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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,
County to rule tomorrow on converting Santa Monica Mountain land into wineries
Tomorrow, Tues., Nov.17, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide whether 21,000 spectacular, pristine acres of rugged canyons and sweeping ridgelines will be protected from the threat of new commercial vineyards.
Your action now is crucial; your strong voice is needed to say NO to commercial vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan (NAP). This is not about garden vineyards.
After residents have spent decades fighting to protect the Santa Monica Mountains, and after millions of public dollars have been spent in passing County laws to preserving open space and protecting natural landscapes, lobbyists and special interests from the Central Valley once again are determined to exploit the Santa Monica Mountains.
At stake are huge swaths of native habitat that would be stripped and replaced with non-native, vineyard and crops.
Please join in saying NO to creating a patchwork of vineyard commercial plantations and operations that horribly consume and fragment the terrain. In addition to killing native plants and animals, vineyard blight disfigures the landscape and significantly decreases property values and quality of life for adjacent and surrounding communities. In addition, some nonorganic farmers use rodenticides which have been shown fatal to wildlife and herbicides known to be carcinogens to humans.
Here is what you can do right now to help:
Cut and paste the email below and send immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need as many letters as possible. Distribute to your friends and neighbors. Every letter counts! Deadline is at 6 p.m. today, Mon, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.
Attend and speak up at the Board of Supervisors hearing tomorrow, Tues, Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. – 500 West Temple Street, Los Angles.
Thank you for caring about our beautiful mountains.
Here is the suggested email to cut and paste
Send email to: email@example.com Subject Line of email: SUPPORT ITEM #47. BAN COMMERCIAL VINEYARDS
Honorable Board of Supervisors:
PLEASE SUPPORT ITEM #47.
BAN NEW COMMERCIAL VINEYARDS IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NORTH AREA COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICT PROJECT NO. R2015-02310, ADVANCE PLANNING CASE NO. RQADV201500007, ENVIRONMENTAL CASE NO. REN201500182
I/we strongly support Agenda Item #47 and a Vineyard Ordinance that prohibits new commercial vineyards in the spectacularly wild 21,000 acres comprising the Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan. Vineyards are a significant and growing threat to our environment, magnificent scenic resources, our fragile wildlife and ecosystem, and to our native habitat, water quality and resources.
Please don’t allow ‘special interests’ to triumph over the best interests of the public and our extraordinarily natural and finite resources.
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
Should we favor oil companies over pure water during this extended drought?
State Sen. Fran Pavley thinks not.
“I cannot gamble when our groundwater may be polluted because of a lack of oversight,” she explains.
So committed to pure drinking water is she that — in an uncharacteristic move — she broke with Gov. Brown’s state budget plans last month when she opposed $3.5 million in funding of an energy company regulatory agency known for looking the other way at fracking violations.
The state budget conference committee was considering this issue this week and has not yet released information on its recommendation, but Pavley will be available to discuss the potential outcome following a Legislative Update on Saturday when she speaks at the Malibu Democratic Club Second Saturday Series.
Instead of allocating the funds to the much maligned Conservation Department’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), which has plans to use the money for 23 “experts and other technicians,” Pavley wants legislation earmarking the money for the State Water Resources Control Board.
When Former State Sen. Tom Hayden spoke at the Dem Club series last April, he criticized DOGGR as “look –the-other-way agency,” and said that although reforms were being made, “ . . . there is no reason the agency should exist and I doubt how effective the reforms can be.” The Malibu Dem Club’s Second Saturday Series featuring Pavley will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Malibu Public Library, 23519 Civic Center Way. The talk is free of charge and open to the community.
Pavley also will provide information on her the more stringent climate change standards she is adding to her landmark bill, SB 32, in effect since 2006, which required the state to drop greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This year’s supplement to that bill aims to curb such gas pollution 80% below the 1990 levels by 2050, and 40% below that standard by 2030.
