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Malibu General Contractors A legacy of architectural and construction expertise now carried on by the next generation

Woolsey Fire Remembered Five years later, Malibu showcases unwavering resilience and unity

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Celebrate Safely and Arrive in Style! With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning that special event! Whether it be a holiday work party, family gathering or milestone soiree, transportation can be one of the first things to check off your list. A wonderful autumn outing can include a fun filled day at a local pumpkin patch or Halloween themed amusement park to one of the local stadiums for a little tailgating and football fanfare. For the more sophisticated palette, a wine tour to Malibu, Santa Barbara, Temecula, Santa Ynez or Paso Robles will delight the senses amidst a backdrop of fall colors painted into the landscape. When concerned about the weather, large groups for corporate or personal events will love a trip to Top Golf, Dave & Busters, Two Bit Circus, Lucky Strike Bowling, or the Hollywood Wax Musuem. With the Getty, Griffith Observatory, The Broad, Hammer Musuem, Huntington Botanical Gardens, MOCA and LACMA all within the Greater Los Angeles area, it’s time to turn your next event from ordinary to extraordinary!

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Woolsey Fire’s Destructive Legacy Remembered Five years later, Malibu showcases unwavering resilience and unity


Malibu General Contractors


A multi-generational legacy of architectural and construction expertise now carried on by the next generation

Sunset view of Topanga beach Malibu, California Photo by Trek Scott


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Malibu General Contractor Owners Mehrdad Sahafi (right) and son Mehruz Sahafi (left) with grandson. Photo by Richard Cassel

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in this issue

Eating with the Season


Welcome Letter


Features and Contents

A Thanksgiving Celebrating Nature’s Harvest


Richard Blumenberg’s Architecture



A Culture of Expertise and Perfection

Experience Autumn’s Splendor on the Rivers

Anawalt Lumber


Century-Old Family Business Nurturing Community

Malibu Stands Strong with Maui


Tribù Furniture

People: Community Unites in Heartfelt Fundraiser

Nonprofit Operation Recovery Maui


Crafting an Idyllic Malibu Vibe

Culture: A Dedicated Commitment to Fire Victims

The Malibu Times


Journey from International Finds to Local Masterpieces


Alpha Structural

History: A Pillar of Community and Culture


Building Trust for More Than 30 Years

Sun FireDefense

in every issue


Providing a Patent for Success Against Wildfires

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ad directory


last look


In the Know


Ultimate Products and Services for the Home


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A Match Made in Heaven for Three Generations

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Mirac, Nic, Hayley & Maximus Mattson

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s we prepared the pages for our inaugural Home issue, a significant milestone quietly approaches, calling on us to reflect and remember. This November marks the fifth anniversary of the Woolsey Fire, an experience so profound and harrowing that words may never suffice to encapsulate them fully. It was a time when the essence of our cherished Malibu community was tested, revealing a reservoir of resilience, love, and unwavering dedication that continues to inspire us. Our hearts swell with pride as we recall the valiant tales of our first responders and the kindness of neighbors extending helping hands to one another. It was a spectacle of a united city, bonded together by a common purpose—to uplift the community and learn from the losses we collectively endured. Looking back five years later allows us to focus on the positives and continue learning from our shared experiences. As Thanksgiving draws near, and we gather around the table with friends and loved ones, our thoughts turn to the bonds we share and the ways we can support and cherish one another during these times. It is a time of gratitude and reflection, a time to acknowledge our mutual journey and growth.

United by the serene whispers of the ocean and the enduring strength of the

In line with our continuous endeavor to enrich our community with thoughtful and engaging narratives, we are thrilled to announce the acquisition of the beloved Malibu Magazine — a publication that has been an voice for Malibu life since 2002.

mountains, we journey forward, weaving tales of resilience, beauty, and community spirit,

In keeping with our commitment to exceptional journalism and compelling storytelling, we are excited to blend the unique essences of both magazines. We work diligently to present you with an enriched array of content that seamlessly intertwines lifestyle, cultural events, community, and so much more. Every article, every photograph will be thoughtfully curated, mirroring the unique and distinctive spirit that is Malibu.

crafting the symphony of Malibu’s soul for the world to behold.

As we step into this exciting new venture, we aspire to present you with a rich tapestry of narratives and insights that truly echo the essence and spirit of our remarkable community. We eagerly await the inaugural issue of the newly-merged Malibu Magazine, maintaining its wider format, to arrive in your mailboxes and online this December. We hope that every word and image we share will be a reflection of the unity, strength, and beauty of our community, and we remain, as always, deeply grateful for your continued support and readership.


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Judy Abel, an award-winning journalist for The Malibu Times Newspaper, has called Malibu home for 26 years. A former LA radio broadcaster, she enjoys spending Summer days at the pier, either observing surfers or paddling on a stand-up paddleboard.

Hayley Matt son BUSINESS & PRODUC T DE V ELOPM ENT Nicholas Matt son M A R K ETING DIR EC TOR Anthony McDemas SA LES Kaleb Rich-Harris , Mar y Abbott, Dorie Leo, Lonna Weber, Linda Perr y

Emily Scher has a degree from the School of Visual Arts. Emily’s background lies in FX computer animation for feature films. Additionally, she possesses a passion for capturing people’s stories through photography.

A D COOR DINATOR Cami Mar tin EDITOR I A L COOR DINATOR Kaylie Carafelli L AYOU T & GR A PHIC DESIGN Evan Rodda, Neil Schumaker Anthony Atkins , Jen Rodman

Barbara Burke, a seasoned journalist with a BFA in Broadcast Journalism and experience as an attorney, specializes in investigative pieces on local and policy issues in Malibu, particularly those related to climate change and beach erosion, striving to address community concerns and interests.

CONTR IBU TOR S Emily Scher, Samantha Bravo, Judy Abel, Barbara Burke, Lori Berezin, Elizabeth Hickcox A DM INISTR ATION & BILLING Lukas Johnson DISTR IBU TION Rober t Thomas

Samantha Bravo, content editor for The Malibu Times Newspaper and is also an aspiring photojournalist based in Los Angeles. She kickstarted her journalism career at the Pierce College Media Arts Department.

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41ST ANNUAL MALIBU CHILI COOK-OFF SIZZLES WITH COMMUNITY SPIRIT The 41st Annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off took place over Labor Day weekend, drawing thousands of families for a four-day extravaganza of food, music, and activities. The event commenced on Friday, popularly known as Locals’ Night, and featured a chili competition on Saturday, the Johnny Strange Legacy Skate Competition on Sunday, and culminated in Family Day on Monday. The celebration offered something for everyone: carnival rides, an array of chili varieties from local restaurants like Duke's and meatless food company, and other indulgent foods from food trucks. Newly opened Malibu restaurants Irv's Burgers and Prince Street Pizza secured second place in the chili contest. Universal Music Group and Duke’s Malibu emerged as the champions in the meat and veggie chili categories, respectively. Dan Morales of Universal Music Group praised the event’s focus on family and community spirit. A wide array of chili styles were present, featuring both professional and amateur chefs. Judging the competition were culinary celebrities like Food Network’s Ryan Fey and Jet Tila. Numerous local businesses and new sponsors, such as California Naturals and Malibu Brewing Co., supported the event. All proceeds were directed to the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, emphasizing the event’s commitment to community welfare.


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MALIBU COMMUNITY LABOR EXCHANGE CELEBRATES 30 YEARS On August 26, the Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE) celebrated 30 years of community service in a lively gathering at its office. The event, hosted by the MCLE Board and Director Oscar Mondragón, honored the organization’s enduring legacy and the laborers who have been its cornerstone. The festive atmosphere was a testament to MCLE’s widespread impact, uniting laborers, their families, and longtime supporters. A key moment was the launch of a fundraising campaign aimed at securing Mondragón’s ongoing leadership role, highlighting his pivotal contributions to the community. Board President Kay Gabbard underscored the emotional value of MCLE’s work. “It’s not just about labor; it’s about shared humanity,” she said. The organization’s ripple effect was evident as it reached beyond the laborers to benefit business owners, students, and seniors alike. Two nannies affiliated with MCLE, Candy Morales and Rose Vazquez, praised the organization as a “blessing” and a “great resource.” Mondragón spoke of MCLE’s resilience through natural disasters, proudly stating, “We have served 20,000 workers and, indirectly, their families.” As MCLE embarks on its next 30 years, it aims to broaden its community impact not only as a trusted labor resource but also as an educational and social hub. For more information or to get involved, visit


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PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY'S WAVE OF FLAGS 9/11 TRIBUTE The tranquil grounds of Pepperdine University were awash with fluttering flags during the annual Wave of Flags event, a heartfelt tribute to the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 attacks. This striking tableau, with the university's scenic surroundings, epitomized the beautiful yet somber memory of the lives lost. On Monday, September 11, the university community gathered in solemnity to remember this harrowing day in U.S. history. Attendees reminisced about the loved ones they lost—parents, children, friends, and colleagues—whose dreams and futures were unjustly stolen. There was also a special nod to the first responders, acknowledging their heroic acts amidst the horrors of that day. Their valor under such extreme circumstances was a testament to the indomitable human spirit that rises even during the bleakest times. The ceremony featured a flag placement by Hollywood actor Chris Pratt and Seaver College student Colton Cherry. This flag symbolized the life of Colton's father, Stephen, a casualty in the World Trade Center attacks. The ceremony extended sympathies to those impacted by the 9/11 calamity, emphasizing the unity and strength it evoked in the American fabric. This event stands as a testimony to the resilience and unity birthed from tragedies. It underlines that as a nation, America draws strength from its collective spirit. For more on this ceremony and upcoming events, visit the Pepperdine University website at


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Loving Malibu Photographed and curated by EMILY SCHER

We asked the locals...

What is Your Favorite Home or Architecture in Malibu?

Amy Adams My favorite home in Malibu is Harry Gesner's house, which is located right on the ocean on the north end of Malibu's coast. It's known as "The Sand Castle" because of its unusual shape along with its prime position, smack on the beach. I had the pleasure of staging Harry's home for his beloved family when he passed away to create a warm, inviting space for the many people who came to celebrate his life. It was my honor to be chosen to provide comfort and beauty to those who attended his paddle-out memorial. This is the third home I've staged with a Gesner fireplace. Each one is truly an inspiring piece of art. I think the best part of this home, in addition to its location, is the ability to move from the interior to the exterior and still feel like you're in the same place. I really enjoyed connecting the two and giving a continuous flow throughout. It's a magical place with a lot of precious memories.


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Craig Detweiler (Filmmaker)

John Lautner designed so many iconic homes in Los Angeles, from the Chemosphere House overlooking the Valley to the Sheats Goldstein house featured in The Big Lebowski. I love to end the day walking up Broad Beach to the Beyer House. It is nestled in the rocks and amongst the cypress trees on the point between Broad Beach and Lucheza. Having worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, Lautner developed a similar flair for the dramatic. Yet his houses feel even more organic, with the curving roof of the Beyer House nearly disappearing into the surf on each side. We’d probably all prefer a natural coastline. Yet John Lautner’s appreciation for settings and views shines through (along with the sunsets!).

