At a recent debate, council candidates were asked for their position regarding Bluffs Park plans. Peak/Mullen/Wagner clearly showed their opposition to adding anything to the existing park. That’s unfortunate, because there are more than 2,000 residents who have given input to create the park that they want. Clearly, the slate doesn’t care about what the residents want.

The Community Outreach Program to expand the park, created by the Parks and Recreation Commission, chaired by City Council candidate Carl Randall, was brilliant. It began with six focus group meetings with residents and stakeholders in order to gather initial input for the Malibu Bluffs Parkland in May 2015 and was augmented by an excellent online survey available May — June 2015.

This resulted in the commission making design recommendations to council after which council approved a recommended list of design priorities. Three design alternatives were presented to the public for review, resulting in a preferred plan.

Now the slate says, “Stop the Swap,” in spite of what 2,000 residents have said. If the slate is elected, they will constitute a majority vote of council and, as promised, will kill any community-supported plans for Bluffs Park for the next four years. By then, the swap with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will have expired and the conservancy will once again have ownership and control of Bluffs Park.

Most residents are unaware that in 2010, the Coastal Commission approved the conservancy’s plans to add 35 campsites to Bluffs Park. Therefore, by “stopping the swap” the “Band of Three,” commonly referred to as the slate, will have succeeded in eliminating much-needed sports fields and other recreational amenities for all Malibu and, instead, provided us with a regional campground in the heart of our beloved town. What a horrible thought.

So, voters, the choice is yours. If you do not want a prime location in beautiful Malibu to become a public campground, DO NOT elect the Band of Three to city council.

David Brotman

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mari stanley

Monday mornings Radio Malibu news feed also helped to dispel these "opinions" which are so negatively slanted and without a shred of source information. Hans Laetz spoke specifically to the manner in which TeamMalibu has been portrayed. We now have more pro-TeamMalibu publications - and voices - than negative but there will be a new front of attacks coming soon. It's their special brand and they wear it too well in my opinion. Negativity is often best described as an extremely difficult commodity to invest in as it requires constant massaging to keep the house of cards from falling down around them!

Andy Choka

Finally there is a reporter that can get it right. Suzanne Guildimann of The Malibu Post blog just released a definitive rep[ort on Bluffs Park. Needless to say she puts to rest David Brontman's attempt at dissinformation. She writes many good stories on Malibu and Malibu's history and it is well worth signing up for her blog.

http://themalibupost.blogspot.com/

Steve Woods

By Suzanne Guldiman
October in Malibu Bluffs Open Space Park offers vistas of dusty golden fields and wind-swept blue sea and sky. The meadowlarks arrived this week, from wherever they spend their summers. Cold air collects at the bottom of the ravines over night and lingers into the morning hours, offering early walkers a taste of winter and the concentrated fragrance of laurel sumac, sagebrush, and skunk musk—a sort of distillation of autumn in Malibu.,,,more on her Malibu Blogspot

Wake up and smell the concentrated fragrance of laurel sumac and sagebrush
http://themalibupost.blogspot.com/2016/10/a-walk-in-park.html?spref=fb

Steve Woods

'I don't know, maybe 39 campsites is a good thing.' Really ??

"since i am a Planning Commissioner, I am bound by attorney/client privilege and am not free to share with you more than I have"

But then you can't help yourself and 'share' fear mongering trail droppings from a coyote that has been poisoned with Rodentcides !!

JUST [censored] unbelievable ! [tongue]

David Brotman

Andy, I would love to tell you more. However, since i am a Planning Commissioner, I am bound by attorney/client privilege and am not free to share with you more than I have. You'll just have to wait and see what happens if you get your way and you kill the swap.

I don't know, maybe 39 campsites is a good thing.

Andy Choka

David...Give us the specifics . If you called Christi and she said anything other than the truth about the courts ruleing I would be supprised. It sounds like you can't admit that you either do not understand or do not want to admit that the plain fact is that the court ordered that the coastal commission/ MRCC plan for camping was illegal. It also ruled that in fhe future neither could go around a city in the coastal zone and approve a project without an approved application from the city involved. Those are the facts plain and simple. Christi would/could not have told you anything else. It is a published opinion . Look it up. Don't believe 1/4 thruths from uninformed people.