In other environmental news, Pavley will describe progress on a plan to invigorate cougars in the Santa Monica Mountains. Pavley was among several local lawmakers and heads of conservation agencies to help find funding for a $1.2 million Cougar and wildlife crossing of the 101 Freeway. The underpass, at the Liberty Canyon site of the 101 Freeway, will be a safe way for male Mountain Lions from the Simi Hills and Los Padres National Forest to make their way into the mountains surrounding Malibu where they will be able to mate with felines from a different gene pool.
Pavley also will provide details of traffic safety measures scheduled for PCH as a result of a $235,250 safety corridor grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. To obtain the grant, Pavley worked closely with Malibu City Councilmembers as well as Congressman Ted Lieu, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom. Grant goals include speed reduction, safer pedestrian crossings, public education on bicycle laws, and DUI detection.
By Jimy Tallal Reprinted from the June 18, 2015 edition of The Malibu Times
An unlikely team of Malibu fire survivors — 30-year-old Shea Broussard and 70-something Tony Shafer — produced “FlameMapper” six years ago — a user-friendly wildfire-prediction mapping software. So far, they’ve focused primarily on the Santa Monica Mountains using Google Earth maps, overlaid with diagrams of potential burn patterns for 41 neighborhoods in and around Malibu.
The pair spoke on Saturday, June 13 at the Malibu Library about their latest findings as guests of the Second Saturday Series of the Malibu Democratic Club.
Shafer, who retired after 43 years with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, has two master’s degrees and is a longtime Malibu resident. He has extensively studied the wildfires of the Santa Monica Mountains from 1900 to today.
“Virtually every stick between the 101 and the Pacific Ocean has burned at least once or twice in the last 50 years,” Shafer said. “Some areas have burned six or seven times.”
Local wildfires tend to start at or near the 101 Freeway and strong Santa Ana wind conditions drive the flames toward the coast. FlameMapper software incorporates data from the burn paths of every major wildfire in the last 115 years, including many variables, and is now able to simulate the probable paths and speed a fire could take, based on location, wind, humidity, etc.
In detailed studies of the most common paths that fires have taken through the mountains over the years, Shafer noticed something interesting. “I noticed that oak trees next to a structure protected that structure,” he said.
He began building computer simulations of oak tree plantings at various areas on fire paths. The results showed that “the spread of the fire is vastly reduced by oak trees that have the understory (flammable plants growing underneath the tree) removed.”
Shafer noticed while running simulations of past fires that came down Malibu Canyon that there is a narrow “choke point” or “corridor” near Piuma and Malibu Canyon roads that a fire beginning at the 101 has to get through in order to make it all the way into Malibu. He feels that if oak trees were planted at that particular site, it would stop fires on that route from getting into Malibu.
“The Malibu Canyon Corridor has more burnovers than any other place in the Santa Monica Mountains,” Shafer observed. He points out that the past two big fires in that area have gone around Monte Nido — a neighborhood heavily wooded with large oak trees.
“Natural riparian areas (wooded areas next to stream banks) inhibit wildfire spread,” Shafer said. And it’s not just oak trees — he says willow, bay laurel and California sycamore trees also have the same effect. “If you plant riparian areas on the simulator, they have fire-resistant qualities that haven’t been taken advantage of.”
Shafer has also noticed that areas in the Santa Monica Mountains that used to have riparian areas that have since been removed now burn much more readily. “We need to put nature back where it was to prevent fires from spreading to larger areas,” he said.
Part of the FlameMapper solution, Shafer feels, could be building simulator maps for neighborhoods showing the best locations for planting trees or riparian areas as “containment lines” to prevent the spread of fires. He’d also like the City of Malibu to look at points outside the city limits, where plantings would help prevent fires from coming into the city. “The city should be building a fire protection plan for the Civic Center area,” he said.
Shafer emphasized that FlameMapper is on the leading edge of wildfire research in the U.S. “Most research is done by the U.S. government, and they’re only concerned with trees. Very little research is being done on chaparral areas.”
Several members of the audience, including local Dorothy Reik, were so impressed with Shafer’s research, they now plan to work with Broussard on putting together a presentation for Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, since tree planting projects in the Santa Monica Mountains would fall under her jurisdiction.