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(Lifeguard for 40 years) The lifeguard tower at Malibu West Beach Club is iconic to so many. I remember the days when Hobie crafts, kayaks, rafts, and boards littered the sand in front of the tower. I have been a Los Angeles County lifeguard for 40 years and have either jogged past it or swam by it on workout breaks and post-shift cooldowns. The tower stands firm on the soft sand with a wrap-around deck and three large windows on each side, giving me the best oceanfront view in Malibu. I have sat in this tower for day-long shifts, and it truly gives a new meaning to working remotely 'from home,' which is just what this tower represents to me. Structurally, it is elevated for high-tide protection, and the watch deck has given me a perfect sunset-viewing platform. The exterior shiplap adds a vintage ocean feel, and the color scheme blends naturally with the sand. The interior has everything, including builtin rug floors, a countertop, first-aid equipment, and other lifeguard gear. Its cozy atmosphere makes for a great office, and it is the perfect spot to ensure we keep a watchful eye on the water and send everybody home safely. I feel the Malibu West lifeguard tower is a second cousin to the turn-of-thecentury beach-cottage home style. Finally, when we raise the American flag and hang the rescue can, it adds the perfect pop of patriotic colors to the beach.


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Stephen Bieck + Kathleen (Coutts) Bieck Our house! This mid-century modern house has been in my family since 1963. The beauty of this house is in the perfect balance and harmony of indoor/outdoor living. Nature surrounds you in this house. The morning sun warms you in the atrium. At night, the moon follows you, peeking brightly through windows and skylights. The big Sycamores cool the grass and birds sing. The backyard glows in the afternoon. The pool is aqua. The ocean waves pound at Zuma for music…At sunset, we sit around the fire pit to relax and dream…and see the stars. It’s a creative house. A place to create a beautiful life.

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Chantal (daughter) + Anne-Christine von Wetter (mother) In the early 80s, my husband and I embarked on a remarkable journey

Enveloping the living room were expansive covered porches adorned with

of designing our dream home, a labor of love that would span over

French doors, inviting the outdoors in and preserving a cool oasis within. The living

a decade. Guided by the creative expertise of architect Christian von Bismarck,

room seamlessly flowed into the dining area and kitchen, both of which opened

who happened to be a cherished member of our family, we embarked on a trans-

onto an interior patio. This sanctuary featured a captivating water feature, where

formative odyssey.

natural sandstone descended gracefully into a fountain adorned with Malibu tiles.

The design process was a symphony of alterations and adaptations, a dance

Our home was not just a dwelling; it was a realm of privacy. Three distinct zones

with the contours of the hillside that cradled our vision. We painstakingly mold-


ed the blueprint to harmonize with the landscape, pouring our souls into every

1. The south-side bedrooms and bath, with their secluded entrance nestled


near the kitchen.

Amidst this creative whirlwind, I dedicated myself to the lush greenery that

2. The master bedroom, complete with a sitting room/office, a balcony over-

would grace our surroundings. Many of the plants found their origins in the vicinity

looking the interior patio, and its private entry.

of our original house, where bees once thrived. Others were handpicked for their

3. A spacious room/studio with an ensuite bath nestled beneath the master,

vibrant colors and the graceful way they would complement the elegant lines of

boasting its exclusive access.

our dwelling.

Each enclave was a world unto itself, carefully shielded from prying eyes and

Finally, in the year 1994, our home reached its glorious fruition. We took our first

blessed with its own entrance. It was a perfect abode to share, and we cherished

steps inside as the finishing touches were still being applied. It was a moment of

every moment spent there.

profound satisfaction, a dream realized.

Our connection to this home was profound, etched in the tapestry of our lives.

Our home drew inspiration from the traditional houses of Ibiza, an island in the

We reveled in the beauty of the natural landscape, with an interior patio serving as

Mediterranean, echoing the climate of our beloved Topanga. These architectural

a breezy conduit, cooling our sanctuary. It became our year-round haven, a place

gems, known as 'Palais Paysan' or 'Country-Farm-Palace,' harked back to the time

where we shared endless moments of joy and love. As we reflect on our time in this

of the Phoenicians, a testament to their timeless allure. The house boasted grand

dream home, our hearts swell with gratitude. It's a chapter of our lives we'll forever

arches and flat roofs, an ode to history.

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On August 11, local champions leading the initiative to send critical donations to Maui fire victims stand in front of a private plane, generously provided by Planet X, destined for Maui. Featured are Malibu’s volunteer organizers: Melanie Angel (seventh from left, back row) and Wailani O’Herlihy (eighth from left, back row). Photo courtesy of Melanie Angel

Malibu Stands Strong with Maui Community unites in heartfelt fundraiser amidst fire devastation By BARBARA BURKE


n August 13, the Malibu community showcased immense solidarity during “Ohana for Maui,” a heartfelt fundraiser focused to aid the victims of the catastrophic Maui fires. This disaster, which unfolded suddenly,

left countless individuals homeless and ravaged historically significant landmarks, particularly in the iconic town of Lahaina. Hawaii had never witnessed a natural calamity of this magnitude before, largely fueled by intense winds and parched conditions. In the face of such tragedy, Malibu residents exhibited remarkable generosity. They swiftly gathered and donated essential items, such as flashlights, toiletries, blankets, and more. These heartfelt contributions, aimed at the most affected areas in West Maui, symbolized a beacon of hope for the distressed. The event was orchestrated by Ohana for Maui, with Wailani O’Herlihy, a Hawaiian native and Malibu resident, leading the charge. She poignantly drew parallels between the Maui devastation and Malibu’s own experience with the Woolsey Fire, emphasizing the comprehensive aid necessary for the displaced. Describing the scale of destruction, O’Herlihy shared, “345 homes gone, 4500 individuals without shelter, 2000 structures damaged. Over 90 lives tragically lost.” She fervently urged donors to think broadly about their contributions, emphasizing the vast spectrum of needs during such crises. Many attendees, connected directly or indirectly to the tragedy, resonated with feelings of hope, solidarity, and an earnest desire to help. Melanie Angel, a key organizer, remarked about the quick mobilization for aid, noting that the first relief flight, generously backed by Planet X, took off on August 11. While the task ahead is monumental, the spirit and unity of the Malibu community, striving to make a difference, remained undeterred. O’Herlihy reiterated the pressing need for monetary contributions to address immediate concerns, prompting support through online platforms. With tears in her eyes and surveying the rising tide of community generosity, she celebrated Malibu’s unwavering commitment to stand alongside the victims. 32

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An aerial photograph shows some of the damage from the wildfire in Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Photo courtesy of Bill Kerbox

Nonprofit Operation Recovery Maui From Malibu to Maui: A dedicated commitment to fire victims nonprofit Operation Recovery By JUDY ABEL


ill Kerbox, a former Malibu local, acted promptly after the Lahaina fire tragedy in Maui. A survivor of Malibu's Woolsey Fire, Kerbox had been central to Operation Malibu Recovery, an initiative after the Woolsey Fire,

offering resources and support to victims. "People needed supplies, food, fuel," Kebox shared, recalling his efforts alongside Lance Strumpf after the 2018 Malibu disaster. They braved obstacles, delivering essential supplies via yacht to desperate residents, garnering media attention. Kerbox amplified the outreach, streaming meetings and connecting victims with legal and insurance help. Using his Malibu experience, Kerbox sprung into action again when disaster hit Maui, a place close to his heart. "We're connected," he emphasized, revealing his family ties to the islands. Recognizing his "calling," Kerbox, along with Strumpf, founded as a nonprofit. The Kerbox name, already significant in Hawaii because of his brother, Buzzy Kerbox's, surfing accolades, lent momentum to the new initiative. Harnessing modern technology, Kerbox explained, "We're using video and social media as our voice." He provided drone footage of affected zones and destroyed homes to help with insurance claims. Despite initial backing from a real estate brokerage, Kerbox highlighted challenges. The absence of phone service and technology combined with rising anger and apprehension among locals made their endeavor tough. Kerbox mentioned worries over toxic waste from older structures, which, if released, could devastate the islands. Determined to make a difference, Kerbox, among others, has symbolically raised crosses and ribbons at the Kamehameha property, signaling the significant number of presumed missing persons and the prevailing distrust in official narratives. "A committed Kerbox booked a one-way ticket to Maui, concluding, This is the long haul. Many from Malibu connect with Maui, and they need assistance. So much is at stake." For more, visit 34

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The Malibu Times Community Newspaper A pillar of community and culture since May 2, 1946 By ELIZABETH HICKCOX


he Malibu Times, a venerable institution in local journalism, was founded in 1946 by the esteemed journalist and editor Reeves Templeman and his wife, Reta, and is the longest-running newspaper in Malibu, maintaining

a rich legacy of over 75 years. Since its inception, it has been a crucial source of news, updates, and insights for the Malibu community, cementing its place in the local media landscape. The inception of The Malibu Times was marked by Templeman's meticulous guidance and vision. His commitment to journalistic excellence enabled the newspaper to thrive and become an indispensable resource for the residents of Malibu. The newspaper has been instrumental in shaping the cultural and social fabric of Malibu, making it an integral part of the local community. The significance of The Malibu Times goes beyond simply sharing information; it has been a cornerstone in shaping the civic fabric of the city. It played an integral role in the establishment of Malibu as a recognized city and was foundational in the creation of the local post office. The paper's involvement in these foundational developments highlights its crucial role in encouraging community involvement and civic engagement. It has nurtured a collective unity and identity amongst the citizens, strengthening the unique values and standards intrinsic to Malibu. This role has been instrumental in maintaining Malibu's unique cultural heritage while also fostering a sense of communal peace and reciprocal respect among its varied community members. The enduring impact of The Malibu Times is a testament to its commitment to objective journalism and community service. As it continues its journey, it remains a vital entity in nurturing informed and resilient communities and sustaining the vibrant cultural tapestry of Malibu. Its rich heritage and unwavering dedication make The Malibu Times not just a newspaper but a living legacy and an emblem of the spirit of Malibu.


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CERULEAN SISTERS BY MARSHA SCHINDLER $8,400 as pair | $4,800 each Creo Arthouse | @creo_arthouse These two magnificent statues are two of the latest acquisitions at the Creo Arthouse in Malibu. Marsha’s art pieces are highly revered and collected and can be found in some of the most prestigious homes, including the Saudi palace. Each piece is 43” x 16” x 12”.

SIGNIFICANT STRANDS COLLECTION Inquire for pricing • Significant Stones | Significant Strands by Significant Stones is a truly unique, scintillating line of diamond jewelry that starts with high-quality, laser-drilled, natural diamonds. Necklaces of any length and carat weight and delightfully glistening bracelets and earrings make these pieces truly irresistible.

AUTUMN COLLECTION DUME CHEF’S KNIFE $850 • Iron Sand Malibu | Hand-forged by Malibu bladesmith Dane Skophammer, this premium culinary knife is designed to be a kitchen showpiece. Crafted with a cocobolo wood handle and exquisite copper details, this razor-sharp AEBL stainless steel blade will become a treasured family heirloom.


