California Coastal commissioners all stated recently they were opening up lines of communication with City of Malibu representatives, residents and visitors for revisions to their staff written Local Coastal Plan (LCP) for Malibu. In response to the hearings, they said they would welcome phone calls and especially written suggestions for revising specific plan items.
Now it is partly up to us to characterize what residents and visitors can’t live with about this plan and its assumptions, item by item. You can request and then read carefully copies of the staff LCP including the staff report and transcribed testimony by requesting them from the Ventura office at 805.641.0142.
Learn about this plan because it will forever affect your personal, family and even pet’s safety against wildlife and human intruders; your present and future home and lot use; your landscaping, gardening, and orchard pursuits; your horse corrals, barns and trails; your parks, your wetland dreams, your beach access, parking, availability of rental units, the urbanization of your Civic Center, etc. Or you can choose to ignore all the extreme and impractical requirements in the LCP and file lawsuits or complain forever.
You can reach the commissioners individually and through your City Council people, Gov. Davis, state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, and Assemblymember Fran Pavley. Commissioner phones and addresses are available along with relevant information at the web site http://www.coastal.gov.
Make sure our newspapers cover the LCP items comparing previous City LCP with CCC language and with interviews with residents and visitors that personalize the issues on a home and lot basis.
There is a lot at stake and the CCC is rushing this process with their next draft due out in January. The ball is in our court. Let’s understand and communicate!
Dr. Bruce Lockwood