Malibu HOT: History, Opinion, Trivia

I have always been a lukewarm defender of Legacy Park, but no more. It was fun for a while.

Well, never fun, but interesting and novel, at least. But no more. If you have seen Tongva Park in Santa Monica — brand new at Ocean and Colorado, caddy-corner from the pier — you’d know the rich, beautiful park that Legacy Park could and should be. Tongva Park is sensational and varied, and, day or night, has an incredible lure of peace and inspiration. It has observation decks — some 18 feet off the ground — winding walkways, rolling hills, expansive lawns, picnic tables and lots of play areas for kids. The lighting at night is fabulous. There is a modern design and water features, among other allures. Meanwhile, Legacy Park is full of weeds that nobody cares about. We need a movement to make Legacy Park like Tongva Park.

La Salsa was originally a hamburger place and the La Salsa guy used to be a white dude holding a hamburger.

Soon it will be whale season. Be sure to treat yourself to a visit to Bluffs Park or especially the Point Dume Headlands one afternoon to keep an eye out for whales.

If you drove onto PCH, settled into the left lane heading for Santa Monica and stayed in that lane without ever switching, you would exit the Harbor Freeway and end up practically at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The Kanan arrester bed was finally finished after two months of construction. And two months later you still can’t use it.

Malibu has a larger population than two state capitols: Pierre, South Dakota and Montpelier, Vermont.

The Malibu Association of Realtors presidents for the past 10 years, beginning in 2004: Viki Darbonne, Paul Grisanti, Phil Bailey, Christine Rodgerson, Paul Spiegel, Bill Bowling, Jan Thompson, Dan Ross, Bobby Lehmkuhl and Matt Ogden. This year it is Meril May, who also does incredible work on behalf of the community dealing with traffic and safety issues with Caltrans. Next up, in 2015: Sarah Ribnick Kosasky.

It’s sad to see the Malibu Golf Course closed down. The target date for it to re-open after full renovations: Summer, 2017.

Cell service in Malibu gets worse every day. We need to do something.

Real estate statistic:  This year, between 200-300 homes will sell in Malibu, for the third year in a row.  But only twice in the 14 years before 2012 did the typical 200-300 homes sell. From 1998-2004, six times it was more than 300 sales. From 2006-2011, it was six straight years less than 200 sales.

Thank you for reading the following comments on Measure R: 

• First, the primary ads of the proponents are completely false and misleading when they show huge red buildings everywhere. Absolutely exaggerated and dishonest.

• Second, as I have written many times before, traffic is not now nor will it ever be a problem in Malibu due to current or future development. Traffic comes from either an accident, a malfunctioning signal, road work or the invasion of beach visitors. Never from our own development. The threat of traffic from any development in mid-Malibu is completely dishonest. 

• Third, lets actually be honest: This is an attempt to vote in mob rule. If Measure R passes, there will never be a yes vote to pass development. This unique function of government will be turned over to mob rule — or is it Rob rule?. That leads to point No. 4:

• Currently, the City has a large reserve of funds. The city also has a robust history of natural disasters. The reserves are tucked away for disasters. But this measure will be the disaster that drains our reserves, rather than actual natural disasters, because it is patently unfair, poorly written and guaranteed to suck the City into defending massive indefensible lawsuits. You would sue the City also if you were uniquely subjected to mob rule.

Many newer residents probably don’t realize the Malibu Theater for a long, long time was just one screen and one larger room.

It’s ridiculous that the new Starbucks at Trancas is not allowed to have outdoor seating, where it would be so pleasant and there is so much space available.

The Malibu Chamber of Commerce, the Malibu Association of Realtors, the “Malibu Times” newspaper and the Malibu Township Council were all established in 1947.

Pacific Coast Highway got its name — and famous Route 1 — in 1941. Formerly, it was the Roosevelt Highway, so-named when it opened in 1928 after a president. That would be Teddy, not FDR, who was not yet president.

- Rick Wallace, Contributing Columnist, Malibu resident - See more at: