Two members of Malibu’s anti-growth city council slate voted to go along with a $220,000 environmental study on a vague set of plans for possible additional fields and other parks facilities at Malibu Bluffs Park.
Monday night, Skylar Peak and Rick Mullen voted to go along with the study, which was opposed only by their fellow slate member, Jefferson Wagner.
Before the vote, the plan had been opposed by the same set of open space advocates—from Malibu and out of town—that had secured a 3-2 vote against the park development last spring. That is when the new slate of city council members elected last fall decided against preparing construction-related plans for the 83-acre plot.
The land is owned by the state of California and leased to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy with the requirement that it remain used for passive recreation only.
Malibu, however, would not be bound by that restriction if it were to control the land, City Attorney Christi Hogin told the council Monday night.
The city and Conservancy Director Joseph Edmiston have a deal to trade his agency’s interest in the vacant land, which is across Pacific Coast Highway from Pepperdine University and west of the city’s existing Malibu Bluffs Park.
In exchange, his agency would get ownership of the city’s 525 acres of wilderness and trails called Charmlee Park in Encinal Canyon.
For more than an hour, parks advocates and open space advocates implored the council to follow their preferred images of what Malibu should be.
Some open space advocates said…
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