First five installations are the opening statements. Then there are questions from the moderator to all, then audience questions, and in the last installment (No. 5), final answers to audience questions and closing statements.
Want a chance to help determine the future of Malibu??
What would happen if a large tsunami damaged the nuclear reactor just north of Santa Barbara? We’re right downstream.
Why are all the starfish gone from our tide pools?
If fracking for oil causes earthquakes, should we keep doing it near fault zones?
And how do you feel about increased traffic along PCH?
We have a chance to select a senator to represent Malibu and nearby areas in the California legislature.– ONE who’ll be making decisions that forever change our lives. Who will you vote for this June?
Come meet the candidates. . . all six Democrats — and ask them what they think.
We’re having a forum at 11:30 a.m., Feb. 20, at the Malibu Public Library. It’s free of charge in the Malibu Civic Center–and there will be refreshments.
That’s 11:30 THIS Saturday, Feb. 20 at the library. Help keep Malibu the beautiful home we all love.
Candidates include Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Shawn Bayliss, Richard Mathews, Henry Stern, David Pollock, and George Christopher Thomas. (See poster below for photos).
There will be a pot luck display of free snacks and beverages — courtesy the Democratic Club Board of Directors — and the forum will begin after opening remarks. The event will be moderated by Lance Simmens, a Democratic Club board member who has spent nearly four decades involved in public service at all levels of government. Simmens directed Gasland Grassroots, an organization devoted to public education on fracking. He was state director of Citizens Trade Campaign, an agency set up to defeat the Trans Pacific Partnership. He served Gov. Jerry Brown as Deputy Director of Communications for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and spent fifteen years in Federal service, largely serving in senior intergovernmental affairs positions for four Cabinet Secretaries.
What do these candidates stand for, and who can best represent Malibu?
Following the Forum, Malibu Democratic Club members will elect officers and board members for 2016 and — depending on attendance — the club may decide to endorse a candidate to represent the 27th Senatorial district.
All incumbent board officers are running to remain in office. They include Ann Doneen, president; Ted Vaill, vice president; Roy van de Hoek, secretary; Doug Rosen, treasurer.
Board members running to remain in office include all officers plus Dorothy Reik, Jennifer deNicola, Carol Moss, Stephen Frantz, Ph.D., Tracey Burton, Sam Hall Kaplan, Marcia Hanscom,
MEASURE W FAILS; LANDSLIDE WIN FOR MALIBU’S RURAL CHARACTER
Final vote count is 57.3% No, 42.7% yes
1574 No Votes, 1173 Yes votes
City Council’s four-to-one vote in favor of the development shows that councilmembers do not reflect the will of the people.
Developer Steve Soboroff already has filed a lawsuit saying the vote of the people was illegal. He contends that the public has no right to prevent him from developing his property as he wishes.
Voters were able to reject the grocery store complex following passage of Measure R, last November’s ballot measure that put Civic Center commercial developments seeking zoning variances up to a vote of residents.
Soboroff’s campaign for voters to approve his plans was seen by residents as the first domino to fall, setting off a chain reaction of massive civic center development.
“Malibu’s identity is that of a natural mountains-meet-the-sea community,” said Ann Doneen, president of the Malibu Democratic Club. “I think this is a vote to retain character of Malibu, to preserve and protect our mountains and open spaces as much as possible. That is the reason for the overwhelming success of Measure R one year ago, and that is the reason that Measure W lost this year, even though there was very little campaigning against W. It helped that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supported a NO vote on Measure W. Everyone knew that Malibu’s problem with traffic congestion would be made even worse by such a big development here.
“Even though residents might want to shop at a popular store that features lots of local and organic produce, there was no guarantee that this store actually would be part of the complex. Clearly, residents felt the most important issue here was to protect the scenic and environmental nature of the community, which is the reason they bought homes here to begin with.”‘
Members Demonstrate to Boost Awareness of Today’s Vote on Development
Hi, Everyone –Horn tooting, hooting, and cries against too much development, too much traffic, were signs last Friday afternoon that many PCH drivers at the corner of Cross Creek agreed with the Malibu Democratic Club members who were demonstrating there for a NO Vote on Malibu Measure W. Voters go to the polls today to decide on a whether to allow a development of stores — that the developer maintains will include Whole Foods — should be allowed to locate in Civic Center.
