Actor/Director and Malibu resident Rob Reiner will be taking questions from the community next week about Measure R, also known as the “Your Malibu, Your Decision Act.”
Measure R – on November’s ballot — gives Malibu’s residents the power to approve or deny new commercial developments larger than 20,000 square feet. It also limits the number of chain stores in the city. Measure R is based on a very similar act adopted in 1986 by Del Mar.
If Measure R does not pass, supporters fear that Malibu’s unique character will be swallowed up by rampant development, such as chain stores, and that it will increase traffic, and cause big-box stores like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot to move in.
Reiner will talk about how much Civic Center space is earmarked for commercial development; how schools, grocery stores, medical facilities or residential construction will be affected by it; whether Malibu already has a sufficient retail ordinance in place; whether new large developments are, in fact, threatening Malibu, and how Measure R will impact the impending sewer system.
The meeting, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 15, in the Webster School cafetorium is being sponsored as a free community-service event that also will kick off Malibu Democratic Club’s forthcoming series of issue-oriented programs.
“The Malibu Democratic Club’s Board of Directors could see how hungry residents are for thoughtful programs on topics crucial to Malibu residents,” said Ann Doneen, club president. “Most those issues are planks in the California Democratic party’s 2014 platform.”
By launching the new series, the Dem Club also will be helping residents to learn more about preserving our vanishing beaches, water conservation and our record drought; how to implement a zero carbon footprint, and determining what we can to create a healthier environment throughout our coastal area.”
Reiner especially encourages voters to attend if they are undecided about their vote or if they have heard confusing or misleading claims about Measure R. He points to a history of similar ordinances that did preserve the character of communities while also protecting local businesses and allowing the communities to thrive.
Known to be an easy-going speaker, Reiner loves to interact with an audience and is eager to answer questions that anyone might have about Measure R.