David Brotman

I wanted to repost this from my earlier comment. Very Important !

Alan, I did call Christie Hogan and without going into specifics it's NOT PERIOD END OF STORY. You figure it out. Don't always accept the half truths you read. Do some of your own research.

Steve Woods

I want to Repost this from AndyChoka , Very important !

I hope David Brontman calls the city attorney and gets his information straight. Christi Hogin will tell anyone who calls her that the city and Rick Mullen's Ramirez Canyon Preservation Foundation won a lawsuit in the appeals court . That lawsuit decision is a published decision and it is now the law in California .The decision gave Malibu complete control over its planning process and Malibu is in complete control of what is permitted in the city. The CCC and/or anyone else CAN NOT put camping in Malibu without the city council approving it PERIOD. This is established law and there can be no doubt about it. His information is completely false and anyone on the planning commission should know that. If you want to believe Sharon Barovsky (the source of the dissinformation) you owe it to yourself to get the facts straight because she dissreguards the facts frequently.
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Steve Woods

"Kids or Gophers" ??
Again , Jon Wrongly doubles down on boiling down reality to divisive polarized non- sense.

Wagner Mullen and Peak are Pro Wildlife and Pro Kids !

Jon not so Right is Pro at distorting the truth , Pro at hiding behind a fake name because he is anti environmental and Pro Urban development of our open spaces and anti Mission Statement just like David Brotman who ignores the fact that the Coastal Commission put out a list of priority properties that needed to be acquired and protected. Bluffs Park was listed as number three on the ENTIRE Coast of California !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jon Right

Not withstanding what Skylar is saying now, he voted on the Council for the Park Swap. I guess he didn't get the memo from the dark side. Will the "council members involved" be long gone before the final decision is made?"... probably. Maybe this campaign should be called "Kids or Gophers" the decision is yours.

Andy Choka

By the way, when the coastal commission was formed in the early 70's it put out a list of priority properties that needed to be acquired and protected. Bluffs Park was listed as number three on the whole coast. I think they will study what the city is doing closely. The council members involved will be long gone before a final decision is made on Bluffs Park development. In the mean time I hope the elected council provides facilities and recreational opportunities where they can be approved before the kids graduate from college.

Steve Woods

David ,, Are you referring to the Dwight Eisenhower 'skunk' quote ? or any of my quotes ?

If I am the 'Insult King' perhaps you can list 20 or 30 examples of these so called 'Insults' to back up your allegations ,,,okay,, I will make it easy ,,,only list 5 of the richest insults .
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Hope you have a more positive day
Nice day for a walk on the Sara Wan trail

David Brotman

Interesting comments from the insult king.

Steve Woods

Very sweet David , once again, you chose personnel insults over substance and is typical when one can no longer defend their position.

"You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership". Dwight D. Eisenhower

"This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect"
. Dwight D. Eisenhower

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Put your trust in the majority of your preservationist constituents and the stewards of Malibu's dwindling natural resources.

David Brotman

I should have known better than to enter this diatribe. It's like Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "Never get in a pissing match with a skunk."

Steve Woods

Cute David , way to twist .
Yes , a 'park' or our Bluffs Park does not qualify for being under assault by "commercialization " but the development that Parks and Rec has proposed and is trying to shove down our throats is the very definition of "Sub-urbanization" of our natural resources !
There is more than a little difference between rural passive hiking trails with viewing platforms and benches and the massive amount of grading that is necessary to level ball fields complete with necessary fertilizers ,herbicides (perhaps toxic rodent controls ) ,artificial irrigation , electrical and plumbing trenches , lighting , view blocking backstops, scoreboards, roads to asphalt parking lots with view blocking parking signs and buildings to house a community center , snack bars , restrooms , changing rooms and a structure to keep the drone of Pool Equipment pumps from drowning out the sound the ocean and wild birds that inhabit this rare coastal ecosystem.

And BTW Mr Brotman, there is a huge difference between the last remaining Coastal Bluff in LA county that was meant to be set a aside and protected as a pristine undeveloped coastal bluff and the residential zoned acreage at Trancas that was being slotted for a residential Condo Complex .

