2015 in Review: May

• The City of Malibu was deemed in good shape financially — its budget is balanced and it earned a bond rating of AA+ from Standard & Poor. According to city officials, the city has $18.6 million in reserves, which they believe will be up to $25.4 million by the end of the fiscal year.

• The Adamson House — the original beach house of the Adamson family, now owned by the California State Parks — partially reopened after a six-week shutdown. A cluster of problems, including beachfront erosion and an ongoing battle between State Parks, which control the structure, and the unpaid docent volunteers who run the facility day-to-day, who walked off the job in protest, is still unsolved. The dispute relates, in part, to the required repairs of the structure, although that solution appears to now be in the works. The Adamson House is one of the most popular and highest-grossing State Parks venues in the district.

• The County of Los Angeles tried to count the homeless population, and volunteers swept through Malibu to attempt to establish a census of the homeless living here. According to the count, numbers are up in both Malibu and the greater Los Angeles area. In the greater Malibu area, which includes Malibu, Topanga and parts of the San Fernando Valley, there are 8,688 homeless — about 21 percent of the county total — which is an increase from the previous year. 

 Fundraising for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District 2014-15 school year fell short of the goal and led to much finger pointing at Malibu parents, whose giving has dropped off since the district stopped allowing money to be directly contributed to neighborhood schools. Currently, distribution of the dollars raised from whatever source are spread throughout the district in an attempt to make it more equitable. However, many Malibu parents also charge the district has wasted dollars on legal fees in avoiding a PCBs fix in the Malibu schools and one member of the community said they are voting with their pocketbooks.

• Annually, The Malibu Times gives Citizen of the Year Awards to Malibu area students who have distinguished themselves in elementary, middle and high school with their commitment to their school and their community. This year’s winners are: 

• Malibu High School Claire Thomsen


• Point Dume Marine Science School Bridget Kennedy-Bailey

• Webster Elementary School Annika Bolander

• Webster Elementary School Stefan Colburn

• Juan Cabrillo Elementary School Yadany Alavez

• Juan Cabrillo Elementary School Tess O’Neill

• Our Lady of Malibu School Jillian Neuner

• Our Lady of Malibu School Teresa Contino

• MUSE School Sequoia Beaver

• Viewpoint School Brianna Honkawa d’Estries

The Malibu Times is the first newspaper in Malibu, serving the community since 1946.

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