Malibu’s Big Rock neighborhood has been one of the early adopters of using FlameMapper as a fire prevention tool. Al Broussard is President of the HOA there and his son, Shea, is co-founder and engineer of FlameMapper. The Boussard family’s house burned down in the 1993 Topanga fire.
Additional information and a number of publicly accessible fire maps are available at flamemapper.com.
Page 1 article reprinted from the May 14, 2015 edition of the Malibu Times
Diablo Canyon nuclear plant
in SLO County ranked by NRC
officials most likely in nation
to be hit by quake bigger than
it is designed to withstand
By Jimy Tallal
Special to the Malibu Times (All photos by Kevin Lynn — provided independently not published in Malibu Times)
As the crow flies, Malibu is only about 120 miles from the state’s only remaining nuclear power plant, Diablo Can;yon, on the coast of Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County. What happens in the event the plant is hit by a tsunami or has an accident similar to Three-Mile Island or Chernobyl? More than 50 people showed up to find out what the experts had to say at Saturday’s Malibu Democratic Club speaker series, and they say the results in Malibu might not be pretty.
“It’s about time, especially following the Fukushima disaster, that we take another look at our own coastal nuclear power plant,” Malibu Democratic Club President Ann Doneen wrote in an email.
Following the March 11, 2011 Fukushima earthquake, Coneen said Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officials marked Diablo Canyon as the most likely in the nation to be hit by an earthquake stronger that it was designed to withstand. Paul Frey of Mendocino County, spoke at the event on Saturday and examined the health, economic and agricultural effects of a disaster at Diablo Canyon, and also looked at where radiation would be carried by prevailing winds and ocean currents. Using maps developed by the Monterey Naval Research Laboratory and the UC Santa Barbara Ocean physics Laboratory as well as studying the aftermath of Chernobyl, he was able to show that the radiation cloud would mostly head south to Malibu and beyond.”The entire L.A. Basin is a natural dust trap that would also trap nuclear radiation,” Frey said. ‘And the economic damage to California would be off the scale.”
A number of new earthquake faults in and around the Diablo Canyon plant have been indentified that were unknown when the plant was designed and built prior to when it started up in 1985. For that reason alone, some experts say the plant is violating federal law by continuing to operate.
According to a report in the L.A. Times, “New geological research shows that the Ventura fault is capable of producing earthquakes as large as magnitude 8 as well as severe tsunamis. The fault runs through downtown Ventura, connecting to fault lines in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara . . . Previously, researchers didn’t think California earthquakes could produce tsunamis, since the San Andreas fault is so far inland.”
Doneen said that in July 2013, Dr. Michael Peck, former senior resident inspector of the NRC, tried for a second time to officially call for a shutdown of the Diablo Canyon reactors. He cited the Hosgri fault discovered in in 1971 only 3.56 miles offshore, the Shroeline fault discovered in 2008 less than 1,000 feet from the ocean water intake structure and two smaller faults. The NRC never released or ruled on his “differing professional opinion” document.
Harvey Wasserman, senior advisor to the Nuclear Information and Resource Service and one of the original anti-nuclear activists who coined the phrase “No Nukes,” also spoke at Saturday’s event. He maintained that if Diablo Canyon applied for state and federal construction permits today on the same site, it would never be allowed. In addition, he contends that over 30 years of aging has caused a weakening of the structure.
The Mothers for Peace nonprofit organization in San Luis Obispo, headed by Linda Seeley, has been using every legal means at its disposal to get the Diablo Canyon plant stopped or closed down since 1973. Their attorney in Washington, D.C. has filed against the relicensing of the plant based on statute limitations, seismic safety and high-level radioactive wast storage. The plant’s current license expires in 2024 and 2025 (Units 1 and 2) and Pacific Gas and Electric has already applied to extend those licenses for 20 years behyond that.
Since the plant still operates under an exemption that allows them to “suck up 2.5 billion gallons of ocean water per day, killing all of the sea life, and then discharging it back into the ocean 20 degrees hotter, devastating the ocean floor around Diablo Canyon,” Seeley said. Mothers for Peace is organizing a letter-writing campaign to the California Water Board to force them to build cooling towers.
