News Briefs


Rap mogul’s home put up for sale

The Rambla Pacifico home of rap producer Marion “Suge” Knight has been placed on the market for $6.2 million. The home, built in 2000, is located on a 6.79-acre lot, with an additional 2.1-acre adjacent vacant lot also being offered in the package. The home is being sold by Malibu Realtor and political activist Paul Grisanti of Coldwell Banker.

According to the Internet listing of the home, its sale is subject to Bankruptcy Court approval. Last year, Knight filed for bankruptcy protection for himself and his company, Death Row Records. He claimed debts of approximately $100 million in each filing.

Santa Monica group buys Malibu commercial site

A Santa Monica company, ASK Associates LLC, recently purchased Malibu Vista Plaza for a reported $17.5 million from a Beverly Hills partnership. The 30,742-square-foot property, where Malibu Health & Fitness is located, is fully leased, according to the CoStar Group, a real estate information Web site. ASK Associates officials could not be reached for comment.

Calabasas hosts Fourth of July celebration

Independence Day activities will take place at Calabasas High School, located at 22855 Mulholland Highway, beginning at 5 p.m. The festivities include a pirate stunt show and live music. A fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m.

The city of Malibu does not sponsor any fireworks displays. Permits can be issued for private shows, but as of Tuesday before The Malibu Times went to print, none had not been issued.

Holiday closures

City Hall and The Malibu Times Building will be closed on July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Both buildings will reopen Thursday.

Coastal Commission announces contest

The California Coastal Commission is asking the public to submit stories and/or photos documenting how they have acted as a California Coastal Steward. The Commission is seeking inspirational or unique stories of how Californians have taken action to care for and protect the coast and ocean. Submissions may be posted on the Commission’s Web site ( and one entry (chosen by the public) will receive a Coast Lover’s Prize Package, including a framed Coastal Cleanup Day poster with art by Christopher Wormell, and other items commemorating California’s coast.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the Coastal Stewardship Pledge, an online program of the California Coastal Commission that encourages individuals to consider the impact their everyday activities have on the coast. Submissions must be received by Aug. 1. They can be sent by e-mail to, or postal mail to Coastal Steward Stories, California Coastal Commission, 45 Fremont St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94105. Include a phone number, mailing address, and e-mail (if available) in order to be eligible for the contest. For more information, go to

Shakespeare returns to Malibu

The city of Malibu Parks and Recreation Department has announced its third annual Shakespeare Under the Moon tour will take place on July 14 and 15 at Bluffs Park. The Independent troupe of actors will present “Romeo and Juliet” on the 14th and “Julius Caesar” on the 15th. The free events will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both evenings. For more information, call 310.317.1364.

Green Machine gets more money

The Malibu Bay Co. recently donated $100,000 to the Malibu Green Machine toward its proposed project to beautify the medians on Pacific Coast Highway from Cross Creek Road to Malibu Canyon Road. The project is estimated to cost $1.5 million. Green Machine President Jo Giese told The Malibu Times that more than $600,000 has been raised for the project and the organization has signed a formal agreement with ValleyCrest Companies to complete the project.

-Jonathan Friedman