As a long time resident of this coveted magical place called Malibu, California as well as a 13 year Luxury Real Estate Veteran I thought it only fitting to begin my blog journey at one of the many places I know, live and love….Malibu California.
Taking a 20 minute work weekend break sitting in the sun marvelling over the ocean I picked up (over my latest edition of Vogue I might add) what is fast becoming one of my favorite west coast publications ‘Malibu Magazine’ and came across a great article by Ben Marcus that I thought should be shared to all and not just the select priviledged residents that fight hard for this coveted community. I believe that this 20 year overview will give a good account into some of the history and why Malibu is one of the most coveted and fantasized about luxury residential destinations and vacation destinations in the U.S. “The American Riviera” . It will be a several part journey so stay tuned daily for what I have renamed ‘FOR THE LOVE OF MALIBU’. If you would like to view Malibu’s luxury residences go to my website at www.andreayates.com and click on Malibu listings.
A TIMELINE: 20 YEARS OF MALIBU’S GROWING PAINS AND OCCASSIONAL PLEASURES
Malibu politics can get ugly, but the result is still a beautiful city – the last best place in Southern California. The aura of protection Mrs. May Rindge placed around Malibu going back to the early 20th century has inspired other Malibu citizens to pass laws, fight fights, win battles to prevent Malibu from being overwhelmed by the horrors of overpopulation, overdevelopment, traffic, population density and other gack that infects most of the rest of coastal California and Southern California.
On Oct. 25, 1987, the citizens of Malibu chartered 17 buses, took up pitchforks and lanterns, and convoyed from the Malibu Civic Center to a Board of Supervisors meeting in downtown Los Angeles where county officials were attempting to shove a sewage system up Malibu’s … But Malibu rallied, and in a process too long to describe here, they blocked the sewage system and manifested their own destiny by putting cityhood to a vote. That was 20 years ago, and much of what is now modern Malibu was shaped by the citizens fighting for a vision of how their city should be.
JUNE 5, 1990: MEASURE “Y” – FOR OR AGAINST MALIBU CITYHOOD
Sixty-six percent of Malibu’s 8538 registered voters went to the polls to vote for or against Measure Y – the measure to make Malibu a city. The final tally was 4,682 for and 892 against. The voters also selected the first council: Walt Keller (who went on to be appointed the first mayor and is considered the leader of the cityhood effort), Larry Wan, Carolyn Van Horn, Mike Caggiano and Missy Zeitsoff.
MARCH 28,1991: MALIBU BECOMES A CITY
“There isn’t a city that should feel more liberated except Kuwait…. [and] from what I understand the sewers don’t work there either” – Glen Campbell, president of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.
SEPTEMBER 1992 : MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL OPENS
AUGUST 1993: MALIBU COMMUNITY LABOR EXCHANGE OPENS.
NOV. 2-12, 1993: THE GREAT MALIBU/OLD TOPANGA FIRE
What began at 10:45 a.m. as a small fire under bad conditions near a water tower on Old Topanga Road was whipped by 40 mph Santa Ana “devil winds” into one of the largest emergency mobilizations within 24 hours in the history of the United States or the world. Five fire engines destroyed, 458 agencies called, 1000-plus fire companies and 7,000-plus firefighters participated. Three citizens were killed, six fire fighters went to the hospital, 565 fire fighters were injured, 1,200 acres of brush were consumed per hour, 16,516 acres of watershed charred, 268 homes destroyed. Total value loss: $208,484,786. This is why L.A. County now mobilizes outside engines into Malibu any time there is a hint of those “devil winds.”
DECEMBER 1993: STREISAND DONATES RAMIREZ CANYON PARK
Barbara Streisand lived on a 22.5-acre ranch, first purchased in 1974, above Ramirez Canyon for almost 20 years. In that time, she built five beautiful houses and elaborate gardens on the property. After five years of trying to sell it, Streisand donated the property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Intended as the Streisand Center for Conservancy Studies, the original plan for the property had to be downsized when Ramirez Canyon residents objected to a steady stream of visitors. Now called the Ramirez Canyon Park, tours are available only by request.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of For The Love Of Malibu!