That developer, Steve Soboroff, says his shopping mall will be just a small local marketplace with a park. But documents on file with the Malibu Planning Department show it as six acres of shops with a large anchor store, fast-food restaurants and a number of retail shops. Located in Malibu’s civic center — which historically has been a flood plain with a high water table, these stores will add 7,000 cars per day to already crowded roads and highways, increasing traffic congestion on Malibu’s secondary streets and causing more delays on PCH. Malibu’s City Attorney has said the development could include any grocery market, even a Food for Less.
This project has been built on a foundation of distortions and misrepresentations. The developer’s traffic study claimed that traffic had not increased on PCH in the last 25 years. But Planning Commissioner Mikke Pierson discredited that report saying he had checked every date on which traffic measurements where made and discovered “virtually every count in the last 10 years was made on foggy or even drizzly days.” Also, while the Environmental Impact Report called for a specific number of square feet to be green space, Soboroff got around that by creating 12-foot high walls covered in foliage which he termed “a green park.” He also bought local newspaper ads saying the project was endorsed by Webster School’s PTA. This so concerned the Webster school principal that she felt compelled to publish a letter in Malibu newspapers disavowing any endorsement and apologizing to Malibu residents.
Soboroff’s ad was big.
Letters to the Editor are limited to 350 words with no photos and they get buried deep inside the paper.
I sure hope people saw what she wrote. Malibu’s spectacular beauty and closeness to the hills and wild animals is one main reason people buy homes in Malibu. Once that is gone, we cannot get it back. Measure W make our roads more dangerous, jeopardizing the health and safety of Malibu residents; it ignores the rural design standards that are outlined in our building codes, and it will kill yet another increment of Malibu’s wonderful wild and rural atmosphere. . . if not a few more of our residents due to more collisions on our crowded and dangerous PCH. . . . Malibu Democratic Club and the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urge you to Vote NO on Measure W.
Meanwhile, on other fronts, special plaudits go to our board member Carol Moss for helping organize Malibu’s Community Assistance Resource Team (CART), which put on such a fabulous event last week at Malibu’s old Superior Court building, a one-stop help day for people without homes. People had lunch, had their feet washed, got flu shots, and were given information on how to get counseling and receive a variety of governmental services. With efforts based at the Malibu Methodist Church, CART members are seeking a variety of ways in which homeless people can be helped — even with such seemingly simple accommodations as being directed to designated lots where they can can park safely at night. Thank you, Carol! Way to go! We’re so proud of you!
Also, Lance Simmens, who is new to The Bu, has made a terrific splash landing, jumping into the community with both feet. Once he learned that last spring’s storms had created a safety problem at Malibu’s famous pier, weakening some loose pilings that could be dislodged by expected El Niño storms, and causing them to ram into other pilings, he immediately spoke out. Simmens asked city leaders questions about getting elected officials to ask State Parks to IMMEDIATELY utilize some of the millions of dollars appropriated for Malibu this year to fix the pilings.
In addition, when Simmens attended the September Malibu Dem Club board meeting and heard a presentation by Andria McFerson, a homeless woman crusading for one-stop centers to assist people like her, he immediately contacted Rep. Ted Lieu’s office. Now, he and Lieu’s staff are working to set up a permanent office involving federal, state, and county agencies so that people without housing will be able to find help more easily.
“I intend to continue working closely with folks dedicated to helping providing at least the opportunity for transitional folks to avail themselves of needed governmental services,” he says. This monthh Lance also helped man a table set up at Ralph’s to provide residents with information about Measure W. Look for Lance to be one of Malibu’s new movers and shakers . . . one of our new bright stars on the horizon. Thank you for caring about your new home, Lance!
MALIBU DEMOCRATS ARE SOCIABLES!
. Joined by Conejo Valley’s Sociables Founder Lori DeMersseman and Conejo Valley’s President Elect Carole Keavny, the MDC officially launched it’s Sociables program, a bi-monthly gathering of like-minded Democrats who get together to talk shop and have fun. We met at a looooong high table at Casa Escobar and stuffed ourselves with plenty of hors d’oeuvres and — oh — maybe just a few Margaritas, and had a grand ole time talking about the Presidential candidates in BOTH parties. Stopping in to join the group for some friendly chatter were Ted Vaill, Marcia Hanscom, and Marilyn Dove, not to mention Lance Simmens, of course. We had so much fun, we think we’ll do it again! Please tell your friends next time and stop in and join us! Be in the know, be an opinion leader, and join the action! We need YOU!