Perhaps the spirit of May Rindge will smile on the efforts of the majority of the community who will elect PEAK MULLEN WAGNER, instead of those who are intent to Sub-Urbanize and develop one of OUR last remaining Coastal Bluff parcels .
All of us 'cronies' are like those other cronies along our northern coast who are stepping up efforts to set aside and protect undeveloped coastal bluffs as has recently been done in Santa Barbara and Carpentria .

For those who have this strong need for urban park amenities perhaps Huntington Beach or Newport would better suit you.

Don't Change Malibu , let Malibu Change you

We owe it to the Taxpayers of California who visit our coast to keep Parks and Wreck from Wrecking it .
There are better places for those needs

Andy Choka

I hope David Brontman calls the city attorney and gets his information straight. Christi Hogin will tell anyone who calls her that the city and Rick Mullen's Ramirez Canyon Preservation Foundation won a lawsuit in the appeals court . That lawsuit decision is a published decision and it is now the law in California .The decision gave Malibu complete control over its planning process and Malibu is in complete control of what is permitted in the city. The CCC and/or anyone else CAN NOT put camping in Malibu without the city council approving it PERIOD. This is established law and there can be no doubt about it. His information is completely false and anyone on the planning commission should know that. If you want to believe Sharon Barovsky (the source of the dissinformation) you owe it to yourself to get the facts straight because she dissreguards the facts frequently.

mari stanley

Respect towards a fake, fake name. Quite an extension of empathy you expect while holding out not only your name but your own empathy towards others.
I did appreciate how you assigned David Brotman a bit of 'right' as if you are drawing the connections and providing readers the obvious assumption that you are one and the same. Brotman is right, is he Jon Right kind of right??

David Brotman

Steve, so a park qualifies for "suburbanization and commercialization"? Give me a break.

To bad May Rindge didn't have her way. Then we wouldn't have to deal with you and your cronies.

BTW doesn't Skyler's Trancas Park proposal fly in the face of your comments regarding open space? Oh i guess that skate parks don't qualify as "suburbanization and commercialization". Can't have it both ways Woodsie.

Alan, I did call Christie Hogan and without going into specifics it's NOT PERIOD END OF STORY. You figure it out. Don't always accept the half truths you read. Do some of your own research.

Steve Woods

David writes " However, you posted on October 3 on the Malibu Times Website the following:
“Jefferson and Mullen will campaign against the further destruction and development of Bluffs Park. Peak along with Pat Healy have made a deal at Trancas that can save the Bluffs.” That doesn't sound like they are in favor of it.

Yes!!! We need more leaders to represent the true majority of Malibu residents who want to protect the last remaining undeveloped open spaces and coastal bluffs in Malibu and LA County and in accordance with Malibu's Mission Statement. I know that Mr Brotman and other like minded park developers HATES our Mission Statement so I am going to scratch their chalkboard anyway :

“Malibu will maintain its rural character by establishing programs and policies that avoid suburbanization and commercialization of its natural and cultural resources.”

These lands must be saved as open space PARK LANDS against the destructive plans of the Parks and Recreation Urban Park Developers . When the Adamsons deeded over the Bluffs land it was clear that the land would be kept as Open Space for the people of California into perpetuity and not be exploited by the ambitious dreams of those who need to manifest their egotistical Urban Park dreams of asphalt roads and parking lots , view blocking back stops , scoreboards and fences after the massive grading of 100's of thousands of cubic yards to make un-needed level little league fields that encroaches on ESHA and endangering rare species so they can spray toxic pesticides , fertilizers and use gopher controlling rodenticides killing our wild life species as Parks and Rec has had a history of committing.
Our sports needs can be acquired in the more appropriate areas of the Civic Center . We do not need more urban amenities like ocean view blocking Snack Bars , pool equipment sheds, changing rooms buildings , restrooms , community buildings ,Amphitheaters , basket ball courts , developed on land intended to remain as protected natural open space . Lets not forget that Little League is waning locally and nationally , school enrollment is declining and that stats show a declining demographic of youth until at least 2025 due to child bearing families being priced out of Malibu .
Put the Civic back in the Civic Center
Did the people of California respond to the Malibu survey ? No !!! and the Parks and Rec Commission also ignored the majority Malibu sentiments that overwhelmingly responded stating its number one desire for Bluffs was to remain as Natural as Possible with passive hiking trails and vista overlooks

Malibu residents ,the Malibu Council, the Planning Commission and Parks and Rec have a huge responsibility, not only to its local preservationist constituents but must keep in mind that all Californians and visitors depend on us to be environmental stewards of this precious coastline .

