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4 | January 25, 2018 | Malibu surfside news News malibusurfsidenews.com malibu City Council Majority vote upholds cannabis delivery ban Two members, public plead for reconsideration Lauren coughlin, Editor Marijuana delivery remains a no-go in Malibu. Despite additional pleas from the public and a contrary motion supported by two members, the council voted 3-2 Monday, Jan. 22, to adopt the previously discussed ordinance which prohibits delivery of medical or recreational cannabis, and regulates personal cultivation. Representatives from 99 High Tide and Malibu Community Collective addressed the council, as did patients and family members of those who benefit from medical marijuana. After hearing from the public, Councilmember Laura Rosenthal moved to bring back the item for further discussion and asked the council to show compassion for those who rely upon the product. Mayor Skylar Peak seconded her motion, noting that one speaker, whose son had cerebral palsy, was the “perfect example” of who Malibu should be serving through delivery. Councilmember Jefferson Wagner, whose surf shop shares a parking lot with 99 High Tide, noted that he sees the needs of the patients and understood the passion behind the issue, but said he was not prepared to reverse the motion. “I don’t have a problem with the medical marijuana itself — its just it’s too new, it’s too fresh,” Wagner said. Mayor Pro Tem Rick Mullen too said it wasn’t a lack of passion, but rather an exercise of caution. Councilmember Lou La Monte noted that many other cities in LA County have banned medical marijuana. “So you want to go back to the Dark Ages and get rid of medical marijuana now?” said Rosenthal, who added that she was “extremely disappointed” in the council. “I feel, as I said before, that we’re going backwards,” Rosenthal said. Addressing coastal erosion After an informational presentation on coastal erosion, Environmental Sustainability Director Craig George received the approval of the council to seek proposals for a coastal vulnerability assessment. Coastal consultant/geologist Michael Phipps briefed the council on the topic, which came to light last June after surfers asked the City to look into erosion at Surfrider Beach and near the Adamson House. “I think the biggest problem we face here in Malibu is a sediment deficiency,” Phipps said, noting that dredging is not an option for nourishment in Malibu. Phipps said the Malibu coast has not been studied since 1994, though the council noted some more recent data is available. Generally, a staff report notes that sea level rise, increased storm intensity and sediment shortage contribute to coastal erosion. “Empirical observations indicate that during large storms or even king tides, the rate and amount of beach erosion can be sudden and dramatic,” an agenda report states. “In contrast, the subsequent recovery of the beaches is slow, often requiring months for the beach to reach its pre-storm configuration. Years of observation of these cycles have to be made in order to understand whether long-term erosion is occurring.” Malibu Planning Commission Commissioners question staff ’s application of code Project’s permit application approved 4-1 Lauren Coughlin, Editor What the City of Malibu chalked up to being a staff typo became food for thought and, ultimately, Planning Commission-approved language during its Jan. 16 meeting. The language in question addressed whether or not a Coastal Development Permit should be declared as consistent with the Malibu Municipal Code as well as the Local Coastal Program’s Local Implementation Plan. The commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Jeffrey Jennings abstaining, to reinstate that staff found that the project — an 8,473-squarefoot, one-story home located at 30385 Morning View Drive — complied with the MMC. The commission also voted 4-1, with Commissioner John Mazza abstaining, to approve the CDP and remove Sycamore trees from the landscaping plan. For the majority of the commission, the MMC’s exclusion was the sticking point. “Why was it in there last time?” Mazza asked, referencing an earlier initial staff report that stated the project needed to comply with the MMC as well as the LCP. “My understanding is that it was in there by error,” Assistant City Attorney Trevor Rusin said. “ ... It’s an application for a Coastal Development Permit, which is issued per the Local Coastal Program, so you’re looking for conformance with the LIP. There are no entitlements that were requested pursuant to the Malibu Municipal Code in this situation.” Commissioner Steve Uhring pointed to one piece of the project which was altered that day, but which otherwise would have been bound by the municipal code. The project included plans for California Sycamore trees along the property line that, upon growing to maturity, trigger the code’s private view impact requirements, Uhring said. “Didn’t those trees have a view blockage?” Uhring asked. The applicant agreed to remove those specific trees to appease a neighbor’s concerns, but Uhring noted that staff signed off on the plans prior to that development. Planning Director Bonnie Blue agreed. “Sometimes that’s why neighbors, their input, is important on something like this,” Blue said. “ ... We do our best to anticipate where there’s going to be an issue.” The home itself does not exceed 18 feet, therefore not flagging view concerns that would require a site plan review. “We do make sure that the standards of the municipal code are enforced even though you don’t have to make a specific finding of that,” Blue said. “ ... If there’s a specific section that you are concerned about, let me know what it is.” Chairman Mikke Pierson agreed, noting that he did not believe staff ignored MMC standards. “I get your point,” Pierson said. “You want to make sure this conforms. I think our attorney [and] the head of planning have said it does.” Vice Chairman Chris Marx noted that he did not believe the project was consistent in terms of neighborhood character, which is outlined in the MMC. Jennings was quick to point out that a neighborhood character finding was not required. “Basically, they want to come up with a way to say this house is too large,” Jennings said. “ ... Let’s be honest, this is a political determination, not a legal determination, and not doing your job as judges and applying the law to the facts.” Pierson again emphasized that the plans fit the code. “I think we have a lot of evidence here that this follows the code as it is, whether we like it or not,” he said. “I don’t think this is trying to circumvent the code. I don’t think it’s trying to slide anything mischievous under it.” Pierson, who consistently notes he personally does not like large homes, said that if the commission didn’t agree with the code, they should elect a council that will change it. “The people who wrote the general plan, who wrote the code, I don’t think they had a vision at that time that said, ‘Look at the money that’s pouring into the city and look what that money is building,’” Uhring said.
