for violations of

the MRCA Ordinance 4.1.

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6703 Legal Notices

6703 Legal Notices

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District of Los Angeles County (SMMUSD) will receive sealed bids

from contractors holding a type “C-20” license, on the following: Bid #18.17.ES Districtwide Bard Units

Project at Various Districtwide Sites. This scope of work is estimated to be between $153,000 - $187,000

and includes construction of, the removal and replacement of wall mounted Bard air conditioning units and

thermostats for existing modular buildings, patching and repairing at exterior and interior to match existing

as required and other associated improvements. All bids must be filed in the SMMUSD Facility Improvement

Office, 2828 4th Street, Santa Monica, California 90405 on or before 5/17/18 at 2:00 PM at which time

and place the bids will be publicly opened. Each bid must be sealed and marked with the bid name and number.

Bidders must attend a Mandatory Job Walk to be held at the District FIP office, on 4/19/18 at 9:00 AM.

All General Contractors and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (M/E/P) Subcontractors must be pre-qualified

for this project per the bidding documents. To view the projects bidding documents, please visit ARC

Southern California public plan room www.crplanwell.com and reference the project Bid #.

Prequalification Due Date & Instructions for Application Submission: All applications are due no later

than 5/3/18 - Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has contracted with Colbi Technologies, Inc. to

provide a web-based process for prequalification called QualityBidders. To submit an application at no cost

please visit www.qualitybidders.com. Once you have been approved, you will receive an email indicating

your approval expiration date and limit. The Districts approved contractors listing can be obtained via the

FIP website at http://fipcontractors.smmusd.org/fip-office-website.aspx.

Mandatory Job Walk: 4/19/18 at 9:00 AM

Job Walk location: District Facility Improvement Projects Office – located at 2828 4th Street, Santa Monica,

CA 90405

Bid Opening: 5/17/18 at 2:00pm

Any further questions or clarifications to this bidding opportunity, please contact Sheere Bishop at

smbishop@smmusd.org directly. In addition, any pre-qualification support issues relative to Colbi Technologies,

Inc., website or for technical support please contact support@qualityBidders.com directly.

CITY OF MALIBU

PUBLIC NOTICE INVITING APPLICATIONS

FOR COUNCIL APPOINTMENT

TO THE WASTEWATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the City of Malibu is accepting applications for Council appointment to the

following Committee:

WASTEWATER ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Committee provides advice and recommendations to the City Council on matters related to wastewater

and onsite wastewater treatment systems.

The seven-member Committee shall be residents, property owners, currently employed within Malibu, or

wastewater or onsite wastewater treatment system professionals.

The deadline to submit a City Commission/Committee Member Application Form is Wednesday, April 18,

2018, by 5:30 p.m.

Application forms are on the City's website at www.malibucity.org (on the City Clerk page) or by emailing

Heather Glaser, City Clerk, at hglaser@malibucity.org. Following review by the Committee, applications

will be presented to the City Council for consideration at the Regular City Council meeting on May 14,

2018.

Applications must be received by Heather, City Clerk, City of Malibu, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu,

CA 90265 or hglaser@malibucity.org by 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. No late applications or

postmarks will be accepted.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF MALIBU

CITY COUNCIL

The Malibu City Council will hold a public hearing on MONDAY, April 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Malibu

City Hall, located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA, regarding Adoption of Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Schedule of Fees.

If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Lisa Soghor, Assistant City Manager, at (310)

456-2489, ext. 224. Copies of all related documents can be reviewed by any interested person at City Hall

during regular business hours. Oral and written comments may be presented to the City Council on, or before,

the date of the meeting.

__________________________________

LISA SOGHOR, Assistant City Manager

Publish Date: April 5 and April 12, 2018

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CITY OF MALIBU

PLANNING COMMISSION

The Malibu Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 7, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the

Council Chambers, Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA, for the project identified below.

SHORT-TERM RENTAL ORDINANCE

ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT NO. 17-002 - Consider amendments to Title 17 (Zoning Ordinance) of the

Malibu Municipal Code regarding short-term rental of property (also known as vacation rentals) in residential

and multi-family zones

Applicant:

Location:

City Planner:

City of Malibu

Citywide

Bonnie Blue, Planning Director

(310) 456-2489, extension 258

bblue@malibucity.org

The draft ordinance was assessed in accordance with the authority and criteria contained in the California

Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State CEQA Guidelines (the Guidelines), and the environmental

regulations of the City. The Planning Director hereby finds under Section 15061(b)(3) of the State CEQA

Guidelines, the draft ordinance is exempt from the requirements of CEQA because it can be seen with certainty

that the provisions contained herein would not have the potential for causing a significant effect on the

environment. A written staff report will be available at or before the hearing. All persons wishing to address

the Commission will be afforded an opportunity in accordance with the Commission's procedures. Copies of

all related documents are available for review at City Hall during regular business hours. Written comments

may be presented to the Planning Commission at any time prior to the beginning of the public hearing.

IF YOU CHALLENGE THE CITY'S ACTION IN COURT, YOU MAY BE LIMITED TO RAISING

ONLY THOSE ISSUES YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE RAISED AT THE PUBLIC HEARING DESCRIBED

IN THIS NOTICE, OR IN WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE DELIVERED TO THE CITY, AT OR PRIOR

TO THE PUBLIC HEARING.

If there are any questions regarding this notice, please contact Bonnie Blue, Planning Director, at (310)

456-2489, extension 258.

_______________________________

Bonnie Blue

Planning Director

Publish Date: April 12, 2018

___________________________________

Heather, City Clerk

Publish: Malibu Surfside News, March 22, 2018

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