NIMBY motive behind Kiwanis criticism

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Poor Steve Uhring. In his letter to the local papers, he says he has been criticized when he had complained about the Chili Cook-off event and Kiwanis Club’s supposed mishandling of the money it receives from the event. H.L. Mencken must have had Steve Uhring in mind when he said, “A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.” Forget that the Kiwanis Club and the Chili Cook-off have been around long before Uhring decided to buy his house above the Civic Center. Forget that hundreds of Malibu residents look forward to this annual event where people can gather and have fun. What we all really know is that Steve doesn’t really want to be disturbed by the sound and sight of happy people having fun and cynically uses tax returns to cloud his real NIMBY motives to try to shut down this popular event.

If Steve is so concerned about tax-exempt organizations, I for one would like to see him post the tax returns of his Malibu Township Council and the Malibu Coastal Land Conservancy. Steve sits on the Board of Directors for both organizations. Unlike the Kiwanis Club, neither of these organization’s tax returns are posted on Uhring’s web site. So Steve, smell the flowers, life isn’t all coffins.

Ken Kearsley

Former Mayor