2015 in Review: August

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NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, actor Matt Damon and Director Ridley Scott sit on a panel and answer questions about “The Martian” during a press day for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

• Gabriela Kabrins, a 39-year-old marketing executive and daughter of Malibu restaurateur Howdy Kabrins, was allegedly murdered while vacationing at a resort in Cape Town, South Africa. Her boyfriend, a 41-year-old Guatemalan national, was arrested and charged with her murder.

• The Malibu City Council cannot quite decide what they want to do about pot shops. We already have one shop, and the application for the second pot shop has been back and forth several times, with the council flip flopping on the question.

• A golf cart, driven by a licensed, 16-year-old minor, carrying six additional minor passengers, fishtailed and flipped while going down the steep Grayfox Street near Point Dume Marine Science School. There were several injuries reported; one victim was airlifted out and a second transported by ambulance. The golf cart was not street legal, and the sheriff’s department indicated that ordinary golf carts are not street legal and dangerous if driven on city streets.

• The increase in bicycles in Malibu has produced a number of bike-related accidents. A 48-year-old male cyclist crossing PCH near Zuma Beach on Sunday, Aug. 23, at about 8:30 p.m. was struck by a vehicle and died four hours later at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

• Reggie T-Rex Norby, a one-and-a-half-year-old English Bulldog who lives in Malibu Park, won the 2015 Malibu Times Best Dog of Summer Contest, beating out 90 other entrants.