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GOGO SWEATER Hiptique Malibu | This winter’s handmade Gogo Sweater describes a lifestyle and attitude around the mountain culture. It’s the perfect statement piece for your love of all things fun throughout the winter months.

SWEET CUSTOM GIFT BASKETS Starting at $25 • SweetBu | SweetBu can curate the perfect gift basket for you for any occasion— birthdays, holidays, or just because. Choose from vegan, organic, kid candy, nostalgic pieces, and more to make your sweetest dreams come true. Delivery and shipping available.

JEWELRY BY GUTESHA Jalan Jalan Imports and Topanga Rocks Find Indonesian-inspired jewelry, vintage pieces, and modern, clean styles in Joyce Gutesha’s specially curated, ever-evolving collection, often including natural crystals, gems, and semi-precious stones.

MALIBU DREAMIN CREW NECK SWEATER AND SNAPBACK TRUCKER HAT $128 | $35 • Sea N Soul | Bringing you those cool Malibu beach vibes, these one-of-a-kind pieces are made in Los Angeles. The sweater is a super-soft cotton blend.

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eating with the season

A Thanksgiving



utumn has gracefully draped Malibu in its golden tones, spotlighting the abundant selection at our local Farmers Market. From the deep, earthy notes of root vegetables to the luminous hues of late-harvest fruits, the market stands vibrant, capturing Mother Nature's vast generosity. As the

Thanksgiving season approaches, the charm of incorporating our local produce into the festivities becomes undeniable. In crafting this special menu, we not only honor the pinnacle of Malibu's autumnal produce but also emphasize the enchanting moments spent gathering our dear ones around the table. Sharing a meal, cherishing fleeting

moments, and reveling in the bonds that make these occasions truly special, it is a celebration of both nature and connection. With heartfelt appreciation for our dedicated farmers, the solace of home, and the cherished stories woven into our gatherings, we wish you a deeply meaningful and warm Thanksgiving.

Butternut Squash & Sage Bruschetta INGREDIENTS: 1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced 2 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste

Fresh sage leaves, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 baguette, sliced Goat cheese, for spreading

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Toss the butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until tender and slightly caramelized. Remove from oven and let cool. Mix the roasted squash with minced garlic and chopped sage. Grill or toast the baguette slices. Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each slice, then top with the butternut squash mixture. Garnish with additional sage if desired.


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Herb-Roasted Turkey with Pomegranate Glaze

INGREDIENTS: 1 whole turkey (about 12-15 lbs) 4 tbsp olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried rosemary 1 cup pomegranate juice 3 tbsp honey

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DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 325°F. Rub the turkey with olive oil, then season with salt, pepper, thyme, and rosemary. Place the turkey breast-side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast for about 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine pomegranate juice and honey. Simmer until reduced by half. During the last 30 minutes of roasting, brush the turkey with the pomegranate glaze. Remove from the oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.


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Garlic Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts INGREDIENTS: 1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved 3 tbsp olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced Salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Toss Brussels sprouts with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway. Sprinkle with Parmesan in the last 5 minutes of roasting.


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Persimmon & Almond Tart INGREDIENTS: 1 pie crust 3 ripe persimmons, sliced 1/4 cup almond paste 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup sliced almonds 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

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DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Roll out the pie crust and fit into a tart pan. Spread almond paste over the bottom. Arrange persimmon slices on top, then sprinkle with sugar and almonds. Brush the edges of the crust with egg wash. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden and the persimmons are tender.


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Experience Autumn’s Splendor Photos by AmaWaterways

on the Rivers with AmaWaterways


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magine gliding down Europe’s fairytale Rhine River like a fallen leaf upon the water. A warm scarf wrapped around your neck, you sit back as a member of AmaWaterways’ crew offers you a glass of locally sourced Riesling or perhaps a cup of Rüdesheimer coffee prepared with brandy and whipped cream. Suddenly, a sense of excitement fills the air as your river cruise ship approaches its first castle of the more than 40 that await you along the riverbanks while cruising through Germany’s Rhine Gorge. Enveloped in leaves tinged with vibrant shades of crimson and gold, the crisp autumn air piquing your sense of wonder, you think to yourself, “This is heaven.” There is nothing quite as beautiful as cruising through the heart of Europe along legendary rivers during the harvest season. From pumpkin-laden town square displays to intimate local festivals to the celebration of new wines, here are just some of the special treats you can experience on an autumn river cruise through Europe with AmaWaterways.

Active Hikes and Bike Tours A hallmark of the AmaWaterways river cruise experience is the variety of included excursions they offer —your choice from up to six ­­ guided tours each day, all operated in small groups. From historic city tours at three distinct activity levels to museum visits, culinary demonstrations, and food and wine tastings, there is something to engage every kind of traveler in each destination visited by their awardwinning river cruise ships. However, as the first river cruise line to provide a complimentary fleet of bicycles on board, AmaWaterways has always had a unique focus on wellness, highlighted by their wealth of biking and hiking tours throughout Europe. And autumn is the ideal time to indulge in these active excursions that allow you to explore grand capitals and charming hamlets from a unique perspective. HOME 2023

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Feel the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet as you trek through the Austrian winemaking village of Spitz, where no other Danube River ship can dock when AmaWaterways’ innovative AmaMagna is in port. While cruising through four countries on the Rhine River, climb beneath the canopy of fir trees in perfect jacket weather as you ascend the steep Ravenna Gorge in Germany’s storybook Black Forest. Head to the Netherlands along the Dutch and Belgian Waterways and pedal to the idyllic village of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its historic windmills. Or take in wooded hills and poplars as you cycle along the scenic banks of the Inn River in Passau, Germany. Not only do you benefit from the expertise of AmaWaterways’ knowledgeable local tour guides, but every excursion the river cruise line offers is included in your upfront fare, ensuring there are no unwelcome financial surprises on board.


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Harvest Cuisine With an unwavering commitment to serving their guests locally sourced cuisine, AmaWaterways’ acclaimed chefs prepare each dish using only the freshest seasonal ingredients and alter their menus to highlight dishes made with autumnal produce, such as pumpkin and chestnuts. Many guests are surprised to discover how much they love AmaWaterways’ healthconscious soups, freshly made each day on board. From Bavarian potato to Austrian pumpkin, their heartwarming soups burst with flavor and are especially satisfying as temperatures drop throughout Europe in fall. Menus also find an array of dishes, such as Veal Zurich served along the Rhine River and Wiener schnitzel along the Danube. Of course, desserts highlight seasonal fruits as well, such as fresh baked apple strudel and pear tarts.

season’s new wines at an Austrian heuriger (seasonal wine tavern), particularly during the line’s dedicated Celebration of Wine Cruises through Europe. These special departures, many of which take place during autumn, are joined by a Wine Host, typically from a North American winery, who brings some of their bottles on board as guests compare the wines from the New World with those of Old-World Europe. In addition, there are specially curated wine-themed excursions, such as tastings at local vineyards and cellars, as well as onboard events that include lectures and a spectacular food and wine pairing dinner. Plus, on every AmaWaterways sailing year-round, you can enjoy the line’s complimentary Sip & Sail cocktail hour each evening before dinner, which, according to Co-Owner and Malibu resident Gary Murphy, is akin to an open bar.

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Seasonal Onboard Traditions

AmaWaterways celebrates wine on board every river cruise departure and provides an exceptional array handselected by executives, including Co-Founder, European native, and Malibu homeowner Rudi Schreiner himself. With a different red and white poured each night, the wine is unlimited and complimentary with every lunch and dinner on board. Cruising through Europe in the fall, however, means that, depending on the week, you may witness vines being harvested or be treated to a tasting of the

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plenty of Thanksgiving departures, this family holiday is always “one for the books” on board. Bring your loved ones along with you and enjoy the mouthwatering aromas and flavors of Thanksgiving tradition by indulging in an elegant feast with all the trimmings—none of the cooking or cleanup required.

Exclusive Experiences Year-Round AmaWaterways’ European heritage and relationships forged over the years have made it possible for them to offer exclusive experiences in several destinations, many of which are in intimate towns where timeless cultural traditions have prevailed for generations. Perhaps the most cherished of them all is their Bavarian Oktoberfest, which takes place on a majority of their Danube River itineraries. In fact, the line has dedicated a permanent space in Vilshofen, Germany, where guests may sample hearty local beer, eat fresh-baked German bretzels, and learn traditional dances as costumed performers—often alongside the local mayor and beer queen—entertain them. While this celebration takes place year-round, there is something special about indulging in this tradition during the time of year for which it was named. Select European itineraries may also include a private tour of Austria’s fascinating Greinburg Castle; a wine festival in charming Volkach, Germany; and other surprises and delights. Malibu Times Magazine

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Featured Autumn River Cruises Through Europe This fall marks the first departures of AmaWaterways’ extended sailing season in Portugal, treating guests to cruises along the breathtaking Douro River during the olive harvest. If the timing is just right, you may witness locals striking tree branches with sticks and collecting fallen olives from the ground to make rich olive oil, sold in many shops on shore. In addition, the lines included hikes on their 7-night Enticing Douro and Flavors of Portugal & Spain itineraries, enable you to explore sites such as the hillside village of Castelo Rodrigo, the beautifully tiled Lamego Holy Staircase at the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, and Porto’s city center blanketed in a sea of red and gold. Of course, few experiences quite top AmaWaterways’ cruises through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary on the Danube River. Ideal for first-time river cruisers, itineraries such as the line’s 7-night Melodies of the Danube cruise from Budapest, Hungary, to Vilshofen, Germany, highlight grand capitals such as Vienna, with its parks showcasing the glory of fall foliage, as well as charming villages like Dürnstein, where you can hike to a hilltop fortress enjoying a kaleidoscope of colors along the way. Guests who have already cruised the Danube River may wish to come back, try out some new excursions, and enjoy an entirely new experience in autumn. With six distinctive waterways carving their paths through the heart of France, AmaWaterways’ river cruises provide unique opportunities to explore this popular country free from large crowds. Perhaps the most enticing region for food and wine enthusiasts to explore during autumn is Normandy. AmaWaterways’ 7-night Paris & Normandy and Impressions of the Seine & Paris itineraries along the Seine River offer September, October, and November departures during Normandy’s apple harvest, giving guests the opportunity to sample the region’s famous cider, Calvados, and pommeau at peak season. Monet’s Gardens in Giverny are open through the end of October, and you can step into the famous artist’s paintings there on an included excursion offered on both itineraries. Plus, with plenty of included bike tours through cities, including Rouen and Le Havre, you can revel in the cooler weather while taking in lovely fall scenery along the Seine River. Contact your preferred travel advisor or visit to reserve your unforgettable autumn river cruise through Europe today! HOME 2023

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Woolsey Fire’s Destructive Legacy Remembered Five years on, Malibu showcases unwavering resilience and unity


ovember 8, 2018, was a day that most of us will not forget as the Woolsey Fire raged through our community, marking its place as one of the most destructive wildfires in history. Starting abruptly, propelled by the fierce Santa Ana winds, it quickly traversed the 12-lane 101 freeway and reached the Pacific Ocean within 22 hours. This calamity occurred amidst other tragedies, including a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks and the simultaneous blazes of the Camp Fire and the Hill Fire, testing the state’s emergency responses. The Woolsey Fire’s rapid advance overwhelmed fire departments, with half of the resource requests being unmet. The inferno consumed 1,075 homes in Los Angeles County but spared 57,000 more, a testament to the firefighters’ relentless efforts. An After Action Review revealed areas of improvement, emphasizing the need for enhanced public communication, better technological situational awareness, and reconsidered fire mitigation strategies.