We need a Council that will Reject our open space parks from urbanization and Reject camping !!
Don't change Malibu , Mr Brotman , Let Malibu change YOU !!

Vote for PEAK MULLEN and WAGNER [beam][thumbup][cool]

Andy Choka

All David has to do is call Christi Hogin the city attorney and she will tell him in no uncertain terms that the city and Rick Mullen's Ramirez Canyon association won a case in the appelant court the precludes the coastal commission and the mountains conservency from approving camping anywhere in Malibu. This is a published opinion and is the law in California. No, there can be no camping in Bluffs park without the city council approving it PERIOD END OF STORY. I am suprised David is so missinformed. I guess if you listen to Sharon Barovsky you will be mostly missinformed.

David makes pronouncements in the Planning Commission hearings that are totally off base all the time. This is nothing new.

If you don't belioeve me anyone can call the city attorney and she will set the record straight.

Jon Right

Mari, since we will not respect each others opinions, let's stick with the facts. We know the Mountain Conservancy wants to have camping, with fires, on all of their properties, including Bluffs Park. They said, "you can't have a camping experience without a camp fire." We all went ballistic with that thought and the Ramirez neighborhood sued the CCC and won, great, so far.

In the mean time, the City worked out a deal to swap Charmlee for Bluffs, ending any threat of camping in the center of town. But wait, Walt Keller did not like the idea of new camping at Charmlee and wrote a letter to the MT opposed to the swap. One reason may be the proximity of his house to a park that would be controlled by the Conservancy and their scary ideas.

We know the swap is not permanent yet. If the swap is stopped, the Conservancy will own Bluffs and no doubt will challenge any restriction that the City would try to impose upon them, they don't give up easily. The only sure way to control Bluffs is for the City to own it. Mullen said, that his slate has not expressed their opinion on the swap, which is flat out not true. Either he doesn't know what the others are saying or he doesn't know who he is associated with, a problem with running on a slate. In any case, it is not a good way to start out as someone who wants to be a City Official

Does anyone think Walt would support candidates that want to do something for which he is adamantly opposed? Hence, no swap, no park expansion, but maybe camping... Brotman has it right.

David Brotman

Response to Steve Woods’ comments: Given your inept ability as a journalist, your comments don’t come as a surprise. It would appear, as is exemplified by your prose, that you have been studying the Donald Trump approach. This is demonstrated in your adjective laden characterization of me.

You state, regarding the band of three, that “there have been No statements or have there been any intentions to ‘kill any community-supported plans for Bluffs Park for the next four years’.”

However, you posted on October 3 on the Malibu Times Website the following:

“Jefferson and Mullen will campaign against the further destruction and development of Bluffs Park. Peak along with Pat Healy have made a deal at Trancas that can save the Bluffs.” That doesn't sound like they are in favor of it.

Based on their negative comments, it is clear that the band of three are not in support of the Park plans.

Regarding the rest of your comments, it is clear that you do not know the whole story on the Bluffs Park Campground issue or you have conveniently left it out of your story. I know that your approach to journalism is to not research or report more than you have to in order to support your position.

I’m not going to do your job for you by giving you the rest of the story, but I will tell you it didn’t stop with the appeals court decision. If you don’t believe me, then go ahead and stop the swap like Jefferson wants and then you’ll see what happens.

PS. To Andy Choka. Jefferson Wagner has stated in public that he started stop the swap.