“Since it won’t be economically feasible for them to build ooling towers, we hope they throw in the towel and withdraw their application for relicensing,” Seeley said. “It’ll also cost them a bundle to make post-Fukushima changes now required by the NRC.”
Special thanks to Malibu Democratic Club Member Myla Reson for producing this special event.
Malibu Democratic club is preparing a skills and talent directory. Do you have special talents — such as calligraphy, photography, or computer design and layout? Are you all-thumbs-fast on cell texting? Are your social media skills superb? Do you give acting lessons? Teach wind-surfing? Set type? Play the clarinet? Tutor physics, walk dogs, give tours of Malibu? If so, we want to know. Send your name, email address and phone number to malibudemocraticclub.org We’ll put it in a list and publish it here as an ongoing section — space permitting. Send us a photo, too. So tell us about your passions, your work, your frustrations. Put a face on the club. Your face! Because you and I and we — are the club that cares. We get it. Now, don’t be a stranger! Ya know?
You won’t want to miss this inspiring, and potentially
Earth-saving address by former California Sen. Tom Hayden
Three Climate Change Facts You’ll Hear This Saturday (April 11)
1) The drive to slow climate change will result in more jobs and more solar energy and carbon-free businesses. Because the federal government has not been able to be effective at reducing greenhouse gases, the impetus to “save the planet” is falling onto the shoulders of states and local communities — like Malibu! With so many communities working together, climate change will become “The Great Unifier.”
2) Additional ways to profit will emerge from greenhouse gas-reduction industries and because of this Republicans will change their viewpoint and jump on the band wagon to fight climate change.
3) The Golden State will lead the nation and even the world in developing profitable industries climate-change fighting industries. California is already at the vanguard in developing strategies to slow the production of carbon/methane/CO2.
What can YOU do to help?
Find out at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Malibu Democratic Club’s Second Saturday Series of informational programs at the Malibu Library, 23519 Civic Center Way. Parking is free of charge.
We’ll also use the occasion to give club members a chance to endorse Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris in her 2016 campaign for Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat, and also to endorse Trent Lange’s California Clean Money Campaign (Agenda/ information is at bottom.)
Tom Hayden has a plan to hold back climate change and it’s based on programs already being implemented by the State of California. Because it is community-based and relies on grass roots cooperation, Hayden Calls it, “Climate Change: The Great Unifier.”
Hayden says California’s commitments have been so inspiring that while Congressional climate-deniers and Big Oil advocates have been turning their backs on recent international demonstrations, they will change their minds, even so.
Why? Because California will be giving them an offer they can’t refuse: Profit!
Come hear this talk that has the potential to maintain a more healthy and viable life on Planet Earth!
RSVPs appreciated (but not necessary) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Malibu Democratic Club Executive Board have passed a resolution favoring Measure R, the ballot initiative that would put limits on the number of chain stores in Malibu and allow residents to vote on whether to allow commercial developments of more than 20,000 square feet within city limits.
“Because the City of Malibu is such a long, thin strip along the coast, there is not a much for large scale commercial development here,” said Ann Doneen, MDC president. “Overdevelopment will cause the character of our uniquely beautiful city to be washed out to sea. It also will harm the delicate balance of flora and fauna that sustain an ecological balance. There is a lot at stake and residents deserve the right to vote. To deprive the residents of that right is undemocratic.”
Board members were briefed on the issue at the September board meeting and then cast email votes in a process that ended last week after several board returned from out-of-town travels.
“While the vote was not unanimous, the general feeling on the board had seemed strong and clear,” said Doneen. “This is one of the most important issues Malibu has faced in many years. The state Democratic platform encourages local clubs to take stands on local issues. Not to take a stand in the face of development that will forever change the face of the community would obviate the purpose of a club like ours.”
The wording of the resolution is as follows: As there is limited space in Malibu between Santa Monica Mountains habitat and the ocean, and as more than 1.5 million square feet of land will be available to commercial developers, and as the character of Malibu and our Civic Center would easily be lost with such a wholesale transformation of land use, the Malibu Democratic Board of Directors hereby resolves to support Measure R and recommends a ‘Yes’ vote on the November ballot.