By BARBARA BURKE Written in collaboration with Emily Scher and Hayley Mattson

Five years on, the memories of the fire remain vivid for our community. The devastation of cherished homes, iconic movie sets, and historic ranches was heart-wrenching. Notably, Point Dume suffered immensely, while Pepperdine University’s mitigation efforts shielded them. More than just structures, a legacy of memories turned to ash. However, amid the grief, Malibu’s spirit shined, with the community rallying together, offering support and hope. This disaster not only reshaped the landscape but also strengthened communal bonds. On this five-year anniversary, while Malibu’s landscape has transformed, the community’s love and resilience remain unwavering. Remembering the past’s challenges, we also honor the undying spirit of unity, showcasing that Malibu’s heart will endure any adversity. As Malibu residents prepare to mark the Woolsey Fire’s five-year anniversary, Malibu Times Magazine spoke with key public agency decision-makers and local residents about their recollections of the fire and lessons learned about better preparing for future emergencies.


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Emily & Sheldon Lodmer

Once the Woolsey Fire became an imminent threat, we had two hours to pack two cars and get out. It took us six hours to get to our son’s apartment in the city, where we stayed for four days until we moved to the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. At first, it felt like a bad dream. We could not believe that our beloved home—the home where we had lived for over 40 years, raised our children, welcomed grandchildren, entertained family and friends—was gone. Perhaps it says something about our values that we saved baby pictures of our kids but did not have a fork, a frying pan, or a needle and thread. A troupe of lovely young volunteers from the Ojai Foundation (who had lived through the Thomas Fire a year earlier) came to help us sift through the rubble. 'Is there anything you wish you had taken that you forgot?' one young man asked. 'Yes! I had two pots made by the famous Ojai ceramicist Beatrice Wood, but I just didn’t think of them…' 'Approximately where would they have been?' I (Emily) pointed to the pile of rubble that once was our family room. The young man rooted around for a few minutes, and then, a miracle! He pulled up one of the pots from the ashes—intact and with Beato’s signature still legible. Shards of something or another had adhered to the surface in the inferno, but they only added character and told the story of survival. We had many reasons to be grateful: We were safe. We had no animals. Our house burned down, but the wood and chicken wire vegetable cages in the lower garden remained, as did a couple of our fruit trees. We had the most wonderful team performing the miracle of bringing a beautiful new home out of the ashes, including contractor Nathan Jones of Jones Builders Group, project managers Albert Ruiz and Arsenios Dabbour, and the whole Jones group, architect Lina Whitworth of BAM Architecture, and interior designer Tania Youseffi Berenson. We had an absolute United Nations working in concert to restore our home! Our team consisted of talented people from all over the world: Wales, Lebanon, Mexico, Jordan, Iran, England, El Salvador—and I’m sure many other countries I forgot to mention. If only the rest of the world worked like this! We found a fully furnished house to rent in town while we were rebuilding. A haunting image of the Woolsey Fire’s fiery rage, contrasting the enduring spirit of the communities that emerged from its ashes five years on. Photo credit Getty Images

And I (Emily) am especially and eternally grateful to my husband for having the presence of mind to take photographs as we evacuated. Not only did he photograph every room but also many of the closets and drawers. It was so helpful for insurance and for determining what we needed to replace.

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Facing the Beast “The Woolsey Fire, with its huge size (14-mile fire front, 100,000 acres, the largest in Los Angeles County history), destroyed 1,600 total homes and structures, with 488 homes destroyed in Malibu city limits. It caused a complete communication blackout with citywide power, cell phone, and internet outages due to infrastructure destruction,” a City of Malibu report states. Three people died in the fire, and more than 295,000 people evacuated. No matter how one measures it, Woolsey was a beast, and we are still remedying the damages left in its trail five years later. “November 8 was my third day on the job with Lost Hills Sheriff ’s station as the interim captain. I got a call from Ventura officials informing me about the Woolsey Fire’s status,” Captain Jennifer Seetoo says. “My gut said, ‘Oh gosh! The fuel beds in our area are very dry,’ and I got that eerie feeling that this fire could be ‘the one.’” That portending was, unfortunately, correct. “I got a call from the city manager at 2 a.m. on the morning of November 9, and I just knew what she was calling for,” Susan Dueñas, public safety manager for the City of Malibu says. “We had been monitoring Woolsey, but we were also focusing on the Hill Fire in the days before.” Both Seetoo and Dueñas painfully recall that when the fire erupted, Malibuites were still grappling with the Borderline shooting that had occurred on November 7, tragically taking the life of a Pepperdine student, a sheriff ’s sergeant, and ten other young adults. “I knew if the Woolsey Fire crossed the 101, Malibu was in serious trouble,” Dueñas says. “As soon as I got the call from the city manager, I jumped out of bed, grabbed my emergency go-bag, and immediately started calling all of our department heads to get people into city hall.” As she drove to Malibu from her home over the hill, Dueñas began to appreciate just how enormous Woolsey was. 50

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“I kept seeing the horrendous fire, and it was extremely windy,” she recalls. “I knew the monster fire was not going to stop.” Dueñas contacted residents located closest to the 101 first and those in western Malibu. “I knew which way the wind was blowing, so I prioritized those citizens and those in Point Dume first,” she explains. “However, not all whom I sent messages to received them since the power and cell service was already out for many.” City personnel set up a command post to help support the Public Works staff working throughout the city to help victims. “In such a fire, the city’s tasks focus first on evacuating citizens, communicating with them, and ultimately, assisting in repopulating affected areas,” Dueñas says. Another first order of business was to provide information about the damage sustained by public buildings and streets. “We first identify initial damage estimates of city-owned roads and parks because that data is needed to assist the county and state officials as they reach out to the President to declare an emergency, which then empowers officials to provide disaster assistance and teams to verify damage,” she explains. Over the hill, as the conflagration devoured much of Malibu, Seetoo was going between Fire Station No. 89 and the Lost Hills station in Agoura Hills, focusing on tasking deputies and volunteers with helping to evacuate victims. Both Seetoo and Dueñas agree that it is a fundamental principle of fire response to avoid setting up a command post in the fire zone in order to dispatch staff to respond to a disaster in an orderly fashion. Seetoo recalls one touching story amidst all the madness and horror. “A reserve volunteer who lived in Malibou Lake left to try to deal with the fire at his own home,” she shares. “He came back very quickly and asked to be tasked out to help Malibu residents.” Malibu Times Magazine

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She asked him why he returned so quickly. “He responded by telling me that his house burned down, and he hoped he could help someone avoid the pain he was feeling,” Seetoo says. “I was awed by his dedication and by all the deputies from all over the area who came to help. Many were tasked to Seminole Springs, which we later learned was annihilated by the fire.” Seetoo recalls that officers found a woman trapped inside her home in Seminole Springs, and they were able to evacuate her. Meanwhile, officers fought fires with lawn hoses throughout the canyon. However, the help they really needed was not forthcoming, Seetoo recalls. “I was sending deputies out to fight a fire and be in harm’s way with only a gun,” she says. “We kept asking and asking for proper resources to fight the fire, but they were not coming.” “Facing that reality,” Seetoo says, “was so, so hard.” Back in Malibu, while Dueñas kept informing citizens of the fire’s status, she did not have the authority to order an evacuation. “We have to wait for the fire department to order an evacuation,” she explains. “Captain James Royal of Lost Hills station and I went to assess the situation in a local park midday on November 9, and we got hit with so many embers and flying debris that we literally couldn’t see.” Later that day in Malibu, Captain Royal informed city staff they had to evacuate. “We couldn’t believe they were evacuating us. All of our backup locations were in the fire zone,” Dueñas recalls. “At first, they wanted us to run our command center in Thousand Oaks. I told them that would not work, so they sent us to Santa Monica, where we were welcomed with open arms and opened doors.” Thousands did evacuate from Malibu, and many evacuees waited in long lines on the Pacific Coast Highway, panicking about the fire possibly consuming them. However, not everyone evacuated. “We live on Rambla Pacifico, and I kept checking the fire’s status,” Brian Goldberg remembers. “After the fire came through, our family went up Winding Way to help a friend fight the fire, and then we headed to Malibu West, where we spent more time fighting fires.” Although those experiences were harrowing, Goldberg sees one upside. “That learning lesson taught my kids how to behave in an emergency,” he states. “Ultimately, Woolsey pulled our whole community together, which is good for the moral fabric in Malibu; its unifying effect helped Malibu rebuild.” “Santa Monica provided the City of Malibu with an emergency operations center for two weeks, including knowledgeable staff trained in emergency responses,” Dueñas states, noting that she and her staff are enormously grateful to the City of Santa Monica. That said, she notes, “I know that people don’t like that we were repositioned in Santa Monica and that some think we had no presence in Malibu. We were there helping, but next time, we need shirts to identify city staff so people know we’re helping, and we will have mobile billboards to post messages.” How to handle such issues in a future fire or natural disaster is one of many issues Dueñas and her team continue to work diligently on improving. HOME 2023

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Gina & Kirk Odian

We lost our house, two outbuildings, and almost all of our belongings in the Woolsey Fire. My husband was across the country on a business trip. My daughter was in grad school, so she had never fully moved out, and almost all her stuff was here. I had a flight the following morning to help my elderly father move back to California, so I took the minimum. I figured my job was to get my young son out of the smoke. Resilience was trying to keep my focus on what I could control and not dwell on past mistakes. R is for Recovery. We received a lot of support from our family and friends and got to know some neighbors that we had never met before. Bruce Bolander, a local architect, really supported us and designed this great house with an eye on fire hardening. We rebuilt using non-combustible steel framing and rock wool. The soffit is made from wood-look aluminum. The house is all-electric, with solar panels covering our garage roof. We have a 1,200-gallon rainwater cistern that collects condensation off our metal roof when it’s foggy and fills up quickly when it rains. We have a stronger house now, and it’s so good to be back home.

