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Sad News: RIP Lynne Seemayer

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Sad to report the passing of Lynne Westmore Bloom (nee Seemayer), the artist who painted the famous Pink Lady of Malibu over a Malibu Canyon Road tunnel back in 1966. (A previous post on this blog goes into more detail on my obsession with this famous piece of guerilla art.) I’ve been researching the Pink Lady story for years and always wanted to meet the brave, crazy woman who painted her, but alas.

Every time I drive Malibu canyon, I make sure to look up and check on the Lady. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but her outline seems to become more distinct as time goes by, seemingly reemerging from beneath the shroud of beige paint that was used to cover her up. It’s as if the spirit of the Lady is trying to say, “I’m still here!” If it was up to me, the Pink Lady would be completely restored and declared a state monument. Malibu’s own Mt. Rushmore! Rest in peace, Lynne Seemayer.

Here’s an obituary for Lynne from the Los Angeles Times:

Late Breaking: And some cool local news regarding a tribute that was paid to Lynne recently by projecting the image of the Lady on the original rock face! Sadly, I did not know it was happening and missed it:


Jay Adams Tribute

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

I’m not usually a fan of defacing landmarks, but this one just seems fitting somehow.


Panga Misses Topanga

Monday, April 7th, 2014

I didn’t know anyone bothered to smuggle weed into California anymore. How nice of them to think of sleepy little Malibu.


Leo Carrillo is not exactly a quiet, out-of-the-way spot either, especially on a warm summer-like day like today. They might have had better luck a few miles south at Little Dume. They might even have received a hero’s welcome.

Stormy Zuma

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

12 foot waves during our first big storm in years.

Oh Deer

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Pepperdine’s lawn mowers hard at work this morning.


Board Art

Friday, January 31st, 2014

A row of longboards against a wall makes for as good an art installation as any other in my opinion.

I found this picture on my phone from last summer. It was a really fine day at Malibu beach and the surfers were out in force, myself included.

Longboards at Malibu

Why Malibu Sucks (Sometimes)

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

While most of the country endures the inevitable effects of our economy’s downturn, Malibu continues to chug along in its own little self-absorbed bubble. Thousands of communities across the land are watching unemployment lines grow and businesses close, but here in the ‘Bu the biggest news in recent memory was The Mysterious Case of the Missing Palm Trees.  It seems that someone decided to form a group of vigilante gardeners and in one weekend uprooted and removed some 80 Queen Palm saplings planted at Malibu High School. These trees were planted by a parent volunteer organization using funds allocated from the school’s own budget. (Check out this account in the LA Times, which surprisingly gets most of the facts right.)


This criminal act of self-righteous NIMBYism was clearly the work of a group of property owners living behind the high school. Mind you, the baby trees weren’t visible from anywhere behind the school, but by God they would have grown into massive, towering Redwoods and blocked out the light of the sun, right? Actually, my research tells me that the Queen Palm reaches a maximum height of about 20 feet in non-tropical climes. And besides, hasn’t anyone ever heard of tree trimming? But forget all that: Anything that potentially threatens a coveted ocean view is a subject of raging debate, lawsuits, inquiries by the California Coastal Commission, site visits by city council “fact finders”  and the wrath of the city planning commission. And now apparently illegal removal is also an option.

This was a sordid act of vandalism and grand theft.  It boggles my mind to think that someone could even have the balls to pull it off, and in broad daylight, no less. One has to wonder how many people were paid off to look the other way. And why haven’t the authorities launched a thorough investigation? Almost six weeks  have passed and not another word has been mentioned anywhere, the most conspicuous absence being from the local Malibu Times.

It’s truly a case of “no good deed goes unpunished.” It’s shameful that something like this can happen. And disgusting.