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8 | February 15, 2017 | Malibu surfside news Community malibusurfsidenews.com Shadow The Bouganim family, of Malibu Shadow, a 7-year-old husky-shepherd mix, belongs to Malibu’s Bouganim family and enjoys going on walks with the family’s other dog Mochi, a Shiba Inu. To see your pet featured as Pet of the Week, email news@ malibusurfsidenews.com. Photo Op THE INDUSTRY’S FINEST HIGH-END LUXURY ADDICTION TREATMENT FACILITY LIVE THE LIFE YOU WERE ALWAYS MEANT TO LIVE 800.501.1988 CLIFFSIDEMALIBU.COM Malibu resident and Surfside photographer Suzy Demeter shared this beautiful image from her recent trip to the Big Sur coast. Want your photo to appear in our newspaper? Email news@ malibusurfsidenews.com. Commission From Page 6 cember, the City needs more parking. However, commissioners worried that allowing hotels and motels to apply for the valet parking use was too ambitious of an approach. The commission passed a 4-0 resolution to the item, asking for clarification and details on several points. Uhring was vocal about the need for additional research on parking in the city before approving what he called “a major piece of legislature.” “There’s no study; that’s like putting the cart after the horse,” Uhring said. “We’re supposed to plan and make sure we do things that are right for the City.” Uhring added that with traffic being such an issue in Malibu, he wanted to tread carefully on anything that may increase traffic, illegal U-turns and the like. Contract Planner Jasch Janowicz said the amendment would still allow commissioners to review a comprehensive study of parking before approving a given project, particularly if a lot was proposed in a crowded commercial corridor. “All we’re saying is you can submit a request,” Janowicz said. Presently, Malibu Beach Inn, 22878 Pacific Coast Highway, is the only applicant seeking an off-site valet parking lot, as they are to install a pool that would eliminate current onsite parking. An agenda supplement explained that the lost spaces were proposed to be located in the existing Hertz rental parking lot, but it was determined that there was not a legal and safe pedestrian path across PCH. “Due to concerns over pedestrian safety, the applicant was advised to consider other options for addressing the displaced parking associated with the proposed hotel renovation,” the agenda document stated. “The applicant subsequently submitted ZTA No. 16-002 in April 2016 proposing that the [Malibu Municipal Code] be amended to conditionally permit off-site valet parking facilities for hotel, motels, and bed and breakfast inns located in the CV-1 and CV-2 zoning districts.” The proposal hailed from the City’s Zoning Ordinance Revisions and Code Enforcement Subcommittee, which reviewed the amendment in August/September 2016. The Planning Commission’s resolution requested information on the availability of off-site parking spaces, as well as clarification on the allowable distance between a lot and property. Further, the commission requested a study on the citywide impact of the proposed amendment on traffic, as well as a more detailed study of the impact on PCH between Malibu Pier and quarter mile south of McDonald’s. Commissioners also wanted to know the cost of amendment enforcement and method of enforcement. Pierson worried about the length of ownership for an off-site lot, and he proposed that the off-site parking contract should be the same length as the useful life of the property vs. the minimum 10-year parking contract the draft amendment had suggested. Uhring also worried that approving such a use might provoke other businesses to seek off-site parking. Blue noted that the amendment was “narrowly crafted” at present. “It seemed like a good way to begin to explore offsite parking,” Blue said.