Sarah Dixom

It seems few people are aware that when we worked so hard to acquire Charmlee Natural Area that is what it was acquired to be in perpetuity. It was not to be a camping park or to be traded away. Are there no rules in politics and government? Can we have no confidence that what we negotiate in good faith will rule?

mari stanley

Very true Andy Choka! I've been made aware of an email sent out by Sharon Barovsky that seems to be the catalyst for such negative 'suppositions' by appointed commissioners working hard to oppose TeamMalibu. Have you seen negative and/or attacking Letters to the Editor from any other commissioners than those aligned to The Machine aka Sharon Barovsky? I find it intolerable for APPOINTED commissioners to sink to such levels, this is too close to prostitution of the very seats they hold in that it is favors to the powers that appointed and oversee their positions.

Andy Choka

The main point here is that David Brontman is doing the bidding of the machine campaign that wants to invent positions of Team Malibu. Team Malibu candidates NEVER have uttered the words "Stop the Swap" and David Brontman is knowingly lieing.. That is an invention of whoever is crafting Brontman's letters for him. I have been to a couple of team Malibu's meetings and they are always careful to say that they will listen to citizen input and evaluate the situation after we get a clear idea of what spaces can be developed on Bluffs Park. The plug for Carl Randall also contains a great deal of dissinformation. The survey that the city did for the park came up with passive uses as the most wanted (trails and openspace) . Way down on the list were uses Carl wanted so what did he do ? He went to the council and gave them a plan that included every use on the survey. Of course that won't work because there is not enough room for everything. If he is elected he will then merely choose what parts he wants and eliminate what the majority of the citizens want. That is the way the machine works.Talk one way and do another.

mari stanley

Here is the WaterFest information on the City Website to further raise awareness of the possible itchy stuff we already have on city council and why it's imperative for voters to share this information so we know how past votes have allowed seated officials to find profits - whether in office or later - from their public service serving on City Council. We have several past City Council individuals selling real estate in town as well if you'll remember Andy Stern's protestations of not having special interests in a development project...that he later signed on as real estate agent when they flipped their 'dream home' Watch out who endorses the candidates, be very wary of how FAKE names want to pretend they are your buddy offering dubious information yet with high expectations from readers to follow their every word as some truth. Use your real name if you want to project honesty and reliability in your posts Jon RighNo.
https://www.malibucity.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=2778

mari stanley

Jon Right brings up a valid argument but since he offers it as a test for choosing a candidate I'll take it one giant leap forward - How do you feel knowing a seated city council member has a business that suggests a serious conflict of interest with her city work and oversight? It begs the question, is this an ethical problem for the City of Malibu to have a seated official who is receiving income from the very actions she is expected to rule on and legislate?? Conflict of Interest is a policy that is clearly addressed in the Malibu City Council Policy handbook but it appears that Rosenthal is skating on thin frozen water in this venture. Bigger question, did the City's event over the summer spearheaded by Laura cover as a launch for her new business venture???
http://www.malibudroughtdoctor.com/about_us

Kate Elizabeth

I got Walt Keller's letter today too.

Noticed that nearly every LOCAL Malibu business has endorsed Peak Mullen and Wagner.

I wonder why that is.

Jon Right

Just received Walt's letter, now there is stew of misdirection, the list of names is very impressive and quite lengthy until you realize it includes their kids names, people who don't live or vote here and who knows what else, maybe their dogs.

Mari is right, don't base your vote on someone else's opinion, including mine. Look at the candidate's history, character, and position on the issues. Are they smart enough to take us where we all want to go, or will they let the State Agencies and the Courts make those decisions for us? Will they vote against a college because it is one foot too high? Do they propose to allow marijuana be grown every backyard? Is their enviro hobby more important than children's recreational opportunities? Will their code enforcement turn Malibu into a police state? How much do they respect a resident's privacy?

