Suzanne Guldimann
Suzanne Guldimann

Suzanne Guldimann is an author, artist, and musician who lives in Malibu and loves the Santa Monica Mountains. She has worked as a journalist reporting on local news and issues for more than a decade, and is the author of nine books of music for the harp. Suzanne's newest book, "Life in Malibu", explores local history and nature. She can be reached at suzanne@messengermountainnews.com

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The 19th Amendment Turns 100

Above, the cover of a 1911 Suffragist Pamphlet celebrating the passage of California’s Proposition 4 and showing the American West as the leader in the push for Women’s rights. Image courtesy of…

Malibu Art Show Celebrates Spring

The City of Malibu is welcoming spring with an exhibit of art by local artists. The Birds and the Bees: A Celebration of Spring in Malibu features 80 works in multiple mediums,…

Conservationists Celebrate the Newest Rim of the Valley Park

Hidden Creeks Park was once slated for a 188-home luxury subdivision. It’s a strange drive: down a long stretch of narrow road that winds through a post-apocalyptic landscape resembling coal country, but…

CDFW Killing of Mountain Lion Ignites Firestorm of Controversy

The increasingly endangered mountain lion population of the Santa Monica Mountains has experienced another major loss. P-56 is dead. He is the first radio-collared mountain lion to be killed in the Santa…

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NPS Bids Farewell to Storied Valley Oak at Paramount Ranch

The Woolsey Fire has claimed another victim: a massive valley oak that stood for more than a century in Paramount Ranch. When this tree was a seedling, the land it grew on…

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Ceanothus in Bloom: Topanga’s Version of Winter Snow

While much of the nation is still covered in snow, the mountains around Topanga are dusted with the snow-like bloom of Ceanothus flowers. Vast areas of the chaparral that is dominated by…

SMMNRA Survey Reveals Changing Demographics

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who regularly visits parks in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), but a new report based on data collected in 2018 shows…

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Rediscovering Hollywood’s Forgotten Women Filmmakers

For as long as there have been movies, there have been women who made them. The silent film era offered women a rare opportunity to forge a career in a new industry,…

The Sun Sets for Malibu’s Palm Trees

City Council Passes Fire Resistant Plant Ordinance The Malibu City Council has voted to approve a fire-resistant landscape ordinance that bans palm trees, restricts the use of other highly flammable trees, and…