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Lessons Learned The public sector’s response to Woolsey included local and county government agencies thoroughly evaluating what went wrong and how to handle such emergencies better. The old adage “forewarned is forearmed” has been top of mind for public officials. The City of Malibu’s report, aptly titled “What Has The City of Malibu Done to be More Prepared for Wildfires After the 2018 Woolsey Fire?” was last updated on August 30 of this year. “Five years after the devastating Woolsey Fire, images from the tragic, deadly fire that destroyed the town of Lahaina, Maui, have brought up memories, trauma, and fears about the dangers that Malibu faces this wildfire season,” the report begins. “Community members want to know if they will be safe and what actions the city has taken since the Woolsey Fire to be better prepared and prevent a tragedy like Lahaina from occurring in Malibu.” The report notes that the entire City of Malibu is in a California state-designated Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, as are most communities in the Santa Monica Mountains. Based on fuel loading, terrain, fire weather, fire history, and other relevant factors, this characterization includes areas where the office of the State Fire Marshal identifies winds as a major cause of wildfire spread. “Fire has been a natural and necessary part of our local ecosystem long before the area was inhabited, so the threat of wildfires has always been a reality for Malibu. However, the size, duration, and severity of the Woolsey Fire were unprecedented, and the new normal of drought and extreme weather due to climate change has meant that we have to make plans and prepare in ways we did not consider in the past,” the report continues. The city’s proactive actions include adding three part-time fire safety liaisons—retired firefighters with 30 or more years of experience working on area wildfires—and two full-time public safety specialists. 52

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The liaisons implement fire prevention programs, such as home hardening assessments, hazardous tree removal, and public education, in addition to monitoring fire risk conditions and serving as liaisons between the City of Malibu and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. They also meet with HOAs, businesses, schools, and other organizations to offer wildfire preparedness guidance. Fire safety liaisons are available to visit Malibu residents’ homes to lead them on visual inspections and create checklists to help guide them in hardening their homes against wildfire embers. Officials note that millions of burning embers can fly out more than two miles ahead of a wind-driven wildfire, and embers are a leading cause of homes burning down in wildfires. Simple, inexpensive things can help prevent the spread of embers, including clearing away flammable vegetation and material, like bushes and wood furniture, from touching the house and putting steel mesh over attic vents. The city has conducted nearly 450 home wildfire hardening assessments, according to Dueñas, who notes that a survey of homeowners who participated in the city’s free program found that 80 percent of them have implemented the majority of the recommendations that the liaisons provided and 23 percent implemented more than recommended. Malibu’s public safety specialists regularly provide preparedness workshops as well as a public safety preparedness expo. They also train city staff on emergency operations and conduct annual emergency operations center exercises. One public safety specialist focuses on homelessness and works with the Sheriff ’s department on outreach— finding and removing homeless encampments in Malibu’s forested hills and canyons, which are a dangerous fire hazard. Further, the liaisons work with a city arborist to identify and remove dead and dying trees at risk of catching fire or falling from Malibu properties at no cost. Since the program’s inception, the City has Malibu Times Magazine

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been able to remove more than 500 hazardous trees. Dueñas notes that during Woolsey, one of the most immobilizing challenges in Malibu was attributable to the destruction of cell phone towers and power lines. The loss of all power and cell phone service created a serious and dangerous disruption in disseminating emergency communication to the community. With the city’s Zero Power Plan, five or more emergency supply and information stations may now be set up at logical gathering places, such as shopping centers, and marked with flags. Malibu’s Community Emergency Response Team will staff the stations and have radio communications with city officials. Recently, the CERT team outfitted two of Malibu’s seven emergency supply bins with satellite phone and internet capabilities, with another mobile unit available to be deployed where needed. The bins, located at various sites across the city, are designed to serve as points of distribution and emergency information stations during disasters, equipped with solar power, two-way radios, and other communications equipment, plus laptops and printers. They will enable CERT and city staff to set up printed bulletin boards that provide information to the public during a communications blackout. Dueñas also shares that the city purchased a large number of bullhorns, flashing light bars, and emergency vehicle identification magnets so that their staff members can assist the Sheriff ’s department with alerting residents when communications are down and assist deputies with evacuations. The City of Malibu also partnered with the CERT team, including members who are experts in emergency radio use, to place a radio repeater antenna on top of Castro Peak, a high point in the Santa Monica Mountains, that will greatly expand the reach of handheld radios so that public safety staff and CERT volunteers can communicate during disasters when power and cell phone services are out. The city provided 40 handheld radios for the CERT team and now has 16 generators to provide backup power for traffic signals to facilitate evacuations. City staff also host an annual exercise with L.A. County Fire, the L.A. County Sheriff ’s Office, California Highway Patrol, L.A. County Public Works, Caltrans, the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness

Dana, Dean, Max, Fay & Eli Graulich

The morning the Woolsey Fire crossed the mountains and descended upon West Malibu, we received the alerts. We immediately grabbed our passports, birth certificates, and a couple of treasured photos off the mantle. We loaded our kids into Grandma’s car, the dogs into Dana’s, and the pot-bellied pig into mine and headed to the animal hospital to evacuate the hospitalized pets. It wasn’t the first time we’d evacuated the hospital, so our team was ready and handling the logistics as we sat in traffic on PCH. After what seemed like an endless day, we went to bed not knowing what had happened to our home but watching the fire and our neighborhood homes burn on the news. The next morning, we got photos from a friend of the remains of our home, a steel beam tilted at 45 degrees, and a pile of ash. As 20+ year residents of Malibu, we were married here, raising our family, and practicing veterinary medicine for our community. After the fire, we hit the ground running. As veterinarians that handle emergencies and grief on a daily basis, we set the emotions aside and embarked on a journey of rebuilding that resulted in an even deeper connection to our community and the expansion of our family to include our architect, builder, designers, plasterer, electrician, and countless other artisans that poured their expertise and their hearts into creating this magical new home for our family. We are eternally grateful for the lessons we’ve learned and marvel at the wild route to get to where we are today. We are definitely focused on the silver linings.

◀ Former President Donald Trump surveys the damage from the Woolsey fire with Governor Gavin Newsom and other officials on November 17, 2018. White House Photo

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(TCEP), L.A. County Beaches and Harbors, the Santa Monica Police Department, and the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Office, as well as the County Supervisor’s office and other agencies. The goal of the exercise, along with all of the city’s other efforts, is to enhance emergency response coordination and communication among the many agencies that work together during a wildfire impacting Malibu. Following recommendations after the Woolsey Fire to find ways to help out-of-area fire crews responding in Malibu, the city obtained 47 Beacon Boxes. The weather-hardened boxes are strategically placed citywide and include printed maps and thumb drives with locations of fire hydrants, swimming pools, and other valuable, highly localized information. Thirty Beacon Box installations are complete as of August 2023. For her part, Seetoo no longer has to send deputies out to fight a fire armed only with guns. “LASD Foundation donated $50,000 to provide us with fire jackets and breathing apparatus in fire bags equipped with first-aid kits, water, and other needed supplies,” Seetoo shares. “The City of Calabasas helped us to prepare for disasters as well. Further, we’re building a real time joint response center with LAFD and, thanks to the generosity and brilliance of Steve Soboroff and other business owners in Malibu, we will have California’s first Crime and Disaster center that is all privately funded.” The minute Seetoo mentioned establishing the center, Soboroff jumped into action, seeking private donations from business owners near the Civic Center Sheriff ’s station that will soon open in the Santa Monica Community College building. “The new center will be able to link in the Civic Center area, even when power is off, so as to monitor in real-time what happens during a disaster,” Soboroff explains. “When our highly respected Captain Seetoo mentioned that need to me, she mentioned the amount of money to kick it off was relatively small—approximately $80,000. So, I knew I could help. I told her to give me a little time, and within 15 minutes, I raised enough money through private donations from business people in the Civic Center area. With their help, we can jump-start the new center—an effort that could have taken years to accomplish otherwise.” Fires are inherent in Malibu. However, procedures to prepare and respond to them with the necessary infrastructure and technological assets for effective responses will constantly improve. To stay ahead of future natural disasters, Seetoo suggests visiting the ALERT California website to view its cameras and sensors located throughout California to monitor wildfires and disasters in real time using near-infrared night vision. When it comes to disasters, forewarned is forearmed, Seetoo and Dueñas emphasize. Seetoo cautions that no matter how prepared citizens and officials are, “no disaster goes perfectly.” The key to weathering the storm is that the entire community must be prepared and cooperate when disaster hits. “We all know that someday disaster will befall us,” Seetoo explains, noting that everyone has to have a plan and know how to implement it.

Our family will never forget November 9, 2018—one of the most significant losses in our lives. We lost pretty much everything. We did not bring much with us other than our dog and cats when we had to evacuate. Stuart was supposed to be coaching our daughter Kono’s AYSO soccer tournament that weekend in Bakersfield, so he had 20 soccer balls in the back of his car. We thought the fire would be stopped long before it reached our home since it started from so far away. We underestimated. We never imagined we would never be able to go back to our 'home' of 20+ years. Our older daughter, Sakura, was in NYC going to school at the time of the fire. It was so hard for her, especially not knowing what was going on here and feeling helpless. To be honest, we don’t even know how we got here—to be able to rebuild and finally move back to our new “home” four years later. Now, after so much frustration with permits and constant issues arising every single day through the rebuilding process, we have our new home. We wouldn’t want this burden to fall on anyone. We could not have done anything without so many people’s help to get here. Truly. We were able to see and feel people’s kindness, compassion, and thoughtfulness. Their compassionate presence was more healing for us than any words can describe. We remember right after the fire, our community gathered clothes and living necessities to give to the fire victims while they were also in loss and grief. We could not believe we were at the disaster relief centers getting help. We would have never imagined ourselves being there. Everything is still so surreal. Our whole family now has tattoos of “1911” on our arms— our house number. It is something we want to remember; we collectively had loss and grief in our lives. The fire gave our family so many new perspectives about life. Life is a constant change. Sometimes, adversity is the biggest gift for us to grow. Our family is so much tighter, and now, more than ever, we are so grateful to have each other.


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Leading up to the Woolsey Fire, we were visiting a friend in Arizona and decided to return home a day earlier than planned. Had we not, we would have lost everything. As we watched the inferno reach the top of the peak with the radio towers above Latigo Canyon, the phos-chek plane flew over our house, followed by several water-dropping helicopters. We watched as they dropped their loads and, with a sigh of relief, no longer saw the wall of hell on its way to our neighborhood. The relief was short-lived because within a minute the inferno was reborn. As we packed our treasures into our two small cars, the smell of smoke became overwhelming. It was time to exit. We finally ended up in the Ralphs' parking lot, as did many friends and neighbors. After several tearful encounters, it

Woolsey Fire images from The Malibu Times archives

became clear that a good part of our neighborhood was wiped out already. Fast forward to temporary housing that landed us in Ventura. As insurance kicked in, we decided to stay in Ventura and were able to rent a house pretty quickly. Our insurance company was very cooperative, so we were confident that we could quickly rebuild. Then we met the L.A. County Building Department. After a two-year Kafkaesque experience with the County, we finally got a building permit. We moved in August of 2021. On our first night, we were greeted by a welcoming committee outside our bedroom—a large pack of coyotes singing away. We never saw them again. We are in our fifth year since we faced a massive wind-driven fire that leveled our entire neighborhood and a good part of Malibu. We have been home for almost two years, and for that, I am grateful. Many homes are under construction now, but many people have not even been able to secure a permit to rebuild. It is a daunting task to face the endless requirements and expenses to get your home back. We are now in the process of putting in a small, shallow lap pool for a water supply in preparation for a future fire. After close to a year, we are still in the process of getting a permit to do what should be a simple, straightforward task, but it isn’t. The minutiae is overwhelming once again—percolation tests, geology reports, drawings and re-drawing plans, trips to the building department, waiting in line only to be told there is a new requirement that wasn’t there two years ago when we were building. The day we were allowed back on our property to assess the damage, we shot a video to a song that Leslie wrote before the fire. It’s a reminder of how far we have come and that nothing is impossible if you don’t give up.