malibusurfsidenews.com News Malibu surfside news | January 25, 2018 | 5 Curious crowds flock to Malibu’s Touch a Truck event Barbara Burke Freelance Reporter Wonder and glee abounded Saturday, Jan. 20, as families stopped by the City’s Touch a Truck event in the library parking lot. The event allowed all to check out fire trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, police cars and even a Star Wars mobile, complete with costumed characters. “I like this event that is sponsored by the City because it gives little ones access to what’s happening in the real world,” said Isabell Xiao, mother of 2-year-old twins Ike and Ivey. Event volunteers seemed to enjoy the event almost as much as the children. “The kids love the truck,” said a grinning Fernando Garcia from Waste Management. “I sometimes feel like a rock star as I drive by them at their homes and wave back at them.” Children were able to sit in vehicles, touch all the buttons and honk horns. “I think this is a great event,” said Grant Hornbeck as he and his wife, Candice, watched 1-yearold Grant Jr. examine a Bonanza concrete truck with keen interest. The event also allowed the children to learn about the function of the vehicles and how they fit into the community. “I think it is important to let the public know that we are here to offer help and to inform them about rip currents,” said Jonahvan Rico, a firefighter paramedic at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 88. Victoria Rodriguez agreed. She brought her children, Noel and Isabel, to see all of the vehicles, but especially to see the one that their mother uses in her service to our nation. “I’m in the U.S. Navy and our vehicle today is a naval mobile vehicle, sometimes called Seabees, that offers light service support services,” she said. “During peacetime operations, we work to build support systems with other countries. For instance, we went to To view more photos, visit malibusurfside news.com. the Philippines when there was a need in that country. We work with embassies to provide support. Our vehicle is designed to provide support if any of the Navy’s construction vehicles break down.” Mary Smyth, the grandmother of 3-year-old Jude Smyth, chaperoned as Jude darted from vehicle to vehicle. “Jude is into trucks,” Mary said. “I thought to myself that this is the best thing to have him do on a beautiful Malibu morning.” Max Gagne, 2, sits behind the wheel of a Waste Management recycling truck during the Saturday, Jan. 20 Touch a Truck event. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media Erin Von Watts, who brought her children, Izzy, 7, and Asher, 2, was impressed by the event. “This is the best event,” she said. “Only in Malibu would we get such a great opportunity. I’ve spent years gently telling Asher that generally he cannot touch the trucks. Here, today, he can. It’s great.” Alexis Smith Private Lives and Public Affairs January 20 - April 1, 2018 For over 40 years, Alexis Smith has made collages that explore the impact of popular culture on our lives. She typically begins with an array of images—ranging from thrift-store finds to nostalgic advertisements—and juxtaposes them with poetic and poignant texts. Her art underscores the powerful role the media has in For over 40 years, Alexis Smith has made collages that explore the impact of popular culture on our lives. She typically begins with an array of images—ranging from thrift-store finds to nostalgic advertisements—and juxtaposes them with poetic and poignant texts. Her art underscores the powerful role the media has in shaping our self-image. This exhibition focuses on key works from the 1980s joined by more recent pieces. The centerpiece is Past Lives, a room-sized installation originally shaping created with our poet self-image. Amy Gerstler in 1989 that recreates the look and feel of a typical American elementary school classroom. Exhibition curated Enigmatic by Michael texts Zakian, in written cooperation on with the Honor walls Fraser Gallery. read like Funding provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation excerpts from the comments and in an a anonymous report donor. card or employee review. The empty chairs—representing vastly different periods and styles—remind us of the numerous past lives that were shaped in school rooms like this. This fascinating and psychically charged work reminds us of the complicated feelings that emerge in our recollections of childhood. Exhibition curated by Michael Zakian, in cooperation with Honor Fraser Gallery. Funding provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and an anonymous donor. Alexis Smith and Amy Gerstler, Past Lives, 2013. Installation view, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Joshua White. Reception to Meet the Artist: Sunday, January 21, 4–6 pm Alexis Smith and Amy Gerstler, Past Lives, 2013. Installation view, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Joshua White.