The Malibu Film Festival had a wonderful beginning in our community last week. However, it was a shame that the moviegoers had to see the various showcased films in a tent alongside Pacific Coast Highway. It was also a shame that many of the participants in the film festival had to stay outside of Malibu. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a movie complex consisting of four to six modern theaters located in the Civic Center? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a brand new hotel that was environmentally designed and that could accommodate various functions for the Malibu Film Festival, serve as a location for the prom for our Malibu High School students, accommodate visiting teams playing basketball and other sports at Pepperdine University and also serve as a base for parents attending graduation at Pepperdine?
With the introduction of the Malibu Film Festival into our community, we are making great strides toward the millennium. With so many families with children moving into the Malibu area during the last few years, we must provide additional recreational facilities and activities for our children to stay in Malibu and not become victims on Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu Canyon and Kanan Dume Canyon, considering the fact that many horrific and fatal accidents involve teen-agers returning home late at night. What is wrong with having a place for our children to hang out at and stay close to home?
We might even consider the introduction of a trolley along Pacific Coast Highway from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. in the morning on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This will allow people throughout Malibu to travel north and south on Pacific Coast Highway without having to use their automobiles at night.
This would diminish the traffic flow on the highway, and it would also allow people to relax while traveling from their home to the various restaurants and stores throughout our wonderful beach community.
J. Patrick Maginnis