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Recently, there has been a lot of talk and a lot written about Measure M, the measure on the upcoming November ballot about the Malibu Bay Company Development Agreement. Unfortunately, I must plead to a degree of ignorance concerning the political “wheelings and dealings” behind the structure of this proposed agreement.

However, what I do know is this: if this deal goes through, we can all say goodbye to Malibu as we know it. I have lived in Malibu for many years and have seen Malibu grow beyond what it can comfortably bear now and, in my own view, I think it has reached its growth limit. I would hate to see Malibu become another built up, busy tourist town and lose the charm that remains. Everyone that I know here moved to and lives in Malibu for one main reason: that it is still a relatively quiet community.

Barring summer weekends, it is still easy to get around. If this Malibu Bay Company Development Agreement is allowed to pass, the traffic alone would become a nightmare on a routine basis. I hope the voters in Malibu don’t want that to happen. As for further development in Civic Center and the potential of a wastewater treatment in the center of Malibu, doesn’t just the idea of that speak for itself? I also don’t believe that Point Dume needs a shopping mall. What’s wrong with leaving some land undeveloped and open? Does there have to be something built on every last plot of ground? I hope people will wake up and realize what this is all about – profits for Malibu Bay Company, not quality of life for the people in Malibu.

I am voting “No” on M.

Lauren Bradley