malibusurfsidenews.com News Malibu surfside news | February 15, 2017 | 9 Floods, fires and snow dot Malibu’s history Suzanne Guldimann Freelance Reporter Other parts of California remain in a state of emergency, but so far, heavy rains have caused relatively minor problems in Malibu. That’s unusual, and longtime residents hope the pattern will hold. Author Mike Davis in his controversial book “Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster,” summarized the weather phenomenon California is experiencing right now as, “Once or twice every decade, Hawaii sends Los Angeles a big, wet kiss. Sweeping far south of its usual path, the westerly jet stream hijacks warm water-laden air from the Hawaiian archipelago and hurls it towards the Southern California Coast,” where, in Davis’ words, it “sometimes produces rainfall of a ferocity unrivaled anywhere on earth.” So far this year, Malibu has missed the full force being felt in other areas. The Santa Monica Mountains have received approximately 16 inches of rain — almost enough to bring the area out of the drought, but not enough to trigger a disaster, at least, not yet. In February of 1998, Malibu received 14 inches of rain just in the month of February. In 1983, sometimes described as “The Great El Niño Year,” the area received more than 34 inches of rain, and during the winter of 2004-2005, 37.25 inches were recorded, making it the second wettest year in Los Angeles County’s history. For longtime local Marsha Maus, who grew up on Point Dume in the 1950s, the floods of 1958 stand out. “I’d never seen so much water,” she recalled. Maus also recalls the prelude to the flood: a catastrophic fire that burned the coast from Broad Beach to Pacific Palisades on Christmas 1956. “We stood on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Zumirez Drive, eating doughnuts supplied by the Red Cross, and watched the fire burn past us,” she recalled. The scorched hills received more than 21 inches of rain the following winter, triggering mudslides. “There was mud everywhere,” Maus said. Longtime resident and restaurateur Dolores Rivellino, better known as Malibu’s “Godmother,” remembers plenty of bad storms, including the floods of 1968-1969, the year she moved to Malibu. ”I had a friend visiting,” she recalled. “Once she got here, she couldn’t leave. There was so much rain, so much mud, we couldn’t get her to the airport.” Malibu received more than 27 inches of rain that winter. Rivellino also has vivid memories of the storms of 1979-1980, which resulted in mudslides that shut PCH for months. Malibu received nearly 27 inches of rain that year, as well. “The mountain came down and stayed down,” she said. “We had to leave one car on each side of the slide and walk across on the beach, and we did that for months.” That winter brought coastal flooding, mudslides, rockslides and dangerous canyon flash flooding. Canyon roads, including Topanga, collapsed, taking trees, cars and houses with them, and Malibu residents were isolated for months, forced to take lengthy detours to avoid the closures. However, as far Rivellino is concerned, 1993 wins the prize for the worst Malibu weather. Rivellino, the proprietor of the Godmother Cafe, recalls that Cross Creek Road was transformed into a river. The floodwaters stopped at the door of her restaurant in the Malibu Country Mart. Other business owners in the same center were not as fortunate. Backhoes were required to clear feet of mud and silt from shops and parking areas. “It rained for 16 straight days,” Rivellino told the Surfside News. “That was the storm to beat all storms. There was mud up to your knees on Pacific Coast Highway.” The Malibu Creek flood that swamped Civic Center areas businesses also flooded houses in the Malibu Colony, including those of actor Larry Hagman and tennis pro John McEnroe. News stories featured actor Burgess Meredith, surveying the wreckage of his Colony house. The deck and garden were completely washed away, and the windows shattered. A dozen beachfront houses on Malibu Road and in the Colony were undermined by the waves. A section of old Malibu Road reportedly sank more than a foot. As more rain rolled in, fire crews and residents Pictured is Topanga Canyon Blvd. collapsing into the creek above PCH in 1980. 22nd Century Media File Photo raced against time to shore up the road and build sandbag sea walls. Further up the coast, Zuma lost 30 feet of sand, and storm surge flooded the parking lot. Westwood Beach was covered in storm debris from record surf and storm surge. In the mountains, the water level in Malibou Lake was so high several lakefront houses were submerged to the eaves. All over the mountains, rockslides closed roads and caused accidents. Snow levels dropped dramatically, dusting the highest parts of the Santa Monica Mountains with snow. Heavy rains continued during the winter of 1994-1995. The disaster was intensified by the impact of the 1993 Old Topanga Fire, which left the hills above PCH in eastern Malibu vulnerable to mudflows. Storms in January 1995 damaged the bridge over Malibu Creek, forcing emergency repairs and once again shutting down PCH. “It was right after we became a city,” Walt Keller, Malibu’s first mayor, told The Surfside News. “We started out with one disaster after another.” It’s not all bad news. Malibu’s extreme rain years help recharge the water level in streams and springs, Please see Weather, 10 Biologists: Pepperdine puma behavior not aggressive Lauren Coughlin, Editor Pepperdine continues to work with staff from the National Parks Service and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to assess the university’s onslaught of mountain lion sightings. “To date, neither organization characterizes any of the mountain lion’s behavior as aggressive, therefore they indicate there is no threat to the safety of the University community,” a Feb. 8 emergency services blog post noted. “The University is continuing to follow this matter, and you should still remain alert and cautious.” The post noted there have been additional unconfirmed mountain lion sightings at locations including Seaver Academic Complex, Towers, the School of Law, and near Thornton Administrative Center. That is on top of nine oncampus sightings reported between Dec. 18-Feb. 1. The university noted that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife states that mountain lions rarely attack humans, but caution should still be used. Anyone on campus is advised to avoid hiking, biking or jogging alone, particularly from dusk until dawn. Anyone who encounters a puma is also advised to appear large and to maintain eye contact while slowly moving away. If attacked, fighting back is recommended. A mountain lion seen on or near the Malibu campus should be reported to the Department of Public Safety at (310) 506-4441. The university has security escorts available on the Malibu campus 24/7 by calling Public Safety Dispatch at (310) 506-4442. If it is safe to do so, the university also recommends taking a picture and/or video to share with Public Safety via the LiveSafe app.