I have been amazed at the outpouring of community concern regarding the Trancas Garden Center being given an eviction notice. The Garden Center is a treasure in Malibu and one of my most favorite places. On average, I am there 3 or 4 times a week buying flowers, soil, vegetable starts and seeds to keep up my extensive garden. I love the people working there.

I do have anxiety about how we can approach the developers in a loving way so they will know the extent of our feelings about preserving this special spot. Gandhi said: “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding” so I hope we can approach this situation with non-violence in word, thought and deed.

I do not know who the developers are or their overall plan for the area. I can see that the grocery store is quite old and could do with a makeover. I hope that we can be respectful of our differences and work together to have something at Trancas that we all feel good about, which would include Sea Lilly and our beloved Garden Center, at a reasonable rent.

Valerie Sklarevsky