TODAY’S VOTING INFORMATION
Please cast your vote for the Democratic Party’s officially endorsed candidates and ballot measures. The L.A. County Democratic Party endorsements for today’s elections are below. You can also click here to download and print a copy of our endorsements to take with you to the polls.
Vote-By-Mail Voters: If you still have your VBM ballot, you are still allowed to mail it, but it must be postmarked by TODAY and received by Fri., Nov. 6, to be counted. To ensure your vote is counted, we strongly recommend you bring your ballot to your polling place on Election Day. You ca find it by clicking here or visiting www.lavote.net/locator. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. If you have any trouble at the polls, contact the LACDP Election Protection Hotline immediately at 213-382-0063 so we can help protect your right to vote.Please vote. The future of Malibu depends on it!
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Official Endorsements for November 3, 2015
Calabasas City Council
Measure O – YES
Measure W – NO
Beverly Hills Unified School District
Las Virgenes Unified School District
Measure E – YES
Malibu Democratic Club voting recommendations, endorsements, and resolutions of support are on the “We’re For…” page which you can find at left in the ribbon of pull-down menus.
Endorsements are made at general meetings of the full membership of the Malibu Democratic Club. Resolutions of support are made by the Board of Directors.
On races in which the full membership did not endorse, the Malibu Democratic Club defers to the L.A. County Democratic Party endorsements which are included on the “We’re For . . . ” page.
Please vote! It is urgent to have good Democrats elected to office to prevent progress in health care, the environment, energy, and many other crucial financial and civil rights matters from falling under the control of Republicans who are advocating many harmful policies.
Please come to a summer’s-end barbecue with Democrat friends where you’ll meet two of America’s top Democratic candidates for congressional offices.
Amid the oaks, sycamores, and wild walnut trees, Malibu Democratic Club’s endorsed Congressional Candidate Ted Lieu (who also is Rep. Henry Waxman’s choice to represent the 33rd District) will join Rep. Alan Grayson, one of the Progressive movement’s most celebrated leaders, Sunday, Sept. 20, as featured guests at MDC board member Doug Rosen’s incredible Monte Nido compound.
And you’re invited!
Take a walk through Doug’s spread, and say hello to the many peacocks, pheasants and other magnificent birds and animals. Let the kids romp free, and if you dare, poke a toe or two into Doug’s cool and picturesque rock-lined pool.
You’ll be getting to know your next Congressman and telling him the issues you feel are most important to Malibu. Chatting with Grayson, one our country’s best liberals, on some the world’s most pressing issues. And introducing your family to two congressional reps who will be leading our nation over the next two years.Just for conversation starters, ask Ted about how he will act on his commitment to provide low interest loans for college students, expand funding for public schools, strengthen the Affordable Care Act, raise the minimum wage, protect Social Security and Medicare, and reduce climate change.
Or, his recent actions in the California Senate that produced these headlines:
• Senate approves Ted Lieu Bill Prohibiting California from Cooperating in Mass Spying
• Sen Ted Lieu Calls for Investigation of Psychotropic Drug Prescriptions for Minors
• Lawmakers Embrace Agreement for Renewed Tax Credit to Help Film/TV Industries
• Sen. Ted Lieu-backed Privacy Bill Calls for Increased Protections from Drone Surveillance
A quick look at Alan Grayson’s recent Congressional activities will make for some fascinating discussion.
Just last June Rep. Alan Grayson became the first-known member of Congress to view the current text of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. For the past three years this secret international agreement which is dangerously close to being adopted, has been negotiated behind closed door, by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and foreign governments. But, after years of advocacy by civil liberties groups, labor advocates, and Members of Congress, the USTR finally relented and allowed Congressman Grayson to view the text.
What did Grayson say after seeing it?
“It is easy to understand why this NAFTA-style agreement has been kept secret. The TPP is a disturbing attack on American democracy and sovereignty. It puts corporate interests ahead of American interests.
To find out why he thinks that, he’ll tell you in person!
Bring your friends and family to this stimulating and educational afternoon and relax in this informal setting knowing that on the grassy lawn at Doug’s house you are participating in true grass roots democracy.
Remember: September 20 at Doug Rosen’s incredible compound in Monte Nido – just next to the Saddle Peak Lodge. We promise not only Ted and Alan but also some great food and drink – so come hungry.
Doors open at 1 p.m.! Please scroll down for details. RSVPs requested but not required!