Whoever is elected can not just call it in and leave these decisions to the partisans. We should not vote for City leaders just because someone we know thinks they are nice people, we need to make that decision ourselves...ask the questions.

mari stanley

Wrong Right again, taking the wrong turn and messing around in sentences so carefully designed to dissuade participation once again.
Be thankful we all have individual will to vote as we desire and can reject the whisper campaigns - don't be played and recognize it as outright disrespect towards you if you receive such idiotic emails or hear anyone spouting off the 'inside knowledge' of another campaign without giving you actual source information to back it up. It will stop immediately given they have nothing to offer other than FAKE friendships just like the FAKE name Jon Right-o-what-else-do-you-want-me-to-put-up-under-my-alias.
Residents have been made aware of the opportunities to attend debates and meet/greet events as well as reading articles, interviews and they even have the right and ability to research backgrounds on Malibu Times website. Don't forget the candidate's websites also, even if you have to wade through the self promotion aspects. Pls do some research outside of taking the advice of comments on MT articles, do I have to plead with you to not take the words of FAKE names because I'll keep doing it every time I see Mr. Fake World 2016 come back in and tell us all how 'right' he believes himself to be.

Jon Right

If Woodsy's support for the "Slate" is any indication, we will have more gophers and less children at Bluffs Park. Candidates that run together, vote together. They incur an obligation to each other and to the party, no matter how they may view an issue independently. That is why it is called a machine.

The partisans claim to know the "will of the majority" when the only vote that been taken was in the living rooms of their celebrity sponsors.

All of the candidates should voice their own position on Bluffs Park, Trancas field, the cemetery, short term rentals, parking on the Point and the formula retail exclusions for their buddies. We need representatives that do not have to "check-in" with their handlers before they vote at the City Council.

pamela conley ulich

Would be nice if the candidates would respond to this. I would like to know if this is true.

Steve Woods

Malibu Planning Commissioner David Brotman has made many arrogant , insulting and condescending statements to Malibu loving residents before but it is his written statements about Rick Mullen , and that of Skylar Peak and Jefferson Wagner regarding the plans for recreational fields on Bluffs Parks that need to be addressed from his recent letter . Some of his statements are incorrect.
Lets set the record straight.

There have been No statements or have their been any intentions to "kill any community-supported plans for Bluffs Park for the next four years", Though most residents did not support the Charmlee /Bluffs Swap most residents did speak and overwhelmingly supported plans for a passive natural trails / vista viewing park at Bluffs to maintain the existing rare coastal bluff habitat to be kept as natural as possible and those desires in the Malibu Parks survey are supported and encouraged by PEAK MULLEN WAGNER . Did the Parks and Rec and the Council cherry pick and interrupt the survey the way they wanted in order to fulfill a powerful need to manifest their urban park dreams ? Oh, You Betcha ,, The Coastal Commission has not even received or responded to the report on TMDL irrigation loads that will impact the bluff geology above Malibu Colony Road residents nor have they responded to the massive grading requirements that the Urban Park Planners have in mind for their suburban park development complete with asphalt roads ,graded level ballfields, parking lots , view blocking Score boards , back stops, snack bar , pool changing rooms , pool pump sheds , community hall buildings and restroom facilities .Never mind Parks and Rec's previous thirst to use poisonous toxic herbicides , fertilizers and wildlife killing rodenticides that will end up in our ocean The concept of an additional urban recreational development on what is not actually Bluff’s Park but is the Bluff’s Park Open Space area can be summed up with the Mission Statement of Malibu which says:

“Malibu will maintain its rural character by establishing programs and policies that avoid suburbanization and commercialization of its natural and cultural resources.”

Building additional urban recreational facilities on one of the last remaining pristine coastal headlands in Southern California– that happens to be right in the center of our town – is the very definition of “suburbanization of our natural resources”. . The existing City Council and the Parks and Recreation Department are OK with putting suburban style recreation facilities in one of our last remaining most pristine natural resources. So, it doesn’t matter what the residents think, because the plans are underway even though the survey that was done indicated that MOST residents who took the survey preferred trails and passive activities to more sports fields. Residents be damned !

Now, does that mean that we don’t think kids should have more sports fields? No. It means that there are better places to put them. In addition to the destruction of the natural beauty of the wilderness area, the new plan will increase traffic and congestion on PCH by creating another entrance onto PCH in addition to the one at Michael Landon Park. As more and more talk is heard from people in Malibu during this campaign, there are two main things they are concerned about: Preservation of Malibu’s rural character and traffic congestion and safety on PCH. This proposed development will make both of those things worse. It is the responsibility of the City Council to not make things worse with their decisions. We, the majority of residents believe there are better places in Malibu for these fields. Perhaps some of the open land that has just come up for sale next to City Hall? In the long run, it would probably be cheaper and quicker to build on something like that which would have less impact on the environment, less impact on PCH traffic and safety, be cheaper, get approved by the Coastal Commission a lot faster, have more parking and would not destroy one of the last remaining pristine coastal headlands in the process. Faster, cheaper, smarter, more parking and safer. And that is just one example. There are many others.