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Malibu resident and owner of local home


builder WB Homes, Inc., lives up Encinal Canyon. Weeger successfully fought and defended his home, battling Woolsey’s monstrous fire wall, winds, and embers. “I did so by using defensible space as my number-one defense, coupled with

Reflecting on the harrowing experiences of the Woolsey Fire five years ago, the community of Malibu has transformed its pains into resilient forces for renewal, unity, and proactive preparedness. This unyielding spirit showcases not just the robustness of Malibu’s infrastructure and disaster readiness but the profound strength of its people. The community has woven together their shared memories and lessons learned from the disaster, creating a tapestry of knowledge, compassion, and unity, which will be their shield against the unpredictable wrath of nature. Despite the scars, the Malibu community has emerged stronger, more united, fortified by the wisdom of the past, the innovations of the present, and the hopes of the future. The relentless forces of nature may remain a constant shadow, but the enduring spirit of Malibu, fortified with resolve and united by a shared history, is a beacon of light that promises to shine even in the darkest of times, exemplifying that resilience and unity can indeed turn adversities into opportunities for growth and transformation.

50,000 gallons of pool water, two gasolineoperated fire pumps, and a thousand feet of hose,” Weeger says. No stranger to Malibu fires, Weeger, whose family has lived in Malibu for decades, has sage advice for all Malibuites who need to prepare for future wildfires. “You have to have a plan in place if you stay, and also a plan in place if you are going to evacuate. It is critical that you are prepared for both scenarios.” He says, noting that every fire is different, so it is imperative to have several routes to leave and an emergency bag prepared. “You need to have defensible space, a source of water and pumps, and homes absolutely must be constructed properly,” Weeger emphasizes, noting that a person stays at their own risk. “However, if you’re knowledgeable and prepared, that’s a calculated risk that may well be worth taking because a person doesn’t want to be homeless for five years as some of my clients have been while they suffered through both the arduous permitting process and fighting with insurance companies.” Expressing the frustration felt by many Malibuites, Weeger notes that after one suffers a loss of their home, he feels the government processes for rebuilding are too lengthy and complicated. “Residents feel like there’s no one helping them,” he says. “If help had been properly provided, we would have rebuilt more destroyed structures. As it is, we have not rebuilt 50 percent of the approximately 400 Malibu homes we lost due to Woolsey.”


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ike father, like son. After 35 years of providing

business ethics. "I'm the longest member of Malibu's

superb architectural and construction

Chamber of Commerce," Mehrdad proudly shares.

services, Malibu General Contractors and

"In 2023, my son Mehruz, a native Malibuite, got

Malibu Design Associates' founder, Mehrdad

his construction license and has since become a

Sahafi, is passing the torch to his talented son, Mehruz

responsible managing officer of the Malibu General

Sahafi, 37, who will carry on the corporation's highly

Contractors corporation. Mehruz will continue to

respected legacies of professionalism and expertise.

provide our community with our family's unmatched

Mehrdad established his design firm in 1988 and

second-generation services."

his construction business seven years later. He has

Pausing to reflect, Mehrdad added, "Mehruz brings

been successfully designing and developing premier

17 years of dedication to our company, and he is primed

estates in Malibu ever since, and over the years, the

to take over the family tradition of providing the highest

corporation's designs have garnered awards for their

quality local design and construction services to our

quality and innovative features.

beautiful community. As he takes over the BBB-rated A+ firms, I am confident he will succeed greatly."

Serving the community is central to the Sahafis'

“Our mission is to provide the best contracting services in all of Malibu.”

The companies' projects display gorgeous designs and workmanship Via Calcare, a palatial estate on a large acreage above Broad Beach, provides expansive, worldclass ocean views. Designed and built by Malibu General Contractors and Malibu Design Associates, the property features four spacious bedrooms and a gorgeous guest house. The estate's well-appointed kitchen is perfect for entertaining, and the large, 12-seat movie theater and basketball court ensure the property boasts plentiful enjoyment. Nestled in Latigo Canyon, another of both companies' gorgeous vineyard estate projects boasts a large acreage with stunning mountain views and a lovely guesthouse. Perfect for entertaining, the property is unique and expansive, providing luxurious amenities and displaying gorgeous craftsmanship. "Our mission is to provide the best contracting services in all of Malibu," Mehrdad says. "We also offer expertise in vacation rentals and real estate." Malibu Times Magazine spoke with Mehruz Sahafi and learned more about his vision for the two firms.

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Malibu Times Magazine: I understand that your company provides a wide range of exclusive construction and design-build services, and you serve clients as both the general contractor and design professional for your projects. How do such comprehensive services assist clients in streamlining their experience and, hopefully, getting the project they want constructed efficiently? Mehruz Sahafi: Due to the extremely challenging nature of achieving permitting entitlement (on average, 12 different agencies are involved in a ground-up Malibu project), the process of getting all of the agencies coordinated and receiving the final approvals to construct a building in Malibu becomes an art enhanced by experience. Coordination between an architect and an eventual builder to see a project end-to-end is an art of coordination to satisfy the fastidious Malibu clientele. In most cases, our two companies work hand-in-hand to finalize a project through design and build. MTM: Regarding the complicated permitting processes in Malibu, do you work with expediters to assist the client in the permit process? Sahafi: Our office does not rely on any outside expediters—local or otherwise. To ensure the most accelerated construction process, we provide all expediting services in-house. All our in-house expediting experience relies on a culmination of knowledge from conducting business in Malibu over the past 35 years. MTM: As you begin to take over your father's highly respected companies, what business practices do you intend to continue to carry on his legacy? Sahafi: Having worked in my family business since I was 20 years old (17 years so far), I have learned what it takes to ensure clients achieve exceptional results by giving them 100 percent of my energy 100 percent of the time. That's why we maintain an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau after 35 years of service. I plan to continue our family's immaculate service legacy. MTM: Your website states that project costs and schedules are available to clients for review at all times during the construction process. Do clients find this approach helpful as they navigate the sometimes confusing process of building a home in Malibu? Sahafi: Absolutely. Our incredible list of references is available for review by any potential new clients at any time. The most

“We maintain an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau after 35 years of service.”

recent complimentary references include Woolsey Fire rebuilds in Malibu that have been finalized and executed within budget and with outstanding results. A list of permit entitlement specialists, engineers, and consultants who work with Malibu Design Associates, Inc. and a list of specialty subcontractors and tradespeople who provide services for Malibu General Contractors and have been working under the management of our companies for the last 35 years are also available for review. Mehruz invites potential clients to contact him at (310) 420-7665.


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n the intricate and innovative world of architecture, Richard

measuring the soil’s capacity to support a load from the ground above.

Blumenberg stands as a paradigm of expertise, commitment,

We also need to consult a civil engineer concerning the grading plan,

and perfection, blending the aesthetic allure of various

and we will need to consult a surveyor.” However, in Malibu, that’s not all.

architectural styles with modern sensibilities.

“My philosophy regarding my role as an architect is to guide my

“The approval process in Malibu involves public hearings that can

clients through the entire process,” says Richard Blumenberg, AIA,

take months, and then if the planning department approves the plans,

LEED, A.P. “Those who are in the process of building a home can be

the Coastal Commission can veto them,” he says. “We also need to get

overwhelmed. When they hire me, they get me. I don’t assign things

the fire department’s approval, and often, a parcel must allow for a fire

to a drafter. I am constantly by their side as they build.”

truck to turn around before a building permit is approved.”

Blumenberg, the founder of RLB Architecture, notes that his high-

The process is similar for parcels in L.A. County, Blumenberg noted.

end firm provides custom design, planning, drafting, and construction

Often, he and the client decide to use an expeditor familiar with a given

administration services for projects in Malibu as well as in the Pacific

local government’s staff and procedures. “That approach incurs an

Palisades, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Santa Monica, and other

added expense but is often worth paying,” he notes.

Westside communities.

Blumenberg is highly respected in the architectural sector and

Ascribing to the old adage “an ounce

is known for producing innovative and

of prevention is worth a pound of cure,”

traditional residential designs in numerous

Blumenberg provides clients and their


contractors with very comprehensive

“I take the enduring qualities of the

design plans. Hence, there are no obvious

classical architectural styles and marry

change orders, which saves both time and

them to the modern day sensibilities of


the present day to create spaces that are beautiful and timeless yet practical,”

“I meet with the client and develop a thorough scope of work,” he says. “I

Blumenberg shares.

research applicable zoning regulations,

“Whether you’re seeking the warm, rustic

codes, and HOA rules and develop one

charm of Spanish Colonial Revival, the

to two schemes to satisfy all of those

coolly elegant appeal of French Colonial,


or any other traditional architectural style

Initially, Blumenberg works on floor plans

in between or beyond, I’ll be there for you

and adjacencies, an architectural term referring to the connection

and your team from the first sketch to the final walk-through to ensure

between two spaces or elements in a home. When he establishes

your vision for your dream home is realized, on time and on budget.”

the floor plan to the client’s satisfaction, he moves on to the exterior

Delighted clients praise Blumenberg for his use of project teams,

elevations and sections.

consisting of the owner, the architect, the interior designer, and other

“Once preliminary floor plans are complete, if budget is a concern,

professionals who collaborate and cooperate with one another to

I help the client define what materials might be used in the design of

achieve a successful project. Blumenberg is respected by colleagues

their home," Blumenberg explains. “Then, we obtain a preliminary bid

and clients alike as he not only directs the development and completion

from a contractor. At that point, it is easy to change plans. Developing

of construction documents but also skillfully helps solve any problems

preliminary floor plans before developing the working drawings and

encountered throughout the entire design and build process.

locking in a budget is the most efficient and cost-effective approach.”

“During the construction, I offer construction observation, meaning

As many are painfully aware, the construction process can be very

that I come to the site to confirm that the project is in general

complicated in Malibu and nearby coastal communities.

conformance with the design intent,” he explains. “I visit while the

Blumenberg notes, “One must obtain biological studies, an

foundation is laid, during framing, when exterior finishing is occurring, as

archaeology report, geotechnical reports addressing soils, and a

interior work is being done, and during roofing. Simply stated, if anyone

parcel’s geology with regard to its slopes and its bear factor, a term

on the site thinks they will short-change my client, I won’t let them.”

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Owners Association, Huntington Palisades Home Owners Association, Palisair Home Owners Association, Riviera Estates Home Owners Association, and he also served as the president of the Pacific Palisades Civic League. He has also served on the Citizen Participatory Advisory Committee (CPAC) for the update of

A native of Los Angeles like his mother,

the Brentwood-Palisades Specific Plan.

Blumenberg is highly involved with his community.

His work has been published in Luxe,

His wife, Rosanna, is a special education assistant

House Beautiful, California Homes, Los

working with children on the Autism spectrum.

Angeles Home and Décor, and The Los

He has lived in Pacific Palisades for 30 years.

