Planning Commission refuses to re-hear La Paz project

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In a stunning move that emptied nearly 100 people from Malibu’s City Council chambers, the Planning Commission Tuesday refused to reconsider an application heard in January to build the La Paz office and shopping complex in the Civic Center area.

In a 3 to 2 vote, commissioners Regan Schaar and John Mazza agreed with the motion proposed by Planning Commission Chair Joan House, who attended the meeting by teleconference, to amend the agenda by removing the public hearing on the project.

Commissioners Ed Gillespie and Jeff Jennings voted against the amended agenda, citing, respectively, the unfairness of the last-minute change and the potential for legal action against the city.

By Vicky Shere/ Special to the Malibu Times