Measure R Dealt Final Blow

The Whole Foods development was located on the northwest corner of Cross Creek Road and Civic Center Way. 

RIP Measure R.

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, the California Supreme Court officially declined to take the case, leaving no further move for proponents of the beleaguered formula retail ordinance, according to City Attorney Christi Hogin, who confirmed the news Thursday.

As of Aug. 9, there was no legal barrier to construction on the Whole Foods and the Park project in the Malibu Civic Center.

It will not be long before the city will begin plotting its next moves, Hogin said, since an item on the upcoming Aug. 14 city council agenda paves the way for the city to enact its own formula retail ordinance and Civic Center design standards. That agenda is available on the city’s website.

At the end of June, a unanimous decision made in the Court of Appeal of the State of California ruled Measure R illegal. Weeks later, the Malibu City Council voted in closed session to petition an appeal to the California Supreme Court, which the court this week declined to hear.

More information on Measure R and its long history is available here.

Look for an updated story in the Aug. 17 print edition of The Malibu Times.