The Malibu Times 2005 Dolphins honored

Dolphins 2005 from left: David Lyons, Susan Shaw representing the Malibu Legacy Park Project, Dede Solis, Michael Koss, Scott Tallal, Steve Soboroff, Jo Giese, with Chauncee Smith from Sen. Keuhl's office. Photos by Cathryn Sacks / TMT

A new school of Dolphins were honored as The Malibu Times Citizens of the Year 2005 during a Sunday brunch celebration at Duke’s Malibu restaurant.

Several official dignitaries were present, including Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and representatives from Sen. Sheila Keuhl’s and Assemblymember Fran Pavley’s offices.

The packed room applauded the recipients for their community service to Malibu.

A DVD presentation from John Paul and Eloise DeJoria showed them giving thanks for the award. The DeJorias have done many things in the name of charity, including donating 410 acres of land in Tuna Canyon for “the children of the world to enjoy” and helped found the Malibu Teen Center.

Shari Latta, who could not be present for the ceremony, was honored for her work with children, particularly the Children’s Creative Workshop. Councilmember Pamela Conley Ulich presented and accepted the award for Latta, and told the story about how Latta, who also teaches junior lifeguards, saved her life once, from drowning.

Kay Gabbard and Dede Solis were honored for their work with children as well. Gabbard is the mastermind behind the Malibu United Methodist Nursery School’s annual Cook’s Tour, which raises funds for low-income families to send their children to preschool, and Solis started the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue preschool program, and also works with children with disabilities.

Jo Giese was honored for her effort in “greening” Malibu through the organization she founded, the Malibu Green Machine.

Business partners Steve Soboroff and Richard Green, owners of Malibu Creek Plaza, and investor Michael Koss, owner of Malibu Country Mart, were thanked for their contribution of one-fifth of the amount given to the city for purchase of the Chili Cook-Off site.

David Lyons and Scott Tallal were applauded for their work in offering the free outdoor movie screenings at Malibu Bluffs Park during the summer through CineMalibu.

A group award went to those who contributed to the Malibu Legacy Park Project, which raised $2.5 million for purchase of the Cook-Off land. Liane and Richard Weintraub, who, along with Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith, Kelly Meyer, David and Linda Sheehan, among others, contributed to the project, were present and Liane accepted the award for all.

Yaroslavsky, who presented certificates of appreciation from the county to the Dolphin Awardees, joked that before he took office, former Supervisor Ed Edelman told him that “Malibu represents 1 percent of the county’s constituency, but will take up 50 percent of your time.”

The crowd, which included current council members who are Dolphin winners from the past, roared when Yaroslavsky added, “He was close. It’s more like 65 percent [of the time], and 90 percent of the money.”