We’ve been a city now for just over 25 years and this is the first city council I can recall that has ever intentionally turned its back on Malibu’s kids. In a straight “No nothing ever, any time, anywhere” party line vote, the recently elected slate of Skylar Peak, Rick Mullen and Jefferson Wagner did what they’ve been threatening to do and decided that Malibu had enough baseball fields and soccer fields and community centers (if we had one) and swimming pools (if we had one of those also) and skate board park (which they want to put somewhere else but don’t hold your breath). After all, why do all these kids need sports to participate in and keep them occupied when we live in a town with such a plethora of rehab centers and sober living facilities they can use when the need arises?
In what I can only describe as a case of rampant environmental extremism, they not only slammed the door shut, but they refused to even allow an EIR; I suspect they feared it might possibly chang someone’s mind. Then, to be doubly sure that no child could be seen enjoying themselves, the goddess of coastal purity, Sara Wan herself, appeared at the hearing and permitted her husband Larry Wan who, incidentally, was our second Malibu mayor, to speak and tell the gathered brethren that what they had proposed to do couldn’t be done because it would require some intrusion into coastal ESHA and that’s all prohibited in our Local Coastal Plan (LCP). The LCP coincidentally was written at the behest of Sara Wan when she was a power on the Coastal Commission, before she got kicked off, and rammed through all the required hoops, to make sure the citizens of Malibu had no say in what we did with our land. But that’s all ancient history now.
To a certain extent, what happened was not surprising. At a council meeting where you might expect dozens of kids and their parents, Little Leaguers, AYSO teams, their coaches and friends all to show up and protest, there was almost none of that. So, I guess they didn’t care that much and maybe Council Member Rick Mullen was right when he said they had enough fields.
So, if anyone out there is listening, and cares at all, I’d like to hear from you. But remember, silence means you don’t care and you’re happy with this state of affairs, so if that’s the way you feel then just say nothing and do nothing. For those of you who may have some ambitions to sit on some future city council, don’t show up two months before the election and claim you’re really concerned. Now’s the time to take action and speak up. Not long after it’s too late.
There is another big issue in the wings, and that is our becoming our own school district. If we don’t show some spunk and fight and willingness to go to the limit for what we want as a community, like parks and ball fields, then why would anyone believe we’re willing to support our own school district, so why bother? After all, there are plenty of good private schools around.
Where are tomorrow’s leaders who care?