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.