This is a great example of why we need a change in City Government from one with a bias for suburbanizing our natural resources, a violation of one of the prime directives of the Mission Statement, to one that looks for alternatives to satisfy the recreational needs of the youth of Malibu. Those who want to preserve our natural resources are not anti-kids or anti-sports, all of us spent time in our youth doing exactly those things as did our children. There are simply better places for those facilities, but this has been the decision that has been made by this pro-development Council, David Brotman and their appointees on the Parks and Rec and Planning Commissions.

The other thing that Mr. Brotman betrays is this belief that if Malibu doesn’t build ball fields on Bluffs then Joe Edmiston will build his campgrounds that were approved by the Coastal Commission. THAT IS FALSE !!. It is true that the Coastal Commission approved an “override” of Malibu’s Local Coastal Program by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 2010 that included a camping plan in violation of its own Coastal Act. The Coastal Commission was taken to court by Rick Mullen , as President of the Ramirez Canyon Preservation Fund, and the City of Malibu over this approval. The reason his organization stayed in the lawsuit, at great expense to the residents of Ramirez Canyon, is because they did not want the City of Malibu to negotiate away the rights of the residents of Malibu by “settling” with the Conservancy prior to trial. Because Rick and his supporters , they were unable to do that and the case went to court and Malibu residents won. The Coastal Commission appealed and lost. They then petitioned to not have the decision published so that it could not be used as precedent in future cases by other municipalities. That was denied.

The victors in this case were the people of Malibu. What was determined was that it is the City of Malibu, not the Coastal Commission or the Conservancy, both State of California entities, that approves development within the City of Malibu even on State owned property. This was a huge victory for the City and all coastal cities in California who have been bullied by the Conservancy and the Coastal Commission.

What this means, and Mr. Brotman should know as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Malibu, is that the Conservancy can’t put campgrounds on Bluff’s even if the land is returned to them if the City does not want them because they have to get approval from the City for those developments. You can thank Rick Mullen and the residents of Ramirez Canyon for that. And – the City of Malibu got its legal fees reimbursed by the State for that case.

Through the years Rick Mullen has gotten the impression from Council Members that they were intimidated by State agencies like the Conservancy and the Coastal Commission. Maybe that’s how we wound up with the sewer being installed in the center of town. Rick Mullen is not intimidated and has proven that. Governmental agencies should be in support of towns like Malibu. The Cities and towns are where the rubber meets the road and the County and State agencies should support us, not dictate to us. This is America, not some authoritarian state.

The kind of fear-mongering that Commissioner Brotman brought up about there being a regional overnight campground being built is nonsense. What is true is that Parks and Rec is working with the Coastal Commission on making a “regional park” on Bluffs for everyone, not just Malibu residents. That is according to Carl Randall. If the people of Malibu are comfortable with bulldozing one of the last pristine coastal headlands that was purchased by the taxpayers for preservation not development, and the Coastal Commission approves doing that on a pristine Bluff purchased by the taxpayers for preservation then maybe this plan will go ahead. But most of the people that the Mullen Wagner and Peak candidates have talked to during the campaign are in agreement : they want to preserve Malibu with the last of the open spaces and ease the congestion on PCH and “avoid suburbanization of our natural resources.” This Bluff’s development plan is the handiwork of the present City Council and of on full disclosure regarding Bluff’s Park during this campaign. It’s not personal, it’s just that Malibu candidates like Carl Randall, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Department say they are proud of this project and will have to accept the long-term consequences of their actions in the destruction of our natural resources and increased problems on PCH.

Lets not allow the Carl Randalls and David Brotmans and the current city council and Parks and Rec destroy the last of our open spaces, lets persevere it for the sake of our children but for the sake of the future generations of all Californians.
Elect Mullen Wagner and Peak 2016 !!


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