Angeles Home Book. In addition, Blumenberg

After he graduated from Berkeley with a

was awarded the year 2000 Calibre Team

Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from

Award Honorable Mention for the Schapira

the College of Environmental Design, he earned

Residence given by the International Interior

his Master of Architecture Professional Degree

Design Association, and his work was

from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban

featured in the 2022 Dream Homes.

Planning. His first career endeavor was to work as

Blumenberg serves on the Malibu Pacific

a member of the U.S. Government’s Volunteers in

Palisades Chamber of Commerce board and

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Palisades Civic League and represents the

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Next, he served as a draftsman for a firm

is an avid fisherman and will delightedly chat

preparing design development and working

about his recent trip to Sitka, where he caught

drawings of Type I hotel high-rise additions,

a 90-pound halibut. When he’s not designing

including the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. After

houses, volunteering, or fishing, one can find

that, he served as an architect and partner for

him drawing or oil painting.

Choate Associates for 17 years, overseeing

For Blumenberg, it’s all about the

more than 120 residential projects, ranging from

community, and professionally, it’s all about

major whole-house additions and remodels to

every client for whom he designs a home and

new houses of more than 10,000 square feet, in

the teamwork it takes to do a project right on

numerous architectural styles. His commercial

budget and schedule.

projects included a 50,000-square-foot low-rise office building.

believe in collaboration with all other team

In 1997, Blumenberg separated from Choate

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“I leave my ego at the door because I strongly members,” he says. “That gets the most efficient and cost-effective results for my clients.”

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n the heart of the bustling Malibu Civic Center, a little gem is hidden behind a hedge on Cross Creek Road. Peek around the bushes, and you’ll be greeted by the soothing sounds of wind chimes, lush greenery, and tranquil outdoor seating arrangements. Tourists probably overlook the comings and goings down the

driveway across from Malibu’s other major shopping attractions, but locals have come to rely on Anawalt Lumber to provide all they need for home projects, hardware, and gardening supplies. Anawalt Lumber is Malibu’s only lumberyard, hardware store, and garden center, all located in one convenient spot to serve the Malibu community. Although Anawalt Lumber has only been operating in Malibu for 12 years— opened on a handshake deal with the late Grant Adamson, a descendant of Malibu’s founders—the family-run business is celebrating 100 years of operations, and its chairman of the board, David Anawalt, couldn’t be prouder. The Anawalt Lumber family story began in 1923 when Harmon Fred Anawalt Jr. broke away from his father’s business to set out on his own. In an area that was once a lima bean field, distant from the hustle of downtown Los Angeles— the commerce hub of the era— Junior established Anawalt Lumber at the end of Sepulveda Boulevard, a road that concluded at Pico in 1923. The growth of Los Angeles eventually moved westward, and what was once a lima bean field turned into one of the busiest intersections in Los Angeles. That growth was supplied in part by Anawalt Lumber right in the center of it all. Surrounded by farmland 100 years ago, West L.A. “wasn’t at all what it is now,” said David. “It was largely agriculture.” Still, business was good for the Anawalts through the 1920s, even through the Great Depression. Junior, David’s grandfather, was able to keep Anawalt Lumber afloat through those hard times. Junior forged relationships with the burgeoning Japanese community who settled in the area and did a lot of business with Anawalt Lumber. The Sawtelle area today still holds a small pocket of those original Japanese nurseries and businesses but thrives as L.A.’s hub of cutting-edge Japanese culture with hip restaurants and shops. While the depression dragged on through the 1930s, David says, “I don’t know how Junior pulled it off because a lot of people were out of work.”

Step back to the early days of Anawalt Lumber's locations in Southern California, where wooden planks were the foundation of dreams and craftsmanship was the order of the day.

Another hurdle for the business came during WWII. “Apparently, materials were very hard to get,” said David. “Commodities were rationed, but if you could get them, you could sell them.” At that same time, the community that did so much business with the Anawalts was uprooted when Japanese Americans were exiled to internment camps. When the war ended and the Japanese returned to Sawtelle, Junior reconnected with his former customers, offering a helping hand. “My grandfather knew that he could trust that community,” added David. “He extended credit to them basically on a handshake, and that worked out for the Japanese community, and it also worked out for Anawalt Lumber.”

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When Junior’s son, Richard Anawalt, David’s father, returned from serving as a Navy flyer, he joined the business. With Richard’s help in 1948, the Anawalts opened a second lumberyard in West Hollywood—on Robertson just south of Santa Monica Boulevard. At that point in time, West Hollywood was called Sherman, after Moses Sherman, land developer and one of the founders of the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad. Sherman operated a steam power plant, a car barn, and a repair shop. “It was sort of the headquarters of the Red Car trolleys,” David explained. “It also had a lot of housing for the rail workers, small little houses.” The Red Car trolleys are no more, but those little houses built using Anawalt Lumber became more and more desirable. Those homes on the edge of Beverly Hills, just below the Sunset Strip, command a high price today, smack dab in a bustling chic area of L.A. “It’s a charming neighborhood,” David admitted. In 1981, David saw an opportunity and opened a lumberyard in Hollywood on Highland, one block south of Santa Monica Boulevard. David’s son, Rieff, who runs the Malibu location, credits his father with the foresight to start selling nursery items at that location. Rieff’s mother curated the plants. “It’s really boosted our business as a whole actually,” said Rieff. “It’s made us a well-rounded store. Once these big box stores came around, we could still compete with them because we have everything they have except for appliances.” Anawalt Lumber not only competed, it outlasted at least two chains, Builder’s Emporium and OSH. Even though you can find hardware, building materials, plants, and décor at Anawalt Lumber, as Rieff said, “Lumber is

Rieff Anawalt (left) and his father, David Anawalt, express pride in nurturing the growth of their family business, building on its 100-year legacy. Photo courtesy of Anawalt Lumber

our driving force at every yard.” “We’ve stayed and have been successful,” said David. “How has that happened? It’s not just luck to excel in a market that is crowded and competitive. Retail is tough. It comes down to this: strength, integrity, service.” By the mid 1990s,

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Another opportunity opened up in Pacific Palisades in 2019 when

treat people with respect, you will be better at serving people. We

Norris Hardware went dark. The Anawalts were able to open in 2020

are a service business, and our prices are good. All of that and

at the height of the pandemic. “We’re an essential business so we

some business acumen had led us to our 100-year anniversary and

could stay open,” said David. And residents immediately embraced

five locations.”

the business. “We’ve been doing this for 100 years,” he continues.

Anawalt Lumber employees are known for helping customers

“That’s a long time in a competitive market like Los Angeles. We’ve

load their vehicles with lumber and other big items. They also make

seen some big players come and go.”

quick turnaround deliveries. “We’re there for our customers and our

David is quick to credit his 200 employees in five locations with the

employees,” Rieff said. “It’s a different business model at the big

company’s success. “We have been blessed with our employees. We

boxes,” father and son agree. “They sell price. We sell service and

have a family zeitgeist. We treat people with respect. We treat them

convenience. The big corporations are more interested in profits

well, and we pay them well. We acknowledge their contributions,

right now.”

and we take care of them. We want people to have careers with us.”

When they opened in the Palisades, David was adamant that he

And they do. The Anawalts are known to promote from within. The

didn’t want to sell lumber in an old hardware store, but he listened

company’s current CEO worked his way up starting as a teenager

to his team, and now, the “sticks,” as they’re called, are top sellers.

decades ago.

“I hate when I’m wrong,” David chuckled.

Rieff added that they support when employees leave, giving

When David ran the West Hollywood location in the early 1970s,

two weeks’ notice, because they often return. “We say, ‘Go try

he would often recommend contractors to customers who asked for

whatever it may be,’ because a lot of these people come back and

referrals. A guy named Harrison was “a really good finish carpenter,

end up making careers with us. Our employees are what makes

an honorable guy.” After Harrison got stiffed by a client, he fell behind

us successful. Without happy employees’ presence, people aren’t

on his bills with Anawalt. Harrison asked David if he could work off his

going to shop with us.”

debt, and David agreed, letting the carpenter panel a few offices. “We

“Our employees are our number one asset,” said David. “If you

had a good relationship,” said David. “Even though he was grumpy at times, one day he came in really happy and said, ‘Dave, I got a role. It’s a sci-fi movie.’ I thought to myself, ‘Oh Harrison, sci-fi is not a genre really popular now.’” Turns out the carpenter was aspiring actor Harrison Ford, and the movie was “Star Wars.” David may not have the eye of a movie producer, but he does know the lumber business. He and son Rieff pride themselves in having worked every job at the company from cleaning bathrooms to general manager. “It makes it easier to ask people to do something because, A, you’ve done it yourself, and B, you know how to do it right. It fosters a lot of respect,” the chairman of the board said. “I’m very proud of the organization I’ve created. We want to be in business 100 years from now. My job is to lay the foundation so if the family feels they want to stay in business, they can go another 100.” With this philosophy, it appears they will.

Visit Anawalt Lumber locations at: 1001 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood 641 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood 11060 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 15130 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades 3730 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu


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hen third-generation CEO Koen De Cock of Belgian-based Tribù, one of the oldest, family-owned makers and

purveyors of timeless outdoor furniture, met with another third-generation furniture store owner, Ron Safran, through a mutual acquaintance, little did they know the result would be so serendipitous. Quickly after that first encounter, the De Cock family decided to open the brand’s flagship store in West Hollywood, marrying sophisticated Belgian elegance with easygoing Californian charm. Tribù found its perfect partner in Ron Safran, whose grandfather, Herman Safran, founded SoCal’s renowned Victory Furniture more than 75 years ago. Tribù’s story began with Koen’s grandfather, Henri De Cock, who inspired the family’s appreciation for impeccable design. Over the span of three generations, they created a brand that has grown into a global design house known for exemplary service and sophisticated flair. Grandsons Koen and Tom De Cock have further refined the brand’s allure, partnering with such esteemed international designers as Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, Monica Armani, and Yabu Pushelberg. Malibu holds a special place in the hearts and minds of both Ron, whose parents reside in the area, and Koen. Koen explains, “I have a deep affection for Malibu’s coastline, which has become a cherished escape for me. One of my favorite rituals is waking up early to witness the magnificent sunrise over the ocean. Long, leisurely walks along the beach have become a real source of inspiration. The rhythm of the waves, the salty breeze, and the endless expanse of the ocean seem to wash away any worries or doubts. It’s during these moments that my mind opens up and ideas begin to flow freely. Tribù, my passion project, takes shape in those stolen hours by the shore. They are the canvas upon which the future of Tribù is painted, and I look forward to each visit with eager anticipation.” Ron Safran’s grandfather, Herman, started the family’s furniture business in 1945 with his wife, Annabelle, on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. The store’s name, Victory Furniture, symbolized the optimism felt by Americans during the post-war boom. Ron recalls, “My father, Martin, and mother, Julie, took over the business that I went into 30 years ago. In 1945, the need for home furnishings blossomed with the housing boom. My grandfather helped shape the entire outdoor patio furniture industry in Southern California. After the war, people migrated to California from such big cities as Chicago and New York, hoping to enjoy the milder temperatures and outdoor lifestyle. Back then, you could smell the oranges from the orange groves. My family helped transform outdoor living into a lifestyle.” HOME 2023

