I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A SAFE, HAPPY AND FUN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
FEBRUARY 2005: MALIBU BANS EPS FOAM
Although EPS foam caused a mini-revolution in the surfing and stand-up paddling world, the material as used in food packaging is a nuisance to clean up and dispose of. In 2005, Malibu passes laws to ban the use of polystyrene food containers from grocery stores and restaurants.
JANUARY 2005: THE WILE E. COYOTE/ROADRUNNER ROCK
Weeks of storms that seem to mimic the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Sumatra deluge Los Angeles with record amounts of rain. In the second week of January, 1 300-ton rock closes Topanga Canyon Road.
JANUARY 23, 2005 JOHNNY CARSON DIES OF EMPHYSEMA AT 79
JANUARY-MARCH 31, 2005 MALIBU LUMBER AND HARDWARE CLOSES
Malibu Lumber first opened in 1948 and moved to a larger site on Cross Creek. In January of 2005, rumors that Anawalt Lumber of Los Angeles would take over Malibu Lumber and Hardware from Weyerhaeuser Co., and save Malibu’s only source of lumber proved to be … rumors.
The space the lumber yard and hardware store occupied proved to be too valuable and problematic due to high rent and new septic tank, and it closed on March 31. It became part of the deal between the City of Malibu and Malibu Bay Company to buy and develop the Chilli Cook-off property into Legacy Park.
APRIL , 2005: GEFFEN OPENS ACCESS TO CARBON BEACH
In 1983, the Coastal Commission approved a permit for David Geffen to build a large compound on Carbon Beach over the site of what had been Doris Day’s beach house. The permit was granted provided Geffen provide a “vertical” easement from Pacific Coast Highway to the beach – an 18-foot strip between this home and the home of the Heidt family, who opposed the development.
The compound was built, but the gate stayed locked all through the 1990s and into the 21st century. Geffen was even parodied in the Doonesbury comic strip. Litigation began in 2002 pitting the Coastal Commission, the Coastal Conservancy and Access for All against Geffen and the City of Malibu. In mid-April, Geffen agreed to drop the lawsuit and on May 30, 2005, the easement finally opened to the public.
More FOR THE LOVE OF MALIBU -PART 5 – tomorrow. Have a fabulous day!