The 2011 Malibu Times Citizens of the Year Dolphin Award winners announced


The Malibu Times Publishers Arnold and Karen York announce the 2011 Dolphin Award winners. The awards recognize contributions made by individuals or groups to the Malibu community. Those recognized are in many ways more than contributors, rather they help make up the backbone of the community.

Shelby Basso

Operator of Malibu Garden Center, involved in numerous school and community garden-related activities, including Malibu Green Machine, a nonprofit environmental organization.

ChocolateBox Café owners

Zare and Seda Baghdasarian, who practice being both good businesspeople and citizens.

Rod Bergen

President of Trancas Riders and Ropers; worked with Malibu Township Council prior to cityhood; Los Angeles County Reserve Deputy and 50-year resident.

Steve and Deborah Cole

Supporters of local music programs, including the Malibu High School Music Department, where they attend and hosts rehearsals, set up concerts, provide transportation and moral support.

Violet Miehle

Malibu High School senior, Boys and Girls Club of Malibu member for many years, 2011 Malibu Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year; aspires to be a special education teacher.

Justine Petretti

On city’s Public Safety Commission, member of Malibu Library Task Force, head of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School PTA and founder of Friends of Trancas Park; has previously worked for Santa Monica Women’s shelter and delivered food to local firemen.

Robyn Ross

Has served on Point Dume Elementary PTA for seven years, last two as president; on board of directors for Venice-based St. Joseph Center; working to establish west coat presence of Vital Voices, an organization that provides mentoring services to women.

Ray Singer

Designer of the City of Malibu’s logo, docent at the Getty Museum and Villa, member of the Optimist Club, participant in Malibu Volunteer Patrol and 35-year resident.

Dick Van Dyke

Long-time local who has donated a great deal of his time and talent to numerous local charities and the community.