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Ron met Koen about two years ago through a mutual acquaintance. They bonded over shared family values and passion for the industry. Ron explains, “As Tribù’s exclusive distributor in Southern California, I’m thrilled I could help find their new home amid West Hollywood’s thriving Beverly Boulevard, hub of all things furniture, in a building owned by Malibu realtor Tony Dorn.” He adds, “We’ve created a truly luxurious experience in our showroom. Tribù’s furniture blends perfectly with the Malibu lifestyle through its use of natural materials and sand-colored fabrics.” Koen notes, “Our initial meeting marked the beginning of a promising partnership. From the moment we met, I was struck by the positive energy Ron exuded. We shared a common vision and pursuit of the same goals. Ron hailed from a third-generation outdoor furniture retail business, much like our own brand—a thirdgeneration furniture legacy. It felt as though we were synchronized in our aspirations. Ron, with his extensive experience in the California outdoor furniture industry, had a wealth of knowledge to offer, and I was eager to learn from his insights.” He adds, “Ron showed me something that would undoubtedly shape the course of our collaboration: the empty shell of what would become our new L.A. flagship store a year later.” 78

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The 5,000-square-foot showroom showcases a truly immersive Tribù experience. Featuring a neutral color palette and the company’s take on California mid-century modernism, the space feels more like a sanctuary than store. Brand Design Director Marc Merckx utilized a palette incorporating Mushelkalk natural stone from Germany, teak accents, plus a curated selection of planters and accessories. “For Tribù, luxury is contemporary and understated,” reveals Koen. “We express it through elegant details and subtle colors, shapes, and textures that work in harmony with their setting. Our manufacturers only use the highest quality materials, ensuring strength, durability, and weather resistance. Our drive to research and develop naturallooking materials remains one of the foundations of our success. I hope the local community enjoys our outdoor living experience.” Gaining inspiration from the sun-blessed beaches of Malibu and Mallorca to the forests of Costa Rica and Southern France and distant shores of Australia and Japan, Tribù furniture, fabrics, and accessories are available in about 88 countries, in stores that offer customers a unique environment to experience their refined yet relaxed collections. Family values, craftsmanship, and sleek elegance remain at the core

“Luxury is contemporary and

of the brand. Both Koen and Ron look forward to sharing the

understated. We express it through

architectural inspiration and contemporary outdoor furniture

elegant details and subtle colors,

of their new flagship store with customers and interior

shapes, and textures that work in

designers throughout the region.

harmony with their setting.”

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MALIBU VIBE A journey from international finds to local masterpieces

Photography courtesy of Malibu Market Design



hen he speaks, people intently lean

and importing only the best products, and 80 percent of the

in, not only to hear the content of his

items we offer are designed and manufactured by MMD.”

insightful comments and design philosophies but also

The company manufactures in the United States, South

to bask in the warmth and light of his infectious creative

Africa, and Italy. “Gervasoni is the only brand we have

energy in hopes of sharing in his aesthetic visions.

imported for many years for both indoor and outdoor

“Malibu Market & Design (MMD) is a happy place, and

furnishings,” Levin adds. “Our two companies are very

it’s wonderful to come here,” says Eytan Levin, proprietor

loyal to one another.”

of the multi-level Malibu venue that welcomes visitors

Levin is laser-focused on intricate details and is intent

to immerse in the perfectly curated spaces augmented

on creating organic looks made out of natural materials

by rugs, unique photographs, pottery, and decorative

to custom curate coastal furnishings as well as luminous

accessories from all over the world, enhanced by

lighting and accessories that epitomize the Malibu lifestyle.

beautiful fountains. The calming waters provide a sense

“Come to the showroom,” Levin says. “This is where

of how one could fill a home or business spa, creating

the magic happens.” From concept to execution, MMD’s

a joyful synergy.

international design team advises and collaborates

“Our furnishings are minimalist and humble, yet chic,”

with clients, helping them to achieve their desired

Levin explains. “We specialize in selling, manufacturing,

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“By sitting with clients, our professionals assess their tastes and interests and can quickly grasp the presentation they want for their space,” Levin says. “We’re a team of international design professionals, and for the items we offer that we don’t manufacture ourselves, we source our furnishings and accessories from all over the world.” MMD’s four acres of lush landscaping and meandering paths embrace the secrets to achieving that idyllic Malibu vibe in a home or office. The various showrooms display indoor and outdoor furnished settings, kitchen cabinetry, bathrooms, flooring, wallpaper, customized closets, rugs, and art from the store’s minimalist collection. Unique lighting selections, rare objects, and photographs gathered from the design team’s worldwide adventures to South Africa, Fiji, Indonesia, and Italy all combine to provide the ingredients clients need to create their dream spaces.

“Come to the showroom...this is where the magic happens.”

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MMD’s talented, multi-cultural team brilliantly collaborates to provide customers with practical yet eclectic design and furnishing selections that comfortably let them enjoy life at the idyllic intersection of coastal contemporary and comfortable and cozy. Levin exuberantly discusses his many travels and finds. “We continually search for new artisans who are up and coming and whose undiscovered designs and creations are going to trend,” he shares. “For instance, in my hometown of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, we found a local woman who would have never dreamed of exporting her beautiful pottery out of her country. She fires all her pots in the earth, using no dyes, and therefore, they have the most beautiful organic colors.” Beaming with enthusiasm, Levin continues, “We just added stunning new lighting pieces that are made from the roots of trees, and we have a new line of South African textiles that are handwoven on old looms.” Pausing to contemplate for a minute, he adds, “We thoroughly enjoy helping to assist micro-businesses succeed, and in doing so, we are defining what’s new and on pulse.” When asked how long it takes after customers select inventory for them to be able to enjoy their products in their home or office, Levin replies, “We pride ourselves on often delivering furnishings and other products immediately or, at most, within six weeks. We have an extensive inventory and a large warehouse, and we invite all customers to peruse our website at Let’s create together!” 82

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Alpha Structural built a bridge in Malibu that still stands to this day. It is on Las Flores Mesa Drive, the “upper mesa millennium span.” On the bridge, is a steel plaque with their logo and the name of their founder/CEO, Dave Tourje.

Alpha Structural

Building trust for more than 30 years By LORI BEREZIN


aintaining stability amid today’s shifting

build any type of structural repair project—so there’s no

environmental climate is paramount. For

need to worry about hiring subcontractors. Their stellar

over three decades, Alpha Structural, Inc.,

record includes more than 35,000 property inspections

has provided Malibu and the greater Los Angeles area

and 7,500 structural repairs. They customize the perfect

with expert engineering and design for many of the

solution for each client and each client’s budget to achieve

community’s structural repairs and upgrades. From

the ideal balance between goals and overall costs.

single homes and multi-family dwellings to all types of

Anyone looking to buy or sell a home, for instance,

industrial and commercial buildings, Alpha Structural

should get a detailed foundation assessment to ensure

makes all the necessary adjustments to ensure each

peace of mind. Alpha Structural provides a thorough

property remains strong.

evaluation to help clients make an informed decision.

Incorporated in 1992 by Dave Tourjé, Alpha Structural

The award-winning firm continues to expand, most

started with just a small crew. The company grew to

recently into Orange County, while remaining focused

become a leading expert in structural engineering

on exceeding clients’ expectations. Future plans include

and construction. From hillside foundation repair and

opening additional offices beyond Los Angeles County.

waterproofing to earthquake retrofitting and real estate

Visit their website at for further

assessment, Alpha Structural is the only Los Angeles

information or contact them at (323) 258.5482 to schedule

foundation-repair company licensed to engineer and

an inspection or request an estimate.


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Sun Fire Defense Providing a patent for success against wildfires By LORI BEREZIN


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im Moseley, owner of Sun FireDefense, realized firsthand the value of his SPF 3000 fire retardant. It saved his home in Corral Canyon while 18 others around it burnt to the ground.

It also helped preserve structures during the Woolsey and Skirball fires. The estate manager of Neverland Ranch, also a licensed firefighter,

asked Sun FireDefense to apply the product to their guard shack as a test since they were going to destroy it anyway. After employing the patented SPF 3000, the shack wouldn’t burn, and Sun FireDefense was awarded the entire job. They also recently completed Miley Cyrus’s new home in Hidden Hills after her home burned in Malibu and continue to work with others throughout the community. The environmentally safe formula was awarded a patent in 2022 for use on residential properties, commercial structures, and utility pole assets. The acetone-based retardant is flammable when wet. Once dry, it’s proved impenetrable. When used on wood, metal, stucco, and even plastic, fabric, and fiberglass, it helps prevent fires from igniting and spreading. It works for years, not hours, after just a

Jim Moseley, Owner

single application. Engineered in partnership with some of the most influential experts and institutions in aerospace, fire prevention, and electric power generation, Sun FireDefense’s myriad advanced fire-retardant innovations continue to deliver protection and peace of mind. Other products include a heat-sensored exterior sprinkler system created in partnership with Craig Weeks, retired division chief and previous director of fleet services for L.A. County Fire. Moseley also worked with Virgin Galactic to create rocket stand wraps to replace the ones that melted during tests. The new wraps protect up to 6,000 degrees and 70,000 pounds of thrust. He also refabricated their space shuttles’ ceramic fire blankets for windows and created clear, fire- and shatterresistant window laminates to protect structures from burning from the inside out. Amid ongoing climate change, it’s no longer a question whether wildfires will rage, but where and when. Moseley met with fire chiefs in Maui a few years ago. Unfortunately, they didn’t work together. He Sun FireDefense

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ONE-OF-A-KIND STATEMENT PIECES Habitat Home & Garden is the Malibu community’s newest go-to destination for sourcing one-of-akind statement pieces for their homes. Beaming with unique, soulful furnishings sourced from around the world, the third-generation family business offers an array of design services and thoughtfully curated decor items. From hand-knotted rugs woven by master artisans in India to teak root tables carefully hand-crafted in Thailand, visit the Malibu showroom to create your own Habitat today. Habitat Home & Garden (310) 598-7118 ext. 4

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T-TABLE BY TRIBÙ Paying homage to the minimalist lines of midcentury furnishings, the T-table collection is a study in simplicity and balanced proportions. It is available in various sizes table heights, and with a variety of ceramic or hand-glazed Italian lava-stone tabletops at Tribù L.A. Tribù L.A. (310) 274-2461

EUROLINE STEEL WINDOWS & DOORS Built in Southern California, Euroline Steel is a leader in the window and door industry. Their products can be designed to meet the most demanding building codes for blast and impact resistance. The strength and durability of hot-rolled steel sections makes an excellent choice for unique building applications. The steel windows have very thin sight lines due to their strength, which provides beautiful openings and complements both traditional and modern architectural styles with offerings in various styles of windows and doors. Agoura Sash & Door, Inc. (805) 449-2840

PASTEKH STOOL Named after the Yiddish for shepherd, this playful accent seat adds an element of fun with its ball design. Covered entirely in thick and luxurious natural sheepskin with timber feet, the Pastekh stool is available in two heights. Noble Souls Malibu 3900 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 1A

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