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November 20, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
A gated house in Malibu owned by pop and operatic singer Josh Groban has come on the market at $5.475 million. Purchased by the sometimes-actor in 2005 for $4.125 million, the multi-level house was put up for lease at $23,000 a month a few years ago. The 1.8-acre property includes the main house, a guesthouse, a swimming pool and spa with a waterfall, a lighted tennis court and an outdoor fireplace. There are four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Panoramic views in Rancho Palos Verdes A long brick driveway leads to the Tuscan-inspired house, which was built in 1976.
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BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Nicolas Cage, besides being one of the busiest actors in film, also famously blazed a trail losing properties across the country during his financial-woes period. One in Malibu that recently resold for $6.3 million centers on a 1,080-square-foot bungalow that sits on 320 acres not far from Pacific Coast Highway. The three-parcel property has views of the mountains, ocean and nearby islands. Other features include four seasonal waterfalls, lakes, an octagonal indoor garden, a caretaker's residence, a guesthouse and horse trails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated. See note below for details. All northbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu were shut down during the the Tuesday evening rush hour after a fatal traffic accident. The closure was about a mile north of Kanan Dume Road, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A department watch commander said investigators were responding to the scene and that it was unclear how long the lanes would be closed. There were no immediate details on whether any other people were injured.
NEWS
October 30, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Malibu Country Mart is decked out with pumpkins and hay bales and is planning special Halloween activities Thursday for kids. Some stores are offering trick-or-treating from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Participating shops will display a Halloween balloon.) The Jester Court will be the site of a children's costume contest at 6 p.m., and the lucky winner will receive a $100 gift certificate. The shopping center is at 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. Openings Aura Cycle has opened Aura Yoga in Sunset Plaza.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Four sea lions with evidence of gunshot wounds have been recovered from Malibu beaches in the last two months, wildlife rescuers said Thursday. The two such sea lions found this month had confirmed gunshot bodies, though it is unclear if they were shot before or after they died, said David Bard, director of the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, a hospital that treats the animals. Bullets were pulled from two of the four sea lions, and the other two had evidence of gunshot wounds, said Jonsie Ross, a marine mammal stranding coordinator at the California Wildlife Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
At least two sea lions that died from gunshot wounds have washed ashore in Malibu this month, wildlife rescuers said. Illegal shootings of sea lions occur each year in October when squid fishing season begins, Jonsie Ross at the California Wildfire Center  told CBS Los Angeles . The Malibu Times reported that two of the ocean mammals found on the coast had died of bullet wounds and that a third bore suspicious injuries. CBS Los Angeles said at least three sea lions had been killed by gunshots.
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October 21, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: “An Indian Summer Evening With Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers,” benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu Teen Center. The setting: Guests partied al fresco Saturday at the Malibu estate of “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss. Even if his mega-hit reality show doesn't often result in permanent romantic success, Fleiss - who has been creating reality TV shows since the 1990s - said he and fiancée Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, expect to be wed this spring.
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October 18, 2013 | By David Hay
When the opportunity came to design a home perched high above the Malibu coastline, all architect Peter Tolkin could think of was the phrase in a 1976 Ed Ruscha painting: “Malibu = Sliding Glass Doors.” PHOTO GALLERY: The Sunglass House in Malibu “I liked the idea he reduced Malibu to looking out to the ocean,” Tolkin confessed. But the architect realized that the interests of his clients -- ambitious art collectors looking to celebrate more than just the view -- could hardly be ignored.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Zac Efron has purchased a home in Hollywood Hills for $3.995 million. The actor, who owns another house nearby in Hollywood Hills West, bought a two-story Zen-inspired contemporary behind gates at the end of a long driveway. The 5,644-square-foot home, built in 1964, features panoramic city to ocean views, expanses of glass, an open floor plan, a wine cellar, a gym and a fountain inside the entry. Including the guesthouse there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The more than three-quarter-acre lot contains a pool and spa area with a waterfall.
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October 9, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has hired a firm to test for contaminants at one of its middle schools after teachers complained of persistent health issues and students were moved to other classrooms. Supt. Sandra Lyon said the district is working with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to conduct a health survey for staff members and provide informational meetings. Lyon told The Times preliminary test results indicated mold was discovered in one patch of carpet due to a leaking refrigerator, but otherwise the main building in question was deemed clear.
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